Half Hour Budget Surfing Lessons


This half hour introductory lesson includes basic surfing and water safety instruction, with the opportunity to catch a few waves, and the option to rent a surfboard and continue surfing as long as you like afterwards! Others who may have surfed before, and just want a quick refresher and an introduction to our surfing area, before safely heading out to surf on their own for the day. This is also great for small children, who may not have the interest or endurance to last a full hour. Cheapest surf lesson option.

1/2 HOUR BUDGET SURF LESSONS are held daily all year-round (reservation required) at Isla Blanca Beach Park in a secluded area near the jetty. ($12 per vehicle admission to the park, there are showers, restrooms, and snackbar nearby) . This is the surfing area of South Padre Island, where the best waves break, it is also the best surf in the entire Gulf of Mexico! The bottom is sand, no rocks or reef, and we teach in shallow water where you can stand up if you need to. You do not even need to know how to swim! Safe soft surfboards with leashes, lycra surf shirts and wetsuits if needed are provided. We offer surfing pictures by request for only $10/all images. We regularly teach children as young as 3-5, (an incredible confidence builder and introduction to the ocean and the waves, we closely and carefully work with each child to ensure a safe & memorable experience) and adults into their 60's, (nothing like seeing your kids face when you tell them you went SURFING!) *NOTE: We welcome anyone, regardless of age, physical ability or disability!  We do not have a surf shop and we are not surf shop employees, we are a surfing family, full-time professional surfing instructors and highly experienced ocean lifeguards and pro level surfers.



We will meet you on the beach at the south end of the Island at Isla Blanca Park next to the rock jetty. Please be on time! Be sure to arrive at the beach at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson. Get changed into your swimwear, sunblock on, stretch and ready to get in the water before your lesson begins. If you are late, unless we are notified your space will be lost to the next scheduled lesson. After you enter the park drive past the Dolphin Cove Amphitheater, then turn right by the big Jesus statue. Park in the small parking lot by the Bait Stand, you'll see the beach and jetties. Lessons are held near the jetty. Look for our black pickup with bright color surfboards, or we may be in the water with a lesson so walk to the water's edge and you'll see the bright soft surfboards and students and instructors.


We supply the surfboards with leash, lycra rashguard surf shirts, and wetsuits if needed in the cooler months. Bring appropriate surf swimwear. Bring a towel, water, shoes or flip flops, and... A BIG SMILE AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE!! Students should wear 50 SPF waterproof/sweat proof sunblock, the sun and sand in south Texas is HOT!


In the half hour lesson, you'll be introduced to basic surfing and paddling techniques, water safety, and water instruction! You may rent surfboards after the lesson if you'd like to continue surfing.


• Lessons are taught in shallow water, no students are allowed in water deeper than they can stand up.
• Safe soft surfboards are used for all lessons, with leashes for safety and soft rubber fins. (The most common cause of injury while surfing is from being struck by a hard surfboard.)
• Rachel and Gene are highly experienced ocean lifeguards, you couldn't be in better hands!
• You will be falling repeatedly in shallow water, no diving head first off your board!
• ANY PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS such as asthma, allergic reactions, knee neck or back problems, epilepsy, recent surgeries or heart conditions must be mentioned before lessons, you may need your doctor's permission, and we can tailor your lesson to fit your personal needs.
• Non-swimmers and small children will remain in shallow water.


Surfing is a pure and healthy high energy physical sport that demands an adequate level of physical fitness. Paddling out through the waves requires a bit of endurance and lots of energy. But, even if you are unable to paddle, we will do it for you, and push you into the waves, you can just stand up and enjoy the ride! Practice popping up on your feet from a laying position, easily practiced at home. Swimming laps in a pool is a great way to get physically conditioned, building arm and upper body strength along with stamina. Weightlifting will prepare and strengthen you. Competitive swimmers are usually very quick learners! Skateboarding actually helps a lot too. Watch some surf videos and get stoked! 


Be sure to arrive at the beach at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson. Get changed into your swimwear, sunblock on, stretch and ready to get in the water
before your lesson begins. If you are late, unless we are notified your space will be lost to the next scheduled lesson.


1/2 hour lessons are $25/person. We do not accept credit cards, cash or checks only. There is also a $12 per vehicle park entrance fee at Isla Blanca Park. We offer surfing pictures of you and your group by request for only $10/all images.


Reservations required in advance, call or text 956-772-7272 or email South Padre Surf Co.


If you are not going to make it for your scheduled lesson, please give us a courtesy call in advance.


If you would like to keep surfing after your lesson, or another day while you are here - our surfboard rentals are available for $30/day, no hourly rates.

For any further information or questions call or text us at (956) 772-7272 or email South Padre Surf Co  We'll be happy to help you!

Surfboard and Wetsuit Rentals

Surfboard Rentals


Surfboard rentals are available daily for anyone wanting to give surfing in South Padre Island a try whether you take surfing lessons or not.


wetsuit rentals


Wetsuit rentals are available in the cooler months to make sure that you stay nice and warm for any water activity while you are on South Padre.


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Thank you for your interest in surfing with us! We look forward to answering any questions you have about our surfing lessons on South Padre Island.

Feel free to call or text anytime between the hours of 8am and 9pm


  1 Bait Shop Road, South Padre Island, TX 78597