San Diego's Best Surf School
Over 60 years in the game
1962 to 2022! 60 years in business serving the Pacific Beach and San Diego surf scene!
30 years of ownership under me, Randy Strunk! We are proud to be an institution and fixture here at the beach. We will be celebrating through the end of 2022 with specials and a new 60 year t-shirt designed by Butch Cornelius, the artist who designed the original logo when he was a 10th grader at Mission Bay High!
If your visiting our website for the 1st time – know we are San Diego’s original surf school and oldest surf shop. Our roots run deep and our staff is a full stoked and knowledgeable group of surf instructors! Our surf lesson experience is unparalleled from our location to better equipment and the best curriculum designed to get you up and surfing right away!!! Plus a hot outdoor shower to rinse off after your lesson or surf rental!!!
We have all your surf needs covered from quality foam surfboards and bodyboards to a fine quiver of fiberglass surfboards for rent from Rusty Surfboards, Hank Warner and more!!! We have a fine retail shop to meet any needs you have for your stay in San Diego. Want to cruise the Boardwalk or ride to La Jolla or Ocean Beach we have you covered with bike rand skateboard rentals too!
Hard to believe 30 years has passed, I’m still surf stoked as ever! A big thank you to all the local surfers who have supported our store for decades and to all the families and tourists who have trusted us with your loved one’s for our surf lessons and surf camps! Also we cannot forget the legions of surfer’s who have worked here past and present that have shared there talents and aloha to help keep our little shop so popular!!! We have something for everyone and we do it better than anyone! Let’s go surfing!!!
PACIFIC BEACH SURF SCHOOL
Learn to surf with San Diego Surf Lessons from Pacific Beach's most experienced surf school. We are proud to be San Diego’s Most Trusted Surf School offering a safe, fun, and memorable experience for all. Pacific Beach Surf School has been in business for more than 60 years. As a result, each year we teach more than 3,500 men, women, boys, and girls, how to surf. The surf camp is actually a great way to make the experience of learning to surf safe, and fun. Our program is dedicated to safety and structured to provide a fun and enriching setting for youth. Our program builds the self-confidence necessary to develop into true water-women and men.
Our instructors coach beginners daily and have been doing so for years! Our surf school teaches visitors and residents how to surf with the perfect blend of patience, skills and encouragement to get everyone catching waves. Learning to surf is so much more than standing up. Surfing requires the knowledge of which wave to ride and how to do it safely. Working one on one with an instructor and receiving undivided attention assures the best experience possible. Available for beginner-intermediate surfers, whether you want to stand up for the first time, catch waves on your own, or learn different maneuvers. Now is the time to cross surfing off your bucket list so sign up today for your San Diego Surf Lesson. Pacific Beach Surf School is the perfect place for beginner surfers and kids to learn how to surf.
We need a reliable vendor that has a strong attention to detail and customer service. PB Surf Shop … service…has been unparalleled over the past decade.
We have had a longstanding business relationship with PB Surf Shop over the last ten years…and plan to do so for many years to come!
He has supported many of our charity events over the years…We hold Randy in high regard and recommend him to continue his work with the Pacific Beach Surf School
I have had the pleasure of working with Randy on a new website and SEO since June 2018. The quality of service provided by PB Surf Surf Shop is second to none.
…impressed and inspired by (his) personal commitment and support of Surfrider local volunteers…His leadership, expertise and management …have become a template for …successful and community-relevant surf retail shops.
His acumen is broad, with an understanding of the subtle balance between business needs and civic responsibility.
Randy is a passionate, dedicated professional with a high level of integrity. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with him over the years.
…have known Randy Strunk for over 20 years …We do many charity events with the Windansea Surf Club and his PB Surf Shop has always donated.
I experienced an individual who always is helping our community…had dedicated years to teach others about the sport…imbues his students with the importance of safety and procedures.
You guys taught me a lot of things…my trainer was Chris and was a very kind, loving coach…I can’t wait to go back to get more skills.
Randy used his business to stage community events to benefit Surfrider and other non-profit organizations. He is widely known in the world of surfing for his honesty, generosity, and genuine character.
…working with PB Surf School for well over 10 years…Randy and his staff are always professional and patient …our students always comment that their time at PB Surf is one of the highlights of their summer
(Randy’s) dedication to the young novices who are in many cases receiving their first introduction into the surf and ocean culture could not be better.
Randy Strunk is a pillar of his community, both in regard to business and civic responsibility. His surfing school is our top recommendation for beginner and novice athletes (locals and tourists alike). In our opinion, he is the ideal person to lead the City of San Diego Surf School Programs.
Randy’s shop has been an integral part of our property for more than 20 years and is well known for their top-notch surf school. We look forward to many more years of his continued presence and business her at Oceanus.
In 2018 the hotel was looking for a first class surf school that can continue the service our customers demand and expect. Pacific Beach Surf School has more than met our expectations. The guest feedback from both travelers and corporate team building events have been a five star rating.
"…is a well-respected leader in the ocean community…has a strong commitment to stewardship and making that an important part of his surf lesson and surf camp experience ."
"…a pillar in the surf community…(his) soft touch, easy going personality, retail knowledge make him one of, if not the, best candidates to possess a permit to provide surf lessons."
"Randy used his business to stage community events to benefit Surfrider and other non-profit organizations. He is widely known in the world of surfing for his honesty, generosity, and genuine character."
"Randy loves teaching others about surfing and is as happy as they are when they catch their first wave. He ensures that their experiences are not only memorable, but also safe. I strongly recommend Randy be given the opportunity to continue as part of our city’s surf school programs."
"Randy has a long history in San Diego and is known for his integrity, honesty, work ethic, and community engagement. Our Club fully supports his application for a permit. "
San Diego Surf Lessons for all Abilities
new to the water?
Learn how to surf in San Diego. Pacific Beach Surf School provides premium private surf lessons with qualified instructors. Enjoy the personal professional attention with just you or your private group in the surfing lesson.
If you are an intermediate surfer, you are probably looking for ways to improve your surfing. Challenge yourself and improve your skills to move from an intermediate to advanced surfer.
We can help perfect mechanics, fix bad habits, tune-up paddling and takeoffs while teaching efficient movement. We assist you to hone your surfer mentality and refining your wave judgment and ability to read the ocean
Our San Diego Surf Lessons Instructors are...
Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun
talents are meant to be shared
we love putting smiles on your face
Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment
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