Surf Lessons in San Francisco


As a San Franciscan surfer, I could describe Ocean Beach as the perfect surfing spot for an intermediate-advanced surfer. The crowd is really smooth and the waves could be very consistent. The beach is huge so you will find a spot with almost no surfers in the water. There are a lot of parking options that you will need to consider.


It’s a beach break. Waves could be from 2-3 feet to15-18 feet. You will need to have al your surfboard quiver available for this wave, from your regular surfboard, step-up to a gun.

Ideal Swell

North Swell it’s the best combined with winter offshore winds. However, it’s a very consistent spot. Almost every day it could be a good and fun day for an intermediate to advance level.


The ideal size for this surf spot it’s 6 feet to 15 feet. You need to be an advanced surfer to surf when is more than 8 feet. This beach has dangerous rips everywhere.


It’s the best surf spot in San Francisco. For intermediate to advanced surfers. Ocean Beach is a super-challenging spot for many reasons: the wind blows onshore pretty much 9 months a year, the rip and current can be really strong, and the paddle out, extremely difficult, especially during the bigger day. You may get better with some surf lessons.


Parking lot everywhere.

The Good

Easy access, a lot of parking lot areas, for intermediate-advance levels. It could be a good option to hang out with your friends and your family near the firepits at night. Remember that you are only alow to stay until 9.30 pm. It’s very common to see dolphins in this area.

The Bad

It’s a dangerous surf spot. Don’t surf here if you are not confident with your level. It’s not recommended for beginners.

The strange

It could be common to see sharks in this area. They won’t attack you but for any reason, they could be jumping out of the water like whales. If this happens while you are surfing don’t panic, this is part of the Lindamar Experience.

OB is also famous for its waves.  William Finnegan wrote a lot about it in Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Barbarian Day”.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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