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"I've never surfed before" (times will vary depending on high tide)

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  • La Jolla Shores Parking Lot & North Bathrooms

    8391 Camino Del Oro, San Diego, CA (map)

    32.858311 -117.255434

  • Our tent is set up on the farthest north end of the main parking lot next to the bathrooms, LOOK FOR THE OWL ATTACHED TO THE CANOPY
  • YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN BOARD, YOU CAN RENT ONE DOWN THE STREET AT DIVA SURF, RUSTY SURF SHOP OR ONE OF THE OTHER SHOPS. GOOGLE THEM FOR THE EXACT ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE NOW HOOKED TO SURFING, I RECOMMEND INVESTING IN A 8-9 LONG FOAM SURFBOARD.

    WETSUITS ARE RECOMMENDED TO KEEP COMFORTABLE AND WARM. RESEARCH STYLES THAT ARE RIGHT FOR YOU. 

    *****Time will vary depending on high tide, check website regularly for changes on upcoming Saturday meet up**********

    This session is designed specifically for those that want to take time learning to surf by mastering the basics. 1 hour of paddling, learning surf etiquette, and focusing on getting super comfortable on the board.  What this is not, is learning how to pop-up. So please don't ask when we are going to practice popping up or even going to our knees.  That's easy.  Learning how to catch most waves correctly, ride the board properly, and stay out of the way of more advanced surfers is the focus here.  Then you can take these basics and work on them on your own. The ability to paddle correctly and judge when it's the right time to pop-up, are the 2 key components to learning how to surf.  If you have already surfed a few times- you know that missing waves and doing nose dives seem to happen quite often and it's all about paddling and board control.

    If you are dead set on learning to improve your pop-up, then come to the later session, but you might want to make sure and have A LOT of energy!

    For the new members of the group, I wanted to give you a short history of this meet up. Scott Batchelor started this meet up in 2011 with the goal to attempt to help you learn how to be safe, to surf, and have fun-regardless of your skill level. We now have close to 2000 members in this meet up. Some of them come and go, then we have our regulars. Batch is in the Coast Guard and was relocated to beautiful Hawaii. In the time he lead this meet up he instructed a number of members that Batch felt comfortable asking them to assist in continuing this Saturday meet up offering lessons. Mikaela, Rob, Steve, Eugene, Justin and Rachel will be there regularly. These guys have a love and passion for the water and surfing. What is extra special about them, is the desire to spend time with others teaching them the steps to learn how to become a successful surfer too . We welcome other surfers that have experience to come out and help with instruction. 

    Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday

    -Carolyn Naylor

    Look for the tent with the owl, there is a picture on the top right of this page.  We try to put it right in front of the bathrooms at the North end of the main parking lot.   If you're late, well... look for the tent and sit near it because we'll probably be down in the water but I walk back to the tent every 20 minutes or so and will see you if you are by the tent.

    Here is something new thanks to Kristen- - I HEREBY RELEASE FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY THE MEMBERS OF THIS GROUP. By signing up for this meetup, I agree to the following: surfing can be dangerous and cause serious bodily injury or even possibly death. The organizers of this group and it's members will not be held responsible for the actions of any participant at any event. I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, I FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS 



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  • Eugene
    Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host

    I started surfing in this very group about 3 years ago, and while I'm still learning, I'm happy... more

  • Steve H.
    Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    I've been surfing for about 5 years now, thanks to Batch. There's still so much to... more

  • Carolyn N.
    Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    My name is carolyn and would like to attempt to learn to surf along with my two teenage kids.... more

  • R4chel44
    Surfer Girl, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    I used to be a vacation surfer, but thanks to Batch I have learned a lot! I love... more

  • Mikaela N.
    Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    Im Mikaela ! im 17 years old and always down for a great adventure. I love the ocean and all the... more

  • laura

    Life goal since before 40, now 47... better late, than never!

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