Yes it is. We need to make sure about the amount of people who are attending and we need to know any dietary or medical conditions which may be pertinent.
'Experience the Stoke'
Group Single Lesson
Learn to surf at one of Cape Town's pristine beaches with our experienced, qualified coaches. A 2-hour group surf lesson includes the use of a warm wetsuit, surfboard and guarantees 100% 'stoke'. No previous experience is required as we guide you through the surfing basics using our unique 'Stoked' teaching techniques. Our surf school offers both transported and self-drive lessons.
If you have previous surf experience and are wanting to brush up on your skills, please let us know upon booking so we can advise your coach and group you accordingly if possible.
If you are 'stoked' after an 'Experience the Stoke' lesson and want to upgrade to the 'Uber-Stoked' package, simply pay the price difference and we will count your first surf lesson as lesson 1 of 4.
Self-drive option: R380pp
Transported option: R580 pp
Location & Inclusion
Our headquarters are located in Camps Bay so that we have easy accessibility to both coastlines of the Peninsula. Surf lessons take place at the most suitable beach depending on the conditions on the day of your booking. We check the surf forecast on several reliable sources and combine this information with our local knowledge to decide where we will coach each day. We consider factors such as wind, tides, swell direction and ocean temperatures before making our decision to provide the safest and most enjoyable experience our surfing students.
Surf lessons are 2-hours long and include the use of:
- 4:3mm wetsuit
- suitable surfboard
Surf Gear & Transport
We use high quality 4:3mm wetsuits to keep you warm throughout the year in the Cape Town waters. Wetsuits are well maintained-washed and rinsed after each use. We use beginner specific softboards for those who have never touched a surfboard or only surfed a handful of times. These boards are easy to catch waves with and make standing easier as they are stable. If you have a bit more surfing experience and are wanting to use a regular epoxy/fibreglass board, kindly let us know at the time of booking.
For the self-drive option, we will advise (via email or sms) the beach we will be operating the lesson on at least 24 hours in advance.
For the transported option, we offer pick ups from locations in Cape Town city and surrounds (see pick up area list below). If you are located outside of the pick up area, we will ask you to meet us at a pre-arranged location in the city. If you are staying at a private residence/Airbnb etc, we will ask you to meet us at one of our regular pick up points closest to your accommodation. We will transport you to the beach in our comfortable van or our original surf school VW golf.
The following is the pick up schedule for our morning and afternoon lesson slots (please note the suburb your lodging is located in to determine your approximate pick up time):
Camps Bay: 8:00-8:15am OR 1:00-1:15pm
City & Sea Point : 8:15-8:30am OR 1:15-1:30pm
Green Point: 8:30-8:45am OR 1:30-1:45pm
Woodstock: 8:45-9:00am OR 1:45-2:00pm
Observatory: 8:45-9:00am OR 1:45-2:00pm
If you choose the transported lesson option, we will pick you up from your accommodation and transport you to the beach with the most ideal wind and swell conditions on the day of your lesson. If you opt for the self-drive option, we will send details 24 hours in advance of where and when to meet us. Upon arrival at the beach, we change into our wetsuits and hit the surf for a 2- hour lesson.
Our qualified coaches will cover everything from surf safety and ocean awareness, to paddling technique and how to stand up and surf the waves. If you have surfed before, they will help you with added skills in the water. After the lesson, we will rinse off and head back to the city.
If you have joined us for the transported option, below is the drop off schedule:
For morning lessons, drop offs take place 12:45-1:30pm.
For afternoon lessons, drop offs take place 5:45-6:30pm.
Please note: The above drop off times are dependent on where your lodging is located and traffic through the city. If you have time constraints, kindly let us know at the time of enquiry/booking to ensure we can accommodate this.
What to bring & Faq's
- Sunscreen (waterproof or zinc)
- Warm sweater
- Bottle of water
- We advise that you leave all your valuables at home/accommodation
If you have booked a Private 'Solo Stoked' lesson we allow a friend to join, even if it is just for the ride.
However if you would like to secure transport with our group lessons, we have to charge for transport as they will be taking up a full paying customer's seat.
Alternatively you can make the request and we will advise if there is space available closer to the time of departure.
We provide very nice 4:3mm wetsuits, which should keep you well protected from the colder waters in Cape Town.
This will also depend on your threshold for cold temperatures and how active you are in the water. The more you move the less cold you will be.
We are 'stoked' when people want to continue surfing as it shows us that you have felt the ‘stoke’ and have been hooked by the magnificence that is surfing.
We actually offer a variety of surf camps, trips and packages for multiple lessons, such as:
'Uber Stoked': 4 x 2hr lesson which can be booked according to availability, within a 6 week period.
If you wish to upgrade to this package, you will simply pay the difference.
For a more intense lesson plan and some very good exercise we reccomend one of our rigorous surf camps:
2 Day 'Weekend Stoke' Surf Camp: 3 x 2hr surf lessons in 2 days, which we host once a month. 1x night accomodation, dinner & breakfast included.
5 Day 'Stoked & Ripping' Surf Camp: 7 x 2hr surf lessons in 5 days, which we host once a month. 4x nights accomodation, 2x dinners & daily breakfast.
For further details visit our camps section.
If you want to learn to surf or simply surf, whilst enjoying a little rest and relaxation we recommend the following options:
Uber-Flex 'Surf 'N Stay': 4x 2hr Surf Lessons, with 7 nights accomodation inclusive of breakfast at one of the many amazing Cape Town hostels we are affiliated with.
Can be booked at any time, but subject to availability. Your lessons will be completed within the 7 day period.
3 Day 'Stoked on the Southern Cape' Surf Trip: A surfers road trip to the Southern Most Tip of Africa with 3x 2hr surf lessons, 2 nights accomodation and all meals (excl lunch day 1) and activities included.
Hosted once a month, View our Camps and Trips section for further details.
We actually recommend that you do upgrade as doing lessons in close succession should improve your surfing drastically. It helps cement the your actions into muscle memory.
Our basic group lessons are for begginer to intermidiate level surfers.
We try to group our lessons, in order to have similar level surfers in the same lessons. The coach will help you in any area which they think requires attention and any area requested.
However we offer private lessons, if you are not comfortable learning with others, or if you would like a coach designated to you, so that they may help with specific areas.
For the competent surfers we offer surf guiding. This is not to be viewed as a lesson as the participants must be capable in the water and on a surf board.
The coach, may offer pointers if they see any area which needs improvement, but it is more of a surf session and introduction to Cape Town waters.
Yes there certainly is. Please note our terms and conditions BEFORE making your booking with us as these are not negotiable:
SURF LESSON/GUIDING: Less than 48 hours prior to booking date-NO REFUND; Less than 72 hrs before booking date-50% refund; 7 days prior to booking date-90% refund. 'Uber-Stoked' package needs to be used within 6 weeks of first lesson date. Package lessons are not transferable to a third party.
SURF CAMPS/TRIPS: less than 21 days prior to departure-NO REFUND; 22-30 days prior to departure-50% refund; More than 31 days prior to departure-90% refund.
If you wish to focus on specific skills, our private lesson option would be more suitable for you as we can not guarantee that others in the group lesson will be on the same skill level. Private lesson pricing is for up to 2 persons so if you have a friend on a similar skill level you can share the total lesson cost. If the private lesson price is out of your budget, you can still join our group lessons and we can give you additional tips in the water (but we may not be able to paddle out to the backline as will have to stay where the rest of the group is).
No you do not have to. We will provide your wetsuit and board.
We use beginner specific foamboards but have an array of hard boards you may use, if the coach sees progress.
Please specify if you have prior surfing experience and would like to use a hardboard.
We coach any age, as long as they are comfortable in the water.
We range from about 8 years old to 65+, but we insist that minors, bellow the age of 16, are booked for private lessons, so that we may have a coach dedicated to them.