Surf Schools

Learn to surf in iconic Pleasure Point!

Santa Cruz County Parks is pleased to offer surf lessons through the Surf School Concessionaire Program,
where you can learn to surf with permitted, professional, local surf schools.

Club Ed 
(831) 464-0177
Richard Schmidt Surf School Inc.
(831) 423-0928

Surf School
Santa Cruz
(831) 428-3647


Surf School Concessionaire Program
East Cliff Parkway in Live Oak


A permit is required to conduct surf instruction at designated beaches and coastal access points along East Cliff Parkway at Pleasure Point, 36th Avenue, 38th Avenue, and The Hook, per Santa Cruz County Code Section 10.80.010. 

The three permitted surf schools provide services that preserve public safety, maximize recreational use by all beach visitors, and maintain quality surfing instruction opportunities for the public. 

All surf schools are required to have their students and instructors wear colored uniform shirts or vests while conducting surf school instruction.  Permitted surf school with their vest colors are as follows:

Club Ed - Blue
Richard Schmidt Surf School – Purple
Surf School Santa Cruz – Silver

Surf School Concessionaire Permit Terms and Conditions of Use

To report violations, including non-permitted surf schools, or for questions or concerns about the Program, email or call County Parks at (831) 454-7901.





Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831)