Surfing may not top your list of things to do in and around New York City this summer, but as the home to several premier surf schools, it should. Students of all skill levels can enjoy expert instruction from certified teachers at popular New York beaches, such as Long Beach and Rockaway Beach. We’ve rounded up the top five must-try surf schools for those looking to take their very first lesson, an advanced excursion, or hone their skill on the board in a group lesson with friends and family.
The Conatus Surf Club’s approach to teaching is focused on ‘wave judgment and developing a relationship to the ocean’. The club is known for its philosophical and holistic lessons, where students become acquainted with the ocean and learn about waves – why and when they come, paddling, board control, and surfing etiquette basics. Dion Mattison, founder and head instructor, offers a variety of private and semi-private lessons starting at $150 per lesson, and for experienced surfers, CSC offers excursions to Long Island, New Jersey, and other places along the Eastern seaboard. Conatus Surf Club hosts classes on both Long Beach and Rockaway Beach, and summer classes are also offered in Montauk, New York. They also offer retreats to Costa Rica hosted at their property, Rancho Diandrew.