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We offer individualized private & semi-private surf lessons. Learn how to surf with us. Take a surf lesson at the iconic Pismo Beach Pier. Ages 8 & up. Plus take home a free GoPro video ($40 value) of your experience click this link to see what that looks like. 










Step 1: Decide which one of the three lesson options available that you would like to book.

Step 2: Text or call James (949) 464-7123 to check scheduling prior to payment.

Step 3: Complete credit card payment over the phone with the Pismo Beach Parks & Rec department (805) 773-7063. Cash or Venmo is acceptable in person the day of the lesson.

Step 4: Bring your towel, sunscreen, bathing suit, and drinking water. Boards & wetsuits are included in your lesson and provided by us! 

Meeting Location: 100-198 Main St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449. By the sand and beach showers at the end of the cul-de-sac on Main St. near the Dolphin Cove Motel.

1 hr private
lesson $95

1.5 hr private
lesson $125

Two person 2 hr 
private Lesson $220

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Mariz T., CA

“James is amazing. I personally had a lesson with him and he made me feel comfortable and I was able to get up on the board my first time. My kids have been taking lessons with James for the last three summers. He’s so patient and kind and the kids love him. I recommend James and Serene Waters Surf Adventures to anyone who wants to have an amazing experience.."

The Owner

Meet James 

I have been surfing since age 7 and have also been instructing since 2014. I love the ocean and enjoy getting to help people of all ages, and skill levels. I am certified in CPR/ first aid & surf instructor safety training. Surfing is not just a sport. The ocean is for healing, fun, and recreation. Salt water is medicine.


I grew up in Southern California, and have surfed breaks from San Diego to San Fransisco. My favorite break in California is San Onofre-Old Mans a.k.a."Log Heaven." I have also been blessed to surf around the world in Mexico, Fiji, Australia, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and my personal favorite Nicaragua.


Outside of the water I enjoy being a Father, Fiancé, Dog Dad, Mentor, & Substance Abuse Counselor. I have also developed a separate surf therapy program (Serene Waters Adventure Therapy)  for people recovering from substance use disorders, & other mental health disorders. The program incorporates, surfing, mindfulness, empowerment, & connection. I can't wait to meet you. Surfing is for everyone. Let's go surf!

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