Soaking up the sun, socializing with friends, and working on your killer abs all make SUP one of the most popular water sports. But if you’ve never SUPed before, it’s hard to know which of the many LA providers to start with. From Malibu to Santa Monica and all the way to San Pedro, check out these top stand up paddleboarding schools in LA.
#1 – Pro Sup Shop
Marina Del Rey
If you’re new to SUP, the best way to get your toes wet is to take an intro lesson and build your confidence on the board and in the water. That’s why Pro Sup Shop in Marina De Rey is ideal for first timers. In their cool and laidback way, they’ll teach you the basic moves and help you to stand up on the board. Group lessons last for one hour and are $55 each, and you get a nice sandy entry to the water.
GO HERE FOR: affordable classes and casual vibe
#2 – Radfish Malibu
If you’re looking to paddleboard in Malibu, then Radfish is one of the coolest places to go. Their lessons are not just about nailing the technique, you’ll also learn all about ocean safety, personal fitness, and health. The classes last for two-hours and ring in at $100 per person. You’ll learn how to launch your board, stand up for the first time, and maneuver with confidence. After your first lesson, you’ll be ready to go paddleboarding on your own.
GO HERE FOR: rad vibe and comprehensive classes
#3 – SUP with Wade
Marina Del Rey and Cabrillo Beach
Informative and encouraging, Wade and his colleagues go the extra mile to make everyone feel comfortable on the board. SUP with Wade offers lessons from Marina Del Rey as well as Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, where it’s less crowded, the waters are calmer, and the lessons are actually a little less expensive. These lessons are two hours long so you’ll get a lot out of them. They range in price from $80–$100 each, but if you purchase it with a friend, you can get two for $130–$175. Sweet deal!
GO HERE FOR: in-depth lessons
#4 – Paddle Method
Marina Del Rey
Paddle Method is a great place to learn the basics before moving on to more advanced techniques. They offer hour-long intro group classes for just $35 where you’ll learn how to stand, paddle, and maneuver your boards. Once you’ve mastered the basics graduate to the core classes or even Power Paddles to take your skills to the next level. Those who are just starting the SUP adventure will quite quickly be able to SUP on their own.
GO HERE FOR: affordability and huge variety of classes
#5 – Paddle Surf Malibu
SUP is for everyone, even if you’re a teensy bit scared of the ocean. That’s why instructors at Paddle Surf Malibu start their lessons slow, cover all the basics, and help you feel confident on the waves. Confident enough to capture your experience on film? You bet! Paddle Surf Malibu offers photo and video packages so you can share your SUP experience with all your friends. They also offer party packages for up to twelve pals—so keep these guys in mind next time you’re booking a birthday party, bachelor, or bachelorette. An intro less lasts for an hour and a half is $60 per person.
GO HERE FOR: party packages and Instagramable moments
Santa Monica and South Bay
Looking for SUP for the whole family? Check out Perfect Day Surf Camp, operating out of Santa Monica, Redondo, and Torrance Beach. They offer SUP lessons and day camps for ages 8 and up, so you can bring the whole family, come alone, or send your little one. The energetic instructors will help you feel comfortable on the waves and make what should be super hard feel so easy. A group intro lesson for 2–4 people is $90 each, 5–7 $80 each, and 8 or more $70 each.
GO HERE FOR: family-friendly SUP
Malibu, Santa Monica, and South Bay
If you want to choose between flat water or ocean paddle boarding, check out Poseidon Paddle Boards operating out of Malibu, Santa Monica, and South Bay. You might know these guys already from their sweet surf shop on Ocean Avenue—but they also offer private SUP lessons. They have a focus on dedicated instruction here, so you can expect a four to one student to instructor ratio. The cost of the lesson will depend on the size for your group, so grab your paddle-posse and hit the waves.
GO HERE FOR: private lessons and stellar surf shop
#8 – Malibu Longboards
Los Angeles coastline
With Malibu Longboards you can take lessons in Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Malibu or at any other beach you like. Lessons are $75 per person, and they are available at the location of your choosing. There is no limit to group size, so the more the merrier. Some of the things you’ll learn are how to turn your paddle board, how to fall safely, even how tides impact waves. Instructors will also tell you about some secret SUP spots where you can go for a daily dose of peace and calm.
GO HERE FOR: local tips and flexible locations
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