Adult Surf Class @ Campsurf

Camp Surf

Class: Adult Surf Lesson

Location: El Porto Beach (in Manhattan Beach)

Work-out: Surfing

Difficulty: Level 5

Next day soreness: 5

Duration: 90 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦💦 Drenched because you are in the water

Parking: Metered lot

Amenities: Surfboard and wetsuit provided

Requirements for class: Bathing suit, sunscreen and a can-do attitude.

This was the first time I had ever tried surfing (in the water and not on a Surfset system) and it was every bit as hard as I had expected. The instructors do a good job of going around and pushing each individual out over the waves, turning them around, and then giving a push back to the shore so the rider gets a chance to stand up and surf back to land. However, this is not for the faint of heart. I was thrown around by the waves and occasionally, even when I was with the instructor, he still couldn’t prevent me from being knocked off the board by a wave.

You kind of have to be fearless with this class so if you’re not dedicated to learning the sport, or at least there with a friend, it might seem like a long lesson. The class size is small (mine was 7) with 2 instructors. I kind of just floated around while the instructors were with others because I hadn’t gotten good enough to swimming out to catch my own wave.  I was incredibly sore that afternoon and even more sore for the next couple of days, though, I am so glad I got to experience it. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have additional questions about this lesson!


Surfset @ Sandbox Fitness


Class: Surfset 101

Location: Sherman Oaks

Work-out: Surfboard circuit training

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level: 💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: 6 tandem parking in the back/Metered street

Amenities: Water for purchase

Requirements for class: Bring water, and a towel for TRX classes

This workout was unlike anything I’ve ever done. I took the intro Surfset class and it was a great to get accustomed to using the surfboard while still providing a good workout. The class was a series of different circuit training moves on the board, which incorporated a lot of balance. We did push-ups, planks, squats and burpees all on the board. In addition, the instructor also added some surf moves such as “swimming” and popping up onto your board. I feel like whenever I go to try surfing for real, this would be a good intro for the feel of being on the board. The class only has room for about 8, and the instructor, Jenna was very attentive.

At first it seemed a little daunting, but once you get the hang of the board and can balance a little better, it wasn’t too hard and I had a ton of fun. Sherman Oaks is a little out of the way for some, but I highly recommend everyone try this!