Freedom Surf Camps are all about introducing your kid/s to the truly amazing feeling of surfing, developing a healthy life style, and becoming primed on ocean safety. We have a variety of options and locations around Los Angeles, teaching on famous beaches, like Venice/Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, and Malibu.
Freedom Surf Camps takes place all summer and on school holidays, and works with everyone from first-timers and beginners to next-level competitive surfers, and even offers a junior instructor program for the next generation surf leaders.
Venice Beach/Santa Monica
Our flagship camp and most experienced with all ages. The first thing you will see when you arrive at the Venice/Santa Monica camp is Owner/Director Gilad Lewandovski, AKA the Man with the Red Hat. After a short introduction to the crew, your child will start the day with a fun kid-orientated yoga session, followed by a safety talk and information about the camp day and daily schedule. The Venice/Santa Monica location is all sand bottom beach break, which is perfect for learning or training in surfing, boogie boarding, body surfing, and ocean safety for swimming and diving. The camp offers shade with canopies and usually Hawaiian Aloha music on the breaks.
Freedom at Manhattan Beach could not be more local! Learning with our born and raised South Bay crew, your children will find themselves right at home with homies who probably went to the same school and know their teachers. Surfers gather in the morning to meet the weekly instructors for a safety talk. Manhattan Beach quality waves are our go-to Freedom Surf Squad summer spot, where a variety of young surfers—from first-timers to advanced surfers—gather to enjoy the conditions. You will find more teen surfers here compared to our Venice/Santa Monica location, though young kids at this location can enjoy a more advanced and smaller camp as well as a tight connection with Freedom instructors.
Activities run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. However, kids can arrive as early as 8:45 am and be picked up as late as 3:05 pm.
Campers have a choice of either bringing their own food or ordering lunch from the local restaurant.
8:50–09:10 Gathering/wetsuits/sunscreen application/rash guards
9:10–09:35 Yoga session with an instructor certified in teaching yoga for kids
9:35–09:50 Ocean safety and method training
9:50–10:50 Surf instruction/ocean activities
10:50–11:10 Snack break/hydration/sunscreen application
11:10–11:45 Beach games/beach activity/surfing
11:45–12:30 Water action
12:30–1:10 Lunch/sunscreen application
1:10–2:30 Free surfing/boogie boarding/swimming with the instructors
2:30–3:00 End-of-day gathering/cleaning beach/pick up from the parking lot.
We use equipment designed especially to meet the needs of those just beginning to explore the wonders of surfing, including high quality different sizes of boards and full length wet suits guaranteed to keep you warm even on a “rainy” summer day but, more important provide the young surfers by far, the best sun protection. Boogie Boards, beach ball for our famous Dodge-ball game and yellow rushguards to make sure we are keeping everyone close to us.