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Richard Schmidt Surf School

(831) 423-0928
30 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | Directions
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Hours: Mon-Sun:9:00 am - 5:00 pm/

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About Richard Schmidt Surf School

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In 1978 Richard Schmidt decided to share his passion for surfing and started teaching in his hometown of Santa Cruz, California. He started lifeguarding that year as well and worked the next 15 summers on the beach in addition to his teaching surfing. During that same period he would travel to the North Shore of Oahu every winter to compete in the Triple Crown of Surfing series, thus his professional surfing career was gaining recognition. In the late 80’s the surf media crowned him as California’s top big wave rider. During the season of 1989-1990 he recorded two 1st and two 3rd place finishes in Hawaii, which was the best competitive season anyone from California had ever had.
Through his years of teaching and experience as a professional surfer, Richard developed the Schmidt Guarantee, which guarantees that one will stand up and ride down the face of a wave in their first lesson. (Read more about the Schmidt Guarantee by clicking on the next tab.) His calming character and unending patience makes learning to surf an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. Especially, when you have the added benefit of him or one of his trained instructors riding along side of you and literally lifting you to your feet!

Since that time his instructional surf-based programs have grown to include year round surf & stand up paddleboard lessons, SUP marine tours, ocean safety classes, summer surf camps in Santa Cruz, winter surf & yoga retreats in Nosara, Costa Rica, and the “Learn To Surf & Ocean Safety” instructional (online) video touted by Surfer Magazine as “the best how to (videos) ever released.”

“Since 1978, I’ve introduced people to surfing from ages 3 to 70. I’ve found that, with the teaching techniques I’ve developed, the only prerequisite for learning to surf is knowing how to swim. I guarantee it!… Don’t hold back — let me or one of my qualified instructors introduce you to the sport of kings.”

– Aloha, Richard
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