Are there waves in New York?


Absolutely! There are waves to satisfy anyone from a beginner to an expert right here in NYC. As a testament to this fact, New York had its first world tour professional contest with the Quicksilver Pro. So, why not give surfing a try and take a few surf lessons with Locals Surf School in Rockaway Beach?!


I am not a very good swimmer, can I still take surf lessons?


We require that you know how to tread water and stay afloat. Being able to swim will be very helpful when you learn how to surf; however, being a good swimmer is not necessary. All of our instructors are former lifeguards, swim instructors, and CPR certified. Also, your surfboard will be your over-sized flotation device!


Is the water cold?


No, the summer months will bring warm water temperatures ranging from the low to high 70’s, perfect for surfing lessons and our Kid's Surf Camp. On the other hand, the water is chilly in the off-season (Dec. - March). Regardless of season, we will provide you with cozy wetsuits for your added comfort.


Will we be provided the necessary equipment?


We will provide you with everything you need: surfboard, wetsuit, refreshments, wax, shade, and beach chairs.


What should I bring to the beach?


Just bring a bathing suit, a towel, and a good attitude.


I have never surfed before. Can I still take lessons?


No experience necessary at all. In fact, we encourage beginners!


I have some surfing experience but would like to improve my ability. Is Locals the place for me?


You bet it is. We at Locals also specialize in surf mentoring and surf coaching for those who are familiar with the sport and want to take their surfing to the next level.


Where is the school located?


You will find us on ON THE BEACH Beach 69th Street, Rockaway Beach, NY. When you arrive at the board walk, you will easily be able to spot us under our tent and flag set up that says “Locals Surf School”.


What types of payment do you accept?


We accept cash on the beach and credit online for gift certificates and merchandise.


What happens if there is bad weather or rough surf?


You will have no problem surfing in most weather conditions. However, if there is thunder, lightning or other threatening conditions (such as big waves), we will personally notify everyone for that day and reschedule lessons. We would love to give you as much notice as possible; however, weather and wave patterns may change quickly so we do our best to notify students of cancellation as soon as we know what is best.


Can I cancel a lesson?


We would really like at least 48 hours of advanced notice if you must cancel or reschedule but we NEED 24 hours of notice. If canceling or rescheduling within 24 hours of your lesson, you will be charged HALF the cost of your lesson. We are normally very accommodating and understanding of unforeseen emergencies and circumstances but keep in mind that we pay our instructors in advanced and could have otherwise filled your missed spot if given more notice. Parties and Outings are required to give 48 hours of notice to cancel or reschedule without incurring the fee.


Is there an age limit?


There are no age requirements. We will place you in basic age groups: youth and adult.


When are the lessons offered?


The lessons will be offered 7 days a week ALL YEAR ROUND. Each day will have 3 possible sessions that you may sign up for. See the Schedule for more details.


How many lessons does it typically take to learn how to surf?


We will have you standing on a board in only one lesson but it may take several lessons to find your groove.


Should I do group or private lessons?


We recommend that you do group lessons because they are more economical and more fun. You will be placed in a group of three people with one surf instructor. However, if you feel that you would like even more attention, a private lesson is a great option for those looking to advance quickly.


Is surfing dangerous?


As with all sports and activities, surfing comes with some risks. However, at Locals Surf School you have nothing to worry about. Our staff is made up of lifeguards who are certified in first aid and CPR.


Is there parking in the area?

Yes there is free street parking throughout the area.


Do I have to be a certain size to surf?


Not at all. We have surfboards of various sizes that will be suitable for people of any size.


Can you surf in the winter?


Yes, and many people do. You will just need the right wetsuit. If you take a surf lesson with Locals, we will provide you with all the gear you need.


What happens if I break a board or piece of equipment?

If you break a board or other equipment, either while renting or during a lesson, Locals Surf School reserves the right to charge you the full amount for this broken board or piece of equipment. The following is a list of fees for broken equipment:

Surfboard: $350

Leash: $25

Wetsuit: $50


Why should I learn how to surf?


There is no better feeling than riding a wave. Surfing is not only a sport, it’s a way of life, a blessing and, as most will say, a happy addiction! Trust us, you’ll soon understand.