• Fully Permitted by NYC Parks

  • Fully Licensed & Insured 

  • Certified with the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association (NSSIA)

  • Owned and Operated by Rockaway Natives and Life-Long Surfers Mike Reinhardt + Mike Kololyan

  • All Instructors are CPR / First Aid Certified

  • Many Instructors are Current / Former Lifeguards

  • Committed to Providing High Quality Lessons in a Fun and Friendly Environment


Who We Are

Locals Surf School was founded in 2011 by two life-long surfer/skaters and locals of Rockaway Beach, NYC.  

Founders Mike Reinhardt and Mike Kololyan saw an opportunity to fill a void in the New York City surf lesson sector by providing quality training from knowledgeable locals who had a passion for the sport and culture.

Over the past seven years, Locals Surf School has grown into an established brand that is recognized for its excellent service and deeply authentic surfing roots. As a local or non-local, one can trust the quality of services that we offer and identify with the culture that our company represents.

Now in our seventh year, we are doing more than ever by offering all types of surf and skate lessons, camps for kids, charity programs, contests, festivals, parties and more! As the business continues to grow, our goals are to positively impact more people, stay true to our roots, and foster the growth of the NYC surf culture from which the company was born. Come join us as we share our unique and authentic Locals surfing experience. 

Thanks for choosing Locals. We look forward to teaching you!