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Where to Enjoy the Best Half Moon Bay Surfing

June 25, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Covering miles of Pacific coastline, Half Moon Bay visits are characterized by time on these wavy waters, be it on a kayak, chartered boat or, of course, a surf board. Half Moon Bay surfing is world renowned, as it is home to one of the most epic swells that has been discovered, attracting professionals from all around the world during the winter months, who come to catch a big one and go down in history. Aside from this famous wave, known worldwide as Mavericks, Half Moon Bay also accommodates many levels of surfing skill along its coast, from beginners to pure first-timers. If you’re visiting the area and have always wanted to try surfing, Half Moon Bay is your spot.

Half Moon Bay Surfing Lessons

There are numerous opportunities in the area to take surfing lessons and even sign up for more extensive camps where you can learn the basics, or further develop your skills with the instruction of professionals. Open Ocean Surfing is a highly recommended surfing school in the area, with lessons lasting 1.5 to 2 hours, and all you need to bring is a wetsuit. Open Ocean is hosting summer camps all summer long, and all ages are welcome to sign up for a whole week, or even drop in for just a day. If you’re a french speaker traveling to Half Moon Bay, Sea, Surf & Fun offers the town’s first ever French classes in surfing.


Most of the surf schools will supply you with a board to use, but not all of them have wetsuits for you, in which case you can check out one of the many local surf shops for rentals. If you aren’t planning on taking a lesson and just want to get out on the water in a new place, you can also rent a board from Mavericks Surf Shop, Half Moon Bay Board Shop or Cowboy Surf Shop. You can also pick up some Half Moon Bay surfing memorabilia to remind you of the area’s epic waves.

Titans of Mavericks

If you are a sports enthusiast or particularly love surfing, you will probably want to try and catch this famous surfing competition featuring talent from around the world. During the winter months when the swell is known to expand, surfers get on the water to hit this epic surf about a half-mile out from the shore that was discovered by a local surfer back in the 1960s. Now big wave surfers show up in the area for the chance to make the cut to compete while they are at the whim of the weather as to when the competition will happen, or if it even will.


If you’ve always wanted to give surfing a go, don’t shy away from the challenge, but seize the day and tackle a new adventure. Half Moon Bay is a beautiful place made for memories, and you won’t be able to avoid it when you visit. If you’re looking for other things to do while in the area, check out this free vacation guide.