SURF SCHOOLS OFFER "RADICAL" ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL SUMMER CAMPS

COCOA BEACH, Fla. – School’s out and summer camps are in full swing, including those offered by more than a dozen surf schools on Florida’s Space Coast.

For about $350 per child, per week, kids 8 and up are taught by professional instructors — some of them surf champions — how to “pop up” on the board, get their balance and ride the waves, which are typically one to two feet and perfect for beginners.

“These kids are having the time of their lives,” said Ron Jon Surf School senior instructor and camp director, Claire Rowley Elam. “It’s all the fun of traditional camp, but instead of fishing and campfire stories, they’re actually learning a new sport and staying physically active all day long.  Parents and kids tell us year after year this is the highlight of their whole summer.” 

For families vacationing in the area, many camps also offer day rates that average $95 per child as well as private and group lessons that start at $50 per person for one hour of instruction. No previous surfing experience is required.

A typical day includes both in-water and classroom instruction covering the mechanics, equipment, etiquette, lingo and safety, including riptides and undertow.

Surf schools offering summer camps include:

Cocoa Beach Surf Company

  • 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.

  • $325/child/week; half-day $175/child/week

  • Individual lessons start at $50/person

  • Campers bring bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, water bottle

Ron Jon Surf School

  • 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.

  • $380/child/week

  • Ages 7 to 17

  • Individual lessons start at $50/person

  • Campers bring bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, water bottle

Nex Generation Surfing School

  • 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

  • $399/child/week; half-day $199/half

  • All ages

  • Individual lessons start at $70/hour

  • Campers bring bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, water bottle

School of Surf

  • 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.

  • $335/child/week

  • All ages

  • Individual lessons start at $50/hour

  • Campers bring bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, water bottle

For a full list of surf schools offering summer camps, go to visitspacecoast.com

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Ron Jon Surf School instructor, Larry Cobb, teaches students at Cocoa Beach, Fla.

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Space Coast Office of Tourism

About Florida’s Space Coast

Located 35 miles (56 km) east of Orlando, Floridas Space Coast is home to Orlandos closest beaches. Encompassing Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay and Titusville, this family-friendly destination offers more than 10,000 guest rooms, and is an ideal, value getaway. Guests will discover 72 miles (110 km) of beaches, the longest stretch in the state and more than 250 square miles of wildlife refuge. It is home to one of the nations busiest cruise ports; is the nations East Coast surfing capital and the location of NASAs Kennedy Space Center, where all 135 shuttle missions launched and unmanned rockets continue to launch. The Space Coast is home to Space Shuttle Atlantis and is one of only four destinations nationwide where visitors can view an orbiter. For more information, contact the Space Coast Office of Tourism at (877) 572-3224 or visit www.visitspacecoast.com. Visit www.spacecoastlaunches.com to learn about upcoming rocket launches. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitspacecoast. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/flaspacecoast.