If you’ve always dreamed about surfing the ocean waves but never delved into this popular sport, there’s no better place to get started than Cocoa Beach the next time you visit Florida’s Space Coast. Host of the Annual Easter Surf Festival and home to dozens of surfing hotspots, this is the perfect Space Coast destination to learn how to surf.

From taking surfing lessons to stocking up on gear, here are some things you need to know about surf lessons in Cocoa Beach.

Choose a Reputable School or Lesson Provider

You’ll find dozens of surf schools and training centers scattered along Atlantic Avenue and around the East Cocoa Beach Causeway. The School of Surf is a popular destination for beginners and offers both group clinics and private training sessions at its training center. The Yoga Surf School offers beachside yoga sessions to help you get warmed up before a surfing lesson or maybe to unwind with afterward. If you want to expand your horizons with kiteboarding, head over to Good Breeze Kiteboarding for basic lessons and kiteboarding gear.

Planning a long weekend in the area? You’ll find several beachside hotels and resorts that offer beginner courses along the Atlantic, and these are led by professional and experienced instructors. Just check in with the front desk to learn about hotel activities and recommendations for area surf schools.

Pick Up Surfboards and Gear

Ron Jon Surf Shop is a Cocoa Beach landmark in and of itself, and it’s a great place to pick out some basic surfing gear and essentials for your surfing lessons or recreational activities. Whether you’re shopping for swimwear, skimboards, or quality surfboards, this is your one-stop shop for all your surfing essentials. You also have the option of signing up for private and group lessons for surfing and kiteboarding lessons at the Ron Jon Surf School, Florida’s largest surfing school.

Get Inspired at the Annual Surf Festival

If you happen to be in the area over Easter weekend, don’t miss the lineup of professional surfers in action at the Annual Easter Surf Festival. Held in Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach each year, this family-friendly event will give you a chance to learn more about surfing techniques, cheer on your favorite surfers in a competition, and mingle with local surfing enthusiasts.

Learn more about surf lessons in Cocoa Beach and surfing hotspots the locals flock to each season by browsing the rest of the Visit Florida’s Space Coast website.