1- EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED IN PRICE LESSON PRICE, (WET SUIT, SURF BOARD, INSTRUCTOR (AND ALL THE WAVES YOU CAN RIDE). PEOPLE OFTEN BRING WATER, TOWEL, AND SUNSCREEN.
2- WHEN YOU BOOK AND PAY ONLINE, YOUR RESERVATION IS 100% GUARANTEED.
2a- GIFT CERTIFICATES MUST CALL IN TO BOOK LESSON OR USE RESERVATION CODE GIVEN TO BOOK ONLINE.
3- YOU MUST PAY FIRST TO RESERVE YOUR APPOINTMENT, WE ARE SORRY, BUT THIS POLICY WAS INSTILLED DUE TO ALL THE FLAKY "A" HOLES WHO WASTE OUR TIME. WE RESPECT YOUR TIME AND WE ALWAYS SHOW UP EARLY FOR YOUR LESSON.
4- IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE LATE, NEED TO RESCHEDULE, OR CANCEL, CALL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WE WILL TRY TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR NEEDS AS MUCH AS OUR SCHEDULE PERMITS, BUT NOT GUARANTEED. PLAN ON SHOWING UP AT YOUR SCHEDULED LESSON , ON TIME.
5- PLEASE ARRIVE 5 MINUTES EARLY TO YOU LESSON. WE SCHEDULE OUR LESSONS BACK TO BACK, IF YOU ARE LATE IT EATS INTO YOUR LESSON TIME. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE HORROR OF LA TRAFFIC, THE DIFFICULTIES OF PARKING (finding parking, parking lot lines and prices), AND MURPHY'S LAW, TAKE THESE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN PLANNING YOUR DRIVE. (Add 30 minutes to drive time to be safe).
6- AFTER BOOKING ONLINE, YOU CAN RESCHEDULE YOUR LESSON ONLINE OR CALL UP TO 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR LESSON WITH NO CHARGE. WE WILL TRY TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR NEW REQUESTED TIME. RESCHEDULING WITH LESS THAN 24 HOURS IS A CANCELLATION AND NO REFUND WILL BE ISSUED.
TRYING TO RESCHEDULE FOR ANOTHER TIME OR DAY, ON THE SAME DAY AS YOUR LESSON, IS CONSIDERED A CANCELLATION.
7-100% REFUND WITH 24 HOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE.
8- IF IT'S IMPERATIVE FOR YOU TO RECEIVE A PRIVATE LESSON OR A PARTICULAR INSTRUCTOR, PLEASE ADD THIS TO THE NOTES SECTION WHEN MAKING RESERVATION. WE WILL ACCOMMODATE YOUR REQUEST ABOUT 99% OF THE TIME, HOWEVER IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. WHEN BOOKING THE BUSINESS OWNER, HE WILL ASSIGN YOU TO ANOTHER INSTRUCTOR 99.99% OF THE TIME.
9- IF YOU PAY FOR A PRIVATE LESSON, AND WE ADD YOU TO A GROUP, (NEVER LARGER THAN 5 PEOPLE) YOU WILL BE REFUNDED THE DIFFERENCE IN PRICE AT THE END OF YOUR LESSON. WE TRY NOT TO DO THIS UNLESS IT'S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY DUE TO OUR BUSY SCHEDULE.
10- ALL RESERVATION ARE IN Pacific Standard Time. BE AWARE OF THIS WHEN BOOKING OUTSIDE OF PST. IF YOU HAVE A GOOGLE CALENDAR YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME WILL SYNC IN YOUR CALENDAR IN YOUR TIME ZONE AUTOMATICALLY.
11-ALL LESSON MEET AT OUR PRIMARY LOCATION AT 300 OCEAN FRONT WALK, VENICE BEACH.
12- IF YOU ARE RESERVING A LESSON FOR CHILDREN, SOMEONE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, A MEDICAL CONDITION OR SOMEONE WHO CAN NOT SWIM, PLEASE SPECIFY THEIR AGE, SPECIAL NEED, OR CONDITION IN THE "MESSAGE" SECTION OF "RESERVATION REQUEST". WE FACTOR IN ALL VARIABLES WHEN PLANNING OUR LESSONS AND TIDE AND SWELL SIZE ARE MAJOR COMPONENTS WHEN WE ACCEPT OR SUGGEST ALTERNATE TIMES, ESPECIALLY FOR LESSONS NEEDING A HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE.
13-SURFING IS INHERENTLY DANGEROUS, IF YOU SHOW UP INTOXICATED (YES!, HIGH OR HUNGOVER COUNTS) YOUR LESSON WILL BE CANCELED.
14- WHILE DOING A LESSON WITH KAPOWUI OR AT ANY TIME YOU ARE IN THE AREA OF OUR BUSINESS OPERATION, YOU GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS TO ANY LEGAL RECOURSE OR MONETARY COMPENSATION AGAINST KAPOWUI, ANY OF IT'S INSTRUCTORS, OR THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES DUE TO INJURY OR DEATH SUFFERED WHILE IN OUR CARE OF OR BY ANY OF OUR EQUIPMENT, VANS, ACTS OF GOD, OR INSTRUCTORS. WE HAVE NO MONEY ANYWAY BUT LEGAL MUMBO JUMBO THAT MUST BE POSTED.
YOU CAN NOT BOOK LESSON ONLINE LESS THAN 12 HOURS BEFORE THE START TIME YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR LESSON.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE A LESSON LESS THAN 12 HOUR BEFORE YOUR LESSON TIME / SAME DAY PLEASE CALL.
WHEN BOOKING A LESSON ABOVE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE ABOVE RULES AND POLICIES.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ ALL OF THE BORING STUFF ABOVE, NOW IT'S TIME TO BOOK A LESSON! YAAAYYYYY!!!
Surf Lesson FAQ for Private and Group Surf Lessons
Do you provide equipment?
We provide surfboards and wet suits. We use 8 ft and 9 ft foam boards, which are safe and stable for beginners . We provide full wet suits to be worn during the lessons, which are not necessary during the warm summer months.
What should I bring to the lesson?
All you need to bring is a , bathing suit, towel, and sunscreen. Water is recommended to stay hydrated throughout the lesson. If you have your own surfboard or wet suit that you would like to use, you can, but the instructor will determine if it is safe and conducive for a good lesson when you meet.
How early should I arrive?
Arriving 5 minutes early is suggested however due to the nightmare that is LA traffic and parking we suggest you plan on getting to the beach 30 minutes early. You can expect to meet your surf instructor in the parking lot right on time when the lesson begins, and finish the lesson saying goodbye to the instructor.
What days and times do you offer lessons?
We offer lessons 7 days a week (based on our availability) and depending on the weather/ surf conditions.
When is the best time to surf?
Usually the mornings are best to surf because of the crowd and wind. The wind usually comes up in the afternoon and makes the conditions bumpier. However, it is best to learn to surf on a lower tide for most breaks, which might be in the afternoon. You can surf at any time of day in Southern California and still have a great time. But, we can look at the surf report and help you pick the most optimal time to surf if you are flexible.
What ages do you teach?
We teach kids and adults of all ages to surf! We have teach from 6 years old up to 70. For young children, it is up to the parents to decide if they are ready. All instructors have been trained to teach young kids; they stay very close to shore and hold on to the board at all times so if the child falls off, the instructor is right there to help him/her back onto the surfboard. The instructor caters the surf lesson to the comfort and skill level of the client.
Do you have to know how to swim to take a surf lesson?
Being able to swim is preferable, but is not required. The instructor will cater the surf lesson to the skill and comfort level of the client. If you don’t know how to swim, the instructor will be sure to hold onto you and the surfboard the entire time, and never take you out further than where you would be able to stand.
What should I do if I wear contacts or glasses?
Disposable contacts are recommended to be worn in the ocean. Glasses will not stay on during the lesson.
Can I request a male/female instructor?
We have both male and female instructors and you can request which one you prefer, but this is based on availability. Please know that all instructors are trained the same and are equally great for all ages and genders!
What if after I take the lesson, I want to book more lessons?
We offer discounts when you purchase multiple lessons, starting at three lessons. If you only purchase one lesson, but then decide you want to surf with us again, we can upgrade you to one of our package deals so you will still receive the discount.
Do you rent out surfboards and wetsuits?
Does everyone get up their first time?
Everyone is different. It depends on you athleticism, your aptitude, fitness level, and the surf conditions. During your first surf lesson, you will learn the skills needed to stand up on the surfboard. Some people stand up from first way to last wave, others get up only 1 or 2 times. Everyone is different. The waves play a major factor – the ocean is always changing; sometimes the waves will make it either easier or more difficult to stand up. While getting to your feet is a major goal, that is not what learning to surf is all about!! You will learn a lot about the sport of surfing, the waves and the ocean, and will walk away having had an awesome and adventurous experience and for some, a spiritual awakening.
What if my lesson is scheduled during rainy weather?
Kapowui gives you the opportunity to learn to surf all year round, how ever there is a slight chance it could rain during your lesson. The rain often brings the best conditions: offshore wind, glassy water, and less crowd! We still hold our lessons during the rain- you’re getting wet anyway! We conduct all scheduled lessons regardless of surf or weather conditions unless it's unsafe.
KAPOWUI HAS MEET ALL THE STRICT RULES AND REGULATION LA COUNTY AND SANTA MONICA TO LEGALLY CONDUCT SURF LESSONS. KAPOWUI IS LICENSED, PERMITTED, AND INSURED.