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Learn to Surf at Liquid Sessions' California Surf Academy

Build a solid foundation for your surf with our

Beginner to Intermediate Surf Lessons.

Liquid Sessions Surf has access to some of the best waves in the world to learn to surf. They are excellent for learning how to surf and for longboarding. With sand bottom beach breaks to consistent point breaks, we have the perfect wave for your level.

Want to live the California Dream of becoming a surfer or focus on advancing your surfing at a surf school or camp?


We'll help you progress faster and surf better.

Professional instruction guaranteed to have you surfing

Personalized surf coaching

Perfect California waves for learning and advancing your skills

Free board rental

Liquid Sessions Surf Donovan Burgess Teaching

What Does A Surf Lesson Include?

This is an action-packed 1.5 to 2 session for the beginner that wants to build a solid foundation for their surfing.  A hands-on and intensive course designed to give you all the skills necessary for you to successfully advance from a beginner (kook) to an intermediate surfer.

  • Getting to know your surfboard and its components 

  • 3 steps to safety

  • History of Surf

  • Theory of Surf

  • Finding Your Balance 

  • Proper Paddling Technique

  • The Pop-up: Getting to your feet and Surfing!

  • A guided and coached surf session

  • Apply and practice what we learned in Surf Theory

  • Develop and increase overall surfing and water confidence

  • Surfboard and Wetsuit rental for the day

Semi-Private Surf Lessons (1.5-2 Hours)

Private Surf Lessons (2 Hours)

Recommended for Intermediate and Advanced Surfers

Are you a little nervous about getting on a board for the first time? Or maybe you are a shredder but want a little one on one coaching time to work on something specific? Get our full attention and a fully personalized instruction session. 


Your private lesson includes everything in our semi-private lesson, plus bonus one on one personalized instruction and coaching specifically for you. 


Youth Surf Academy

What's Included?

Seasonal/Vacation Break Sessions, Ages 7-17

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 12 pm 

  • Extended Day: 8:00am to 3 pm

Weekend Sessions, Ages 8-12​

  • Every first and third Sunday of the Month

  • 8:00 am to 12 pm


  • Board & Wetsuit rental for the week

  • Everything that is in our small group lessons, including:​

    • 2x Surf Theory class

    • 5x Practical surf development lessons

    • Unlimited guided surf sessions

    • Supervised fun in the sun!

  • PLUS​

    • Digital coaching and analysis

    • Surf photography offered by Nathaniel Bryant Tafoya of DSP Digital Media.


What to bring?

Surf Lesson

  1. A hoodie or sweatshirt. The weather can shift, but we want our students comfortable, especially as they head home.

  2. Please bring water bottle and a snack. Surfing burns calories!

  3. Towel and sunscreen. We recommend a reef-safe sunscreen to protect your camper and the ocean.

Youth Surf Academy

  1. An extra change of clothes and a hoodie/sweatshirt, just in case. The weather can shift, and we want our campers to always be comfortable, especially as they head home in the afternoons. 

  2. Please bring water bottle and a packed lunch if attending extended day sessions. We will provide water for refills and snacks. This includes fruit and gluten free options. If your student has any allergies, please let us know immediately.

  3. Towel and sunscreen. We recommend a reef-safe sunscreen to protect your camper and the ocean.


Frequently Asked Questions

Surf in Nicaragua

Can I bring someone?

Yes, you can. Bring another surfer and receive %15 percent off your trip. We have special rates for groups of four or more and non-surfing companions available. Contact us for more details.

Are there age requirements?

You're never too old or young to surf, but you need to be 18 to book a trip. We have shared the surfing stoke with guests from 3 years old to 83 years young. The majority of our guests range from their 20's through their 50's. Children are welcome with family groups. Ages 15 through 17 can attend regular camps with a parent. Through the stoke of surf and the aloha vibes from the Liquid Sessions surf family, our groups are well integrated and fun. We don't mix single surfers with family groups. We personalize each experience, finding out a little about you to match you or your group up with the right place, time, and people to make an epic experience you'll remember for a lifetime.

I've never surfed. Is Liquid Sessions Surf for me?

Yes, it is, and congratulations on deciding to try something new and exciting! Sometimes the most challenging part is just starting. Some of our clients have never seen the ocean before. Others have had a bad experience in the water before. Liquid Sessions Surf curriculum was created specifically for beginner and intermediate surfers to learn, progress, and build their confidence in and out of the water.

How do the shared rooms work?

You have the choice of sharing a studio apartment with one to three other Liquid Sessions guests or paying extra for a private room. Dorms sleep four and do not have air conditioning.

Should I bring my own board?

No matter whether you are a beginner surfer, intermediate surfer, longboarder, or a fun-boarder, we've got you covered with our sizeable up-to-date surf quiver. Our quiver includes longboards, fish surfboards, and fun boards. You are sure to find the perfect board to feel confident, build skills, and have fun. If you have a favorite board and want to bring it with you, bring it! For our advanced and performance riders, we advise you to bring your own surfboards. Three good boards should do it. We have a limited selection of choices for performance and shortboards.

How much cash should I bring?

That depends on you and your personal spending preferences. Liquid Sessions has you covered on pretty much everything you need. We provide three meals daily, as well as unlimited water, tea, and coffee. You'll need money for beers, cocktails, smoothies, and any extra food or snacks. Airport transportation costs approximately $60 to $80 each way. If other Liquid Sessions guests are traveling on the same days, we can arrange for a cost-saving shuttle.
There is also a small gift shop and a couple of restaurants in the area. The closest ATM is over 30 minutes away, so bring money. Any extra charges you may incur, such as drinks, massages, horseback riding, hot springs tours, etc. will be billed to your room. Payment at check out by cash or card is accepted.

How does airport transportation work?

Fly into Airport Costa Esmeralda and Liquid Sessions will pick you up for free! Fly into Managua and it costs approximately $60 to $80 each way. If other Liquid Sessions guests are traveling on the same days, we can arrange for a cost-saving shuttle.

We do not recommend flying into Costa Rica and crossing the border yourself unless you use a shuttle service, fly over, or are an experienced traveler. The border is a little difficult for first-time border crossers and inexperienced travelers.

Is Nicaragua safe?

Yes! Statistically, Nicaragua is the poorest of money-wealthy countries in Central America, but it is rich in life. It is the third safest Central American country, according to Tour Radar. Despite Nicaragua's political and civil ups and downs over the years, the beaches and surf destinations remain untouched and beautiful. Nicaragua's natural beauty, combined with its friendly people, will have you relaxing in no time.

Do I need a passport?

Yes. All you need is a return ticket and a passport to get into Nicaragua. They will stamp a visa in your passport for up to 90 days. *Guests traveling from the United States can find more information here.
**Please check regarding requirement from your country/location.

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