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This beach destination offers so many fun things to go do for everyone in your family. You’ll be able to see some of the area’s unique wildlife in nature parks, explore the shops and restaurants on Canal Street, check out the farmers market, try a new ocean activity, and so much more. But many people don’t know that this area is also a great place to surf.

One of the best and most unique ways to have fun while on vacation is to rent a surfboard and take some lessons. Whether you know what you’re doing, or if you want to try your hand at something new, there are plenty of places to help you feel like a pro. We’ve compiled some of the best spots for surfing, including lessons and gear rentals.

Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy

The surfing academy’s teachings have been crafted around learning more about the ocean through surfing.

Jimmy’s way of teaching you to surf encompasses an education in ocean safety. With nearly 40 years of surfing experience, Jimmy is considered one of the top surf instructors in the area. You’ll learn ocean and paddling skills and surfing techniques and etiquette, while having fun learning to ride the waves. He offers a summer surf camp as well as private lessons. There are a variety of options so you’re sure find something perfect for your skill level.

You can bring your own board if you have one; otherwise, rentals are available for your lessons. Jimmy’s is located on Sapphire Road in New Smyrna Beach, and you can call the school for more information and lesson reservations.

Surfin’ NSB

This surf school provides lessons for individuals or even a group, making it a well-rounded stop for your family vacation.

The lessons are super convenient, and instructors will teach you to ride the waves anywhere you want (depending on the swell, of course). Since many of our rentals on New Smyrna Beach are right by the ocean, you can often find a surf spot right out your front door.

Don’t worry, if you can’t find the right surf spot for you, ask the instructors. They can take you for a lesson and recommend breaks in the area to suit your level.

Lessons last about an hour and a half, with 15 minutes of dry-land instruction before heading into the water for an hour or so, depending on conditions. All of the equipment you need to learn how to master surfing will be provided for you.

Individual lessons are $60 a person, and group lessons are $40. All equipment costs are included in the price.

Red Dog Surf Shop

Red Dog is known as one of the best rental stores in New Smyrna Beach. It also offers professional surf lessons so you can learn how to enjoy the ocean from a new and fun angle.

Red Dog Surf Shop puts a focus on becoming one with the ocean and learning how to harness the healthy lifestyle of riding waves. You can choose from individual or group lessons, both of which range from one to two hours, The board (and any other gear) is included in the price. Call Red Dog today to schedule your session and dive into a new sport.

Before you head out to the waves there are a few things to think about. Anyone learning to surf should know how to swim, be sure to apply sunscreen, and keep an eye on the weather. Other than that, make sure to keep an open mind and have fun.

If you’re looking for condo rentals, give us a call at (386) 478-7863. We’re here to ensure you have the best beach vacation, and offer homes chock-full of amenities to help you enjoy it.