My fiancée and I were visiting San Diego and drove up to Oceanside specifically for Whitlock. It's a small family run business, which we love supporting, and the owner is super nice. Our surf instructor was Captain Ron who was totally awesome. He was extremely supportive and really actively coached all of us during the two hour lesson. With his help, I actually got up on the board and felt like a legit Cali surfer chick for a hot second. They also do very reasonably priced full day wet suit and board rentals. Bonus- the shop sells really cute merch and I bought a cute white crop top which I will rock on the East coast. I will definitely be back when I'm back in the area.
I've been trying and failing on and off for the last decade to stand up on a wave. Living hundreds of miles away from the coast most of my life limited the amount of time I could really dedicate to practice. This last weekend my wife took us to Oceanside as part of a belated birthday trip. We arrived at Whitlock for the early class and met their incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff. We got our gear sorted quickly and drove off to the beach with our instructor, Captain Ron. Our class was very small and that allowed Cpt. Ron to monitor our attempts and give very personalized instructions to get each of us back on the board after a fall. With his help I (and every other student, by the way) was standing up and taking waves into the shore. We all had a blast and learned so much. Ron was very friendly and a great teacher. Thank you very much, Captain! I will absolutely be back the next time we are in San Diego.
After wanting to learn to surf for a while, I had the opportunity to take a lesson with Skylar an Carl while I was in Carlsbad for a few days. These guys were AWESOME! I was pretty nervous about being crushed by waves but they built up my skill and confidence and got me up on my board. Both Skylar and Carl were both extremely patient and personable. Once we got going, I never felt unsafe under their watch. Our group was small (5 people) so we all got a lot of personal attention. I would highly recommend this shop for lessons (and they make custom boards as well when you're good enough to catch the really, really, really good waves!)