surfing fun
for all ages

Pillar Point Surf School has various offerings to meet your needs 






Our mission at Pillar Point Surf School is to offer people of all ages an opportunity to ride waves in a fun, safe, and encouraging manner.

Pillar Point Surf School is located in the bay area, in the coastal town of Half Moon Bay. We have a permit to legally operate within the city limits. Our staff are knowledgeable surfers who know the coastside well, providing a safe, exciting, and most importantly a fun experience. Open year-round, we provide experienced instructors, surfboards, and wetsuits based on request.

Matt Wilkinson is the owner/main instructor for Pillar Point Surf School. He has many years of teaching experience in the bay area. He recently decided to expand his teaching from the classroom to the Pacific Ocean.  Being a coastside resident for over 30 years he knows how to customize your surfing experience to make it most enjoyable. In addition his 26 years of surfing experience will help you stand up in no time.


Group surf lesson
per person
In these two-hour surf lessons we introduce surfing fundamentals, etiquette, safety, wave dynamics, paddling skills, surfboard positioning, maneuvering, proper stand-up and riding techniques.

- We have both Open Groups and Private Groups available by reservation.
- Form your own private group with 4 or more.
- Larger group discounts are available upon request for groups of 9 participants or more.
- Special sessions for wedding parties, bachelor/ette, parties, corporate team building, school groups, church groups, birthday parties, are also available.
Semi- Private
per person (ages 6 and up)
Learn to surf in your own exclusive two hour semi-private lesson with your family members or friends.

These sessions offer a greater level of instructor attention than our standard group lessons.

With two students per master instructor they are tailored to fit any skill level or age.

per hour (all ages)
For those who want one-on-one surf instruction from our Master instructors.

These sessions are highly recommended for students who want to bring their surfing to the next skill level.

Private instruction is available in a 1.5 – 2 hour session Price: $120 per hour (all ages)

Happy clients

Matt is so kind and friendly. He was informative and easy to work with. He makes something as scary as the open ocean feel so fun. Thank you, Matt for my first ever surf lesson. I am in love with the ocean and cannot wait to come back! Definitely recommend him for anyone trying to surf.
Nelly D