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Learn To Surf With Us.
Since 2014, We Are The Premier Surf School In Half Moon Bay.

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Learn To Surf With Us.

Since 2014, We Are The Premier Surf School In Half Moon Bay.

Group of student from Kids Summer Surf Camp
Our Surf Camps are a great opportunity for kids to develop and improve their surfing skills and confidence.
Group Of Students from Open Group Lesson
No one to surf with? No problem, join other beginners in a friendly and fun environment.
Bring your own group of 9 or more for our 2-hour group surf lesson! We teach proper pop-ups and safety skills.
Schedule your own private group lesson. Offered for 3 or more beginners, enjoy a 1.5 hour private group surf lesson!
Hit the waves with your own exclusive lesson with your family members or friends.
Our private surf lessons are great for beginners to focus on your individual needs and surfing skills.
Photo of Janeene Wilkinson, who is current owner of Pillar Point Surf School Along with Students


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.
Janeene Wilkinson is the new owner for Pillar Point Surf School. The previous owner Matt Wilkinson will continue to oversee the business as a manager. Matt has many years of teaching experience in the bay area. Since 2014, he has 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 31 years of surfing experience will help you stand up in no time.

Our Happy

Andrii PolishchukAndrii Polishchuk
23:02 14 Jul 23
Great Surfing school (kids camp was awesome).
Nicole BrownNicole Brown
17:31 14 Jul 23
BEST SURF CAMP EVER!!All of the instructors took their time to help encourage the campers and make each camper feel special. It was just the right amount of instruction and fun. The campers became confident and knowledgeable while having a good time. Thank you to everyone for creating this special experience for my child.
Eric HollisterEric Hollister
15:24 11 Jul 23
They had low attendance and instead of canceling, they appealed to the parents and made private lessons out of it. Matt, Eric, Dylan, and Ryan are absolutely fantastic! Different surf school than the other ones but just as valuable.
Katie BaradKatie Barad
03:04 11 Jul 23
I enrolled my sons in the summer surf camp and they both had a blast! They had plenty of instructors for everyone to get personalized attention, and I felt comfortable leaving my kids in their care. My kids left the camp hungry for more surfing!
Bev BallBev Ball
06:13 13 Aug 22
Thank you for a great first introduction to surfing. The kids were hooked and want to take more lessons the next time they visit our area again. It was fun for them to also have a younger instructor as they were all in the same age group. Phillip was a good coach since they both were able to stand up consistently by the end of the lesson.
Bryan BradshawBryan Bradshaw
00:26 30 Jul 22
My 12 year old son had a great time learning to surf for his first time at this camp. The counselors are really nice and the BBQ on the last day was really fun. The counselors were helpful by pushing him into the wave at the right time. He learned how to surf and wants to keep surfing.Improvements: he said he would have liked a few more tips. And, he said it was hard to make new friends because a lot of kids came with friends, but it was still a really fun week!
A Photo Of instructor with a group of students


The meeting location is in the dirt parking lot across from the Princeton Jetty. Look for the skateboarding half pipe. Here’s the address: 3939 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Come dressed in your swimsuit. We recommend bringing sandals, sunscreen, towel, and a change of warm clothing.

Private/Group Lessons:
You must cancel at least 48 hours prior to the lesson. Then we can reschedule or offer a refund.

Surf Camp:
If you cancel at least 30 days prior to the first day of surf camp for which you are registered, your tuition will be refunded.

If you cancel within 30 days of the first day of surf camp, you will only receive a tuition refund, if we can fill your spot. If not, no refund will be given.
There is no refund for arriving late or leaving early.
There are no partial refunds for any services not used while at camp. If a camper is sent home for not adhering to camp policies, no refunds will be given.
There are no Exceptions for Private/ Group/ Surf Camp to this policy including: weather, illness, or personal emergencies. We run an extremely high-quality, tight-margin program with limited space.

We suggest booking at least a week in advance for lessons. We can try to accommodate the day before but are often booked.

You need to be able to swim with your head above water and must be able to swim to shore. Smaller kids and weak swimmers will be kept in shallow waters and our instructors are always with the students at all times!

A group of Students


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Surfers Beach/ Princeton Jetty Meet in parking lot, by Skateboarding Half Pipe 3939 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019



Phone No.

+1 650-515-6174