From: Vol. 1, Issue 8, May 11-17, 2006
By Christina Scannapiego
San Clemente Times
With summer approaching, here’s a lineup of local overnight and day camps
While the menu of summer surf camps in San Clemente provides anyone-children or adults-with a perfect place to learn surfing basics, some of the camps provide young rippers with ways to improve their skills, make the surf team next fall or get an edge on their competition. It’s also a time to surf for a week with friends, make new ones and give Mom and Dad a break from the beach shuttle service. Go online or call to find out about the following surf camp sessions and rates.
Advanced Surf Training
949.361.9526, email@example.com, www.advancedsurfing.com
Advanced Surf Training focuses on the more experienced grom from eight to 18 years old, and welcomes advanced beginners-beginners who have surfed before and own their own equipment. The camp includes video and written evaluation, trial heats and competitive strategies. “There are so many kids that I’m already coaching [one-on-one] year-round that it just made sense to take the camp to the next level,” says owner Steve Speck, aka Mophead. Most of his counselors are surfers he’s coached in the past plus Australian pro surfer Mike Hayes.
Location: Based in San Clemente and with three cars between 10 kids, the groups are able to travel from San Diego to Huntington Beach and can split up depending on conditions and experience level. They will often hit up different National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) sites for practice and advice about that wave.
Day or overnight? Both. Must be 12 and over to stay overnight.
Accommodations: Overnighters stay in a bed and breakfast-style house that’s walking distance to the beach with separate male and female sleeping quarters and supervisors on hand at all times. Accommodations include two full-screen video review rooms, computers and recreation tables.
Meals: Surfers bring money for lunches (for overnighters, money for dinner as well). Camp provides home-cooked breakfast, snacks and refreshments.
Endless Summer Surf Camp
949.498.7862, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.endlesssummersurfcamp.com
Former competitive surfer and San Clemente High School graduate Jason Senn runs this 15-year-old camp and has taught Leonardo di Caprio and Julia Roberts to surf. The camp accommodates about 30 campers per session and is all-inclusive, so meals, equipment and accommodations are taken care of. Beginner to experienced surfers are welcome. A new program to this year’s camp is Progressive Surf Coaching for advanced surfers.
Location: The camp takes over the entire area of Trail 4.
Day or overnight? Both.
Accommodations: The campsite is complete with tents, Astroturf, couches, pingpong tables and other amenities. Meals: Full-time cook for all three meals. Day campers get lunch, snacks and beverages.
Groundswell Surf Camp
949.361.1740, email@example.com, www.surfcamp.com
Hosted by shaper and former pro surfer Terry Senate, Groundswell takes up to 40 kids per day. Beginners and more experienced surfers are welcome and can receive as much or as little help as they want with longboarding, shortboarding and tandem surfing. While surfing is the primary focus here, campers are also able to snorkel, skateboard and play volleyball. A weekly beach cleanup is scheduled for every session.
Day or overnight? Both. Day campers can opt for half or full days.
Accommodations: Overnighters camp in tents at Trail 3 where many State Park Rangers are on hand at all times. This is “deluxe camping,” and the camp includes showers, a big-screen TV and Ping-Pong tables.
Meals: Tuition includes three meals per day provided by a full-time cook with lunch, snacks and beverages for day campers. Vegetarians can be accommodated.
Billabong Summer Soul Surf Camp
949.521.0981, www.summersoulsurfcamp.com, www.billabongsurfcamps.com
Designed for kids ages nine to 18, this camp is operated by three-time U.S. longboarding champ Josh Baxter and experienced surfer Chris Barnum. Surf instruction is available for all levels, and this is the only local camp to provide outrigger canoe surfing. Other activities include painting and music clinics, visits to the skatepark, jewelry making, Ping-Pong and foosball. An awards ceremony takes place every Friday at the end of the session and prizes are raffled off to campers who’ve earned tickets. Summer Soul now offers a mini-grom day camp for 4- to 6-year-olds. Kids are taught tandem style and parents learn the method afterward.
Location: This is the only camp at San O. Counselors drive campers in vans.
Day or overnight? Both.
Accommodations: Six- to eight-person tents grouped together in a family-style campground at State Park, with boys and girls in separate tents. Camp includes hot showers, campfire, kitchen, couches and beanbags.
Meals: All meals included for overnight campers. Lunch, snacks and drinks provided for day campers.
Billabong Aloha Beach Camp
949.481.7222, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alohabeachcamp.net, www.billabongcamps.com
Matthew Colapinto, longtime surfer, State Park lifeguard and elementary school teacher is the founder and main instructor of this camp, which is celebrating its eighth season. Campers-ages 7 to 15 years old-are divided into two groups for instruction and fun. On the last day of each session, campers receive an Aloha Beach camp T-shirt, certificate and goody bag full of Billabong product.
Location: Just south of T Street where City of San Clemente lifeguards are on duty during all working hours of the camp.
Day or overnight? Day
Meals: Shade, snacks and refreshments are provided daily with Chipotle burritos on Fridays. Otherwise, campers bring lunch.
Quiksilver and Roxy Cola’s Summer Surf Camp
949.636.1419, email@example.com, www.colassurfcamp.com
Run by surfer, 21-year State Park lifeguard and fourth-grade teacher at Truman Benedict, Mitch Colapinto, this Cola’s Surf Camp is also celebrating its eighth season. Choose from Quiksilver coed camps or two available sessions of Roxy all-girl camps. Each day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a different lecture, stretching then surf instruction as well as skimboarding and bodyboarding. This summer, a generous San Clemente resident donated funding to the camp for four surf camp scholarships, so call or e-mail for details. And Cola’s introduces a Roxy adult yoga/surf session for women in late June. The group meets at Aha Yoga on Granada at 6:30 a.m.; eats a light breakfast at 8 a.m.; surfs and enjoys a light lunch.
Location: Poche Beach
Day or overnight? Day
Meals: Snacks and refreshments provided daily. Pizza parties and goody bags on Friday.
JP’s Surf Camp
Jonathan Pierce (JP), longtime surfer and kindergarten teacher with the Capistrano Unified School District, is the owner and operator of this camp. He and his instructors accommodate children and adults, and take 15 surfers per session to make for a small group environment. Each session runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Participants meet at the south side of the snack shop at North Beach 15 minutes prior to the session and head to their location south of the volleyball courts at the North Beach/204 area.
Day or overnight? Day
Meals: Snacks and refreshments provided daily