We are Santa Monica Surf School. We are surfers, travelers, and dreamers. And we live by one rule – ride on. It’s our mantra, our battle cry, our roll call. We’re always looking to take on a new challenge, a bigger wave, a crazier trick. To us, it’s all about persistence. And we want to help you ride on, whether it’s getting up on your first wave or mastering your technique. For nine years and counting, we’ve been helping people achieve their surfing goals. Our mission is to teach you everything about surfing – from technique, to etiquette, to surfing culture. For us, surfing is a lifestyle. It’s about freedom, friendship, and above all – fun. We’re here to make your experience in the water as amazing as possible. So we’ve just got one question: Are you ready to ride on?

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Ride with the bros

Santa Monica Surf School’s instructors are all NARS (National Aquatic Rescue Standard) certified.
*Spanish instruction available upon request.

Nicolas Ostrogovich

Founder/Head Instructor

Nick was born and raised in Santa Monica and has always considered the beach to be his backyard. At the young age of nine, he joined the Los Angeles Junior Lifeguard Program and soon discovered his calling for surfing. Since sparking that innate passion, he’s taught all over the world from Bali to Costa Rica to Hawaii

Aidan Ostrogovich


Like his brother Nick, Aidan has always loved the water. He followed in his brother’s footsteps and became a junior lifeguard at a young age. This gave him the essential tools to become an amazing waterman and surfer. Aidan continues to raise the bar in his classes and is truly an amazing guy to work with.

Bragging Rights
We’ll record a Go-Pro video of your session. Consider it a digital trophy for your Facebook wall.


"Hey Sam, I loved my lesson, Nick and Cooper were great, real nice and I had a blast with them. I'm so excited for my next lesson (even though my arms are still sore, but in a good way). Thanks again, really looking forward to my next lesson!"