Coast Surf Shop proudly offers an array of high quality lessons in St. Joseph and New Buffalo, Michigan - rated as one of the best places to learn how to surf in North America by Outside Magazine! Surfing is one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world, and surfing on the Great Lakes is no exception.
Our lesson programs are designed to help share the joy of the surfing lifestyle in the Great Lakes with anyone who may be interested. The lessons aim to introduce students to the fundamentals of each sport, with an emphasis on fundamentals, safety, and fun!

Reservations must be made in advance! Get more details for each lesson below and book online or call us at 269-932-4575 to reserve.

Private Surfing 101

If you prefer an even more personal approach, our Surfing 101 Private Lesson is an ideal way to get introduced to surfing in the Great Lakes. Whether it is by yourself, with family or a group of friends, our teaching on the beach and in the water ensures a safe and fun learning environment where you get the attention that you deserve and the professional instruction that you expect. This is a great way for a close group to enjoy each others' company in the water. By the end, you'll be lucky enough to understand the saying, Only a surfer knows the feeling!

Stand Up Paddleboarding 101

What's SUP? Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is quickly growing into one of the coolest new ways to get on the water. Relatively easy to do with a little practice, stand up paddling is similar to kayaking; all you need is a body of water and a paddle and you are set to go. SUP is a great, full body core workout that is actually fun! While perfect for calm days on the lake, in the harbor, and up the river, stand up paddleboards can also be surfed when there are small waves as it is essentially a giant surfboard. Our stand up boards and paddles are top of the line and our SUP lesson covers all of the basics involved in stand up paddling.

SUP Yoga Fitness Class

Break away from your routine yoga practice or fitness class and expand your boundaries to discover stand-up paddleboard yoga. Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, is a great way to improve balance, gain core strength, increase flexibility, and connect with nature. The muscles of the core - from the deep transverse abdominis to the rectus abdominis and obliques - will be engaged while we practice, paddle, flow, and play!

Private Skimboarding 101

Skimboarding is one of the fastest growing sports for kids on both U.S. coasts as well as in the Great Lakes region. Fun and easy to do, it is a great way for kids and adults alike to stay active at the beach. Our Skim 101 Lesson emphasizes safety, proper technique, and fun; all of the elements important for taking full advantage of skimboarding!

Private Sandboarding 101

If you snowboard, surf, skim, or skateboard, you don't know what you're missing if you haven't tried sandboarding! Similar to snowboarding in the sense that you are standing sideways on a board and riding down a hill, sandboarding is quickly becoming a hot new sport in our area. With world class sand dunes 15 minutes away from both of our shops at Warren Dunes State Park, our lessons offer an awesome way to become introduced to the sport. If you may not be comfortable standing, we even offer sand sleds!

Private Lesson Details
  • Ages 7 to adult are welcome
  • 1 - 2 hour lesson at a St. Joseph beach, New Buffalo City Beach or Warren Dunes State Park (sandboarding only)
  • Includes all equipment
  • Instructor / student ratio never exceeding 1:4
  • Students meet at Third Coast Surf Shop 15 minutes prior to lesson
We recommend you bring what you would normally have when spending time at the beach; sunscreen, a comfortable swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, a sweatshirt, hat, and drinking water.