Kayak Surfing Class

Kayak Surfing Class

Kayak surfing will give you essential skills for becoming a confident and safe surfer in the Pacific Northwest. Kayak surfing skills will allow you to do coastal touring and improve your overall rough water skills.

These are individual or small group private classes where you’ll learn on waves for your skill level at Hobuck Beach on Washington’s beautiful NW coast or the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the Olympic Peninsula. Our Kayak Surfing class includes 2 full days at your own pace. Camp by the ocean within a few miles of Shi Shi Beach and Cape Flattery.  The camp is for sea kayaks only with bulkheads and/or reliable floatation.  Depending on conditions the class may be held at Crescent Beach near Port Angeles.

In two days you’ll get much on-water time as possible to learn new skills and become familiar with the surf zone. Your instructors are ACA certified and known for their patience and strong focus on safety and having fun!

At the end of this class you’ll be able to read surf forecasts, choose gear, paddle out, surf, turn in waves, self-rescue in surf and be a kayak ambassador in the surf zone.

Kayak Surfing is available all year. Contact us with your schedule.

Take our Kayak Level 1 or 2 to build your skills for the camp. 

Kristy G surfing in Oregon

Core Skills You’ll Gain:

  • How to catch waves, timing, the line up and choosing the best waves
  • Learn how to adjust trim for better control on waves
  • Paddling back out through incoming waves successfully
  • How to turn around without capsizing.
  • Stability skills in the surf zone so you stay up longer to catch more waves
  • Capsizing and wet-exiting safely in the surf zone
  • Skills for turning in waves so you go where you want
  • Wave and weather forecasting and tips for PNW breaks
  • Where to surf in the PNW for your skill level
  • Surfer’s etiquette and water safety
  • Choosing the best gear and clothing for your budget and skill level
  • How to enjoy SUP surfing all year in the PNW.


Your Coaches:

Kristy Gutierrez –

Kristy is an ACA L3 Coastal Kayak instructor and guide and has spent the last decade professionally guiding and coordinating outdoor recreation, education, and adventure travel experiences (kayaking, SUP, mountain biking). Her love for kayaking began with running whitewater rivers in the Southeast, moving to the West Coast really opened up her eyes to the wildly magnificent coastal paddling in the Pacific Ocean. She loves touring around the San Juan Islands and rock gardening in the whitewater of the sea along the rocky coast of Baja (or surfing any wave). Kristy also enjoys mountain biking, exploring the PNW and baking bread.

Scott Dahlquist –

Scott is comfortable on both kayak and SUP and has the L5 kayak Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayak (AOWCK) Certification and is a L2 SUP instructor with ACA and has the British Canoeing Core Coach Award.  Scott is also on the Dagger Kayaks pro team. A recent transplant from San Diego, Scott loves to teach navigation, kayak rolling, sea kayak surfing and exploring Puget Sound.

Class Details:

  • Schedule: Private Classes all year
  • Duration: 2 Full Days at your own pace
  • Class Size: 1 – 4 people. Classes are kept small so you get more attention and for safety in the surf zone.
  • Location: Hobuck Beach @ Makah Reservation or Crescent Beach near Port Angeles depending on conditions and lodging availability
  • Prerequisites: Must have taken Kayak Level 1 or 2  or equivalent, know how to swim, have 100% reliable self rescue skills and comfort in waves and chop
  • *Rentals Included – Sea kayaks, paddles, 4/3mm and 5/4mm wetsuits, booties, gloves, hoods, helmets
  • COVID-19: We follow current guidelines. Instructors are vaccinated. 


Private Group to 4 people – Per Person $999

2 Person Private (per person): $1199

1-1 Private Class $1399


  • Stable Sea kayak, paddle, pump, paddle float, spray skirt, PFD (life vest)
  • Full 4/3mm or 5/4mm wetsuit, booties, hood, gloves
  • Bringing your own gear? Required for surfing – Drysuit or full 5/4mm wetsuit, winter booties, gloves, hood, vest PFD, sprayskirt for closed deck boats, paddle, kayak with floatation or bulkheads.

Skill Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner or Intermediate

You have taken our Level 1 or 2 SUP Basics classes and/or Kayak Rescues. Or proven similar classes and/or skills. 

You must know how to swim, be in good physical shape and be able to handle paddling in bumps and small waves. You should have good directional control.

Your boat should have bulkheads and/or reliable floatation. Oru Kayaks may not be able to hold up to waves.  

Get the basic skills with our Kayak Basics classes.

“Salmon Bay Paddle’s instructors knowledge of surfing, safety, and his overall skills helped me advance through coaching and immediate feedback boosting my confidence and ability level. I’m hooked on surfing! I would have locked in poor habits and likely injured my back or shoulders had I not taken a lesson in my first season of regularly paddling. They have years of experience and gladly passes on what he has learned for the safety and fun of all surfing enthusiasts who work with them.”

- Brittany F

Excellent experience! Rob is not only extremely knowledgeable about the technical aspects of paddling, but also many other factors that will enhance your experience. Among these, safety on the water, PNW places to explore, history and culture of the sport, a laundry list of tips on how to enjoy the paddling lifestyle year round and a solid under standing of the natural elements (tides, swells, wind patterns, geological and hydrological features, etc).

He truly has a passion for the sport and demonstrates patience and expertise in his teaching. I recently took a paddle surfing class with him and in just 3 hours picked up a TON of things I can practice both in the surf and open water. I also had a lot of fun in during the lesson. Time spent with him will result in greater proficiency, more fun and a safe time on the water. Can’t recommend highly enough!

Blake B

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