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Isla Surf School

Folly Beach, SC, USA
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About Isla Surf School
Isla Surf School is Charleston’s top rated surf lessons and surf camp company based out of Folly Beach, SC. We offer a wide variety of surf lessons for all ages, abilities, and group sizes in the Charleston area. We also offer 11 weeks of surf camp each summer. Camps are limited to 15 kids per week and boast the best camper to instructor ratio on the beach (3:1). If you are looking for rentals, we have you covered for all surfboard and wetsuit rental needs.
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OKC_9698 wrote a review 12 Oct
OKC500 contributions16 helpful votes
what a fun experience. Pete is a great instructor!! the boards are great for beginners. The town is funn too. we spent 2 days in charleston and last day in Follys beach and I believe it was the right combination
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from isla_surf_chs, Owner at Isla Surf School
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to write this. I had a great time working with you all! Hope to see you again soon!
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Tiedyesunflower wrote a review Sep 2021
36 contributions16 helpful votes
Did a semi-private lesson and it was SO GREAT! If you are considering this, book now! The lesson was really great. We had one instructor and they spread all the groups out so it was really just us. Our instructor, Jake, was so helpful and really helped each of us in the way we needed. We had plenty of time for learning the basics and riding the waves. Logisitics: They were super communicative via email and text. You can park anywhere but the parking near where the tent is has a bathroom and freshwater showers which was super helpful. Parking was cheap at 2$ per hour for the public lots. Definitely bring water. They had rash guard shirts you can borrow. The surf boards are a special safer foam type that made me feel super comfortable. You can definitely take a break if needed or spend the whole time in the water! Disclaimers of course - surfing is an activity that depends on the weather. Also, the number of people at the beach/in the water will impact your experience. If you want less people, consider an earlier time or a weekday. We went at 11 and the people were not a huge issue but we did have to bail a few times to avoid people in the shallows who were not planning to move for us. The worst part of your experience will be that you will want to go surfing again ASAP!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from isla_surf_chs, Owner at Isla Surf School
Responded 3 weeks ago
Wow! Thank you for covering the whole process and so glad to hear you all enjoyed the experience. Jake has been working with us for four years now and is a phenomenal instructor. I just wanted to clarify one thing mentioned above. Our lessons are private. You will not be placed in open group classes. With that being said, there are other folks getting lessons at the same time, but they will work with their own instructor and surf their own peak in the water. Thanks again for taking the time to write this and hope to see you again soon!
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Mimi T wrote a review Sep 2021
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I planned a social event for the Charleston Junior Women's Club with Isla surf School. Peter was always quick to respond to all my emails and made the process of booking extremely easy. All 12 of the women were beginners to surfing but with the help of the talented instructors, we all caught amazing waves! They divided us up in groups with an instructor, Brant was mine, and he was so patient and made it such an enjoyable learning experience. We had such a blast and would highly recommend booking with Isla Surf School.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from isla_surf_chs, Owner at Isla Surf School
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you Mimi! Glad the event was a success after all of your hard planning and organizing. I know our staff really enjoyed the time with you all and hopefully there will be a 2022 event!
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Lyndsay P wrote a review Aug 2021
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My kids (ages 10 & 8) have participated in Isla surf camp, private lessons, and group lessons the past 2 years. All of their instructors have been kind, patient, and fun! Surf lessons with Isla have become a “must do” on our vacations to Folly Beach. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from IslaSurfSchool, Owner at Isla Surf School
Responded 16 Aug 2021
This is awesome! Glad your kids have enjoyed camp and lessons. We're very grateful to be a part of your vacations! Hope to see you next time.
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Nicole L wrote a review Aug 2021
Charleston, South Carolina23 contributions2 helpful votes
Tommy is the best surf instructor ever! He is amazing with the little ones. Highly recommend taking lessons with him. The kids had a wonderful time while learning how to surf.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from IslaSurfSchool, Owner at Isla Surf School
Responded 16 Aug 2021
Thank you Nicole! Really appreciate the feedback and hope to see you all soon again!
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