For beginners, Asilomar Beach and Del Monte Beach are long, sandy beaches that allow newbies to steer clear of seasoned vets. Moss Landing also has a number of popular spots, especially Zmudowski State Beach. For the experts, some of the best breaks are scattered along the Big Sur coast. Pfeiffer Beach and Sand Dollar Beach are great places to start, but a little exploration can uncover a few as-yet-unknown surf spots.
Adventures By the Sea
299 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-1807, http://www.adventuresbythesea.com
Carmel Surf School Lessons
Call instructor Noah Greenberg at 915-4065, http://web.mac.com/carmelsurflessons/CarmelSurfSchool/Welcome.html
Liquid Surf Shop
Lincoln & Ocean, Carmel, 624-7873, http://www.liquidsurfshop.com
On The Beach Surf Shop
Voted best surf shop in the Monterey County Weekly’s 2010 readers poll. 693 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 646-WAVE, http://www.onthebeachsurfshop.com
Sunshine Freestyle Sports, Inc.
443 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 375-5015, http://www.sunshinefreestyle.com