Cannot say enough good things about these guys. Booked lessons for myself, my buddy, and his 15 yr old son, and we all had a top notch experience at the shop and morning in the water.
Stu, the owner, is a super nice, laid back guy who got us suited up the day prior to our lesson, and arranged for our instructor to meet us at our hotel the next morning to surf. All our dealings with Stu on the phone or in person were fantastic.
Next morning, our instructor, Jamie, showed up right on time with the boards, and we headed straight to the water. Really nice and patient guy, walked us through the basics and got us in the water. He spent a bunch of time helping us get up on the waves, giving tips and advice, and always had a smile on his face giving encouragement.
Spent a couple hours in the water and headed out. Hung out with Jamie over a cup of coffee finding out about the local scene, swapping stories, etc. Great guy and you can tell he loves what he does.
If you're heading to Pismo and thinking about some surf lessons or rentals, you can't go wrong with this place. If/when we go back down that way, will definitely be hitting these guys up again.
Thanks, Stu and Jamie!
My son took his first ever surf lesson and had great things to say about Stu, his instructor. Very patient and knowledgeable with 30 years of surfing experience. My son enjoyed his 2 hr lesson...he now wants to do Stu's Surf Camp......its definitely worth the drive from Southern CA...and did we mention Shell Beach Surf Shop? They have a wide variety of selections from surfing gears, swim wear to cool summer outfits. Both Stu and Sam are very helpful and friendly. Their customer service is above par that every dollar we spent in the shop was worth it! We would definitely be coming back!
I thought this was just a tourist shop until a manufacturer put me on to it. The owner, Stu, is great to work with and really stays on top of the things you want/need. Some real cool and interesting shapes in their small board stock. Carries eco-friendly brands. Really good place to go for surf travel gear. Way better attitude than the surf "style" shops.
This is definitely the place to come for surfing. I signed up for the surf lessons and I almost felt bad he had to teach me. But he was really patient & friendly! The person working at the shop was really sweet too. If I were to come back to pismo again, I would totally come back to Stu. Highly recommended, no doubt!
took a surf lesson with stu silvani ( owner) and it was amazing!! I had previously taken surfing lesson other places but stu was far better then any surf instructor I have ever encountered in the past. I was able to get up and catch a wave my first lesson. His shop has a lot of surf gear for sale ( including great surf boards, for really great prices) clothing, and jewelry. I would recommend anyone going to shell beach surf shop for lessons and surf gear.
I love this place. The service is fantastic! The owner, Stu, is just a really great guy and visiting his surf shop is an experience. Locals love it, visitors love it. All kinds of cool stuff for purchase and he offers surf lessons. I did a lesson with Stu and he really spends time teaching you about the ocean and the art of surfing, and prides himself in getting people up on the board in their first lesson! I did, my husband did! I've had friends that have had their kids take lessons here and they loved it. This shop is a fantastic central coast find, worth stopping in! 🙂
Not only did we find a wet suit for my freezing blue lipped daughter : ) but after I left my purse in the fitting room (it's a lot of work to help a 9 year old try on 2 wet suits), they kept it safe & helped get it to me in S. CA so I could fly home. What great customer service!!! The world needs more honest people like them!
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this place. Stu was an amazing instructor. He's super patient and does not get frustrated. He has such a laid back attitude which makes him really likable.
I signed up for his surf camp and it was easily the best decision I've made so far. Stu has a natural knack for teaching and after many failed attempts, I was able to ride out my first wave on my first day. He's very good at continuing to encourage you to go back out there and he always gives advice on how to better balance yourself on the board so you'll be able to ride out the wave. He gets just as excited as you when you catch a wave. While surfing did take a lot out of me, I did not mind waking up at 8 the next day to do it all again. It was a lot of fun and definitely worth it.
All of the instructors were equally as great as Stu. They were all extremely patient and offered nothing but encouragement. Josh, Steve, and Michelle were all smiles and were more than happy to help all of us. Definitely a great team of people.
If you're thinking about taking some surf lessons, definitely take them here.