Spring Break: Surf Santa Cruz

  • Surfer catches a wave

Buckle up for a LONG drive to Santa Cruz, CA, we’re going surfing! Tent camp on bluffs above the crashing Pacific Ocean and learn to SURF with instructors from UCSC. Beginners will learn how to paddle, catch waves, and stand-up on their board. More experienced surfers will get the opportunity to improve their skills. While the trip aims to surf everyday, the schedule is dependent on surf conditions. We hope to have sunny days, but early-spring means a cold ocean and probably some rainy and cool weather. We will learn about the marine biology of Monterey Bay and check out the city of Santa Cruz. Trip fee includes transportation, food, surf instruction, and all equipment (surfboards, wetsuits, camping gear, etc). You’ll just need a swimsuit, a positive attitude, and a desire to learn how to surf!

Spring Break trips can count as an activity credit for graduation! You can get credit in PE/A 101 “Outdoor Adventures” for participation in this trip as long as you register through WebAdvisor prior to the end of the add/drop period. To be granted registration permissions, email yuska@lclark.edu.

How to Register

Registration Opens: Spring 2021
Trip Fee: $550 / $225*
  Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge). Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.

*If you qualify for any federal financial aid, the trip fee is cut in half thanks to scholarship funding from ASLC. We accept cash, checks, credit/debit cards, and apple/samsung/google pay. 

To register for a trip, stop by the College Outdoors office in Templeton 244 or call us at 503-768-7116 once registration is open. Some trips fill up fast! The registration process can be a bit confusing your first time, you can learn more by reading How to Sign Up for a College Outdoors Trip.

Trip Type

Camping in a campground

Physical Demands

No experience necessary! This trip includes surf lessons, so this trip is perfect for all experience levels.

Surfing is physically demanding, and participants need to be good swimmers since you will not be wearing a Personal Floatation Device (aka lifejacket). There will be a mandatory swim test at LC to make sure everyone has enough confidence and a high degree of ability in the water. Surfing requires full body mobility, aerobic stamina for >30 minute intervals, and core strength. Ocean temperatures average 55F (13C), so you will be provided with a warm wetsuit to wear. 

Accessibility accommodations are available, contact outdoors@lclark.edu.

What to Expect

  • Sleeping indoors
  • Sleeping outdoors
  • Electricity
  • Wifi
  • Cell phone service
  • Heating
  • Beds
  • Bathrooms
  • Gender-inclusive bathrooms
  • Showers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Food for any Dietary Restrictions


Pre-Trip Meeting

College Outdoors trips have a Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM) prior to the trip to help you prepare, which takes place at the Sequoia warehouse on the Graduate Campus.

At this meeting you’ll meet the trip leaders and other participants, learn more about the trip activity, location, and schedule, and be given a packing list of everything you need for your trip. The trip leaders and Sequoia staff will then help you find and borrow anything on the packing list that you’d like to borrow. We have high-quality outdoor clothing and equipment, and it’s all free to use for your trip!

If you miss a Pre-Trip Meeting, check your email for important info you missed. 

Sequoia Warehouse

Sequoia is the College Outdoors warehouse, located on the Graduate Campus. Everything you’ll need is available for free when you come on a College Outdoors Trip. At Sequoia you will find:

  • Clothing needed for your trip, including any relevant outerwear and specialty items needed for the activity. Sizes range from XS - XXL and come in gendered an non-gendered designs. 
  • Gear needed for your trip, such as sleeping bags, backpacks, water bottles, and much much more.
  • Equipment such as tents, cookware, first-aid kits, and boats, which trip leaders will pack for each trip as needed.
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms, which can also be used as changing rooms.
  • Staff available to answer your questions.