Pepperdine University Surf Class

Pepperdine University Surf Class

Introduction to Surfing

PE 157.01, PE 157.02, PE 157.03, and PE 157.04

In 2003 Pepperdine University contracted Malibu Makos Surf Club to teach a one unit PE class in surfing. Introduction to Surfing became the “best class on campus!” Classes fill almost instantly when registration begins! The programs focuses on the fundamentals of surfing and ocean safety as outlined below.


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The goals for this course are to enable students to get the basic knowledge and enjoyment of surfing and a general understanding of ocean safety. The class focuses on learning the local surf areas so that students get to know the different style of waves and conditions. By the end of the course students should be able to surf confidently without instruction and be proficient in various aspects of ocean safety.


Each class meets once per week for 15 weeks. Students should try to attend all classes and participate to the best of their abilities. They are allowed to make-up/miss two classes during the course. They must also complete the swim test, exam, and assignment.

Bad Conditions

In the event that the conditions are such that we deem class should be cancelled students are notified in advance via email or text. 


All equipment is provided by the Malibu Makos Surf Club. In addition, students should bring a towel and warm clothing.


The class meets at Zuma Beach Lifeguard Tower 16


An examination and assignment will be given during the course. Both must be completed to get course credit. A passing grade is 75% or higher.

Assignment– specifics of the assignment will be given later in class and it will be due in December

Swim – four consecutive 25 yard laps in the Pepperdine University pool

Malibu Makos Facts

Started in 1991 by Tom Corliss, Malibu Makos Surf Club is now widely known as Southern California’s premier kids’ surf camp. Makos also offers Saturday surf camp, individual and group surf lessons, private beach parties and corporate events, and private lifeguard services.



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