San Elijo Surf Team

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San Elijo Surf Team FAQ

Who runs the surf club/ team? The surf club/ team is run by parents of team members who volunteer their time and are not compensated in any manner (well, actually good karma).  We are always looking for volunteers to help with coaching, team management, or to serve as a board member to carry on the tradition/ legacy of the surf team.  If you would like to volunteer or have a surf industry hook up or sponsorship, please let us know by emailing us @ [email protected]


Are there any pre-requisites to joining the team? Yes, we ask that all prospective members have at least some experience surfing or body boarding.  This is not a learn to surf/ body board program.  


Also, all NEW prospective members are required to take the swim test.  Students must be able to swim out through the surf beyond where the waves are breaking, tread water for 5 minutes, then swim back to the beach without assistance or swim fins. There are no lifegaurds where we practice and we want to be sure that all members are ocean safe.  


How do I register my student?  Please visit our Registration Page and follow the instructions. Students must take & pass the swim test  and answer the coaches questionaire.  Students will be selected to join the club/team based on swim test results and surf experience.   If you have any questions, please contact us at: [email protected]  


How much does it cost to join and what does it cover? The team fee is $ 165.00 and covers our fees to the Scholastic Surf Series which provides the platform for our team to exist and provides a minimal secondary insurance for our members during practices contests, and official team sanctioned events. Your fee also covers the costs of beach permits (where necessary), First Aid supplies, office supplies, our website, and a team party at the end of the season.  A surf team T-shirt is included in your registration fee.  Other Surf team apparel (hats, hoodies) is available at an additional cost.


How long does the season run? This year we will have a winter break.Last year, we had too many practices cancelled due to rain/ runoff and large surf conditions during the winter. The season will run from October to mid December, then we will go on winter break from mid December to March.  Surf practices will resume in early March  and end in April culminating in a surf team party possibly in May.  


How often is practice? – Practice is held weekly on Wednesday’s at 3pm - 4:30 pm and on Sunday mornings at TBD. The location varies and will be emailed to you by the coaches.  Practices may be cancelled due to large surf, rain, inclement weather and unforeseen events. We will notify parents of last minute cancellations as soon as possible. Please check your email, Remind APP, or our Instagram account (sanelijosurfteam2016)  prior to practice if you have any doubt that practice will run.


What will the kids be doing at practice? – Volunteer coaches will be available to provide basic guidance and supervision in the water and from the beach but surf lessons are not provided. Parents that surf are encouraged to surf with their children. Students are also advised to surf with a “surf buddy” and watch each other in the water. There are too many kids for the volunteer coaches to track closely, novices are advised to stay in the white water areas and in plain view of  parents & coaches on the beach. Note, bright colored wetsuits/ rash guards will help you/us to keep an eye on your surfer (especially on Wednesday practices when the afternoon sun casts a glare on the water).


Are Practices mandatory? No, practices are not mandatory. Your child will not be kicked out of the club if they miss practice unannounced or have another commitment. However, those that wish to compete are encouraged to attend every practice in order to be selected to surf in contests.


Does my child have to compete in contests? – No, however if your child wants to compete then they will need to notify the coaches. An email will be sent out before the competition for a “call for competitors”. The competitive team is managed by the head coach and the roster is set each contest based upon skill level, past performance, compliance with team rules and coach discretion.


How many contests are there? There are a total of 5 contests … approximately one per month throughout San Diego County. Contest fees are covered by your team membership fee (with the exception of the Middle School State Championships). For more information on contests, visit www.surfsss.org (forms, contest schedule, judging criteria, etc.).


Is transportation provided? – No. Each student needs to arrange drop-off and pickup. Carpooling is encouraged since many of the kids will be leaving immediately after school to the beach. If you are available to help with transportation please let us know and we will add your name to a list of volunteers.


Is equipment provided? – No. Surfers will need to bring their own towel, wetsuit and surfboard. A waterproof watch is recommended so that surfers know when to come in.