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Surf, Water, BMX and Skate Parks

Sports for the adventurous and daring

San Diego's beautiful year-round weather make it a surfer's, skater's and biker's paradise, with some of the best-known stars of the sport living here.

Calling All Thrill Seekers!

If mixing in a few action sport thrills is your family’s idea of a perfect vacation, then San Diego is the place for you. Here are a few options for hitting the waves or flying high on two or four wheels.

Takin' it to the Water

  • Located on La Jolla Shores, the world famous Surf Diva Surf School offers special "Kids Party Wave" group lessons allowing children to learn to surf through supervised lessons by professional surf instructors. Surf Diva is also the world's premier women's surf school that rocks with a "girl power" attitude and bevy of expert female surf instructors. Teenage girls can also delight in the school's Surf Diva Boutique, full of the latest in surfer girl fashions, including the shop's own line of swim and active wear.
  • Pacific Surf School in Mission Beach boasts experienced, knowledgeable instructors under the guidance of a 22-year veteran of the professional surfing circuit. Lessons take place in gentle surf breaks off Mission Beach.
  • Located at South Carlsbad State Beach, San Diego Surfing Academy offers expert instruction on the fundamentals of surfing like paddling, board handling, wave selection and board riding.
  • The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is the world's largest instructional waterfront facility and its water sport classes accommodate adults and children of any skill level. Water sport activities include boating, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, and kayaking, with private and group lessons year-round.
  • Beat the summer heat at SeaWorld's Aquatica San Diego Waterpark featuring 25 thrilling water rides, a wave pool and extensive children's area. With exciting slides such as "Taumata Racer" or the more relaxing "Loggerhead Land" raft ride, there's a ride for every member of the family.

Tearin' up the Track

  • For BMX enthusiasts or beginners of all ages, check out Kearny Moto Park in Clairemont, a family-friendly track with super-size tabletops and gap jumps. They rent bikes and helmets and spectators can watch at no charge.

Sweet Skate Parks for Teenagers

Most skate parks welcome kids of all of ages, but parental supervision is generally required for those under 12. Rules vary, so be sure and check with the skate park directly before heading out.

  • The Robb Field Skate Park features a free, unsupervised entry-level street course and a supervised area with advanced elements, including large ramps and a bowl area for the experienced skater.
  • Memorial Skate Park in National City features a 10’ keyhole, 90 ft snake-run and 3’ teardrop bowl. Saftey gear is required.
  • The 18,000-sq. ft. Coronado Skate Park, located at Tidelands Park along San Diego Bay, features a street course complete with rails and curbs, plus two smooth bowls with drop-ins ranging from 5 to 8 feet.
  • The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas has 37,000 sq. ft. of skating space including a beginner's area, huge street course, backyard-style kidney pool, multi-tiered clover bowl and the actual 120 ft. vertical ramp used in the 2003 X Games.
  • The YMCA Krause Family Skate/Bike Park in Clairemont is the place for skateboards, BMX, rollerblades and scooters, with jump boxes, gaps, quarter pipes, and skate lite. Several professional athletes practice here regularly, and this park is open and available for people of all ages and skills to enjoy.

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