Surf Asylum

With a connection to the beaches of Northeast Florida going back more than twenty years, Surf Asylum offers private surf lessons, group surf lessons, summer camps and more. Come share in the excitement and passion that our instructors have for surfing. From beginner to advanced, we use our knowledge of local Fernandina Beach – Amelia Island conditions to provide a safe and fun learning experience.

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November 04, 2019

No responses - are they still in business

We were in Fernandina for the month of October 2019 and called their number several times, leaving a message as instructed each time. Their recording said they answer messages between 3pm and 5pm. Never received a response. I sent email also, but never received a reply. Strange, because I spoke with David on the beach with students when I was there in August, also separately with Betsy and they both said they do solo lessons and seemed very friendly and competent for sure. I wasted my time trying to track them down.

July 18, 2019

Kids Loved

David and Betsy are the BEST! So good they had my six year old riding a wave his first attempt!! Both boys (8 and 6) loved the experience and haven't stopped talking about it since our vacation ended. We had private lessons two consecutive days - totally worth it!! Cannot wait to book again next year. Thank you Surf-Asylum!!

April 18, 2019

All around great family experience!

While we were here on spring vacation, our 14 year old son chose a surfing adventure for his birthday gift. We are a family of 4 and found Betsy and David by talking to locals, who highly recommended Surf Asylum. We couldn’t have had a better experience. Our boys (14 and 9) have been talking about their adventure all day and night. As much as they are mentioning the actually surfing is as much as they are talking about how much they loved B and D as instructors. They showed our boys patience, encouraged them, educated them, and cheered and celebrated with them. They did the same with my husband and I (and we are definitely not naturals and required a lot more instruction and patience than the kids!) and wouldn’t give up on either of us until we succeeded. This will be an experience that our family will have as a memory forever and the highlight of our vacation. Thank you!

July 04, 2017

Super convenient surf lesson for my kids!

We come to Fernandina Beach at least once a year to visit the grandparents. Our kids love to boogie board but are old enough now to want to learn to surf. It took almost a week before the weather cooperated, and we were finally able to book hour-long private lessons for our girls for the following day.

We met at beach access #5, which is super convenient for us. Betsey said they do lessons at different locations depending on the tides and conditions, but they end up there frequently.

I was pleased that they were one on one lessons because for a sport like surfing, there are so many factors to consider. David and Betsey were great! Friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable. I think the price was fair and that my kids were in capable hands. I would highly recommend them and might just get myself a lesson on our next visit.

April 06, 2017

Kids Had A Blast!!!

8 and 10 year old did an hour surf lesson and had a great time! David and Betsy were great and easy to work with. 8 year old can't get out there again soon enough. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting that wants to try something new!