URCIA Surf School

Surf lessons at any level

Founded in 2002, we are one of the most experienced surf schools in Huanchaco. What makes Urcia Surf School unique is that we offer surf lessons and surf coaching at any level. From complete beginner surf lessons to surf coaching for competitive or professional surfers. We offer both private and group lessons given by our team of very experienced surf instructors that have been surfing at Huanchaco (and around the world) all their lives. 

Our surf instructors

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Surf Lessons

We offer both private and group surf lessons from complete beginner to intermediate surfers. Lessons take 1,5 hour and are taking place at various breaks, depending on the conditions and level of the participants. A maximum of 3 people per instructor is maintained for group lessons, allowing sufficient time for personal guidance. If you want to maximise your progress, private lessons can be booked as well.

Surf Coaching

For experienced surfers who want to take their riding to the next level, we offer surf coaching sessions. Juninho or Randu will coach you and together you will work on specific skills, moves and techniques. From improving your style to learning aerials, any topic can be worked on depending on your needs. Optionally we include video analysis in our coaching sessions as well, where after a session we discuss specific points to work on for the next session.

Surfboard rental

In our surf school in Huanchaco we have a wide variety of surfboards available for rent; from longboards to funboards and shortboards for more advanced surfers. Of course we also offer all accessories such as wetsuits and boots. Equipment rental is included in all our standard surf camps. Together with the surf instructor you can choose which surfboard is right for you. You can ride a different board every day, so that you can try things out and change gear as you progress. 

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Are you not staying with us but would you like to rent surf equipment or schedule surf lessons or coaching sessions? Please enquire directly at our surf school. You can reach us via whatsapp, call or just drop by! Pricing information is available here.

Urcia Surf School

Caballito tour

For thousands of years local fishermen have been using Caballitos de Totora (reed surfboard-like boats) to navigate the ocean and surf the waves. It’s how surfing in Peru started! During our Caballito tour, Santos Urcia – father of Juninho – will show you how a caballito is made and will explain about this tradition that is still very much alive today. Of course you will have plenty of opportunity to try riding one yourself and catch some fish! Afterwards we will have a traditional Peruvian Ceviche lunch where we will prepare the catch of the day together. The tour takes about half a day in total.

Caballito de totora tour by Urcia Surf School in Huanchaco


After some days of intense surfing a massage can pep you up again! Massages last 1 hour and take place at our masseurs. Let your masseur know which muscles you prefer to be treated.


Start or end your day with a relaxing yoga session! The sessions take 1 hour and take place at the beach. Your yoga instructor will adapt the exercises to your level.


Our hearty and healthy surfer breakfast includes coffee or tea, yogurt, cereals, fresh fruits, bread, cheese, ham and eggs. 

We cater for vegetarians, vegans and or alergies. Please indicate this in the comment area.

Breakfast at Urcia Surf House

Spanish Lessons

Combining surfing with learning Spanish
If besides surfing you are up for another challenge, we also offer Spanish lessons as an option for all our surf camp packages. It’s not uncommon for the friendly locals of Huanchaco to start a conversation or give you surf tips while waiting for the next set of waves. Thus you can directly put your new Spanish skills to practice. What better and more relaxed way of learning Spanish than doing so while surfing?

Spanish Lessons
For the Spanish lessons we work together with Manuel, a local spanish teacher with a lot of experience. In 1-hour lessons in small groups he will help build your confidence speaking and understanding Spanish, so that in no-time you will be able to chat with the locals, be it in the line-up or at the bar. The first Spanish lesson your current level will be assessed and based on that the focus for the rest of the course will be determined. At the end of every class you will receive some homework to continue learning in between classes at your own pace.