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vw imagePaddy Bex Surf School is the perfect place to experience surfing ocean waves for the first time, to watch your children or loved ones learn how to surf, or to improve skills. We bring everything, including a supportive and nurturing approach to our non-competitive and fun lessons. Safety always comes first.

Founder, Patricia ("Paddy") Beck grew up surfing California waves, and has dedicated her adult life to teaching and the lifestyle sport of surfing. She holds a BA in Recreation Administration, a Teaching Credential in Physical Education, and a Masters Degree in Education. All instructors are certified in CPR and First Aid.

Patricia has been teaching surfing for over 15 years. Before establishing Paddy Bex in Ventura, California - Patricia was a surf instructor at Humboldt State University, 4 years at a world renowned surf school in La Jolla, California- one, if not the first, to offer classes and surf trips to women. Patricia also worked at a surf spa for women in Mexico. She has inspired women and children of all ages to feel comfortable in the ocean.
Oh, men are of course welcome to take classes too! Patricia is still surfing with a fireman she started teaching 10 years ago.“ My lesson was so awesome, I decided to take a lifetime surfing lesson – and up and married the girl.” - Brady Beck

Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Mexico have been some of Patricia's surfing destinations, Before settling in beautiful Ventura County. She has enjoyed competition level surfing. She strives to maintain that skill level. Students definitely benefit from her range of experience.

Patricia has been recognized in the following publications:

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  • Surfing:  Women of the Waves - 2008
  • Sister Surfer - 2004


  • Travel & Liesure - March 2008
  • Coastal Woman - May 2003
  • Ventura Magazine - July 2002
  • Surfing Girl - April/May 2001
  • US Athletics - May 2000
  • Longboard Magazine - April 1999

  • (805) 653-SURF

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