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Concierge.com's insider take:
There are surf spots all along the southern part of the California coast; among the best and best-known are Surf Rider Beach in Malibu and Huntington Beach in Orange County You can check the surf conditions at these and many other breaks on www.watchthewater.org and www.wavewatch.com.
If you're just learning, you can get lessons here that range from three-hour group classes to week-long surf camps. Try Learn to Surf L.A., which has locations in both Malibu and Santa Monica (310-663-2479; www.learntosurfla.com), or Malibu Longboards (310-467-6898; www.malibulongboards.com).