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About Us

Shaka Surf School was born in May 2004. The idea was to do the work that we love and use our worldwide experience from a full life dedicated to this sport and life style. We thought that Folly Beach was missing a fun and responsible surf school, that dedicates full time to teaching the Soul of Surfing. Incorporating generations of experience with intuition and passion for surfing.

We are a family owned small business and you can experience that in every aspect of our classes and how we operate our business. The surf camps in particular are very special to us as being around a group of kids learning in nature is a refreshing and rejoicing experience. We look forward to having you join our extended family!

“Shaka” is a Hawaiian greeting that means good vibes, aloha, good surf, surf’s up, or hola! :)

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What We offer:

Shaka Surf School offers private and group surf lessons, kids summer surf camps, and Wemoons Weekends on Folly Beach, SC in addition to surf and yoga adventures for women to exotic surf destinations. Since 2004, we have provided Folly Beach, SC with a fun and responsible surf school that dedicates full time to teaching the Soul of Surfing. This comes from our worldwide experience of a full life dedicated to this sport and life style.

Our  instructors bring years of knowledge combined  with a sense of positive energy and a genuine love for sharing the surfing experience.

Advanced coaching & competition ready training available:

Looking for a little more? With over 20 years of competitive surfing experience, we can train you to be physically and mentally ready for upcoming events. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are surf camps & classes held?

Both are located at 6 block East on Folly Beach. Take Folly Road to the red light at the end (in front of Tides Hotel). Take a left, drive 6 blocks & turn right onto 6th St. East. Yoga class locations change depending on weather. 

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What equipment is provided?

All equipment is provided (soft surfboard, wax & when avail or needed wetsuits) + snacks & drinks (surf camps only).

What should I bring?

Natural+reef safe sunscreen (here are some suggestions), a reusable water bottle & a t-shirt or surf shirt.

Can I do one day of surf camp?

Of course! Campers can come for one day 9 am to noon, for $100. Warning: They will love it and will want to join the whole week though, just a warning! Call us for more details.

What is the weather/cancellation policy?

We do our best to work around the best possible weather and surf conditions. We want you to enjoy surfing!

Where can I download my waiver form?

You can download that form here

Where can I find more information on current surf conditions? - Folly Beach, SC - Complete surf report - Folly Beach | - Folly Beach - The Washout | - Folly Beach - The Pier | - Folly Beach, SC - Web Cam

What payment methods are available?

We accept credit cards online via our sign up calendar, Peek, (look for the sign up buttons on our various class pages) and cash or check.

Do you offer gift certificates or custom packages?

Yes! Give the unique gift of a surfing experience or surprise your loved one with a yoga retreat. We'll even mail you a physical card. Various packages and prices available. Please contact us to plan what's best.

How can I prepare for my first time surfing?

We encourage you to visit the web site of the Surfrider Foundation. They have been protecting oceans, waves and beaches since 1984. Learn about rip currents, how to spot and to escape them.

Can't find your answer?

Call us at (843) 607-9911 or send us an email

Our Instructors

Jenny Brown

Jenny is an All -Star Surfer in the ESA, Eastern Surfing Association and has more than 27 years of surfing experience in different parts of the globe. She has been teaching Yoga and breathing techniques for more than 14 years to surfers, adults and kids. She is a true water person who knows well what she teaches. She is a sailor and an artist. When she is not teaching you can find her with the lights of her life her daughters, Grace and Georgia. They are her true teachers. Her whole family embodies the surfing lifestyle . The ocean is her passion and she knew this as a small child. She is grateful everyday for this life! Check out her Yoga classes on Folly Beach , every Wednesday at 6:00 pm...Right on the beach.Call us for other class details.

Evan Tanner

SC State Champion in Menehunes, District Champion in Menehunes,1st Place ESA Gromfest in Menehunes,1st Place ESA Gromfest in Boys, District Champion in Boys,SC State Champion in Jr Mens, Mid-Atlantic Regionals Men's Champion, Gromfest Champion 2013, Shortboard and Longboard.

Shaka surf instructor 2010 - current, Evan lives the surfer lifestyle. He comes from a champion surfing family. He has played soccer his whole life and excels in all sports. He loves to travel and surf new waves in exotic places and you can not get him out of the water. He has a great attitude and is always humble, even though he RIPS out in the water! We could not do it without Evan.

Kevin Woods

Kevin was born in San Francisco CA, moved to the Cayman Islands and then moved to Charleston in 2010. He's been an avid skateboarder all his life, but his move to Charleston gave him the opportunity to attend a Shaka Summer Camp where he fell in love with surfing! Whether it's below freezing with howling offshore winds in the winter or a hot summer day, Kevin can always be found surfing and stoked. Kevin is grateful to be able to teach the sport he loves while sharing his passion and spreading the stoke around to all!

Grace Brown

Surfing has always been a part of Grace's life since she was little and she couldn’t be more thankful. Grace loves surfing for the thrill of it and because it’s great exercise with her family and friends. There’s no place Grace feels better than in the water and surfing. She's surfed in the British Virgin Islands, Nicaragua, California and all along the East Coast. Surfing is something Grace hopes she can share with everyone.

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Thomas Thacker

Thomas lives in Florida but comes to visit grandparents at Folly Beach as often as he can. During a visit in the summer of 2013, Thomas attend a Shaka Surf Camp where he fell in love with surfing and has been surfing ever since. No matter the conditions, he loves being out on the ocean where he can get away and relieve stress! Thomas loves helping others learn to do the thing he loves so much.

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