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Top 10 Surf Colleges From ActionSportsHub.com

With summer quickly on its way it’s hard to think about going to college. But what if you were lucky enough to surf in between classes?

The ActionSportsHub.com site has created a thorough list of the top 10 surf colleges that include not only details about the surf spot but also details on the school.

Students at these schools know to bring both their binders and boardshorts to lab class.


When the swell is up, there may be no better place to be on the East Coast than the Outer Banks.

Just Can t Leave The East Coast

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

UNCW s surf team snagged fourth place at this year s NSSA Championships. As with other East Coast schools, there s not a constant swell, but when it s on, it s pretty spectacular. UNCW is close to a bunch of local breaks and about four hours from legendary Cape Hatteras. UNC Wilmington boasts one of the best marine sciences program in the nation, and the nearby Outer Banks surf community is certainly a strong one.



Although SDSU is located a few minutes inland, a short drive will get you to some of the most consistently fun surf in southern California.

Want to Get a Complete College Experience

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

SDSU is slightly easier to get into than the UC schools, and whole lot less expensive. It s the oldest and largest institution in the city and it s close to all of the San Diego breaks.


Oahu’s South Shore offers ample rippable waves nearby in the summer, and you already know where to go in the winter.

Want to Trunk it all Year

University of Hawaii Manoa

Honolulu, HI

UHM may be situated in the middle of a city, but it s a city on Oahu. Students here have access to all Town spots and it s just an hour to get to the North Shore. The water s warm, the swells are prolific, and you can take courses that cover surf history and forecasting.


If you can defeat your hangover, the waves around San Luis Obispo can prove to be as much fun as the nightlife.

Want to Major in Booze

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA

We re not talking keg-stands. Cal Poly actually offers a B.A. in Wine and Viticulture. And with lots of uncrowded (albeit a bit cold and rumored to be sharky) surf, it s the perfect option for surfing sommeliers especially if they also happen to appreciate agriculture, since that s what CPSU is known for.


The pointbreaks near Pepperdine are the kind that longboarders dream about.

Prefer Boards of the 9 + Variety

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine students are treated to (or tormented by) views of First Point the epitome of longboard perfection while sitting in class. But Malibu is not just a logger heaven, as it also offers a solid half-dozen breaks within a 10-minute drive that are ideal for those who prefer their boards short. Plus, you can take surf classes for PE credit.


Living in a skyscraper jungle doesn’t necessarily mean you’re far from surf.

Want to Live an Urban Surf Life

New York University

New York, NY

Alright, so the Tri-state area isn t exactly known for its consistency, but when the swell is right, Rockaway and Casino Pier (both about an hour away) can produce overhead barrels. You re not going to be able to swing surfing every day, but you re in Manhattan, which is full of other things to do: museums, concerts, bars on top of bars, models The downside is, unless you re loaded, you d better get used to existing on Top Ramen


In the world of consistency, Santa Cruz reigns king among California’s surf destinations.

Want to Surf At Least 300 Days A Year

University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

Surrounded by some of the most famed (and diverse) surf spots in the world, UCSC may be cold, but it s also the capital of consistency. The campus, situated among the redwoods in the hills overlooking the coast, is just a 5-minute drive to the breaks on the west side and just a few more to dozens more on the east side. Though locals are notoriously anti-Slugs (UCSC mascot), skill and respect go a long way.


Blacks is one of the best beach breaks in California, and just a stone’s throw from the UCSD campus.

Want to Be One with Mother Ocean

University of California San Diego

San Diego, CA

UCSD s Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service in the world. And not only does UCSD rank as the No. 7 public university in the country, but it is also located on the cliffs overlooking Blacks. An added perk: UCSD offers a 1-unit course called The Physics of Surfing.


The campus at Point Loma Nazarene overlooks some of the best surf in San Diego.

Want to Surf Between Classes

Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

Located on the bluffs above wave-rich Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma offers the closest dorms to the warm Southern California surf of San Diego. As a religiously affiliated university, the school can be pretty strict, requiring that freshmen attend chapel and live on campus without a car for their first year. But, with world-class surf just a few steps away, who needs to go anywhere?


The Queen of the Coast is just a short jaunt from the UCSB campus.

Overall Winner

University of California Santa Barbara

Isla Vista, CA

The Surf With the Channel Islands situated off shore blocking a portion of incoming swells, Santa Barbara is often looked at as the fickle sister of the wave-rich regions of Central Cal to the north and SoCal to the south. But where Santa Barbara lacks in consistency, it certainly makes up in quality one good session at the Queen of the Coast will certainly remind why she s worth the trouble.

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