We just received this from Ritz-Carlton, sounds like a great adventure:
The all-American sport of surfing has become increasingly popular and is the ultimate Southern California activity for “kids” of all ages. Now, guests of all ages can now learn the true art of surfing – the Billabong way – at the premier Dana Point California hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.
The Billabong Surf Experience is valid through August 28, 2009 with rates starting at $495 USD per night. The Southern California hotel package includes:
Individual instruction from a Billabong professional surfer (3 hours for half day; 5 hours for full day and overnight)
All wetsuits, surfboards, leashes, wax and equipment
A Billabong “swag bag”
Resort fee and valet parking
Whether you are a first time surfer or an experienced wave rider looking for tips from a pro, you will receive quality individual instructions at one of Southern California’s legendary surf beaches. Surf lessons include individual instruction from a Billabong professional surfer and all wetsuits, surfboards, leashes, wax and equipment needed for a fun-filled day. Lessons are provided at Thalia Beach in the heart of Laguna.
For every Southern California hotel package that is booked, a donation is made to organizations such as Reef Check and the Ocean Institute who protect surf spots and keep our beaches and oceans pristine and healthy and provide environmental education.
Billabong and Our Dana Point California hotel has a surfing history to rival anywhere outside Hawaii. Hobie Alter opened the very first retail surf shop in Dana Point in 1954. Surfer Magazine began in Dana Point, and to this day, still calls it home. The Surfer’s Journal is also based in Dana Point. Dana Point was also once home to a very special wave. That wave broke at the Dana Point Cove and was known as the “Killer Dana.” The break got its name because it came out of deep water and broke close to the rocks which lined the beach. In the days before leashes, wipeouts were sure to bring at least a few dings – if not worse. Although the waves in Dana Point, especially at Salt Creek Beach, remain some of the best in Southern California, the “Killer Danas” were reduced when a breakwater was installed when the Dana Point Harbor was built in 1966.
About The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Situated atop a 150-foot bluff, our Dana Point California hotel and resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has catered to the world’s most discriminating guests for more than 20 years. Whether guests are looking to get away for a second honeymoon, try surfing for the first time, or just relax on the beach, this seaside retreat boasts luxuriously appointed guestrooms, casual and upscale dining options, a recently renovated spa and access to several local golf courses. With nearly 400 rooms and oceanfront views, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers guests refined elegance, a graceful atmosphere and impeccable oceanfront service.
Billabong produces active lifestyle clothing, accessories and related products designed and distributed to a worldwide customer base of board riders. The products are developed in the authentic environment of the surf culture and sold primarily through surf and specialty retailers. Billabong-branded products are tested and improved by the best board sport performers across the globe. Active enthusiasts in every department from marketing and sales, to design and merchandising, bring an unmatched authenticity and unique quality to both the innovative products and related events produced by the Billabong brand.
Consistently ranked among the best resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a variety of recreational activities, award-winning dining and personalized service. For more information or reservations call 800/241-3333, the hotel directly at 949/240-2000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at www.ritzcarlton.com.