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Voted LA's Best

   Skateboard lessons for kids, adults, beginners | Venice Beach | Santa Monica | Los Angeles   

About Our Skate & Surf School

Who We Are: Voted LA's best skate school 3 years straight! Dogtown was founded by two best friends who are incredibly passionate about teaching. We don't hire a bunch of employees to pump out lessons because we refuse to sacrifice our standard of service. You will skate with the owners or one of our select apprentices to ensure the highest quality experience.

What We Do: Skateboard lessons for kids, adults, beginners, and intermediates in private or group lessons. We also offer surfskate lessons & surf lessons!

What To Expect: The most fun coaches on earth who focus on keeping our clients safe & ensuring maximum progression! We are dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible because we share the joy of learning to skateboard and surf with you!

Why UsWe guarantee you'll have an amazing time with us or you don't pay! And we have serviced THOUSANDS of lessons and have NEVER given away a free lesson! Just read the hundreds of 5-star reviews on Google, Yelp & TripAdvisor from happy skaters and surfers from around the world and you'll see why! So if you're looking for the ultimate experience with coaches who treat you like family, Dogtown is for you!

Two kids learning to skateboard with their skate coaches at the skatepark in Venice Beach

Hours, Location, Contact

A skate coach teaching his student how to skateboard in the Venice skatepark

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. 

We are totally obsessed with teaching people to skateboard and surf, so we happily do it ALL! DAY! LONG!

Location: The Venice Beach skatepark or the beginner area right near the park. We also offer delivery lessons for an additional travel fee. (Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Malibu, Greater Los Angeles, etc).

Contact: Call or text us at (213) 436-8371. If we don't answer right away, we're either in a lesson and laser-focused on our clients or it's the middle of the night and we're sleeping. Regardless, we will get back to you ASAP!

Our Happy Skaters!

Our Philosophy

We believe that learning to skateboard and surf is so much more than just the athletic or technical components. It's about learning to become resilient, choosing to persevere, and building confidence throughout the process. In order to gain the reward of success, you've got to fail and fall countless times. To continue trying despite difficulty. And knowing that with time, effort, dedication, and consistency, you can achieve just about anything.


We love pushing people to their limits to progress quickly, but we also do it at an individualized pace to ensure safety. And more so than anything, we believe that the best skateboarders and surfers are the ones having the most fun! So we've made it our priority to make the learning process as fun as possible! Not only that, but we love a good challenge and pride ourselves on discovering new ways to succeed with clients of every age and ability. We are able to successfully teach kids with the shortest attention spans imaginable and adults who might think that an old dog can't learn new tricks.


Our time-tested and proven learning process has been developed over several years and servicing thousands of lessons with clients of all skill levels. So whether it's your first time stepping on a skateboard, you've got kids who have tons of energy, or you just want to have a memorable experience in Venice Beach, we are happy to help! We look forward to skating with you soon!

The founders of Dogtown Skateboard Lessons with a group of kids after their skateboarding lesson in Venice Beach, California

Meet The Founders

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Dogtown Skateboard Lessons was founded by two best friends with a burning desire to share the joy of skateboarding and surfing! Both Rob and Will grew up obsessed with action sports. But after countless injuries on their path to becoming professional athletes, they both reached a point where they decided it was time to change their path.

So after years of living in cars and working every odd-job under the sun, they decided to go back to where the passion was in the first place: Action sports. With a renewed sense of purpose, they decided to chase a new dream: Sharing the love of skateboarding and surfing through teaching! This is a dream come true for us. We look forward to sharing our passion with you!

-Coyote Rob & The Venice Beach Rat-

***Disclaimer: This website was built by dudes who would rather be skating, surfing, or teaching! Our apologies if it looks like a Kindergartner created this website. We're not designers, we're athletes and coaches!***