About Us

Dawn Patrol Surf first opened in January of 2004 by local Encinitas surfer Brent Stephens. Being an avid surfer and also working at San Diego’s largest surf shop, Hansen Surfboards, Brent clearly saw a demand for a more modern surf school. A surf school that identified with the youth and the local surf culture, and a surf school that provided proper surfing lessons and surf camps from experienced and professional local surfers. Working with both visitors to the area and local families, Dawn Patrol Surf gradually started to grow and build a solid reputation.
In 2007 The City of Encinitas asked Brent if he would partner with them and provide all of the surf programs for the Parks and Recreation program, including summer camps and after school programs. Through hard work and dedication the business continued to expand while teaching people all over the world how to surf here in Encinitas.
The following year Brent opened his own surf shop, CONCEPT Specialty Surf Shop, by Moonlight Beach in Downtown Encinitas. The main idea behind CONCEPT was to help Dawn Patrol. It gives our customers and students a place to park and meet up and leave any of their personal belongings. The surf shop is packed with surfboards for every level of surfer from the first time beginner to the advanced competitive surfer.
Now in the 10th year of operation, Dawn Patrol Surf is still the exclusive partner of the City of Encinitas providing more lessons and camps than ever before. Providing surf lessons daily from sunrise to sunset.

Overall, an amazing experience. I have not stopped talking about it since I returned to the Bay Area. I would highly recommend trying surfing and especially this establishment to anyone! Thanks Brandon for the lesson, and thanks Brent for fitting us in!

We traveled from the Midwest for Spring Break and were referred to this shop by a friend in San Diego. Great service and pricing (both wetsuits and surfboards) so my teenage boys could spend the afternoon surfing some great waves! The beach was just down the street and we were able to park behind the shop for free and leave our car there all afternoon. I would highly recommend this shop for anyone wanting to have a great experience surfing the Southern California coast for a great value!

If you’re looking for a place to take surf lessons in Encinitas, look no further. Brent was extremely helpful while scheduling my lesson and Ken was an awesome instructor! I’m of average athleticism and Ken had me up and riding all the way to the shore by end of my lesson. I’m from the Midwest but felt right at home with these guys so if you’re worried about your first surf lesson, go to these guys and worry no more!

I had the best time! My instructor, Sam was so Awesome, she helped catch at least 30-40 waves! They provided a wet suit and fun board. The beach is just down the street from surf shop. Very professional And personal. Highly recommended.