About DPS

Dawn Patrol Surf first opened in January of 2004 by local Encinitas surfer Brent Stephens. Being an avid surfer and also working at one of San Diego’s largest surf shops, Brent saw a demand for a more modern surf school that identified with the youth and the local surf culture. He had a passion to create a current and relevant surf school that provided proper surfing lessons, surf coaching, and surf camps from experienced, professional, and friendly local surfers. He wanted to work with both visitors to the area and local families. Soon after Dawn Patrol Surf began operation its reputation began developing a strong and solid base around the Encinitas community.
In the summer of 2007 The City of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department asked Brent if he would partner with them and provide all of the surf programs for The City of Encinitas, including summer camps, spring break camps, and after school surf programs. By working hard and being dedicated to the business and the community, Dawn Patrol Surf has continued to grow and continued to build upon its impressive reputation in the surfing industry and the Encinitas community. All while maintaining integrity and having fun teaching people from all over the world how to surf here in Encinitas.
In July of 2008 Brent opened his own surf shop at Moonlight Beach Encinitas called CONCEPT Specialty Surf Shop. The surf shop is packed with surfboards for every level of surfer from the first time beginner to the advanced competitive surfer. Having the surf shop and the surf school as one allows Dawn Patrol Surf to streamline the teaching process and offer its customers a unique and complete surfing experience.
Now in the 11th 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.