Charleston surf lessons and surf camps

All surf lessons and surf camps are taught on folly beach


About Isla Surf school

founded by peter melhado in 2015


Peter founded Isla Surf School in 2015 with the goal of providing Charleston and Folly Beach with a high end surf school that provided a genuine surf experience and a variety of packages suitable for all levels and ages. With his years of experience in the industry and his passion for the sport, Peter has established Isla as Charleston's leading surf school. Check out our REVIEWS.

Isla is also a strong believer in bettering our community. From the little stuff like beach clean up to our work with our two non-profit partners, bettering our community through the power of surfing is very important to us. Please check out our non-profit partners The Warrior Surf Foundation & The Ripple Effect

We provide professional instructors who are lifeguard certified, the best equipment, and the widest range of lesson options. We pride ourselves on giving the best and most fun lessons on the beach. Book a lesson with us and experience the Isla difference. We will have you riding waves in no time!

Peter Melhado

Peter Melhado

Isla's Non-Profit work


The Warrior Surf Foundation


The Ripple Effect




Where do we meet?  

How do I schedule a lesson? We teach lessons seven days a week and have no set times for our lessons. We work around the tides to ensure the best conditions for your lesson. Call, text, or email us anytime to schedule a day and time for your lesson. 

Where do I park? You can park in the lot marked 5W and pay the Palmetto Parking fee or you can park on the grass or sand on the side of the road. Make sure all your tires are completely off the road or you will be ticketed.

What is the youngest child Isla Surf School teaches? We teach children as young as five years old. A lot depends on the child's swimming ability and level of comfort in the water. Feel free to call us to discuss in greater detail.

Are the waves good? The surf at Folly Beach is perfect for beginners, and depending on your ability and experience we can take you surfing in nearly all conditions.     

Do you teach year round? Yes, the water in Charleston is extremely warm for most of the year. Once it does start to cool down, we provide wetsuits.

How do I pay? We take all major credit cards, cash, Venmo, or checks.

What is your cancellation policy? You must cancel or reschedule your lesson at least 24 hours prior to the actual lesson or your card will be charged for the full lesson. We know that emergencies sometimes come up; we understand this, and will work with you to reschedule your lesson.       

How do I sign the waiver online? SIGN WAIVER

What should I bring? Bring water, sunscreen, a towel, and beach attire.     

What is provided? We provide surfboards, wetsuits, and expert instruction from one of our enthusiastic, expert, certified instructors.

What if it's raining? Surfing in the rain is fun! We run lessons rain or shine; however, if lightening storms are present, we will cancel your lesson.   

*Isla reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any lesson or camp due to dangerous surf or weather conditions. 


Contact Us!

Feel free to email, call or text us anytime. Please sign our waiver prior to your lesson. Thanks!

Phone: (843) 813 7897

Email: peter@islasurfschool-charleston.com

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