Low Tide is Fun too!

Most surfers agree that high tide provides the best surf. However low tide might be the best time to surf if you’re a beginner surfer or have never surfed before. Let me explain why low tide sandbars in North Florida are perfect for learning. The manner in which waves crash at low tide verses high…

2018 Wave Masters Surf Contest

The 2018 Wave Masters surf contest, was held at the Jacksonville Beach, Pier in marginal surf on the weekend of October 27th-28th. It was deja vu as coach Evan Thompson was crowned champion of the Taco Lu Mens Pro Division for the 5th year in a row. Thompson Surf School students dominated several divisions including…

Choosing the right board for beginners

Having the right size and shape surfboard is very important when learning how to surf. This can make all the difference. A surfboard that is sinking and is too small can leave you frustrated and ready to give up. When starting out for safety purposes, we use and recommend using a soft-top surfboard. Soft boards are…

2017 Wave Masters Surf Contest

The Wave Masters Surf Contest is one of Jacksonville Beaches biggest events of the year, bringing professional and amateur surfers from all over the state of Florida. This years Taco Lu Mens Pro Champion for the fourth year in a row was Evan Thompson, taking home $2,500 cash. One of the best things about this…

Surf Shop Challenge National Champions

Team Sunrise Surf Shop took home their fifth Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National title in Nicaragua on Thursday October 26th! The team consisted of Thompson Surf Schools own Evan Thompson, brothers Tristan Thompson + Cody Thompson, and shredder Garret Carmichael (aka Mr. Garrison). “This was the closest National Championships we’ve been a part of,” said…

The Future of Surfing

Man made waves have been around for decades, but have nothing comparable to what Kelly Slater Wave Company has brought to the table as of late. There has been a lot of talk after the first videos appeared of the worlds greatest surfer Kelly Slater riding his own wave a year ago. And now with…

How To Repair SoftTop Surfboards

Soft-top surfboards are perfect for learning because they’re safer than a hard fiber glass board.  But just like a fiber glass board, soft tops have a foam core. If you slice or ding the board deep enough to reach the white foam core, the board may soak in water and become “water logged” and heavy…

King of the Hill Surf Fest 2017

4th Annual King of the Hill Surf Competition presented by Neptune Baptist Church went down Saturday May 13th, in some small but fun conditions. Our Thompson Surf School students flooded the finals of almost every age division, including multiple 1st Place finishers. Head Instructor Evan Thompson, placed 1st in the Open Pro Division for the…

Sunscreen for Surfers!

Sunscreen for Surfers! Hi guys, this post is about a great sunscreen product we recommend giving a try. Sunscreen is a common topic for new surfers and even avid surfers in search for the best product to avoid getting scorched at the beach. The best type for your face is a facestick product, a sunscreen…

ESA Southeast Regionals

Thompson Surf School students just wrapped up competing in the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), Southeast Regional Championships over the weekend, April 21st-23rd. Several Thompson Surf School students were crowned champions of their divisions including (U18 Women Champion) Sophie Falzone, (U12 Boys Champion)Carl Burger, and (U14 Boys Champion) Ben McCarthy. This great results puts these guys…