Being a great surfer comes with years of practice, but taking the first steps to learn are a lot easier than you think. All you need is a wave, board, surf buddy and the ability to swim. California is home to some of the most renowned beaches in the United State, therefore it would be an absolute pity not to take advantage of them. The following beaches have the perfect waves for those starting out with the sport: [caption id="attachment_2779" align="aligncenter" width="638"] (image source: dohenydays.com)[/caption] 1. Doheny State Beach, Dana Point: Doheny State Beach Park is just 3 miles away from San Juan Capistrano Mission, just off Interstate 5. It provides gentle 2 to 3 foot waves that are great for beginner surfers and is at the same time an overnight camping ground open year-round, so you can always take your time. The waves are usually smaller, but longer, and they gently break against the Dana Point Harbor. [caption id="attachment_2781" align="aligncenter" width="619"] (photo source: wavecation.com)[/caption] 2. Mondos Beach, Ventura: Mondos Beach, is off the 101 past Ventura. This beach is another great spot for beginner surfers that tends to have soft consistent waves, which do not break with as hard. The beach does not have more massive swells as it lies sheltered by the Santa Cruz Island. Try getting there during the summer as the water gets to the perfect temperature and it becomes too difficult to resist it. [caption id="attachment_2782" align="aligncenter" width="638"] (photo source: southerncaliforniabeaches.org)[/caption] 3. First Point at Surfrider Beach, Malibu: First Point at Surfrider Beach, is Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. It is a very popular beginner and intermediate surfing spot. This beach has waist-high gentle waves just ideal for any novice surfer. The beach is not only a great spot for beginner surfers, but also a popular spot for longboarders.