Here is a short list of sponsors, surf-related links, business partners and friends of the Richard Schmidt Surf School. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them — Thank you! Click on the logos to learn more about each one. Lot’s a of good stuff and resources here.

— Aloha, Richard

Everything you need to perform your best in and out of the water. Hurley is the official sponsor of the Richard Schmidt Surf School, Surf Camps, and Surf & Yoga Retreats.

Unique, quality surf products to help you “Surf Smart” and have more fun surfing! SurfCo Hawaii is a sponsor of the Richard Schmidt Surf School.

Reserve your next camping trip at KOA Campgrounds! The KOA Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay is base camp for the Richard Schmidt Surf Camps.

Enjoy fast and easy car rental bookings! Enterprise Rent-a-Car is the official transportation provider of the Richard Schmidt Surf Camps.

The “Sea Glass House” is set up for pure relaxation, and is the main base camp for the Richard Schmidt Surf & Yoga Retreats.

Located in Nosara, Costa Rica, the Harbor Reef Lodge & Surf Resort is our sister base camp for the Richard Schmidt Surf & Yoga Retreats.

Nosara Travel & Rentals is the preferred Costa Rica travel concierge for the Richard Schmidt Surf & Yoga Retreats. is the official site of Costa Rica Tourism Board. Start here when planning your trip for things to do in Costa Rica outside of the Richard Schmidt Surf & Yoga Retreats.

Tica Massage is at the heart of Guiones Wellness Center, Downtown Guiones, Playas de Nosara, Costa Rica. — Plan your trip and find your flow on sun-soaked beaches in Santa Cruz. A wealth of things to do — besides surfing — can be found here.

Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce — Visit & Play in Santa Cruz. – Santa Cruz Waves is lifestyle company dedicated to living the “Santa Cruz” lifestyle. – This is the place for your Santa Cruz surf and ocean info!

NOAA San Francisco Bay Area & Monterey – Coastal Waters Forecast – Santa Cruz buoys, wind, tide, coastal weather & surf report – Check the Santa Cruz Cowell Beach live surf cams here! – Check the Nosara Playa Guiones live surf cams here! – Check the surf forecast for Santa Cruz here! – Check the surf forecast for Nosara here!

Res-o-nate | is a DESIGN consultancy that focuses on helping businesses elevate their brand identity and strategy and expand it cross-media — including the RSSS logo, websites, brochures, advertising and photography.

Johnny Rice was a legendary Santa Cruz waterman, surfer, shaper and friend. His Johnny Rice Custom Surfboards are still recognizable in the lineup and cherished. The Johnny Rice “Shaping Shack” is officially closed.

R.I.P. Johnny Rice, (1938–2015)

Santa Cruz Dream Inn

The Santa Cruz Dream Inn sits beachfront on the site of Jack O’Neill’s first surf shop, adjacent to the wharf and historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and wharf. Its also a short walk to the lighthouse, local shops, restaurants and downtown.

As a real estate broker at Lighthouse Realty, David Schmidt’s knowledge of the Santa Cruz community is second to none. Recognized around town as a trustworthy neighbor, it’s obvious why the majority of his business are return clients or direct referrals, as he has continued to exceed his clients’ expectations over the decades.

Chartle Charters custom sport fishing and whale watching tours in Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz. Voted best premiere 6-pack all inclusive fishing experience.

Liquid Imagery | Dave “Nelly” Nelson Photography

F8surf | Charlie Witmer Photography

Surf School Photography | Konrad Schmidt

Jay Watson Photography

photogordinho | Paul Cohen Photography