The Best Surf School in the Outer Banks!

About Farmdog Surf School


Farmdog Surf School, LLC is a surf and SUP school based in Nags Head, NC. It is owned by Aaron West, Joe Sherlock, Rob Piasio, and Robert Farmer, who are all surfers and altruists committed to helping and teaching newcomers to the sport.

Mission Statement


To provide the aspiring surfer instruction in a safe, structured, high-quality, and experiential manner that is delivered in a fun, consistent, and purposeful way with friendly, experienced, and insightful instructors.

Rated Five Stars on TripAdvisor!

Best part of their vacation!

My four kids, ages 13-21, did the small group surf lesson Saturday morning and absolutely loved it- the highlight of their Nags Head vacation! The instructors were awesome, had a great system going in the ocean, and had the whole group of 12 students up and surfing in no time flat. What a fun two hours and worth every penny. The only bad thing??...I’m afraid they’re going to be asking for surfboards for Christmas now! They’re totally hooked! Thanks, Farmdog! We’ll be back next year. Bike rentals were great too!

– TripAdvisor, warmweathergirl1
Highlight of our OBX trip!

My daughters and I (aged 12 and 14) took a group surf lesson on Monday, and it was so fun, we signed up for another one on Wednesday! The instructors were all very competent yet easy going, and while the surf was kind of rough the first day, we felt safe and in great hands! (PS-for the older set; it isn’t as hard as it looks if you have great instruction. Give it a try! :)

– TripAdvisor, Mollie F
Beach Cabana Set Up

We booked the 6 day beach cabana set up for our trip to Corolla August 12-19, 2018. The crew set up our cabana and texted us a picture along with a description of its location on the beach. Each day the cabana was set up by 9 AM. The cabana provided welcome shade during the hottest parts of the day and the cooler with ice and bottled water was perfect. The chairs were comfortable and of good quality. Having this set up made it so easy to enjoy the beach. Just take your towel in the morning and your sunscreen and you're set for the day. I would highly recommend this set up. We'll book again next year.

– TripAdvisor, hartmitch
Great service and so convenient!

We really enjoyed renting our cabana and chairs from Farmdog. They had everything set up bright and early each morning and in the exact location we wanted!! We also recommend getting the garbage can and cooler with ice and water each day. It was awesome not to have to lug all that stuff back and forth from the beach each day. We highly recommend and will definitely rent for Farmdog again!

– TripAdvisor, stv519
Back For My 3rd Year Taking Lessons Here and Had ANOTHER GREAT Experience

OBX is my destination for a vacation every year. 2 years ago I took lessons from Farmdog for the first time and had a great time. I've been back every year since. The prior 2 years I did a 3 day adult surf camp but this year ended up in 4 days of group lessons. Over the course of the 4 days I had 6 different instructors and they were all great! They are knowledgeable, patient, nice and make it all fun. I highly recommend and will be back next year!

– TripAdvisor, Karen K
Great shop and staff!

Our large group took advantage of the surf lessons, yoga sessions, and smoothies from this great shop. Our ages for surfing ranged from 8 to youngish 50s and the instructors were great. We were so happy to be staying so close to Farmdog. Thank you!

– TripAdvisor, Katie B
Surfing lessons

A week getaway to the Outer Banks has become a family tradition for quite some time. We stumbled upon Farmdog last year and rented some boards, but didn't take a lesson. This year we decided to get a lesson for our 8 year old, Kate. Her instructor Derrick was patient, fun, and an excellent teacher. Kate had a blast and is hooked to surfing. There are a lot of options for surfing lessons in the OBX, but if you're looking for a local family owned/operated business, then Farmdog is the place for you!

– TripAdvisor, Greasy816