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Our surf sessions run in the off hours of DreamWorks Waterpark and their operating hours so you will not find any surf sessions available outside these hours detailed below. But the great news – we operate all year round!
SKUDIN SURF – HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday 7:00PM – 11:00PM
Tuesday 7:00AM – 11:00AM and 7:00PM – 11:00PM
Wednesday 7:00AM – 11:00AM and 7:00PM – 11:00PM
Thursday 7:00AM – 11:00AM and 7:00PM – 11:00PM
Friday 7:00AM – 11:00AM and 8:00PM – Midnight
Saturday 7:00AM – 10:00AM and 9:00PM – Midnight
Sunday 7:00AM – 10:00AM
**HOLIDAYS HOURS and WATERPARK EVENTS BOOKED** may affect our hours of operations so please be sure to check out our booking calendars for the most up to date availabilities.
We are located at American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, NJ and operate within DreamWorks Waterpark during their off hours. The facility is just 5 miles outside of Manhattan, NYC! (Click here for Google map.)
Private Dream Sessions – BOOKING DATES
September 2023 (August 1st – August 14th)
October 2023 (Sept 1st – Sept 14th)
November 2023 (Oct 1st – Oct 14th)
December 2023 (Nov 1st – Nov 14th)
January 2024 (Dec 1st – Dec 14th)
February 2024 (Jan. 2nd – Jan 14th)
Be sure to book your private dream sessions during these booking periods so you don’t miss out on registration!
Public Surf Sessions – BOOKING DATES
September 2023 (Released on August 15th)
October 2023 (Released on Sept 15th)
November 2023 (Released on Oct 15th)
December 2023 (Released on Nov 15th)
January 2024 (Released on December 15th)
February 2024 (Released on January 15th)
Please note our weekend public session time slots at 7:00AM – 9:00AM are released alongside our private dream session release date on the 1st of each month. The remaining public surf sessions for the month are activated on the 15th and stay open up until the session start time!
We recommend any guests under the age of 7 to be strong swimmers as our Beginner public sessions run in 3ft 6in of water with group instruction. As the waves move through the pool, our guests must be able to properly handle their surfboards as to not hurt themselves or others. This ability to maintain control of your surfboard is affected by your comfortability in the water and so we recommend only signing up if you can stand in 3ft 6in of water OR if you are a comfortable swimmer.
All our public surf sessions are run only with group instruction.
- 2 in water instructors for our 10 person Beginner public session.
- 2 in water Instructors for our 14 person Intermediate public session.
- 1 to 2 in water instructors for our 14 person A-frames Only public session (for Intermediate and Advanced surfers)
- Every session has a Wave Operator/Surf Instructor assisting over the sound system.
To book one of these public surf sessions, please CLICK HERE
While we do not offer private 1 on 1 lessons for our public surf sessions, a private lesson can be purchased through our Surf Coach Package in our Private Dream Session option.
To book a private dream session, please CLICK HERE
No – Please do not just show up to the waterpark or a surf session without prior reservations and expect to be able to surf. All registrations are done prior to the session start time via our online booking service. A confirmation email is required to be admitted into the waterpark.
Yes, you are permitted 2 spectators with your booking of a public surf session. They must sign the waiver attached in your confirmation email in order to be admitted into the waterpark by our team. Any additional spectators, you may request by emailing us.
But what if I just want to watch a surf session and don’t know anyone surfing? Unfortunately, we do not admit anyone into the waterpark that is not officially on our roster. Please do not show up expecting to be able to view a session without prior confirmation.
- All bookings non-refundable
- 5 days notice – tickets can be rebooked to another date and time via gift card credit: No fee
- Cancelation/rebooking under 5 days to 72 hours notice: $25.00 fee
- Cancelation/rebooking under 72 hours to 24 hours notice: $50.00 fee
- Cancelation/rebooking under 24 hours notice: NO TRANSFERS OR CREDIT REIMBURSEMENT
We have limited availability in each session so no exceptions can be made. Session pack codes are included in this policy.
Private Dream Sessions:
- $500.00 refundable deposit placed upon registration.
- 14 days prior to your session date and time, you have the ability to rebook your session to a new date and time.
- 13 days prior to your session date and time full payment is required to finalized your booking. Your credit card on file will be charged the full amount. If final payment is not received 13 days prior, Skudin Surf American Dream reserves the right to release your registration.
All rebooking and cancelation questions must be directed to our email [email protected]. Our team will get back to you with all appropriate information based on your official notice by email.
You will need to bring a bathing suit and towel. We do not provide these for your session. We have rash guards available to borrow if needed and an entire COMPLIMENTARY SURFBOARD QUIVER! for your use.
Shower facilities are available for before and after your session.
No lockers available for your session so we recommend leaving any valuables in your car or at home. We have a pool deck area with tables and chairs where you can leave your belongings while you surf. There are shower facilities for after your session.
Yes! We have a complimentary (free) quiver to choose from during every session. We have an ever growing inventory of shortboards, fun-shapes, longboards, and bodyboards. Please be mindful that there may be some boards out for repair but we always try and have something similar for you to ride!
Upon registration, you should have received a confirmation email with directions for check-in. Please refer to this email so you may check-in for your session at the correct location and time.
CHECK-IN: 45 minutes before the session start time.
DOORS CLOSE: 30 minutes before session start time.
Arriving past check-in time may result in loss of surf time.
Reasons for this check-in time?
- Need to escort our registered clients into DreamWorks Waterpark with a Skudin Surf staff member.
- Change into surf wear in the bathroom and shower facilities
- Go through safety and surf protocols with our wave operator and surf instructors and ask them any questions!
- Choose surfboards from our complimentary quiver
- Land lesson for our beginner surfers
Before you know it, you are paddling out for your session so please do not be late for your check-in time!
Photographers can only be purchased for private sessions. You can bring your own photographer, set up a tripod or your phone on our pool deck.
The temperature in the pool is about 80 degrees year round, and the air is about the same! The air does get a bit hotter during the morning session when the sun peeks through the glass. You can definitely leave the wetsuit at home, but we recommend wearing a top or rashguard if you get cold super easily.
Spectators – be mindful of this heat and humidity as you watch our sessions!
Absolutely. We have taken every possible measure to guarantee the highest level of safety for our staff and surfers. Each session comes with a pre-surf safety talk and water safety staff in the pool.
The pool is about 10 feet deep the furthest out where the waves are generated, with a steep incline up to where the waves crash in about 3 feet of water. Closer in, this 3 feet deep bottom will gradually get shallower as the shoreline approaches.
Our Advanced & Expert waves reach heights of around 3-4 feet, while our Beginner & Intermediate waves range between 1-3 feet. Come to your session with the goal of having fun and staying loose and you will not be disappointed! You can read more about our wave types here!
There will be an opportunity to catch 25+ waves per person during an average session of two hours, whether it is public or private.
Yes, absolutely. We also have a complimentary cooler with water on site during all of our sessions.
No, please stay inside the designated surfing area while surfing, and around the perimeter of the pool if spectating. Public session spectators are not allowed to swim in the pool during the surf sessions and all of the DreamWorks Waterpark attractions are off limits during surfing hours.
Yes, we provide expert surf instructors to work with beginners and children on the inside whitewater waves. This goes for private dream sessions as well.
You can surf the Option B: Intermediate or Option C: Advanced public session while your beginner is in an Option A session in the whitewater. Option D: Expert sessions do not have any Option A: Beginner surfers in the whitewater.