To live in San Diego is to live by the beach. Being near the beach means that the water is close enough to smell. That big body of water we call the ocean invites you to ride its waves, and if you don’t know how to surf, or if you want to improve your skills, Souf Tihhi and San Diego Surf School in Pacific Beach can help.Growing up in Morocco, Africa, Souf, owner and founder of San Diego Surf School, fell in love with surfing early on in life. Taking cues from his older brother, he began surfing sometime in his seventh year of life. He has since surfed around Africa, Europe, Hawaii, California, Mexico and the East Coast. Souf went to Hawaii for college to study and surf. He spent his summers as a surf instructor in San Diego until he graduated and opened his own school. “I started out with nothing pretty much,” Souf said. He built the business from the ground up getting clients here and there until one day he realized that he had more clients than he could handle himself.Souf now has up to 30 instructors working in the summer time, holding classes, lessons and camps, but they’re not just for beginners. “[I want] to share what I’ve learned with others and spread what surfing is all about. It’s a really fun sport and I pretty much wanted everyone to experience that,” he said.His school is about more than just surfing. Souf and his team of instructors want people to experience the culture of surfing and learn to care about their surroundings. “We teach a lot about the waves and how to respect the ocean and to give to the community,” he explained.The most important part of surfing, and the core of San Diego Surf School, is to have fun. “The best surfer is the one having the most fun,” Souf said.