Santa Barbara’s Premier Surf Lessons

Carpinteria, California, United States

Experience hosted by Ken

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English
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What you'll do

I am an experienced instructor that will help you take your skills to the next level while feeling safe and at ease in the water. I guarantee that you will have an experience of a lifetime! We are currently offering lessons.. call us at 805-966-3613, or visit our website: SurfHappens dot com

Surf Happens is Santa Barbara’s premier surf school. For more than twenty years, we have taught the sport of surfing and the spirit of Aloha, to students of all ages and abilities, from 11 months old, to 88 years old, with alumni now including a few World Surf League competitors!

Our surf lessons guarantee to have you up and riding during your first session. We will meet at Santa Claus Beach, one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved beaches with consistent waves year-round.

Our hour and a half lessons include:
*History and origins of surfing and the spirit of Aloha

*Turtle Philosophy

*Step by step approach to checking ocean conditions for hazards

*How to read the Wind, Waves, Tides, & Currents (WWTC)

*Ocean safety. The four primary types of surf spots, all of which are found in Santa Barbara.

*Reading the line up (how, where and why waves break)
*Etiquette

*Fundamental movements to the surfboard

All lessons include expert instruction, wetsuit, surfboard, Surf Happens hats, and access to HOT SHOWERS!!
Other things to note
Parking is not an issue in the area. The residential parking can be used by anyone and there is NO TIME LIMIT which is perfect for those taking their own car. So come down and relax at the beach!
I am an experienced instructor that will help you take your skills to the next level while feeling safe and at ease in the water. I guarantee that you will have an experience of a lifetime! We are currently offering lessons.. call us at 805-966-3613, or visit our website: SurfHappens dot com

Surf Happens is Santa Barbara’s premier surf school. For more than twenty years, we have taught the sport of surfing and the spirit of Aloha, to…

What's included

  • Equipment
    * Wetsuits * surfboards

Meet your host, Ken

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My name is Ken and I provide the best surf lessons, I will give you the most memorable and satisfying experience possible. No better feeling than standing up on your first wave. As an instructor, I personally obtained a CPR, AED, and First Aid certificate. My surf lessons are designed to fit every skill level. Plus it’s perfect for the whole family. Come and enjoy Santa Barbara today, Guided from a Local. Are you booking yet!? Make surfing the highlight of your trip!
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Where you'll be

We will meet at Santa Claus Beach, one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved beaches with consistent waves year-round. The ideal spot to get one of the greatest views of Santa Barbara. Surfing at this location in just absolutely amazing!

In the case of bad weather or surf conditions and there are no waves at Santa Claus, we'll inform you beforehand regarding alternative locations and times.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 158 reviews.

Sophia
July 2021
While meeting up with my instructor was a little bit confusing, once we got started, I had a great time. I appreciate that we went over safety and the basics on land first, and I felt the lesson was tailored to being a first-time surfer; I was definitely encouraged and made to feel comfortable. I ended up standing up on multiple waves, which surprised me and was so fun! This was definitely a highlight of my trip and I can't wait to try surfing again. Thanks so much!
Lisa
June 2021
Our kids had the best time surfing with Ally! She was so great with them, taught them all of the basics quickly, got them out in the water and they caught some awesome waves. We can’t wait to come back!
Elizabeth
June 2021
My daughter and I truly enjoyed our experience! We are novel surfers and felt safe, supported & cheered on as we learned the techniques. We had a blast and would definitely come again!! ✨🌊
Rosie
March 2021
My children and I had so much fun. Great relaxed and patient instructors. We had Kenna and Nathan. They were great with information and advice. We were all beginners and they were very patient with us. We left feeling good after being able to stand up and ride waves. Kids are begging for another lesson. Two thumbs up. Definitely would recommend this experience to friends and family.
Malia
November 2019
Had an amazing time! He was very welcoming and was very thorough in explaining and showing us the process of surfing. I highly recommend him!
Jay
October 2019
I had Ally as our surf instructor and she was amazing. She is very personable and very good at teaching beginners. Would definitely do this again

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 4 and up can attend, up to 8 guests in total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is moderate.
The skill level for this experience is beginner.

What to bring

Swimsuits, light snack, and an enthusiasm to learn!
Go pros or cameras are optional as well
towels (rentals are available)
Water bottle

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.