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Santa Barbara’s Premier Surf Lessons

Carpinteria, United States

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Experience hosted by Ken

90 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

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…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    * Wetsuits * surfboards
From £74
/ person
Sat, 28 Nov
09:00 - 10:30
£74 per person
£74 per person
Sat, 28 Nov
11:00 - 12:30
£74 per person
£74 per person
Sun, 29 Nov
09:00 - 10:30
£74 per person
£74 per person

Meet your host, Ken

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 151 Reviews
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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 4.99 out of 5 from 151 reviews.

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
Chiara
September 2019
Ken's partner, Dustin, was a very patient and positive teacher. It was our first surf lesson and he motivated us, making us feel at ease with the waves. He's also been a great company all along. I would definitely recommend it!
Aaron
September 2019
This surfing experience was awesome! I appreciated how the instructor personalized it to my level and helped me find the best waves! The 2-hour time frame was the perfect amount of time.
Jessica
September 2019
We had such an amazing time on our very first surf lesson with Dustin. Despite being beginners we managed to both get up on the boards within a matter of attemps. Dustin was a great teacher, very patient and attentive. We would highly recommend to anyone looking for an amazing surf experience!
We had such an amazing time on our very first surf lesson with Dustin. Despite being beginners we managed to both get up on the boards within a matter of attemps. Dustin was a grea…
Lisa
August 2019
We were first-time surfers and Dustin was great about making us feel comfortable in the waves. We both even managed to get up (briefly) a few times!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 4 and up can attend.

What to bring

Swimsuits, light snack, and an enthusiasm to learn!

Go pros or cameras are optional as well