Santa Barbara’s #1 Surf School & Instructing Since 2002

When it comes to taking surf lessons in Santa Barbara, we’re confident that our team’s decades of teaching experience will make your surf lesson a memory that will last!

Book your surf lessons online or call us at 805-708-9878.

10% off second and third lessons.

Private Surf Lessons that are catered to you

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This is a private one on one surf lesson in Santa Barbara and the perfect introduction to surfing for beginners as well as a great way to progress your surfing skills if you have experience. We will begin on the beach going over ocean safety, where to position yourself on the board, paddling and pop up techniques, and proper stance before heading into the water. Once in the water the instructor will be right there with you assisting with where to be in the surf and pushing you into waves.

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A two-person surf lesson in Santa Barbara is great for friends, couples, or family members looking to learn and/or progress their surfing skills together. Having a companion in the water during your surf lesson allows you to share the stoke and create a lasting memory, and provide you the chance to share waves together!

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The 3-4 person surf lesson is an excellent option for those traveling with a group of friends or their family. Our instructors will take turns working with each participant individually, ensuring everyone receives the proper attention while developing their techniques. Your family and friends will be cheering you on as you surf waves at Santa Barbara’s great right hand point breaks and sand bottom beach breaks.

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Our surf lessons for 5+ people are catered to larger groups of friends, families, and businesses who are looking to learn to surf in Santa Barbara together. Bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate group outings, and larger families will be able to share the joy of learning to surf together. For these larger groups, multiple instructors are available to ensure a quality surf lesson experience.
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Corporate / Large Group Surf Lessons

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Corporate / Large Group Surf Lessons

“We can’t recommend this company highly enough! Very professional and yet still feels like you’re hanging out with old friends while you learn to surf! My wife and I have had 2 surf lessons with Will now and can’t wait to go back. His deep passion for surfing is clearly evident as he helped us to understand not only the basics of standing up on the board but how to read the water and the waves as well. He is calm and relaxed and keeps the whole experience fun while advising us on how to constantly improve our technique and become better surfers. Working directly with the instructor makes the learning far more intensive and allows them to devote the entire time to helping you without having to spread themselves across a larger group. 5 stars guys! Keep it up!!”
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The Best Surf Experience in Santa Barbara!

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What we offer at Santa Barbara Surf School®:

  • Private & Group Surf Lessons
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Instruction
  • Stand up Paddle Board Lessons and Rentals – SUP
  • After School Programs
  • Special Occasion Surf Experiences
  • Ocean Awareness & Wave Knowledge
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Surf Lesson Pricing: (includes wetsuit and surfboard rental):

  • 1 participant $95
  • 2 participants $85 each
  • 3 – 4 participants $75 each
  • 5+ Participants $65 each

Surf Lesson Start Times:
Daily at 9am, 11am, 1pm, & 3pm

Lesson Duration:
1.5 hours

Santa Barbara Surf School has it all!

  • Best private surf lesson price garaunteed!
  • Licensed and CPR Certified Instructors.
  • Stand up on your first lesson.
  • Surfboards and wetsuits included
  • Gift Cards
  • Soft-top & Hard-top board rentals
  • Multi-Lesson discounts

Get Started Today!
Call 805-708-9878

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For surfboard & wetsuit rentals visit our surf shop:

736 Carpinteria street Santa Barbara, CA 93103

For Lessons we’ll meet you at the beach!

Why Santa Barbara Surf School?

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Santa Barbara Surf School has been the premier surf school in Santa Barbara for two decades. Our surf instructors have extensive knowledge of the waves in the area. Our instructors recommend Ventura surf lessons in the summer as the waves down there tend to be more fun and consistent than the waves in Santa Barbara proper. The instructors’ priority is that your surf lesson in Santa Barbara will be a memorable experience. Surf Lessons at Santa Barbara Surf School provide you with knowledge that enables your surfing skills to progress beyond your first lesson.

During your surf lesson in Santa Barbara you will learn key surfing strategies. You will learn about water safety techniques, identifying prevailing currents, how and where to paddle, how to paddle through waves, and surfing etiquette. We will teach you how to identify waves, when to paddle, paddling techniques, and of course, how to surf!

We have a wide selection of surfboards suitable for all sizes and ability levels. Wetsuits are included with the lesson and are selected based on individuals’ height and weight to ensure comfort and warmth throughout the lesson. We’ve taught as young as 5 years old and as old as 75. For the safety of those participating in the surf lesson we do require all students to be healthy and able to swim. We look forward to getting you out in the waves!

Get Started Today!
Call 805-708-9878

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“The surf lesson was an amazing experience because the instructors were thorough and fun. I am scared of the ocean, but they motivated me to give it a try. I was able to stand up on the board and find a new appreciation for surfing!”
- Jeff

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