Private Surfing Lessons are what we do best!

If you’re interested in surf lessons Santa Barbara is the place to be! Santa Barbara Surf School is a collection of local surfers and outdoor enthusiasts who wish to share their enthusiasm for the ocean with you. Most of our private surfing lessons are with first-timers so if you’ve never ridden a wave that’s ok, we’ll help you get there! If you’ve surfed before but are seeking to advance your skills our instructors can guide you in your next steps through a more intermediate surf lesson experience!

1 Person Surf Lesson  |  $125

2 Person Surf Lesson  |  $85

3-5 Person Surf Lesson  |  $75

6+ Person Surf Lesson  |  $65

9:00 AM

11:00 AM

1:00 PM

3:00 PM

Quality Surfboard & Leash

Warm 4/3 mm Wetsuit

Experienced Surf Instructor

1.5 Hours of Surfing!

Ready to Ride some Waves? Book Surf Lessons in Santa Barbara or Ventura!

Before reserving your surf lesson here are a few tips:

  1. Start by selecting a date below and then click “Book Now”.
  2. Click the Green Bar in order to select a lesson time slot. Only available time slots will appear.
  3. Group discounts will be applied once the number of surfers selected increases.
  4. If you wish to book multiple lessons across multiple dates or time slots select the “Add to Booking” button on the second page of checkout to begin the process for the additional lessons.
  5. If you have any questions or issues booking online fee free to call us at (805) 708-9878.
  • #1 Surf Spot recommendation from our Surf Instructors!
  • 22 min drive from Santa Barbara
  • Offered Daily at 9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM ~ 3:00 PM
  • This is where our group surf lesson is located as well!

Why is Mondos our #1 recommendation?

Mondos beach is the perfect wave for a beginner, intermediate, or first time surfer.  Even though this will be a bit  further of a drive when traveling from Santa Barbara, the great waves are worth while. We love teaching here because the waves are gentle yet consistent and easy to catch. Take a surf lesson with us and find out why we love it so much!


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1 Person Surf Lesson ~ $125

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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.

2 Person Surf Lesson ~ $85 per person

2 person private surf lesson
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!

3-5 Person Surf Lesson ~ $75 per person

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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.

6+ Person Surf Lesson ~ $65 per person

5+ people surf lesson
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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Surfing Lessons Proven to Work

Private Surf Lessons in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Ventura are our specialty. We feel the best way to maximize your time is to have a surf instructor solely devoted to you, your family or friends. This insures you will be getting the most hands on practice during your time in the water. Typically our Instructors can coach up to 4 students at a time. If you want to surf privately with a larger group we will add instructors as needed.

Our proven method for teaching surf lessons is one that has come together through the combined knowledge of our veteran surfers throughout Santa Barbara and the feedback we get from our students. We have carefully studied the most important steps to becoming a successful surfer, and how to make the most of your time. Which is why we’re confident Santa Barbara Surfing School will have you surfing in no time.

Feel free to call and inquire about where we are surfing before showing up if you’re not sure 🙂

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1 participant $125

2 participants $85 / person

3–5 participants $75 / person

6+ Participants $65 / person

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Lesson Times

  • 9:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
Details for Your Surf Lesson with Us

Duration -1.5 hours.

We have found that an hour and a half is the sweet spot. Typically we spend a little time getting into our suits and then going over surf techniques on the beach before hitting the waves. This leaves us with a solid hour of wave riding. It’s enough time to catch plenty of waves and also leave you thoroughly tired. We’re more than happy to extend our lessons though so be sure to let us know if you’d like us to go longer when making your reservation.

Where to meet?
Once booked we’ll send over your surf location and driving directions via email. If you don’t receive an email with driving directions please call us. We often teach 20 minutes south of Santa Barbara because the waves in town are close to “un-surfable” a majority of the year. Whereas, the surf down south tends to be much more ideal for a quality surf lesson experience! That being said, if there’s any surf at all in town your lesson will be scheduled in town. In order for us to provide a 5 star experience there’s a chance you’ll be having a Carpinteria or Ventura surf lesson depending on the behavior of the waves during your trip.

Surf conditions are changing on a daily basis, which is why we make it our business to insure you’re catching the best waves in the area on any given day. Our experienced staff is always keeping their eyes on wave heights and wind patterns and will be able to inform you which location we will be meeting you at when you call to make a reservation. We have a few of our favorite spots listed on our ‘Surf Locations’ page.

What’s included?
We will provide the board, leash, wetsuit, and the instructor for 90 minutes. All you need to do is show up with your bathing suit.

Please call 805-708-9878 to inquire when and where we are surfing before showing up!

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