Santa Barbara Surf School
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Private Surf Lessons in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria 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 5 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. Included: Surf Boards, Wetsuits, Leashes and Instructor. Group size discounts applied at checkout.
Santa Barbara, California

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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(17 reviews)
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Samantha P
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
We loved it so much we came two days in a row. Matt, Aiden and Trevor were all excellent instructors and made the experience informative and fun. We were both able to ride a wave on our first try (both 24-25yr old women) and would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to learn how to surf! We are already looking forward to coming back!
Written June 26, 2021
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Thanks for surfing with us!
Written July 4, 2021
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Guillaume G
1 contribution
May 2022 • Solo
I saw this surfing school online and all the great reviews. So I've called them the same day that I was able to go and they were very friendly and professional at the same time, I've got a reservation done for the next hour in less than 2 minutes. When I've arrived at the Mondo beach (which was a perfect spot for beginners), the truck of the school was already there since they had customers earlier in the morning.

So here is what you want to know the most : the coach was the best ! His name is Tyler. He has been in Ventura since he was born so he knows the city very well (I went at a burrito/tacos restaurant after the lessons that he told me about...miam!!). He has A LOT of experience but is the opposite of a showoff hehe, he wants you to learn. His goal is simple : Get you to surf the most waves in an hour and a half as you can. I can say that I did ! I surfed between 5-8 waves for which I've been very happy about. It was an exhausting activity so don't go there after a big party the night before to make the most out of it.

Thanks again Tyler, hope to meet you again in Montreal, California or anywhere else !

Cheers!
Written June 1, 2022
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Stoked you had a good time surfing with Tyler! He is a really great instructor! Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful review!
Written June 4, 2022
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Claudia Grill
2 contributions
May 2022
After a long trip through some of the beautiful National Parks in the Southwest and many hikes there, we thought we must find a fun activity for our two teenaged children while staying in Santa Barbara. We thought surf lessons might be the right thing, since they never have done it. Both are athletes and were truly excited to try this new field. Boy, did they work hard to find the balance on that surf board! Our instructor Sean was super helpful by finding the right balance of teaching them and letting them figure out by themselves. They got better by the minute and through Sean's encouraging support found even a spark of proud that by the end they were able to surf some pretty long waves. Fun! Definitely worth the money! And thank you to Sean who didn't watch the clock too closely. He was generous with his time, since we seemed to be the last lesson. Thank you! We will be back - at our next stay in Santa Barbara.
Written June 16, 2022
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Stoked to hear you had a good time surfing with Sean! He is a great surf instructor, hope to see you surfing in the water again soon!
Written June 17, 2022
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Taryn L
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Solo
Awesome morning out on mondos beach! Sean gave me clear, easy to follow instructions. He even taught me about the tide & best surfing conditions so I feel comfortable going out on my own next time. Highly recommended for beginners! If SB surf school can teach me, they can teach anyone to surf!
Written January 18, 2022
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Hi Taryn, glad you enjoyed your surf lesson with Sean! Glad he can make you comfortable in the water and thanks for the review!
Written March 7, 2022
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Jade Scott
4 contributions
Aug 2020
I had a fantastic experience with my instructor, Ally! It was my first time surfing and Ally was great at teaching my sister and I to surf safely and have fun while doing it. Ally swam by our side the entire time and talked us through what waves to catch, when to start paddling, how to prop ourselves up, and how to improve our form. Ally was uplifting, energetic, positive, and supportive and helped us have a totally stress-free fun time. Ally was our hype person the entire time even when we would fall off she would be patient and help us try again. We chatted a lot about her woodworking projects, college plans, and all the cool places she has surfed. I highly recommended booking a surf session with Ally! 1000/10 :)
Written August 22, 2020
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Katelyn E
Boston, MA2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Carson, Hallie, and Sienna were all so helpful! They were great at giving little adjustments that really helped with out being overwhelming. By the end of the lesson I was standing up on a surf board and it was my first time surfing. Would 100% recommend!
Written July 8, 2021
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Thanks for surfing with us!
Written July 12, 2021
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Matt P
1 contribution
Aug 2021
My twin 12 year old kids and my sister had a GREAT time surfing for the first time, with Santa Barbara Surf School. Instructors Matt and Sean were outstanding teachers and super friendly - quickly going through the basics and doing some practice on land, getting them out on the water on big stable long boards, and making sure they all got lots of reps. They were all able to stand up and ride waves within a few minutes, and felt confident the whole time. They wound up tired but exhilarated, all smiles, saying they had lots of fun. Highly recommended!
Written August 3, 2021
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Thanks for choosing us for your surf lessons!
Written August 5, 2021
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Jinting W
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Solo
This was my first time surfing and I had a great private lesson from Carson, who answered all of my questions and gave me pointers as I was practicing. He also did a great job of complimenting me which made me feel like I could be a real surfer one day. The waves were light and good for beginners!
Written August 27, 2021
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Thank you so much for the response, Jinting! We hope to see you out in the water on your own sometime soon! So glad to hear that Carson was such a great instructor for you here in Santa Barbara. See you next time!
Written August 28, 2021
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alexbunting
Sausalito, CA1 contribution
Jun 2021
I had the time of my life!! I wasn't sure what to expect. As soon as I arrived at Santa Barbara Surf School, everyone greeted me with such enthusiasm. Then I met Trevor and he was so welcoming, with a smile on his face, rearing to go. He made me feel completely confident from the get-go!! He gave me some instructions on the shore and then we got in the water. We took baby steps until I felt more and more secure. Then I was riding the waves!! At least that's what it felt like. I was excited and invigorated. I kept wanting to go more and more. Trevor was always there, motivating me. He was terrific. I highly recommend Santa Barbara Surf School and my instructor Trevor was the BEST coach ever!! Thank you so much!!
Written June 29, 2021
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Pumped you had a great time surfing with Trevor and thank you for choosing us for your Santa Barbara Surf Lessons
Written July 4, 2021
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April Brook
1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
We had the best time at Mondo’s beach with Santa Bárbara Surf School. Admittedly we were concerned about the water temperature but with wetsuits on my husband & I were completely comfortable. My husband had surfed a bit years ago & I was a first timer. Our instructor, Sean, was kind, encouraging & very knowledgeable. He found us the best wave options & within 30 mins we were both standing up, catching waves. If you’re in Santa Bárbara, book a lesson - it will make your trip!
Written May 24, 2022
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Good to hear you and your husband had fun surfing with Sean! He is a great instructor. Thank you for choosing Santa Barbara Surf School!
Written May 25, 2022
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