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About Surf Happens
Surf Happens is Santa Barbara’s premier surf school, this is our profession and our passion. We are a community based business dedicated to sharing the spirit of Aloha and the life style of surfing with people of all ages and abilities. Founded in the local waters of Santa Barbara, California in 2000, we are a complete full service surfing school offering year round private and group lessons, surfing camps for kids and adults, after school program, our womens program Surf Happens Sisters, beginning to advanced coaching, and community surfing competitions including the annual Rincon Classic.
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Sarah B wrote a review Aug 2021
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We booked SurfHappens for a company event and were so impressed! They took care of absolutely everything for us, from catering to activities to equipment. Our team had a blast and would absolutely book with them again for future events.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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CS wrote a review Apr 2021
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We booked a private surf lesson for 3 kids and 2 adults. We got 3 instructors and everyone learned a ton and had a great time! Instructors did a great job for us! Thanks!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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CMcC wrote a review Jan 2021
New York City, New York1 contribution
Just spent three months surfing with this crew and they are the best! Chris runs a first class operation and they are amazing with kids and adults. Highly recommended; without reservation. Can't wait to get back!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Fred wrote a review Nov 2020
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Incredible surf school, and by far the best in the area! As an intermediate surfer with experience surfing all over the world, lessons with Surf Happens have been the single most effective way that I've improved. They have literally saved me years. The instructors are expert and attentive, providing very specific and tailored instructions on how to progress. Whereas many schools take a cookie cutter approach, Surf Happens is far more sophisticated, tailoring the instruction to the individual. I couldn't be happier! The kids programs they run are amazing. I know a number of families who enroll their children in the surf camps, and every one of them has only positive things to say. The kids learn, build relationships, gain confidence, and have a blast!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jenn B wrote a review Oct 2020
Los Angeles, California2 contributions
On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, we had the most amazing experience at Surf Happens. The owner came out to instruct our lesson personally, and not only was he SO engaging with my kids, but also allowed our two other friend's kids to join free or charge, even though they hadn’t signed up. During the lesson, the instructors were so attentive and fun, it left such a wonderful impression on me and my girls! In fact, my youngest daughter was afraid to try surfing again after a previous bad experience, but the owner was such a natural with kids, and was able to connect with and encourage her, so she decided to give it another try at his urging, and ended up having a great time! It was truly such a great experience, and we can’t wait to go back again!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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