Surf lesson Testimonials

“I had so much fun, that I can’t even explain it!”

 Dylan Brown, Palmdale, California

If you want to learn how to surf, go to Surf Happens. They are awesome. I took lessons for myself with the womens group, Aloha Surf Sisters. The first day out we got up on our boards and surfed waves. So empowering and so much fun! Surf Happens instructors know what they are doing and Chris, who is the owner, is absolutely amazing – so knowledgeable, motivating and extremely positive. My daughter now does the after school program and is having so much fun while learning how to bottom turn! You will be so happy you took surf lessons with Surf Happens!

 Layla K ,Santa Barbara, California

“Great action experience. Surf Happens taught us about the lifestyle, history, and safety, not to mention that we stood up on our first waves! Thanks guys!”

 Brent Vandermause, Age 27 ,Oregon, Wisconsin

“The crave is for real! The awesome instruction got this Wisconsin boy up and surfing on his first wave and I can’t wait to come back to Santa Barbara to go out again!”

– Erik Vandermause, Age 34, Madison, Wisconsin

“The instructors were really helpful and entertaining at the same time. The way they teach is easily understood by this first timer and is the perfect tool to learn for adults and kids alike.”

– Cam Trowbride, Maryland


Surf Camp Testimonials

“Surf Happens is one of the best programs offered in Santa Barbara. Over the years I have seen the self confidence learning to surf has provided my son. He is more out going, more willing to try new things, and more than anything – he has developed a passion for surfing. The staff are wonderful too. I highly recommend this program!”
Happy mom,
Jen Baron

“From the bottom of our hearts — thank you for the wonderful week. The Cole kids had a great time and we look forward to enrolling in a camp or lesson when we are in Santa Barbara agian. The week far surpassed our expectations and we look forward to refering people to your company. Charlie winning the 2nd place surf thropy was really soooo generous and unexpected – truely the “cheer on top” to a great week. He was still in shock when he got home. I am sure it will go a long way in helping him remember his expierence and also help build confidence to try more new things.”


“Surf Happens surf camps have been such an amazing experience for Jack, Brian, and Reid. Kids are the biggest critics and after last summer they couldn’t wait to come back to Santa Barbara for more. They have gone to other surf camps in Hawaii and San Diego, but all they keep talking about is Surf Happens and Santa Claus Lane. I think they’re all hooked on surfing for life now!”

“We’re indebted to Chris and all the counselors who truly love kids and know how to instruct and have fun. This camp has built their confidence in the water and they love riding waves. The whole experience raises self esteem and the boys also love the contests and talent shows. As a parent, I am thrilled!”

Alicia Nogales (mom)

“I love Surf Happens! You get to surf big waves all day and play dodge ball and they have some cool prizes stickers. I have a lot of fun and the counselors are really cool.”


“At Surf Happens I learned how to surf and guess what? I love it! A seal even popped up next to my board which was so cool. See you next summer!”


“I learned how to surf at Surf Happens last summer and this year was even better! I worked on my grab rail and bottom turns and moved from soft boards to a hard board and even did some tandem rides. I definetly improved and think that this is the best summer camp in the entire world!”


“I really liked surf camp I think it was the best camp ever!!!! I made new friends and I was with my best friend there too. I learned how to surf and I never thought I would learn how to surf that fast. I really want to do surf camp next year. I really liked the last day of surf camp because of the contest ,talent show, and the graduation . And how I said surf camp is the best camp ever!!!!!”

Luiza Moreno, Age – 8

“Hey, Iam Julie and I am 13 and live in Paris, France! Every year I come with my family to Santa Barbara to go to Surf Happens Surf Camps. Why? They are awesome! The weather is sweet, the waves are great, I get to hang out with my friends from before, and make new ones! Also, it is a great experience because Santa Barbara is so much different then where I am from. I love surfing!”

Julie Hanse, Age 13

“Surf Happens is really fun and I have improved so much after only surfing a few weeks. I even won my first surfing trophy last Friday during the longest ride contest! Riding waves is super cool but I also love the counselors and hanging out on the beach with my friends. The weekly talent shows also are really cool!”

– Rivana Russo, Age 11