Summer Day Camps


2017 Camp Info & Dates

Mon – Fri   9am – 3pm

Week 1 June 5-9
Week 2 June 12-16
Week 3 June 19-23
Week 4 June 26-30
Week 5 July 3-7
Week 6 July 10-14
Week 7 July 17-21
Week 8 July 24-28
Week 9 July 31- August 4
Week 10 August 7-11
Week 11 August 14-18
Week 12  August 21-25
Week 13 August 28- September 1

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Please call us at (805) 966-3613 with any questions!


Surf Camp Details

We are the Original Surf Camp at Santa Claus Lane. Santa Claus Lane is one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved beaches and officially dubbed “The World’s Safest Beach.”

Ages for the day camps are 4-17 with an even variety of age groups each week that help to form a “tribal” atmosphere. The youngest kids are adopted by the older students and both bond with Junior Instructors and Instructors.

Highly Trained Instructors

All instructors are CPR and First Aid certified and have taken the Surf Happens surfing specific life saving course. In addition background checks have been made on all personnel to ensure the safety of students.

The Surf Happens Teaching Method

We systematically introduce the lifestyle and sport of surfing through progressive, technical, and knowledge based phases. These phases resemble a martial art system. Through this method it becomes easier for students to understand movements and ocean knowledge. This also enables our team to gauge progress, monitor, and create groups; based on age, swimming ability, experience, and skill. While in the water students wear colored jerseys signifying their level, and may graduate to the next phase based on achievement tests.

  • Super Sand Crabs (Yellow) 6 and under students
  • Sand Crabs (White)
  • Turtle (Green)
  • Chim Chim (Blue)
  • Advanced Surfers (Orange)
  • Instructors (Red)

We believe that if the mind understands the body will follow and as part of the “Turtle” phase teach safety and oceanography, history, and etiquette that applies on any beach in the world. Our core values are based upon respecting the self, others, and the environment, while applying the mind and body towards dreams and passions with discipline and determination.

Spearheaded by Surf Happens owner Chris “Uncle Keet”, our staff have been running camps at this location for sixteen years working with entire generations of local and visiting students. We make learning fun and take the time to share our experiences while getting to know students. Experience the difference through the experts in surfing instruction.

We are located on the southern end of the beach directly before reaching the first building on the Lane, SALT. Look for the Surf Lessons sign and our trailer as well as tents and flags on the beach and follow the easement to our headquarters where we are located from June until September each year.

Day Camp Activities Include :

  • Surfing –Mental & Technical Training
  • Yoga – Cross Training – Indo Boarding
  • Dodgeball – Beach Athletics
  • Paddle Races & Team Relays
  • Hats
  • Beach cleanups
  • Special Appearances by guest Pros
  • Friday Fundays featuring a beach barbeque, talent show, surf contest, and graduation ceremony with custom trophy & photo!

Surf Camp Additions

Hot Lunch from Rincon Brewery
Price: $10
Description: Get fresh hot lunch with a choice of chicken tenders, grilled cheese, cheese quesadilla, or a cheese burger. Fries, a cookie, and lemonade are included with the main course.

Professional Photo Package
Price: $40
Description: Receive water photography of your kids with the best in the business, Branden Aroyan. Branden is a professional surf photographer who shoots around the world for major magazines and pro surfers like Kelly Slater. Every Wednesday Branden comes down to take surf shots of the campers. Don’t miss out on photos of the highest quality of your kids surfing. Includes action shots of surfing three waves, paddling, candid lifestyle, and a group shot.

Personal Camp Video
Price: $250
Description: Get HD footage of your kid’s full week of camp. From beach activities to the water, we capture it all and put it together in a fully edited video for you to go back and remember camp for a lifetime.