Santa Claus Lane




Each lesson is two hours unless pre-arranged (ask about our group rates, seasonal discounts and specials)

1 person:  $80 per hour
2 people:  $65 per hour per person
3-4 people:  $55 per hour per person (2 instructors)
5 + people:  or additional instructors call for rates

* Custom bookings available for groups of any size. Price will vary depending upon group size, number of instructors required, hours, and equipment rental.   

Equipment Rentals

Surf Happens year round equipment rentals make it easy for you to get out in the water and enjoy riding waves in style. Rentals include INT softboards ranging from the 4’O” black ball beater to the 10’ you can surf anything or go tandem model. Ensuring warmth and comfort we offer Quiksilver and Roxy wetsuits of all sizes and models availability permitting. You will truly enjoy wearing the full body diaper!

Rentals are available by the hour, two hours, half day and full day.

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Surf Lessons



Riding waves is one of the most unique, fun and rewarding things that we as human beings may experience and may be habit forming. After trying surfing for the first time you may be forever changed, want to drop everything you were doing, and move to the beach!  

Book Your Private Or Group Lesson Today!

Surf Happens is the industry leader in the field of surfing instruction, offering year round, all ages private and group lessons. We operate on an open booking schedule and have an amazing team on call to serve you.  All you have to do is set up an appointment and show up and we take care of the rest! 805.966.3613

Step Into A Smile

The Surf Happens staff through their contagious love for the ocean share passion, knowledge and firsthand experience with you. All of our expert instructors are CPR & First Aid certified, have gone through the Surf Happens surf-specific life-saving course, and follow Keet’s Surf Happens Teaching Methodology ™, ensuring a safe and rewarding experience! Background checks have also been completed for all personnel. Head Instructors have each worked with thousands of individuals from around the globe.

You Can Do It!

Our programs are guaranteed to get you into the Aloha of surfing and standing up during your first session. Our philosophy is based on The Turtle, one of the Hawaiians most revered animals and is the foundation for all of our teaching principles. We break down the learning process into “animal” phases of mental and physical learning, much like a martial arts, to make it easier to understand techniques on a step-by-step basis.

Environmental Stewards

Part of our goal as stewards of the ocean is to  spread awareness on environmental  issues and to do our part to be a part of the solution directly involving our students in activism. One facet of theTurtle philosophy is teaching that the earth is like our terrarium, and just like our minds and bodies, what we put into it, is what we get out of it. Working in conjuction with the Quiksilver Foundation, Surfrider Foundation and other like minded organizations our goal is to help educate students and provide easy solutions that each of us can be involved in. We also provide all lessons with a reusable jute bag, and drink tin with information on our environmental project, The Plastic Experiment.

Our Equipment Is Environmentally Friendly: We have teamed up with INT softboards to provide the best learn to surf equipment in the business. All INT boards feature bio-foam technology which decomposes in land fills, while fins are re-usable and recyclable. Through years of research and development the INT team has refined their equipment to be durable, sustainable, and of the highest performance. We have tried every brand in the business and proudly promote INT as the premier brand with customer service guaranteed.

Our Quiksilver and Roxy wetsuit selection are the warmest, most flexible and durable suits you will find on the planet ranging from vests and spring suits for the summer, to 3*2 and 4*3 full suits for the winter. Sizes range from size two for the mini chim all the way up to XXXL.

Surf Happens surfing lessons guarantee to have you up and riding during your first session!

Topics Of Study

  • History and origins of surfing and the spirit of Aloha
  • Turtle Philosophy
  • Step by step approach to checking ocean conditions for hazards
  • How to read the Wind, Waves, Tides, & Currents (WWTC)
  • Ocean safety
  • The four primary types of surf spots, all of which are found in Santa Barbara.
  • Reading the line up (how, where and why waves break)
  • Etiquette
  • Fundamental movements to the surfboard into an extension of the body.

Included In Each Lesson 

  • Board & Wetsuit Rental
  • Surf Happens t-shirt, hat, re-usable bag & drink tin
  • Photos from session

* Extras : Available For Purchase

  • Ask about our deluxe still photography and video packages!
  • Surfboards
  • Wetsuits