Drop in and Learn to Surf!

Surf Happens Mission

Why Us?

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 lifestyle 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 programs, our women’s program Surf Happens Sisters, beginner to advanced coaching, and community surfing competitions including the annual Rincon Classic.

The Surf Happens Teaching Methodology

Fueling the rapid growth and popularity of Surf Happens beginner to intermediate programs is the Surf Happens teaching methodology that approaches instruction through phases of mental and technical learning that resembles a martial arts program in its progression. Each phase builds upon the learning and understanding of the one before, paving a strong foundation for growth along with proper education on oceanography, safety, etiquette, and the history of the sport.

A group in the sand on the beach.

Rad Experiences at Santa Barbara's Premier Surf School

Coming Back Next Year!

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!

– Jack, TripAdvisor
Great Experience!

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, TripAdvisor

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.

– Reid, TripAdvisor
First Wave!

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, TripAdvisor
Best Kids Camp Ever!

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, TripAdvisor

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, TripAdvisor