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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, 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, 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 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

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!


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

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