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Learn to Surf with SB's #1 Surf School

Santa Barbara, United States

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Experience hosted by John

90 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

I'll be meeting you at a local surf spot that is tucked away, just south of SB where there's easy free parking and even easier waves to surf! I'll have a surfboard and comfortable suit ready and waiting for you when you arrive. After we suit up we'll then hit the beach to go over some etiquette and techniques needed for surfing before entering the water. If you'd like to extend your time in the water please let me know.

My top priority is keeping you safe, confident in your ability, and excited about surfing! I'll do everything in my power to get you standing up on the surfboard or improving your ability!

I look forward to meeting you and hopefully sharing a triumphant surfing memory!

Other things to note:
In order for safety to be the top priority I do ask that you know how to swim and that you are comfortable in ocean water. You must be 7 years or older to surf with me. This lesson is only able to operate with a minimum of 2 poeple. If you're a solo traveler and the only one signed up for the lesson we'll be in touch with alternate options that we have available.
I'll be meeting you at a local surf spot that is tucked away, just south of SB where there's easy free parking and even easier waves to surf! I'll have a surfboard and comfortable suit ready and waiting for you when you arrive. After we suit up we'll then hit the beach to go over some etiquette and techniques needed for surfing before entering the water. If you'd like to extend your time in the water please let me know.

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John's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Longboard surfboard, wetsuit, and experienced instruction
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Meet your host, John

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 29 Reviews
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As a native Californian I have a deep passion for outdoor sports. For the past 5 yrs I've brought that passion to the team at Santa Barbara Surf School - one of the longest running surf schools in Santa Barbara.

I have found that teaching others to surf, whether they pick it up right away or need a slower pace, is an immensely rewarding experience. I love watching people try something new and form a connection with nature that they didn’t expect
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In partnership with World Surf League

World Surf League approved
This experience is hand-picked by the WSL, home of the world’s best surfers.


As the governing body for the sport of professional surfing, the World Surf League (WSL) oversees a global tour of men’s and women’s shortboard, longboard, big wave, and development tier competitions, and has crowned annual world champions since 1976. Its members include more than 2,500 of the world’s best surfers, and millions of fans around the world. Supporting pros and beginners alike, the WSL believes that the more time we spend in the water, the better the world will be.

Where you'll be

We'll meet each other at my surf van parked at whichever beach is rolling out the best waves on the day you want to go (and I'll provide easy directions). We'll both suit up in wetsuits and I'll also provide you with a longboard ideal for learning. When you're ready we'll walk just steps to the sand for some pre-lesson tips. Before you know it I'll be guiding you into the waves at one of SB's top point breaks!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 29 reviews.

Delanie
February 2020
We had so much fun today! Will was our instructor and he was awesome. He is patient, helpful, kind and soooo passionate about surfing and the ocean. The day was beautiful and we both feel like our surfing ability and knowledge expanded by spending the morning in the water with Will. At the end of an amazing session Will also gave us tips on how to keep learning to surf, where to go to get gear and practice. I would recommend this experience to anyone who is looking to learn to surf. Thanks!
We had so much fun today! Will was our instructor and he was awesome. He is patient, helpful, kind and soooo passionate about surfing and the ocean. The day was beautiful and we…
Klaus
February 2020
We met with our instructor Brody across the street from the beach. The beach was not in SB, but about 30min drive towards LA. We were just the three of us with my brother and the instructor, so it was basically a privat lesson. From the get go the vibe was good. We were running late, but that was no problem – everything was there waiting for us: the boards, wetsuits, a place to leave our valuables. Brody was super pro and did explain the basics very effectively so that we could go in to catch the breaks as soon as possible. The experience itself was amazing – Brody made me a surfer for life!! 🏄
We met with our instructor Brody across the street from the beach. The beach was not in SB, but about 30min drive towards LA. We were just the three of us with my brother and the…
Michele
November 2019
I got this experience for my 2 college age kids. They absolutely loved it and were able to get up and surf pretty quickly!
Marius
October 2019
The instructor did an excellent job teaching me the basics of surfing. They had all the gear available so we could start the lesson right away. Definitely recommend this surf school!
Rebecca
October 2019
Will and the team were fun, organized and very knowledgeable. Will ensured we had a fantastic experience, and learned the fundamentals prior to hitting the waves. We spent most of the time in the water surfing. We will recommend this experience to anyone we know traveling in the area, and will hopefully be back on our next vacation to Santa Barbara!
Will and the team were fun, organized and very knowledgeable. Will ensured we had a fantastic experience, and learned the fundamentals prior to hitting the waves. We spent most of…
Rebecca
October 2019
We had a fantastic lesson! Our instructor, Will, was great with our kids (9 & 12 yo) who are doing this for the first & second time, respectively. He accommodated their abilities and gave them tips to get better and cheered them on. He stayed near them in the water at all times and was tireless in pulling and angling them to different spots to set them up on the best waves. They were both able to stand and stay up all the way back to the beach quite a few times! The fact that the instructor comes to the beach with a truck stocked with equipment made it easy to getting in and out of the wet suits and change boards as necessary. We also loved that it's a school with a business number that we could call in addition to replying exclusively on airbnb text messages for communication. Would recommend it to anyone, especially with kids!!
We had a fantastic lesson! Our instructor, Will, was great with our kids (9 & 12 yo) who are doing this for the first & second time, respectively. He accommodated their abilities a…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

What to bring

Be wearing your bathing suit

Towel