Santa Barbara Surf Lessons

Private Surf Lessons with Surfboard & Wetsuit Included

Our Instructors are all about your experience!

Santa Barbara Surf Lessons

Private Surf Lessons

Surfboard & Wetsuit Included

Our Instructors are all about your experience!

All of our Santa Barbara surf lessons are private! It will be just you and your group.


Lesson Pricing:

  • 1 Person Surf Lesson:    $125
  • 2 Person Surf Lesson:    $85 / person
  • 3-5 Person Surf Lesson: $75 / person
  • 6+  Person Surf Lesson: $65 / person

All Santa Barbara Surf Lessons Include:

  • 1.5 Hours
  • Surfboard
  • Wetsuit
  • Experienced Instructor

Lessons Offered Daily

  • 9:00am – 10:30am
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm

Mondos Beach

#1 Staff Pick

(22 min drive from Santa Barbara)

(drive time can vary depending on traffic)

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1 Person Surf Lesson

Lesson Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $125
Inclusions: Surf Boards, Wetsuits, Leashes, and Instructor

The one person Santa Barbara surf lesson is great for both first-time surfers or novice surfers looking to hone their skills. A one-person surf lesson maximizes your time with an instructor, allowing you to progress your skills quickly. This is the perfect option for the individual looking to maximize their time in the water during a surf lesson in Santa Barbara.

2 Person Surf Lesson

Lesson Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $85 Per Person
Inclusions: Surf Boards, Wetsuits, Leashes and Instructor

The two person surf lesson in Santa Barbara is the perfect option for couples or friends looking to learn to surf and share the stoke! A two person lesson provides the added benefit of having a loved one with you to cheer you on. There is even the opportunity to share the same wave - an added bonus!

3-5 Person Surf Lesson

Lesson Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $75 Per Person
Inclusions: Surf Boards, Wetsuits, Leashes and Instructor
The three-four person surf lesson in Santa Barbara is ideal for families looking to learn to surf together. Our experienced instructors will cater the lesson to each individual, ensuring the whole family is up and riding! This surf lesson also provides the opportunity for bragging rights for the remainder of your stay together in Santa Barbara.

6+ Person Surf Lesson

Lesson Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $65 Per Person
Inclusions: Our large group surf lessons in Santa Barbara are great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, company outings, or the larger family. The large group surf lesson is great for building camaraderie and a memorable experience during your Santa Barbara stay. Additional instructors are available upon request for large lessons.

Group Surf Lessons

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Lesson Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $65 Per Person
Inclusions: This option is great for those who want to join others in a surf lesson at a "group rate" that is discounted from our normal private rate. Our group lesson location is Mondo's Beach.

Offered at 1pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Or 11am on Saturdays.

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Cal Coast Adventures Surf Lesson Details

Our surf lessons in the Santa Barbara run everyday at 9am, 11am, and 1pm. Call today to secure your preferred time slot! We teach surf lessons in Santa Barbara and the surrounding area year round. Our lessons are private so you or your group will have their own instructor. The majority of our lessons are for first timers which is why they are private; we want to ensure you have an amazing experience while at the same time staying safe.

We teach on soft top surfboards for safety and stability making it easier for beginners to stand. If you’ve surfed before and would just like to rent, we have both soft tops and a small line of Epoxy/fiberglass surfboards.

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To make a reservation for surf lessons in the Santa Barbara area, please call (805) 628-2444 between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm or use the book now option above. Surfboards and wetsuits are included with the lesson. If interested in renting you can drop by our location or if reserved ahead of time you can meet us right on the beach to pick up your boards and suits. We look forward to getting you in the waves!

surf lesson and pary wave at mondos beach
Where is The Best Beach for My Surf Lesson?

Typically surf lessons are taught at beaches with a sandy bottom and gentle waves just a few miles south of Santa Barbara. Our preferred beginner surf break helps ensure a safe and fun experience for first timers.

Mondos Beach is our top location for surf lessons near Santa Barbara because the waves are perfect for beginners of all ages. Mondos is a long and gentle wave with a sandy bottom, making it fun and safe for new surfers. We mainly do our surf lessons here because of the success we have had getting most beginners standing up during their first lesson here.

We do offer surf lessons in Goleta for larger groups interested in surfing. For those lacking a vehicle and staying downtown we can hold surf lessons in Santa Barbara if the swell conditions allow for it. As you can see our main focus is to just get you in that natural playground we have in our backyard; trust us – you’ll have a blast!

Once your surf lesson is booked you’ll receive driving directions to the beach your surf lesson is scheduled for. The beaches we teach lessons at range from in town to a 20 minute drive. The locations we choose are based on the forecasted swell for that day; we want to make sure you have a great time and we do our best to find a fun playful wave conducive for beginners.

Wondering How the Wave Conditions Are For Your Surf Lesson?

When taking a surf lesson in Santa Barbara, the conditions of the waves can change. Luckily, for beginners, most days would work out as long as there is a little bit of swell and the wind is light and the tide is right.

There are some days where the tide can be too high, the wind can be too strong, and the swell may be too small or big. If that is ever the case we can always move locations to a better spot with better conditions to make sure you have the best surf experience!

Feel free to call us before booking or a few days before your scheduled surf lesson to see how the conditions are in Santa Barbara!

What to Expect When Taking a Surf Lesson with Cal Coast Adventures

When taking surf lessons with us, expect the best treatment! We will always provide the gear (surfboard and wetsuit) and bring it to you at the beach. If you have your own gear you are more than welcome to bring it to your lesson.

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All of our surf lessons will start with a land lesson going over paddling, standing up, and ocean safety. Once we go over this you and the instructor will enter the water to start catching waves! For beginner surfers, the instructor will guide you on which waves to take and help you catch the waves by giving you and your board a push. With this kind of guidance, it makes it much easier to improve quickly and stand up on your first lesson!

We have had many clients come back for multiple lessons. If you get up your first lesson, then the second lesson will be mainly focused on timing. Timing on when to start paddling on your own to catch the waves. Then the next step would be how to identify and pick the right waves to paddle for. Once you learn all this we can go over turning and going across the wave rather than just going straight.

If you would like a lesson longer than 1.5 hours we do offer 2 hour surf lessons. For just 25 dollars you can add 30 minutes to make it a 2 hour lesson! We also offer post-lesson board and suit rentals for only $10 which is the best deal in town.

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Top Surf Instructors in Santa Barbara!
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We truly believe an instructor will make the lesson one of your top memories while visiting Santa Barbara, which is why we have some of the best talent and personalities around.

When hiring our instructors we onboard individuals with 6 years+ of surfing experience. Other key attributes of our instructors include responsibility, friendliness, an outgoing personality, and a passion for surfing.

Don’t just take our word for it. Our reviews have really shown the excellent job our instructors have done with their surf lessons!

Don't just take our word for it...

“My friend and I had a wonderful Santa Barbara surf lesson with our instructor Tyler! Truth be told, I've taken a few surf lessons in my lifetime and I've always struggled to pop up consistently. Not this time! I don't know if it was the good waves in the location Tyler took us to or something in his instruction just clicked; regardless, we were both standing on our first wave! Partnered with an easy-to-navigate website and informative emails beforehand, this was a great experience. Thanks for a great morning on the water!”

“Flying through the water on a Surfboard. Our instructor was amazing and helpful (Tim). The location was perfect. We went at the end of November, and were pleasantly surprised that the wetsuit kept us warm. Their reservation system was easy and responsive.”

“Sean was our instructor, he did a great job! Def recommend surfing lessons with him! He's very patient and encouraging it made the whole experience seamless. On arrival our gear was ready and we were out in the waves in no time. It was our very first time surfing. We wore our swimsuit under the gear, covered up in sunscreen, and packed our phone in a waterproof bag! Thanks for a great first experience 👍”

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