The peak surf season in Santa Barbara is typically from Sep to May, with other spots nearby that can have fun summer swell. Most breaks are playful points, with a few beach breaks nearby. It can be tricky to read if you don't know how to anticipate what swells work best for our stretch of coast, but we always know where the surf will be best.
Some of the best waves in all of California are located within a short drive of Santa Barbara and a good session here will be one to remember.
At Surf Santa Barbara, surfers of all ages and abilities are welcome. We love teaching and sharing our stoke of the ocean and the surf. We will tailor your experience to your surfing level and current weather conditions.
Take the time to explore Santa Barbara, a city located between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains, with an interesting history, beautiful nature, and charming attractions.
The Spanish colonization can still be seen in some of the touristic attractions, such as the Santa Barabara Mission and El Presidio State Historic Park.
State Street, filled with palm trees and charming restaurants and stores, will make you understand why this city is known as the "American Riviera." The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is also worthy of a visit, as it has beautiful gardens, the Mural Room with paintings on the wall that tell the history of this region, and an amazing view from the tower.
There is plenty to do between the surf sessions, including beautiful hikes, beach walks, wine tours, fishing excursions, boat tours to the Channel Islands, and concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Kilian Garland is the owner and operator of Surf Santa Barbara and has been a professional surfer on the World Surf League for 15 years. He is the 2017 WSL North American Champion and has won numerous events throughout his career.
Throughout the years, he has worked as a surf coach and instructor in Santa Barbara in-between his events. He was born and raised in Santa Barbara and his long-time aspiration has been to start a surf school with his family.
Water safety is our top priority here at Surf Santa Barbara. We teach surfers of all ages and experience levels skills that they need to keep themselves and others safe. Such skills include identifying unsafe water conditions such as riptides, ocean swim and rescue techniques, surf forecasting, and paddling techniques. We take pride in holding a fun, safe, and interactive experience for our clients. All of our instructors are CPR certified and are long-time surfers with a vast amount of ocean safety knowledge. That said, if you would like to focus on any specific topic during your surf lesson, feel free to make your instructor aware, and they will do their best to make an accommodation.