Surf Lessons in Santa Barbara & Ventura, CA

For the Love of

SURF

Welcome to
Lovewater Surf School.

Since 2011, Lovewater Surf School has been inspiring families, travelers, couples and kids with a love for riding waves. Our family run, grassroots vibe combined with coaching expertise and a team of joyful hearts, have made us known for having the #1 surf lessons in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California.  Lovewater Surf School’s surfing lessons, nonprofit & corporate events, after-school programs and summer surf camps provide a little something for everyone, regardless of your past experience, age or skill level.  See you in the water!

Locally Owned & Operated in
Santa Barbara, CA

Locally Owned & Operated in Santa Barbara, CA

Meet our Founders
Matt & Abby


Surf Lessons in Santa Barbara & Ventura, CA

WHAT WE DO

Surf Lessons

Voted #1

Community Outreach

Summer
Surf Camp

A fun, flexible, surf-centric alternative to your full-day beach camps. While many “surf camps" tend to be a bit more like beach day care, we instead focus on working with a select group of kids who are truly excited about, yes, surfing!

After School Program

private surf lessons

Private
Surf Lessons

Our private surf lessons in Santa Barbara and Ventura are a great option for those who want to quickly take their surfing to the next level. Throughout the surfing lesson, your surf instructor will walk you through important safety tips, pre-lesson pop ups and give you all the tools needed to catch the ride of your life. In addition, if you're aiming to start surfing on your own, we often customize multi-lesson packages to help get you ready for your first unassisted surf session.

$125

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Semi-Private
Surf Lessons

Our semi-private surf lessons in Santa Barbara & Ventura are a great option for those who are looking to share their surf lesson with a friend or significant other. During your surf lesson, our skilled surf school team will walk you through safety tips, surf etiquette and pop ups. After that you'll head out with your surf coach to work on putting into practice what you learned on the beach. And if you're up for it, we'll even help you to start catching a few waves on your own.

$85

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Group & XL Group
Surf Lessons

Whether it’s a nonprofit, wedding party or family vacation, the Lovewater Surf School team knows how give your group a surfing lesson to remember. Above all, we are known for creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere where groups can learn to surf together and come away with an unforgettable surfing memory. Simply pick your time and date online and we'll provide the rest. By all means, come and see why we've been voted the #1 surf lessons in Santa Barbara & Ventura.

$65 & up

Surf Photos
& Videos

One thing unique about Lovewater Surf Co. is that we shoot GoPro photos & videos of our surf lessons. A perfect way to share your stoke with friends & family.
Visual Media
    • Ages: 5 & Up (To ensure safety, kids 7 or under must book a private surf lesson.)
    • Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
    • Media: GoPro Photos & Videos
    • Payments: Easy to Use SSL Secure Online Bookings
    • Equipment: Surfboards & Wetsuits Included

    • Safety: CPR Certified Surf Instructors
    • Cancellations: Risk Free 24 hour Cancellation Policy
    • Time: 1.5 Hour Surf Lessons
    • Towel
    • Sunblock

    • Swimsuit
    • Water

Secure Online Bookings

Don't stress. All our online bookings use a 2048-bit encryption which assures the safety of your details.

Surf Lesson Info

Surf Photos
& Videos

One thing unique about Lovewater Surf Co. is that we shoot GoPro photos & videos of our surf lessons. A perfect way to share your stoke with friends & family.
Visual Media
  • Ages 7 & Up      
  • Beginner to Advanced
  • GoPro Photos & Videos
  • Easy to Use SSL Secure
    Online Bookings
  • Surfboard & Wetsuit Included
  • CPR Certified Instructors
  • No Risk 24 Hour Cancellation Policy
  • 1.5 Hour Surf Lessons

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit  
  • Towel   
  • Sunblock  

Secure Online Bookings

Don't stress. All our online bookings use a 2048-bit encryption which assures the safety of your details.

Voted Tripadvisor's
#1 Surf Lessons in Santa Barbara & Ventura, California

Voted Tripadvisor's #1 Surf Lessons in
Santa Barbara
& Ventura, California

5/5

Sierra C.

Encouraging leaders sharing their love of surf!
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The Lovewater Team made the instructions super attainable and easy to understand. They were so encouraging the whole time and very enthusiastic, celebrating each wave we caught! They were just so ready to meet us where we were at and share the love of the water with us. Would recommend to anyone looking for a extremely friendly and stress-free experience!

Josephine D.

Had a Blast!
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We were pretty lucky with our spontaneous require for surf lessons. We had the perfect day - great weather and waves and our surf coach Matt did an amazing job. He was a local and learnt surfing in Santa Barbara. He showed us the right waves to chose and so every time was worth a try. It was my first time and I stood on the board almost every time. We booked a second lesson the day after! We will definitely do it again.

Luke R.

What a great time!
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Lovewater provides insight into what a surfer is looking for in the water/waves. I got thorough explanations as to what constituted a good wave, when I should be paddling, and when I should be standing. Every time I stood and fell, I got an explanation as to what I did wrong, and felt more confident in my next attempt. My buddy and I did the semi-private lessons, with just the two of us. It was such an amazing experience!
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A Customized Surf Experience

The Lovewater Surf Experience is unlike other surf lessons in Santa Barbara due to the fact that we custom pick the day’s best surf spot in order to accommodate the constantly changing wind, tide, and swell. If there’s a specific beach that is more convenient for your party, simply select it in the checkout. Whether you’re in Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Ventura, we have a convenient, beginner friendly surf spot just for you. In order to ensure the best possible experience, our team will analyze the conditions and then let you know if we need to move the surf lesson to a different location.  As a result, our customized beach option is one of the many reasons why Lovewater Surf School has been voted the #1 surf lessons in Santa Barbara and Ventura for years in a row.

Campus Point
Goleta, CA

Leadbetter Beach
Santa Barbara, CA

Mondos Beach
Ventura, CA

Summer Surf Days!

A half-day surf camp
in SANTA BARBARA

Summer Surf Days! is Santa Barbara’s fun, flexible, surf-centric alternative to your full-day beach camps. While many “surf camps” tend to be a bit more like beach day care, we instead focus on working with a select group of kids who are truly excited about, yes, surfing. Whether your young one is a total beginner or a little shredder, our team will create a fun and encouraging atmosphere where kids can build confidence, meet new surf buddies and take their surf skills to the next level.