Before ocean surfing, thrill seekers were forced to sneak onto a rock-concert stage and leap board-first onto waves of angry humans. Learn to ride waves that can’t punch you in the head in retaliation with today’s Groupon to Santa Barbara Seals Surf School. Choose from the following options:
- For $45, you get a one-hour surf lesson for one (a $75 value) and a school T-shirt (a $20 value; a $95 total value).
- For $80, you get a one-hour surf lesson for two (a $140 value) and two school T-shirts (a $40 value; a $180 total value).
- For $125, you get a 90-minute surf lesson for four (a $240 value) and four school T-shirts (an $80 value; a $320 total value).<p>
Accredited by Surfing America USA, Santa Barbara Seals Surf School dispatches its instructors to lead surfing lessons for wave riders of all experience level. Pupils first practice stands and positioning on dry land atop a Surftech and Doyle 7- to 10-foot beginner soft-top board before transitioning their maneuvers to the blue beyond. Warm and snug Billabong wetsuits keep students goose-bump free as solo riders, duos, or quartets navigate the ripples of Poseidon’s back yard. In order to wrangle the best waves, the surf school provides directions to one of two locations, Leadbetter Beach or Campus Point, at the time of lesson scheduling depending on tide conditions. Surfers can schedule lessons year-round Monday–Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with students admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Santa Barbara Seals Surf School
At Santa Barbara Seals Surf School, a Surfing USA accredited program, instructors teach the art of wave riding during private lessons, after school classes, and 10-week camps. Lessons can mix practice on land with time in the water, and cover a wide range of skills, from mounting a board to catching a wave without yelling “Hey, wait!” During camps, beginners spend most of their time learning to ride waves, while more advanced students also travel to select surf spots, and even get a chance to tour the famous Sex Wax factory and visit local board shapers to learn about the history of the surf industry in Santa Barbara.