Our Group Surf Class is a great and more economical way to learn to surf alongside others in the Santa Barbara & Ventura communities. If there is not enough swell at your designated beach on the day of your lesson, we will write to inform you of the alternative beach. We will be meeting at Mondos beach unless informed otherwise. On the day of your surf lesson, just show up at the designated beach and look for our company vehicle with the Lovewater Surf School signs!
Meeting Location: Leadbetter Beach (Santa Barbara)
- Located in central Santa Barbara, Leadbetter Beach is an ideal beginner break for your introduction to surfing. In order to get to Leadbetter, get off the 101 Freeway at the Castillo off ramp. After you get off the freeway, turn towards the beach and drive two blocks. When you get to Cabrillo Blvd, make a right on Shoreline Drive and drive approximately 1 mile, going up a slight hill alongside the beach. After you go up the hill, make a left into your first parking lot at Shoreline Park (across the street from 1214 Shoreline Dr). ***It is important to note that the meeting point is NOT the official Leadbetter Beach pay parking lot next to Shoreline Cafe.
Alternative Location 1: Campus Point (Goleta)
- When choosing our Campus Point location for your surfing lesson, you will be meeting at parking lot #6, located just up the road from Campus Point beach. In order to get there, take the 101 North and get off at the UC Santa Barbara exit (right after Patterson Ave). Enter UC Santa Barbara and go around the round-a-bout getting off at Lagoon Rd.
- Then take Lagoon Rd till you get to the parking lot on your left. Park and then buy a $5 2-hour parking pass ($4 on weekends) putting it on your dashboard. If it is a weekday, make sure you park at the green stars in between the green arrows of the “Coastal Access” signs. Your instructor(s) will be waiting in the parking lot, where we can get our wetsuits on and walk down to the beach together.
Alternative Location 2: Mondos Beach (south of Santa Barbara)
- Regardless of where you are located, Mondos Beach is one of the areas most consistent and beginner friendly beaches. In order to get to Mondos, leave Santa Barbara driving south on the 101 for 20 minutes. Then get off at Seacliff off ramp and take a right at the stop sign, driving along the frontage road for 5 minutes. Once you pass Faria Campground, you will see Mondos beach about 1 mile down the road. Look for our black and white signs along the road.
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