empowering children


Girls Inc.

We created Mermaid Warriors in partnership with Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara. Mermaid Warriors meet weekly at the beach for a comprehensive, step-by-step education in surfing and ocean safety. The club is lead by the experts at Surf Happens Premier Surf School to encourage young girls to conquer their fears, gain confidence and find a connection to the natural world-together! 

At Girls Inc. we really want the girls to be bold and to try new things and to not have their fears hold them back from trying something new. And that’s exactly what surfing has done for our girls.
— Kristina Webster, Girls Inc Director of Programs

Boys & Girls Club

This 6-week program is designed for eight students to learn the basics of surfing in a safe, fun, supportive environment. This includes ocean safety, how to read the tides, winds, and currents, and how to catch and ride a wave. Each week the students begin class by talking as a group about their goals and the fears they are working to overcome. This bonds the group and fortifies trust. Each week teaches new tools to better understand the ocean and each child’s relationship to it.