Friday, June 9, 2023 at 6 PM - 12 AM
Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 10 AM - 12 AM
Lobero Theatre

About the Event

The 3rd annual Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival is set to take place June 9th & 10th at the historic Lobero Theatre in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA.​

#SBSFF2023 will celebrate Santa Barbara’s rich surf history and diverse storytelling styles of filmmakers, artists, shapers and surfers who started it all. Our festival will showcase captivating surf cinema from incredible film directors, creatives, and surfers to feature a fantastic lineup of classic and cutting-edge feature films.

A highlight of our 2023 event will be the outdoor Surf Film Festival Block Party which will host a variety of surf exhibitors, local artisans, all-day live music, bomb food & artisanal drinks. 

In line with our mission to protect and conserve our oceans, we have partnered with three important and inspiring non-profits, Heal the Ocean, Surfrider Santa Barbara & The Surf Happens Foundation.

For decades Santa Barbara has attracted and cultivated a melange of surf innovators. From board shapers like Renny Yater, Al Merick, Matt Moore, and George Greenough, who have taken shaping to a whole new level. To surfers like Bobby Martinez, Chris Brown, and Tom Curren, whose unique styles have stood the test of time. There is a certain element to “Santa Barbara Surf Culture,” which combines tradition with radical innovation, that has played an influential role in the international surf scene for over 50 years.

The Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival celebrates this rich surf history and the diverse storytelling styles of filmmakers, artists, shapers, and surfers who have started it all.

Our goal is to create a comprehensive celebration of the diverse storytelling styles of filmmakers, artists, and wave riders who are artisans of their craft and stewards of our oceans. We hope to inspire future surf innovators and support our surf community.

Click here for the Friday Lineup

Click here for current Covid health and safety guidelines for the Lobero Theatre.

Ticket Information

$46 - GA Advance Purchase ($56 Day-of)
- includes GA entry (first come, first serve seating) 

$81 - VIP Advance Purchase ($106 Day-of)
- includes entry to the SBSFF VIP Lounge
- (1) complimentary beverage in VIP Lounge
- (1) VIP swag bag
- theater seating is first come, first serve early entry/preferred seating
- includes entry to the SBSFF Block Party on Saturday, June 10th (across the street from the Lobero Theater - must show Friday VIP ticket purchase at the door)

On sale in two weeks

(Ticket prices include a
 per ticket Lobero Facility Fee; other fees may also apply.)