Better Late Than Never Surf Experience


Welcome to Better Late Than Never Surf Experience, the premier surf experience located in Sunset Beach, California. Our passion for the ocean and wave riding is the driving force behind everything we do. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer, our customizable 1:1 surf experience is designed to create the stoke for surfing and help you progress at your own pace.

Our founder, Chris Ray, has been an active waterman for over 38 years, and his love for the ocean started at a young age. Growing up in Orange County, California, Chris’s mom took him to the beach every day, and his love for the ocean only grew stronger. He started competing in surfing and bodyboarding and won various championships in organizations such as B.I.A, NSSA, and CCSA.

When Chris turned 18, he was offered a Pro sponsorship by BZ bodyboards, giving him the funds to travel the world competing in the G.O.B and I.B.A tour circuits. Throughout this time, Chris built a name for himself in California that earned him his own signature bodyboard model that sold worldwide.

However, when the stock market crashed in 2008, Chris decided to stop competitive bodyboarding due to lack of sponsorship and travel funds. He then pursued surfing and started growing a passion for big wave surfing. Chris invests his time and training to surf big waves and teams up with organizations such as the Big Wave Risk Assessment Group, Mavericks Rescue Team, and trains with the Hawaiian lifeguards on the North Shore of Oahu each winter to prepare for the coming winter swell season.

Chris’s goal is to share the love of surfing and the positive influence it has brought him throughout his life. Surfing has given Chris confidence, adventure and freedom followed with a passion that he can’t help but to share. Chris believes once you’ve been bit from the surfing bug you’ll be stuck with it forever. This is what has led him to start Better L8 Then Never Surf Experience.