Surf Academy Team - Coaches, Instructors, Staff
Pilates & Yoga Instructor
Don't be fooled by her small stature--she's fierce in the water, have no doubt!
Jamie is one of Surf Academy’s finest! Teaching for our school since 1999 and now co-owner with Marion Clark, Jamie’s surfing has grown up in the waters of the South Bay of Los Angeles. Jamie stands at a tiny yet mighty 4’ll”. Her favorite place to surf is Costa Rica, but she settles for the epic waves crashing on shore in Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach. Jamie is a true soul surfer, turning all holidays into a chance to honor the Sport of Kings. If you’re lucky, she will invite you on her never-ending quest for the perfect after-surf burrito!
Jamie's teaching style could be described as chameleon-esque. She has amazing rapport with children (she’s their size, after all!), women of all ages, and of course, she can hold her own with dudes of any size. Jamie has a gentle, practical, and no-nonsense approach to the sport, allowing the waves to be the real teacher. She is available all year for lessons in Huntington Beach, and is on call for our Manhattan Beach location.
World traveler, outdoor sportsman, and daddy of 3 with wifey Diana, Chris is like a fish out of water if he doesn't surf every day! This man gets stooooked when he takes kiddos out with him - first-timers, chargers, and all ages alike! He is a regular foot with a goofy attitude, you can find Chris at his best under a summer full moon longboarding Malibu or paddling out at Silverstrand on a big winter day!
Damian (aka "Damo")
Damo is a local by way of Torquay, Bells Beach, Australia!
Damo is life long surfer and former professional competitor. He also has over 20 years experience shaping surfboards. Now coaching in the middle school and high school level surf teams in Santa Monica, Damian is stoked to share his love of surfing and see a bigger smile on his students' faces than his own coming out of the water!
Huntington Beach Team
Beach Kids Manager- Huntington Beach
Lauren has been with Surf Academy since she was 15! Her loyalty to the children of Huntington Beach is unparalleled. Lauren helped facilitate our Surf Bus Research Project in 2009. We wanted to know how immersion in a surf program has an impact on children. Lauren led the way for our Beach Kids (5-8 year olds) and helped them navigate the world of ocean safety and surfing. She is one fierce dodge ball player.
Surf Instructor/Coach- Huntington Beach
Sensei Tyson Bio Coming Soon!!!