I have lived here in Santa Monica for the past 13 years. I am a firm believer that Surf Academy has given this community a fabulous inexpensive Surf / Swim program from its inception. Both my daughter and son have joined the Surf Academy team, first as Beach Kids and then as Surf Academy Surfers. Both my children have received an understanding of the ocean, its benefits, value, safety and our responsibility to maintain our oceans from Surf Academy, their founder Mary, and daughter Marion. I can speak from personal experience that Marion Clark is not just a valued Surf instructor but a mentor to both my children and other Santa Monica youths.