Jamie as ‘Founder and Head Innovator’ of Summer of Surf he set all this high adventure in motion years ago while studying and preparing to graduate from UC Berkley and it has been a fabulous ride. His highly motivated and innovated thinking coupled with his passion for education and surfing has created a unique and progressive program. Jamie is a true Waterman; his work as a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor at the Altadena Town and Country Club for years set the basis for his transition from a land-based mammal to an ocean-based mammal, next came Waterpolo Team Captain then Surf Instructor and CEO of Summer of Surf. Jamie has surfed up and down the coast of California, The North Shore of Hawaii, New Zealand, Bali Indonesia and just this March he was back surfing in Chile. While in Chile in 2013 he was a Surf Instructor for all sizes of groups and private lessons, Jamie also served as a Judge of the 2013 Maitencillo Surf Competition. Jamie has had huge success with his swimming and surf classes; his attention to safety and tailoring each program and lesson to the unique needs of each Surfer has created a commitment to always exceeding the expectations of his students. Along with creating an awesome surfing program Jamie is one half of the team that rescued our Office/Surf Dog…Pita!
Minga is an all-around outdoor adventure woman! Rock-climber, Surfer, Traveler; Minga comes from a family of Surfers from her home country of Chile. Her uncle was one of a few individuals to jump-start surfing in Chile 20-years ago. He created the first Surf-shop in the beach town of Maitencillo and Minga grew-up surfing and later helped instruct at the first surf camp in Chile developed by her family. In addition to her adventuress side Minga is an accomplished and much in demand artist! A graduate from UC Berkley with a degree in Art she brings a multi-dimensional perspective to Summer of Surf. She is also our Creative Consultant on anything that requires and benefits from an artists perspective. With safety of all our Surfers at the top of her list, she combines years of working with children and creating happiness with bringing smiles to their faces and a new sense of accomplishment to their day. Another important side note…Minga is the other half of the Super-Dog Pita ‘Rescue Team!’
Garrett is our Head Counselor, Surf Instructor, Lifeguard and all around Rock Star! His 12+ years of surfing and teaching both privately and at surf camps in the San Diego area has helped make Garrett the model of what a Surf Instructor should be. His easy going yet totally professional attitude and his wonderful personality makes him a favorite of every Student/Surfer that has ever had the opportunity to paddle out with him. Garrett has surfed the coast of Mexico to Central California, the shores of Maui and Kauai, Hawaii, the North Island of New Zealand and the Australian Gold Coast. His unsurpassed surf and water knowledge combined with his passion to get kids of all ages safely experiencing nature and participating in experiential education makes Garrett one our favorites. As a Communications graduate of the University of San Diego by way of Flintridge Preparatory School and another Waterpolo Team Captain, he is perfectly suited to teach ‘Surfing the Grass’ at a school in Pasadena or in the water anywhere on our coastline. Garrett’s ability to immediately connect will all he encounters ensures that any camper lucky enough to surf with him will have the time of his life!
Erik comes to us from a world of high adventure, exploration and 20+ years of running a successful outdoor education program. He has lived, worked and played on every continent, in every environment known to man/woman and loved it all. While working/exploring the world and embracing cultures and the valuable lessons they teach us as humans, Erik is still excited for everyday on the planet. Starting swimming, body surfing, and surfing as a little gremmie he has spent a huge percentage of his life in, around or on top of the water. Surfing since the early 1970’s he has personally witnesses the tremendous growth, evolution and changes in the world he loves.
Teaching, writing and creating opportunities for others to experience all that our ocean offers through safe educational programs and outdoor experiential schools remain a quest, our head 'blogger' Erik loves sharing our adventures and the history of surfing, coupled with the love of family and friends, he finds it hard to distinguish the line between work and play.
Michelle is a true adventuress, who brings a host of experience from the private and non-profit sectors. Californian born and Oregon raised, Michelle is the glue that binds all our free spirits together and is responsible for the Marketing and Operations of Summer of Surf. If you call the Summer of Surf phone number she will most likely be the voice on the other end of the line. Through great communication and organization she balances the team's strengths to further the mission of our company and bring attention to the world of ocean sports. Michelle’s experience in business development, communication and branding is a windfall for Summer of Surf. A modern day nomad, her own sense of adventure and love for travel has lead her all over the world including South Africa, Madagascar, Europe, and various Latin American and Caribbean countries. When she isn't in the office, you will find her with her husband in a tropical locale, freediving, spearfishing and perfecting the art of "hammocking".
Pita (super dog)
Pita (office dog) started out life on the tough side of the tracks; she was hanging with an unsavory crew, carousing late at night scrounging for every meal when she was discovered by Jamie and Minga! After that her life changed dramatically, she had a bath, her first in months, got her teeth brushed and started enjoying regular meals that did not come out of an overturned trash can. She went to the beach, she got countless hugs and warmth from all she met, kids love her, Surfers love her, and she is in-charge of all things Surf-dog and relaxation related. She can lay in the sun on the beach better than any human I know and she provides countless hours of joy and inspiration to all she meets. Her office duties include lying on the rug, curling up under your feet/chair, occasionally barking at nothing, occasionally barking at something, safely pulverizing her chew bone, providing inspiration, snuggling and ‘listening’ to all our staff’s questions about life and our universe. Pita also volunteers for all taste-testing operations of whatever food happens to be in the office and willingly reviews and critiques our culinary skills.