Official Course Organizers & Presenters

(Coaching & Instructing)

Roberto G. Niesl

Country: Argentina

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Argentina, South America

Surf 35 years Coaching 10 years

Make a better future for surf and his people Hacer un futuro mejor para nuestro deporte Surf y su gente

Sorake Beach Nias, Jefrreys Bay, Sunset Beach, La Paloma Arg.

Longboard and Sup

Ruben Muniz

Country: Argentina

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Jim Hughes

Country: Australia

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David Lammin

Country: Australia

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Fourteen (14 years)

Initially I was particularly motivated to share my knowledge, passion and inspiration for surfing, with young children wanting to 'learn to surf'. After opening and running my own Surfing Australia licensed and accredited Surf School for 10 years, coupled with regular periods teaching surfing/guiding in various overseas locations, this interest in sharing my skills and expertise, grew to encompass people of all ages and ability levels. Today, I am Surfing Queensland's preferred Course Facilitator for all their Level 1 Surf Coaching Courses and continue to coach all levels of participants locally as well as overseas. I hold a current Surfing Australia Level 2 Surf Coaching (& SUP) Certificate as well as a Certificate IV 'Training & Assessing', Certificate II in Public Safety 'Ocean Rescue', Provide First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation Certificate. I am very motivated to continue to share my knowledge, skills, expertise and most of all my passion under the ISA flag and would welcome the opportunity to go through the necessary steps to do this.

My local favourites include Wurtulla, Shelly Beach and Moffat Point. North Stradbroke Island is also very much a favourite. Overseas, some of my favourite waves have included Salani Rights (Samoa), Chickens and Jailbreaks (Maldives) and Popoyo (Nicaragua).

I also SUP surf and swim.

Adrian Sorati

Country: Australia

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Mal Gregson

Country: Australia

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Johnny Nesslinger

Country: Austria

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22 years surfing and 15 years surf coaching

Do what you love, love what you do. My mission is to enable our students to learn how to surf (or how to teach surfing) in a safe, fun and fast way with a second focus on communicating a feeling for the world we live in regarding environmental awareness:

Always the one I am surfing right in the moment, every spot has its own magic.

All kinds of sports, outdoor & survival, reading, environmental, social and political awareness

Peter Bartl

Country: Austria

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Austria, Germany

Surfing for 23 years, coaching for 15 years, and Stand Up Paddling for 6 years

Because I have the possibilities to and I like to help people with aims and goals.

SUP spots are Mallorca, Austrian Rivers and Croatian Adriatic Sea

cycling, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing

Tom Soupart

Country: Belgium

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surfing 20 years coaching 8 years

for the love of teaching and making the sport professional

cloud 9, pacifico Siargao Philippines

wakeboarding, kitesurfing, stand up paddle, yoga

Roberto Moretto

Country: Brazil

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Hi my name is Roberto Moretto Im From Italy , now im resident in Brasil I'im ISA Presenters for SUP courses in Brazil and surf coach ISA level 2 and judge ISA level 2 - life saving ILS im owner of a surf camp and school in brasil the surf and sup camp pipa and a social project with surf and sup with more then 50 child under 18 years old , envolving competition and culture . im 41 years old im surf with surf board and stand up paddle i was organize in Praia da Pipa 2 courses from ISA , one for instructor with Marcos Conde and 1 for judge with Jordao Bailo I would love organize and present more courses in Brasil or other place in south america for SUP and Surfing . im competing in SUP wave in Brasil so i can teach advanced level too and im involved like coach with few surfers in the region in Pro and amatorial competition i speak spanish - portuguese . italian - english

Im surfing with surf board from near 18 years stand up paddle from 6 years i start coaching from 9 years in the canary island , spain and italy

i love teaching people i like to see the surf evolving of my student so i study new technics of teaching and i like to use video analyze and compare with other video . i think the theory is very important for all level of coaching and surfers and functional training too . if you want to be a good coach you have to open your mind and listen what your student need and study how to give to each different people the better teaching and mental approach

my home town break in Brasil ... Lajao .. fast wave on reef travel wave Mawi ,, a secret break in Lombok

i like training functional biking swimm video and photo edit

Shandy Kariatsumari

Country: Canada

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Surfing since 1996-7 Instruction with schools since 1998 Instruction with Lifesaving since 2001

Yes! Art, Healing, Anthroposophy, Homeschooling, Music, Outdoor Education

Shannon Brown

Country: Canada

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Surfing since 3 yrs old, 28yrs. Coaching elite surfing for the last 4 years. Instructor for 10 years prior to moving into elite coaching.

My love of surfing and teaching. Ive studied and worked hard to figure out how to improve and continue to improve my surfing. The satisfaction I've felt when I figured things out and the joy i feel surfing with a conscious mind, honed into what i can do on a wave are things i want to pass onto my fellow surfers. Ive learned a lot about technique and how to communicate technique to different individuals and have enjoyed every minute of being an elite surf coach.

No particular favorites. Make the most fun out of whatever break is on offer.

Pretty much any sport and playing music. Stoked to rock out on a guitar if there is one handy

Juan Pablo "Mono" Barrientos

Country: Chile

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Gustavo Corrales

Country: Costa Rica

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Costa Rica and Central América

Surfing for 17 years and Judging for at least 8 years.

I know that to develop high surfing levels in my country, much depends on the level of professionalism, ethics, honesty and experience of the judges. I love to be one of those responsible for the high level of surfing in my country and I love to see the surfers who deserve to win, because they surf the best and get the trophy.

Get the maximum level of knowledge and experience to be one of the top head judges and travel around the world doing this. And help the most I can the surf community to grow professionally, in my home Costa Rica and Central America, in all aspects.

Playa Hermosa-Jaco and Playa Negra-Guanacaste.

Michael Lindberg

Country: Denmark

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Surfing 5 years, coaching 2 years

I hold a Master Degree in Sports and Health Science and love to teach.

Raglan, NZ Huntington Beach, USA

white water rafting, kayaking, sup white water, swimming, strength training, outdoor activities

Björn Mombach

Country: France

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I surf since 22 years, and live at the ocean since 13 years. In the first 9 "land locked" years I achived approx. 3 month per year at the surf. Since 17 years I have been surf instructing. Coaching more advanced surfers I started 3 years ogo.

I always had a very conscious and systematic approach to learn movements, especially in surfing. Therefore I enjoy surf instructing/coaching a lot. I also think it is, after having fun, the secret to optimal progress, as surfing is so complex. People say I am born to be a teacher! Well, I have instructed in different fields (always movement orientated), I love it and the feedback is good! I guess it is because I am well organised, systematic, patient, have empathy and I can motivate. Just to mention a few of my traits. So bringing it to the next level and to become a course presenter in my favorite subject would makes sense and me happy. In case, it will be challenging and fun at the same time. I look forward to growing into my new role, share knowledge, exchange experience and help others to become great surf instructors. Let's enjoy the ride.

- French beachies when they are on and fireing - point breaks (left or right it does not matter, just long) like Los Lobos or Pavones, - Not to heavy reefs: like Lakey Peak (go left or go right), Cokes (Maldives) - secret spots with all their magic bucket list: Trestles, J-bay, Mentawais, Chicama...

- Fitness/healthy lifestyle - Snowboarding - cooking

Peter Müller

Country: Germany

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I am surfing since 15 years and coach surf students since 10 years.

Becoming a Surf Coach changed my life. I was able to move to the ocean and learn people how to surf. I wanted to spread the joy of surfing and show my mostly land locked surf students from all over the world how it works. I knew from the beginning, that I made the right decision. I love teaching and the coastal lifestyle. To combine both, is the ultimate goal for me.

Coxos - Ericeira, Portugal ( meanwhile homebreak) Nipussi - Mentawais Any beachbreak, because I just love them

Photography Rockclimbing

Merlin Schoenthier

Country: Germany

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12 Years Surfing. 5 Years Surf Coaching

To share the passion and the amazing feeling that this sport creates

Surf breaks in France and Portgugal and European riverwaves


Stefan Aslanidis

Country: Greece

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Hans Van den Broek

Country: Holland

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Primarly Holland, but I do ISA judging and officiating courses in Belgium aswell.

surfing for 24 years, coaching for 19 years

It came natural studiying PE. In teaching people surfing found out you can relive the feeling of your own first wave over and over again. There are not many jobs where you make people happy 100% of the time, especially not nowdays, in this corporate world. The slogan of my surfschool is: “feel better go surfing!”, becaus no matter how you feel, you always feel better surfing!

The home spot called "de Noord" where I run a small surfschool as well. In the rest of Europe Mundaka is still number 1. Then worldwide Noosa comes to mind, and Indo off course,

I do a bit of work on old volkswagens en vespa’s. Play a bit of music, and spend the winters abroad surfing with my girlfriend Linde and kids Noosa and Oaken.

Bryan Ng

Country: Hong Kong

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Hong Kong

18 years

Sharing the stoke


Sup, Dragon boat, ocean swimming, scuba diving, wakeboarding, kayaking

Alessandro Dini

Country: International

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I live and surf in Viareggio (Italy, Tuscany) where I hold most of the ISA Surf and Sup Courses. Anyway, since 2005, I have organized courses in different area, such as Rome, Sardinia, Riccione, Sicily, Lake of Garda...

I have been one of the first to surf in Mediterraneo, I surf since more than 30 years. I started coaching the Italian Surfing Team in late 80s and became ISA Presenter for Italy in may 2005.

To improve the level of Italian surfing and the number of surfers, throughout qualified ISA's surf instructors.

All the spot in Versilia area (around Viareggio) and Sardinia's point breaks.

Tennis, Photography and writing books (thriller books), music. I also love cooking Italian tasty dishes... and drink tuscany's red wine (Chianti)

Hiro Takahashi

Country: Japan

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Dara Ahmed

Country: Maldives

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Matt Lindsay

Country: Mexico

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Mexico. I also spend allot of time in San Francisco, so if ever you require extra course presenters in this area, I will be happy to do so if it coordinates with my movements.

Surfing 25 years, Coaching 20 years.

Made the decision very young as I was always involved in surfing from a young age, competed, coached as I went through college(Education Degree), and decided I liked the surfing classroom more than the school one. Had a great mentor coach Phil MacNamara from the age of 17years old, and became his assistant for many years which gave me the drive to become an elite-level coach for advanced athletes as well as beginner surfers.

Burleigh Heads, Superbank, Sultans, Jails(Maldives), Macaronis, Lacerations, Shipwreaks(Indonesia).

Golf, travel, most water sports.

Suzanne Vermeer

Country: Netherlands

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The Netherlands. Mainly in Scheveningen, but we are start to go more around the Country.

Surfing: 13 years coaching: 9 year

I love sharing my passion with other people and I like to instruct as well. Since 2006 I work as a PE teacher. In 2011 I manage an surfschool

Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay SA Makorori Point, Gisborne NZ Buarcos, PO Cote the basque, FR Fristal Beach, Cornwall, Wales Nahoon Reef, AUS Zandmotor, The Netherlands, NL (home break :) etc etc.

Snowboarding Writing Running or swimming (especially when it's flat for a long time) Read the bible :)

Lee Ryan

Country: New Zealand

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Bill Dawes

Country: New Zealand

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New Zealand

SUP Since 2006 (8 years). Coaching since 2009 (6 years).

Having taught most other watersports, I find SUP the most enjoyable of all to coach. It reached an entirely new group of people and is incredibly rewarding because clients can learn the basics so quickly, but it is a challenging sport to teach well.

The secret sports in Northland (NZ) that I dare not name!

Freediving, because it's such a "head game". The perfect partner to SUP!

Zano Beck

Country: Norway

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Norway, Stavanger

Surfing for 32 years and coaching for abouth 5 years.

To share the joy of surfing

Piggy lesft, and some secret spots i cant name

Snowboard and ski. Diving, SUP

Karin Sierralta

Country: Peru

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Peru and Venezuela

Surf 32 Y Coaching 15 Y

Give back to Surfing what surfing has given to me

San Gallan - Perú Punta Roca - El Salvador J-Bay - South Africa Macaronis - Mentawai Lances - Mentawai Lobitos - Perú Pico Alto - Perú Caballeros - Perú

Ernie Alvarez

Country: Puerto Rico

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To elevate the standards and quality of Surfing & SUP instruction and comply with the Law # 8 under the Sports & Recreation Department of Puerto Rico.

Tres Palmas, Rincon; Wilderness, Aguadilla and Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca Mexico

Paddleboarding and re-structuring the Puerto Rico Surfing Federation

Sergey Rasshivaev

Country: Russia

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Surfing 10 years, coaching 6 years

For personal progression and for helping develop surf culture in Russia.

Sultans in Maldives, El Barco in Dominican Republic and home break Flotskiy in Saint Petersburg.

Freediving, snowboarding, skiing, yoga, fitness, reading and travels.

Joshua Christopherson

Country: Scotland

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The country would be Scotland and the region would be East Lothian.

I have been surfing for over 20 years, bodyboarding from a very young age and practising SUP for 8 years. I have coached surfing (and bodyboarding) for 12 years and SUP for 6 and a half years.

The decision to become a ISA course presenter comes from a desire to see good quality ISA Level 1 coaches in surf and SUP. I would be keen to use my experience to help Level 1 instructors avoid potential pitfalls, deliver concise, safe lessons and be confident aspiring coaches to help the overall development of surf related sports. Andy Joyce from Surf Steps in Bournemouth has been our reference for this course. Due to our communication would it be possible to use him as my mentor? I decided to become a surf coach in 2004 to help at my brothers surf school. I soon found it was great to help people of all ages, genders and backgrounds get the same feeling of elation from the surf that I had growing up (and still have). As time went on I was keen to see surf development and progression and have helped create a progressive coaching frame work within the surf school as well as helping to train staff to help deliver quality sessions.

My favourite surf breaks are Thurso East, Brimms Ness and the beach breaks of Cap Breton in France.

Other hobbies include yoga, Carver skateboarding and being creative with graphic design, drawing and painting.

Sam Christopherson

Country: Scotland

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28 years surfing and 14 years instructor and coach

I love coaching and feel I can add even more to the growing Scottish surfing scene. Education is key and we have a lot of promising young surfers and instructors which i hope my experience can add too! Managing my own surf business and coaching to national level will hopefully allow me to impart some useful knowledge.

My favourite break is a beach called Torrisdale, a wonderful Scottish wave that can be classic on its day! There are plenty of others but can't say! Leaving them to the imagination and the inquisitive surfer to find!

Climbing, skateboarding, swimming and having fun with my family and friends!

Tasha Mentasti

Country: South Africa

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South Africa

Surfing - 23 years Surf Coaching - 12 years ISA Course Presenter - 4 years

To spread the stoke of surfing and educate people about the ocean and its hazards

Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa New Pier, Durban, South Africa Lower Trestles, CA, USA

Hiking Body Surfing

Christopher Bond

Country: South Africa

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South Africa

Surfing for 21 years and coaching for 10 years, qualified for 9 years.

I started coaching because I wanted to share the stoke of surfing with others.

Kalk Bay, Elands Bay, Supersuck, Tofino, Lakeys, Donkey Bay

Photography, healthy living.

Robin De Kock

Country: South Africa

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Shannon Ainslie

Country: South Africa

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South Africa, Norway

I have surfed for 18 years and coached for 12 years

Surfing gives you a lot of joy, confidence and peace as well as keeps you fit and socially involved in a surfing community. I think teaching and coaching people in surfing provides a lot of other aspects and can be used to help people in need and give them hope where there is no hope. I am also passionate about surfing and sharing the stoked :)

Supertubes, JBay and Unstad, Norway.

I enjoy hiking, riding horses and hanging out with friends!

Roxy Davis

Country: South Africa

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South Africa

16 years Surfing ( 6 x South African Surfing Champion) and 12 Years Coaching (I own one of the biggest Surf Schools in South Africa).

I own a surf school and surf shop in Muizenberg Cape Town. I am passionate about surfing and people and love sharing the stoke.

Lakey Peak in Indo. Vic Bay and Seal Point in South Africa

I enjoy SUP'ing, running, swimming and cooking.

Min Song

Country: South Korea

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South Korea

I have been in surfing since 2003 and been coaching or teaching since 2008.

I would love to share the fun and good vibe of surfing with more people and I found this could be achived by education more people proper skills and manners. I believe with good and proper knowledge people can enjoy more of fun in Surfing.

HT, Mentawaiis, Indonesia Rifles, Mentawaiis, Indonesia Wedge, Yoyo's, West Sumbawa, Indonesia Broken Head, NSW, Australia Fairy Bower, Manly, Australia Haeundae beach, Busan, Korea

Yoga Listening Music Driving

Kyungshik Min

Country: South Korea

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South Korea

About 15 years.

I am happiest when I teach children.

I like the beachbreak because it is in my hometown.

I take pictures and play with my son.

Lorenco Chaves d' Almeida

Country: Spain

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Marcos Conde

Country: Spain; Brasil

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Tim Jones

Country: Sri Lanka

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I work closely with SGB and the GB federations and hope to become a course presenter in Sri Lanka .

I have been surfing 52 years and been coaching 33 years

in 1982 I wanted to see local youngsters in N Devon UK where I was living improve their surfing or just have the chance to take it up surfing . I started a club that became one of the largest in the UK and in 1983 began commercial coaching as well as continuing competitive coaching.

Caleton Mero in Lanzarote and Coxos in Portugal

I sing at churches around the island of Lanzarote and train and skate ramps . I work at the local prison doing voluntary work .

Henrik Fahlen

Country: Sweden

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Jamo Borthwick

Country: Taiwan

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Daniel Van Dooren

Country: United Arab Emirates

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Scott Chambers

Country: United Arab Emirates

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Dean Gough

Country: United Kingdom

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Stuart Parry

Country: United Kingdom

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George Solh

Country: United Kingdom

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Preselected by surfing GB board of directors

I have been surfing 25 years and coaching 10 years

To introduce people to the beautiful life of surfing and show them that there is a good way to live with the ocean

So many, every break has it's day but if I had to choose I would say Santa Teresa, Costa Rica for the cool Pura Vida vibe and Anchor point, Morocco for the intense vibe and heavy wave...

I'm a professional photographer and love making beautiful images and writing with light

Andy Joyce

Country: United Kingdom

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john ellis

Country: United Kingdom

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9 Years coaching and 20 years surfing.

I became a coach to share with others the pleasure and enjoyment that I have gained from surfing.

Croyde Beach (UK) Las Flores (El Salvador) Air Guling (Lombok)

Cycling, Running, Fitness

Barrie Hall

Country: United Kingdom

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Patrick Renaud

Country: United Kingdom

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United Kingdom and the company that my brothers and I run, "Surf Coach International", runs gap year programs and abroad Surf Camps where Surfers can take the ISA course as apart of a package deal.

I have been surfing for 32 years & coaching for about 20 years. I have been coached by the best in the industry in South Africa as a Junior and Senior competitive surfer and have acknowledged, and worked on performance, understanding the ocean, competitive surfing and preparation. I have continuously over the years directly or indirectly supported, mentored and coached surfers in all levels. I have traveled the globe extensively and always offer support and guidance to surfers.

Having competed extensively as a Junior & Senior surfer in South Africa & Internationally, I have gained vast experience from my Coaches, Sponsors & Mentors. This has encouraged me to actively get involved in professional coaching, development & management giving me the tools to enhance performance & contribute positively back into the surfing industry.

So many out there, but the best has to be: J - Bay - South Africa Umhlanga - North coast of Durban Jail Breaks - Maldives HT's - Mentawai Islands Any point break in Mozambique Currumbin Point - Gold Coast Australia

Lifeguard Training & Assessing Ocean Ski Fishing Swimming Cross - Fit

Sean Brody

Country: United States

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Surfing: 21 Coaching: 16

Transition from ISA Membership Manager

Cotton Tree Point- Robertsport, Liberia

Family time travel photography guitar wilderness medicine jui jitsu philanthropy meeting new people

Jason Senn

Country: United States

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Antonio Sotillo

Country: Venezuela

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Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador

Surfing for a 35 years,, coaching for a 20 years

Because I like to teach and because teaching is the best way to educate and progress in our sport

Punta Rocas, Chicama, Pacasmayo, Señorita (Peru) Montañitas, San Mateo (Ecuador) Nuqui (Colombia) Venao, Tetas, Isla Grande, Santa Catalina (Panama) Punta Rocas, Las Flores (El Salvador) Isla Uvita, La Curva (Costa Rica) Punta Lobos, Maitensillo (Chile) Machucas, Tres Palmas (Puerto Rico) Rocky Point, Puerto Cruz, Taguantar, Los Caracas, Patanemo, Cuyagua (Venezuela)

Music Good Food Travel

Gerhard Weilheim

Country: Venezuela

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I started when I was 11 years old, in 1982. I´ve been 36 years on a surfboard. I have 25 years of teaching surfing experience with Zona Radical / Go & Flow Surf & SUP School -Venezuela, since 1992.

I aim to expand surfing and its culture, by organically and harmoniously promoting self-sustainable adventure tourism, coexistence and the healthy and fun practice of a sports, as a training tool to develop wholesome athletes. Our most valuable contribution is having taught more than 3,000 students, who are now part of our surfing family. This was achieved with the help of our valuable human capital, a group of multidisciplinary instructors, who represent the best Venezuelan values, made possible through a visionary and pioneer project which started in Venezuela in 1992.

I´ve been lucky to travel to more than 40 countries, thanks to surfing, such as Oahu and Maui in Hawai; Gold Coast in Australia; Bali in Indonesia; Saint Leu in Reunion Island; Durban in South Africa; Nijima and Miyasaki in Japan; California in USA; Mundaka in Spain; Biarritz, Anglet and Lacanau in France; Maresias and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; Punta Lobos in Chile; Puerto Escondido in Mexico; Perú, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Guadalupe, Ecuador, Argentina, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Portugal, Aruba.  In Venezuela, the most exotic and amazing places where I have surfed are El Juguete de Dios beach in La Tortuga Island; Noronkis and Franciski beaches in Los Roques archipielago; Puy Puy and Chaguarama de Sotillo beaches in Sucre State; La Bocaina beach in Puerto Cabello; and the static wave at the Atures Rapids in Orinoco River, Puerto Ayacucho.

As regular training, I practice swimming and freediving, and I also practice rafting, white water kayaking and windsurfing.