CampSurf Instructors

What really sets Campsurf apart from other Los Angeles surf schools are our instructors.  All of our instructors are CPR and First-Aid Certified and are experienced surfers and watermen.  They each bring their own surf culture and stoke to our students through proven teaching techniques.  We are stoked on our crew and can guarantee you will not find a more experienced group of surf instructors at any other surf school.  Below is some information on just a few of our active instructors currently teaching Private Surf Lessons.  During summer months our active staff jumps to up to 20 local surf instructors so check back regularly for updated info.

Jason Napolitano
Director of Operations | Campsurf

jason surfline+ Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR & First-Aid Certified
Jason, our “Ambassador of Aquatic Fun”, was born in Hawaii on the Island of Maui and has been surfing for 25 years. Jason has been teaching surfing at Campsurf for 10 years and is now our Director of Operations. In the fall and winter he works as a Lifeguard and Boatman in Fiji at the famous island surf resort of Tavarua. Jason’s surfing travels include Europe, Indonesia, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Africa. Jason is an awesome surfer and waterman with a passion for sharing his knowledge and love of the sport with others.

Connor Bennett
Surf Instructor | Private Lessons, Classes & Camps

Connor25 years old
15 years surfing experience
6 years teaching experience
High school surf team, NSSA semi finalist 2010
Surfed in Hawaii, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Costa Rica
Studying to be a marketing major with hopes to join a surf company or action sports brand.

We loved it and loved Connor! All three of us had a great time and want to continue learning. thank you thank you!
Kimberly G

Robby Brickell
Surf Instructor

My name is Robby Brickell. I’m 25 years old and I’m from New York. I’ve been surfing for 18 years and I have 8 years teaching experience. I also teach with Surfer’s Healing, a non profit that provides free surf camps for kids with autism throughout the U.S., Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia. Other surf destinations I’ve  been to include Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. I’ve been surfing competitively since I was ten. I placed second in the ESA Northeast division, and competed on the USC surf team. I graduated from USC in 2016 with a B.A. in History. Surfing has taught me to be a steward of the environment. It has taught me how to handle physically intense situations calmly and effectively. It has brought me to some of the most beautiful places in the world and along the way I’ve met some amazing people. Surfing is my my passion and I love sharing the joy and lessons it taught me through campsurf.

Jeff Bellandi
Surf Instructor

Years Surfing: 30+
Surf Travels: Mexico, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Panama, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Hawaii and Fiji
Other: Jeff, was born in Santa Cruz, CA. He has been surfing for 30 plus years. Jeff has been teaching surf lessons for 20 years. His surfing experience and travel’s include Baja Mexico, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Panama, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Fiji and the Canary Islands. Jeff prides himself on being an all around waterman. Great with adults and kids to share his passion and his knowledge of the ocean. Jeff also played professional beach volleyball (AVP/FIVB) for 15 years in the United States, Australia, Europe, Brazil, & the Canary Islands.

Dana Tuttle
Surf Instructor | Walrus

Dana Tuttle is one stoked dude! We also think he may be part walrus… always a funny character, we’ll let him tell you a little bit about himself in his own words- “24 years young, born and raised in beautiful Hermosa Beach. Having grown up on the beach, its difficult to pinpoint an exact starting point as to when I first surfed. I’d like to think I’m a lifelong surfer thus far. The ocean has taken me all over the world from Indonesia to Nicaragua, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to name a few more. I have been happily employed by Campsurf since 2010 and never looked back.”

Kyle Brown
Surf Instructor | Advanced Camp

21 years old
Been surfing since he was 12
I’ve been to Hawaii, México, Barbados, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and El Salvador
The best thing about surfing is the novelty of it. No session, wave, or turn is the same and thats why progressing is challenging, rewarding and fun!
Altho this is Kyle first year with Campsurf, he has lots of experience teaching friends and family and was the captain of his high school surf team
I have competitive experience from high school to pro junior levels and even more experience with just freesurfing and having fun

Russell Wolfe
Camp Manager | Surf Instructor | Private Lessons, Classes & Camps

Russell is 23 years old and has been surfing since age 12. He has been with Campsurf for 11 years, starting as a young camper and then working as an instructor since age 16. Russell’s has also worked as an instructor with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, which has given him a lot of experience with special needs clients. This year he will be our camp manager overseeing all our camps and making sure everyone is safe and having a good time. Russell just graduated from Colorado College and we are stoked to have him leading our crew.

“I love surfing because there is no right or wrong way to do it, the only thing that matters is having fun!” -Russell Wolfe

Chris Brown
Owner | Campsurf

chrisChris began surfing in 1978 at 21st street in Hermosa Beach. He surfed competitively at the University of Southern California and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. Surf travel has been his passion since the mid 1980’s. Destinations include: New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, Europe, Mexico, The Caribbean, Central America and Hawaii. Chris is also an established waterman having paddled the 32-mile Catalina Classic three times and winning the Hermosa Beach Ironman 5 times. He owned and operated Peninsula Surf in Rolling Hills Estates from 1999 to 2004, is currently the President of the California Beach Volleyball Association and serves on the board of directors of the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. When he’s not surfing, Chris also coaches many professional and Olympic athletes.

Mark Gerold
Director of Operations | Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation

markBorn and raised in Manhattan Beach, Mark was a Junior Lifeguard for 6 years and has been teaching surfing since 1999. He competed on the Mira Costa Surf Team and graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Business degree. Surf travels have included Hawaii, Baja California, Mainland Mexico, South America, and the California Coast. Mark loves to surf and spread the joy of the lifestyle. Mark has been with us from the beginning and in recent years has taken over logistical operations for our Ocean Therapy program run by the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. Contact Mark