Our Instructors 2017-05-31T19:52:43+00:00

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.

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

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.” 

Connor Bennett
Surf Instructor | Private Lessons, Classes & Camps

Connor21 years old
13 years surfing experience
4 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

 

Patrick Boyles
Surf Instructor

Pat B 1Age 25
Years Surfing 15
Years Teaching 2
NSSA (National Scholastic Surfing Association) National championship competitor, ESHS surf team MVP, 2nd place volcom sea slug series, 1st place Solutions contest, 5th place SB surf shop challenge. Team rider for Tyler surfboards
Surf Travels: Bali, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cabo, Austrailia, Hawaii
Attended college in Hawaii at KCC, currently in a band called “Sessions” as the guitarist and lead singer.

 

Thank you very much. Patrick was very helpful. My son had a blast and is looking for his first surf board for his next visit to the West Coast. Thank you very very much
Steven

Kyle Denitz
Surf & Volleyball Instructor

Kyle Denitz+ Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR & First-Aid Certified
Kyle grew up in Carpenteria, just outside of Santa Barbara and just one mile from the famed pointbreak, Rincon where he began surfing 20 years ago. Kyle was fortunate enough to live with his grandfather on Maui, before moving to Oahu to earn a degree in business. While at UH, Kyle also played volleyball for the Rainbow Warriors. He has traveled all over California and the Hawaiian Islands, South America, Central America, England and Indonesia. Kyle is also great with kids and a big hit with our female clients-sorry ladies, he’s taken.

James Shalvoy
Surf Instructor

Age: 21
Years Surfing: 11
Years Teaching: 4
Surf Travels: Playa Guiones, Costa Rica; Oahu, Hawaii; Mexico
Other: English major at LMU. Triathlon participant.

 

James is a great instructor. Will had a great time and we’ve already scheduled his next lesson!
Anne

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