ALL OF KAPOWUI'S INSTRUCTORS ARE LA COUNTY LICENSED AND PERMITTED,
HAVE COMPLETED OCEAN SAFETY AND RESCUE, CPR AND FIRST AID COURSES,
HAVE ADVANCED OCEAN KNOWLEDGE, ARE AVID SURFERS, PROFESSIONAL, HAVE YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE, AND JUST ALL AROUND GREAT HUMANS.
OUR PRIMARY JOB IS TO KEEP YOU SAFE SO YOU CAN CONCENTRATE ON JUST SURFING AND HAVING FUN. WE WILL HAVE YOU UP AND RIDING WAVES IN WITHIN MINUTES OF ENTERING
THE FIRST 30 MINUTES OF EACH LESSON IS DONE ON THE BEACH, COVERING EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO HAVE A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL LESSON.
THE REMAINDER OF YOUR TIME IS SPENT IN THE WATER WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR CATCHING WAVES.
AT KAPOWUI, WE TEACH SURFING BECAUSE
WE GET TO SHARE OUR SURFING PASSION DURING THE SUMMER AND CHASE THE SUN AND WAVES AROUND THE WORLD IN THE WINTER.
ALL OF KAPOWUI'S INSTRUCTORS ARE LIKE FAMILY, AND WE CONSIDER YOU AN EXTENDED PART OF THE FAMILY, SO COME SURF WITH YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
TIPPING YOUR INSTRUCTOR IS NOT REQUIRED BUT IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
THE KAPOWUI FAMILY
Click Instructor picture for detailed Bio
Gone Surfing; signs indicate that this instructor is unavailable till next spring or summer
Dad, Founder, Martin,
Leon, Middle bro
Hi, my name is Clay. To me life is about finding what you enjoy and love, and spending your time doing those things. A big part of that for me is surfing. I grew up in Texas, playing music and various sports. I was into skating and wake boarding, and loved to keep up with surfing and snowboarding. I always wanted to live in a place where I could surf daily and be around people who enjoyed the same things I did. So as soon as I graduated high school I moved to Hawaii. It was awesome getting to surf everyday and to be able to see some of the pros I had grown up watching in person. A little over a year later I moved to Los Angeles to be in a culture that is all about surfing, skating, and music!
AKA "Ohhh Clayton" or youngan. Fun fact: Can fall asleep anywhere, lives in a van, is shy beyond belief unless he is teach or surfing, and loves pizza.
BEST WITH; YOUNG ADULTS.
My name is Ryan, I grew up surfing on the coast line of South Africa. I have been surfing for over 10 years and teaching around the world for the last 5 years. I come to teach lessons at kapowui every summer, from May to September. I recently started my own surf school in Wilderness, S.A., with Jonny. I have competed in several national contests but I find my deepest passion for surfing is most felt during free surf sessions with friends at some remote surf break in a secluded area off the beaten track. I love teaching people how to surf and sharing the stoke of surfing just as much as love surfing myself. So come hang out with me and enjoy one of the most unique sports in the world with all of your Kapowui friends and family.
AKA Rye Bread. Fun Fact: Ryan is ALWAYS up for a surf sesh and new adventure. Every time you talk to him about surfing his First question is "Did you get Barreled!" or "Let's go get Barreled!!".
BEST WITH; KIDS, FEMALES, SPECIAL NEEDS, NERVOUS STUDENTS, AND OLDER ADULTS.
Leon, is from South Africa and was first introduced to surfing at age 15 when he surfed in the shark filled waters of Jay Bay. He immediately fell in love with the sport! Since learning to surf, he has been surfing around the world looking for less sharky waves in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, and Indo! Now he wants to share his passion with you. It's not just about the surfing Leon loves but the spirituality he finds when he's riding a wave or just waiting for a wave. Before surfing Leon was an avid skateboarder. Board sports have always been a very important part in 'Leon's life and hopes to pass that love on to you! Now let's go surf!
AKA -GQ. Fun fact: Leon is an accomplished model and won Mr. South Africa. Comes during the summer from SA to do lessons and hang out with his surfer family. One of the nicest and most respectful person you will ever meet. He currently helps his father build houses in the hot African sun and can't wait to get back to Venice where it's only 90 degrees.
BEST WITH; ALL
Hi, I’m Will, I’m a professional at having fun and passionate about new people and new experiences. I spend my summers teaching people to surf and my winters traveling the world on a quest for the best waves. A lesson with me includes the following: The most fun beach lesson on the planet, adrenaline-pumping action in the water, creating lifelong memories with friends/family/or by yourself, and simply having the time of your life! So if you want an unforgettable California surfing experience, you are going to want to book me... like at this very moment. What are you waiting for?! JUST DO IT! See you at the beach!
AKA Maggie. Fun Fact: is not hindered by shyness
BEST WITH; Adults, beginner to advanced surfers.
Ryan, little bro
Aloha, my name is Martin, I am the founder of Kapowui. I live, eat, sleep, and dream surfing. I live a block from the beach and surf every day. I've surfed all over the world and my favorite place is the North Shore of Hawaii. My lifes calling is bringing the stoke of surfing to everyone who is interested learning. The feeling of surfing is unlike any thing you have ever felt before, it is indescribable, I call it "Kapowui", which means "pure joy". Hence the name of my company.
I started kapowui 10 years ago with 1 old beat up surf board an a couple or worn out wetsuits. I taught lessons for 10 years while building the company and after many years of fine tuning, I developed the lesson plan that all the instructors use today. I incorporated my ISA surf coaching and aquatic safety training, my 30 years of surfing experience, 20 years of personal training, 6 years as a rescue swimmer in the Navy, my advance knowledge in bio-mechanics & kinesiology for a lesson that is comprehensive, technical, streamline, safe, successful and most importantly, fun. That's why I guarantee that you will be surfing your first lesson or your next lesson is free. I personally train all of my instructors and will not let them teach a lesson until they have meet my high standards. The instructors will give feedback on every wave you catch and miss, break down everything you did right or could have done better, as well as cheer your successes and groan at your mishaps.
As the owner/manager, I rarely get to do lessons. So if you book me, I will assign you to the instructor who I think is best suited for your needs, aptitude, personality, age, and skill level. The more information you give about yourself when booking online, will help me assign the best instructor for you. I look forward to meeting you and hearing about how much fun your surf lesson was with whomever you chose to be your instructor. Mahalo for choosing Kapowui!
AKA KAPOWUI. Fun fact: All American mutt and athlete, raised on a farm in Georgia, served 6 years in the Navy as a petty officer on a SARS team (Search and Rescue Swimmer), was a traveling professional dancer for 10 years, I collect old VW buses, I have more surf boards than cloths, and I lived in a van for 10 years while building Kapowui. Morality, integrity, conscientiousness, are not mere words to me, they are a code I live my life by.
Youngest brother, Clay
Hi this is Garrett ! I live in Venice beach California , originally from Arizona and an ASU graduate. I have been surfing for roughly 5 years now and love the ocean.;One of the main reasons I moved to California is to be closer to the ocean and take advantage of mother nature’s gifts . As well as a surf instructor , I spend my time skating, doing yoga, acting , and personal training if I’m not out catching waves. I love my pitbull Ruca you will see her pulling me down the boardwalk on my skateboard on the daily. Id say the best part about teaching someone to surf is the stoke in their eyes when they pop up. Looking forward to meeting you and showing you a great time with : Kids and beginners
Hi guys! I’m Madeline. I’m originally from Detroit, where, contrary to common belief - there is surfing (in the frigid great lakes)… but thankfully, I did not learn there. I first surfed in Hawaii when I was 12 and I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life but it would be a minute before that became a reality for me. Before moving to LA I spent a few years traveling the world and living out of hotels and tour buses. I have seen a lot of places, but ultimately decided to settle out here because of warm weather, sunshine and year round surf! I met Marty and all the Kapowui instructors a few years back and I am eternally grateful for all the knowledge they passed onto me. They pretty much have not been able to get rid of me since! I now live a block away and surf every opportunity I get. Surfing is somewhat of a spiritual experience for me, the perfect combination of pushing your body to its physical limits, achieving a flow state, and connecting with nature at the same time. No two days are ever the same, the ocean is full of surprises and always challenges me. It is such a gift to be able to live where I live, be with the ocean every day, and now to be able to share this amazing sport with you!
Hi my name is Lilianna, I'm named after the Queen of the Hawaiian Islands, Liliʻuokalani. My job is to meet and greet you. So expect face licks and toe nibbles.
Fun Fact, My favorite toy is a squeaky shark, I love my tummy rubbed, I wake my dad up every night at 1AM and 3AM by biting his toes, and I pee on the floor just fun.....sssshhh don't tell daddy.
Best With: All
Lilianna. Gurard dog and hostess
Madeline, little sister
Hey guys, Colston Here. I’m new at Kapowui and very excited to be here! I hail from the snowy mountains of British Columbia Canada which is pretty much the opposite of Venice beach in every way. I spent 10 awesome years of my life as a professional big mountain skier and I’m loving the change of scenery! Surfing began for me 10 years ago as an off-season hobby in the freezing cold waters of Vancouver Island but has since taken over as the central tenant of my life. The search for perfect waves has brought me to places such as Indonesia, Hawaii, France, and Mexico and I have taken part in some remote film missions and national competitions. I’ve always enjoyed visiting California, it’s my happy place I love the LA lifestyle and Venice Beach weirdos. I take pride in breaking down the fundamentals of surf techniques and water safety. Ensuring each student has the time of their lives learning new skills and enjoying the ultimate human experience… Surfing!
Greg the fire spinner
Gregory ‘G-Force’ is a teacher, student and philosopher of ‘flow.” He sees a joy in life through getting into flow states. Surfing was his first love of natural flow and dance with nature! Surfing has taught Gregory the foundations of Zen, and being at one with the universe. He’s been surfing for 13 years and teaching lessons to fellow seekers for over 10 years time. He is also an avid stand-up paddle surfer and kite surfer he just can’t get of that elemental flow. Gregory not only plays with water but he is a professional fire dancer and has recently stepped into the role of Firewalking instructor and empowerment life coach. He has an incredible positive way of looking at things and translating that through his teaching style. He doesn’t just teach you how to surf he empowers you to face your goals head on, pop-up and surf right through them!
Hey, I’m Spenser. I’m fairly new to the West Coast and grew up surfing in New York (YES there are waves in New York!!). I live to have fun and am passionate about providing people with lifelong memories and unforgettable experiences. My full-time job is in the travel industry, which has given me the opportunity to see & surf some really amazing places. Young or old, beginner or intermediate, a lesson with me will just be nothing short of amazing. I have experience in intimate 1x1's settings, as well as larger group lessons. If you're looking for an authentic LA surf experience while creating unforgettable memories -- I'm your guy!
Fun fact about me: Since moving to LA I average about a dozen tacos a week. Best with: Kids, Adults, Beginners, Intermediate.
Hi everybody !!! I am Thierry the Frenchie.
I grew up surfing on the French West Coast, Brittany : Terre balayé par le vent et les vagues !
Surf, Bodyboard, Paddle rescue board, bodysurf, I’m pretty much multi facetted when it comes to waves.
I have been a lifeguard, a rescuer and a fireman for many years too.
When I’m not surfing, you’ll see me in Venice with my camera shooting the waves or doing aquashoots. I enjoy painting, working out, running on the beach with my wife, meeting people as happy as I am! Surfing is a state of mind and everyone has its own style ! Let’s create yours together,
come surfing with me for a unique and fun experience, by chance you will learn some French too !
À bientôt sur la plage !
Hi I’m Dylan,
I’ve been surfing for 4 years now. I grew up in a Coastal town in the Garden Route, and I spend most of my days in the ocean apart from hiking, exploring and skating. I also teach surfing in South Africa and now I’m teaching my passion in California for the summer. I’ve been doing lifesaving for the past 6 years and I am now the crew leader. I feel more comfortable in the water than on land. I love teaching surfing and sharing the stoke I feel after every surf session. So come hang out with me and I’ll teach you the fundamentals of surfing and we’ll share the stoke together.
AKA Mowgli from the jungle book, they say I look like the character.
Blake grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney and has been surfing since he was three years old. Competing in local board riders competitions since 12 years old he has also surfed in Indonesia, all over Australia, Sumatra, Bali and the Maldives.
He taught surfing for over three years at the famous Manly beach Australia as well as Longreef in Sydney.
He is well versed in all aspects of surfing from beginner to advanced and will get you shredding in no time
Fun facts: Blake is a DJ, cameraman, director and editor of short/ feature films. Always keen on an adventure in and out the water. Surfing short board is my favourite and what I do but other water activities I do enjoy whether it be SUPs and paddling kayaks. Out the water, (I fix surfboards part time),love chilling with good company and exploring nature in any way!
AKA: DJ Balakie
"Harry here! Super stoked to be able to share my passion of surfing with you and not only introduce you to what could be a lifelong obsession but also a connection to the ocean. I am a young ambassador for the sport at 24 and grew up surfing in Cape Town. I make and fix surfboards and classic cars, and also teach surfing back home in South Africa. The endless search for waves and new cultural experiences has brought me to other ends of the world! Confident with groups and individuals of all levels and ages, look forward to sharing the stoke! Aloha"
AKA: Grease monkey
Fun Fact: loves working on cars almost as much as he loves surfing.
Hi Future Surfers, I'm Eduardo, I'm 39 years old, dedicated Father and husband coming from Brazil, I've been a surfer since I was 8 years old, so many years of experience in the sea, I'm very excited about to be able to help you all feel this unique feeling that only the surfers know, to find the perfect balance between you and all the energy that the waves can offer, because in life we can’t stop the waves, but we can learn to surf, so come in and enjoy the ride, we will have great moments together with the Kapowui Surf Club, Yewwwwww!
Fun fact: lives in an RV with his family
Best with: kids and anyone who prefers a very calm, patient instructor.
Being born and raised i'm New York, surfing may not be the first thing that pops into your mind. But what many people don't know is that when we get get waves it gets pretty good!! Nick self taught himself how to surf at the age of 12 and instantly feel in love with the sport that later turned into his passion. Over a decade of surfing in new York, Nick has traveled up and down the east coast in sun rain or snow surfing year around tracking hurricanes nor easters and other swells. Nick has also traveled to many top surfing destinations around the world to better his surfing and pursue his love for surfing. With 5 years of surf instruction under his belt, life-guarding, and being an avid water-man Nick is the perfect match for people of all ages, learning style and skill level. Riding a wave is one of the greatest feeling in the world and i'm stoked to be able to bring that kind of joy into peoples lives. Everyone owes it to themselves to go out and try it.
Personality- energetic, lively, easy going. If you can use those 3 words in a sentence.
Works well with everyone and has worked with many mentally and physically handicapped and young children.
Hello I'm Jay, the head instructor for Kapowui. I've been surfing 20 years and teaching at Kapowui for the last 3.
I’m from a small island up north called Quadra Island, with a population of 1500, it's located in British Columbia Canada. I've worked on big fishing trawlers, oil rigs and every other dirty, dangerous, frozen job you can imagine.
But in my free time I surfed up and down the west coast of Vancouver island. During the winter there are some icy fun size beast mode waves. But let me tell you that there's nothing better then surfing in just board shorts here in Southern California. I have surfed in many sun drenched destinations such as Mexico, Bali, Trinidad & Tobago, Indonesia, and many other tropical locations. I have been snowboarding and skateboarding since I was a little knuckle dragger and still do when I'm not surfing. My love for the ocean comes from being raised on Island life and shredding everyday. I found my calling teaching surfing, so life is great. Let me show you what makes surfing the best sport in the world. Let's grab a board, get in the water, and make it the best day you have ever had.
AKA QUASIMODO. Fun fact: Jay is very active in the church, a true gentle giant, and a coaches coach.
BEST WITH; ALL, ESPECIALLY ATHLETES AND LARGE GROUPS. Jay is a coaches coach, more of a drill sergeant. If you are looking for a cheerleader DO NOT BOOK HIM.