I grew up in California. You might imagine that I grew up on the beach but in reality I spent much more time enjoying the mountains. I didn’t learn to surf until I met Dan at the end of 2004. I had just spent a year working and traveling in New Zealand when I made my way back to South Australia where I had been an exchange student 10 years before. I was keen to learn something new on my travels and surfing seemed appropriate. I was 25 years old the first time I stood up on a surfboard and I will NEVER forget it! My life was changed forever.
Less than a year later, I moved to Australia and became a qualified Level 1 Surf Instructor through Surfing Australia. (And three years later, Dan and I got married!) I was slightly overwhelmed at the course sitting among surfers who had been surfing most of their lives. I still had a lot to learn about surfing but I did know quite a bit about the teaching (and learning!) process – I studied a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Teaching PE. My surfing knowledge has increased hugely since I first started. Like Dan, I love the rush of seeing someone stand up for the first time. The sense of accomplishment is amazing and it takes me back to that first wave that I caught.
Dan and I now balance teaching surfing with being parents to our two young boys. We love spending time with them at the beach – they love it as much as we do!