Kai has 30 years of surfing and ocean experience and over 17 years surfing instruction experience. Kai also holds a Master's Degree in Secondary Education, a California Teaching Credential in Social Science and Health Science, and is currently an 8th Grade U.S. History teacher at Environmental Charter Middle School in Gardena, CA. He is proficient in Spanish and can tell you how to get barreled en Español if you want!

Growing up on Pt. Dume in Malibu, the local surf spots have been his backyard since childhood. He has surfed most spots on the west coast of California and has extensive surfing experience around the world including South and Central America, Tahiti, South Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, France, Portugal and Italy! Recent surf trips have taken him to Nicaragua many times and to Baja’s East Cape, but his favorite spot in the world to surf is on a small, little traveled island “somewhere” in French Polynesia.

Kai's focus in the lesson is always on safety, understanding of the ocean, as well as the thrill of surfing. CPR and First Aid Certified.

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Brett has 25 years of surfing and ocean experience. Growing up in Malibu, Brett has been an Ocean Lifeguard in Malibu for 14 years and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He has surfed all over the world and worked as a lifeguard overseas, including Fiji and Australia. With experience as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor, he teaches people with ease and is always focused on a safe, fun, and educational experience for everyone.

Colin LOVES water; he has 19 years of experience surfing the coast from San Francisco to the wastelands of Central Baja. Colin’s also an avid fisherman and free diver with experience in the California kelp beds and inshore reefs of Baja. He loves surfing anything with a fin…and especially things without them. A recent MFA graduate from UCLA, he is also a Los Angeles based actor and martial arts teacher. In both his studies of acting and martial arts, he has come to realize that the ocean is the greatest teacher and can’t wait to share his love and knowledge of it with anyone who’ll listen. Pray for surf!

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Jamie grew up in Malibu as a member of one of the old Malibu families and can be found pulling into barrels at Zuma whenever it’s good. Jamie’s a Los Angeles County Lifeguard, water polo coach and outstanding surfer. When surfing with Jamie, you’ll no doubt get the best waves possible at Zuma.

Owen has lived his whole life in Malibu. Learning to surf at age 7, he’s always loved the ocean. Having attended Rob LeMond's Ocean Safety Camp for most of his childhood, LeMond hired Owen to work as a counselor at his camp when he was 15 and has now worked there for the past six years. Owen’s experience with young children is apparent in his natural ability to both have fun with the kids, yet also to teach them the skills necessary to be safe in the ocean. Owen is currently a student at UC Santa Barbara.