Marion Clark and Jamie Shindle, the managing partners, are the protégé of Mary Setterholm
, US Surfing Champion and Hermosa Beach Walk of Fame Honoree.
Mary founded Surf Academy in 2000 and pledged to pass on her stoke when the next generation was ready.
and Jamie and their crew of quality surf instructors have taken the ball and run with it, expanding the core principles of Surf Academy
with new and programs that spread the stoke and love of surfing.
Marion is a Managing Partner and Beach Programs Director for Surf Academy and The Surf Bus Foundation, and is the daughter of both programs' founder, Mary Setterholm.
learned to surf 15 years ago at our first Wild Woman Waterday!
She is a founding member of Surf Academy's Surf Team: The Foxy Bangers.
Since getting up one knee, her
surfing journey has taken her
up and down the coast of California: from the big winter waves of Santa Cruz to the summer swells down at Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
favorite place to surf are the Islands of Oahu and Kauai, not only because the waves are amazing, but so is the weather!
takes both a holistic and step-by-step approach to the sport.
has a knack for relating surfing to something that her
students already love - she
helps to gives them a way to connect with an otherwise foreign idea: balancing on a board on water!
Marion is also a yoga and pilates teacher at various studios around the South Bay.
You can find her
at Harmony Yoga in Redondo Beach, YogaLoft in Manhattan Beach, and Ofie's Elite Physiques in Palos Verdes.
intimate knowledge of the human body helps to inform her
teaching style out in the water.
believes that immersion in surf culture (and the ocean!) is one of the fastest ways to get STOKED and stay that way!
students a copy of The Surfer Code and, if they want it, homework to help maximize their next surfing experience.
Marion is a versatile teacher, and appreciates all manner of student: from groms and grommettes to Silver Surfers.
is available for year-round surf lessons at all three of our locations: Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Santa Monica