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Mary Setterholm

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Managing Partner and Beach Progra...

Local Address: Santa Monica, California, United States
Surf Academy
302 19Th St.
Hermosa Beach , California 90254
United States

Company Description: Surf Academy offers a variety surf lesson options for all levels. All of our lessons include the equipment you will need: soft surfboard, wetsuit, leash and our...   more

Employment History

  • Owner
    Surf Academy
  • Head Coach
    Surf Academy
  • President
    The Surf Bus Foundation
  • Managing Partner and Beach Programs Director
    The Surf Bus Foundation
  • Owner and Founder
    The Surf Bus Foundation
  • Pilates Instructor

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
  • Founder


  • Masters of Divinity
    Harvard University
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Los Angeles Pilates Class, Spinning Brentwood, Santa Monica Restorative Yoga Classes, 30 Dec 2014 [cached]
Marion Clark Pilates Instructor
When you walk into Marion's class, be prepared for an epic journey inward! She loves the ocean and the raw edges of nature and she brings the spirit of the outdoors into her classroom! Marion uses language that begs students to look within for their limits, she breaks movement down into simple exercises and sequencing to help students explore their body's complexities, and she instills excitement and appreciation for human movement into every class she teaches. She is influenced by an interest in symmetry and a person's personal movement history; her classes are infused with fun twists on anatomical references and acute attention to alignment.
Marion trained in Pilates with Maria Leone.
In 2005 Marion completed a 200 hour Teacher Training program with Chappy Foote, through Harmony Yoga.
Marion continued her training with Annie Carpenter and in 2011 completed Annie's SmartFLOW: 300 hour Teacher Training.
In 2012 and 2013 Marion was a Presenter for South Bay Yoga Conference: Yoga for Surfers.
Marion is the owner of a successful business, Surf Academy. A surf school in Southern California that has enjoyed twelve years serving the Westside! Chances are you, your children or a friend have seen Marion and her crew out at Ocean Park, passing on their stoke! She coaches three local surf teams: Lincoln Middle School, John Adams Middle, and Santa Monica High School. Marion is also the president of The Surf Bus Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to connecting inner city youth in LA and LA County with The Sea. Currently, Marion is finishing up a research project on the impact of immersion in a surf program on the attitudes of children in four key areas of development: Self-Esteem, Motivation, Endurance, and Trust.
Surf Academy | ABOUT - Surf Academy, 4 Aug 2014 [cached]
Marion Clark and Jamie Shindle, the managing partners, are the protégé of Mary Setterholm, US Surfing Champion and Hermosa Beach Walk of Fame Honoree.
Marion Clark
Marion Clark
"Surfing is not standing up on a board. Surfing is finding yourself in harmony with the wave...with the ocean."
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.
Marion Clark
Marion Clark
Surf Academy | FAQs for School Clubs & Teams - Surf Academy, 4 Aug 2014 [cached]
You must fill out the school forms for your child, get their signature, get Head Coach Marion Clark's information, and turn the forms into the appropriate administrators at your child's school.
If you want to rent equipment for your child, Head Coach Marion needs to know at least 24 hours in advance to have it ready and available. She will not be bringing extra equipment to practices if she is not asked for it by parents.
If you are interested in this option, please check the site and then email Marion with your requests.
"We're grateful to be chosen again ..., 4 April 2007 [cached]
"We're grateful to be chosen again by the Auto Club to receive proceeds from the battery roundup," said Surfbus Director Mary Setterholm."The funds from the recycling campaign last year made a tremendous impact on the scope of our program.Many more children were able to leave their neighborhoods to enjoy the beach and learn about the ocean," she added."We greatly appreciate the unique 'green' AAA campaign to round up used lead batteries," said Setterholm.
A former US Women's Surfing Champion and Orange County resident, Setterholm founded Surfbus after she witnessed a child drown on the beach.The summer camp draws thousands of low-income children from Southern California to its program annually.
Surf Academy, 26 Oct 2011 [cached]
Marion is the Beach Programs Director for Surf Academy as well as The Surf Bus Foundation, and is the daughter of Surf Academy and Surf Bus founder, Mary Setterholm.
Marion learned to surf 12 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. Her favorite place to surf are the Islands of Oahu and Kauai, not only because the waves are amazing, but so is the weather!
Marion takes both a holistic and step-by-step approach to the sport. She 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. Her intimate knowledge of the human body helps to inform her teaching style out in the water. Marion believes that immersion in surf culture (and the ocean!) is one of the fastest ways to get STOKED and stay that way! If you ask her, she?ll tell you, "Surfing is not standing up on a board. Surfing is finding yourself in harmony with the wave...with the ocean. She gives all her students a copy of The Surfer Code and, if they want it, homework to help maximize their next surfing experience. She is a versatile teacher, and appreciates all manner of student: from groms and grommettes to Silver Surfers. Marion is available for year-round surf lessons at all three of our locations: Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Santa Monica.
Mary Setterholm
Mary is the owner and founder of both Surf Academy and The Surf Bus. Her personal relationship to The Sea is the driving force behind both programs. She has a need to bring people closer to nature, specifically, to bring children and the ocean together. She has numerous wins to her credit, including first place in the U.S. Open in 1972, first place in The West Coast Championships in 2001, and a fourth place finish in Surfing America's Championship Pro/Am in 2008. Mary has been surfing for 40 years now, and she STILL out-surfs and out-stokes us all! Surfing isn't about having and doing more or less than the next person in the line-up, and Mary is the first one to say, "The ocean is equal opportunity. The ocean doesn't care what color your skin is, how much money you make, what gender you are, or how athletically talented. You're still a part of the food chain."
It is this humble attitude that informs Mary's teaching style. She has a unique ability to "see" a student, and give them just what they need in a surf lesson, be it a one-time event for a vacationer, or a series of lessons for a local. Being around Mary makes you want more of what she has -- STOKE! You'll walk away from a lesson with Mary feeling both empowered and grounded. If you're lucky, she'll even talk story with you about what it was like to be one of the only women out in the water back in the 70's, and what it's like to be a Silver Surfer out in the water today.
Currently, Mary is earning a Masters of Divinity at Harvard University in Boston, MA. She brought her shortboards with her to keep her motivated for Surf Academy's Summer Season (and maybe take a weekend trip to surf Martha's Vineyard)! See that woman covered in head-to-toe neoprene paddling down The Charles River? That's Mary Setterholm, keeping in shape and being herself: Our Fearless Pioneer!
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