SURFRIDER SPIRIT SESSIONS MENTORS ROCK!
Our mentors come from all walks of life: they are architects, attorneys, doctors, yoga instructors, teachers, construction workers, film makers, writers, musicians, designers, you name it. Bound together by their passion for surfing and their love of our community, they are the heart of Surfrider Spirit Sessions. We are STOKED to have them!
Super Surfer Dude Mentors
Anthony “TJ” Quan
Benjamin G Vine
Brandon Keohuhu Panoke
Brett Gordon Thomas
Bryan Michael Allen
Carlos Di Ponio
Christopher Ryan Schvarcz
Darryl Isami Nagao
George del Barrio
Gordon O’neil Walker
James Louis Hadde
Jeff Kendrick Philips
Kellan Christopher Briones
Kent Mori Walther
Kevin Lee Fujimoto
Lucas Eduardo Moxey
Matthew Bruer Colley
Pakilika “Paki” Kalina Lum
Richard Dela Cruz
Russel Kenichi Isobe
Ryan Hideo Ishii
Scott Shigeo Naguwa
Takio Kaleo Mogi
Super Surfer Girl Mentors
Andree Lorette Paradis
Cheryl Geslani Scarton
Dianne Chow Thomas (Dee)
Elise Nicole Kalehua Duggins
Elisha Marie Wood-Charlson
Holly Marie Kim
Janelle Crystal Cadamia
Jazzminn Yuri Kamila Yamamoto
Jenna Chiyono Ishii
Jodie Chun Mui Pang
Julie Ann Nelson
Kristine Y. Yoo
Maile N Corpman
Mandy McCoy Phillips
Meleana Hennessey Beck Blaich Estes
Phyllis Edna Nishimoto
Rosalyn K.R. Dias (Roz)
Shannon Leigh Sheets
Sherry “Wawa” Chou
Teens Need You
The majority of Spirit Sessions youth suffered tragedy and trauma, and have done what they could to cope and literally survive. They haven’t always made the best choices, nor have they always used the wisest coping mechanisms. They struggle with depression, anger and anxiety, and often lack joy and a healthy outlet. Many are frequently lonely, and long for adult support, guidance, positive attention and feedback. Your role as a mentor is to be their friend and coach and help fill the void.
All it takes is sharing your love of the ocean.
Sharing your love of the ocean and the joy of surfing, your perspectives and your care, concern and compassion make a difference. Studies show that when kids enjoy a regular, positive activity with an adult mentor, those kids are significantly less likely to use drugs, skip school, participate in high-risk behaviors or commit crimes. These youth are also more likely to improve their academic performance, have better decision-making skills, more self-confidence, and a sense of belonging.
Being a surf mentor is easy and much of what you teach kids will come naturally. During sessions, mentors act as “Surf Buddies,” coaching kids in the water, cheering them on, and offering assistance. Spirit Sessions staff members and instructors conduct surf lessons and are also in the water offering support. Mentors help youth journal their experiences and offer their perspectives and life-skills wisdom in talk circles. Mentors are invited to share their manaʻo (knowledge) and often take the lead in pre-surf yoga and lesson planning.
Contacting and supporting youth outside session hours is encouraged and many mentors have assisted youth with homework, filling out job applications, opening a bank account, or just being there with a shoulder to cry on, a suggestion of how to view and solve a problem, or someone to just have fun and go surfing with.
- Must be intermediate level (or better) surfer, comfortable in the water, and
confident enough to offer basic surf guidance and support
- Clean, sober, and drug-free
- Minimum of 23 years old
- Dedicated, reliable, outgoing, caring, patient
- Willingness to mentor outside the program is a plus
- Able to commit to minimum time frame
Special skills appreciated (but not mandatory)
- Certified yoga or pilates instruction
- Certified water safety
- Marine biology or environmental education background
- MSW or social work experience
- Vocational or technical skills training
- Job placement or career placement coaching/consulting
Note: All mentor applicants will be background-checked and must be approved by the courts.
Mentors must be in good standing and clear of any criminal activity and warrants.
The time commitment for a mentor is:
- The time commitment for a mentor is 8 consecutive Saturdays, approximately 4 hours each
- A mentor training/orientation session
- Girls Session: 7:30 AM- 11:30 AM
- Boys Session: 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
- One 4-hour orientation session on August 19th – Time: TBD
- Additional time is optional and highly encouraged
Join our Surf ʻOhana and get kids stoked on life!
Mentors may commit to one or more of the following 8-week programs. If you are interested and can commit to our upcoming sessions’ dates, please download the application and send it to our Program Manager, Sam Rodrigues at Sam@SurferSpirit.org. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please feel free to forward this link or the application to them.
2017 SPRING SESSIONS:
8 consecutive Saturdays, starting on March 4, 2017 and ending on April 22, 2017
Mentor Orientation: TBD
2017 SUMMER SESSIONS:
8 consecutive Saturdays, starting on July 3, 2017 and ending on July 22, 2017
Mentor Orientation: TBD
2017 FALL SESSIONS:
8 consecutive Saturdays, starting on September 9, 2017 and ending on Oct 28, 2017
Mentor Orientation: TBD