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Big Surf
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Big Surf is Monterey’s premier outdoor adventure company boasting the highest quality equipment in the industry. We spare no expense to provide top tier experiences that you won’t forget. Our lessons are custom curated for all experience levels and groups of any size. Your safety is important to us and our experienced and friendly staff undergo many rigorous certification processes. We are proud to flaunt a perfect safety record with ZERO serious injuries. Big Surf Adventures donates a portion of the profits from each lesson to help keep our beaches and planet clean.

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Our Instructors

Zane Reed

Zane Reed

Instructor
Owner of Big Surf Adventures

Zane Reed is the owner of Big Surf and one of our most frequent instructors. Zane started Big Surf with a wealth of knowledge and a diverse background: over 20 years of surfing the West coast and various waves around the world, almost a decade of coaching experience in tennis and lacrosse, as well as holding numerous mentor, camp counselor, and volunteer positions over the years. He pours his heart into every lesson to give students a totally radical experience, nurturing growth in the water, mind, and heart. He is a proud new father, and has more than enough patience to meet everyone’s needs. Zane has lifeguard training and is CPR Certified. On occasion when the waves are just right, Zane will extend the lesson and surf side-by-side with students as a bonus because he genuinely loves watching and teaching people to learn to surf.

Abraham Wolfinger

Abraham Wolfinger

Instructor

Father, coach, and local who was born and raised in Big Sur. Master’s degree in education, currently teaching freshman at Monterey Highschool. He has strong community values and supports many local youth sports programs. Abraham says “I aspire to unfold mind’s, and help people to reach their full potential.” He’s surfed his whole life, and genuinely cares about the sport while ushering in the next generation of surfers. Inspired by the likes of Jacques Cousteau and Jack Kerouac to become the adventurer he is today, Abraham often says the ripples of our interactions and accomplishments will touch the lives of people long after we are gone. He is an amazing surfing instructor and is available most weekends and evenings.

Héctor Mendieta

Héctor Mendieta

Instructor

Héctor is originally from Chile, South America, and started surfing in the cold waters of the South Pacific in the year 2000. He has had the privilege to live, travel, and surf in several different countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Brazil, and has called California home since 2018. Bilingual in English and Spanish (and conversational Portuguese), Héctor is a language teacher at the Salinas Union High School District as well as a surfing instructor for Big Surf. He says, “For me, surfing is more than just a sport or a hobby; it is a discipline that allows you to express who you really are, and I try to pass that knowledge to all my students, whether they’re in or out of the water.”

Samantha Waldroup

Samantha Waldroup

Instructor

Samantha Waldroup is a passionate ocean steward and has been surfing since the age of 9. She has 3 years of experience with surf instructing, and has worked extensively with ocean education programs for children relating to exploration, safety, and board sport knowledge and is CPR/Lifeguard Certified. She loves tailoring her teaching style to all ages and experience levels, and is outgoing and communicative throughout lessons. She loves helping students achieve their surfing goals, watching them catch their first wave, and sharing the stoke. She is currently pursuing a Humanities & Communications degree at California State University, Monterey Bay and hopes to continue surf instructing for as long as she possibly can.

Makena Horne

Instructor

I was raised by a meteorologist and a surfer, and I’ve been surfing since before I could swim in Hawaii. I’ve since continued surfing throughout my entire life, been teaching surf lessons since I was just a child. It has flourished into a wonderful career path for me!

Kodey Sommer

Instructor

I’m 19 years old and I love teaching people how to surf! Surfing to me is so much fun, once you get to stand up on the board it’s a feeling I can’t even describe, it just makes you feel on top of the world. I am currently going to college but also shredding waves any day I can!

Vanessa Show

Vanessa Show

Instructor

Vanessa Show has explored and surfed the California coast. She previously lived in Humboldt County and Hawaii, but is originally from Huntington Beach. Vanessa enjoys having an active lifestyle and has a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She was a jiu-jitsu coach before she transitioned into education. She teaches 5th grade in Salinas and has a passion for the community. Surfing is her favorite pastime, and she loves sharing the love for the water with others.

Alex Ahuja

Alex Ahuja

Instructor

Alex is a senior at Stevenson High School in Pebble Beach, and he moved to Monterey Bay in 2014 from Tennessee. Since the move the ocean has been a huge part of his life whether it be surfing, freediving or fishing. He has been a surf instructor for a combined two years from working as a camp counselor and teaching for big surf. He also has experience coaching lacrosse and football, and loves to share his knowledge on the things that he loves with other people. His goal while working at big surf is to spread the joy that surfing brought him to new watermen and women across the state.

Alex DeMarignac

Alex DeMarignac

Instructor

Alex was born and raised locally in Monterey. Having been raised by parents working as both a Marine Biologist and a Marine Policy Consultant, Alex has fostered a passion for the ocean from a young age. From SCUBA diving to surfing, if it involves the ocean Alex is there for it. Alex is more than happy to go beyond the basics, and teach more advanced surfing concepts such as reading the ocean and understanding what causes waves to break. Additionally, he is stoked to share about surf history and Monterey Bay’s unique marine ecosystem if his students are so inclined. Alex is also an enthusiastic backpacker and is working towards a future in outdoor education.

Daniel “Tommy” Wellman III

Daniel “Tommy” Wellman III

Instructor

From El Toro, California. Owns his own surf school on Bali name aloha bali surf. “I love the freedom Bali affords me and the amazing consistent swells on my doorstep. I just love getting people hooked on surfing. Seeing them stand up for the first time: Priceless”. He has raised to boys and is excellent with children and surfers of any level.

Sean Fanoe

Sean Fanoe

Instructor

Sean Fanoe. I have been surfing for just under a decade. I grew up in the area and surfing has been one of the best parts of my life. I love being in the water and going out to surf with friends. I like to teach while on summer break from college.

Antonio Lisandro

Antonio Lisandro

Instructor

I’m Antonio and I’m an ISA certified surf coach. I love teaching people how to surf, I’m a personal trainer and I enjoy having an active lifestyle. I love teaching other surfers how to improve their technique using effective training such as surf skate, tactical fitness and steel mace training systems. In my free time I volunteer at veterans surf alliance sharing the stoked of surfing.

Robert Hood

Robert Hood

Instructor

Hello, my name is Robert. I have grown up in the Monterey peninsula my whole life. I am an avid surfer and fisherman. I am currently in college studying economics. I can’t wait to see you out there and catch some waves!

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