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Philosophy of Shell Beach Surf School


Much of the philosophy of Shell Beach Surf School runs parallel to the philosophies of Shell Beach Surf Shop. The Surf School and Surf Shop both promote an attitude of excitement, exploration and community found through surfing. Our goal is to provide you, the student, with the best conditions to find your own excitement and exploration in the ocean. We achieve that by providing high quality instructors, who are safety-oriented and highly knowledgeable about surfing and the ocean.


Our head surf instructor, Stu Silvani, is the owner of Shell Beach Surf Shop. Stu's been surfing for more than 20 years and is highly knowledgeable about local and international surf. He's spent the majority of his life travelling and exploring, whether it's surfing in France, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama or hiking the Pacific Coast trail or wandering through the mountains of Alaska. His personal goal is to bring that mentality to Shell Beach Surf Shop and Shell Beach Surf School.
All other instructors hired by Shell Beach Surf School are very similarly focused. Stu's assistant instructors all bring their own unique backgrounds yet have the same goals - to provide you with the best conditions so that you can learn how to surf and have fun .


All of our instructors have extensive surfing backgrounds and are CPR certified. As the shop owner of Shell Beach Surf Shop, Stu is in constant communication with local surfers which helps make sure that we are up to date with the latest safety and surf related happenings on our local beaches. Our first priority is to make you feel comfortable and safe, not only with the ocean but with other surfers in the water.

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