This past December, MBAC hired Ruth “Ruthy” Vesler as the Instructional Supervisor of Surfing, Paddling, and Rowing. Ruthy brings an impressive background in watersports education and supervision into her new position. Read More
With as much time that Laura Coleman spends on and in the water, you would never suspect her to be the biggest fan of great white sharks. Last fall, Laura embarked on the journey of a lifetime to South Africa to study great white sharks. Read More
Johnny Fay is one of those surf instructors known around MBAC for his amazing longboarding skills and spiritual outlook on life. In January, as he was coming out of the water at La Jolla reef, he was approached by Gabriel Novis, a Brazilian film maker and surfer with many films under his belt. He told Johnny that he really liked his style and wanted to make a movie featuring his surfing. Gabriel said Johnny captured his attention and that his style was different than everyone else in the waves that day. Over the next three days, Gabriel captured enough footage to put together a 6 minute surf film called Concept (A short film about feelings) displaying Johnny’s talent and lifestyle as a San Diego surfer.
Johnny was blown away by the quality of the film and was grateful for how well it was put together. He enjoys the fact that the film can relate to anyone, and not only surfers. It accomplished the goal of letting the viewer connect with Johnny’s perspective, and is not just a film full of surf footage.
Outside of being featured in Gabriel’s video, Johnny has accomplished much in the surfing world. He is currently a top-ranked Southwest division college longboarder, has a number of contest wins under his belt, and will hopefully continue to add to his surfing accolades. Within the Southwest division, Johnny is the only competitor that competes solely on a classic longboard. His opponents ride high performance boards, which are not ideal for Johnny’s preferred style of nose riding.
Johnny’s favorite part about surfing is riding the nose, a style of riding famously referred to as toes-on-the-nose or hanging ten. He describes the feeling when his toes are curled over the nose of the board and the wave hitting the back of his knees as feeling lifted, and everything connects. He enjoys the feeling of a stable weightlessness, a feeling that only happens when he’s nose riding.
We wish Johnny the best of luck with his future contests and are thrilled to see him featured in this outstanding short film. We are grateful to have his talent here at the aquatic center and hope that everyone gets to experience his talent and outlook on life and surfing.
For whatever reason compels you to take a class at MBAC and learn a new sport, many people find that the skills that they learn open new doors and send them down a path they never imagined. MBAC Sailing Instructor Laura Coleman is a prime example of a student whose curiosity about sailing led to learning as much as she could and eventually earning a spot as an instructor.
Laura first became interested in sailing after spending some time on a sailboat with a friend. While her first official task as a sailor was watching out for seaweed, she developed enough interest to sign up for one of MBAC’s semester-long sailing classes. She spent a full semester learning beginning sailing, sailing Sabots and Holder 14’s, and knew that she was hooked on the sport.
After completing Beginning Sailing, a semester of Hobie Catamaran sailing came next. And when she completed Hobie, she applied the skills she’d learned to renting boats and taking friends out sailing whenever she could. It wasn’t long before she realized that teaching sailing was a great way to combine her passion for teaching with her new found love of sailing.
The following summer Laura applied for a summer job at MBAC. Having a more limited resume in sailing she initially didn’t stand out in the list of sailing instructor candidates and was passed up in the hiring process. Not to give up so easy, Laura applied as a camp counselor and earned a spot as a Marine Science Counselor. MBAC Assistant Director, Kevin Waldick, says that Laura was an easy hire due to her positive attitude and enthusiasm, and her clear passion for teaching.
“Laura really stood out during the interview process,” states Waldick. “Her enthusiasm was contagious and she was clearly going to be a great part of camp.”
Laura spent the summer teaching marine science and became a favorite camp counselor to many campers. She also found time to expand her sailing education, and sat in on sailing classes to learn about becoming an instructor.
Since that time, Laura has completed much of her training and has earned a spot as a sailing instructor. She enjoys sharing her experience with others and boasts that her favorite part of teaching is the great atmosphere at MBAC.
If you take a weekend sailing recreation class, or one of the many semester-long class offerings this spring, Laura may very well be sharing that experience with you.
MBAC Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Instructor, Pamela Strom, won 1st place in the 12’6” category of the La Jolla Invitational, a paddling race that is part of the Southern California Ocean Racing Series. The 5 mile race held at La Jolla Shores hosted over 200 participants consisting of SUPers, kayakers, and outrigger canoe paddlers. Read More
Lauren Wilson will be moving down under this fall to get work experience and to surf. The recent SDSU grad and MBAC surfing instructor is looking forward to spending our winter months (the southern hemisphere’s summer) surfing the waves off the Australian coast. She has come a long way since taking her first class at MBAC where her goal was to confront her fear of the water. Read More