Learn to surf with Texas’ finest surf instructors! Our team is highly trained, CPR certified, energetic, and will keep your kids busy and safe in the water and on the sand. On top of being dedicated to safety, our instructors work with every kid to help build confidence and self-esteem.
Josh Harper (Co-Founder):
Padre Island Surf Camp was founded by Josh Harper who first learned to surf in CorpusChristi . His passion for surfing kept him in Corpus Christi until he graduated from TX A&M Corpus Christi. Surfing has taken Josh all over the world surfing and managing all of the surf camps for Billabong, the largest surf company in the world.
Josh also co-founded Waves of Impact, a surfing organization that was formed to introduce individuals facing exceptional challenges in their lives to the unexplainable
wonders of a riding waves.
This includes woundedveterans, autistic children, and many other children and adults that could benefit from a day at the beach.
“ I would have given anything to have a surf camp in Corpus when I was a kid! Surfing has brought me so much happiness and so many positive memories, and I am so blessed to now be able to share my passion with others, especially in Corpus.” –Josh
Joshua Perez, or "Papa Josh" has the kids love calling him, is 28 years old and a corpus Christi native. This is his third year working with the PISC and is our new camp director. Josh works in the Flour Bluff School system with kids, and in his free time enjoys surfing, fishing, traveling, and loves music. He is a Texas A&M Corpus Christi graduate from their school of Business. Josh has been surfing for over 15 years and has traveled to Mexico, Central America, California and Hawaii. Josh has a strong passion for working with kids and getting them stoked on the sport of surfing.
Jason Phillips : Jason grew up in Corpus Christi and has been surfing and skateboarding since he started walking as a young boy. Traveling through Mexico and California over the years, surfing has created some great memories throughout his life. Jason has incorporated the surfing lifestyle into music and travels throughout the state and country as a professional musician. "Sharing the surfing lifestyle with children is one of the most rewarding things that I do. I love all of the questions that kids ask about surfing as it's quite entertaining to see what's on their minds. I love being a positive influence on them and a ambassador of the sport." -Jason
Ryan Graham: Ryan is a native of the South Texas Coast, and editor of the Texas Surf Calendar. Originally trained as a professional photographer at the Brooks Institute in California, his work has brought him back to Texas, and he is proud to be PadreIsland Surf Camp's Director for 2012. An avid surfer and outdoor enthusiast, Ryan has documentedadventures on the beaches of Baja, to the coast of British Columbia. “The ocean has always been a great sourceof joy for me. I feel blessed to be able to share that with others, especially when it is a new experience forthem.” – Ryan
Chris Stolley: Chris is an avid surfer competing for the TGSA (Texas Gulf Coast Surfing Association), Chris was ranked 2nd in Mens for 2011. He has traveled the world in search of waves living in San Diego, California and Maui, Hawaii, as well as traveling to Mexico and South America numerous times throughout the year and all over the U.S.. Chris is an experienced waterman learning how to surf at a young age from his older brothers. Chris is married to another instructor Kristen and they share their love for the ocean together. Chris has a deep respect for the ocean and enjoys teaching children to respect the ocean as well. "Showing kids how to surf and teaching them safety of the ocean is very rewarding."- Chris Stolley
Chance “CT” Tyler : Chance Tyler (CT) grew up in Corpus Christi for the most part after moving here from Pearl City, Oahu at the age of 8. Having never surfed until he came to Corpus, CT quickly caught on the sport of surfing and has been hooked ever since. CT has worked with the organization called "Christian Surfers" and volunteered his time in many outreach surfing events such as Wounded Warriors, Camp for the Blind, Autistic, and Dreams Society and traveled around Mexico and South America doing mission work. He spends much of his time serving in his home-church as well as being a student pastor along with his wife. "Surfing is more than a sport for me, it's an opportunity for me to get out and reflect time with the Lord and make His creation my get-away from the dry land. The ocean is His work of art anyway." CT is known by many surfers for his walk with the Lord in and out of the water.
"Surfing has brought so much joy and adventure in my life, i am purely blessed to work with such a great crew of surfers such as the PISC team." -CT
Kristen Stolley : Kristen is a Corpus Christi local who is passionate about surfing. Competing for the TGSA (Texas Gulf Surfing Association) and traveling to Mexico and California in search of waves, Kristen has a love for the ocean. "Seeing kids excited about surfing is very rewarding and I'm excited to be a part of it." -Kirsten Stolley
Wayne Maroney : Wayne grew up on North Padre Island. His backyard had a view of the beach and a 700 acre wetlands estuary. Needless to say Wayne spent an enormous amount of time on the water. The beach allowed access to surf, the waterways and bays permitted an opportunity develop expert sailing and seamanship skills. In through his adult life Wayne has carried on and built on these these core elements of his life. He has spent time surfing and traveling in the U.S., Central and South America. He also still actively races high performance sailboats and even spent a summer as a captain in Mexico.
Having grown up in a house hold of educators it is not surprising that Wayne has spent much of his professional work developing his skills as an educator himself. Wayne first began teaching at Boy Scout camps at the age of 16. At age 18 Wayne was certified sailing instructor by U.S Sailing. Also being a musician Wayne has held a position as a music instructor at Sound Vibrations in Corpus Christi. While working at Flour Bluff ISD as a Teachers Aide Wayne has hacked away at his coursework for a Texas Teaching Certification. Graduation is expected in December 2012. -Wayne
Michael Zottarelli : Michael “Zott” Zottarelli has spent has been a surf instructor for Padre Island Surf Camp since 2010. Zott is great with kids, and is one of our main instructors for the Autism and Special Needs surf clinics. Oiginally from Austin Texas, Zott started skateboarding as soon as he could walk. Now a transplant to Corpus Christi he first began surfing 6 years ago when he moved to the area to attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Graduating in 2012 with a Bachelors in Environmental Science with an enfaces in marine & coastal resource management. -Michael
Ryan Levene : is 34 years old and grew up in Corpus Christi Texas. He has been surfing for over 20 years. He is well travelled, including trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Indonesia, and has experience in many different kinds of ocean conditions. Ryan is CPR certified and an avid swimmer and free diver.
Ryan has been teaching at Flour Bluff Elementary for the past 12 years, working mostly with "at risk" kids and has a true passion for what he does. -Ryan
All of PISC instructors are CPR certified….and have a passion for the ocean, safety, and most of all having fun!....