Meet Your Instructors

Hi, Surf Coach Chris Mo’e here…

As an advanced surfer, I remember surfing a big swell with nobody out, taking off on a big set wave, and thinking that I was going to get smashed as I grabbed my rail backside.

Then — while standing completely tall and upright — the wave threw over me.

Suddenly, everything went dark and quiet as the barrel engulfed me. I was in a cavern for about 5 seconds when I finally came flying out the other side… completely untouched.

A ride like that becomes etched in your brain… you’ll NEVER forget it. And — at that instant — you’ll be hooked on surfing FOREVER.


I love surfing because it’s addictive and challenging. But it’s not just about surfing… it’s also about being in the water and elements.

Surfing is a sport, hobby, exercise, meditation, therapy, escape, and nature… all rolled into one.

Surfing gives you a feeling of confidence, freedom, and accomplishment. It’s just you… your board… and the wave.

There’s something about it that pulls you back in… day after day.

Along with Surf Coach Brent Newell, we founded Surf Coaches to help people everywhere improve their surfing… while also having more FUN.

I’m also one of the founders of Shaka Surf Camp ( It’s a multiple Tripadvisor award winning surf camp known for its non-profit annual adaptive surf camps for spinal cord injury kids (

We also run the Shaka Surf Team. We coach 5 kids and travel with them while competing on the national tour and at local events. Competing helps keep us fully engaged in the surfing scene. And having a team helps motivate us to continually improve our skills.

Both Brent and I have been surfing for over 15 years. We also have over 5 years experience as instructors and are ISA Surf Coach Certified.

Brent has significant competition experience in both shortboard and as a high-level, competitive longboarder.

I traveled and surfed many locations, in all types of wave conditions. In addition, we are both also open water rescue certified.

Are Your Making These Mistakes?


If you’re a beginner, it’s easy to get frustrated… and give up. You may think that surfing is too hard or you’re just not good enough.

But that isn’t true. You just need proper training.

When you join Surf Coaches, you’ll be able to take advantage of over a decade of surfing knowledge and teaching experience.

This is the kind of training we wish was available when we started!

You see… without proper instruction you’re likely to progress VERY slowly.

It’s often said that “Practice Makes Perfect.” But that’s wrong. More accurately, “PERFECT Practice MAKES Perfect.”

If you don’t get the fundamentals down, you’ll just get real good at doing things THE WRONG WAY.

If you’re a beginner… you’re almost certain to be making mistakes that will hold your progress back.

For example…

  1. You might be using the wrong board (most likely one that’s too small to learn on).
  2. You probably tend to pick the wrong waves (or catch them in a poor place). If you do that, you won’t be in an optimal situation to learn. As a result, you’ll tend to have a bad surf experience… one that can crush your enthusiasm.
  3. Some beginners think SURFING looks easy. So they either take a lesson from an unqualified instructor or don’t take any lessons at all. Either way, it will DRAMATICALLY slow down your progress.
  4. And almost all beginners paddle and pop up improperly.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

You also need to understand:

  • Proper safety
  • Board management
  • Body mechanics
  • and surfing etiquette.

These elements are ESSENTIAL.

When you join Surf Coaches, we’ll train you in all aspects of surfing… so you can get started on the right foot. You’ll be able to take advantage of our expert knowledge and vast experience.

The thing is… surfing is a lot more fun when you’re GOOD AT IT. And, right now, you’re missing out on all the fun!

Don’t do that. Join Surf Coaches.