Surf Instructor Bios

With a passion for the ocean and surf experience from every corner of the globe, our surf instructors are among the most experienced in the Northeast. All of Surf Camp's full time instructors are certified in Lifeguarding, CPR, and First Aid. Thanks to many years of dedicated water time, our team fosters a safe environment where anyone can learn to surf.

David Turin of Surf Camp

David Turin

David founded Surf Camp in 2001 and has been surfing for 21 years. He mostly longboards but also picks up a shortboard when conditions prevail. David learned to surf in Maine at Higgins Beach (just down the road!) and has surfed in Fiji, Costa Rica, and South Africa.

The idea for surf camp originally came from teaching his own four children to surf and then visiting a surf camp in California. David has been a windsurfing teacher, a scuba diving guide, and a licensed sea captain as well as a restaurant owner and chef for 25 years.

Dustin Turin of Surf Camp

Dustin Turin

Dustin grew up surfing in Maine and in the last decade has traveled the world in pursuit of surf, including trips to Indonesia, New Zealand, South Africa, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, Dustin has been teaching at camp since it first opened in 2001.

Outside of surfing, Dustin likes to travel to new countries, read, write, and take photographs. In the off season, Dustin works in online educational publishing and as a freelance photographer and web programmer. Dustin has an M.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

Bill Stone of Surf Camp

Bill Stone

Bill has been surfing for almost twenty years, riding both a longboard and a shortboard. Bill surfs in all conditions, including the brutal Maine winter, and has experience throughout New England, California, and multiple visits to Costa Rica. He has been teaching at surf camp for 10 years.

During the off-season, Bill teaches at Scarborough High School. Bill was a competitive swimmer at University of Maine, where he obtained his M.A. in Special Education.

Emily Heath of Surf Camp

Emily Heath

Emily has been surfing for 15 years and is a perpetual athlete. She was a member of the crew team at Endicott College where she recently graduated with a degree in Physical Education and fills her time with surfing and skiing.

In the winter, Emily trades her surfboard for skis working in Utah's mountains. When she's not surfing or skiing, Emily is a fitness fanatic and you'll probably find her at the gym! This will be her 9th year teaching at Surf Camp.

Sawyer Theriault of Surf Camp

Sawyer Theriault

Sawyer has been surfing for 14 years and has surf experience on both U.S. coasts plus Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, and Indonesia.

Sawyer studied English and Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire and is currently applying to graduate school in Environmental Education. When not surfing, Sawyer can be found playing his guitar or competing fiercely with fellow surf instructor Bill Stone in competitions of ultimate frisbee, kick ball, and ping-pong. This will be Sawyer's 8th summer with Surf Camp

Dave Kesel of Surf Camp

Dave Kesel

Dave has been working with Surf Camp for 9 years, and when he's not teaching surfing he spends the winter teaching ski lessons at Saddleback. Dave loves to travel, but in the end prefers Maine's cold water to the warmer climes.

Dave has this to say about camp: "I think a lot of good things happen at Surf Camp. One is the picture to the left that Dustin took. That's my favorite picture of myself surfing. I lost my hat that day, and almost two weeks later Bill went down the beach and found it. That's another reason I like Scarborough Beach: it just keeps giving us nice things! "

Chris Eldridge of Surf Camp

Chris Eldridge

Chris has been surfing for the past decade and learned right here at Scarborough Beach. He has experience surfing along the coast of South America, Panama, Costa Rica, California, Baja Mexico, and Israel. After college, Chris moved to northern Chile where he enjoyed the endless sunshine and undeveloped coast for a few years while teaching English.

When he's not surfing, Chris teaches at Scarborough High School and enjoys reading, biking, playing volleyball, and -- best of all -- making 7+ ingredient sandwiches.

Connor Kelly of Surf Camp

Connor Kelly

Connor lives in Freeport, Maine and has been surfing for the past 10 years. Connor surfs all around New England and enjoys riding boards of all shapes and sizes. When the waves are flat, Connor loves to ski and skateboard and you'll find him tearing up the bowl at the Portland skatepark or flipping through the air at Sunday River.

Previously an attendee in Surf Camp as a camper, this will be Connor's fourth year as an instructor. Connor loves the good vibes at Surf Camp and is stoked for another summer at the beach.