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.
Dustin is a partner in Surf Camp with his dad, David, who founded the camp in 2001. Dustin was involved with Surf Camp as an instructor from day 1 and has been running the camp since 2012.
Dustin grew up surfing in Maine and in the last decade has traveled all over the world to surf, including many trips to the fabled waves of Indonesia and South Africa, plus trips to New Zealand, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. Dustin also spends part of the winter in China visiting his wife's family.
Outside of surfing, Dustin earned a graduate degree in Political Science from Northeastern University and works in the off season in educational publishing and as web developer.
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.
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 has been surfing her long board for 17 years and is a perpetual athlete. She was a member of the crew team at Endicott College where she 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 at Snowbird Ski Resort. When she's not shredding the waves or snow, Emily is a fitness fanatic and you'll probably find her at the gym! She is an OG team member of Surf Camp but this is her 10th year as an instructor.
A Massachusetts native, Justin has been surfing for 8 years. A well rounded athlete, he played 4 years of football at Endicott College while completing a degree in Exercise Science.
If he is not shredding it up out in the water you'll most likely find him in the gym, skiing, or tearing it up on the mountain bike trails. He too trades his board for skis and spends his winters in the mountains at Snowbird, UT. He saves lives and shreds pow as a member of the ski patrol. This will be Justin's third summer at Surf Camp.
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 lives in Freeport, Maine and has been surfing for the past 10 years. Connor surfs all around New England and recently spent a month surfing in Bali, Indonesia. In the off season, Connor heads out West to Utah to pursue his passion for skiing and the mountains.
Connor has been teaching at Surf Camp for five years and loves the good vibes at camp... he's stoked for another summer at the beach.
Sawyer has been surfing since he was a little kid and has surfed and traveled on both U.S. coasts plus Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Indonesia, and South Africa. Sawyer worked at camp for many years and now works full time for the non-profit Reverb, in Portland, ME. Now he teaches lessons and works on special programs with Surf Camp.
Sawyer studied English and Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire. When not surfing, Sawyer can be found playing his guitar in the band 'The Secret Stache' or competing fiercely with fellow surf instructor Bill Stone in competitions of ultimate frisbee, kick ball, and ping-pong.
After years of coming to Surf Camp as a kid, Kyle returned to work at camp as a surf instructor in 2015. In addition to surfing on and off for many years, Kyle is a talented guitar player and song writer.
Kyle went to Scarborough High School and more recently studied liberal arts at Southern Maine Community College. When not at Surf Camp, Kyle also works at a restaurant and pursues his music. He can also be found riding his bike all over town!
Ben started surfing in college when he and Sawyer became roomates at the University of New Hampshire. After graduating with a degree in Biology, Ben worked with us at Surf Camp in the summer of 2013.
In 2014 and 2015, Ben joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to a village in rural Nepal. In the middle of his two year assignment, Ben escaped for several weeks to go surfing in Bali and Lombok with Dustin. Having recently completed the Peace Corp stint in Nepal, Ben returns to Surf Camp speaking fluent Nepali!
Dave has been working with Surf Camp for 10 years and now specializes in teaching adults in our Adult Surf Camp program in addition to surf lessons, 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! "
Join us for Maine's original surfing day camp. In our flagship summer camp, your camper will learn to surf, make lots of new friends, and hang out at the best place in the world: a Maine beach in the summertime! Book early - camp fills up quickly.
Surf + Climb camp is a unique weekend offering that combines surfing in the morning with rock climbing in the afternoon.
Learn to surf with the most experienced instructors in the Northeast. Our surf lessons teach surfing fundamentals that will stick with you for a lifetime. Meanwhile, you'll experience the thrill of wave riding. Fair warning: we've created many addicts!
Giving someone the chance to learn to surf is a gift that will pay dividends in health and happiness for a lifetime. We are now selling gift certificates for both all of our surfing programs -- the perfect gift for adventurous souls young and old!