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Why we love Charleston, Folly Beach, and surfing!

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Peter Melhado

Years Teaching: 9

Favorite Part About Teaching Surf Lessons: I love meeting new people and sharing my love of surfing with them. There's no better feeling than watching a someone get hooked in front of your eyes.

Favorite Aspect of Surfing: Those days when all the variables come together and you surf 8 straight hours with your family and friends. 

Favorite Breaks: Dogman's, The Junction, Folly, Praia Grande.

Favorite Aspects of Charleston: The friendly people, the amazing weather, the food, and of course the waves!


Declan Tozzi

Years Teaching: 5

Favorite Part About Teaching Surf Lessons: Getting to hang out in the sun and surf all day and getting people stoked on surfing.

Favorite Aspect of Surfing: Finding perfect waves with friends and clearing my mind in the ocean.

Favorite Breaks: Washington Ave, Folly, Punta De Lobos

Favorite Aspects of Charleston: The people, the culture, and of course the food!

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Reed Melhado

Years Teaching: 6

Favorite Part About Teaching Surf Lessons: Meeting people from all walks of life and being in the ocean all day!

Favorite Aspect of Surfing: Surfing with family and friends.

Favorite Breaks: Maria's, The Junction, Folly Beach.

Favorite Aspects of Charleston: The sense of community, the winter weather, and surfing everyday!


Trip Sturgis

Years Teaching: 4

Favorite Part About Teaching Surf Lessons: Surfing is my biggest passion and being able to share that with others is an awesome experience. Watching someone catch their first wave and seeing the pure stoke in their eyes is almost indescribable.

Favorite Aspect of Surfing: Surfing is an ever changing experience that allows you to free your mind and focus on what’s happening at that very moment. The spontaneity and improvisation involved makes every wave unique. 

Favorite Breaks: Folly Beach, Sebastian Inlet and Santa Teresa

Favorite Aspects of Charleston: Great people, amazing food, beautiful scenery and full of history. Charleston is my hometown and will always be special to me. 

Maddie Wilson (Special-Education teacher and Isla Surf School Employee during the summers)

Favorite Aspects of Charleston: The city's vibrant atmosphere, the amazing food, and of course the weather! 

Favorite Aspect of Folly: Being able to hang in the sun and waves all day with friends and meeting new people! 

Favorite Part About Teaching Surf Lessons: Teaching and working with kids is my passion, I love being able to watch them grow with each lesson and learn new things about surfing alongside them!

What Do You Love About the Ocean? The endless things you can do in the water and the waves!