founded by peter melhado in 2015


Prior to founding Isla Surf School, Peter worked and managed at Nantucket Surfari and Locals Surf School in the northeast for many years, graduated from The College of Charleston in 2014, worked as a private surf instructor in Costa Rica, and traveled the world in pursuit of perfect waves and unique cultures. Peter witnessed some of the best and some of the worst surf schools during his work experience and travels and cultivated an idea of what a high end surf school should look like. Peter founded Isla Surf School in 2015 with the goal of providing Charleston and Folly Beach with a genuine surf experience and a variety of packages suitable for all levels and ages. With his years of experience in the industry and his passion for the sport, Peter has established Isla as Charleston's leading surf school. Check out our REVIEWS.

Isla is also a strong believer in bettering our community. From the little stuff like beach clean up to our work with our two non-profit partners, bettering our community through the power of surfing is very important to us. Please check out our non-profit partners The Warrior Surf Foundation & The Ripple Effect

We provide professional instructors who are CPR/AED/First Aid certified, the best equipment, and the widest range of lesson options. We pride ourselves on giving the best and most fun lessons on the beach. Book a lesson with us and experience the Isla difference. We will have you riding waves in no time!

 Peter Melhado

Peter Melhado


This video highlights some of our favorite moments from our first two full years in business. We have had the most amazing time meeting people from all walks of life, making new friends and partners, and growing the business. We have had so many fun moments at summer camp and during our private lessons and some incredibly powerful moments doing our non-profit work. Thank you for the continued support and we look forward to being a positive force in the Charleston and Folly Beach community for many years to come! 

Head to our VIMEO page for all of our videos!