I took on the role because I was a competitive swimmer through college, and it's fun to step outside of my comfort zone and still fuel the competitive fire by doing some coalition events. I love to encourage others to try - it's a super fun environment. I frequent many breaks up and down the southern California coast - mostly I like to paddle and chat out with friends ;) And on a similar note, I like to ride different sized boards. My current main boards are a 5'7 Bing Sweet Pea and a 9' Kevin Connelly HPNR. I live in Encinitas, and while my background is logistics, my current job is chasing my kids around. I am also volunteering with a Rady Children's Hospital auxiliary group to support the hospital's ER.
“Life experiences are more valuable than material possessions “
My goal as travel coordinator for SDSL is to motivate and encourage all our members to get out of their comfort zones and travel. It is not just about the surfing. It’s about experiencing other countries and cultures. It’s about giving and volunteering in other places around the world who are not as fortunate as we are. It’s about meeting other people who want to make adventure a part of who they are and how they live their lives.
In between my life long career working for large pharmaceutical companies I spent 15 years as a professional dressage coach, which is a high level and very competitive equestrian sport. I would tell all of my clients “in order to get control you first need to learn how to give up control” and I think this is why I love to travel. It challenges so many of your senses and utilizes skills you may not even know you have. So please post your surf trips and tips on our website. Reach out to our other members to join in on your adventures. SDSL has some awesome travel partners and I can attest their trips are safe and crazy fun. I hope to continually add to this list of partners. Let me know when I can answer questions and help you in your journeys.
SDSL Sport Coordinator, Jennipher Wilson
I joined SDSL in June 2017 and wanted to help out the club so I volunteered for the Sport Coordinator position. I live in Leucadia and recently quit my job as a Software Product Manager to spend more time surfing and hanging out with my two young kids. I love to surf Grandview and Oceanside Harbor on my 6'8" thruster or (borrowed) single fin short board.
Surfing is such a unique experience. Raised landlocked in Phoenix, Az, I thought surfing was a sport for boys only and the idea of walking on water was magical to me. I was a competitive swimmer at the age of 5 and I always dreamed of living near the ocean. I moved to Honolulu, Oahu, basically sight unseen in 1998, I had one surf lesson and then started paying the beach boys in Waikiki to rent me boards and just figured it out on my own from there.
I quickly grew tired of spending $30 every time I wanted to surf and had my first board custom shaped, a 23" wide, 9'1" (Lance Ohata, Ala Moana Bowls). I started graduate school in 2003 and worked full time, so I surfed whenever I wasn't working, studying, or practicing Ashtanga yoga.
There have been years at a time when I was landlocked (Colorado, Inland Empire) and took up snowboarding as a way of compensating from time away from my first love, surfing. My quiver consisted of that lone, custom shaped 9'1" since 2000 until when I won a raffle at the PB Summer Longboard Classic in 2018 (pictured), and took home a gorgeous Ellington 9'6". I'm still learning to cross-step like a beginner, and you'll must often find me tripping over myself and trying to break bad habits at Tourmaline.
SDSL Social Events Coordinator, Jenny Bonham
Jenny is southern California born + bred - often wandering away to live other places but always making it back to her heart's home. Her latest detour took her to Okinawa, Japan for 5 years where she raised a baby and had another one with her amazing husband. Living on the water there but not able to readily surf, she took an interest in dragon boats and paddled on a professional dragon boat team for 3 years. She is back and looking everywhere for her surf legs. She's sure she left them here somewhere...
SDSL Community Service Coordinator, Stephanie Karnavas
As a brand new mama, Stephanie tries to get out in the water when she is able. But this can prove to be quite difficult with an infant attached to your hip. Which is why we are so grateful for her dedication and commitment to bringing more community service opportunities to the club. Stephanie organizes our beach clean ups and volunteer opportunities to fellow non-profits and charities.
SDSL Shaka Coordinator, Jill Kissee
I learned to surf in college after returning from a year studying abroad. I live in OB so that’s where you’ll find me surfing the most on my 5’6” fish. Looking forward to exploring more spots, meeting more club members, and sharing some laughs in shaka sessions.