Ventura Surf Lessons is owned and operated by Erik Flores who has over 20 years of experience in the ocean, and over 10 years of surf and paddleboard instructor experience. When he’s not in the water, Erik works as a Set Medic and Lifeguard for the Motion Picture Industry. As such, he’s required to have extensive medical kits, rescue and lifesaving equipment for that job, all of which he keeps on hand in his vehicle during surf lessons. He's a Fire Academy graduate at the top of his class, is a Nationally Registered and California certified EMT, a certified lifeguard, as well as a certified Professional Rescuer. Erik has has taught hundreds of people ranging in ages from 4 to 80 years of age and is bilingual in both English and Spanish. He's a Team Leader, Coordinating Instructor, as well as a lead surf and paddleboard instructor with non-profit organizations like The Best Day Foundation, Pure Stoke Organization, and has also worked with Surfer's Healing. He posses 3 college degrees with one in Social and Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology, and also has over 10 years of experience with those who have special needs!
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