Our Philosophy

We are dedicated to providing underserved individuals with the opportunity to experience the ocean, surfing, and yoga in a way that promotes mental health and physical fitness. We are committed to using a safe, effective, and researched methodology that can be adapted to the needs of our clients. Our working model and curriculum gives the individual a unique opportunity for social interaction, emotional regulation, creative expression, and gross motor development. The ocean is a natural environment rich with stimulation; one that brings us to the threshold of our imagination. Surfing is a unique platform that allows us to interact with the ocean in a way that fosters patience, trust, resilience, and mental strength. Yoga cultivates self-awareness and fortifies the mind-body connection, ultimately enhancing our experience with the ocean.

It is our mission to provide these life-changing experiences to our clients.

Our Approach

Our evidence-based curriculum is designed to improve emotional regulation, social skills, self-determination, quality of life, gross-motor coordination & postural control

Surf

Our adapted equipment and skill development exercises place the individual in a position to succeed in the water. We help our clients develop an awareness of the ocean, currents, and wave mechanics. Navigating the field strategically, maintaining proper surf etiquette, and interacting with the ocean in a safe and enjoyable manner are all integral components of our curriculum

Yoga

We use specific postures and intentional sequencing to improve balance, flexibility, and body awareness. Breathing techniques and visualization exercises are added to the session to promote breath regulation and introspection. Our goal in combining these aspects of yoga is to nurture the mind-body connection

Fitness

Fluid, coordinated movement is essential to performance of daily living activities. We integrate motor sequencing exercises to improve bilateral coordination, core stability, power, strength, and flexibility. Surfing is an excellent way to cross-train, diversify your skill set, and enhance both your physical and mental well-being

Meet the Team

Daniel Parsonskeyboard_arrow_up
Daniel's Biokeyboard_arrow_down

Daniel holds a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology, is a lecturer in the Kinesiology department at California State University Northridge, and Clinical Coordinator at the Brown Center of Achievement Through Adapted Physical Activity. In addition to these roles, he is also an Aquatic Therapist for individuals with special needs and his passion is simple: helping people and making an impact in the community. In 2013 he founded “The Abilities Club” at Los Angeles Valley College to provide students with special needs a platform to express their abilities and an opportunity to become integrated into the social fabric of campus life. Over the past several years the club has thrived, receiving numerous awards and regularly organizing campus and community-wide events. The success of club reflects something that is close to Daniel’s heart and aligns with one of his core beliefs: given the opportunity, individuals with disabilities can accomplish great things. Fueled by compassion towards those in need, Daniel specializes in designing evidence-based adapted surf, aquatic, and physical activity programs in a way the promotes both mental and physical health. He is an avid surfer, swimmer, and partners with companies providing surf therapy for individuals recovering from drug addiction.

“The effects of surf therapy on self-determination and quality of life in young adults on the Autism Spectrum”

This work was presented at The North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) National Conference in Denver, CO in June, 2018

This work received the following awards:
1st place @ the 32nd Annual CSU Research Competition in Sacramento, CA · May 4-5, 2018
1st place @ the California State University Northridge Annual Research Symposium; April 6th, 2018

Ally Barabankeyboard_arrow_up
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Ally moved to California from New York in 2016 as an experienced ocean lifeguard and swimming instructor for the individuals with special needs. Ally is an avid surfer and is passionate about aquatic therapy. While receiving her bachelors in biology, Ally assisted in organizing a swimming program for children with special needs to give back to the community. Ally is a certified yoga teacher, exercise specialist and surf instructor for Shaka Surf Club; providing surf therapy programming for individuals recovering from drug addition. Ally’s mission is to provide a service that is naturally stress relieving yet strengthening, one that reinforces both mental & physical health for individuals with special needs. Ally believes anybody can learn to feel comfortable, relaxed and confident in their body with movement and breath work

Kiera Hockettkeyboard_arrow_up
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Kiera has been working in the field of adapted activity since graduating from Cal State Northridge in 2013, and is currently working on her masters degree in Kinesiology with a focus in adapted sports. She began as an aquatic therapist, and very quickly realized that her love and appreciation of the water put her in a unique position to share this therapeutic environment with those who can benefit from it the most. Having a desire to move forward and help others become more connected to their bodies not just physically, but also mentally, she completed a 200-hr yoga teacher training and began teaching yoga to children and adults of all abilities. She then went on to become the director of an adapted aquatics program offering swim instruction, competitive swim team, and aquatic therapy for children, teens and adults. This position solidified her passion for helping people of all abilities feel more self assured and empowered through physical activities tailored to their needs. Kiera comes to Surf the Spectrum with a holistic perspective in mind, and the intention of nurturing growth that can not only be seen, but also felt and experienced in an individual way.

Chris Kraemerkeyboard_arrow_up
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Chris is a native of Chicago, Illinois with a passion for life, people, and the ocean. He is a teacher and mentor at heart. Chris moved to San Diego in 2008 and attended San Diego State University where he spent summers teaching English abroad in China, Taiwan, and Korea. He holds a bachelor's of science in Kinesiology as well as in Nursing Sciences. Chris currently practices Nursing at Scripps Hospital in San Diego on the medical oncology unit. In this role that he is able to fulfill his life passion: to connect with and help those in need.

Our Services

Individual Surf, Yoga, and Fitnesskeyboard_arrow_up
Private Sessionskeyboard_arrow_down

Following an initial 60 minute evaluation, session structure is tailored to the individual.

Sessions are 60-90 minutes and include:

- Balance & strength training
- Gross-motor coordination & agility training
- Yoga
- Surf instruction
- 2:1 or 1:1 instructor/student ratio

Small-Group Surf, Yoga and Fitnesskeyboard_arrow_up
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Learning to surf in a small group enables the participant to build social connections and camaraderie. We aim to create a family-like atmosphere conducive to trust, teamwork, and a sense of belonging.

Sessions are 120 minutes and include:

- Balance & strength training
- Gross-motor coordination & agility training
- Team-building
- Yoga
- Surf instruction
- 2-3 students/group

Parent & Child Surf, Yoga and Fitnesskeyboard_arrow_up
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Our services extend to you as well! Enjoy the empowering journey of learning to surf and/or participate in a relaxing, meditative yoga session: we're here for you too!

Your session will run simultaneously to the private 60-90 minute session for your child and includes:

- Balance & strength training
- Restorative yoga
- Surf instruction

Rates & Packages

Initial Evaluationkeyboard_arrow_up
Initial Evaluationkeyboard_arrow_down

$60

If this is your first time working with us, we look forward to meeting you!

Our first session will be an evaluation, allowing us to determine if our services are appropriate and effective for your child.

Some of the things we will observe include:
• Movement coordination
• Sensory processing
• Responsiveness to directives
• Arousal
• Comfort with environment
• Client goals & strengths

Single Sessionkeyboard_arrow_up
Single Sessionkeyboard_arrow_down

$80

This 60-90 minute session will include surf, yoga and fitness activities.
Options include private (1:1 or 2:1), small-group (2-3 students), or parent & child.


Sessions include:
• Surf-specific warm-up
• Yoga
• Balance & strength training
• Motor sequencing exercises
• Breathing & Regulation exercises
• Individualized surf instruction

4-Session Package (Beach Only)keyboard_arrow_up
4-Session Package (Beach Only)keyboard_arrow_down

$300

This package includes 4 sessions at the beach.

Sessions are 60-90 minutes each.

4-Session Package (Beach & Park)keyboard_arrow_up
4-Session Package (Beach & Park)keyboard_arrow_down

$300

This package includes 4 sessions that include 2 beach days (60-90 min each), and 2 park days (60 min each) at a location closest to you. Park sessions include surf-related exercises to place your child in a position to succeed in the water. Balance, agility, strength, and power training are all essential aspects of surf-readiness.