About Us

Our Staff

Free Spirit Surf LA staff is the highest trained ocean-certified lifeguards, surfers and expert water men & women ever assembled. Free Spirit Surf LA has over 35 years of teaching surfing experience and has developed a system that works not only for the beginning surfer, but for the advanced as well.

Kip was fortunate enough to be a part of two world championship teams, one in surfing and one in lifeguard competition. He worked with the L.A. County Lifeguards, teaching junior lifeguards and helping start their surfing program. These experiences helped him to perfect his teaching technique, ocean knowledge & safety, and self-rescue techniques.

We are the only surf camp that has two certified ocean-lifeguards at every camp that teach yoga, meditation, tandem and tandem surfing.
Here at Free Spirit Surf LA , we use a gentle learning approach. 

Our Founder

Kip has been blessed to experience a water-soaked life! In more than 4 decades of ocean life guarding, he has become a professional big wave surfer, Medal of Valor Award winner, 5th world fastest sprint paddle boarder, long distance paddle board champion, and National Lifeguard Ironman champ 4 times. He competed with the World Championship Surf Team, and in 2018 was inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfer’s Walk of Fame. As a Junior Lifeguard instructor for L.A. County, Kip has taught ocean safety as well as swimming surfing and paddling. He has been a swim instructor for Los Angeles County since he was 17. Some of his favorite projects involve teaching surfing to blind, disabled, and disadvantaged kids, as well as working with the Wounded Warriors and the San Clemente Marines.

Presently, Kip teaches all ages and levels of surfing and swimming, and also is a Stand Up Paddling instructor. He enjoys coaching competitive surfers, has served as a judge at local surf competitions. He  teaches Surfer’s Yoga, and Meditation at various locations in the South Bay.
The Ocean is Kip’s first love. If you would like to set up a lesson, contact him at (310) 308-7264.