San Diego Surfing Academy LLC founder, owner and head coach, Pat Weber, caught his first wave in the summer of 1966 in Florida, with the support and encouragement of his father’s coaching and teaching associates at Cocoa Beach High School. A lover of all sports, Pat especially took to the water and surfing. He set aside a successful competitive surfing career with the Eastern Surfing Association and as a rider for Quiet Flight Surfboards to complete a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Florida in 1982. Go Gators!
The allure of consistent surf beckoned him to California where he resumed a competitive career in longboard and tandem surfing, winning titles for Swamis Surfing Association and earning the distinction of Western Surfing Association points leader champion for the 1989-1990 season. The highlight of his contest resume’ was an international win against a stacked field in Ensenada, Mexico, at Ricardo Dominguez’ Annual San Miguel Contest. Giving credit for the inspiration to the original Waikiki Beach Boys, the Paskowitz Family Surf Camp and Ed Guzman’s Club Ed of Santa Cruz, Coach Pat has been teaching surfing, hosting surf camps and guiding domestic/international surf trips full-time since June of 1995. In September of 2015, Coach Pat mentored blind athlete, Scott Leason, the first-ever sight impaired surfer for Team USA in the first-ever International Surfing Association World Adaptive Games in La Jolla, California. In June of 2016, Scott qualified for Team USA by winning the Sight-Impaired Division on verbal cues alone by Coach Pat at the USA Surfing Championships in Oceanside, California.
Warning: His passion for the sport is contagious and addicting!
Coach Pat is ably assisted by his ladyfriend and life partner since 2006, Lori Hoffman, an Emergency Room Registered Nurse at Tri-City Hospital and the SDSA Staff Photographer. They like to say, “It’s better to know her and not need her than to need her and not know her!” Not that it’s ever an issue because the San Diego Surfing Academy LLC boasts an impeccable safety record!
Whether you join SDSA in sunny San Diego County, California, the warm waters of Costa Rica/Nicaragua, or-who-knows-where, your experience will be fun, educational and memorable!
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