Shane Thompson

Lead Instructor/ Soul Surfer

Shane was born and raised in Costa Mesa and started surfing at 36th St. in Newport Beach when he was 8 years old. From the beginning, water safety has always been important and that’s why Shane experienced numerous summers with the Newport Beach Jr. Lifeguards. Since those early days, he has traveled all over the globe in search of great surf. Places such as Australia, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, and Fiji and still has many more locations to visit! While earning his Bachelor’s degree in Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Shane got to surf one of the best wave riding spots in the world called Rincon any day that the swell was pumping. When Shane isn’t teaching lessons, he’s writing, rehearsing, producing, and recording music. You can also find him working at the legendary surf shop, Russell Surfboards in Newport Beach.