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SDSL Team Captain, Jen Bordine

pier.jpg I took on the role because I was a competitive swimmer through college, and it's fun to step outside of my comfort zone and still fuel the competitive fire by doing some coalition events. I love to encourage others to try - it's a super fun environment. I frequent many breaks up and down the southern California coast - mostly I like to paddle and chat out with friends ;) And on a similar note, I like to ride different sized boards. My current main boards are a 5'7 Bing Sweet Pea and a 9' Kevin Connelly HPNR. I live in Encinitas, and while my background is logistics, my current job is chasing my kids around. I am also volunteering with a Rady Children's Hospital auxiliary group to support the hospital's ER.


SDSL New Member Ambassador, Nancy Spooner Bsharah

I learned how to surf later in life (37 to be exact), on a post-divorce all girls surf trip to El Salvador. Fast forward a few years later and I published a book called, “EVERYTHING I Know About DATING, I Learned Through SURFING”. At our Kickstarter book launch party at Bird’s Surf Shed I met a member of San Diego Surf Ladies and she told me I had to check out the club. BEST. DECISION. EVER! Next thing I knew I was asked to be the New Member Ambassador. NO PROBLEM! I enjoy sharing my love for this group of ladies! I live in Encinitas and when I am not short boarding (and now starting to longboard) north county breaks with friends from SDSL, I can be found with my awesome non-surfing volleyball playing husband, AL, (the booked worked!) in our camper beachside and raising our three year boy, Jordan. When I am not with them I am producing live events somewhere on this planet.


SDSL Shredders Coordinator, Necia Snow

I'm a surf mama of 3 kiddos and I love living and surfing in San Diego. Currently I'm trying to surf every break in San Diego so you'll find me anywhere from Point Loma to the Del Mar Jetty and occasionally Orange County or Baja.  I have the privilege of coaching military members from the Balboa Navy Medical Center once a week and force my kiddos to surf in the summer when we're not at the skatepark. I feel so stoked when I'm able to help someone catch their first wave or progress to the next level.  I love that we have this organization that encourages more women to surf and I'm excited to catch waves with our fellow shredders.


SDSL Shaka Coordinator, Kim Kuznitz

learned to surf in NYC in Long Beach, Long Island, Rockaway Beach and Montauk. I quickly fell in love with it so at 48, closed my Pilates studio and packed up my life there to move out here to San Diego. I found my tribe when I joined SDSL. Surfing is now my life, as well as Pilates and wine. I wanted to continue to share my stoke so I became one of the Shaka Coordinators and eventually ran for the board as Secretary. I like to long board and I try to short board, but as long as I’m in the water with my surf sisters I’m happy!  My boards are… well this is a permanent loner… 9’2  Bing Trimulux , the ones actually own are: Channel Island 5’11 fish and 7’0 Water Hog, and a 9’2 Dewey Weber. Contact:

SDSL Waikiki Coordinator, Rebecca Leopard

I moved to San Diego three years ago from L.A. when I got married.  I had learned to surf in O.C. about ten years ago, and I am still learning where all of the good breaks are in SD.  I longboard and SUP surf, and I’m learning to shortboard.  Being new to SD, SDSL has been such an awesome way to meet new friends and awesome ladies.  I live in south county near Sea World, and I usually surf at Tourmaline.  I’m a Mechanical Engineer, and I work from home office (my employer is in Baltimore).  My schedule is usually pretty flexible, although sometimes I do have to do trips up to L.A. and O.C. for work (I try to always bring my board with me though!!).  My favorite waves are long, small, and mellow  waves, and that’s why I love Team Waikiki!  

SDSL Travel Coordinator, Kelly O'Connell Thornbury

“Life experiences are more valuable than material possessions “

My goal as travel coordinator for SDSL is to motivate and encourage all our members to get out of their comfort zones and travel. It is not just about the surfing. It’s about experiencing other countries and cultures. It’s about giving and volunteering in other places around the world who are not as fortunate as we are. It’s about meeting other people who want to make adventure a part of who they are and how they live their lives.

In between my life long career working for large pharmaceutical companies I spent 15 years as a professional dressage coach, which is a high level and very competitive equestrian sport. I would tell all of my clients “in order to get control you first need to learn how to give up control” and I think this is why I love to travel. It challenges so many of your senses and utilizes skills you may not even know you have. So please post your surf trips and tips on our website. Reach out to our other members to join in on your adventures. SDSL has some awesome travel partners and I can attest their trips are safe and crazy fun. I hope to continually add to this list of partners. Let me know when I can answer questions and help you in your journeys.


SDSL Sport Coordinator, Jennipher Wilson

I joined SDSL in June 2017 and wanted to help out the club so I volunteered for the Sport Coordinator position. I live in Leucadia and recently quit my job as a Software Product Manager to spend more time surfing and hanging out with my two young kids. I love to surf Grandview and Oceanside Harbor on my 6'8" thruster or (borrowed) single fin short board.


SDSL PR and Marketing Coordinator, Shira Wassusan

Surfing is such a unique experience. Raised landlocked in Phoenix, Az, I thought surfing was a sport for boys only and the idea of walking on water was magical to me. I was a competitive swimmer at the age of 5 and I always dreamed of living near the ocean. I moved to Honolulu, Oahu, basically sight unseen in 1998, I had one surf lesson and then started paying the beach boys in Waikiki to rent me boards and just figured it out on my own from there. 

I quickly grew tired of spending $30 every time I wanted to surf and had my first board custom shaped, a 23" wide, 9'1" (Lance Ohata, Ala Moana Bowls). I started graduate school in 2003 and worked full time, so I surfed whenever I wasn't working, studying, or practicing Ashtanga yoga. 

There have been years at a time when I was landlocked (Colorado, Inland Empire) and took up snowboarding as a way of compensating from time away from my first love, surfing. My quiver consisted of that lone, custom shaped 9'1" since 2000 until when I won a raffle at the PB Summer Longboard Classic in 2018 (pictured), and took home a gorgeous Ellington 9'6". I'm still learning to cross-step like a beginner, and you'll must often find me tripping over myself and trying to break bad habits at Tourmaline. 


SDSL Social Events Coordinator, Jenny Bohan

Jenny is southern California born + bred - often wandering away to live other places but always making it back to her heart's home. Her latest detour took her to Okinawa, Japan for 5 years where she raised a baby and had another one with her amazing husband. Living on the water there but not able to readily surf, she took an interest in dragon boats and paddled on a professional dragon boat team for 3 years. She is back and looking everywhere for her surf legs. She's sure she left them here somewhere...


SDSL Community Service Coordinator, Stephanie Karnavas

As a brand new mama, Stephanie tries to get out in the water when she is able. But this can prove to be quite difficult with an infant attached to your hip. Which is why we are so grateful for her dedication and commitment to bringing more community service opportunities to the club. Stephanie organizes our beach clean ups and volunteer opportunities to fellow non-profits and charities. 


SDSL Shaka Coordinator, Jill Kissee

I learned to surf in college after returning from a year studying abroad. I live in OB so that’s where you’ll find me surfing the most on my 5’6” fish. Looking forward to exploring more spots, meeting more club members, and sharing some laughs in shaka sessions.


SDSL Waikiki Coordinator, Elieha Steiner

I'm originally from Indiana and moved to San Diego the fall  in 2016. I'd done pretty much all the other board sports and had always wanted to give surfing a shot! I met my now FiancĂ© shortly after moving here and he bought me my first board in May 2017! I joined the club June 2017 to meet some surf friends, it's one of the best decisions I've ever made!

I took the roll as Waikiki coordinator since I wanted a roll in this awesome group! I currently surf a 9'  easy button classic and love to surf all the breaks from 85's to Swami's.  I have current goal of doing a mellow longboard contest next summer.

We plan to buy some property somewhere in Central America in the next year or two and hopefully move there to do something surf/nature/food related. I'm currently a fitness kickboxing coach but am hoping to get back to my goal of being an nature educator of some sort. When I'm not surfing I'm probably doing something else  beach/ocean related ...because that's why I moved to San Diego!


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