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.
I started surfing 10 years ago in Rockaway, Queens, NY. I was living in Manhattan and taking my board an hour on the A train. My husband and I finally decided to make the move to San Diego. SDSL was the best thing that happened to me when I arrived in San Diego knowing absolutely nobody! As New Member Coordinator, I hope to make new members feel just as welcome as I felt by this amazing club! You will find me on my 6'4" Degree 33 fish or 7'2" Degree 33 egg surfing all over San Diego, or sport climbing, or snowboarding!
SDSL Shaka Coordinator, Kim Kuznitz
I learned to surf in NYC in Long Beach, Long Island, Rockaway Beachand 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.
SDSL Shaka Coordinator, Gail Shingler
The ocean mirrors life,
In its beauty and its drama.
Calm rolls into chaos.
Certainty crashes into confusion.
Healing and destruction share particles.
Conditions change without our permission.
We can be floating along in elegant simplicity when the tide turns and forces us under, twisting, twirling, and gasping for breath.
Smooth sailing and rough seas are a package deal.
Surfing is teaching me to keep showing up for it all, respectfully, thoughtfully, with determination, gratitude, and with my senses of play and humor firmly intact.
The ocean reminds me that I can rest in the truth that Life is on my side.
And San Diego Surf Ladies remind me I don't need to ride it's waves alone.
SDSL Waikiki Coordinator, Rebecca Leopard
I started surfing when I was 42 years old. l was living at Ocean Beach in San Francisco at the time. Not the easiest place for beginner surfing but getting in the water there definitely got me on board (pun intended) with the sport and the community. I moved to San Diego in January of 2018 for a lifestyle change, which included warm weather and more surfing, and was so excited to come across SDSL. This community of awesome ladies has been an integral part of my acclimation to a new city, new surf breaks and a new life.
I'm hoping that as the Travel Coordinator for this group I can work with our existing travel partners and find new partners to bring a wide array of trips to the group. Travel + surfing = the highest stoke I can think of. Please reach out if you have any ideas to share, I'd love to hear from you.
SDSL Sport Coordinator, Nicole Gergans
I have always loved water and all water-related sports. As a young girl living in the Midwest, I spent my summers playing in the small waves of Lake Michigan dreaming of one day being able to surf. It only took me 39 years to land myself in a coastal town and finally begin my childhood dream. Surfing, by far, is the hardest and most humbling sport I have ever tried to learn. As a former competitive gymnast and snowboard instructor, I understand the value and importance of professional coaching. I am excited to serve in a role that will help our club members progress to their next level of surfing and stoke.
As former 2018-2019 VP of SDSL, Camille continues to support the club through her PR and Social Media Coordinating efforts. Married + mother of two adorable mini shredders, she recently left her hometown of Oceanside to pursue a life of less hustle + more living down in Bucerias Mexico where she works remotely as a Marketing + Content Manager and Podcast Producer. When she's not busy searching for the most epic 3 foot bombs or competing in "all you can eat taco" contests, Cam enjoys hip hop dancing, sending SDSL Treasurer Terri Denning inappropriate memes, and quoting obscure 80s movies. Want to say "hey?" slide into our DMs @sandiegosurfladies!
SDSL Social Events Coordinator, Sarah Jasper
As the social coordinator, I’m excited to plan fun events for all of us surf seasters to laugh, make new friends, and build deeper relationships with each other. I started surfing in 2018, shortly after moving to San Diego, and have been on this crazy roller coaster of an adventure learning the sport ever since. I live in PB and work in marketing for an accounting firm. Weekdays you can find me at Tourmo for dawn patrol on my 8’6” and checking out new breaks on the weekends. Feel free to reach out with event ideas or just to say ‘hi’!
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 Shredder 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, Leslie Chitraroff
I am all about fun, mellow waves! Perfect for Team Waikiki! I love meeting other women who love the ocean. I took on the role to continue to be inspired and hopefully, inspire as well. I mostly surf a 9’6. My favorite breaks are Terramar, San Onofre, and Doheny.
I am a proud mama of 3 young men, ages 20,18, and 16. They all share a love for surfing and nature as well. Married for 21 years to my surfing hubby. I am a labor and delivery RN for 21 years. We are inland folk (way inland- Murrieta) but the trip to the coast is always worth it! Looking forward to sharing some stoke together!