This turned out to be a bit of a game, but a fun one at that!
I called several surf schools in the Malibu area, and was a bit
confused when I was told that there is no such thing as professional
licensing for surf coaches in California. I was given a specific name
of a coach who works with the NSSA, but they did not have his number.
I then called the Head Office of the NSSA in Huntington Beach to
inquire about a "certified, professional coach." They were also very
emphatic that there is no such thing as professional licensing for
surf coaches in California. However, they did give me the name of the
surf coach who works with NSSA surfers in the Malibu area.
According to all sources, Mike Lamm is "the guy." He is a three-time
US National Surfing Champion as well as a Professional Surf Coach for
However, it took a while to track him down since no one, including
those who have known him at the NSSA, happened to know how to contact
him. Apparently, he is "lazy" about filling in his firms at the NSSA
office!! They did give me a few old phone numbers and said he owns
"some sort of shop" in Ventura, but they weren't sure of the name!
Well, lo and behold.....I did find him and talked to him
I told him about your search for a coach, and he assured me that he
has his own training techniques for developing surf champions. He
works one on one, and will definitely give his all to individuals
willing to work hard at the sport. He works with kids at the NSSA all
the time, so I believe this is the coach for you!!
He gave me the go-ahead to post his phone contact on the internet, so
here you go:
Mike Lamm - 805-797-0947
Here is a little about the NSSA, with a quote from Mike Lamm:
From "BoardStories Magazine."
"Its the super bowl for amateur surfing," claims former Pipeline
Masters champion Joey Buran. Each year nearly 1000 of USAs best young
surfers conglomerate in Southern California for the most prestigious
amateur surfing event in the country-the National Scholastic Surfing
Associations National Championships. Held at famed right hand point
break Trestles, the event is an action packed measuring stick for the
next breed of US hopefuls. The kids who excel at Trestles on this
particular week are the ones who most likely make it in the pro ranks.
The N.S.S.A. was organized 21 years ago by teachers in the California
State educational system. Just like traditional interscholastic stick
and ball sports, surfers in the N.S.S.A. have to carry a 2.0 grade
point average and this meets with approval from parents, coaches and
"MIKE LAMM: (surf coach) The strong will take from the weak, but the
smart will take from the strong. Ultimately when you hit the pro
levels, every guy that youre facing is a very strong surfer, but the
guys who rise and become champions are the guys that are smart enough
to develop a strategy and see it through.
From "Open Season #6. Seaside Reef January 6-7 Seaside Going Off!"
"Another outstanding performance was by the young Texan Morgan
Faulkner. Yes, Morgan lives in Port Aransas, Texas and he has been
coming to all of the Opens. It's obvious his dedication is paying
dividends because he made his first Open final and surfed some
impressive heats throughout the weekend."
"With Mike Lamm as a coach
and Morgan's determination to be a great surfer we could have
ourselves a Texas champion in the near future! Ratings leader Travis
Mellem had a three event win streak snapped in the semis but he holds
on to a 300 point lead."
I hope this turns out well for you. If only I knew your real name, I
might be able to hear about you in the coming years!!!!
Good luck with your surfing!
called several surf schools, NSSA, and then Mike Lamm himself!