Tiffany Layton Oliser  

CEO / Surf & Paddle Instructor

Tiffany is a PRO/AM competitive surfer and a certified Surf / SUP instructor.   She was born and raised here in North Florida and is familiar with the best local surfing and paddling locations.   She loves her family, friends and all board sports.  In 2006, she won the East Coast Surfing Championship for women's shortboard and placed second in women's longboard.  In 2009 she also started competing in SUP surfing competitions and SUP races adding countless trophies to her collection. She loves finding new ways to workout as long as it's not in a gym!  Try Surfing or Stand Up Paddle Boarding (aka "SUP") with her to learn fitness, safety, confidence or to just have fun!  Tiffany left behind a successful corporate career in 2009 to follow her heart and start Jacksonville Surf and Paddle because "My two loves are surfing and teaching"
 

Certifications:

  • American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Certified
  • American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 SUP
  • World Paddle Association (WPA) Certified Paddle Fit & SUP Instructor 
  • International Surfing Association (ISA) Level 1 Surf & SUP Instructor
  • Eastern Surfing Association
  • National Association for Professional Women Member

Accomplishments: 

  • 2004 UNF Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2012 Wounded Warrior National Championship Beach Marshall
  • 2011 Special Olympics Surf Event Instructor, Jax, FL
  • 2008 Life Rolls On Surf Event Instructor, Jax, FL
  • 2005-2012 ESA Alternate Surf Contest Judge

Surf/SUP Experience:

  • Surfing since 1990 / SUP since for 2009
  • Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Hawaii, Dominican Republic, California, Mexico, Bahamas, and Puerto Rico, California, East Coast

    Carmel Laserna  

    General Manager / Surf & Paddle Instructor

    Gators and snakes and turtles, oh my! No problem for this Florida native! Carmel is a true water baby, swimming before she could walk and canoeing before she could crawl. Carmel went on her first canoe & camping trip down Florida's historic Suwannee river at just 3-months-old and has felt at home on the water ever since. Carmel grew up exploring Florida's hidden gems; snorkeling through fresh water springs, hiking the Florida Trail, surfing, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in the majestic Atlantic Ocean, and canoeing & camping throughout this beautiful state. Spending most of her adult life in the television news industry, Carmel has found her way back to her roots and the joy she gets sharing her love for the water and the beautiful Florida ecosystem with others keeps her smiling.
     

    Certifications:

    • American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Certified
    • American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 1 SUP
    • USA Football Heads Up Coaching Certification
    • Pop Warner Southeast Coaching Certification

    Accomplishments: 

    • Beaches Soccer League Coach since 2013
    • Pop Warner Football since 2012
    • Surf and Paddle Coach since 2013
    • Dioc of St. Augustine Level 1 Catechist Certification
    • Volunteer Counselor ‘Friends of Santa’

    Surf/SUP Experience:

    • Surfing since 1988 / SUP since 2012
    • East Coast

      Tom Oliser  

      Business Development / Surf & Paddle Instructor

      Tommy is an experienced surfer who can simplify complex surf concepts into a fun learning experience. He is great with making sure each and every lesson or retreat is huge success. Since his first trip to Hawaii in 1997 Tommy has surfed all over the world like the rest of the Jacksonville Surf & Paddle crew. Now he enjoys running multiple businesses in Jacksonville, Florida including managing JSP operations. You will really enjoy Tommy's style of instruction. When not working behind the scenes, Tommy leads intermediate surf classes as well as helping where needed.
       

      Certifications:

      • Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certified
      • Surf Safety and Surf Instructor Experience
      • State of Florida Certified Continuing Education Instructor

      Accomplishments: 

      • Business Management UNF
      • Small business developer
      • Volunteering for countless charities

      Surf/SUP Experience:

      • Surfing since 1992 / SUP since 2011
      • Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Hawaii, Dominican Republic, California, East Coast, British Virgin Islands, China, and Ecuador

        Thomas Bacon  

        Sales Manager / Surf & Paddle Instructor

        So STOKED to be here! I feel so grateful to be apart of this amazing Jax Surf & Paddle experience. I have felt the pull of the Ocean/Water from very early on in life. Fortunately this path has always kept me close to the water which led me to adventures like becoming a lifegaurd and joining the Navy. Through traveling and life experiences I can say with certainty that there is nothing like this place! The people and community are so special here. I love that I can call this home! Being able to share this with all of the great people I get to meet has been the ultimate uplifting experience for me. Come check us out and share in this stoke with the JSP Family!
         

        Certifications:

        • CPR & First Aid Certified
        • Class II Swim Qualification

        Accomplishments: 

        • Loving Dad to an awesome daughter

        Surf/SUP Experience:

        • Surfing since 2009 / SUP since 2016
        • Surfed in Florida

          John Wiegert  

          Adventure Executive / Kayak & Paddle Instructor

           

          Emelia Hitchner  

          Surf Instructor / Surf Class Lead

          I moved to Daytona Beach in 2010 and spent my freshman year of college adopting the Floridian lifestyle. When I wasn't skating, I was teaching myself how to surf on a thrift store shortboard. After getting my associate's degree, I transferred to UNF, traded my shortboard for a longboard, and received a bachelor's degree in multimedia journalism. Throughout my college years I juggled a variety of interesting jobs, and I worked as a lifeguard and a nanny for two years. Now I work as a full-time education reporter for a newspaper in St. Augustine, but I still manage to revolve my weekends around surfing. The only thing I enjoy more than catching a wave is teaching someone else how to do it!
           

          Certifications:

          • Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certified

          Accomplishments: 

          • 2015 UNF Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Multimedia Journalism

          Surf/SUP Experience:

          • Surfing since 2010/ SUP since 2014
          • East Coast USA

          Stephanie Summers  

          Surf & Paddle Instructor

           

          Certifications:

          • Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certified

          Connor Bonham  

          Surf & Paddle Instructor

           

          Certifications:

          • ACA SUP

          Kristen Huth  

          Surf & Paddle Instructor

           

          Jens Hoffman  

          Surf & Paddle Instructor

          Growing up in the small surf town of Ponce Inlet Florida, I rode my first wave at the age of four. Since then surfing has been a major part of my life. I have traveled to multiple countries on surf trips and have spent the majority of my free time in the ocean surfing and paddling. Over the last five years I have taught both surf and Stand Up Paddle Board lessons for various businesses while attending college. I also compete professionally as a Prone Paddle Boarder, and have won several races. I am currently enrolled in college at the University Of North Florida where I will be graduating this spring in 2016
           

          Kat Amodeo  

          Surf Camp Instructor

           

          Mariah Gilbert  

          Surf Camp Instructor

           

          Elle Baker  

          Paddle Instructor

          I was born and raised on the beaches of Melbourne Florida. My surfing career started when I was a kid on top of my dad’s long board. He would paddle us out and we would catch little rollers with me hanging on to his legs. Over the years I developed my skills and continued to surf for fun. In high school I ran cross country, track, rode horses, was an ocean lifeguard and was on the high school surf team. Growing up surrounded by the beach community, surfing was the go to activity when the waves were hot. I moved to Jacksonville in 2011 to study and run cross country and track at UNF. The school was an easy sell to me because it was so close to the beach! Now, I am pursing my Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics at UNF with the goal of working in sports nutrition. It’s starting to get how and I’m itching to get in the water in between classes and help get some new faces surfing out in the line up!
           

          Accomplishments: 

          • 2015 Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics
          • Two time NCAA Division 1 East Regional Qualifier in Women’s 3K Steeplechase

          Surf/SUP Experience:

          • Started surfing as a kid
          • SUP since 2015

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