Camp Owner & Director -Josh Baxter
Josh Baxter, is a 3-time US longboarding champion who has surfed all over the world, winning major contests in Hawaii, the US, and France. He brings over 40 years of surfing experience and 20 years of surfing instruction. Josh was born in Hawaii and comes from a legendary surfing family. His father, Jackie Baxter, was a pioneer in big wave surfing in Hawaii in the early 1970's. Josh enjoys being a dad to two beautiful daughters.

Surf Instructors
Our CPR / first aid certified staff members are enthusiastic professionals committed to being role models both in and out of the water. Instructors are experienced watermen and women who share a passion for surfing and surf instruction. Summer Soul's coaching methods are designed to improve style and confidence in the water. Camper to staff ratio is 4 to 1. To insure the safety of our campers we run background checks on all team members.

Our instructors understand the importance of maintaining good relationships with the local surfers. Together we teach campers good surf etiquette and how to respect the local surf culture at San Onofre.

Additional Staff
Surf Camp staff also includes full-time overnight camp team, kitchen help and State Park rangers.

Overnight Staff
Kawika and Alexa served as overnight counselors for Summer Soul Surf Camp 4 summers in a row before having their two daughters. They have been married 14 years now, always do things unconventionally, and share a passion for the beach, surfing, helping people catch their first wave, and working with children. Alexa, a second degree black belt and credentialed elementary school teacher, can usually be found rocking someone’s baby to sleep in any environment. Hospitality and music run through Kawika’s Hawaiian inspired veins.  When he is not at work as a chiropractor you can usually find him surfing, playing a ukulele gig somewhere or cooking up some tasty meal for hungry tummies. Working at surf camp always combined their passions in one place- where their strengths really shine. They are very excited to now share this experience of overnight camp with their daughters, now 7 and 5 years old, and get back to showing campers what fun, freedom, trust, responsibility and aloha is all about.

Josh & Sofia Baxter "Back n the Day"
summer soul Josh Baxter

Ashlyn, Dane & Jackie
summer soul staff

Alexa, Kawika OHANA


Tiffany Lake OHANA

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