Seeing a need for quality surf instruction, surfer and lifeguard Jimmy Miller decided to open CampSurf in the summer of 1997.
What began as a seasonal surf camp with private lessons and corporate events, celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this summer.
“Jimmy wanted to make enough money in the summer to pay for traveling the world to surf,” said longtime friend and current Campsurf owner Chris Brown.
The Brown and Miller families had been close for many years. Chris and Jimmy graduated from Mira Costa High School in 1987.
After Miller died in 2004 following a battle with mental illness, the Miller family asked Brown to continue running the program,
“It took many years to grow to the point where now have to turn people away,” Brown said. “We eventually added beach volleyball classes, which follow the same template as the surf camp.”
Campsurf offers a variety of programs including private lessons and videos so campers can review their surfing.
Campsurf owner Chris Brown credits the program’s 20-year existence to its highly qualified instructors. ER file photo
“In the winter, adults traveling from cold-area regions often have on their list of things to is to learn to surf,” Brown said. “In the summer the programs predominantly consist of kids ages 7-13. We also have camps on school-free days and after-school classes. Older participants have the opportunity to learn from professional surfers.”
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