Carla Zamora of The Surf Institute is working to get competitive surfers to the podium in any event they do. The process is long, it takes patience, perseverance, and a very dedicated athlete and organization to make it happen, so the TSI Competition Team needs your help! Through this fundraising campaign Carla hopes to help driven athletes reach their goals in representing they're home country on the world stage, fight for medals on the international circuit, and have the means to do so.
The average cost of a season for a top athlete is approximately $25,000, and that doesn't include everyday living expenses. Athletes are responsible for covering a variety of expenses including, but not limited to specialty training, travel and accommodation, competition entry fees, facility fees and equipment, etc. In order for athletes to receive the best coaching possible, it is ideal that a coach be at an event, in person, so that advice can be adjusted for the ever evolving conditions many surf contests experience. Since surfing is one of the least corporate-backed sports, the current budget has only allowed for virtual coaching and communication. In order for Carla to help these athletes obtain their goals they need financial assistance with the expenses outlined above. Your donation would assist Carla in attending various events around the globe to help competitors achieve victory.
By contributing, you are not just supporting Carla and her aspiration of helping others feel the thrill of victory, but you are helping incredible athletes achieve their own dreams. Donating gives you the opportunity to be part of something BIG and POWERFUL - helping young athletes reach their dreams and achieve athletic excellence. Being a part of the TSI Competition Training is a big step forward in an athlete's development and Carla believes that with your help we can take them to the next level!
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Carla Rowland Zamora is a Southern California native and longtime frequenter of First Point at Malibu Surfrider Beach. Growing up in a family of surfers afforded her many hours of sand castle building and shorebreak poundings. Carla's father, Wayne, tried for many years to coax her into the lineup, and although she would always enjoy herself once in the ocean, surfing was something that didn't consume her life until she was 15.
Once Carla had spent enough years involving herself in the shallow surf industry through competitions and with various sponsors, she decided true joy and success in surfing was actually through the introduction and instruction of the sport to those unaware of what we all know - that surfing will change your life!!
Carla's experience in instruction and education, both in and out of the water, is extensive. For 7 years, Carla worked as a Special Education Instructional Assistant at a Malibu elementary school where she learned how to accommodate to a rainbow of intelligences in order to encourage successful learning. She graduated from Cal State University Channel Islands with program honors in Communication, further enhancing her skills and techniques in teaching. Since taking on the professional role of surf instructor in 2000, Carla's interest in the sport has evolved. "When I was younger my focus in surfing was placed more on promoting myself and my sponsors. Now, the joy I get when a student gets up and rides down the line for the first time... To see the smile and accomplishment on their face... Well, it's just priceless and it's the reason I do what I do!"
Carla has perfected the teaching method for The Surf Institute so that students are ensured success and gratification. Many surf schools and camps make guarantees that are unrealistic because every person is working with a different body, with different experiences. The method developed by Carla sets practical goals for each individual student based on his or her strengths and weaknesses. By doing so, students can be assured that their journey with surfing will be enjoyable and fulfilling and will be something they can take with them for the rest of their lives!
In addition to taking beginning and intermediate surfers to the next level, Carla also works with experienced longboarders who are interested in fine-tuning their technique &/or improving their competition skills.