Our Team

At Surfclass, our mission is to give the best possible surf experience to every one of our students. We hope to inspire and educate surfers from all walks of life, and introduce our students to a sport and lifestyle that will change their lives forever. If you have any questions, please contact us and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Thanks for your interest, we hope to see you in the water! Mahalo!!!

Chipper 'Bro' Bell

Surfclass owner, expert surfer and all around waterman, 12 time World Freestyle Frisbee Champion and true ``Ambassador of Surf Stoke``. Chip has shared his philosophy with thousands of surfers~young, old, beginner, handicapped, and advanced. His goal is to share surfing and connect as many people as possible to a wonderful ongoing relationship with the ocean. A dedicated husband and father of four, there is no better example of pure stoke than to see Chip down at the beach riding waves with his family.

    Stephan Aviles

    Stephan has it all going on with an amazing attitude on life, surfing, snowboarding, teaching kids, and being an all around great character.

      Nathan Bell

      Nate has lived his whole life in Ventura. Learning to surf at age 10, he has always loved the ocean. He has been a part of SURFCLASS for most of his childhood so he has been helping his dad Chipper, teach kids the necessary skills to surf and be safe in the ocean. Nathan is a senior at Ventura High.

        Keith Malloy

        Guest Instructor - born and raised in Ventura, CA.

          Kelly Bell

          Kelly grew up at the oceans edge and loves the beach and sun. She is Chippers' right hand girl and wife.

            Joe Spota

            Joe attends UC Santa Cruz and is one of our awesome instructors who loves to stoke out our wave riders.

              Johnny Johnson

              comes to Surfclass.com with 30 years of wilderness experience. As a lifetime surfer, cliff diver and musician, Johnny is working for the California Conservation Corp (CCC). Creek Restoration and Estuary Enhancement. Johnny is also an avid entomologist and is certified as a Lifeguard, EMT, Vertical Rescue Specialist, Swift Water Rescue and Community First Aid and Safety Instructor.

                Torey Bell

                Torey is a graduate from San Diego State and has been a surfer all his life. He has surfed the coasts of Hawaii, Baja, Guatamala, Costa Rica and of course, California. Torey is also Chipper's first born.


                  grew up near Haight Ashbury, has lived 25 years in Ventura, CPR and First Aid certified. Has surfed La Fonda Beach and Mexico.

                    Michael Rubin

                    Surf instructor with Surfclass for many years. Attends UCSB and lives in Santa Barbara. It's always great seeing Michael in the water doing what he does best whether it's surfing sweet waves or teaching kids.


                      faithful companion of Chipper Bro. Has been with Surfclass since his inception. At home in the backseat of the van or interupping surfing lessons. Enjoys chasing large sticks into big waves.

                        Tyme Good

                        Surf Instructor. Tyme has many years of surfing and ocean experience, growing up in Ventura and Hawaii. He attends UC Santa Cruz but is now on staff teaching people how to surf with ease, keeping it fun and safe.

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