Name: Amanda Plesa
From: Del Mar
Location: Del Mar Beach
Amanda Plesa has been a surf instructor for Fulcrum Surf School for five years.
“We work with all the local high-schools and middle schools in the area and we coach the surf teams. And I do trips to El Salvador and Nicaragua, Tahiti. I took a group to El Salvador six months ago and over there you are surfing for a week straight.”
Plesa started surfing the white water with a boogie board at the age of six.
“I wasn’t taught by a surf instructor, and that kind of sucked. I would do little 360s on my boogie board and my dad said, ‘Okay, time to get you a surfboard,’ so I went out on my own and I got pounded plenty of times.”
The 23-year-old’s favorite surf spot is Popotla, Mexico. “I really love Popotla in Mexico, it’s a little past Ensenada. There’s a lot of rocks over there so when it gets big the wave gets nice and hollow so you can get barreled on most waves.”