I was born and raised in the beautiful coastal town of La Jolla, San Diego. I was brought up in a surfing family, thus making me a 2nd generational surfer. My father got me into surfing at the age of 4, but I really didn’t get into it until I was about 9. That's when I entered my first contest and won! This is when I began my amateur surfing career. I realized my love for competing, so for the next 8 years, I competed every weekend. I have been trained by the best surfers in the world, including Ian Cairns, Joey Buran, Barton Lynch, and Mike Parsons.
My success as a competitive
surfer involved winning several amateur events and championships, including achieving a Silver Medal at the ISA World Competition in New Zealand in 2012, and the WSL North American 2013 Junior Champion. I was one of the few Americans to be a Travelling Team Member for the USA Surf Team from 2010 through 2014. I have been competing professionally ever since. I've traveled the world and surfed the best and most exotic waves that exist. My love for surfing grows with every new wave, new location, and new student.
Riding for several surf companies, making videos, and winning competitions have gained me worldwide exposure and name recognition in the global surfing community.
Riding for several surf companies, making videos, and winning competitions have gained me worldwide exposure and name recognition in the global surfing community. I started coaching 5 years ago but went full-time with it 2 years ago. Thus, Beyond Surf San Diego was created. I still love to travel and compete, but I love sharing my knowledge and experience whether it’s with beginners learning to surf for the first time or professionals training for the Olympics.
I provide one-on-one Surf Coaching and Surf Lessons for beginners, intermediates, and professional surfers. I am especially focused on technique, body movement, and flow. I believe I have the best systems and instructions to help all levels improve and attain their goals in surfing. There is nothing I love more professionally than my work within the surfing industry. I hope that you will join me on our road to success and share in this amazing journey!
It's a really nice camp because there is filming and coaching. Jake is a really good coach. And I'm doing this camp to improve on getting more vertical snaps and stuff like that. It's pretty sick!
Today my goal was to do a big
"Jake Halstead layback"
and I did that. Super stoked!
Jake is a wonderful coach. He is super positive and supportive while at the same time giving insightful critiques. I've been able to make real progress due to his help.
I have worked with Jake Halstead for about 3 years. He has given me insight and strategy on being a competitive surfer. We worked on time management and heat strategy during training. He taught me the mental game of the competition. If you want to learn the competitive side of surfing, such as being a strong competitor both mentally and physically, then Jake is your man!
Jake is an incredible surf coach. He brings great energy and positivity to every session. He is great at helping you build confidence, and at constructive critiques that help you identify and work on your weaknesses. I am already a much more confident surfer from just a couple lessons and am looking forward to working with him going forward. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to improve and have fun doing it!
I had been surfing for a year, and when I look back, after coaching with Jake, I ask myself what was I doing for that year?! I waited too long to get coached on what surfing is really about. After one clinic, I saw a massive improvement and I had more direction on what to be thinking about. I learned what to focus on, how to understand the waves better, and I just had a lot more fun because of it!
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