Meet the Cowabunga Surf & Watersports Camp Team
Brett Jenkins (“EAGLE”)
With more than 18 years of teaching experience on the Treasure Coast, Brett has taught over 9,000 successful lessons to a broad variety of students ranging in age from 3 to 82! Using his own simplified teaching method and his understanding of technique, Brett is able to train and coach all levels of surfer from beginner to advanced. He also holds current Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certifications.
Originator, designer, and Managing Director of Cowabunga Surf and Water Sports Camp, Brett has a deep passion for surfing and for inspiring children and youth to build their character and their confidence in and out of the water. Brett has led and mentored children and youth for well over a decade. He served as a summer camp counselor at Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Mo. for five consecutive years, worked full time for Boosterthon Fun Run for four seasons, and has served, and continues to serve, as a youth leader at local churches.
Born and raised within five minutes of the Atlantic shore, Brett also enjoys kite boarding, boating, fishing, wake boarding, and just about every other water-related sport.
Melissa Jenkins (“MOMMA J”)
Momma J (aka Melissa Jenkins), co-owner of Cowabunga Surf and Sport with son Brett and husband Tom, has lived in South Florida within one mile of the Atlantic beaches all of her life. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, she has resided in Stuart with Tom and sons Brett, Skyler, & Connor since 1987 and now is blessed with an adored daughter-in-law, Connor’s wife, Lyndi.
Melissa’s background for over 30 years was in marketing, promotion and public relations, working in her own business and as a freelancer for local marketing firms. In December, 2012, she and her family purchased Cowabunga Surf and Sport, embarking on a new and exciting adventure! She claims the greatest benefit of owning the shop, besides working with her treasured family, are the many wonderful visitors, families, and conversations enjoyed over the past years. “We are privileged to call so many of our customers friends!”, she claims.
Some of Momma J’s favorite things are spending time outside, hanging with her family, meeting new people, Bible Study Fellowship, finding unusual additions for her tropical garden, and creating new and different recipes. Her favorite foods? Mediterranean!
ASSISTANT CAMP DIRECTOR, Fourth Year Staff Member
Frodo moved to the Treasure Coast nearly five years ago from Woodbridge, Virginia just outside Washington DC and has one older and one younger sister, with whom he is very close. This area holds many treasured memories for him and is very dear to his heart, as his father and grandparents are from Jensen Beach and this was his childhood vacation destination.
Attending school in Virginia, history was always Frodo’s favorite subject. He believes that it is important to study so that the lessons and experiences learned from it are not lost. His school sports included football and wrestling. He has logged many hours of babysitting for family, friends, and church and has served as a swimming pool lifeguard as well.
This summer, Frodo looks forward to create a fun learning experience for campers and to pass on the gift of surfing, his favorite water sport, which he learned at age 14 from The Eagle. He claims the experience is beyond words! He considers his profession as a surf instructor, both within and without camp, an extremely fulfilling blessing as he helps others experience the joys of the sport. He finds the ocean to be very therapeutic and claims that being in the water on a surfboard helps him forget the troubles and stresses of the day. In the future, he would like to travel to new surf spots in search of new surfing experiences.
Frodo also enjoys most other board sports such as skating and snowboarding, stating that once you get the hang of them and relax, they are extremely enjoyable and very freeing. This year, he was blessed to join in on a trip to Colorado with family and friends and is so thankful for it. The experience was his first time snowboarding, which now is top on his list of the best land sports!
In his spare time, Frodo likes to play the guitar, sing, write songs, and draw, using his designs to create custom t-shirts. He also enjoys being with friends and eating great food (his favorite being pizza) and has visited some pretty great pizzerias in the past! However, his go-to restaurant is The Cheesecake Factory where, he exclaims, the fried mac and cheese is unbeatable!
During the quarantine, the most important lesson he learned and would like to share is that it isn’t about where you are that creates happiness, but rather, its the people you choose to spend time with.
Meet the 2021 Cowabunga Surf
& Watersports Camp Team!
Born and raised in Stuart, Florida with two older brothers and one older sister, Anemone attends Jensen Beach High School where she will be a Senior in the Fall. She enjoys the challenge of Chemistry, learning about the elements, and doing all the different experiments it entails. After graduation, she hopes to attend the University of Florida and study abroad while pursing a career in nursing or business. She claims she has an unusually good memory, able to remember specific details from years ago, a gift that certainly will help her in her future studies!
Anemone’s best vacation was with her family visiting many locations in Spain. She was fascinated by the country’s culture, cuisine, and history and found the Mediterranean Sea stunning. She loves everything about the ocean and heads for the beach and open waters whenever possible, favoring the activities of boogie boarding, paddle boarding, a sport she has enjoyed since age 10, and her favorite, snorkeling. She particularly loves the ocean for its inconsistencies —how it is ever-changing.
Volleyball has also been a favorite sport of Anemone’s for many years as well as running. In quieter times, Anemone likes to relax with a good book. She has one dog, a Blue Tick Coon Hound named Gracie who she enjoys taking to the dog park to play with “doggie friends” followed by a trip to Starbucks for a Puppuccino!
Having volunteered at Jensen Beach Community Church summer camps and being an active babysitter, Anemone enjoys helping and playing with children. She is looking forward to this summer at Cowabunga Camp, sharing her love for the outdoors and beach fun with campers and ensuring that every day is a great — but safe — day for them.
Anemone’s favorite restaurant is Lola’s where, she says, the shrimp tacos are amazing …. but she is always “up” for anything seafood! During the quarantine, she spent time in her own kitchen, learning to cook new and interesting meals and discovered a love for reading books as well.
Born in Fort Pierce the youngest of four and now living with his family in a small town outside of Orlando, Boomer returns to join the Cowabunga team, summering with an older brother who is a Martin County resident. A rising Sophomore with his goals set on law school, his favorite subject is Science because, he says, he is good at it! Generally, he enjoys just being outdoors, but his favorite sports are football and surfing. In fact, his favorite thing about the ocean is the waves. He has a dog named Snapper who often joins him on the beach for a run.
Boomer’s first experience with Cowabunga was at age five when he spent nearly every week of the summer as a camper for many, many years. Now, as a second-year counselor, he wants to share the wonderful experiences and the fun he had on the beach with this year’s campers.
Boomer’s most memorable trip was to Costa Rica with his family this past Fall. He visited the beautiful beaches of the country and was especially excited to surf in Jaco, where he also had a blast 4-wheeling through the jungle!
On a night out, Boomer heads for Benihana to order his favorite fried rice, although anything “chicken” is a favorite meal as well. He claims the best thing about the quarantine was the time he was able to spend with his older brothers as they built a dock together on the family’s pond and just hung out. His claim to fame is that he is “Uncle Boomer” to one of his brother’s children and has been since age 7!
Crash was born in Boca Raton but soon moved to Costa Rica where she lived for five years before moving to Las Vegas and then to the Treasure Coast where she has resided for about 13 years. An only child, she now attends St. Andrews Episcopal Academy where she will be a Senior in the Fall. She most enjoys studying Marine Science, exploring new and exciting marine organisms and creatures. After graduation, she plans to work for a year before attending trade school to study underwater welding.
An avid soccer player, Crash has been active in the sport for many years and is now starting goal keeper for the Jensen Beach Soccer Club. She also participates in barrel racing, softball, and volleyball, and is a certified scuba diver. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, going on adventurous road trips, and listening to music. She is intrigued by “the unknowns” of the ocean and the impact the moon has on its tides.
Crash adores working with kids. A 5-year Cowabunga camper herself, she looks forward to sharing her love for the beach, the ocean, and the fun of surfing, a sport she learned from her dad in Jaco, Costa Rica when she was 3. A third-year counselor, she again looks forward to helping each and every camper feel like a rockstar and to seeing the kids’ faces light up when they catch their first wave on their own. In the past, she worked for several years as a counselor at Felix Williams Elementary, which is where her love of helping and relating to children was developed.
Crash always appreciates a return to her original home of Costa Rica, visiting family still living there. Her travels are packed with surfing, interacting with wildlife and, most of all, enjoying the amazing food! Here, her most favorite restaurant by far is Dale’s BBQ where the food is great, the prices are cheap, the service is great, and the atmosphere is amazing. For a snack, chocolate or candy is her first choice.
During the Quarantine, Crash learned some important medical tips and tricks, a “benefit” of many injuries sustained from an active, sport-centered lifestyle!
Born and raised in Martin County, Flynn, the oldest of three siblings, looks forward to his Sophomore year at IRSC in the Fall. He claims his favorite subject is definitely Aquatic Science, learning about the ocean and interacting with marine animals with which he has been fascinated since he was little.
A true water aficionado, Flynn has been a member of Club and high school swim teams, receiving a varsity letter in the sport for 4 years. As a high school Senior, he swam 12.5 miles around Key West and planned to do it again before the pandemic cancelled his plans.
Flynn enjoys many other sports besides swimming including skateboarding, fishing, skim boarding, and surfing, a sport he was taught by his dad in sixth grade. He says that the first time he caught a wave, he was hooked!
Flynn has much experience working with and helping children. His family has fostered many kids from many different backgrounds over the past several years. Having an age span of 3 to 10, these children have helped shape who he is, showing him how to talk to them and deal with their personalities, needs, and desires. It has given him a passion to be around kids and guide them in numerous ways, including teaching kids with disabilities how to surf. As a third-year Cowabunga counselor, he looks forward to helping campers enjoy the environment and water sports that he loves and seeing their faces light up when they stand up on a board and ride the wave. He wants to give every camper a day to remember.
Flynn has had many memorable snowboarding vacations to places such as Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek and each Christmas, he and his family vacation in Utah where he is able to snowboard in the beautiful mountains of the western US. This past winter / spring season, he had the great pleasure of working at Park City Mountain Resort teaching kids and adults his favorite land sport of snowboarding.
Flynn has two dogs, an American Ridgeback named Rusty and a German Shepard/Border Collie named Koda, who he likes to take on runs. He likes to snack on Mounds Bars and on a night out, heads for Guanabanas where he orders their Crispy Chicken Wrap (although he claims his favorite food is sushi!). During the Quarantine, he learned the important lesson of how to create fun activities when you have no place to go!
Born and raised in Palm City, Florida, the middle sibling between two brothers, Ka-Chow is a Martin County High School student soon to be a senior, who most enjoys her medical classes. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Florida with the goal of becoming a chiropractor in the future.
Ka-Chow loves to be outside playing a variety of sports and is a member of the MCHS dive, soccer, and lacrosse (her favorite) teams. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends, especially out on the family boat for a day of fishing. She most likes wakeboarding but often paddle boards, a sport she began at age 6. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the variety and the intricacies of its marine life.
Ka-Chow finds working with children extremely enjoyable. She has volunteered at Vacation Bible School camps, and has traveled on life-changing mission trips to New Mexico and Ecuador. As a team member, she worked alongside children on construction projects and trained them in sports as they played team games. Her goals for this summer are to ensure that every camper is safe and having the time of their life at camp!
Her family’s annual trip to the Florida Keys during Lobster Mini Season is Ka-Chow’s most favored vacation. Each season, they usually collect over 150 lobsters and then relax all together for the rest of the day. She loves being in her most favored element, the salty ocean, being on the boat diving for lobster, and enjoying the time with many family members.
Ka-Chow’s favorite restaurant is Utiki where she visits for the sushi and Doritos top her list of snacks. Her biggest take-away from the quarantine was that she learned to appreciate the little things in life.
Lei-Lei was born just outside of Chicago and lived there for four years before moving to the Treasure Coast. A triplet, she has one brother and one sister who are younger that she, but only by a few minutes! Her dog, Finn, is a Pekinese/King Charles mix with whom she plays fetch, teaches new tricks, and runs in her backyard.
A rising Junior at Martin County High School, Lei-Lei is in the MCHS marching band and is a member of the Cross Country team as well as the Track and Field team where she runs and throws the javelin. Her favorite subject is culinary arts because they not only get to cook but also eat delicious food. After graduation, she plans to attend college to become an elementary school teacher.
Lei-Lei has many hobbies including skateboarding, rollerblading, baking, crafting, and learning to play new instruments, which include the alto saxophone, piano, ukulele, clarinet, trumpet, and baritone! She also does a lot of babysitting and has volunteered at Give Kids the World in Orlando and at Top Soccer for kids with special needs because she enjoys helping people of all ages, especially children.
Lei-Lei prefers to be outdoors every day and has been rock climbing in South Dakota, hiked the Smoky Mountains, and even swam with full-sized and baby manatees in Florida’s Crystal River. She especially loves the ocean, though, and enjoys snorkeling to see all the wonderful sea life below the surface. She also kayaks, paddle boards, and surfs, a sport learned and honed during her three years as a Cowabunga camper. During the quarantine, she realized how much she loves the beach and was able to buy her own surfboard to enjoy the sport even more!
A second-year counselor, Lei-Lei is looking forward to sharing her passion for surfing with campers while helping them have the same great experiences she had when she attended Cowaunga. Her goal is to make each child feel special and confident when they try something new and she loves to see the excitement and joy on their face when they learn to surf a wave!
Lei-Lei’s favorite dish is Pasta Alfredo and a culinary highlight is dinner at the Melting Pot. She loves dipping into the delicious cheese and chocolate fondues, as well as cooking her own meats while having a fun time with family.
Born and raised in Stuart, Florida, Luna is the youngest of five siblings, having four older brothers. She has a Yellow Lab who loves the beach and a small Fox Terrier “who has quite the personality”. A Cowabunga camper for seven years and a third-year counselor, Luna’s goal this summer is to give every camper the best experience they could imagine. She loves seeing them filled with joy and excitement and says, “I cannot express how much joy it brings me to see a camper being scared of the ocean on Monday and then riding a wave all the way to the shore by Friday! I am blessed to be a part of that success!”
A rising Junior at Jensen Beach High School, Luna most enjoys studying early childhood education to learn more about children, how they develop, and how to work best with them. For many years, she volunteered at Jensen Beach Community Church Preschool as well as at the First Baptist Church Special Needs Camp, assisting the children, teachers, and leaders with daily activities.
Luna is an essential member of the JBHS varsity softball team as well as a travel softball team. She plans to continue the sport at a Florida college as she concentrates on Speech Pathology as a major. Her favorite water activity is surfing, a sport taught to her by her dad, and she surfs with family and friends at every opportunity. Her favorite thing about the ocean is how calming it is but she does enjoy all of the activities it offers as well. She also enjoys skating, another skill handed down by her dad who is a member of the Skateboard Hall of Fame and by her brother who developed his own “Buncy Burner” skateboard!
Luna grew up dining at Luna’s Pizza and claims it as part of her heritage, with many family memories created there. It still is her favorite restaurant, with pizza being her favorite meal and snack!
Her best vacation to date was to Colorado this past Thanksgiving. She and her family went to visit her brother in his little, oven-warmed house and woke up one morning to see snow falling and enough on the ground for a fun day of snow play!
During the quarantine, Luna learned to play the ukulele, mastering many songs and serenading her mom day and night. Maybe she will serenade us at Camp as well!
Born in Washington DC, Mac has lived on the Treasure Coast since age two. She now attends The Pine School where she will be a Sophomore in the Fall and most enjoys Biology with her goals set on studying the science of animals in the future. Following graduation, she plans to travel through Europe before beginning college, after which time she would like to study abroad.
As well as being a second-year counselor at Cowabunga Camp, Mac volunteers at elementary school camps. She also serves as a counselor for a nature center camp where she handles snakes and baby alligators (YIKES!) and helps kids learn about different animals and ecosystems. She loves seeing campers arrive excited for the day ahead, anticipating the fun and activity of camp. A previous Cowabunga camper herself, she says the best thing about Cowabunga is when a camper catches and rides their first wave — and then continues to do so all week long.
Mac loves the beach and the ever-changing qualities of the ocean. She enjoys surfing the waves, boogie boarding, playing beach volleyball, or spending time on the shore claiming that just sitting in the sun can be the only thing you need sometimes. She also plays basketball, volleyball, runs track, and dances.
Mac’s most memorable vacation was a trip with her family to Alaska where they went dog sledding on a glacier and saw otters, sea lions, and baby black bears. They also flew into the city in a helicopter because the access road was blocked for miles!
Mac has one dog, an Australian Shepherd/Chocolate Lab mix named Hobe, with whom she swims and plays in the Intercoastal. She doesn’t really have a go-to restaurant, but enjoys cooking at home creating new and interesting dishes. Fruit, especially pineapple and watermelon, are her favorite snack because, she says, they remind her of summer.
Ole Yeller was born in South Florida but has lived on the Treasure Coast since she was two. She has one older sister and two dogs who love to run and play together: a Black Mouth Cur named Dilla who came from a friend’s Georgia farm and another named Sebring. A rising Senior at Martin County High School, her favorite subject is Psychology because she is intrigued about how the brain works and how differently people think. After she graduates, she plans to attend college, studying with the goal of working in Forensics in the future.
Ole Yeller participates in the unique sport of aerial silks (“think Cirque du Soleil”) and is a member of the MCHS diving team, enjoying the fun of twisting and flipping into the water. In her spare time, she heads for the beach to play sand volleyball, go boogie boarding, and create sand castles. She also likes to head for the open waters with family and friends on her family’s boat, often stopping at the sandbar to paddle board. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the variety and beauty of all the marine creatures and is fascinated by the mysteries of the sea.
Ole Yeller has been surfing since she was young, taught by her dad who is an aficionado of the sport. She loves being on the beach and body surfing, and is excited about the opportunity to share her enthusiasm with campers this summer. Her goal is to help each and every camper have a great time while they learn to safely surf.
A regular Vacation Bible School volunteer, Ole Yeller has had the excellent opportunity of ministering to and playing with children on two mission trips, one to New Mexico and one to Ecuador where she fed alpacas and llamas and experienced new cultures.
For a recent birthday, Ole Yeller received a trip with her grandparents to Europe, visiting Paris, London, and the cities of Italy. She claims it was the best trip ever, fascinated by the area’s history and scenery. Here at home, she likes to travel to Anna’s Pizza for a giant slice of her favorite food (pizza!), a cinnamon knot, and soda because, she says, everyone who works there is really nice, the prices aren’t too expensive and the food tastes AMAZING! For a snack, she blends up a healthy smoothie. During the quarantine, Ole Yeller claims the best thing she has done is spend quality time with her family at home and out on the water.
Razzle has been a Florida girl all her life, born in Boca Raton, then growing up on the Treasure Coast for the past 17 years. She has wonderful memories of her childhood here and claims she would never want to live anywhere else. She has two dogs: Shadow, a black Lab mix and Bandy, a black mouth Cur with whom she loves to walk and play tug-o-war.
A rising Senior at Jensen Beach High School, Razzle’s favorite subject is Science and particularly, Human Anatomy & Physiology. She plans to complete her AA before graduation and then continue her studies at the University of Miami or at UF. Her current future interests include becoming a Physician’s Assistant or a Forensic Psychologist.
A long-time volleyball player, Razzle has been a member of both school and recreational teams and this past year was a member of the the JBHS varsity cheerleading team. She also is a member of the National Honor Society, the Class Club 2022, and HOSA, and enjoys photography as a hobby. In her spare time, she likes spending time with friends and going to the beach where she finds the ocean incredibly calm and relaxing — her escape from reality.
A second-year Cowabunga counselor, Razzle looks forward to making a positive impact on campers, helping them have a great time, develop friendships, and create super fun remembrances. Some of her own happiest memories are of her summer camp experiences and her goal is to help every camper have the same wonderful memories. She treasures time with children and the opportunity to give them the fun and happiness they deserve.
Razzle has many favorite foods but açaí bowls are at the top of her list. However, she claims nothing surpasses her love for Chick-Fil-A where the service is amazing, the food is real, and the 8-piece nugget meal with fries and lemonade is the BEST. Her go-to snack is Goldfish because, she claims, you can never go wrong with Goldfish. They are always good!
The best vacation Razzle experienced was to the mountains of Colorado, a completely different scenery than that of Florida. She explored nature hikes and pathways amidst the magnificence and beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
The most important thing Razzle learned during the Quarantine was patience, since there was so much uncertainty about when it would end or how it would effect our country and the world. She developed a love for baking, focused on some photography, and was able to read some interesting books.
Riptide, a Stuart native and 6-year Cowabunga camper, has three older brothers. A Jensen Beach High School student looking forward to her Junior year, Riptide’s favorite subject is Chemistry because it is easy for her and she especially likes the experiments that cause chemical reactions and explosions! She is working now on her CNA license and after graduation, would like to enter the medical field with the goal being dental hygiene or pediatrics.
A seasoned volleyball player and member of the JBHS varsity team, Riptide enjoys the sport whether on the inside court or on the beach. However, she also likes to participate in many other sports. In the ocean, she enjoys paddle boarding, water skiing, and snorkeling. She was taught by her dad to surf at age 5, and now, after many years of practice and enjoyment with her dad, brothers, and on her own, is extremely proficient at the sport. In her spare time, she heads for the pool, beach, or boat. She loves the fresh air of the ocean and the cooling way it feels, especially on a hot summer day.
Because of her many years at Cowabunga camp, Riptide is very familiar with its activities, procedures, and standards. She is excited to return as a fourth-year counselor this summer, sharing with campers her experiences, all she has learned, her love of the ocean, and ensuring that everyone has an amazing time every day of camp. Her experience with children extends elsewhere as she regularly volunteers in her church’s nursery, at Bible camp, and at kids’ volleyball camps.
One of Riptide’s most memorable trips was to the Bahamas where she and her family had their own little house with a private pathway to the ocean. They swam, fished, snorkeled, and dove for conch in the crystal blue waters and she was excited to catch two Mahi! Riptide’s favorite snack is a treat her mom makes of ground beef, BBQ sauce and cheese baked in a croissant (sounds delish!!) and her go-to restaurant is Hurricane Wings where she dines on wings and amazing salad!
During the quarantine, Riptide learned that staying at home was not all bad and discovered new and interesting ways to keep herself busy. But now, she says, she is super excited for camp to begin and can’t wait for everyone to start having the best summer ever!
Simba hails from Ohio and has lived on the Treasure Coast for the past ten years. She is the youngest of three and has a bunny rabbit with whom she likes to cuddle.
A rising Senior at Jensen Beach High School, she most enjoys Science and specifically Biology because she likes learning about the world around us and is intrigued by the beautiful and wondrous organisms that inhabit the ocean’s ecosystem. In the future, she plans to attend Biology international internships to study different types of life forms.
Simba is a member of the JBHS varsity softball and cheerleading teams, enjoying the camaraderie of working with her peers toward a common goal. However, she also loves the beachfront activities of skim boarding and surfing, a sport she began at Cowabunga Camp when she was 8.
Simba is passionate about working with children and looks forward to being a part of the Cowabunga team again this summer, putting a smile on every camper’s face and making an impact on their lives in many small ways. In the past, she has volunteered at Vacation Bible Schools and is an enthusiastic babysitter. This summer, she hopes all the campers have fun learning more about beachfront sports and that she is able to help them have the most awesome summer camp experience ever!
Simba’s favorite trip was to Puerto Rico where she explored Old San Juan, went surfing and zip lining, and enjoyed the beaches, claiming her all-time favorite is the country’s Jobos Beach. On a night out here, she heads to Lynoras in West Palm Beach where, she says, the Italian food and desserts are the best! Her most favorite dessert, however, is ice cream.
In her spare time, Simba likes to go to the beach or just spend time with her friends and family. During the quarantine, she learned how much we actually take for granted. She claims that without being able to attend school and go out, she would not have the amazing friends and lifestyle she enjoys today.
A former 4-year camper and returning fourth-year counselor, Wheeeee! was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale but has spent many weekends and summers over the last seven years on the Treasure Coast. He attends Nova Southeastern University School where he will be a high school Junior in the Fall. His favorite subject is film because he enjoys capturing moments of significance and sharing them with others.
Wheeeee! loves to be out on the water fishing, wakeboarding, and wake surfing and learned the beachfront sports of surfing and paddle boarding during his four years as a Cowabunga camper. In his spare time, he enjoys being on on the Florida coastline surfing, as well as spending time taking photos and videos, skating, cooking, and sampling great food.
The oldest of four brothers, Wheeeee! has intrinsically gained experience assisting and guiding children. He enjoys encouraging others to learn more about the Florida seashore and the sports it has to offer. He claims that his favorite thing about the ocean is “everything!” … and he very energetically shares that enthusiasm with campers, helping them to appreciate all of its fun and recreational possibilities. He is ready for a great time again this summer!
Wheeeee!’s best vacation was a trip with his family to South Africa and Dubai where he was able to take incredible photos as they toured the country, experienced new cultures, and saw amazing sites. He has a King Charles Cavalier named Zoe, with whom he loves to sleep and watch movies because, he says, she makes a great pillow. HIs go-to meal is pizza but his favorite “restaurant” is actually his own home where the food is great and there is plenty of it! In fact, during the quarantine, Wheeeee! expanded his love of food by learning how to cook more of his favorites in his very own kitchen!
New 2021 Counselors
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The middle sibling in a military family, Aloha was born in Texas and has lived in 9 states and two countries, but spent many years growing up in Hawaii. She loves being outdoors and, not surprisingly, her favorite sport is surfing, a skill began in fifth grade. She is an avid soccer and volleyball player and on the water, also enjoys paddle boarding and snorkeling. She claims that the ocean gives her a sense of peace and goodness and requires her to be still, calm, and enjoy the present moment.
As a Cowabunga counselor, Aloha is excited to share her passion for the outdoors and the sea with campers, inspiring joy and happiness and the same love for the water and surfing as she has. An elementary school teacher on the Treasure Coast as well as a former daycare, VBS, and mission trip team member, Aloha’s background offering children a fun and exciting experience in a safe environment is invaluable. In the future, she hopes to pursue a Masters degree so that she can develop an improved school curriculum and content.
In her spare time, you probably will find Aloha reading a book at the beach with her dog, Mako, who also enjoys a swim in the pool. Another of her favorite past times is watching movies and she always is excited for a trip to Disney World!
Aloha likes to snack on Goldfish but is an adventurous diner, trying new foods and dishes and is partial to restaurants with lots of diverse and creative options. As a college Senior, she explored the delicious cuisines of Spain when she studied abroad, claiming it as her very best trip ever. On her own, she explored the history and culture of the country, traveling to cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, and Majorca.
During the quarantine, Aloha learned that happiness doesn’t have to come from other people or activities but that she can be happy in her own presence, enjoying little things and moments.
A Florida native, Daffy was born in West Palm Beach and then moved to Flagler Beach before settling in Hutchinson Island 14 years ago. She now attends Jensen Beach High School and IRSC, and is achieving an AA in Criminal Justice. Always having a great interest in Behavioral Science and the Criminal Mind, Daffy hopes to pursue a career as a criminal psychologist or in another branch of criminal law.
Daffy is an avid photographer of both people and landscapes and enjoys sketching and painting, following in her artistic mother’s footsteps. In fact, she got very creative during the quarantine and accomplished an acrylic pour on her bedroom door, mixing paints and chemicals to design colorful patterns, bubbles, and shapes and now has an incredible, decorative entry to her room.
On land, Daffy plays indoor and beach volleyball and kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards on the water. She began surfing a few years ago and finds it very relaxing and enjoyable. She loves being out on the waves, especially with good friends, and says one of the best things in the world is being underwater in the ocean and hearing the sounds of sea all around you. One of her most memorable vacations was a cruise to several Bahama islands with friends. They all bunked together at night and during the day, kayaked over the beautiful marine life swimming beneath them.
Daffy has many years experience as a comprehensive caretaker for children, always ensuring that they follow safety rules but also ensuring that they have a blast while in her care. She joins the Cowabunga team this year with the goal of giving campers the most fantastic experience possible, surrounded by good intentions and fun, always feeling that they are valued and respected.
A long-time Humane Society volunteer, Daffy is an animal lover and even began a club at JBHS that supports homeless and abused dogs. She has a Golden Doodle named Violet who is her “absolute favorite living thing on this planet”. They go everywhere and do everything together, although Violet is not a big fan of the water sports that Daffy loves! In the past, surgery on her right leg left Daffy with rods and screws that set off metal detectors everywhere she went for months. Thankfully, she is now 100%, able to enjoy land and water sports alike.
Daffy’s favorite meal is sushi but her favorite restaurant is Benihana where she always orders the Chicken Fried Rice. She says it is so delicious, she could probably eat it every single day!
A Jensen Beach native with one younger sister, Pom Pom is a rising Senior at Jensen Beach High School where she is a varsity cheerleader and a flyer for the squad. She enjoys all health-related studies and after graduation, plans to achieve a sonography degree with the goal of becoming an ultrasound technician.
Pom Pom adores interacting with children and looks forward to making many friendships with campers, helping them learn to enjoy her favorite water sport, boogie boarding. A first-year counselor, she is a much sought-after and seasoned babysitter whose goal is always to keep kids safe while helping them have the best time ever. With Pom Pom, it should be a fun summer for all!
Pom Pom’s most memorable trip was to Key West where she went snorkeling and swimming in the refreshing ocean with the bountiful and beautiful sea life there. On a night out, she heads to Fujiyama for the delicious hibachi selections and the great atmosphere and she loves to snack on watermelon popsicles.
Pom Pom has a Pomeranian dog named Peanut and a rescue puppy named Sunny Girl. During the quarantine, she used the time to try new things and to develop new and different hobbies.