About Us

SPI Sessions is based on South Padre Island and operates year round as a surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding lesson and rental center. SPI Sessions also provides kids summer camps working to promote healthy lifestyles and family friendly experiences through water sports and science-based curricula. 

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Our Lessons

SPI Sessions offers surfboard, kayak and SUP rentals and lessons for any level of rider. Our team is well-informed and professional watermen/women on South Padre Island. We look forward to ensuring your time on SPI is well-planned, versatile and super exciting. Welcome to our Island. Join us today for any of our upcoming sessions!

Our Team

SPI Sessions has a unique approach to our staff. We call ourselves ‘beach life Instructors’ because we believe we share more with the student than just a surfing lesson. We are well-rounded individuals with love for all things friendly to our beach and lifestyle. We maintain a rotating staff of 4-5 Beach life Instructors and 3-5 Science Specific Trainers.  In a lesson setting we maintain a 1:2 ratio of staff to student to the attention necessary for adequate surf technique and stoke. We are very proud to have a strong staff of vetted individuals eager to share the stoke of surfing and eco-awareness.

Aarin Hartwell

CAMP DIRECTOR & BEACH LIFE INSTRUCTOR

Aarin Hartwell is a passionate athlete and ambassador of South Padre Island. While Aarin pursues her athletic career traveling and competing in pro/am surf and Kiteboarding contests, she is also an entrepreneur and proprietor of events. Hartwell is at her best when she is working with children and in her expertise field of water sports.

Anissa Garza

BEACH LIFE INSTRUCTOR

Anissa Garza is a playful lover of children and the beach. Her spirit is rich in joy and energy to surf and share the smile she wears daily. Garza is in her second year of studies at University of Texas-Pan American and works as a pharmaceutical assistant in her other time.

Shawn Cooksey

BEACH LIFE INSTRUCTOR

Shawn Cooksey is a local South Padre Island surfer and skateboarder. With over 20 years of surfing and coaching experience, Shawn is an asset to the Surf Instructors at SPI Sessions. Cooksey reigns as the 2016 Texas Men's Champion short boarder and Overall Points Champion.

Tony Peña

BEACH LIFE INSTRUCTOR

Tony Pena is a photographer, graphic design and website developer specialist. Tony enjoys surf photography and design especially related to the beach life. Tony is also an experienced surf instructor and surfer.

Heather Lynn

BEACH LIFE INSTRUCTOR

As a lifetime educator and outdoor enthusiast, Heather is on a continuing mission to reach and shape the youth of her community. With degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education, she has spent over a decade positively influencing youth, in and out of the classroom. Notable community involvement has included being an ABA Therapist for Butterfly Effects and having her two dogs certified as therapy animals with Creatures and Kids, Inc. for use in the VA hospital, local schools, libraries, and VBS programs. Heather is thrilled to partner with SPI Sessions to help form and implement the 2017 Summer Science Academy.

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