SPI Sessions is based on South Padre Island and operates as a surfing school and summer camp. Our summer camps promote healthy lifestyles, surfing culture, "environmentality" and family friendly experiences through water sports and science-based curricula.
Every day is a new adventure and we are happy to share our stoke with you. Much of our experienced team are seasoned surfers with loads of knowledge and experience to help guide your lesson.
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 HartwellCAMP 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 GarzaBEACH 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 CookseyBEACH 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 PeñaBEACH 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 LynnBEACH 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.
Start your booking today!
"This is a camp you don’t want to miss! It’s all my boys wanted to do for the summer. Aarin and her staff are very knowledgeable and keep it fun all day. The kids love them and still talk about them and their experiences at the beach!”Ineke Copenhaver-Ploegh
“My ten year old daughter had a fabulous time at surf camp! Every day was something new, and I loved that the kids were happy yet well-supervised. Worth every penny!”Robin Armstrong-Stepan
“Three of my children attended SPI Sessions Summer Camp last Summer. They had a BLAST! Aside from learning how to surf the instructors were so amazing with my children. They broke up the day in to several activities where not only did they learn surfing, but they also had science lessons through out the day. They learned about the ecosystems as well as mythology. My children keep asking when they can go back with Miss Aarin and Miss Lorin. We are anxious for the summer to get here so they can go back. As an educator myself, I highly recommend this summer camp!”Erika Jaross