John Afshari

Surfing & Stand Up Paddleboard Instruction, Special Needs Services & Adaptive Surfing Supports
Home Town: 
Encinitas, CA

John coaches and mentors special needs individuals  in North County San Diego.  His special needs service hosts surf camps and specializes in adaptive surfing, utilizing foam surfboards and SUPs.  Paddle Boarding is also a focus for the “fun fitness” he provides his special clients.   In addition, John provides life skills support and job development for his special needs clients. 

John is a Paddle Fit trained fitness instructor Level 1 & 2 and a WPA certified SUP instructor.  He is a member of the prestigious Swami’s Surf Association, competing against other surf clubs.  Giving private surf and SUP lessons has always been one of his favorite activities, sharing his stoke for wave riding of all forms.  He participated in the cutting edge CSUSM Surf Study and recorded the highest paddle power watts of any of the surfers tested.

Growing up surfing on the beaches of San Diego, John Afshari feels at home at every break.  As a lifetime surfer and college scholarship athlete, it was a natural transition for him into paddle boarding.   On land, John prefers skateboards, snowboards, and jogging.

John’s university studies focused on history and cultural anthropology, enhancing his natural ability to positively connect with all people.  For 10 years, he managed clubs and VIP events in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah, developing skills that transfer to all venues.


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