Donna Fortney is a go-getter. She is the kind of person who sets goals, and then becomes determined to achieve letting nothing stop her. There aren’t too many moms out there that get inspired to start surfing after having two kids, but there aren’t too many moms like Donna! Donna will do anything for her kids, including adopting the surf lifestyle so that she would understand and better help her boys Coop and Keaton as they focused their lives around the surf lifestyle. To be fair, Donna was an avid snowboarder before surfing, and the boardsport lifestyle suits her well. Donna contributed the “lightbulb” idea when she suggested that other parents might want to give surfing a try. From that idea, Women’s Surf Weekend was born, and Donna leads SUMMERTIME’s women-only program with grace and style.
Where did you go to high school? Sayreville War Memorial High School (NJ)
Where did you go to college and what did you major in? Montclair State University. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education & Family/Children’s Studies.
What certifications do you have? CPR/AED, First Aid, Blood-borne Pathogen Training, Teaching Certificate, Directors/Supervisor Certificate
How long have you been involved with SUMMERTIME? I began working at STS with Women’s Weekend and Boardwalk staff, but my sons became a campers at age 6/8 and they now are counselors
Why do you work at STS? I love to be able to share my stoke for surf, passion for life, adventure and unique experience as a “surf mom” and a woman who learned to surf later in life…
Besides working at STS, what else do you do to pay your bills? I am currently Director of Atlantis Preparatory School and have been for the past 15+ years.
At what age did you start surfing? How many years ago was that? I think 37, so a few years ago
Where have you traveled to surf? Entire East Coast from NH to FL, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Costa Rica, and California. Future plans include Barbados, Hawaii, and Nicaragua.
Other than surfing, do you have any talents? Other than an Adventurous spirit and creative nature…snowboarding, skateboarding, sewing,
Are you an Artist or Musician? I enjoy arts and crafts – sewing, knitting/crochet, and painting…
What kind of music or art inspires you? I like ALL types of music!