2X Manasquan High School Surf Team State Championship Coach and teacher, JD is a fixture in the Jersey Shore surfing community.  

He is one of the most experienced Summertime staff members and has worked almost every role within the school.  In the water, JD is known for his focused approach and his unmatched frontside laybacks.  His style got him published in the NJ Surfing calendar, although his underground status at the time had him mistaken for a more well-celebrated local surfer.  Make no mistake though, JD is a legend in the local surf community, and his influence can be seen not only with his surf campers but also in his Manasquan Surf Team members who he coached to their first state championship in 2014, with a followup win in 2016.  Congrats JD!


Where did you go to high school?

Manasquan HS class of 2003


What certifications do you have?

Teacher of Students with Disabilities: K-12; Teacher of Social Studies: 5-8; CPR/First Aid  


How long have you been involved with Summertime Surf Schools?

Since 2008


Why do you Work at Summertime?

Because I get to share my passion for surfing with others, and work on the beach when I am not in the classroom. It’s the best seasonal job ever!


Besides working at STS, what else do you do to pay your bills?

I am a special education teacher at Spring Lake Heights Elementary School.


At what age did you start surfing? How many years ago was that? 

I began surfing by standing up on my bodyboard the second I realized that it was lame. From there it was a quick progression to a real surfboard.


Where have you traveled to surf? 

Chile, the Caribbean, the entire East Coast, California, Barbados and many more to come…


Other than surfing, do you have any talents? 

I am a drummer and guitarist. I enjoy painting my surfboards with terrible art and attempt to build things when possible. I also like a good tattoo from time to time. Lastly, I enjoy a fine craft brew with good people in good places whenever necessary.

-hidden talent: JD played drums at Summertime first big end of year celebration on the beach in Belmar back in 2009