Marissa is a Belmar local who has been incredibly influential in the development of SUMMERTIME. Her and her friend were the the first two campers to send in applications to join the kids camp, and she has been active in the growth and development of SUMMERTIME. Marissa is soft-spoken and uses her words effectively share her passion and love for the surf lifestyle. Her academic success is inspirational, and she recently received the SUMMERTIME STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP to use in her pursuit of surfing stoke in South Africa.
Where did you go to high school?
Where do you go to college and what are you majoring in?
I go to Clemson University and I am majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Psychology and Microbiology. I want to go to med school after I graduate.
Did you study abroad? Where did you go and why?
I have participated in medical service trips to Panama and Costa Rica, and I studied in South Africa this spring semester.
What certifications do you have?
CPR and first aid
How long have you been involved with Summertime Surf?
Since day 1! I was the first camper…this will be my 10th summer at STS
Why do you work at STS?
It’s the best job in the world!
Besides working at STS, what else do you do to pay your bills?
At what age did you start surfing? How many years ago was that?
9 years old, so 12 years ago
Where have you traveled to surf?
Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, California, Mexico, and all over the East coast
Do you surf in contests? What are some notable results?
I used to surf in contests a lot when I was growing up, now I just do the Big Sea Day contest every year. I got 2nd place in Women’s longboard once haha
Other than surfing, do you have any talents?
I’m a professional procrastinator, I can say the alphabet backwards, and I can tie a knot in a cherry stem with my tongue. Oh and I snowboard.
Are you an Artist or Musician?
I wouldn’t say I’m an artist, but I can paint pretty well. Not even a little bit musically talented.
What kind of music or art inspires you?
I think that really anything can be inspirational depending on how you look at it.
Do you play or coach any other sports?
Not at the moment, but was a competitive swimmer for 10 years, I played soccer, and I also used to figure skate.