The Surf with Nicole team — 


Nicole Pratt

Owner, Surf Instructor 

Certified: Water Safety, CPR, First Aid, Certified Surf Instructor NSSIA
Sponsors: Buccaneer Board Riders (BBR)

Nicole lives in Huntington Beach, California. She has been teaching and coaching surfing & SUP around the globe for 11 years. Nicole started surfing at the age of 15 in San Diego, California. Nicole studied Human Services at the University of Phoenix, loves teaching, traveling, and sharing her passion of surfing with others. Hobbies are having FUN, anything adventurous, snowboarding and skiing.

Places traveled: Mexico, Baja, Costa Rica, Barbados, Hawaii, Indonesia, Peru, Nicaragua, Japan, Panama, Guatemala and all over the U.S.


Sara Taylor

Head Surf Instructor - Huntington Beach, CA

Certified: CPR & First Aid

Sponsors: Roxy

Sara is from Huntington Beach, California. She has been teaching surf lessons for 6 years and has been surfing for 12 years, Sara surfs pretty much every day. Surfing has taken Sara all over the world where she has made some of her best friends all thanks to surf & travels. Sara's favorite place to surf is Australia. Hobbies include laughing, adventuring, spear fishing and skateboarding.

Places traveled: Mexico, Baja, Australia, Canada, Hawaii, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Portugal, El Cueva, all over California & Oregon.

Jenna Nicole Balester

Surf Instructor - San Clemente, CA

Certified: Ocean Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid

Sponsors: Vitamin Water, JoLyn Clothing, Balestar Surfboards

If you take away Jenna’s first name you got surf with Nicole…Balester. Jenna was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. She has been teaching since the sun first rose, also known as the age of 15 she absolutely loves teaching and being able to stoke out others by sharing her passion for surfing and the sea. Jenna has been shredding hard since the 6th grade. In middle school she joined the school surf team and since then she has been in the surf cueva nonstop. Jenna says,“ There’s nothing like’s such a natural thing, well besides the craft on which you cruise. The ocean is the best place in the world.” Jenna also dipped into the competitive swing of things for a bit and still competes at times. Competing and traveling is all time for Jenna and she says she has met some of the raddest beings traveling this globe.

Places traveled: Mexico, Baja, Australia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Canada and Africa.


Quaid Tatlow

Manager / Head Surf Instructor -LBI, NJ

Certified: CPR, First Aid

Quaid is from San Mateo, California. He started surfing at the age of 13 off 4th street in Beach Haven, New Jersey and has been an instructor for Surf with Nicole since 2012. Surfing has taken Quaid all over the U.S. and abroad. He has surfed extensively in northern and central California and has surfed in such exotic locales as Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Barbados. His favorite place to surf is Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz, California and aside from surfing he enjoys snowboarding, cooking, traveling, and having as much fun as he possibly can.


Places Traveled: Barbados, Costa Rica, France, & Italy.


Nicole Lisi

Surf Instructor -LBI, NJ

Certified: CRP, First Aid 

Hey guys we have another Nicole on board!! Nicole is from Holgate—way on the South end of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. This will be her second summer teaching surf lessons and she can not get enough of it!! Nicole prefers to be in the water way more than on land and loves to surf as much as possible. Her favorite spot to surf is wooden jetty. Nicole is all about riding waves, being in the sunshine (& in the water) and having a good time. Nicole recently graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences and is looking forward to traveling the world and finding that perfect break!!

Places traveled: St. Thomas, California, Mexico, Grenada, Antigua, (and looking to surf Costa Rica soon) ☺


Claire Tatlow

Surf instructor- LBI, NJ

Certified: lifeguarding, CPR, first aid

Claire is originally from Northern California and is now studying architecture on the Central Coast. She began surfing at age 15 and loves spending summers on LBI. She has surfed in Hawaii and up and down the coast of California. She has enjoyed teaching with Surf with Nicole since 2013. Her hobbies include paddle boarding, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, and painting.


Places traveled: France, Italy, Mexico, Hawaii and all over California