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Pursuing My Passion

Meet Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry, owner of the Oceanside Surf School
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Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Berry, owner of the Oceanside Surf School.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Matthew. Before talking about the Oceanside Surf School, let’s start at the beginning; tell us about you

Hey, thank you for having me. To start off, I was born and raised here in Oceanside. My first job was at a local surf and skate shop, and later I became a lifeguard for Camp Pendleton beaches. I started my career instructing up at Mammoth Mountain where I really enjoyed all that the Eastern Sierras have to offer. I spent nine winter seasons there as a snowboard instructor and earned my PSIA level 3 instructor certificate.

I guess that helped me see a path in continuing to instruct, but it wasn’t until I taught surfing in Los Angeles one summer that the pieces started to connect. I helped manage one of the largest surf schools in the state at that time. I saw the ins-and-outs of what it looked like on a macro scale, and that started to get me thinking of how I could do it on my own.

I knew Oceanside would always have a place of home in my heart, so I started believing in myself, and believing that I could start a small surf school on the shores of my hometown. It took some patience, and a lot of particulars, but soon I found a route to share my skills and provide a new learning opportunity here. 

We are always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we have spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

That’s a weighted question. I guess it has always been satisfying to pursue my passion. But locking in which passion to pursue took skills. The willingness to learn and the determination to endure, did not come easy. But was it fun? Of course. I try not to do anything if it’s not fun.

But when the swell dies and the winter hits that’s when you gotta see the big picture, that’s also the same time of year all my paper works due. I have had to train myself to not sweat the small stuff, and to get back out there and keep surfing.

There’s always going to be waves, but are you riding them to your fullest capacity? That takes a deep understanding that you’re not the one in charge, in my book. Luckily, I keep the Ocean as my teacher so whatever she says, goes! And she speaks if you listen. 

What does motivate and encourage you the most?

I get a newfound love for this every time I’m in the water, and that comes from each student’s success. The stoke of a good wave is contagious and that can spread throughout the world. So, I guess relationships with the people and our surroundings is my main source of encouragement.

My motivation is to achieve anything that aligns with my highest nature. That’s what keeps me alive and I’m in such great shape! But also, meditation and down time are something I couldn’t do this life without. The deeper I go inside my own self, the more my outside world expands! 

Please tell us about your business.

The Oceanside Surf School became such a well-liked experience because of the energy behind the project. We pour ourselves into our students so that they can meet our best friend, the Ocean. We do that in a way that helps guide even the most novice. I guess we’re just basically your local shop for a quick surfing miracle. And that’s what we dish out, great service and a great experience. Remember we’re still surfing though; this is nothing less than extreme! 

So, what’s next? Any new plans and/or projects?

We want to get together with our local resources to create a non-profit to service our North County special needs groups. With access to the Ocean, I really have a strong will to create opportunities for anyone who wants to get in on the action. We do a lot of lessons like this at no cost to the student, and I know this is where the school could make the most impact! 

When you are not dedicating your time to the business, how do you spend your free time?


When I’m not teaching surfing, I’m normally playing music. My artist profile is known as thelostnoiz and I have music out on all listening platforms. I raise my dog, just keep cruising, and finding my flow in other hobbies that are always related to Mother Earth and harnessing her magic! 

The Oceanside Surf School

Contact info:

Phone: (+1) 760-960-3805
Email:  Matthew@oceansidesurfschool.com
Website:  oceansidesurfschool.com
Instagram: oceansidesurfschool; thelostnoiz  

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