All of Coastline Adventures’ instructors are Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Certified. Both our school and senior staff are certified by the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association. Our school is fully insured and community supported. Coastline Adventures also believes in giving back to our community through environmental and charitable events.
Our lead instructors, Jennifer Steffener and Lance Tompkins participated in a comprehensive course and passed testing, interviews, and evaluations to become certified NSSIA Master Level Instructors. Coastline Adventures Surfing School is the only NSSIA Certified School in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, NJ. Jennifer is one of the first women in New Jersey to become a Certified Senior Level NSSIA Instructor and Lance is one of the first in New Jersey to become a Master Level NSSIA Instructor. As of 2013 Jennifer is now a Master Level NSSIA Surf Instructor!
Lance Tompkins has been teaching surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding for over 22 years. He has been snowboarding for 33 years and skateboarding for 46 years. He is a Master Level Certified Surfing Instructor (NSSIA) and he has been surfing for 44 years!
He created Coastline Adventures Surfing School of New Jersey in 1995 because of his desire to share his love of surfing with others. Lance wanted to offer a safe and easy way for people to learn this challenging sport. His career in board sports has included many surfing and skateboarding contests, fundraisers, endorsements, and product testing. He has been photographed for various surfing and skateboarding magazines and local newspapers.
Glen Friedman of the ‘Dogtown’ movie has also photographed Lance skateboarding and included his picture in his best selling autobiography. Lance was featured in the new surfing film, “Drawing Lines”. In 2006 he was featured in the TV show “Whata You Do”, shown on the USA Network and the Fox Network.
Lance has traveled far and wide to surf the waves he loves, spending many years on the beaches he teaches on.
Jennifer Steffener is a Master Level Certified Surfing Instructor for the NSSIA and one of the first women to achieve this status in New Jersey. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Meditation Instructor. She has been working and teaching in the health and fitness field for over 22 years. She owns a successful massage and wellness mobile practice and has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles about surfing, massage, and Tai Chi.
Jennifer combines her passion for surfing, stand up paddleboarding, and her vast knowledge of the body and movement to create a unique teaching style that inspires and motivates. Her teaching experience, attention to detail, and ability to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere has earned her the reputation for hosting New Jersey’s premier Women’s Surf Camp. Jennifer is an avid water woman and has over 37 years of ocean, body boarding, and surfing experience.
Traveling the globe to follow her passions has taken her through the Americas, across to Europe, and through many islands. Jennifer lived in Hawaii for 8 years where she fell in love with the islands and its people. During her time in Kauai she learned to sail, scuba dive, ocean kayak, and took her surfing and body boarding to the next level. Jennifer loves to travel, snowboard, study, and practice Tai Chi when she is not playing in the ocean.
Stephanie Tomasco started working with Coastline Adventures Surfing school in 2008 and has been with us ever since. She learned to surf down in Atlantic Beach, NC with a lot of positive encouragement from her North Carolina “Surfing Family”. Stephanie moved to New Jersey her senior year of high school.
Stephanie is a graduate from Monmouth University in 2011, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a minor in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy. She re-chartered the Monmouth University Surf Club and held the position of President for 2 years and was the Captain of the MU Surf Hawks – their Surf Club team. She is also a trained EMT.
She competes in the local Eastern Surfing Association contests in both the Women’s Shortboard and the Women’s Longboard Divisions. She considers herself very lucky to travel to various places to explore and surf. Her travels have taken her to many countries including: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, El Salvador, Gibraltar, and Costa Rica. She has been able to surf at amazing breaks in Puerto Rico, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Spain, and Portugal.
She won First Place in Women’s Longboard Division in 2013 and 2014 and is currently the east coast champion. In June 2015 Stephanie participated, trained, and passed the National Surf and Instructor Certification Course. She is now a Senior Level NSSIA Surf and Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor.
Other than surfing, Stephanie enjoys hanging at the beach, listening to music and dancing randomly, and spending time with her friends.
Erick V. – Erick is 18 years old and from Brick, NJ. He has been surfing for about 8 years. He started boogie boarding at 10 years old, which gave him a deeper understanding of the ocean and waves. He is so dedicated to surfing he drives a moped to the beach with custom built surf racks.
Erick started working for us in 2014. He is training as an equipment tech and assistant surf and boogie board instructor. He is CPR and First Aid Certified. His smile is just as big as his student’s when they catch their first wave.
His home break is in Mantoloking and this goofy foot loves “mellow, deep waves”. He travels to Costa Rica for surf and family. Erick enjoys short boarding, skateboarding, music, friends, and family. His dream travel surf spot is the Mentawaii Islands in Indonesia.
Kyle N. – Kyle has been surfing for about 9 years. As former student of Coastline Adventures, he feels his training with us “kick started his surfing abilities” and provided the foundation for the surfer he is today. His family and surfing father continually support and encourage Kyle’s passion for surfing.
He lives in Brick and is part of the Brick High School National Honor Society, track and field, and swim team. He is also a member of the Atlantic Club Riptides. Kyle loves to surf his home break at Brick Beach and as well as Manasquan. He is passionate about the ocean and when he isn’t surfing, he enjoys boogie boarding, body surfing, swimming, and relaxing in the water. Kyle has the unique ability to ride switch and enjoys long boarding. It’s his dream to travel to Tahiti and Indonesia and surf all the famous breaks there.
Kyle started with us in 2014 and he looks forward to spending his future summers working with us. He is training as an equipment tech and assistant surf and boogie board instructor. He enjoys sharing his passion for the ocean with his students. He is CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard Certified. Kyle participated, trained, and passed the National Surf and Instructor Certification Course in June 2015. He is now an Apprentice Level NSSIA Surf and Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor.
Lauryn B. – Meet Coastline Adventures very own Gidget! Lauryn is a 16 year-old from Brick, NJ. After spending three summers as a Coastline student, we asked her to join our team! Lauryn’s enthusiasm for all things surfing led her to our internship program, which she completed in 2015. We are so excited to have Lauryn become part of the team for the 2016 season as an assistant instructor!
Lindsey Jones began her surfing journey as a student of Coastline Adventures 10 years ago. She enjoyed surfing so much that she continued on her own for a few years, typically at her local spot at Brick Beach. Last year, we called on Lindsey to help out with camps. Due to her winning personality, strong communication skills, and professionalism, we invited Lindsey to officially join the Coastline team in 2016 and couldn’t be happier that she accepted.
Emma Gepner is a junior at Monmouth University, studying Public Relations and Graphic Design. Having grown up in West Allenhurst, she has never strayed too far from the beach. She has a passion for traveling which taken her all over the globe to places including: Spain, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, as well as across the US. Just recently, Emma spent five months living abroad on the eastern coast of Australia.
When she isn’t traveling or in class, Emma is a full-time dog mom to an exuberant golden retriever. She enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, hiking with her four legged friend, and re-watching The Office for the hundredth time.