Founder, Isabelle “Izzy” Tihanyi started surfing when she was 8 years old. She is a competitive surfer and began to teach surfing while in college at the University of California, San Diego. Surf Diva brings together the things she loves most: the ocean and teaching.
Her partner and twin sister, Caroline “Coco” also loves the ocean and has a business and communication background. What they say about Surf Diva: “It’s about fun, being together, and meeting so many cool people!”
Surf Diva has introduced women of all ages to the sport and spirit of surfing in a fun and encouraging environment.
From competitive coaching to lessons for the beginner, Surf Diva offers it all. Surf Diva has built a solid reputation for professional, educated, and passionate surfing instructors. Our team boasts individuals with sideline careers such as firefighters, paramedics, nurses, teachers, lawyers, and snowboarders.
Quoted “The Starbucks of surf schools” by Newsweek Magazine, Surf Diva Surf School is considered the pillar of women’s surfing and offers surfing and standup paddleboard (SUP) lessons year-round for women, men, and children.
Located in La Jolla, California with additional operations in Costa Rica, Surf Diva is actively involved in charities and outreach to support both the local community and to raise awareness to protect the environment.
Surf Diva Surf School has been featured in many TV shows and on numerous local and national news stations. Theses include CNN, The Today Show, MTV, ESPN, MSNBC, KUSI and The Travel Channel, to name a few. Surf Diva has also been featured in many magazine and newspapers including The New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, Cosmo, GQ, Newsweek, Oprah’s Magazine, and Condé Nast Travel Magazine.
The Surf Diva Boutique was awarded #1 WOMEN’S RETAILER OF THE YEAR IN THE US 2013 by the Surfing Industry Manufacturing Association (SIMA).
In 2005, the twins released the Nation’s Best Selling Surf book, “Surf Diva: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Good Waves.”