ASA instructors pose with participants

Our Instructors

Instructor Joe Hutson smiling

Joe Hutson


Joe is passionate about surfing and sharing the surfing experience. A former professional surfer, Joe has taught surfing for over 20 years under the guidance and leadership of surfing legend Richard Schmidt. Joe and his wife Mary live in Santa Cruz, where he works as a mortgage consultant at Seabright Mortgage, and spends his free time outdoors, surfing the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary or mountain biking in the Redwood Forests of Santa Cruz County State Parks. Joe is honored to be a surf instructor for Operation Surf, to share the wonderful gift of surfing, and to have the opportunity to thank our Armed Forces service members for their service and sacrifice. “My life is the ocean, the ocean is my life!” – ‘Wally’ Waldemar