Aloha Spirit

Creating the Best Surf Camp in Nicaragua, California, and ....

Living the Dream

I created Liquid Sessions because I believe surfing is not a sport but a way of life. Its a lifestyle centered on being outside in nature, living in Aloha, the presence of divine breath, and the connection of land, water, and people. Through the Aloha Spirit, we find purpose, and with purpose, we find dedication. Through dedication, the cosmos sing, and heaven is made on earth. All great things are made through dedication like art, music, architecture, love, life, and SURF.



Donovan Burgess

Donovan Burgess

Founder, Lead Instructor and Guide

Donovan is a professional educator and accomplished “waterman” with a lifetime of experience in the outdoors.  He has combined his years of training, teaching, and experience to create the Liquid Sessions surf curriculum.  Experience and training prior to developing Liquid Sessions includes:


  • 10 Years of experience teaching Surfing in Central and North America

  • P.A.D.I.  Scuba Wreck Diver, Enriched Air Diver, Deep Diver, Search and Recovery Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Dive Instructor

  • Diving Emergency Management Provider –  Instructor

  • Neurological Assessment – Instructor

  • Basic Life Support CPR and First Aid – Instructor

  • Hazardous Marine Life Injuries – Instructor

  • Emergency Oxygen for Diving Injuries Provider – Instructor

  • Jack Mtn. Bushcraft School – Yearlong Immersion Program

  • U.S. Army 5 1/2 years active

Coach Sam

California Head Instructor and Guide


Besides spending his free moments in search of waves, Coach Sam is an award-winning educator who loves to bring “stoke” to anyone he comes into contact with. This education professional has and continues to work in various leadership roles in education over the past 25 years. Coach Sam has taught surfing for over 15 years in different parts of the world to people of all ages and abilities. 


  • 15 years of surf instruction for people of all ages and abilities 

  • 25 years experience in education for grades K-6 

  • Master of Education Administration

  • CPR and First Aid

  • Former owner and operator of Left Coast Adventures Surf and Snowboard Camps. 

  • Avid traveler and surfer who embraces life and all that it has to offer. 

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