Living the Dream and Creating
the Best Experiences in
Nicaragua, California, and ....
I created Liquid Sessions because I believe surfing is not a sport but a way of life. It's 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.
Coach 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.
Donovan's 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 Nick Perryman
Lead Surf Instructor
I grew up skating, snowboarding, and surfing in California. My international travels began in 2007 with a trip to Costa Rica, where I discovered a love for warm tropical waves and my passion for surf instructing. In 2012 I went back, and I stayed for four years running a surf school of my own. In that time, I had the privilege of teaching people how to surf from all walks of life and people of all ages. As much as I loved Costa Rica and the business, I felt the need to explore and surf other parts of the world. I decided to sell and free myself up to blow in the wind for a while. Since then, I've been fortunate enough to experience a life of travel. From surfing around Central America, Australia, NZ, and SE Asia to road tripping around Iceland, and backpacking in Alaska and Nepal, I've found amazing waves and met some beautiful people that helped shape my perspective of the world and my place in it.
My passion for teaching has funded most of my nomadic lifestyle. I've taught surf for over ten years altogether, but I've also taught paddleboarding, ESL, art, snowboarding, and ax throwing as a way to keep the dream alive. As much as I enjoyed exploring other avenues of teaching, it just made me realize how much I love to teach surf and share the unique stoke that it has to offer. It's more than just a physical activity; it's an active form of meditation. It's not only something that forces you to operate in the moment, but it allows you to immerse yourself in nature and the ocean's healing properties at the same time. I plan to continue surfing and traveling for the rest of my life, or at least as long as possible, and I look forward to sharing the stoke along the way.
Founder of Mali Style
& Surf Instructor
Mali is the founder and creator of her self named surf, art, and tattoo brand. She is apprenticing to be a Liquid Sessions Surf Instructor. Her brand, Mali Style, is a subsidiary brand of Liquid Sessions LLC, and what some reviews have called "the female side" of Liquid Sessions.
Mali has been going to the ocean and surfing since she was a kid. Living far from the ocean in Montreal, Quebec, made chasing waves almost impossible for her, leaving her to pursue the art world and establish herself firmly as a professional painter and artist. But her love of the ocean and the thrill of catching waves never waivered and over the last couple of years she has dedicated herself to the craft of surf.
Nathaniel Bryant Tafoya
Professional Sports Photographer
Nate joined the Liquid Sessions Surf family in 2021.
DSP Digital Media, under the vision of Nathaniel Bryant Tafoya, is a Photography & Videography enterprise based in San Buenaventura, California. Born in Southern California, Nathaniel was raised and educated in Ventura County. After nearly two decades of traveling and experiencing what this amazing planet has to offer, he has chosen to once again call Ventura home, to practice his passion for imagery amongst the people and landscape that hold a special place in his heart…
While Nate is a member of the family and works with us for our surf photography needs, please contact Nate regarding your photography needs. Check out his portfolio and see his awesome work.