Aloha Spirit

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.


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.

 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

Donovan Burgess, Liquid Sessions LLC Founder


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. 


Surf Instructor

Ethan has been an avid surfer since he was 10 years old. He stood up on his first wave at Left Coast Adventure's surf camp in the early 2000s and was hooked ever since. Surfing has led him all over California, Central America, the East Coast, and beyond.

An accomplished soccer player as well, Ethan finds that chasing waves provides him a sense of adventure - and that riding them is the perfect way to express his creativity. A goofy foot with a style informed by all generations and eras of surf history, he finds joy and shares the stoke by teaching his younger brother, as well as folks of all ages.


Ethan can be spotted cruising the coast from SD to SF searching for lesser known waves, as well as occasionally surfing the concrete walls of the Venice Beach Skatepark.


Skate Instructor


"Skating is not only a hobby of mine; it's a passion. I love skating because there are no limits and I'm constantly learning new tricks and new things. Skating has opened my life to new people and new friendships that will last forever. I want to share these experiences, the stoke, with you and teach you how to skate."

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