We pride ourselves on working with experts from several fields in the outdoors, we want every experience to give you knowledge, new skills, and a deep appreciation for the outdoors. So we work directly with local outdoor enthusiasts to bring local knowledge and experience to any adventure.
Owner - Lead Nature Guide
Born and raised in Marin County, I've loved outdoor activities since childhood. I grew up surfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Prior to having my two children I worked as a raft guide, mountain bike guide, snowboard instructor, glacier guide, surf instructor and personal trainer, in many different places. My passion is connecting others with the therapeutic benefits of nature and adventure. I believe in the positive power and benefits of mindfulness, and often incorporate mindful practice into the adventures I lead. When I’m not hanging out with my two amazing kids, you will find me leading an adventure, or out on one myself! I am a certified meditation in nature facilitator through Mark Coleman's Awake in the Wild teacher training. I am a level 1 ISA certified surf coach as well as certified in ocean rescue.
Lead Surf Coach
"Thane hates bio's and thats why I, his daughter Sunny, am writing it for him. If he was to write his own bio it might end up with 2 letters, Hi. But anyway, he's my dad and he loves surfing. He has been doing it for 36 years. I know from personal experience that he's stoked to teach other people how to surf! Let's face it, he's borderline obsessive about teaching other people to surf! So do yourself a favor and sign up for a lesson with my dad Thane."
Lead Surf Coach
More than 20 years ago I moved from Chile to the United States in search of new adventures and to begin my studies in education. I have been fortunate to have lived and experienced beautiful places including Colorado. It was there, in the Rocky Mountains, where I discovered my passion for the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and skiing became my new passion and ever since I have been hooked to the beauty and magic that I find in nature. Not too long after arriving in The Bay Area, captivated by the beauty of the water world, I begin exploring the bays, estuaries, and lagoons in Marin County on kayak and SUP, and the Pacific Ocean, a.k.a. 'the blue-waves-machine' on a surfboard. Let the adventure continue!
Lead Surf Coach
Steve Ratcliffe caught his first wave in 1962 on a family vacation to Santa Barbara and has been surfing ever since. Growing up on the Peninsula (the Princeton Jetty was his home break) he has lived in Bolinas since 1973, where he still surfs every day. He is a poet and Emeritus Professor at Mills College, where he taught creative writing and literature courses for 33 years. Along with surfing and writing a poem and taking photographs every day he loves hiking up the Tam Ridge, backpacking, skiing and climbing in the Sierra, and riding his bike around Bolinas.
Under the Sun Project Leader
Lead Surf Coach
Meg hails from the east coast and comes with over a decade of experience in the outdoor industry. She has led backpacking trips through red deserts and high alpine tundra, paddled sea kayaks through icy bays in Alaska, and taught diverse clientele to have faith in themselves and their abilities in the backcountry. She believes deeply in the healing powers of the wilderness, and when she found surfing her life changed for the better, and she hasn't really looked back. Now, she is committed to making surfing more accessible to youth and adults from all walks of life. Meg started the Under the Sun Project to facilitate connection to the ocean for girls and young women local to Marin who may not have had access otherwise.
Lead Surf Coach
Hi all! I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and have always loved board sports and taking on physical challenges since my youth. I started snowboarding and skateboarding as a child, played on the badminton, tennis and soccer teams in high school, took on tennis and rowing in college, and dove into road biking and Muay Thai in more recent years. I fell in love with wake skating over the summer of 2020 but was compelled to try out surfing as a result of my love for the ocean. I sought out lessons with Nicki at MOA in September 2020 and have been completely obsessed since. I am NASM-CPT & MMA Conditioning certified since 2019, with experience in small group fitness and teaching kid's Muay Thai. Helping others find joy in physical activity brings me great happiness and I look forward to sharing the love of surfing with everyone!
Mindfulness teacher and Nature guide
A fourth generation California native, raised in Mill Valley, Barbara Juniper grew up spending her play time in redwood groves and local creeks. She is a meditation teacher and Community Dharma Leader in Marin County, where she offers a community meditation group called Opening the Gate every Monday night at the Tibetan Buddhist center, Sukhasiddhi Foundation. Having spent over 30 years backpacking in the Sierra Nevada every summer and raising her three boys on rural property in the foothills of the Sierra, her love and understanding of the natural world shine brightly. Barbara will delight you with her sense of humor, her warmth, her depth of presence and her love of life. Oh, and she loves to sing, so you may hear her bust out a tune from time to time!
Hi! My name is Bryce Kirk. I basically grew up on two wheels, exploring the wild and winding trails of my home town in the Bay Area. Since I was a little kid i could feel the overwhelming benefits from escaping into the beautiful wilderness of Mt Tamalpais: physical, emotional, an inner peace and outer connectivity. I always found the technical challenge of riding a mountain bike, coupled with being immersed in nature, instantly transportive; allowing me to be present in the moment, all while escaping the chaos and pressures of my daily life. At the age of 24 I founded Mt. Tam bikes, a speciality bike store located in Mill Valley, California. After a decade of running the store, I moved on to work behind the scenes with a bicycle parts manufacturer. Part of my role was leading clinics educating dealers and customers alike on the benefits of proper bicycle fit and setup.One of my biggest passions has always been to help everyone be comfortable on two wheels, and hopefully in turn, out and about exploring our beautiful motherlands with the same uninterrupted freedom and joy I was so lucky to experience as a child. I am so excited to share my knowledge and experience with you! Let’s ride!
Hi, my name is Haley Sealander and I was born and raised in Marin County. I'm finishing up my Bachelor's in communication at the University of Montana. I love the outdoors, whether it is surfing when I'm visiting home or hiking with my dog in the beautiful mountains of Missoula. I learned how to surf from my aunt Nicki during a high school marine biology project. After high school, I spent summers working for Marin Outdoor Adventure teaching surf lessons. I love everything outdoors and am passionate about sharing my love for the ocean with others.
Nick grew up in Massachusetts aka "the land of blue hills". He has explored and backpacked throughout the Appalachians, Rockies, Sierra's, Hawaii, New Zealand, Europe, and to the jungles of Central and South America. During his study at the University of Arizona he truly fell in love with the outdoors. Nick has worked for multiple organic farms and nature programs teaching folks how to connect with medicinal plants locally and abroad from foraging to cultivating. Since his teens he has been studying with plant teachers, herbalists, musicians, and native medicine men/women. From tending fires for sweat lodges, fasting on vision quests, and learning ancient healing techniques through “plant dietas” in traditional ceremonies Nick has dedicated his life to wilderness education and natural remedies. His main specialties and passions focus around flora, fauna, and fungi and how to blend with the land and celebrate life consciously.