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Matt & Abby Coleman
Matt & Abby ColemanFounders
As an experienced educator and mentor, Matt is passionate about finding ways of bettering lives through surf coaching, experiential education and community based projects. After two years teaching in the Basque Country, Matt returned to his hometown Santa Barbara to pursue higher education, receiving his Masters from UCSB in 2009. He later went on to teach high school, coach a surf team, and spend 10 years directing a local non-profit which used surfing as means for mentoring Santa Barbara’s youth. After a decade working in education and the nonprofit sector, Matt finally took the step to found Lovewater, a company committed to passing on the joy of surfing to people of all ages, ethnicities and life backgrounds. With passions for surfing, teaching, and traveling, Matt and his wife Abby use their gifts to inspire lives, build confidence and strengthen community.

Matt & Abby adventuring throughout New Zealand, in and out of the water (2017).

Matt at Jbay

Matt surfing at Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa (2016).

Matt shares a wave with Surf Coach Austin between lessons.


Matt & Abby at their wedding (2017).

Lovewater Team

Matt leading a surf trip to Costa Rica (2013).

Matt, Abby and their new son Kaleo Skye.

The Lovewater Team

Austin Myers

Surf Coach Austin

Ian Kistner

Robert Heim

Michael Palmer

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