Stacey’s Surf & Paddle is a Surf Camp That’s Turning the Tide

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Stacey Marchel launched Stacey's Surf & Paddle in Margate to offer surf coaching to children and adults alike.

Much like a wave barreling toward the shore, Stacey Marchel’s surf camp has been picking up momentum every summer.

Although she grew up near the beach in Margate, Marchel is a late bloomer when it comes to surfing. It wasn’t until she had turned 36 that she first paddled out into the ocean with her sons, Cameron and Spencer (now 19 and 21). Smitten, she began honing her skills, but quickly found that surfing lessons were not easily available at the Shore. She decided to turn the proverbial tide and offer coaching to children and adults in her hometown.

She officially launched Stacey’s Surf & Paddle in 2008. Marchel, who had been a stay-at-home mom, was going through a divorce at the time. “I needed to reinvent myself and do something with my life that I was passionate about,” she says.