There is not a time in his life that Mike cannot recall being around water. Mike came to Santa Barbara in 2003 to attend UCSB, and a natural progression of surfing, professional guiding, and general love for the ocean and the outdoors led him to the Channel Islands. During, and especially after college, Mike spent a few years overseas searching for surf and all the adventures that come along with that search. This sojourn led him to Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Fiji, Indonesia, Vietnam, and more, yet the Channel Islands always had a big role in keeping Mike coming back to Calfornia. “There is something incredibly satisfying about having a legitimate adventure in your own back yard. I have so much respect and have developed such good friendships with everyone I guide with. The crew at CIO is solid and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Mike Wathen is currently not instructing any classes.