Sofia was born and raised in Half Moon Bay, California where her whole life was centered on the presence of the vast ocean. Because the sea was pretty much her own backyard, Sofia’s childhood was spent at the beach. Her schooling growing up emphasized the importance of our actions impact on the environment and provided countless experiences like natural habitat restoration and beach clean ups. She watched surfers from all over the world test the humbling Northern California waters in preparation for the Mavericks surf competition. Eager to move to the warmer waves of sunny Santa Barbara so she could remain close to her salty home, Sofia spent four years studying psychology at UCSB. She began to realize what she’d always known, which is that there is a vital relationship between how we treat ourselves and how we treat our environment and much of our mental health is linked to remembering to reconnect with nature. Joining the CIO family seemed like such a natural fit after college as she continued to share her passion for the sea. Staying aware of the natural environment and young at heart playing in the waves, Sofia hopes to live her life being the change she wishes to see in the world and facilitate as many positive experiences with the ocean as possible.
Sofia Doria-Quesada is currently not instructing any classes.