Meet (y)our team

Diversity unites us.

We serve first, surf second.

We come from all over the world, each bringing unique gifts and skills to the team.
Together we work hard to ensure that The Surf Project experience is as professional as possible.

Jono Griffin

Jono Griffin

Director / Founder

Jono was born in Cork (Ireland), but spent his early years in West Africa before returning to Ireland, living in Donegal, Dublin, Waterford & Bangor! As you can see he can't sit still! He studied Sports, Exercise and Leisure and completed his PGCE at Liverpool John Moores University. He gave up a job as a PE teacher to become a Youth Pastor for the North Dublin Methodist Church. There, he had the vision to combine his love of Surfing with sharing his Christian faith. He founded The Surf Project in 2013, which is now endorsed and supported by the Methodist Church in Ireland, with the main aim of enhancing the personal, social and Spiritual well being of people through the sport and culture of surfing.

Out of the water, Jono loves great company and a good curry!

Beth Dinsmore-Griffin

Co-Director / Finance

Donegal, Ireland

Beth is a graduate of International Politics and Third World Development (BSC Hons) from University of Wales in Aberystwyth and also holds Diplomas in Event Management & PR as well as Travel, Tourism Management and Marketing. She has spent time working in Nepal, Romania and Kenya and loves combining her passion for travel with fundraising for worthy causes. Beth loves long walks in the countryside or along quiet beaches with her dogs Darcy and Finn!

Sarai Plotz

Operations + Marketing

Where are you from?
Tahoe, California (USA)

Background:
Sarai has a degree in Marketing with a vast array of experience as a Marketing & Event Coordinator, Wedding Planner, Event Photographer and Administrative Assistant. She has sat on the board of committees and volunteered for non-profits with focuses including community development, fighting human trafficking, holistic health and recovery for woman.

What makes you happiest?
Being fully present in something. A quiet evening surf, snowboarding with the mountain to myself, spending the whole day reading a really good book. Throwing clay and being completely absorbed in it.

Hidden talent
I'm a ceramic artist.

Best thing about working for TSP
I absolutely love seeing kids stand up on a board for the first time. It just doesn’t get old.

Dan Plotz

Equipment + Coaching

Where are you from?
Oregon Coast (USA)

Background
Dan has a background in construction with years of work experience in building, renovating and improving homes. He's worked for various companies as a builder and team lead, as well as a co-owner of a business in California. Additionally, he has experience leading teams of young people on trips abroad and heading up weekly activity camps.

What makes you happiest?
Food/Family/Travel

Hidden talent
I can juggle

Best thing about working for TSP
Surfing, traveling and meeting new people

Carlos Nacpil III

Events + Marketing

Where are you from?
Philippines

Background
Carlos studied in the Philippines and South Australia before going on to work for World Vision, Save the Children and the United Nations Populations Fund. He is a ``Global Mission Fellow`` placed at The Surf Project through The United Methodist Church's Global Ministries Programme.

What makes you happiest?
Looking at the ocean and listening to Jazz Music while eating Morelli’s Mint & Dark Chocolate flavour Ice Cream!

Hidden talent
Flossing! Also, I have high metabolic rate so I can easily digest food and eat every hour. #livinglifetotheFULL

Best thing about working for TSP
Capturing moments through photos & videos and documenting stories of the people I work with.

Gabe Messam

Equipment + Coaching

Where are you from?
Originally Woodland, California (USA), now Dublin / Portrush

Background:
Gabe moved from California to Dublin in March of 2015 where he finished school and is now taking a gap year with The Surf Project before he goes to college. Prior to coming on full-time Gabe was a participant and a volunteer at many Surf Project events.

What makes you happiest?
Laughter and music

Hidden talent
I enjoy rapping

Best thing about working for TSP
The family-like atmosphere of our camps and events.

Nyasha Manjeya

Finance + Events

Where are you from?
Zimbabwe

Background
Nyasha has a degree in Accounting and work experience with a retail company as an Accounts Clerk as well as with an agricultural company as a Book-keeper. She is a ``Global Mission Fellow`` placed at The Surf Project through The United Methodist Church's Global Ministries Programme.

What makes you happiest?
Serving, being God's hands and feet, even if it means doing the dirtiest job, it's just so fulfilling and of course watching movies in bed, on a rainy day!

Hidden talent
Writing, I love to document my life through poems and letters. It's so much fun when I read my old journals!

Best thing about working for TSP
Everyday is different, diverse team, fast-paced work and obviously travel!

Banabas Chey

Events + Teaching

Where are you from?
Cambodia

Background
Banabas has experience helping his brother run many small businesses in the tourism industry in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Additionally, he has experience volunteering at a school his parents operate in their village. He is a ``Global Mission Fellow`` placed at The Surf Project through The United Methodist Church's Global Ministries Programme.

What makes you happiest?
When I can share what I have with other people in need, it makes me feel peace.

Hidden talent
I like playing music.

Best thing about working for TSP
Giving. We try to give all of our talents, experiences and skills to bring people together to have fun, talking about life and talking about God.

Sarah Preising

Events + Coaching

Where are you from?
Germany

Background
Sarah has a degree in Sports and Pedagogics as well as a certification as An Outdoor Guide. She has work experience as an Outdoor Guide for a non-profit focused on Nature Conservation and has worked in Germany, Norway and Finland in that field. Additionally she was certified and worked as a surf instructor in Australia.

What makes you happiest?
Being active, outdoors and creative, doing every kind of sport, exploring, meeting friends and making new ones 🙂

Hidden talent
Playing ukulele

Best thing about working for TSP
Spreading the stoke!

Not forgetting the wolfpack!

Darcy

Finn

Want to work with us?

We'd love to hear from you!

There are many opportunities to volunteer, intern, or to work with us in different capacities.

Nothing has ever been so fulfilling! To anyone looking for growth and a wonderful work experience, consider The Surf Project!

Nyasha ManjeyaStaff (2017-2019)

Working with The Surf Project is one of the biggest blessings I ever got from God. Definitely a life changing experience!

Carlos Nacpil IIIStaff (2017-2019)

I've never seen anything like this in Ireland or Europe. I love life's lulls which is when we all get to really share with one another.

Timroy LeunisStaff (2014-2016)

Working for The Surf Project really changed my faith and my views on God, so that now I can help others

Emer Ní RaghallaighParticipant turned Surf coach

It is a pleasure and a joy to work alongside: