Our program focuses on taking your surfing to the next level. Conquering fear. Learning water safety. Expanding your ocean and wave knowledge. Returning to the true essence of surfing…FUN!
As the sport of surfing grows, we feel that it is important to set a good example for the younger generation by respecting the environment and fellow surfers, and becoming true watermen and waterwomen, rather than just surfers. There is no other program like Darrick Doerner’s SEA Adventures!
Although the North Shore is known for big waves, there are a variety of surf spots that cater to different levels of surfing. We will only take you out in conditions you can handle that are fun and challenging for you. With his background, there isn’t a better person than Darrick to be your surf guide on the North Shore.
Also known as Double D, Darrick Doerner’s initials ‘D.D.’ not only stand for his name, but think ‘Designated Driver’. He is probably the best in the business when it comes to towing a surfer into waves. In many cases, it is a matter of life or death. A great surfer and all around waterman, Darrick’s resumé reads like an encyclopedia of surfing. Growing up surfing Malibu in the late 60’s and early 70’s, he then moved to the Big Island of Hawaii for his senior year of high school. The moment he finished school, the move was obvious, the North Shore of Oahu. Cutting his teeth and honing his skills in the center of the surfing world, his next step was to become a lifeguard. From 1975-1996 he worked with Hawaii’s greatest watermen, including Eddie Aikau, Mark Cunningham, Terry Ahue and Brian Keaulana, and learned from other legends such as Peter Cole, Greg Noll, Dick Brewer, Reno Abellira, James Jones, Owl Chapman, Sam Hawk, Tiger Espere and Michael Ho. His 20+ years working the North Shore has taught him water safety and given him some of the most important skills to negotiate big water safely. He has set the basic protocol for dealing with a wipeout and the inevitable rescue in waves this large. This is why Double D is the preferred driver/partner of Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton.
In 1996, Darrick left lifeguarding to become an ambassador to surfing. He worked with an apparel company and traveled around the world to teach surfing and to share his knowledge with others. Around that time, a group of friends and DD took their surfing to the next level, having already mastered small waves and heavy water. With the creation of tow-in surfing, the Strapped crew together facilitated a quantum leap in surfing, one of the biggest jumps in the history of the sport.
Some of Double D’s other credentials include:
- Worked with the Hawaiian Water Patrol from 1978-2004, which was in charge of water safety for all North Shore surfing contests. Their role was to ensure the safety of all professional surfers in the treacherous waters of Hawaii. Darrick’s water patrol work for films and TV shows include Big Wednesday, Baywatch, ER, and The Big Bounce.
- Stunt double and surf coach for Patrick Swayze in Point Break (1991). Final “Bells Beach 100 Year Storm” surfing and wipe-out scene shot at Waimea Bay.
- Stunt double for James Bond in Die Another Day (2002). Opening segment shot at Peahi, Maui with Dave Kalama, Laird Hamilton and cinematographer Don King.
- Filmography – Wake-Up Call (1996), Radical Attitude (1999), Endless Summer 2 (1994), In God’s Hands (1998), Strapped (2002), Laird (2003), Step Into Liquid (2003), The Ride/The Day (2004 – Sundance Film Festival Film of the Year), Riding Giants (2004), All Aboard the Crazy Train (2006).