DNO Coach – Danny Glassen

Hey everyone! My name is Danny Glassen and I am really excited to announce that I will be the coach for Diegueno Surf Team this upcoming season! I am not from San Diego or California, but I do share the exact same passion for surfing just as all you natives do. 

My hometown is in South Jersey on a barrier island called Long Beach Island or LBI. I graduated from Stockton University in south Nj with a BS in Health Sciences, concentrated in Pre-Physical Therapy (Kinesiology). I grew up in South Nj and have been in and out of California since I was a kid. After graduating college I worked in a Physical Therapy office for 3 and half years. After saving up enough money, I decided to live out my dream and move to San Diego. 

I have been surfing since I was 7 years old and I am now 29 years old. The ocean has always been a huge part of my life and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been exposed to surfing from a young age. Surfing has always been a passion of mine and it wasn’t until 8th grade where I started to compete for fun. Around that same time, I committed myself to surfing all year round. Weather was never an obstacle. Since I went to a coastal school on the east coast, I surfed on their team throughout high school. During college, academics were my main focus and when there were waves I’d surf, snow or shine.

I have a lot to offer to the surf team at Diegueno. My knowledge of body mechanics has been my primary focus on developing and improving all of the kinesthetics movements we take for granted as surfers to execute our maneuvers. My goal is to introduce applications that not only initially develop all of the maneuvers involved with surfing, but these applications will be essential tools that will continue to improve those maneuvers above and beyond.

Name one person you look up to growing up and why.

I’ve always looked up to Laird Hamilton for obvious reasons. He’s a BEAST!

What super power would you choose and why?

Whatever power the Silver Surfer has! Surf anywhere in the universe yewww!!

Where did you grow up? And what’s your best memory of growing up there?

Summertimes on Long Beach Island

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Surfed huge slabs in the dead of East winter for 12 years. I never wanna hear that it’s too cold to surf guys!

Favorite part about being on the DNO Surf Team.

I’m stoked to have the opportunity to give each team member the chance to meet their personal goals with our mutual passion!