Marley Zalay

Mike's Paddle SUP Instructor, Marley Zalay

SUP Instructor

Joined Mike’s Paddle: 2021

Paddling Since: 2015

Favorite Board: SIC Maui Sonic 12'6"

Favorite Paddle: SIC Talon Paddle

Favorite Paddling Spot: Duxbury Reef 


  • Masters in Public Health in Environmental Health
  • 200-hr Registered Yoga Training (RYT) with Lighting the Path Yoga Teacher Training
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • CPR/First Aid Certified

Find her on the water: 

Surfing and swimming!

Other Favs: 

Singing, dancing, rock stacking, crossword puzzles!

About Marley: 

I feel most at home when I'm outside in nature. When I'm not teaching at Mike's Paddle, you can find me backpacking in the mountains, surfing Northern California breaks, practicing yoga outdoors, or measuring air pollutants. As a lifelong learner, I am continuously curious about and deeply reverent of the natural world. I find so much inspiration and joy in working with children at Mike's Paddle! My work experience includes environmental education with children and adults, teaching surf, yoga, and mindfulness to 7-14 year olds, researching about environmental health at the California Department of Public Health and the California Environmental Protection Agency, volunteering to help elementary school students develop reading literacy, and teaching at San Francisco State University. Science, storytelling, play, and creativity inform my teaching approach. I aim to help students at Mike's Paddle feel a sense of connection to our Bay environment and a sense of belonging in our Paddle community.

Mike's Paddle SUP Instructor, Marley Zalay, smiling at the beach!
Mike's Paddle SUP Instructor, Marley Zalay paddling on SIC Maui Sonic Touring SUP board
Mike's Paddle SUP Instructor, Marley Zalay SUPing with our students in Kids Summer Camp!
Mike's Paddle SUP Instructor, Marley Zalay performing single leg downward dog yoga pose while on a beautiful hike by the coast!