by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

The Business of Bodysurfing 

Sixteen-year-old bodysurfing enthusiast and Del Mar resident Jonathan Foster combined his passion with his designing and entrepreneurial skills to create a budding business called Soulful Boards. It all began when he was 13 years old and searching for a unique handplane: a small board with a hand strap that enhances the bodysurfing experience. Jonathan recalled, “I wanted a handplane, and figured I could just make my own. I enjoy the creative outlook, and I knew it would be a beneficial learning experience.”

stident_foster2Fast forward to the present, and Jonathan’s business has branched out from shaping and selling just handplanes to skate decks and even surfboards. Inspired by such like-minded businesses as Brownfish Handplanes and Sector 9, Jonathan admitted that for his future profession, “I would like to continue owning my own business and creating well-designed and sought-after products.” In the meantime he is excelling as a senior at Torrey Pines High School, and especially loves his classes in physics and woodworking. Jonathan professed, “I enjoy learning about things that I can apply in the future.”

Summing up his fascination with bodysurfing, Jonathan shared, “What I enjoy the most is being connected with the ocean; just a guy and some fins.” His family has also embraced an ocean-oriented lifestyle and Jonathan regularly sails with his parents both locally and in exotic destinations such as the Caribbean. In addition to sailing, bodysurfing, and overseeing his business, Jonathan keeps busy through swimming, both as a competitive club swimmer at North Coast Aquatics, and on his high school swim team. He is also the treasurer for his school’s Autism Awareness Club and participates in food drives for the cause.

As for his post-high school education, Jonathan is still researching and visiting various colleges that he is interested in attending upon graduation. For the time being, Jonathan will continue to thrive whether it’s in the water, his business, or school. This soulful founder is sure to make a splash no matter what path he embarks on.

Meet Jonathan

Name: Jonathan D. Foster (16)
School: Torrey Pines High School
Grade: Senior
Parents: Michael and Karin Foster
Favorite Spots Del Sol: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Torrey Pines State Beach, 15th Street, Del Mar Dog Beach, Snooze Cafe, Carnitas’ Snack Shack