Kip and Jennifer are just a California boy and a Texas girl looking to make a difference in this big ol' world.
Growing up in Bell Gardens, California, a small suburb of East Los Angeles, one of Kip’s main influences in his life was a childhood neighbor named Monty Heistand. Monty helped teach the neighborhood kids good character skills, and provided a place for everyone to call home. Monty continues to inspire Kip to look for ways to influence children in a positive way.
Jennifer grew up in a small East Texas community where farming, hunting, fishing, and sweet tea were just a part of life. She grew up in a large, close family; and a strong network of friends and neighbors. She watched her parents model giving and sharing with others. Jennifer learned early on that being willing to give or help someone in need often had nothing to do with what was, or wasn't, in your wallet.
For years, Surfari Pals’ creator Kip Cummings has had a vision to help teach kids good character skills. Our goal is to encourage, engage, and entertain them along the way. Kip is the creative mind behind each and every lesson and character. Jennifer serves as the Administrator. They also co-teach the program and each have over twenty years of experience in mentoring many children and youth, both locally and internationally. These experiences, fueled with their passion for this program, and their desire to see children succeed, is the mainstay for everything Surfari Pals stands for, and the reason for the success of the program.
Currently living in Shreveport, Louisiana, which is a long way from the sunny beaches of California, the Surfari Pals characters help remind Kip of good times and fun days at the beach. Many of the Surfari Pals characters were developed through life lessons & personal experiences. Most of them are named after family and close friends.
Kip and Jennifer have six children, four children-in-law, and two grandsons, Grayson and Ford. They also have an English Springer Spaniel named Winston.
Surfari Pals is a member of the following nonprofit organizations: