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Darryl “Flea” Virostko

Instructor, Surfing & Ocean Activities


Photo Credit: Charlie Witmer

A native of Santa Cruz, California and Beacon HouseSM Alum, Darryl “Flea” Virostko has earned a reputation as one of the most fearless surfers in the world. Having won the Mavericks competition, which is known as the “Super Bowl” of big-wave surfing three consecutive times, Darryl is an icon in world of surfing and watersports. With a flourishing career in big-wave surf competitions and corporate sponsorships, Darryl has appeared in the surfing films including: Riding Giants, Step Into Liquid, Billabong Odysseys, and most recently The Westsiders, the award-winning documentary that follows the rise and fall of the Santa Cruz surf tribe.

Darryl was at the top of his profession when the celebrity lifestyle that accompanied his surfing success brought with it alcohol and methamphetamine addiction. A near fatal fall from a cliff almost killed him – that was when he decided to get help. Sober now for over 8 years, Darryl is now leading the Surfing & Ocean Activities here at Beacon House, focusing on physical activity, in effect replacing the high of drugs with the endorphins of exercise. Using his amazing skillset as an accomplished waterman, Darryl has designed an exercise-based approach to rehab including surfing at local beaches and other water sports, for our clients currently in the program at Beacon House, as well as our Alumni.

In addition to Darryl’ work with Beacon House, he founded the non-profit, FleaHab in 2014, a sober living program based in Santa Cruz for clients interested in a more holistic approach to recovery. Combined with a nutritional menu and access to yoga, surfing, skateboarding, tennis, golf, biking, hiking, camping and other holistic support systems; offering a new approach to sober living – and new hope for those afflicted by drugs and alcohol..


Celebrating the Recovery Wave with Surf Therapy as featured in Step 12 Magazine.

Beacon House Alum & Beacon House Surfing & Water Activities Instructor, Darryl “Flea” Virostko featured on positive




Monterey County Weekly Feature:

Flea Gets Free

Legendary surfer Flea Virostko found sobriety; now he’s helping the place that helped save him.