Meet The Owners and Instructors Retired Traffic Officers

A little about us and our goals for you

Robert Jones

Owner, Operator, Instructor, Instructor Trainer

(805) 434-1444​

 60 2nd Street
 Templeton, CA 93465 


(805) 434-1444

609 Shannon Hill Dr.
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Retired from Law Enforcement as a City Traffic Officer with over 20 years of experience. Over 10 years of High School Teaching experience as a Driver Education and Driver Training Instructor. Previous Owner of  Precision Driving School in Modesto, CA for 23 years. I am now in my 10th year of business in

San Luis Obispo County. 


Mark Badovinac

Owner, Instructor

(805) 474-1114


940 Ramona Ave
Grover Beach, CA 93433

Retired from the California Highway Patrol as a Lieutenant with 27 years of experience in Traffic Safety and Education. 18 years as a Defensive Driving Instructor and Coordinator, both as an officer and lieutenant. I am now in my 5th year of business in San Luis Obispo County.

Our Goal


For inquiring about Surf's Up Driving School. We are the Central Coasts Premier Driving School, teaching only private lessons. As a State Licensed and Bonded Driving School (DS4449), we exceed all of the requirements set forth by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Students are taught by and only drive with the owners. We are retired California Highway Patrol and City Police Traffic Officers, who have a made career of traffic safety. We can proudly say that we have a pass rate of over 90%, when our students take the DMV drive test the first time. We may be not the biggest driving school, as this is not our goal. Instead our goal is simple. To provide each student with compassion, patients, experience, and the knowledge that we have gained, in our combined 47 years as Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Officers. We know you have a choice in schools, and we hope to earn your trust.


To provide each student with Quality Driver Education and Driver Training, while demonstrating our number-one priority; "Driver Safety."  We promote industry leadership and guidance in the development of uniform laws pertaining to the licensing of novice and experience drivers.  Surf's Up Driving School is committed to building confidence Behind-The-Wheel, while teaching new drivers, sound knowledge, the fundamental skills of driving, and the technology behind-the-wheel.


Having a love for driving and respect for the road, our philosophy is simple. Provide each student with excellent service and total customer satisfaction. We offer not only honesty, knowledge, and expertise that you would expect from a State License Driving School, but even more important, a sincere care and interest for each student and their driving needs. We do this with dedication, compassion, and skills obtained from careers in law enforcement and love for the road.


Every student, during each Behind-The-Wheel Driver Training Lessons, will drive with one of the owners. A retired California Highway Patrol Officer or City Police Traffic Officer.  We are both Certified State Licensed Professional Driving Instructors, who have made a career of traffic safety. We will assist each student in becoming a competent and safe driver, through the use of stress free teaching and one on one training. 

All Lessons Are Private

We do not use students to pick-up students at anytime.  We feel this puts our students at risk and adds unnecessary stress to the learning environment. With this added one on one time, stress levels are reduced, allowing students to learn more, while helping to develop safe and responsible driving skills. 


We are committed to serving you with a quality learning environment. We look forward to meeting you and were always only a phone call, text, or e-mail away.



Robert Jones

(805) 434-1444


Mark Badovinac

(805) 474-1114