Your Adriatic Academy Hosts


Shawn Frederick

With an insatiable appetite for adventure and living life to its fullest, Shawn has spent most of his adult life traveling the world leading photographic adventures with elite athletes and numerous magazines and film productions.

Growing up shooting pictures of his friends skateboarding in swimming pools, riding dirt bikes in the desert and surfing the local waves near his home in Southern California. Shawn knew this was his calling and began to study professional photography after high school at Chaffey College and then went on to study at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. After finishing his university studies at Brooks Institute, he began traveling more full-time on high adventure assignments. To date, Shawn has traveled to more than 48 countries and ironically, the same in states of the USA. He has worked on more than a dozen book projects and his photographs have been featured in hundreds of magazines, in countless national advertising campaigns and are also displayed on the walls of private fine art collections. Shawn has won numerous National Awards and Citations of Excellence for his photography work and strives to pass along everything he has learned to the next generation of photographic artists and photography enthusiasts alike.

His latest photographic book, “The Idiots Guide to Digital Photography" for DK Publishing in NYC is one of photographic education, which is the cornerstone of Shawn’s passion with his photography. He remains a global ambassador of Canon Cameras, Gitzo Tripods and Tenba camera bags, and often speaks at universities, colleges and teaches at workshops and retreats based on his tenure working as a professional photographer and adventure guide.

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JD Platt is our resident Ambassador of Fun & Adventure, and hails from the great Pacific Northwest in Bend, Oregon. He is one of those people that everyone loves being around, and he thrives on Adventure and Exploration. Early in his adventurous life, JD was a professional snowboarder traveling on the national & world tour and pushing the athletic boundaries of a then, newly formed sport. After his pro snowboarding career of more than 13 years, he took his love for animals to the next level with launching, The K9 Kings, his canine entertainment company. At K9 Kings, JD travels the country entertaining thousands of people with his amazing dog shows.

Most recently, JD launch his newest company in the outdoor adventure world- JDSUP. With a wildly fresh quiver of designs for the Standup Paddle Boarding community, JD’s incredible SUP boards are 100% inflatable and are very well thought out designs. Each board has a purpose and are to meant to enhance the joy of your standup paddle boarding experience. He even created the first designed SUP board specific to your ability to bring along your puppy for a day on the water with his “PawPerch”.

JD will be on the water and leading guests on our SUP Adventure Retreats throughout the summer in many of our island locations.

Anne-Marie Gayer

AnneMarie has spent her life traveling the globe from her home in California, and often finds herself in Croatia many times a year visiting family. She absolutely loves sharing her passion for the culinary and architecture of Croatia, as well as it’s people, it’s unique character, it’s old-world culture & history and it’s stunning beauty. With extensive traveling to far-off locales, her cultural education and assimilation began at a very young age. This has become the corner-stone and foundation for her love of travel, family, nature, cuisine, culture, sport and the arts.

AnneMarie graduated summa com laude at FIDM: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and has had a long career working with top fashion brands in both NYC and LA. After many years in the corporate world of fashion, Anne-Marie decided to nurture other areas of interest, such as studying the culinary arts with an emphasis on the pastry and baking. She has also studied extensively in nutrition and graduated with honors from IIN: the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York as a certified Health Coach. Anne Marie’s dreams have become quite a reality she says, where she finally gets to share all of what she’s studied with the world through the Adriatic Adventure Academy.

Anne Marie is a Founding Partner and Coordinating Producer in charge of all activities at the Academy, and is often found holding multiple digital devices at once. In one hand she has her phones, and the other is often a camera, as she is also a very accomplished and highly creative photographer.