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  • Yvon Chouinard
    Yvon ChouinardAdvisory Board

    The founder of Patagonia, Inc. and a longtime supporter of wilderness conservation, Yvon Chouinard is one of the most respected pioneers of the environmental movement in the world today…

    • Nell Newman
      Nell NewmanAdvisory Board

      Nell launched Newman’s Own Organics in 1993 with business partner Peter Meehan. Nell is the daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and grew up in a Connecticut home with a deep connection to natural, homegrown foods…

      • Mark Massara
        Mark MassaraAdvisory Board

        Mark Massara earned an early reputation in the surfing and environmental communities when, as an attorney for the Surfrider Foundation in 1991, he won a lawsuit against two pulp-mill companies near Eureka, California…

        • Wallace J. Nichols, PhD
          Wallace J. Nichols, PhDAdvisory Board

          Wallace “J.” Nichols spends his time discovering nature. He spent his youth exploring oceans and forests, as well as his own family history, resulting in a fascination for genetics and animal migration, and also human culture and conservation.

          • Keith Malloy
            Keith MalloyAdvisory Board

            Patagonia’s ambassador Keith Malloy is one of the world’s most ambitious and experimental wave-riders in the world today, with an underlying commitment to environmental causes.

            • Evan Slater
              Evan SlaterAdvisory Board

              Evan Slater’s obsession with the sport of surfing started more than 20 years ago in his hometown of Ventura, when he entered his first amateur contest with the hope of someday becoming one of the world’s top professionals.

              • Tim Bluhm
                Tim BluhmAdvisory Board

                As lead singer and guitarist for the Mother Hips, Tim Bluhm has toured the world and awed thousands of audiences with his style of jam-band inspired, free-form, feel-good music, enough to become something of a legend on the Californian music scene…

                • Kevin Hillyer
                  Kevin HillyerAdvisory Board

                  Kevin Hillyer is a Los Angeles lawyer who grew up surfing in Santa Barbara during the “halcyon days” of the early 1980s. After spending a year between high school and college circumnavigating the globe with a surfboard and tent…

                  • Chris Evans
                    Chris EvansAdvisory Board

                    From 13 to 17 years old Chris lived in Costa Rica where his passion for surfing fortuitously synchronized with a powerful awakening to real poverty, reckless deforestation and environmental imbalance.

                    • Michael Stewart
                      Michael StewartAdvisory Board

                      Michael Stewart grew up sliding on the shifting sand bars around Cape Hatteras, and eating BBQ at Bubbas #2 shack; but he now finds himself slotted near the Golden Gate bridge.

                      • Drew Kampion
                        Drew KampionAdvisory Board

                        Drew Kampion is a former editor of Surfer (1968-72), Surfing (1973-82), Wind Surf (1982-89), and Wind Tracks (1996-99) magazines. He was Editorial Director for the Patagonia clothing company (1990-91) and Associate Editor for New Age Journal (1992).

                        • Peter Kim
                          Peter KimAdvisory Board

                          Peter grew up loving the ocean, despite growing up in Ohio with no ocean in sight. Every opportunity he got, he sought the refuge of the ocean to play and explore.

                          • Nelio de Sousa
                            Nelio de SousaAdvisory Board

                            Nelio is a well informed optimist and civic activist. He believes it is possible to have a better world and improve the life of many people on the planet. Creating awareness (education) and change, as well as preserving the natural environment

                            • Peter Reich
                              Peter ReichAdvisory Board

                              Pete is currently an inspector for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Oil Pollution Prevention Program.

                              • Sachi Cunningham
                                Sachi CunninghamAdvisory Board

                                Sachi Cunningham is a documentary filmmaker, visual journalist and Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism at San Francisco State University.

                                • Jay Drake
                                  Jay DrakeAdvisory Board

                                  Unlike most attorneys, Jay believes that talk is cheap and that actions speak louder than words. His legal advice has proven essential to the organization.

                                  • Dr. Tony Butt
                                    Dr. Tony ButtAdvisory Board

                                    Tony Butt has a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Plymouth, UK, and worked as a part-time research fellow with the Coastal Processes Research Group for seven years.

                                    • Dr. Shaw Mead
                                      Dr. Shaw MeadAdvisory Board

                                      Dr. Shaw Mead has over 10 years experience in marine research and consulting. He has published 27 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has solely or jointly produced over 100 technical reports pertaining to marine ecology, coastal oceanography and aquaculture.

                                      • Alex Dick-Read
                                        Alex Dick-ReadAdvisory Board

                                        Alex Dick-Read never meant to be a surf magazine editor, but as a freelance journalist covering the Caribbean region for Associated Press and then Reuters from his home in the Virgin Islands, he just couldn’t say no when the dream job was offered.

                                        • Terry Gibson
                                          Terry GibsonAdvisory Board

                                          Terry Gibson is perhaps one of the most influential proponents of coastal conservation on the coast of Florida. Originally a writer for Surfer Magazine, he wrote the One World column

                                          • João Valente
                                            João ValenteAdvisory Board

                                            João Valente is the founder and editor of Surf Portugal Magazine, the first surf magazine in Portugal. Growing up in Brazil, João’s family moved back to their native Lisbon in the early 1980’s

                                            • Peter Mull
                                              Peter MullAdvisory Board

                                              Peter Mull is a civil engineer and project manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, for which he has overseen numerous wetlands restoration projects, as well as developed beneficial sand management practices along San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

                                              • Lesley Ewing
                                                Lesley EwingAdvisory Board

                                                Lesley Ewing is a coastal engineer and swimmer. She has published numerous papers on coastal issues relevant to California and beyond, covering subjects such as tides, sea level rise, El Niños, coastal hazards, tsunamis, and methods to enhance and restore beaches.

                                                • Ted Witt
                                                  Ted WittAdvisory Board

                                                  Ted was a founding board member for Save The Waves, and served as both treasurer and president for several years during his tenure. He started his professional career in Chile, where he founded a web-based translation company in the early 1990’s.

                                                  • Steve Winterhalter
                                                    Steve WinterhalterAdvisory Board

                                                    Steve’s views on development were shaped at an early age, watching a once pristine Southern California get paved over. After graduating from UCSB, Steve worked for six years in the energy conservation business.

                                                    • Jeff Mendelsohn
                                                      Jeff MendelsohnAdvisory Board

                                                      Jeff Mendelsohn is founder and CEO of New Leaf Paper, a company he created with the mission of driving a fundamental shift toward sustainability in the paper industry.

                                                      • Josh Berry
                                                        Josh BerryAdvisory Board

                                                        Josh grew up in a coastal Northern California village on the edge of the wilderness, where he reveled in the region’s untamed coastline. He started Save The Waves’ Chile Program in 2006 and was the organization’s Environmental Director until late 2010.

                                                        • Ben Hewlett
                                                          Ben HewlettAdvisory Board

                                                          Born on an organic farm in Bolinas, CA, Ben was raised on the waves of the Northern California coast and became attached to the ocean at a young age.

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