Kyle Thiermann

Surf Ambassador

Kyle is a young professional surfer from Santa Cruz, California, who rallies surfers and consumers to become more aware of the power they have to affect change in their communities, and worldwide. He is sponsored by Patagonia and travels the world while earning his degree in Green Business at the same time.

Kyle first approached Save The Waves to serve as fiscal sponsor for a project he had conceived to make a documentary tracing consumer deposits at large US banks to funding environmentally destructive projects. Specifically, he focused on US depositors inadvertently funding a proposed $1.3 billion coal power plant on the beach in central Chile. His resulting work and video, Claim Your Change, helped convince depositers to transfer $100 million from large banks to community-based neighborhood banks, and in 2010 Kyle received the prestigious Peter Benchley Youth award for his work.