Chilean big wave surfer Ramón Navarro (@SurfNavarro) grew up on the ocean, helping his father with his fishing business and learning to dive at an early age. Ramón has built his reputation on riding giant surf, and his top finishes in numerous competitions throughout the world speak to his talents. A committed activist, he’s worked on numerous projects to preserve his country’s vibrant surf environment.
Don Mirra was born in Nuremberg, Germany to American parents with heritage ties to Scotland and Sicily. He holds a Bachelors of Science in International Business and extensive study in comparative theology.
Having traveled to over 62 nations, his appreciation of diverse cultures began the process of focusing more attention on the power of women as subject matter.
A large part of his creative passion is fueled by his philanthropic work. In addition to his personal projects, Don has photographed for organizations such as The United Nations High Commission for Refugees and others.
Born and raised in Bellflower, California, Chris Carter graduated from the California State University at Long Beach with a degree in journalism. Formerly a freelance journalist and editor of "Surfing" magazine, Carter began his career as a screenwriter in 1985 at The Walt Disney Studios. In 1992 Carter began developing projects for Twentieth Century Fox Television, creating The X-Files (1993), which was the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Drama in 1995 and 1997, Emmy-nominated three times for Best Drama, and winner of a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. In 1996 he created the series Millennium (1996) and in 1999 Harsh Realm (1999). For his work on The X-Files, Carter has received three Golden Globe Awards (1994, 1996, 1997), a Writers Guild nomination, two Directors Guild nominations, and an Emmy Award nomination.
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Alan comes from a Cape Cod fishing family that dates back to whaling times. He grew up out on the water surfing, diving and sailing as often as possible. He move west to attend UC Santa Cruz, and upon graduating went to teach sailing on the Sea of Cortez with the National Outdoor Leadership School. There he witnessed illegal fishing practices by huge international trawlers. These damaging practices were not only bad for the environment, but he noticed the impact it had on the small coastal communities. Local fishermen were struggling to feed their families and make a living.
He returned to California to study Marine Policy and earned an Masters in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Drawn to fisheries as he saw a unique opportunity to reconnect our communities to our oceans as our last wild food source. He realized that the health of the environment is deeply tied to food production and what we eat.
He founded Real Good Fish (formerly Local Catch Monterey Bay in 2012) as a solution to reconnect our communities to the ocean and local fisheries. Alan has spent time working with The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International in Indonesia. He was a Sea Grant Fellow with The West Coast Governors Alliance for Ocean Health at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Southwest Fisheries Science Center. In 2014, he won “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Monterey County sponsored by Union Bank and KSBW.
As a photographer + environmentalist, Meg Haywood Sullivan splits her time between shooting campaigns and pushing for environmental stories through editorial features and social platforms. A third-generation Nikon shooter, she picked up her first camera at age 8 and spent much of her childhood road-tripping around the country in her family’s ’87 Westfalia with her father, a photographer, and mother, an internationally-renowned artist. Meg went on to study photography at Pratt Institute in New York and then headed to Montana to pursue environmental studies at Montana State University. Fast forward to present day, Meg’s career has taken her from contributing to a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial with the New York Times to shooting a story with National Geographic Adventure following John Muir’s footsteps to the fastest retreating glacier in Yosemite.
In addition to shooting for environmentally-minded companies like KEEN, Patagonia, prAna, and Clif Bar, Meg is constantly in the works with projects that use adventure as a way to engage people and teach them about the importance of our natural landscapes. Her passion lies in exploring mankind’s relationship with the great outdoors while stepping outside of the box to be a part of the greater good.
Born on the eastern shores of Hawai‘i, Cliff has dedicated most of his life towards discovering innovative means of environmental stewardship while also remaining deeply rooted in tradition. Scheduled to obtain a chemistry PhD from the University of California San Diego in 2018, his academic career is uniquely complemented with his athletic commitment to the sea. While contributing several peer-reviewed publications to the fields of molecular biosciences and chemistry, he has also produced a handful award-winning films that discuss under-represented topics in indigenous activism, ocean conservation, global food security and virtual reality. Fortunate to be featured in several international magazines and newspapers, he has also worked alongside top organizations such as Polynesian Voyaging Society, The New York Times, National Geographic, BBC, NOVA, The Waitt Foundation, Surfer Magazine, Red Camera, Freesurf Magazine, Surfline, The Inertia, Korduroy TV, Pacific Network TV, Oiwi TV, Na Kama Kai, Intertribal Youth, Save the Waves foundation and more to share with global audiences the power of education.
Adam Skolnick (@AdamSkolnick) has written for the New York Times, Playboy, Outside, ESPN.com, BBC.com, Salon.com, Men’s Health, Wired, and Travel + Leisure, among others. He has visited 45 countries and authored or coauthored over 30 Lonely Planet guidebooks. Skolnick is the author the books One Breath and Indolirium.
Dr. James Fadiman is considered America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use. In 1974 he co-founded the Institute for Transpersonal Pyschology, and has since continued to explore potential medical and creative uses of psychedelic drugs. In his most recent book, The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys (2011), he provides insight into safe and correct uses of psychedelic drugs. The book was inspired by his unique knowledge of psychedelic experiences and his desire to explain beneficial uses of those substances. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in Social Relations in 1960, and his M.A. and Ph.D from Stanford University in Psychology in 1962 and 1965, respectively.
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Johnny Irwin ( @CitySurfProject ) is the Executive Director of City Surf Project. Their mission is to teach underserved youth from low-income communities in San Francisco valuable life skills through the sport of surfing. By learning to ride waves, students will build self-confidence and discover tools necessary to overcome boundaries, both in and out of the water.
Not only do they seek to offer a physical education program in schools that do not provide a PE class, they aim to connect students with nature, teaching them to use the ocean as a stress reliever and a meditative outlet.
Students will complete a physically rigorous training program, developing an ethic of hard work and perseverance. Ultimately, their goal is to help youth bring the skills they learn riding waves back to their everyday life in order to relieve stress, deal with trauma, and maintain a positive mental state.
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Dr. Christopher Ryan is an American author best known for co-authoring the book Sex at Dawn. He received a B.A. in English and American literature in 1984 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University, an accredited hybrid low-residency/online learning program based in San Francisco twenty years later. His masters thesis examined difference in specific personality measures between working fashion models and the general public.
Ryan gave a TED talk in February 2013, contributes to Psychology Today and has an interview podcast called Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan.
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