#25 SURFER Magazine Editor - Steve Hawk

Steve Hawk (@stevehawk6211) was the Editor of Surfer magazine from 1990 to 1998, and a Contributing Editor since 2004.

Steve moved on to become the editorial director of Surfline/Swell.com, from 1999 to 2001, he then helped start the Tony Hawk Foundation, a charitable group co-founded by Steve's younger brother Tony.

He helped write the surf-themed HBO show John From Cincinnati (2007), and since 2009 has been the Executive Editor of Sierra, the Sierra Club's bi-monthly magazine.

Hawk has written surf-related freelance articles for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Outside, and Harper's. He is the author of Waves (2005), and helped ghostwrite Tony Hawk's How Did I Get Here: The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO (2005). Hawk won a 2012 Maggie Award for "The Cost of Coal," a Sierra magazine exposé into the coal industry. 

#24 Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker - Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown (@margaret13brown) earned her BA from Brown University in creative writing/modern culture and media and her MFA in Film from New York University. She directed Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004) which chronicles the turbulent life of American singer-songwriter Townes Van ZandtTime Out magazine listed it at number 7 on its "50 Greatest Music Films Ever"

Brown also directed the feature documentary The Order of Myths a 2008 Sundance Film Festival selection about the segregated Mardi Gras celebration of MobileAlabama. The film was nominated for Independent Spirit Award. It won many awards including a Peabody Award, a Cinematic Vision Award at the Silverdocs Documentary Festival and Truer Than Fiction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

In 2009, Brown was nominated a Cultural Ambassador for Documentary Filmmaking from the United States to ColombiaKazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

In 2012 United States Artists named Brown a Fellow.

In 2014, Brown directed the feature documentary The Great Invisible which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize for Documentary and an Emmy nomination for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and aired in April, 2015, on Independent Lens on PBSThe Great Invisible features the BP oil spill in the Gulf in 2010 and its aftermath.

#21 Your Mind On Water - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols, called “Keeper of the Sea" by GQ Magazine and “a visionary" by Outside Magazine is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He also likes turtles (a lot).

His experiences as a field research scientist, government consultant, founder and director of numerous businesses and nonprofit organizations, teacher, mentor, parent, and advisor all support his quest to build a stronger and more diverse blue movement.

Formerly a Senior Scientist at Ocean Conservancy, Nichols holds a B.A. degree from DePauw University in Biology and Spanish, an M.E.M. degree in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University, and a Ph.D.degree in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona. He received a Bradley Fellowship to study the impacts of sea level rise at Duke University Marine Lab, a Marshall Fellowship to study at the University of Arizona, and a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico marine station in Mazatlan. In 2010 he delivered the commencement address at DePauw University where he also received an honorary doctorate in science. In 2011 he was inducted as a Fellow National member of the Explorers ClubIn 2014 he received the University of Arizona's Global Acheivement Award.

#19 The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide - Jim Fadiman

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.






#18 The Mushroom Forager - Randy Garrett

Randy Garrett is a spearfisherman, surfer, and mushroom hunter. During this conversation Randy blows our minds about the world of edible mushrooms. 

Suzanne Simard


Merlin Sheldrake


David Arora


Paul Stamets


Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast


Fungus Federation Santa Cruz


Michigan State Cancer Researcher




#14 2X Big Wave World Champion - Greg Long

Greg Long (@GergLong) is by any standard the sport’s most celebrated big wave surfer—and by those same standards the most successful. In a career that now spans two decades Long, 33, has been awarded virtually every title in the big wave riding arena, including multiple XXL Global Big Wave Awards including Biggest Wave, Ride of the Year and Performer of the Year. He is the only surfer to win all three of the sport’s premier big wave competitions, including “The Eddie” at Waimea Bay, and was crowned 2013 Big Wave World Tour Champion. His list of accolades include the SIMA “Waterman of the Year Award”, a National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” nomination and the runner-up placing on Men’s Journal magazine’s “50 Most Adventurous Men” ranking. In 2012 Long was featured in the Fox Pictures release “Chasing Mavericks” both performing surf stunts and as a story character, and had the starring role in the 2014 ESPN adventure series “Big Wave Hellmen”.

Yet despite amassing a ‘Maverick’s size’ resume in danger waves, Greg Long hardly fits the stereotype of the extreme athlete (read; daredevil) who pushes himself closer and closer to edge in search of the ultimate video clip. An inveterate explorer, Long has circled the globe pursuing a much more personal form of self-expression, chasing storms to some of the most remote coastlines on earth, riding giant waves alone, or with a few close friends, far from the cameras and the limelight. Deeply thoughtful and well informed, Long has become one of the sport’s most articulate spokesman, lending his perspective and credibility to a number of ocean-oriented environmental groups, including The Surfrider Foundation, Save The Waves and Sustainable Surf. And, perhaps most significantly, he’s served as a volunteer/ambassador with organizations like Surfers Healing and the Best Day Foundation, both which offer unique “surf therapy” to autistic and ‘special needs’ youth; sharing his love of the ocean, and the spiritual alignment he finds in waves of any size.

#12 Meet The Surfer Turned Farmer Reinventing Food In Southern California

Evan Marks is the Founder and Director of The Ecology Center (@theecologycenter.) with his background in permaculture and agroecology, and, having worked extensively in California and Hawaii and internationally in Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria, Evan Marks knows that people have the ability to directly impact the environment through individual change.

#11 9X Skateboarding World Champion - Andy Macdonald

Andy Macdonald (@AndyMac720) has been crowned as skateboarding’s World Champion for nine years in the World Cup Skateboarding Series. He has competed in every X Games since its inception and owns 23 medals. Known for his clean image, Andy has made many high profile TV appearances in recent years, promoting a positive drug-free lifestyle, and of course, skateboarding. Andy’s appearances include 60 Minutes, the Craig Kilborn show, and The Tonight Show where he surprised everyone by ollieing onto Jay Leno's desk after being introduced. The culmination of Andy’s work with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America was a speech at the White House to introduce President Bill Clinton, where Andy was the first person to ever ride a skateboard down the smooth marble hallways inside the White House.

#10 Discovery News Science Correspondent - Trace Dominguez

Trace Dominguez (@tracedominguez ) is a professional geek for Discovery Communications who constantly seeks interesting stories in space, biology, history, animals, earth, internet, politics, pop culture, and physics.

Some science YouTubers call themselves "science communicators," but Trace considers himself more of a science enthusiast meets Wacky-Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubeman. 

#8 Tyler Fox - Founder of Santa Cruz Waves Magazine & Pro Surfer

Tyler Fox hales from the cold water and powerful waves of Santa Cruz, California. He has been fortunate enough to travel throughout Europe teaching kids to surf, mixed it up with the world’s best big wave surfers on the Big Wave World Tour as well as a recent 4th place finish in The Mavericks Invitational where he was the only goofy footed surfer to make the final. His success is not limited to oceanic activities but also extends to running his local business Santa Cruz Waves, a print and online media outlet serving Santa Cruz County and beyond. Founded by Tyler in 2010, Santa Cruz Waves acts as a voice for environmental, social, and sports news to a growing base of readers.

Tyler has always had a deep connection with the ocean and actively supports the efforts of Save The Waves Coalition to preserve and protect this resource so our future generations can enjoy it for years to come. His dedication to both his local community and the coastal communities abroad make him a perfect ambassador for Save The Waves Coalition.  Follow Tyler’s adventures on his Instagram @zorro_del_mar.

#7 Dr. Kendra Karr - Why Cuba's Fish Matter For The Rest Of Us

As a Scientist with the Fishery Solutions Center, Kendra conducts cutting edge research that drives innovation in fishery assessment and management. Her research focuses on data-limited stock assessment, fishery management and science-based networks of marine protected areas. Kendra advises EDF’s international and national teams on identifying gaps in science knowledge at local levels; building knowledge and capacity in diverse areas; and developing comprehensive fishery management approaches that result in better ecological, social and economic outcomes. Kendra has conducted fisheries research in Belize, Cuba, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines and the Pacific coast of the United States.

In addition to her role with the center, Kendra is a research associate with the University of California, Santa Cruz’s (UCSC) Institute of Marine Science. Prior to joining EDF, she worked for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Initiative where she supported research on marine restoration, spatial planning and policy. Kendra assists the Seafood Watch Working Group on Data-Limited Fishery Assessment and advised Fairtrade on methodologies for certifying fisheries as fair-trade.

Kendra holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Marine Ecology. She is also an award-winning photographer and in her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, knitting, gardening, sailing, biking and scuba diving.

Source: https://www.edf.org/people/kendra-karr