Zach Weisberg is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Inertia. A former editor at SURFER Magazine, Weisberg's work has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, Forbes, Nylon, The Surfer's Journal, O, The Oprah Magazine, Duke Magazine, The Huffington Post, and many other publications. Based in Venice, CA, Weisberg recently completed his MBA at USC Marshall School of Business.
Simon Rex also known as Dirt Nasty, is an American entertainer. Rising to fame as an MTV VJ, Rex later became an actor known for What I Like About You, Scary Movie 3, 4, and 5, and National Lampoon's Pledge This!. He later developed a rap persona, Dirt Nasty, and had several solo albums and co-founded the supergroup Three Loco.
Dave “Nelly” Nelson is a globally published veteran surf and skate photographer with countless magazine covers and spreads to his name. After spending years as a senior photographer at TransWorld Surf Magazine, Dave now shoots freelance for domestic and international publications. Major action sports brands such as Vans, O’Neill, Fox, and Reef commonly contract Dave to shoot on location for trips locally and abroad. As one of the best action water photographers in the world, he is usually in the right place at the right time to produce “the goods”. Dave’s personal relationships and mutual respect with some of the most elite athletes in the world gives him access to the best action at the best spots.
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Words from Malachi: Shaping is my passion and my art. My goal is to make high performance surfboards for the surfer that has no boundaries, and a need to push the limits of their ability across the globe. Furthermore, I want my boards to be eco-friendly, durable, and of the highest performing materials to ensure that my surfers travel fast, light, and most importantly have fun.
Growing up and surfing the Central Coast of California, we have a multitude of waves and challenges surfing here. Which is why I believe it is the best location to test and create equipment that can act as not just a tool to explore your personal surfing, but to act as a companion on your journey to explore new venues.
My team and I are constantly testing new ideas everyday to make sure that every product has the Route One team stamp of approval. I use the best tools I can to create and design the highest possible performing surfboard, to suit the ever changing needs of the free surfer and the explorer. And I love working with individuals to help find the perfect companion for their next adventure.
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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.
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Tom Powers is a lifelong spearfisherman and was one of the early pioneers at Mavericks. He now works as a realtor for Seabright Morgage in Santa Cruz, CA.
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Kevin Johnson is the founder and CEO of Zero Gravity Institute in Austin, TX. Zero Gravity is a state of the art floatation center and private research facility. He is also the designer and manufacturer of Zero Gravity Float Rooms. Kevin brings a vast amount of knowledge, insight and experience to the world of floatation. He has been floating since 1986, when he went to work for one of the world’s first commercial floatation centers.
Kevin is a popular public speaker, giving presentations on floatation tanks, consciousness, shamanism, plant medicines and psychedelics. He has been featured in several magazines and periodicals, and has appeared on many popular podcasts including; “Tangentially Speaking” with Christopher Ryan, “The Duncan Trussell Family Hour”, “The Warrior Poet” with Aubrey Marcus, “Not Just Paleo” with Evan Brand, and “Fat Burning Man” with Abel James.
Raam's father was a prominent Iranian environmentalist who was arrested and interrogated for supposedly being a foreign spy. After he mysteriously died in prison, Raam and his brother decided to pressure the Iranian government for answers. Telling his story here is part of that pressure.
Amy Baldwin is a Somatic Sex and Relationship Coach (trained in the Somatica® Method), Certified Sex Educator, sales trainer and educator for Uberlube, as well as co-owner of a mother-daughter owned pleasure boutique called Pure Pleasure Shop. Amy has a passion for promoting shame-free, pleasure-focused sexuality education while emphasizing the deep emotional and energetic forces behind great sex and intimate connection, offering everything from how-to workshops to erotic empowerment retreats.
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Mark Sponsler's website Stormsurf.com has been the one and only surf forecast source for all variations of the Mavericks surf contest. It has also provided forecast consultation for the the IMAX film "Wild California", Dan Rather's "48 Hours", Ted Koppel's "Nightline", programming from FOX and numerous other TV productions that focus on big wave surfing and forecasting. Mark was the lead surf forecaster for the Hollywood movie "Chasing Mavericks."
Mark Sponsler graduated from Rollins College in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration. He's managed software projects for Rockwell International, Lockheed-Martin, Kaiser Permantente and consulted for Spherion.
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