Growing up in Hawaii, I began competitively surfing at an early age. I moved to California and started competing professionally for many years. I have had the opportunity to travel the world, surfing and competing. My wife and I love to call the Central Coast home. We live in Pismo Beach, where I own and operate a small structural engineering firm. Additionally, I volunteer my time as the Esteem Surf Shop team manager. My primary focus is to work with the youth we have on our team, teaching them principals such as hard work and integrity as they become the best they can be as both surfers and young men and women.
Several years ago, after helping my primary and longtime sponsor Billabong put on events, I decided to create a new event at my local beach, Pismo Pier. As a young adult, I surfed in the California Pro/Am series and Pismo Beach was one of the stops. The attendance and excitement for the event was enormous. I remember the pier being lined with spectators and the local impact was incredible. I aspire to create a unique event that contains several components that would lead to the type of impact and excitement those events garnered in the 80’s and 90’s.
The Still Frothy Surf Festival is an exciting and unique 3-day event that includes the only tow-at (jet ski assist) air division on the central coast. This allows our professional surfers to perform mind-blowing airs at high speeds, which is amazing to watch live. The first day consists of the youth divisions, junior guard challenge and the tow-at air show. The second day is full day of heats for the Pro-Am contest.
After running 2 successful events, it was becoming clear that help was needed. It was about that time I received council to expand the team, and so the Still Frothy board was created. This monumental change allowed for expansion – expansion of reach, expansion of services and most importantly, expansion of opportunities to give back to our community.
We were involved with several non-profit organizations, but we felt we could do more in and for our community. So we went to work on creating our own organization and furthermore, became a full non-profit with a 501c3 designation.
I am happy to report that we have raised over $50,0000 the past 3 years for community aid, and we continue to grow. Two years ago, we developed our first annual college scholarship program for local students. This program has become a key component of our Still Frothy Surf Festival.
On behalf of the Still Frothy Nation, I am super excited on what the future holds. We will continue to do everything we can to promote an active beach lifestyle, while we support the backbone of our community – public services, local businesses, and the great people of our amazing central coast community.
We hope you will join us on our journey.