HAPPENING NOW: Open Martin’s Beach!

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Rob Nixon

Rob Nixon

Born and bred in Texas for better and worse. Rob grew up around his Father, a pioneering FBI Agent and Texas Ranger who instilled in him the Texas ethos of doing what is right and standing up for what you believe. He grew up spending every summer in a small trailer with his family on the beaches of Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island. In 2005, his beloved park was threatened by development that would have destroyed the lifestyle that generations of South Texas Families had enjoyed in camping at the beach. He became an accidental Activist and became a founding member of the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Since that time, he has built the South Texas Chapter into a well respected Community and Environmental Organization utilizing the Surfrider Foundation Chapter Network. In any issue that he is involved in his only thought is, "I want to look into my boys eyes when they get older and be able to say to them that I did everything in my power to protect and preserve our beaches and your right to enjoy them."

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Liisa Pierce Fiedelholtz

Liisa Pierce Fiedelholtz

Chair

Liisa grew up going to the beaches of Eastern Long Island: East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk. This is her favorite place in the world. It was a desire to protect these beaches as well as teach her children to be responsible for them that led Liisa to the Surfrider Foundation. Now, whether it is about caring for the environment or surfing; it is her children who are the teachers.

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Steve Rabineau

Steve Rabineau

Steve Rabineau is a Partner and senior motion picture literary agent at leading talent and literary agency United Talent Agency, representing top-tier directors and writers. He started his career in the William Morris Agency mailroom before moving to the Gersh Agency where he spent more than two years. In 1985, he joined International Creative Management, where he rose to become head of the literary department and later co-head of the motion picture department. In March 1997, Rabineau left ICM to become a partner at Endeavor. He eventually settled at the William Morris Agency in 2003. In 2009 he joined UTA. A native Southern Californian and history graduate of UCLA, Rabineau lives in Santa Monica with his wife and their two children.

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Anthony “Tony” Radaich

Anthony “Tony” Radaich

Tony presently is the Executive Director of CNM LLP, an accounting and advisory firm based in Southern California. In June 2007 he retired after 38 years with the international public accounting firms of Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen. In addition to his duties as an audit partner at Ernst & Young, Tony was responsible for overseeing the "Entrepreneur of the Year" and Venture Capital Roundtable programs in the Greater Los Angeles area. At Arthur Andersen he was the partner in charge of the firm's Woodland Hills, CA office. Tony is a member of the executive committee of the AEA and sits on the Board of Directors for InTouch Technologies, a Santa Barbara-based robotics technology company. In September, he was appointed to a Strategic Advisory position for the leading private equity firm Riodan, Lewis & Haden. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Tony is a California native who grew up surfing on Orange County beaches. He now resides in the Santa Barbara area and continues to enjoy the Pacific Ocean as a surfer, certified diver and boater with his wife, five sons and daughter.

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Kevin Ranker

Kevin Ranker

Kevin has spent his entire life on the coast and in the ocean and is an avid surfer, swimmer, fisherman, sailor and runner. Kevin Ranker concurrently serves as a Washington State Senator and as a Senior Partner at Coast Policy Group, a Seattle based environmental consulting firm.

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Gus Gates

Gus Gates

Oregon Policy Manager

Growing up on the Central Oregon Coast within the Siuslaw Watershed, I got a sense of the importance of protecting healthy ecosystems & special places at an early age. Now as the Oregon Policy Manager with the Surfrider Foundation, I have the honor and privilege of working with the Oregon Chapters and activists to protect ocean and coastal ecosystems along the entire Oregon Coast.

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Melissa Gates

Melissa Gates

Northeast Regional Coordinator

I remember being tucked into the undertow at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, as a kid, and somersaulting away thinking…"Cool! Again, again!" The sensation was better than the coolest roller coaster ride, ever. I was hooked.

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Mark Spalding

Mark Spalding

Mark J. Spalding has been the President of The Ocean Foundation since its founding 10 years ago. Under his leadership, it has grown exponentially from a $200,000 to $5 million/year budget, and he has prioritized its focus on steering the human relationship with the sea to a brighter future through diverse, carefully chosen strategies and projects.

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Matt Gove

Matt Gove

Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager

You are probably wondering: Why should I give my time, effort, or money to support Surfrider? For most of us it comes down to a special place that we love—a beach, a wave, a cove—that is under threat of disappearing or changing forever. Think about your happy place; what would you do without it?

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Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson was born in the coastal town of Durban, South Africa in 1955. "Surfing gripped me hard and fast from the start, passionately and obsessively, from the first moment I stood up on my little red board in the Indian Ocean. That feeling of excitement, of standing up high and rushing across a wave, looking out on the world, has kept me paddling back out, year after year, decade after decade. " Shaun went on to become one of the world's greatest surfers, winning events all over the world from Hawaii to Japan, culminating in the surfing world's top honor, the World Pro Title in 1977. He competed on the pro tour for 16 years, winning 19 professional events, and at the time was both the youngest and oldest surfer to win a professional event. He was a true surfing innovator, developing a revolutionary and radical new technique for riding inside the tube of waves in the dangerous surf of Hawaii.

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Nancy Hastings

Nancy Hastings

Southern California Regional Manager

The very first Surfrider Foundation meeting I attended, I drove home the new Chair of the Malibu Chapter. Following a rather organic lifelong path that ebbed and flowed around art, music, and the ocean, I felt I had finally found something that really got all my synapses firing off all at once. I wasn't going to let that opportunity pass me by!

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Rob Wells

Rob Wells

Rob Wells is Universal Music Group’s President of Global Digital Business and serves on UMG’s Executive Board. He is responsible for strategic development and execution of UMG’s digital business worldwide across its various divisions and around all of UMG’s digital assets, including in the wireless, online and transactional sectors. This includes identifying next-generation distribution channels and strategic partnerships, and working with UMG’s business partners to further extend the company’s digital strategy and reach across current and emerging platforms. Wells has served as UMG’s President of Global Digital Business since October 2010. Prior to that, he was Senior VP of Universal Music Group’s international division, where he was responsible for directing and executing all aspects of the company’s international digital business. He began his tenure with UMG in 2000, when he joined Universal Music UK as Division Director of Digital Services. Prior to UMG, Wells worked in a series of positions at BMG Entertainment, literally beginning his career in an entry-level mailroom job and culminating with his service as Head of Internet and New Media.

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Walter Wilhelm

Walter Wilhelm

Vice Chair

A lifetime surfer who grew up on the beaches of California, going to the beach with his father as early as he could walk. Currently works as President of WWA, consulting with worldwide brands and retailers including major surf and outdoor brands. Over twenty years of experience in apparel retail, and footwear consulting, and technology sales, installation & support. He has owned and operated two retail operations in Utah and spends as much time with his family outdoors and on the beach as he can possibly manage.

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Paul Herzog

Paul Herzog

Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Coordinator

Though I grew up in a rural LA suburb with lots of natural open space, it wasn't until I moved back to it after college that I hiked the hills. Working a few stints on small, organic farms between community organizing jobs grounded me a bit more. Helping Chapters run Ocean Friendly Gardens Programs gives us a great tool to help people prevent urban runoff and restore a bit of the hills in their yards.

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Jenna Holland

Jenna Holland

Direct Mail Manager

As a mother of three, I protect what I love: my children and my beach.

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Angela Howe

Angela Howe

Legal Director

People may wonder why a girl who grew up in land-locked San Antonio, Texas is now working for the Surfrider Foundation. Starting with a move to California for law school, I quickly learned to love the surfing and snowboarding that California has to offer. This drove my desire to protect our beautiful natural environment and help others to enjoy the outdoors!

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Emily Hughes

Emily Hughes

Data Administrator

It starts with me... I don't know exactly when I first started loving the ocean, but it seems I have always loved it. Some could say its because I was born and raised on the coasts of Southern California. Or perhaps its because I was most likely some kind of sea animal in another life. Whatever the case, the ocean has been, and always will be many, many things to me. It nourishes my soul like food nourishes my body. It satiates my senses and rejuvenates my spirit. It awakens me from the trance imposed by an insensible world. To me, the ocean represents freedom, expression, tranquility, adventure, new beginnings, and... hope.

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Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Staff Accountant

What’s your favorite memory at the beach? Without a doubt, my first barrel ride in Ventura, California. It was the most euphoric experience any young surf kid could imagine. After that day, I knew I was stitched.

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Michelle Kremer

Michelle Kremer

Chief Operating Officer

On the first day I walked into the Surfrider Foundation offices in San Clemente, I had no plan to stay as long as I have.

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Laura Lee

Laura Lee

Director of Marketing and Communications

I’m living the dream. Having grown-up in Texas two hours away from the Gulf coast, I feel incredibly lucky to have so many memories on the beach and in the water. Thanks to my mom’s huge love of our oceans and my dad’s passion for fishing, I grew up with a deep appreciation for our coasts and all bodies of water.

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