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Trey grew up in Virginia Beach, where the Chesapeake Bay empties into the Atlantic Ocean and he spent his formative years riding waves, sailing Hobie Cats, tending crab pots, and exploring the Outer Banks. During his time working as a surf guide in Indonesia and Central America, he witnessed firsthand the plastic pollution crisis and dedicated himself to raising awareness. As a graduate student, Trey founded UC Santa Cruz's first ocean-focused student organization, the Sea Slugs, and directed the Save The Waves Film Festival.

Trey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, and is a PhD candidate researching surf history and culture at UC Santa Cruz. As Surfrider's Senior Communications Manager, he curates the brand voice, manages public relations, and shares impactful stories from Surfrider's environmental campaigns.

Once an avid traveler, Trey now enjoys spending time and catching waves locally at Sandbridge Beach with his wife and two kids.