Surf + Social Good Salon
Networking // Panel // Surf Trips
Join us for an informative and generative conversation with surfers hustling for good. Grow personally and plug into the surf-inspired movement. Make a lasting difference locally and on your next surf trip.
Last year, an inaugural Surf + Social Good Summit took place in Bali. The event set out to create a global surfing community and social network across sectors: from business, non-profit, academia and civil society. This year's salon, taking place in Brooklyn, aims to build on the success and provide ways for professionals like you to learn more & get involved. A silent auction will feature select art and photography to support growing the network of partnerships. Tyler Breuer (SMASH) will moderate a panel of surf nonprofit leaders joined by local movers and shakers. Come join a community of leaders inspiring change!
Tyler Breuer. Born and raised in New York, Tyler grew up surfing the beaches of Long Island with his older brother Jamie. He was forced to memorize surfers styles on VHS at the tender age of 7. Tyler now works full time, manages his family business, Sundown Ski and Surf Shop and organizes events under the name SMASH Productions (Surf / Movies / Art / Shaping / History).
"I am a 30 year old, self-taught Brooklyn based photographer. Earning a BA in History allowed me to investigate the things that have occurred in the world of which I knew nothing about. In that same spirit, photography allows me to be curious about the world and what surrounds us. I enjoy saving poignant moments through a visual medium, documenting lifestyle often fulfills this need quite nicely. I love what I do. When not at home shooting I can be found traveling in search of surf and inspiring natural lighting. " - Ryan Struck
Davina Grincevicius. Davina is the Festival Director of Women of the Seven Seas: NYC Women’s Surf Film Festival, and the co-founder of Lava Girl Surf. A native from Melbourne, Australia, Davina relocated to New York City 8 years ago and currently resides in Rockaway Beach. Her passion for surfing, shooting film and building community, mixed with a background in Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media, inspired her to launch Staska NY, a boutique film production agency working with established and start up businesses.
Steve Larosiliere is the President of STOKED, an award winning youth development program voted to the NY 100 (100 most innovative businesses in NY). Steve has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Black MBA, Honored as a Hometown Hero, and given a Community Impact Award. His work has appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, ESPN, Huffington Post, Nylon Magazine, Fuel TV, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Transworld Business.
Since 2000 Dave Aabo has lived and worked in Africa, South America and the United States. He has spent more than four years in Peru developing small business and conservation initiatives that incorporate tourism in rural communities located in the mountains, coast and jungle of Peru. As a Peace Corps volunteer and coordinator, David researched, wrote and presented feasibility plans for “coffee tourism” and “adventure conservation” adventure service tourism initiatives. David also worked with ProNaturaleza, the Peruvian Foundation for the Conservation of Nature, in the Peruvian jungle.
Nick Lynn, Chair, Surfrider Foundation NYC Chapter. Surfrider is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. The NYC Chapter was formed in the 1990s, now has over 900 members, and has been fighting the good fight for beach access, clean water, and an improved coastal environment ever since — our work is supported through tax-deductible contributions made by companies, organizations, and individuals like you.
Christian Driggs, Program Manager, Waves for Water. W4W works on the front-line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. Working with world leaders and strategic partners who take a “no nonsense” attitude toward making global change. Waves for Water is a non-profit organization founded by Jon Rose and supported by Hurley International. In addition, Christian has digital & social media in multiple niche demographics and verticals including action sports, youth culture, art, fashion, music, entertainment and consumer products.
Wiley Todd // Jon Steuber. Wiley Todd has spent his entire life around the water. He spent over ten years teaching sailing on the coast of Maine. A graduate of Bates College, Todd spent his junior year studying in Valparaiso and surfing the Chilean coast. Jon Steuber is a founder and co-CEO of the Valpo Surf Project. He grew up skateboarding and surfing in New Jersey, but established a strong connection to the ocean while attending Bates College in Maine. Steuber was given the 2014 Acción Joven award for his social entrepreneurship work with VSP. Both split time between the United States and Chile.
Mike Kololyan // Mike Reinhardt, Rockaway natives & founders Locals Surf School. NSSIA Certified Surf Instructors. MK: 15+ Years Surf Experience CPR & First Aid Certified. Former Competitive Surfer. Sponsors: Aegir Boardworks & Zeal Optics. Hobbies include surfing, skateboarding, and design. Fun Fact: Stays tan all year round. MR: One of two Head Instructors at Locals 17+ Years of Surf Experience. 10+ Years Teaching Experience. 12+ Years Skating Experience. Former Beach Lifeguard.
Smriti Keshari is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and director. Her work explores issues outside the mainstream and seeks to inspire social change. Drawing from her childhood experiences in India and Puerto Rico to her travels across the edges of the Earth, Smriti weaves a personal narrative of adventure and multiculturalism into all of her projects.
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