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Drains to Ocean: Ambassadors


Joel Harper - Writer/Musician/Teacher/Environmentalist
Growing up in an artistic household, Joel Harper was encouraged to express himself through music and writing. Now, as an accomplished writer, musician and music teacher, Joel supports his love of self-expression and discovery by managing his publishing house, Freedom Three Publishing, and working with various local, national, and international environmental organizations and initiatives advocating for marine conservation.

Joel currently resides in his hometown of Claremont, California with his wife and two sons.

Joel has written two environmental books, that go perfectly with Drains to Ocean, called “All The Way To The Ocean” and “Sea Change”. His latest book called Frankie finds the Blues is out now. 

Visit: http://www.joelharper.net/ and http://www.allthewaytotheocean.com/

Rockin Fig (Rick Fignetti) - Surfer | Hall of Fame Surfing Icon
The name itself fits the man's personality Rick “Rockin' Fig Fignetti and he is synonymous with Huntington Beach.
A ten-time West Coast Surfing Champion, and member of the first NSSA National Team in 1978, “Rockin Fig” has been and still is the voice of surf announcing for local and legendary surf events including the US Pro Tour, OP Pro, the US Open of Surfing for 16 years and the NSSA Nationals for the past 20 years receiving a lifetime NSSA membership award for his contribution.
Fig has been the KROQ FM “Surfologist” for the last 26 years doing morning surf reports and for 20 years owned a surf shop on Main Street in HB, a local institution called Rockin' Fig Surf and in the “Old School” tradition there are lot's of surfboards on the floor which he'll talk to you about all day long.
Fig is credited over 20 years of surf journalism with his columns in the HB Independent “Wet n Wild” and L.A. Times “O.C. Live” and you can catch him most everyday out riding waves at the HB Pier.

Lets keep our streets CLEAN cause they all drain to the OCEAN!!! ~ Fig

• KROQ Surf Report
• Owner of Rockin Fig Surfshop
• Writer - L.A. Times

Joe Chisholm - Activist / Student of Life, Seeker of Knowledge
Specialties: Tour and event logistics and execution, advancing expeditions, international production coordination, avoiding arrest in foreign countries, camouflage applications and generally good man to have watching your back. Joe also starred in the Acadamy Award Winning Film - The Cove.

• Unit Production Manager/OPS - The Cove Best Documentary 2009
• JDC Productions
• Operations Manager - Wanderlust Festival
• Director of Operations - Waves of Action

Shout outs: S4C Global • Save the Waves • Sea Shepherd • OPS • Drains to Ocean • Buddha

"What great thing would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail..." ~ Robert H Schuller


Jose Cerda - X-Pro Skater / Skateboard Manufacturer / Artist

Jose Cerda is an artist /skateboarder/ curator from Huntington Beach California. He's recently curated art shows for the last three years at different galleries, studio's, bar's in Huntington Beach Ca., Santa Ana Ca., and Long Beach. He's had his own work featured on skateboard decks, wheels and t-shirts. He is currently a Volcom Featured artist. His artwork has been featured in some big projects including multiple Coachella Music Festivals and "Keep a Breast" foundation artshows. If you see a beach cleanup in the Huntington to Long Beach area, you might just see Jose roll up and do his part by picking up some trash.


Mark Youngsma - International Photographer at Large / Artist

Thirsting for adventure and the lure of the unknown…. he once set off on a quest to discover the magic, madness, and beauty of far off lands, diverse cultures, and exotic peoples ………….. not knowing that his journey would evolve into a pilgrimage; a life of outward exploration and inner renewal, of endless roads, vast seas, drifting horizons, and liquid borders …..
Mark is an amazing photographer and artist. Mark captures environmental photos for D2O throughout his travels around the world.

Barry Deffenbaugh - Pro Surfer / Skateboarder / Shaper / Surf Coach / Judge

Barry has had an extensive background in competitive surfing. A former NSSA national champion and also winner of many professional titles at the HB Pro/Am Surf Series, he has also spent time behind the glass as a top professional and amateur judge as well as the Huntington Beach High School Surf Team Assistant Coach. Barry is currently focusing all of his attention to his surfboard company.

"The Ocean is my playground, please help out and grab a piece of trash while in the water or on your way back up the beach, every time you play in it.  It's not a kitty box kiddies. Ride the Monkey!"

Surfboard Shaper/Manufacturer
HBHS Assistant Surf Coach - 90/96
HB Pro/Am Surf Series – Multiple event wins
NSSA Open Mens National Champ 91
High School National Champ 91
HBHS Surf Team Captain 91

Header Photo: ©Judah Mehler


Shawn Craddick - Pro Snowboarder / Coach

Athlete/Coach · 1995 to present · Truckee, California

22 National Titles, over a 100 ads, coach... helped create 37 National Champions, Boys & Girls...

Current Sponsors:
32 Boots & Outerwear
Bataleon/Lobster Snowboards
Greenroom OC
Carve Eyewear
Howl Gloves


Ahmed Perez G - Surfer | Artist | Conservationist

Free surfer, multidisciplinary artist and conservationist.

A human being motivated to inspire others. With a great attraction for the sea, waves, the world, its places and its people, cultural exchanges and artistic expressions such as photography, painting, writing and music. Father of Matthias Koa A.K.A Pescadito (a litle fish in English), a beautiful child who loves to surf and take care of the planet.

Modern explorer, with an alternative lifestyle supported by a dedicated work as a professional surfer, artist, and activist in the conservation of the planet through a journey of life that changed the angle from observer to activist in a mission to care for the waves, the oceans, the people and nature.

Founder of AGUA SALADA ... in English SALT WATER, an ecological project created to inspire people about love and consciousness in human ecology.