2017 - Drains to Ocean: Board of Directors & Volunteers
Seth Matson • CEO/President/Chairman
With a history in the surf community that encompasses his entire life, Matson, a surfer since his own grommet days at the Huntington Beach Pier, surfed on the HBHS Surf Team and has worked for top clothing manufacturers Billabong and Hurley. He then branched off to start up his first entrepreneurial startup – The Huntington Beach Pro/Am Surf Series. Matson sat in as the Vice Chair of the Huntington Beach Surfrider Foundation in 2011 and recently served on the Board of Directors for Dave Rastovich's non-profit foundation Surfers for Cetaceans. He was the Associate Producer on the Award Winning Activist Documentary, Minds in the Water and recently the Co-Producer of The Documentary The TransparenSea Voyage Film. Seth currently owns and operates his local Graphic Design company in Huntington Beach, Matson Graphics.
Jeff Deffenbaugh • Vice President
Former World Championship Tour competitor, Action Sports Sales and Marketing manager and owner of the HB Pro/Am Surf Series. Jeff is currently the Territory Manager for Global Surf Industries (HS - Hayden Surfboards). Jeff has had an extensive background in competitive surfing. He's one of America’s most decorated professionals in surfing history, and still maintains a high level profile in the competitive community. Jeff is one of only three surfers in the long history of legendary Huntington Beach surfers to make it to the ASP World Tour (Timmy Reyes and Brett Simpson are the 2nd & 3rd surfers). Jeff was the HB Surfrider Foundation Ambassador in 2011/2012.
Team Manager Split USA
Licensed Real Estate Mortgage Broker
Former Top 44 ASP – WCT competitor
US Tour – Two Time Runner Up
Numerous World Qualifying Series (WQS) wins
3 Time HB Surf Series Pro/Am Champ
High School National Champ 92
HBHS Surf Team Captain 92
Scott Mirtle • Board Member / Spanish Communications
Raised in the sands of Huntington Beach, Scott Mirtle was enthralled with the growing surf culture. A life long Surfer, he graduated from HBHS where he was a member of the surf club. He then attended Golden West Community College, where as a member of the Club Latino, his curiosity quickly grew beyond his borders. So, he traveled far south to live in Costa Rica where he found pristine beaches and his beautiful wife Hazel. After a few years abroad they returned to Huntington Beach to start and raise their family. Scott has since spent his years working in different aspects of the construction industry, currently as a Customer Service Rep for a nationally recognized home builder. Scott spent 5 plus years as the Head Announcer and Voice for a National Radio & TV Commercials for the HB Pro/Am Surf Series, sponsored by Del Taco. A self-proclaimed DIY guy, Scott’s always up for the task of trying to fix and improve things. Scott also served on the art committee for the Surfboards on Parade in 2014. Now, with the inspiration of his childhood friend, Seth Matson, Scott will now take on his biggest task yet, helping with cleaning our streets in order to Protect the Ocean.
Manuel Florence - Outreach Representative - Secretary
Manuel Florence – Local environmentalist with a passion for our ocean, beaches and animals. Manuel has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of America, serving as the Vice President and President. Projects during his terms include raising over $50K and after school programs for teens in need. Manuel is currently the Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) Chairman for the Surfrider Foundation, Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter and has served as a core volunteer since 2007. The BWTF is planning for the second Water Testing Lab in Huntington Beach. Manuel is also a professional brewer, single Father, and dog partner.
Zoe Florence - Volunteer - Minutes
HB Local with a passion for our ocean, beaches, and animals. Zoe is in middle school and currently the Secretary for Lions Heart, a youth social philanthropy club. Zoe has been a Surfrider Foundation volunteer, helping people check-in and recording trash weight at local Beach Cleanups, as well as speaking to City Council multiple times advocating the ban of Styrofoam and one time use Plastic Bags for many years. Zoe is a Jr Lifeguard during the summer (since 2013), an athlete on Soccer and Track teams during the school year, as well as a Soccer player for the CDA Slammers FC team year round.
Sue Balester - Volunteer
Born and raised in downtown Huntington Beach, I was one of the few local residents with a small farm in my backyard. Growing up with fresh fruits and veggies, raising free range chickens for eggs, has definitely made me a conscious shopper. Having a surfing family since the early 70's, I've always loved being in playing at the beach and in the ocean. I finished High School and College up north, majoring in my favorite subject, Art. I then moved back to HB, for some good old ocean therapy and to be closer to my roots. Now, I'm an avid surfer and snowboarder which helps me enjoy Mother Nature to its fullest. I enjoy volunteering for Surfrider Beach Cleanups from time to time with my good friends, and also showing the younger generations the importance of keeping our ocean clean from pollution. Spending extra time on land and sea, has made me more aware of how we, as a society, can help keep the earth beautiful and clean if we all join together in unity.
Header Photo: ©Mike Fink