IV SURFRIDER CHAIRS
Hi, my name is Marcus Vicari. I am a 2nd year Biopsychology major at UCSB. I love going on surfing, rockclimbing, and camping trips. I have been dedicated to surfing for a good portion of my life. Growing up in the South Bay of LA I have always seen Surfrider as an important presence that stands up for preserving surfers’ favorite waves. As the Co-Chair and Concert Coordinator for IV Surfrider, my main goal is to raise awareness for Surfrider and stress its unique goal of ensuring the enjoyment of the ocean’s waves for all individuals.
Hi, my name is Shane Dewees and I’m pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies at UCSB. I am from San Clemente, CA and have been involved with Surfrider since I was a baby. Some of my earliest memories are sitting on my mom’s shoulder chanting,”Hey Hey, What do you say? Make the Toll Road go away!” at Surfrider protests. I love surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, and anything else that gets me out into nature. I am stoked to be a Co-chair for the Isla Vista Chapter of Surfrider and continue to preserve our coast while meeting like-minded people. I am so thankful my mom got me involved in Surfrider way back when and instilled the importance of protecting the places we love!
Hello, my name is Josh Inga and I am a second year Earth Science major with an emphasis in Geology and a minor in Cultural Anthropology at UCSB. I am a co-chair as well as a team leader for the Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) program which concentrates on the retrofit of home garden plots in order to reduce the negative consequences they may have on fragile ocean ecosystems. My love for the coast, which played a major factor in my decision to attend UCSB, stems from its grandiloquent beauty, yet unparalleled myriad of biodiversity and recreation all mixed together into one. I am also a scuba rescue/research diver and have been on several dives from Campus Point and in Isla Vista leading me to know first hand the crucial importance of a clean beach and a healthy ocean. A fun fact about myself is that i started my own profitable business growing and selling cacti and succulents.
SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATORS
RISE ABOVE PLASTICS
Hello! My name is Julia Kuhlman and I’m a second year Environmental Studies major, Spanish minor here at UCSB. I’m stoked to help keep our beaches and oceans plastic free as the Rise Above Plastics Coordinator. I’ve been in love with the ocean since I can remember and hope others will fall in love with it too! In my spare time I like to dance, explore the CA coast, and travel. I have a lot of places left to visit, but am so thankful I get to come home to Isla Vista.
Hi I’m Emma and I’m a second year Environmental Studies major here at UCSB. I’ve been involved with the Surfrider Foundation since I was 14, founding the first Surfrider club at my high school and fighting for the successful plastic bag ban in San Luis Obispo County while wearing the notorious Chico company plastic bag monster suit (look it up it’s a rad costume). I have an immense love for ocean activism, for my dog, and for rock climbing. I’m stoked to impact Isla Vista through the Rise Above Plastics campaign. Get ready for a lot of repurposed plastic art and anti-plastic media!
I am a first-year undergraduate at UCSB studying for a degree in environmental studies. I am very excited to contribute to Isla Vista Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics team! Having grown up in surf- and nature-rich Santa Cruz, I am half grom and half tree hugger. I like to think my spirit animal is an osprey, but some of my friends think I am more of a stork.
BLUE WATER TASK FORCE
My name is Brie Shea and I am a first year Biology major here at UCSB! I’m a member of the Blue Water Task Force, and I couldn’t be more excited about keeping our local beaches in great condition. Since I grew up in the Sacramento valley, being able to see and hear the ocean everyday is incredible, and who doesn’t love finding sand in random places around their room? A fun fact about me is that I am six feet tall and I happened to get a scholarship this year from the Sacramento Tall Club!
I’m Marina Varano and I’m a third year Environmental Studies major and Earth Science minor. I’m from San Diego, so I grew up spending most of my free time at the beach with friends and family. Now that I live in IV, I’m in the water more than ever and couldn’t be happier. One thing I love the most about the beaches in our community is the abundance of wildlife, nothing’s better than seeing a pod of dolphins or a flock of birds travel by you while surfing! Since the ocean has been such a consistent source of happiness throughout my whole life, I owe Mother Nature big time, which is why I’m stoked to be a part of Blue Water Task Force!
I am a California native, having never lived farther than a mile from an ocean or sea. I surfed my first wave in Isla Vista during my freshman year, but have always been an ocean and nature lover. I am currently finishing my third year studying biology at UC Santa Barbara and am intrigued by microbes and their effects on individuals. I have combined my two interests by joining the Blue Water Task force, where I test Isla Vista’s coastline waters for bacteria levels and spread the findings to the community.
Hi, my name is Kenny Imery and I’m a third year Aquatic Biology major at UCSB. I’m one of the Blue Water Task Force Outreach Coordinators for IV Surfrider. I’m originally from LA county and I love everything outdoors. Some of my favorite pastimes are camping, hiking, and scuba diving. Last year I went camping to some super remote places in the Mohave and Yosemite and I also spent two months living on Catalina Island conducting Marine Biology research at the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. My main goal as an intern for IV Surfrider is to expose as many people as I can to ocean life by getting them to be super stoked about a ton of cool activities like tide pooling and kayaking! Let’s all be advocates for ocean conservation and coastal management!
OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS
My name is Amanda Shoemaker and I am just finishing my third year as an Environmental Studies major and Spanish minor here at UCSB. I have been a part of the OFG team for 3 years now and am excited to begin my fourth year as an IV surfrider member. I love to Stand Up Paddle surf, do yoga, and spend time outside and on the beach whenever I have free time.
Hello! My name is Marina and I am in love with the ocean! I am a first year biology student at UCSB. I have been around the water since I was a little girl always splashing and playing. I continue to take advantage of any opportunity I have to be around the ocean which includes volunteering for beach cleanups, camping, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and paddle boarding. I especially love the aquatic creatures that inhabit our beautiful oceans which why I love organizations like Surfrider who strive to keep the ocean as blue and sparkly as possible. I am a part of the Ocean Friendly Gardens Project in this chapter of Surfrider and I am more than excited to begin working with everybody to develop some amazing gardens as well as educate others about the importance of water run-off and ocean-gardening. Fun- Fact: I am half Thai and love to travel to new and exciting places. I love to visit my family in Thailand and eat Thai food.