Benny Drescher, President
Hi, I’m Benny, an undergraduate at UCSB studying for a B.S. degree in environmental studies. Having grown up in surf- and nature-rich Santa Cruz, I am half grom and half tree hugger. I pursue and promote sustainability in my life and community by promoting DIY and scavenger lifestyles. I garden, repair old clothing, compost and collect building/crafts materials from waste streams. I got involved with Surfrider as a freshman to confront plastic overconsumption and have been working ever since on projects such as a Bring Your Own Cup campaign, reusable cup campaign, and a broken surfware collection site.
Salina Manibog, VP Internal Affairs
Hi, my name is Salina Manibog and I am a second year pre-bio major at UCSB. I was born and raised in Kauai, Hawaii and moved to the bay area of California a few years ago. I am constantly looking for a new reservoir to explore. On my free time I love going to the beach, hiking, running, and sculpting ceramics. I got involved with Surfrider about 4 years ago as the co-founder and co-president of the Surfrider Foundation Club at my High School. I continued my Surfrider involvement at UCSB with Isla Vista Surfrider and have grown to love the chapter. Preserving the ocean, protecting our planet as a whole, and meeting great people are all important passions of mine. I am happy to be the Social Media Manager Intern for Isla Vista Surfrider and can’t wait for the amazing year we have ahead of us.
Scott Webb, VP External Affairs
Hey there, my name is Scott Webb and I am a senior studying Hydrological Sciences with a policy emphasis at UCSB.I have always been an outdoorsy and ocean oriented individual, living a jog away from Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa, and a short drive from the pristine Sonoma Coast. Outside of school I enjoy surfing, backpacking (wilderness and hosteling), running, and playing/performing music. A grassroots organization such as Surfrider who fights for easy public beach access as well as maintaining healthy water quality is something I am very proud to be a part of.
Lexi Briggs, VP Administration & Secretary
Aidan Scott, Treasurer
SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATORS
Marcus Vicari, Chair
Hi, my name is Marcus Vicari. I am a 4th 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 Foundation as an important presence that stands up for preserving surfers’ favorite waves. As the President for IV Surfrider, my main goal is to raise awareness for Surfrider and stress its unique mission of ensuring the enjoyment of the ocean’s waves for all individuals.
Hey! I’m Megan Hooper, I’m a first year economics and accounting major at UCSB. I’m originally from Baltimore, MD right in the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. During my free time you can find me hiking, gardening, cooking, or hanging out at the beach. My love for the ocean stemmed from spending most of my younger years sailing in the harbor and setting crab traps outside of my grandparents house in Annapolis. I became interested in the health of the ocean after studying abroad in the Bahamas for a month in highschool. I spent my time on the Island of Eleuthera studying the effects of plastics on marine life and collecting research on deep sea isopods off shore. Being so close to the ocean here at UCSB, I knew I had to get involved with others who loved the ocean as much as I do. I am excited to join the Isla Vista Surfrider Foundation as a Special Events Coordinator Intern!
Hey guys, my name is Kristin Folsom and I’m a second year UCSB student majoring in Global Studies. This is my first year being involved with the Surfrider Foundation, but I have been volunteering with organizations looking out for the ocean since I was little! I grew up in Oceanside, going to various beaches in Southern California year-round. Something I noticed at a lot of these beaches was that, while people appreciated the ocean for its beauty, there didn’t seem to be much concern for its wellbeing. Whether it was locals leaving trash in the sand or tourists crowding harbor seals in La Jolla, there was a lack of respect for the ocean and its inhabitants. I am very excited to be invloved with Surfrider because now I get to help an organization with an ocean-friendly mindset take steps to protect the ocean!
Steven Ingraham, Chair
My name is Steven Ingraham and I am a 3rd year Communication major. I was born and raised in the South Bay of LA (Yes, theres a bay down there) and have been around the ocean my whole life. As a surfer, fisherman, and California native, I value the importance of protecting our coastlines from pollution and over development. I’m stoked to be able to combine my love of live music and coastal conservation with our 17th Annual Concert for the Coast!
RISE ABOVE PLASTICS
Julia Kuhlman, Chair
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.
Hello! My name is Mariell Sabado and I’m a first-year undergraduate pre-Biology major here at UCSB. I love being outdoors; whether its rafting in the rapids or just having a nice outing by the beach. I also enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures; getting to meet new people everywhere I go. As part of the Rise Above Plastics branch, I am eager to share and advocate my passion for our environment and how our individual actions can make a collective impact. I am thrilled to be a part of the Isla Vista Surfrider team to see what differences we can make in our community.
Hi! My name is Colette Lowry and I am a first year studying Political Science at UCSB. I grew up in the SF Bay Area, right next to the ocean. In my free time you can find me hiking, backpacking, or at the beach! My best memories come from being outside and it is these experiences that helped fueled my passion for protecting the environment. I became especially involved in ocean conservation after I volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center, a marine mammal hospital that functions to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured marine animals. Seeing firsthand the effects that humans have on these creatures made me want to not only spread awareness about ocean health and preservation, but also seek action; which is exactly why I joined Surfrider! I am stoked to be an intern for the Rise Above Plastics Campaign this year.
Hi! I’m Téa, and I’m currently a first year majoring in both Environmental Studies and Political Science at UCSB. I hope to go to law school and eventually improve federal environmental policy. Originally from Chicago, I knew California would be a better fit for my future. Some activities I enjoy (besides sharing my political views) are beach yoga, vegan cooking, playing guitar, beach volleyball, and listening to live music. I’m definitely a tree hugger and have a love for the ocean, so Surfrider is the perfect niche. I’m super happy with this opportunity as a Rise Above Plastics intern, as I love being proactive about protecting our coasts and limiting waste. Excited for the future!
BLUE WATER TASK FORCE
Shane Dewees, Chair
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 Marina! I am a California girl born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. I love the ocean and California’s beautiful coasts because I have been a sailor for my entire life. Having sailed out of harbors all along California’s coast, I have seen what love and attention (or lack thereof) can do to a coastline, and the neighboring ocean. I joined Surfriders this year becuase I wanted to get more involved with clubs on campus that had to do with protecting the environment, and Surfriders has been just that! I am currently a third year Earth Science major with an emphasis in Climate, and I hope to continue on with graduate school in the next few years.
OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS
Josh Inga, Chair
Hello, my name is Josh Inga and I am a third 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.
Hey! I am Can Cao and I am a junior Environmental Studies B.S. major and a minor in Chemistry at UCSB. I am an international student from China. I have been staying in the US for three years. Before I came to UCSB, I never lived so close to the ocean. My passion for the beach derived from spending my spare time on the beach. I found I always have something to do when I go to the beach, and I feel there is no sound in the world better than the lapping of waves on the beach! : ) I feel responsible to keep our ocean and beach clean and healthy and this is why I join IV Surfirder. I am very excited to be a new intern of Ocean Friendly Garden program and spread my love for the environment through IV Surfrider.
Hey! My name is Isabelle Runde and I am a first year Pre-Earth Science major. I am from Los Alamos, New Mexico, which is a small town in the Jemez mountains. Back home, I spent most of my time hiking and wandering around the mesas, mountains, and plains of New Mexico and discovering the local hidden gems. Living along the California coast is new to me, but very exciting and refreshing. Instead of having mountains in my backyard, I now have beaches. Getting involved in Surf Rider gives me the opportunity to explore, appreciate and protect the environment that is my new home. I am very excited to be part of the Ocean Friendly Gardens group!
My name is Luke Buchanan, I surf the polluted waters of coal oil point. I try to see the signs, sea the sines. I’m an intern in Ocean Friendly gardens. I beleive in Gary Snyder’s sustainable values of getting humanity back to a communal living paradigm based around watersheds. I am working to improve The Ecosystem through community gardening.
ART & MEDIA DIRECTOR
Hey, my name is Maya and I’m an environmental studies and art double major at UCSB! I’m from Santa Cruz, California and have grown up in an environmentally aware culture. I aim to use my art in a way that can promote ocean-friendly habits and increase awareness of how we impact the natural world around us. In my free time, I like to collect seacglass, go hiking, and paint murals. This is my first year with Surfrider, and I am beyond excited to work with others who have the same passion for preserving nature as I do!
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
Salina Manibog, Chair
Hi! My name is Sofia DiBenedetto, I’m a second year Environmental Studies major at UCSB, and I’m so happy to be a part of the Surfrider foundation! My passion for the ocean has definitely stemmed from where I was raised. I grew up in Berkeley, a very liberal and environmentally conscious town in the Bay Area. Now living in the beautiful beach town of Isla Vista, I’ve lived by the ocean my entire life. When I’m not in school, I’m usually hiking, climbing rocks, tanning at the beach, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, or most of all, watching Netflix. I’m also possibly the biggest dog lover you will ever meet. Since surfrider is hands down one of the coolest organizations in IV/California, I’m stoked to be the new Social Media intern!
Hello there! My name is Andrew Shults. I’m from Huntington Beach, California. Currently a third year linguistics major at UCSB with an emphasis in speech and language technologies. I’ve spent my entire life living within 10 minutes of the water and so the Surfrider mission to protect and enjoy the ocean is near and dear to my heart. I love Isla Vista and everything about it, especially the music scene as I am a musician myself. I love to be active and outdoors, and I like to take any chance I can to play sports, go hiking, go camping, or anything of that nature. I’m excited to be the Web Designer and help out the team in anyway I can.