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Jan 8, 2018

Kyle Thiermann, is a professional surfer, podcaster and filmmaker from Santa Cruz, CA.

When he's not chasing building-sized waves around the globe he works with Discovery Digital Networks as an on-camera correspondent and producer. He also works closely with his main sponsor, Patagonia to beat up products and help implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

From ages 18-25 Kyle created and hosted the YouTube series Surfing For Change. While traveling to the best waves around the world, Thiermann created gonzo-style mini-documentaries about current environmental issues happening in the regions. In the series, Thiermann focused on the power people have to create a better world through everyday decisions.

His first YouTube video in the series details how money kept in multinational banks can be used to finance destructive projects all over the world. This video inspired people to move over $360 million dollars of lending power out of centralized banks and into local banks and credit unions, and reached people throughout North America, South America, Africa and much of Europe.

Kyle has covered controversial stories all over the world. These stories have included the Indonesian trash epidemic, GMO protests in Hawaii, working conditions in Sri Lanka, nuclear power in South Africa, and the adverse effects of surf tourism in Nicaragua.

Kyle Speaks at Universities throughout the country and in 2011 gave a TEDx Talk in his wetsuit. Kyle’s surfing and filmmaking successes have earned him the Brower Youth Award, American Clean Skies Award, Blue Vision Youth Award, and Surfrider’s Pro Surfer Environmental Achievement Award.

Show Notes: 

Kyle’s website:


Hunting Wild Pigs:

Surf For Change:Indonesia Trash Tubes

Kyle’s Ted Talk:

Stewart Brand: the Whole Earth Catalog:

The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journey by James Fadiman.

Documentary: The Internets Own Boy:

Movie: Jim and Andy

Buckminster Fuller:

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