The Life and Times of Kyle Thiermann
Meet Kyle Thiermann
Kyle Thiermann is a pro surfer, but while many pros are training for their next heat or chasing the next cover shot, Thiermann has taken on environmental issues around surfing,. His other mission is to bring the fun to activism. Double duty in Mexico.
His first YouTube feature took him to Chile to investigate the location of a proposed power plant near Constitucion, titled Claim your Change, a short film on banking and lending power. While documenting the country, he banked some water time in powerful left points.
On The Road
A typical day in Latin America, Thiermann reading a book on the side of the road, waiting for a ride.
The clandestine activist in the shadows. Thiermann in the fading light of a cold California day.
Cruising the North Shore bike path on the hunt.
Thiermann, perfectly silhouetted in the NorCal beachbreak.
Thiermann's first "real" day surfing Maverick's, a special moment for many Santa Cruz surfers. Although he had technically surfed there before, this past January was the first time with the inflatable vest and his own board. Shawn Dollars XXL paddle nominated wave was caught about an hour after this wave.
Chasing Maverick's II
Same wave, later in the sequence. Thiermann maintained his focus and conquered this one.
No ankles were harmed in the landing of this floater.
Thiermann's most recent project has been raising awareness of the Genetically Modified Organic crop issue. This has turned into a huge cause among surfers where Hawaii has become ground zero.
Thiermann's not a bad skater either. Sector Nine shredding in Santa Cruz.
There were a few dreamy days in California this past winter. Theirmann was there for all the important sessions.
Riding For Change
Thiermann in Hawaii for his Surfing for Change YouTube project, documenting a solution to the problems of plastic bottles and bags.
Be The Change
"I feel like apathy is the symptom of feeling overwhelmed. That's why in the Surfing For Change YouTube series we make a point to give simple solutions both in the videos and on our website," says Thiermann. "When people know what they can do, the seemingly audacious problems of the world become a lot more solvable."