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Ride a Wave's boards are comprised of a number of professionals who are also integral to each beach day's activities.

Board of Directors:

  • Danny Cortazzo
    A full-time firefighter and paramedic, the Ride a Wave founder is a former tandem surfing champion and lifeguard.
  • Brooks Lambert
    A former high-tech CEO and president, Lambert runs a product development company and has been a volunteer since 1999. He co-founded Best Day Foundation in 2008 to bring programs like RAW to other locations.
  • Jonathan 'Steiny' Steinberg
    An administrator at an environmental non-profit and a writer, 'Steiny' has volunteered at RAW with his wife Susan and son Paul since 1998.
  • Max Montgomery
    A former tech marketing executive, Montgomery has designed and marketed many award winning software products and services. A RAW volunteer since 2001, he has assisted other local non-profits over the years including the Homeless Garden Project. He co-founded Best Day Foundation in 2008 to bring programs like RAW to other locations, which he also ran as Executive Directorfor 5 years. In 2013 he co-founded and ran Tommie Cares Foundation until 2014.
  • Paul Steinberg
    Born and raised in Santa Cruz Paul grew up surfing and participating in Junior Lifeguards at Cowell's Beach.He has always had a profound love for the ocean, which led him to study biology at UC Santa Barbara. He began volunteering for Ride-A-Wave at 9 years of age and has volunteered in every aspect of the organization from beach buddying and bodyboarding to tandem surfing. Now a ten-year lifeguard veteran Paul coordinates safety for the camps and is proud to sit on the board of directors..

Advisory Board:

  • Dave King
    A well-known real-estate agent in Santa Cruz county, King has been a RAW mainstay since 1998.
  • Rocky Snyder
    A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer since 1993, Snyder had been named Best Personal Trainer of Santa Cruz County for four straight years. The author of Fit to Paddle, Fit to Surf, and Fit to Ski lives in Aptos, California.
  • Don Calerdine
    In love with all things ocean, ever since his cousin threw him off the Hermosa Beach pier at the age of 5. Don has been a member of RAW since 1998, and worked with Camp GoodTimes before that. He owns a local Biomedical Engineering company, and also works at UCSC in IT. With a family of 4 daughters, and an amazing wife, he has learned to mostly keep his male mouth shut.
  • Tim Loomis
    A RAW volunteer since the beginning, Loomis began his involvement with surfing and the environment in 1989 as membership chair for Santa Cruz Surfrider Chapter. He created surf rep business Big Sur Styles in 1991 and has held posts as Original Log Jam Fundraiser Chair, Big Stick Surfing Association, spokesman for Surfer's Environmental Alliance, and president of Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen.

Please contact us to learn more about how you can help Ride a Wave.

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