“We consider ourselves stewards of this place,” she says while standing barefoot in the sand at San Onofre. Dina serves as a board member with the San Onofre Park Foundation and she works with groups who help to connect Native youth to the environment, natural science and the ocean.
While earning his doctorate at UCLA, Nelsen focused his academic research on something he calls “surfonomics,” which proves that the protection of clean water and waves results in surf culture adding millions of dollars annually to local economies.
In her hometown of San Diego, Geminelle says she works to be a clearer vessel so she can better connect with her listeners, and she often gets that clarity in nature— particularly when watching the water.
Sometimes wearing his long hair in a top-knot, violinist Auyon Mukharji has been learning to play basketball lately. He has a humble wit that’s captivating—ask him about the time he tried doing stand-up comedy— but his humor melds quickly into music.
It makes sense that they have a good love story. Vienna Pharaon had developed a successful practice in Manhattan as a couples and family therapist focused on mindfulness—and she’s led several popular Sun Sessions discussions at Faherty stores in New York. Meanwhile, Connor Beaton, a former opera singer and Apple team leader who lived in Vancouver, had founded ManTalks, a podcast and series to create community and guidance for men.
Everyone feels the emotion welling when this muscular man talks of growing up in poverty in Brooklyn, and of helping and listening to others who have also experienced prison life. After serving 10 years in a federal penitentiary, Hector emerged with a new vision for life based on health and fitness, and founded the successful nonprofit, A Second U Foundation.