SAN CLEMENTE, CA – MARCH 28, 2011
Ocean Minded is pleased to announce the addition of surfer and globetrotter Holly Beck, renowned Hawaiian watermen Aaron and Riggs Napoleon, SUP Yoga devotee Gillian Gibree, and artist Heather Ritts to its team of Brand Ambassadors.
Holly Beck is a surfer, explorer, adventurer, and inspirer originally from Palos Verdes, CA. After spending seven years as a competitive surfer, Beck decided to focus her time on travel in search of new waves, people and cultures. Beck joins 2011 Ocean Minded surf Brand Ambassadors Greg and Rusty Long, Daniel Jones, Raph Bruhwiler and other key regional surfers.
Hailing from Oahu, Hawaii, father and son duo Aaron and Riggs Napoleon carry on the generations’ deep tradition of Hawaiian watermen. Aaron’s SUP race resume boasts multiple podium finishes in benchmark SUP competitions like the Battle of the Paddle. Equally ambitious, his 13 year old son Riggs pushes himself while racing among the best SUP athletes in the world.
Gillian Gibree is a Massachusetts native who developed a love for the ocean while lifeguarding on Cape Cod. After college Gibree spent some time traveling and lifeguarding, until she moved to California to start a SUP clinic, ‘Paddle Into Fitness’. The clinic offers beginner lessons, SUP Yoga, and SUP Fitness in San Diego, Sunset Beach, and retreats worldwide. Gibree and the Napoleons join Ocean Minded SUP Brand Ambassadors Chuck Patterson and Candice Appleby.
In addition to these great athletes, Ocean Minded welcomes artist Heather Ritts. Her passion for the ocean inspires Ritts to capture the simple beauty of the sea in vibrant and detailed paintings. Working closely with Ocean Minded, Ritts has painted surfboards, beach cleanup posters, and card designs for the company. Ritts joins Ocean Minded artist Wyland.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Holly, Aaron, Riggs, Gillian and Heather,” said Jake Barret, Ocean Minded’s Brand Ambassador Coordinator. “It’s very exciting to work with such a respected and talented group”. Check out detailed profiles of these and other Ocean Minded Brand Ambassadors at www.oceanminded.com/ambassadors.
Be Ocean Minded™
That simple idea is the foundation of our company. Being ‘ocean minded’ and living an ‘ocean lifestyle’ begins with the inspiration and allure that the world’s oceans and beaches offer each one of us. The Ocean Minded™ brand enables an individual to identify, visualize, and embrace their personal beach and water-oriented passions in the course of their daily adventure.
Live. Protect. Respect.™
We can no longer deny that our planet is rapidly becoming a crowded and polluted place. Ocean Minded™ believes we should utilize recycled and sustainable materials in our footwear, apparel, and accessories whenever possible, and we consistently strive to achieve this.
Additionally, we feel that as both a corporation, and a group of individuals, it is essential to Live, Protect, and Respect our environment. Since 1996, we have been organizing community beach clean-ups around the world, and educating our customers on the importance of leaving their chosen playgrounds in better condition than when they were found.
Our belief that everything eventually ends up in the ocean has led us to host additional clean-ups in the mountains, as well as on the banks of inland rivers and lakes.
These values are the cornerstones of our Brand, and we invite you to Be Ocean Minded™