ABOUT DEREK THOMAS
The ocean and music have shaped the passionate life that Derek Thomas leads . His unflinching belief in doing what he loves, easy going attitude and ability to adapt are some of the characteristics that have brought him to where he is today. Thomas' is a professional songwriter/recording artist and as well as a nationally certified surf guide/surf coach with decades of experience. His ocean experience includes running various water activities from surfing, sup and ocean kayaking to being a private surf guide as well as team building for corporate groups.. Over the years Thomas' has provided live entertainment as well as instruction in various top of the line water activities for all kinds of situations, be it high end exclusive resorts to more off the grid low profile establishments. He holds 3 music degrees-Musicians Institute, Icon Collective and Dick Grove. When traveling he commonly performs with acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica, playing everything from soothing ambient finger style guitar to classic feel good happy hour style covers, bluesy grooves and more jazzy material. He has the ability to play lead over his rhythm guitar and play pre recorded drum beats making it sound like a full band. Derek Thomas is also the lead guide for Lavida Laguna adventure company, has worked with the Hawaiian Lifeguards while living in Kona Hawaii for two years and been a water activity director on Saint John for Maho Bay Resort for two seasons. Most recently (summer of 2017) he held the position of surf guide/entertainer on the exclusive yacht Ocean Divine in the Maldives ( see more in the Surf Guide section). Thomas has excellent credentials but more importantly the awareness, experience and passion to pass share it with others.
“I knew at a very young age I wanted to make a living doing what I love. I have been involved with ocean activities and playing music my entire life. Assisting others along the way feeds my soul”.
He has been a solo performer at resorts around the world. He is a working songwriter for a Nashville-based music publishing house. His music has received 4/5 star reviews in Rolling Stone Magazine, "Best of LA Americana Music" for both 2012 and 2014 and he writes for various projects and genres. Recently (2017), two of his Americana Alt/Country tunes from his"Beyond The Trestles" album have been placedin Sharon Stones up coming film " A Little Something for Your Birthday".
Thomas finished ranked 3rd on the WSA circuit, 2017, is a team rider for local board shapers Wave Tools Surfboards . https://wavetoolssurf.com/team/derek-thomas/ Driftwood Caravan and a new endorser for Sun Bum Sunblock. Thomas holds the highest level Surf Instructor and Surf Coach Certification through NSSIA which is one of only two government international recognized surfing certification programs. He is CPR/AED certified and background checked/verified to work with children.
Watch a home made video of his song " Lost in Connection" with footage from a recent surf trip to El Salvador :written and performed by Derek Thomas.