ABOUT DEREK THOMAS
The ocean, creativity, health and music have shaped the passionate life that Derek Thomas enjoys. His strong belief in doing what he loves for a living, soulful easy going attitude, passion for authenticity and connection to community are some of the characteristics that have brought him to where he is today. Over the past two decades Thomas' has honed the skills that he is passionate about. He has been a nationally certified Surf Guide/Coach for some of the worlds most exclusive resorts, a Breath-Work/Meditation & Yoga facilitator and is a professional songwriter/ performer who is often hired to perform as well as guide.
Combining these passions have landed him in some very unique and mystical places over the years. Most recently (2018 season), he has been the entertainer/surf guide/yoga instructor for the exclusive surf resort company Pegasus Lodges flagship location "Pinnacles on Telo" in North Sumatra, Indonesia ( see more in the Surf Guide section). Last year (summer of 2017) he held the position of lead surf guide/entertainer on the luxury yacht charter "Ocean Divine" in the Maldives.
Derek has excellent credentials but more importantly the awareness, experience and passion to engage and connect with others. His ocean experience includes exclusive private surf guiding and entertaining in exotic locations for various companies, running various water activities from surfing, sup and ocean kayaking to team building for corporate groups and facilitating yoga, breath-work and mediation classes. Thomas' is also a 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/performer on Saint John for Maho Bay Resort.
With 3 music degrees-Musicians Institute, Icon Collective and Dick Grove he has the unique ability to provide the appropriate music for any event . While 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 is also 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 enjoys writing for various projects and genres. Recently (2017), two of his Americana Alt/Country tunes from his album "Beyond The Trestles" were placed in Sharon Stones newest film, " All I Wish" released in theaters April 2018..
“I knew at a very young age I wanted to make a living doing what I love. I beleive that is everyones birth right. I’ve been involved with ocean activities, playing music and health for my entire life. Being present and assisting others along the way feeds my soul and allows me to live a life that is not unlike lucid dreaming”
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. He is a certified Vinyasa Flow yoga instructor recognized by Yoga Alliance as well as a certified Breath-Work/ Meditation facilitator certified through Sacred Heart Academy. His breath-work/meditations can range from 15 min intensives to to two hour deep immersions ( see video in the surf/yoga/breathwork section). 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/ ) and Driftwood Caravan Surf (https://www.instagram.com/driftwoodcaravansurf/) as well as a new endorser for Sun Bum Sunblock.