Derek Thomas has two passions. The ocean and music . He is a renowned songwriter/recording artist and water activities guide offering exclusive and inspired mentoring in music/songwriting as well as various top of the line water and land activity tours/lessons. All adventure activities take place in Laguna Beach in conjunction with Laguna’s premier adventure company. Thomas holds degrees from Musicians Institute, Icon Collective  and Dick Grove. He has excellent credentials but more importantly the creativity and experience to pass on his unique set of knowledge and enjoyment of the craft.  

“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. Teaching others along the way feeds my soul”.

Thomas 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 "Beyond The Trestles"  album will be featured in length  in Sharon Stones up coming  film " A Little Something for Your Birthday".

Thomas  has been a water activities guide and surf instructor in Saint John, U.S. Caribbean, employed as a Hawaiian Lifeguard Surf Instructor on the Big Island of Hawaii and is now currently a lead guide with Laguna Beach’s premier adventure company La Vida Laguna.

He is currently (2017), ranked 3rd on the WSA circuit, a team rider for local board shaper Wave Tools Surfboards https://wavetoolssurf.com/team/derek-thomas/ and a new endorser for Sun Bum Sunblock. Thomas  holds the highest level Surf Instructor and Surf Coach Certification through NSSIA which is the only government recognized surfing certification program> He is CPR/AED certified and background checked/verified to work with children. 

Watch a compilation video of songs written and performed by Derek Thomas along with photos/videos from his surfing and live shows.