ABOUT DEREK THOMAS
Derek Thomas has two passions. The ocean and music . He is a renowned songwriter/recording artist and as well as a professional surf/water activities guide. He offers exclusive and inspired mentoring in music/songwriting as well as various top of the line water and land activity tours/lessons. Thomas holds music degrees from Musicians Institute, Icon Collective and Dick Grove. He is the lead guide for Lavida Laguna adventure company, has worked with the Hawaiian Lifeguards while living in Kona Hawaii and been a water activity director on Saint John for Maho Bay Resort. 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 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. 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".
He is currently (2017), ranked 3rd on the WSA circuit, 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 the only government recognized surfing certification program> 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.