The ocean and music have shaped the passionate life that  Derek Thomas  leads . His strong belief in doing what you love for a living, soulful easy going attitude, passion for creativity  and connection to community are some of the characteristics that have brought him to where he is today.  Thomas'  is a professional songwriter/recording artist /performer as well as a nationally certified surf guide/surf coach with decades  of experience in both fields. Combining his love for music, surfing  and community have brought him to some very unique and magical places over the years. Last year (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).  

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.. 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/performer  on Saint John for Maho Bay Resort for two seasons.  


 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 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".

While performing solo  he often uses a loop pedal which allows him to play lead guitar over his looped rhythm guitar while  playing  pre recorded  drum beats  and sound ing much like a full band. 

“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. Being present and assisting others along the way feeds my soul to an extent that is not unlike lucid dreaming"

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.