“Derek’s music seems to step out from some strange musical time machine where the past and the future meld into a beautiful strange blend of sonic molecules.”
— -Malcolm Burn producer (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan)
“I had the pleasure to go to Pinnacles on Telo island for a ten day surf trip recently and wanted to talk about my surf guide, Derek Thomas, for a moment. Derek met us in the airport on the way in and immediately made us feel at home and at ease with our trip. Derek was as excited as we were about the ten days ahead and the surf we would experience around the Telo islands. I was blown away by how much he knew about the area, the surf breaks, and the people.

I would say we all became friends after just a day between the early morning surfs to the evening pool sessions we practically spent all day together. Every excursion went off without a hitch as Derek was always on time, knowledgeable, and well organized. Derek’s talent was not just about surfing, as he entertained us on the boat and in the bar after dinner with great jam sessions on his guitar. I can say that this was the best surf trip I have been on thanks to Derek and the rest of the crew at Pinnacles. I’m looking forward to returning as soon as possible.” -
Stuart and Jeanie Schlesinger- Northern California/ Nicaragua
“Top 10 Americana Albums of 2014. “ Best Of LA Americana Music 2012”
— -Turnstyled Junkpiled
“The man is on top of the LA-scene and we for sure gonna keep tabs on Mr Thomas. The vibe and the feeling is there, it’s Americana greatness with a soul-surf touch. Don’t miss his awesome tune Honey Whiskey.”

-Kentucky Seven music blog
“Tara and I wanted to reach out and thank you for an amazing trip at “Pinnacles on Telos”. Words can’t describe how happy and pleased we were with your incredible services and hospitality. You made us so comfortable that we were able to put away the hustle and bustle of work and leave it all behind.

You put us on solid waves everyday, giving us important line up information and pushing us to charge knowing we were safe to do so. To be able to surf 17 of 24 sessions by ourselves is unheard of!!! I appreciate your knowledge of the breaks and reefs as you put us in perfect position every time and we could not be happier about our wave count during the trip.


We also really enjoyed your early evening performances on guitar as well as the sunset cruises which really set the tone for a great evening. You truly are a very talented musician, singer and songwriter!!!
Tara and I still can’t get over the amazing romantic dinner for two that you did for us under the stars. To have you play your finger style guitar for us as we wined and dined next to a bonfire while staying on a private island in paradise will be something we will remember for the rest of our lives. My wife Tara couldn’t of been anymore happier as she honestly said that was one of the best days she ever had. Talk about Stoke!!!

Again, we can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us........ A Truly Epic Surfing Honeymoon!”

Tom and Tara Addison- Florida
We met Derek Thomas on our surf holiday aboard yacht charter “Ocean Divine” in the Maldives during the summer of 2017. He introduced himself as our surf guide and by the time we left he had quickly become a lifelong family friend. Just a few months later we invited him to our home in Nosara, Costa Rica for Christmas. Board, guitar in hand, we had another memorable surf trip with the family! Derek has an undeniable love for people, the water and music. Always professional and upbeat he is definitely stoked to share his knowledge and expertise. He had a knack of keeping us comfortable in new surf breaks and was quick to help when asked. Fun to watch him rip but also quick to let you drop in when a great wave came your way. After epic surf sessions, Derek would often play his guitar and harmonica for us. Equally as talented, Derek knew how to keep the good and fun vibes going!! If you need the absolute best surf guide, look no further! You’ll be lucky to have him!!
Eddie & Jen Delaney- Austin Texas/Costa Rica
“Derek Thomas is a master of mood, creating songs that connect strongly on an emotional level, songs that make a home for themselves inside us so that soon they feel like our own.”
— -Michael's Music Log
“ We spent ten days at Pinnacles, having organized a trip there for a couple of mates and our families. Derek acted as our host on the island concerning himself with every detail of our surfing experience. He worked so hard for us in aspects of our trip too numerous to mention and he did it with soul and grace. It was an expensive holiday by our standards and it more than met our high expectations. I know I speak on behalf of all of us that this was in a large part thanks to Derek. A beautiful guy and as a bonus he is a very good musician. We loved listening to him playing guitar and singing. Couldn’t recommend him more highly.”

Andrew and Penny Knight- Cape Town South Africa
“Derek Thomas’ thoughtful, evocative lyrics and smoky vocals are at the forefront of the music. A gifted singer-songwriter who promises to make his mark not only in California, but also on the music scene as a whole.”
-Rockwrite.blogspot

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