The Key To Happiness (It's Not Surfing)

Kyle Thiermann Highlight Reel- The Inertia

November 2015

As a curly-haired grom growing up in Santa Cruz, Kyle Thiermann boldly championed causes like campaign finance reform. While his close friends pitched in to support, the surf community wasn’t exactly rallying around him in force. Philanthropy isn’t always “hip.” Thiermann says he still gets harassed on occasion for rocking a wetsuit during his own TED Talk.

But his results speak for themselves. Kyle’s efforts are responsible for transitioning $360M from Bank of America, which previously fueled destructive projects like a coal power plant poised to destroy a surf community in Peru. Instead, he discovered that funneling that cash into smaller local savings and loans banks would actually keep your money safe while financing positive projects.

He was a teenager when he did that.

Kyle has continued to pursue his passions – embracing surfing as a vessel to galvanize social and environmentally-conscious movements around the world. From GMOs to plastic pollution and beyond. Not to mention, he charges Maverick’s and has made it his mission of late to become a world class big-wave surfer. His next goal? He has his sights set on competing at Maverick’s.



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Setup a computer and stream it online with friends in the room.

If you can’t make this happen we would be happy to mail a DVD, it just might take some time because there’s a good change we’ll be out shooting on location for a new film.


Choose your space.

You can show the film in your backyard, living room, school, university, church, library…wherever…just make sure there’s a power supply!


Set up the technology.

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The basics: connect the video signal from your computer to the projector/TV; connect the audio signal from your computer to the speakers/TV. If you’re renting a projector, the company can tell you the details of how it works. Easy peasy!


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