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Editor’s Note: Early bird tickets for our second annual EVOLVE Summit are available here. Enter code DAWNPATROL at checkout to save $50 until the offer expires July 19th. Last year sold out quickly, so grab a spot now, and you’ll also receive a customized gift.


It’s our favorite time of year. Yup, it’s summer. South swell and sun have arrived. We’ll take both. And our second-ever annual gathering, EVOLVE: Uniting the Brightest Minds in Surf and Outdoors, returns to Los Angeles on August 17th, 2019. We’re so pumped. Mark your calendars, and  grab a ticket before they’re gone.

Last year was our first attempt at creating an event that celebrates individuals making positive contributions to surf and outdoor culture. We didn’t really know what we were getting into, but by the time Tom Carroll and Sal Masekela shared a bear hug onstage while managing to hold back a few tears of joy after the premiere of our short film, Boycott the Gunston 500, we knew we had something special on our hands.

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So, man, are we psyched to do it all again. v2.0.

EVOLVE is everything that this digital space made of ones and zeros we’ve been working hard to build over the last decade cannot be. Nothing beats actual face time. Not talking iPhones. Smash those things. Come meet heroes of surf and outdoors who have built a name for themselves by using their platforms to do great things when they’re not in the ocean or on the mountains. Be part of the conversation.

That’s what EVOLVE is about.

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EVOLVE features powerful short films, panels that pair thought-leaders from different spheres of outdoor culture to tackle our most pressing topics, and music (TBD!) to mobilize innovators as a force for good.

Last year’s event was the most fulfilling thing we’ve had the good fortune of organizing, and we’re excited to do it all again.

With confirmations from so many talented people who are using their influence to make a positive impact, we couldn’t be more pumped. Here are a few of the confirmed speakers and honorees. (Possibly a few more on the way, too.)

Kimi Werner, World Champion Spearfisher and Freediver
Keala Kennelly, 2018 Big Wave World Champion
Michelle Parker, Freeskiing Icon, POW Ambassador
Jesse Billauer, Life Rolls On Founder
Kimmy Fasani, Pro Snowboarder, POW Ambassador
Chris Benchetler, Pro Skier POW Ambassador
Kassia Meador, Longboarding Icon and Founder of Kassia+Surf
Kyle Thiermann, Podcast Host, Big Wave Surfer
Steve Larosiliere, Stoked Mentoring Founder
Becky Mendoza, Changing Tides Foundation Co-Founder
Chris Cuvelier, Zola CEO

A portion of proceeds will benefit STOKED Mentoring and Life Rolls On, two amazing organizations led by amazing individuals in Jesse Billauer and Steve Larosiliere who will be on hand to discuss their respective journeys. From nonprofits to the art of radical parenting to the intersection of sustainability and hunting to the boundaries powerful women like Keala Kennelly and Michelle Parker have smashed, we can’t wait to watch the sparks fly.

It’s a true honor. We couldn’t be more excited to bring so many talented people together for the betterment of surf and outdoor culture. We hope to see you there. Tickets include dinner, drinks, snacks, admission to all panels, and music (TBD).

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Save $50 at the early bird rate using code DAWNPATROL before prices pop on July 19th.

See you there. I’ll be the little guy wearing a new shirt and a big smile giving out high fives.

Special thanks to our partners OluKai, Zola, Caliva, Klean Kanteen, Pau Maui Vodka, Kindhumans, and Rise Brewing Co. for making this monumental gathering possible. Thank you also to STOKE for enabling us to host this event as sustainably as we possibly can.

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