Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson is a Professor of English with emphasis in creative writing at Stanford University. Winner of a Whiting Award and Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy in Berlin, he is the author of several books, including Fortune Smiles, which won the 2015 National Book Award, and the novel The Orphan Master’s Son, which was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Harper's Magazine, Granta, Tin House and The Best American Short Stories. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
Douglas Abrams
He has had the privilege of working on books for Nobel Peace Laureates Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and Jody Williams. He has written books with Desmond Tutu for over a decade and most recently is the co-author of The Book of Joy with Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. His books have been credited with convincing then-President Bill Clinton to stop genocide and for launching the modern anti-slavery movement. He is currently the co-founder with Desmond Tutu and Pam Omidyar of Human Journey, which is using multimedia to spread visionary ideas that can improve our lives and our world. Doug is also the Founder & President of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency helping visionaries create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. One book at a time. He comes from a publishing family and learned about ideas, books, and culture around the dinner table. He is married to Rachel Carlton Abrams, an integrative physician and the love of his life. They have three children, Jesse, Kayla, and Eliana. He can also be found riding waves where he lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Rachel Carlton Abrams
"Doctor Rachel" is the author of BodyWise: Discovering Your Body’s Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, received her MD from UC San Francisco and a Master’s Degree in Holistic Health from UC Berkeley. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. In 2008 she opened the award-winning Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine Clinic. Dr. Abrams treats many of the world’s most influential people, from CEOs to billionaire entrepreneurs to Nobel Peace laureates. She has been voted “Best Doctor” in Santa Cruz County every year, from 2009–2016.
William Finnegan
William Finnegan is the author of Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography. He is also the author of Cold New World, A Complicated War, Dateline Soweto and Crossing the Line. He has twice been a National Magazine Award finalist and has won numerous journalism awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards since 2009. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography. A staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987, he lives in Manhattan.
David Helvarg
David Helvarg is an author and Executive Director of Blue Frontier Campaign ( David has written: Bue Frontier, The War Against the Greens, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Rescue Warriors, Saved by the Sea, and The Golden Shore - California's Love Affair with the Sea. In addition to his books, David is editor of the Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide, organizer of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards and Blue Vision Summits for ocean activists. He is the winner of Coastal Living Magazine’s 2005 Leadership Award and the 2007 Herman Melville Literary Award.
Jaimal Yogis
Jaimal is the author of the bestseller Saltwater Buddha – a comedic coming-of-age memoir about how surfing and the sea helped him transition back into the world after a year in a Zen monastery. His second book is The Fear Project, which looks at the neuroscience of fear and courage, using science, mindfulness, and sports to reveal ways in which humans can live more fully. Saltwater Buddha has been adapted into a feature documentary that recently opened in select theaters and film festivals.
Stuart Holmes Coleman
Stuart Holmes Coleman is a writer, speaker, surfer and environmental organizer. Coleman is the award-winning author of Eddie Would Go, Fierce Heart and more than 60 published articles and poems. His newest book is called Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero (Bess Press, 2016). Along with the Eliot Cades Award for Literature, he has won writing fellowships at The Mesa Refuge, The Norman Mailer Center and Vaughan Park in New Zealand. Coleman has taught writing, literature and leadership at Punahou and Iolani Schools, the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center. He currently works as the Hawaii Manager of the Surfrider Foundation.
Kaui Hart Hemmings
Kaui is the author of House of Thieves, the Descendants, the Possibilities, How to Party with an Infant, and the YA book, Juniors.
Susanna Moore
Susanna Moore is the author of the novels: One Last Look, In the Cut, The Whiteness of Bones, Sleeping Beauties, and My Old Sweetheart, which won the Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her nonfiction travel book, I Myself Have Seen It, was published by the National Geographic Society in 2003. Her latest book is Paradise of the Pacific, about her native home of Hawaii.

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