Beyond Boardshorts is a group of professional athletes and other water sports enthusiasts seeking to inspire and empower future generations through the power of athleticism.
Nicola Cranmer (Team member and Collaborator) learned to swim in the chilly, murky English Channel, always finding the water daunting and preferring four legs or two wheels. Her first real relationship with water was many years later when she moved to America, where out of desperation to make some fast cash so she could continue to mountain bike race, she got her scuba certification and cleaned boat bottoms for Bob’s Bottom Service in the SF Bay, not glamorous. Twenty years later, she was invited to Baja by her long time friend Donna where she learned to speak mermaid, throw caution tape to the La Ventana winds. The magical Sea of Cortez is where she stepped on a windsurf board for the first time in February 2016 and the Beyond Boardshorts journey began.
Seriously not a water person until the Beyond Boardshorts crew repeatedly hit her with the stoke hammer for several months, her heart and soul finally cracked open to the mystery and freedom of the ocean, she now is learning to surf and can’t stay away from the water whether its an ocean, a lake or a river.
Nicola owns and manages an Olympic level cycling team and the athletes have struck gold in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Nicola has developed one of the most successful cycling programs in the U.S spanning over twelve years beginning with a grass roots team to an international UCI Olympic medal winning team with a unique integrated Junior program. Nicola is also responsible for cultivation and activation of many significant brands over the year. The team is operated under a 501c3.
Nicola would love to see Beyond Boardshorts become a film festival participant but also sees Beyond Boardshorts as a movement, not just a movie. A community is building around this global project, whether a board give away transforms a life or generates a stoke its mission accomplished.
Lets stick with the PG facts… She used to pay her brother to eat peas just so she could see his reaction…. he hated peas.
“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” Jim Valvano. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Cousteau
Har Rai (BB Photographer, Writer) started windsurfing in the Hood River Marina when he was four years old. They didn’t make kids’ gear at the time, but they found the smallest sail available, tied a rope to his lifejacket and sent him on his way downwind. When he reached the end of the rope, they’d reel him in for another run. He was instantly hooked!
Windsurfing has been a guiding force through much of Har Rai’s life: it was all he dreamed about in elementary school, eagerly waiting for those afternoons when his dad would pick him up early and drive out to The Gorge; it led him to Maui for a few years and introduced him to many of his best friends; and it was what inspired him to pick up a camera, which led to his career as a photographer. Many of the best things in Har Rai’s life have come as a result of windsurfing.
Har Rai wants to see the joys of windsurfing made available to all kids everywhere – from the smiles on their faces after their first day, to the doors that it opens up for them as they become adults.
The first windsurfing sail that he owned was homemade by his dad and was wider than it was tall.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda
Emily Philbrick (BB Administration) grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where “water sports” meant swimming in the lake and occasionally being towed around behind a boat. As far as the ocean went, she never experienced the salty abyss past her knee caps. The reason for this was the pure fear that jolted through her body at the sheer thought of being submerged into the unknown.
It wasn’t until she was twenty years old and traveled to Baja California Sur, Mexico that she saw the sea exploding with water sports enthusiasts. From kiteboarders, to windsurfers, to stand up paddlers, to snorkelers, her eyes filled with wonder while her heart exploded with inspiration.
She faced her fears and dove in.
Nothing felt more liberating than the confidence the water brought her. She learned how to kiteboard, which bridged her into learning how to windsurf, surf, paddle board and pretty much explore anything that involved feeling the salt water on her face.
Not only did water sports bring Emily a new found confidence, it introduced her to a world of facing her fears. She hopes that Beyond Boardshorts will inspire people through the gift of giving, whether it is giving equipment, giving lessons or sharing stoke by talking to locals. Someday she hopes to see a world where everyone who travels to their favorite destination will look around and share their passion with the local kids. Through her involvement with Beyond Boardshorts, she hopes that locals of underprivileged countries will be provided with opportunities to partake in being athletic and healthy with their neighborhood resource, the water.
Emily’s guilty pleasure food is Kraft Mac and cheese with Bacon
“Buck up little camper”
Roger “Tyson” Poor (Co-founder, Board Member) grew up traveling all over the country with his family before eventually settling down in the Bay area. At 12 years old, he attended a brief sailing/windsurfing camp and was instantly hooked. He mowed lawns for an entire summer, earning $75 dollars, before promptly buying his first windsurfing equipment at a yard sale. Both he and his brother had little instruction, learning through trial and error, until they found themselves skipping across the water from the Emeryville Marina to Berkeley’s.
Once Tyson learned how to sail, all other responsibilities went out the window. While most kids were focusing on being accepted to college after high school, Tyson dreamed of the freedom of being on the water. He hit the road with no more than ten bucks in his pocket, a road map, and windsurf equipment strapped down in the back of his old pickup truck.
Impressed with Tyson’s tenacity and athletic ability, Neil Pryde and JP began sponsoring him with equipment in 2001, and 15 years later, he is still their top American windsurfer in slalom and freestyle. He never needed much but a few dollars, a box of crackers and the water to live his life to the fullest. He continues to be a recognizable face in the industry by supporting the young and old to get out there and get wet but above all, never forget to have fun!
Tyson wants to show people how easy it is to better someone’s life through the simple act of giving. He dreams that one day the young groms in the world will be given the means to follow their dreams and stay on track to the life they want to create.
One of Tyson’s favorite things to do is to go dirt biking with his 13 month old Labrador Duke in his lap.
All you have to do is think one happy thought and you’ll fly like me – Robin Williams
Wyatt Miller (Co-founder, Board Member) grew up in the San Fransisco Bay where his favorite pastime was being dragged around on a boogie board attached to his dad’s windsurf board. Smiling from ear to ear while water sprayed him in his face, Wyatt decided at age 10 he would start windsurfing.
After Wyatt graduated college from U.C. Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental studies, his determination and consistent practice on the water attracted sponsorship from Windwing, which ultimately launched him into a life revolved around windsurfing.
Utilizing his sponsorship, confidence and skills on the water, Wyatt has been able to travel all around the world to windsurf in various countries. In 2009, Wyatt founded Pro- Windsurf La Ventana, his own windsurfing adventure center in Baja Mexico. He quickly saw a need for local kids to experience windsurfing like he got to as a kid. He set out to not only give back to the sport, but also to the community by teaching and donating various equipment to the locals. He saw the positive effect windsurfing gave to those who stayed on the water, the empowerment through learning different languages, social and life skills. With the decline of people traveling with windsurf gear, the amount available for the next generation of aspiring windsurfers has taken a huge hit. Often times these kids don’t have a lot going for them and windsurfing can really help cement them into a encouraging and positive community.
His favorite meal consists of champaign and seasonal berries.
“Who ever has the most fun, while creating the most happiness in those around them…wins” – Wyatt Miller
Bryan Metcalf Perez (Co-founder, Board Member, Creative Director) was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up spending his precious summer days in Hood River, Oregon. He began windsurfing on the Columbia River at the ripe age of 5. It didn’t take Bryan long before he fell deeply in love with windsurfing.
Professional windsurfers; Rob Warwick, Wyatt Miller, and Tyson Poor saw young Bryan’s motivation and desire for windsurfing and through the gift of giving, gave Bryan their personal equipment to keep him on the water.
After years of practice and dedication to the sport, Bryan gained his own sponsorship which ultimately allowed him to pay it forward to the new young “Bryans” of windsurfing.
At the beginning of his professional career Bryan saw an opportunity to balance his love for windsurfing with his higher education in videography. His studies launched him into an internship with Warren Miller Television and eventually a career in Digital Marketing.
Bryan’s ability to balance his passion for windsurfing and film gives him a unique perspective of the sport and the ability to portray just how special and life changing windsurfing can be to the worlds youth. Bryan’s hope is that Beyond Boardshorts will help facilitate more opportunities for kids to windsurf, grow self confidence, learn the values of self promotion, and gain important communication skills.
Bryan will never do the dishes but he will fix any thing wrong with your car.
“A fool who knows his foolishness is wise at least to that extent, but a fool who thinks himself wise is a fool indeed.”