The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, appointed Ken Meidell to the organization’s board of directors. Meidell currently serves as CEO for Dakine, a leading provider of specialized equipment and apparel for the action sports industry.

“We’re excited to welcome Ken to Surfrider’s Board of Directors,” said Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation. “With more than 15 years of experience in the outdoor industry, Ken’s enthusiasm and passion for coastal and environmental stewardship will help drive our mission and contribute to the protection of clean water and healthy beaches for the future.”

Since joining Dakine in 2016, Meidell has initiated a company-wide movement to support efforts regarding climate change, public lands policy within the U.S., and healthy and protected ocean, waves and beaches. Prior to this position, he served as president and chief operating officer of Outdoor Research, where he was recognized by the Outdoor Industry Association as a leading industry advocate for stewardship of the outdoor community.

“I’m pleased to join the Surfrider Foundation’s Board of Directors and look forward to helping protect the coastlines during this critical time,” said Meidell. “As a life-long outdoor and ocean enthusiast, I’m committed to taking action and helping to advance Surfrider’s significant work to protect our ocean, coasts and planet for this and future generations.”

Meidell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. He currently resides on Bainbridge Island, WA, with his wife and son, where he pursues his passions for quality coffee and beer, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 500,000 supporters, activists and members, with more than 80 volunteer-led chapters and 60 clubs in the U.S., and more than 400 victories protecting our coasts.

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