Jay has a big personality and despite only entering the water five to six times prior to joining the One More Wave family, his hard work as a surfer has become a centerpiece for his daily life. Jay was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to Miami, Florida, when he was just ten years old. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2007. His first three years in the Marines were uneventful working administrative jobs, but after successfully completing EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) school in 2010, he prepared for his first combat deployment. As an EOD technician, Jay deployed in 2012 to the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with 1st Marine Division, 7th ESB, 1st EOD Company, Bravo platoon.
One More Wave team rider No, 186 talks surf therapy. Video edited and produced by Aidan Demolli.
Joe has a passion for the water and enjoyed water polo, surfing, and swimming during his childhood growing up in Modesto, a city located in the Central Valley of California. When he became old enough to enlist in the military the Marines initially turned him down. “The Marines said I was too stupid to join their branch,” Joe laughed. “It’s a fun tidbit especially where I ended up in my military service.” He enlisted in the Navy in 2004 as a Hospital Corpsman. “We joke ‘Medics’ are an Army job because they are very specific specialties, but as corpsman, we cover ten different jobs.”
One More Wave team rider No. 193 Talks Community and Impact. Video edited and produced by Aidan Demolli
One More Wave team rider No. 242 gets his new customized surfboard. Video edited and produced by Aidan Demolli
One More Wave team rider receives customized waveski painted by the original artist from the famous Apocalypse Now (1979) movie. Video edited and produced by Aidan Demolli
One More Wave team rider #1 receives his second customized surfboard. Video edited and produced by Aidan Demolli
Arturo was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, under a strict Catholic household. Growing up, Arturo was active in the Cali-lifestyle; skateboarding, body surfing, and boogie boarding. Vying to see the world, meet new friends, and gain perspective, Arturo enlisted into the US Army when he was a senior in high school. After Basic Training in Oklahoma in July 1986, Arturo arrived at his first duty station in Fort Bliss, Texas, where his trauma began.
Derrick is a natural storyteller, a hard charger, and speaks on experience. Ever since childhood growing up in Skokie, a small suburb outside of Chicago, he dreamed about being a soldier. At 17-years-old between his junior and senior years of high school, Derrick went to basic training while in the Army reserves and upon graduation he went to job training in 2007 as an 89B (Ammunition Specialist). “I realized the civilian life wasn’t what I wanted, so I went active duty and got deployed to COB Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq,” Derrick said. “I spent the whole deployment outside the wire doing gun truck security convoys. We would escort 40-45 semi-trucks in a row all night to deliver supplies.”