Opinion: How California Can Stop Offshore Drilling and Protect Our Coastal Economy

Four years ago, my business partners and I started a company to make better, eco-friendly beach towels. Today, Sand Cloud is a $10 million business that has doubled in size every year. Our company exists thanks to the strong community of beach goers who are passionate about protecting the coast. They cherish beaches like San Diego’s as special places to charge their batteries, have fun, and connect with the outdoors.

In fact, I’m one of them, too. Since my childhood in Brazil, I have always lived near a beach. Running a fast-growing company keeps me busy, but I find time to surf—and it always leaves me energized and inspired.