David Dennis drives sales, marketing and surf supply innovationfor Ventana. He was raised in Northern California andlives with his wife and two teenagers by the beach on theWestside of Santa Cruz. His love for surfing, travel,photography and family keeps him grounded and passionate about theworld. David’s love for the ocean deepened at the age of 16 when heand his family became certified SCUBA divers. He was an instructorby age 19 and, save a two year stint in Madrid, has always livednear salt water. David began surfing later in life, and it quicklydeveloped into a daily love affair.
David graduated from San Diego State University with anundergraduate degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree inPolitical Science and has worked as a public school teacher ofat-risk kids. His education and teaching experience helped hone hisdeep sense of social responsibly. And his love of the sea hasdriven his focus on ocean conservation. David has traveled to morethan 40 countries and has as passion for travel photography andshooting street portraits in developing countries. For the last 15years he has worked in program and product managementleadership roles at one of largest software companies in theworld.
David employs his passions to support causes focused onimproving education, ending homelessness and the conservationof our oceans. It was through a photo portrait project to supportthe Surfrider Foundation that David met Martijn. They becamefriends and realized that they shared a vision to create a surfcompany focused on craftsmanship, responsibilityand adventure. They hone their business and product plansin the surf line up and are working to grow Ventana into the mostloved surf company on the planet.