JUSTIN KNOWLES

 

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? 

Eugene, OR.

WHAT'S YOUR POSITION AT THE BIG ANDREW AND HOW DOES THE FOUNDATION INSPIRE YOU?  

Wow, I don’t know where to start! I am in a unique position with the foundation. I have my roots in New England and now I’m leading the development of a new event here in the Pacific Northwest. Working with both the Atlantic and Pacific Chapter is truly the best of both worlds. My position back east is Social Coordinator.

As Social Coordinator I'm focused specifically on working with participants, and volunteers. I am also the Director of the Pacific Chapter, meaning I'm responsible for growing this foundation and doing whatever it takes to make our events successful.

The foundation inspires me by its deep connection to a community of passionate and committed individuals. Gathering friends of many talents to celebrate our passions as well as lending a helping hand to our neighbors is the ultimate reward. It’s amazing how many specialists it takes to pull this off. We as a foundation truly could not do this without the support of our enthusiastic community. BIG up to our many supportive friends, partners, sponsors and anyone else that may have a piece of their heart in this foundation.

WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST ASPIRATION IN LIFE?

To travel. To share experiences with new and old faces. Always challenge myself out of my comfort zone and use those experiences to learn and grow. To share the valuable knowledge and wisdom that comes with age. At the end of the day it would be the ultimate satisfaction to come home to a plot of land by the sea where I can dawn patrol, tend to a family garden worth sharing, and then go out for a sunset surf session. All in the company of loved ones, of course.

HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS?

Homemade. Ground pepper. Hot sauce.

MOST NOTABLE PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT?

No doubt being a part of the 9th Annual Big Andrew!  The foundation was able write our most generous check to the York Hospital Oncology Center yet for $15,000. Hosting our biggest car show of 45 beautiful classic cars, our biggest surf competition with 57 awesome surfers, and our biggest group of volunteers all in the same year was extremely fun and humbling.

FAVORITE ACTIVITY WHEN NOT WORKING?

SURFING, swimming, hiking, climbing a waterfall then jumping in, building a beach bungalow from driftwood, biking everywhere, exploring new music, and cooking for others.

HAVE ANY PETS?

Ya! The biggest golden retriever I’ve ever seen.  Dude's head is huge and he has a mane like a lion with the posture of a royal dog. He is named Moku after the Hawaiian water legend Duke Kahanamoku.

BIGGEST PET PEEVE?

Mismatched socks.

FAVORITE COLOR?

Orange.

FAVORITE MOVIE/WHY?

Batman: The Dark Knight... Heath Ledger as the Joker gives me chills every time, he absolutely nailed that role!  "Why so serious?"

ANY CLOSING REMARKS?

Take time to reflect, appreciate what you have and who you're with. Nothing is more important than the people along the way. Always express gratitude.