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Meet Our Team

Ready to start your adventure? Our crew is here to help!


Ryan Gerard

President

Instagram: @smallseassurf  

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana.

Interests: Dad to two groms, all forms of surfing, prone paddling, shaping surfboards, traveling.

Favorite thing about being part of the TCSS community: Meeting so many good people and being able to live my passion for sliding waves.

Favorite item in the shop right now: TCSS pint glass for after-surf beers.

When I'm not in the shop or in the water, you might find me: Spending time with my incredible wife and two boys.

See Ryan’s personal surfboard collection in this video from surfer/photographer Rusty Malkemes. 
Find out how Ryan shares his passion for surfing with our customers in this interview with surfer/filmmaker/photographer Seth Haley.

Click for more interviews with Ryan, and other news about Third Coast Surf Shop. 


DeeDee Strickel

General Retail Manager

Instagram: deedee_3d


Hometown: Chicago, but now living the dream in Beverly Shores, Indiana.


Interests: Stand-up paddling, prone paddling, longboarding, and attempting to surf.


Favorite thing about being a part of the TCSS Community:  Being surrounded by people (customers and employees) that love the lake as much as I do, and being able to share the passion and get people into surfing or stand-up paddling.


Favorite item in the shop right now: The Odysea LOG x Jamie O’Brien 8’ Pro by Catch Surf, because it's a sweet-looking board and catches waves so easily.

When I’m not in the shop or in the water, you might find me:  I go camping every chance I get, seeking adventure wherever I can find it. 


Sam Hill

Retail Manager – St. Joseph

Instagram: @samblamhill 

Hometown: Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Interests: Skateboarding, longboarding, snowboarding, SUPing, and surfing – basically, any activity that involves a board and a challenge.

Favorite thing about being part of the TCSS community:  The community – I love talking with everyone about skating/surfing and just comparing stories about the sessions we are all stoked about.


Favorite item in the shop right now: Grand Trunk hammocks. I can go out, skate or hike to a beautiful spot, and throw it up in seconds.


When I’m not in the shop or in the water, you might find me: Mountain biking, disc golfing, hiking with my dogs, hitting the golf course, or just shooting around with a basketball.


Taylor Patton

Rental Sites Manager

Instagram: @surfbacon


Hometown: Adrian, Michigan.


Interests: Anything that gets me in the water, traveling, cutting hair.

Favorite thing about being part of the TCSS community: I love being around people who love the water and who share their knowledge with others so they can get in the water, too!


Favorite item in the shop right now: The new Maaji swimsuits are really unique and reversible – perfect for traveling. They are also super-stretchy, so they stay on during a surf. 


When I'm not in the shop, at the rental sites, or in the water, you might find me: In the beauty shop finishing my requirements for school or walking around Chicago with my husband and a good cup of coffee. 


Chuck Schwarting

Surf Ambassador

Instagram: @chuckles_in_charge

Hometown: Chicago, currently residing in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Interests: Skateboarding, surfing, and other shenanigans.


Favorite item in the shop right now: For sure, the Bing Collector. Having one of those boards myself, I can vouch that it lives up to its namesake and just collects waves like Jay Leno collects cars. 


When I’m not in the shop or in the water, you might find me: Walking my dog along the river or working on cars.


Rusty Malkemes

Surf Ambassador

Instagram: @rustymalk

Hometown: St. Joseph, Michigan. 


Interests: Surfing, skating, and photography.


Favorite thing about being part of the TCSS community: Being around people who love the water!


Favorite item in the shop right now: TCSS/Bing collaboration surfboards.


When I'm not in the shop or in the water, you might find me: Working as a photographer in the studio or on location.