Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Bobby Drought, Founder & Owner

Rhody Surf's founder is an avid local surfer, environmental enthusiast and of course, a beach bum for life.  His vision of a 'green' company cannot be overlooked by his ocean and environmental campaigns through Rhody Surf as a launching pad.  He has been speaking at local elementary schools for years, before summer vacation, preaching our ocean's importance and needed care to young minds.  Shifting the surf shop paradigm to an online shop, located at the beach, helps conserve energy and fuel for folks hunting for another retail shop.  By working closely with environmental groups like The Surfrider Foundation, Save the Bay and Clean Ocean Access, his campaigning of ocean protection is growing and now consists of an annual Beach Cleanup to help conserve Rhody's office for future generations to enjoy and surf.  A native to Southern Rhode Island, Bobby has been surfing these waters since he was a grom.  Bobby has traveled up and down The East Coast, The Caribbean, Northern Canada, Southern California and Central America in search of perfect waves but still claims the most consistent and best waves to learn are at Second Beach in Middletown, RI. 


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Kelsey Drought, Art Director & Beach Manager

Our go-to-gal and Beach Manager usually found behind the wheel of our Rhody Surf truck or under our beach-side tent,  Kelsey is our super friendly day-to-day Beach Manager, Kid's Camp Surf Instructor and Marketing/Art creative genius.  She has been a fish since birth and learned to surf in local waters, alongside big brother and Rhody owner, Bobby.  As a native Rhode Islander, Kelsey is an expert on everything ocean and the environment. She is currently studying Graphic Design and Environmental Studies at Endicott College.  During the school year you can find her on the North Shore breaks near Beverly, MA and Gloucester, MA. where she is part of the Endicott Surf and Skate Club.  Her favorite (and only) brother is Bobby. 

 


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Collin Granger, Surf Instructor

A native of New Jersey but current island resident, Collin started surfing at the age of eleven.  His Dad, an avid surfer, pushed him into his first waves and taught him how to surf.  Creative when ripping waves and outside of the water, Collin is an Art Major at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.  Most recently, like many Rhode Islanders in the summer, he’s begun the transformation from shortboarding to longboarding.  You can see Collin out in the line-up in Newport and Little Compton, but the break dearest to his heart is his hometown break in Jersey - The Deal Jetty.  In addition to his Dad, surfing icons Tyler Warren, Trevor Gordon, Tom Curren and Chris Ward round out his top favorite wave riders.

 

 


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Conor Rooney, Surf Instructor

A native Rhode Islander, Conor is a water enthusiast - a pre-req when it comes to growing up on an island.  Conor's been surfing these waters since he was a grom and most recently charted off the island to Costa Rica to catch some tropical waves. He spends his free time Stand-Up Paddleboarding and when on land, lacrosse. Connor rips it on the lacrosse field and is currently playing for the Birmingham-Southern College Men's Lacrosse Team.