Ryan Thomas spent much of the ’90s drifting back and forth between his native Southern California as a freelance artist in the surf industry, and extended escapes to Northern Cal for the study of marine biology. In 1998 he picked up a super-8mm film camera from surf cinematographer, Greg Weaver (Forgotten Island of Santosha, Stylemasters), and soon finished the mysto road/art/surf film Scratch Miscellaneous (2000). He graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2001, and since then has directed surf films such as The Bruce Movie (2005) while becoming a key creative at Volcom’s Veeco Productions. RT’s filmmaking extends beyond the surf/skate/snow genres with his independently made music docs such as Concentration Face (2005) and Portals (2007) about the band Hella. And he continues to work in still photography and the other art mediums he formed his roots in prior to filmmaking.