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Zack Suhadolnik

Steven Stubblefield

Zack Suhadolnik is one stylish human being. It permeates through everything he does and everything he creates. Be it the lines he draws on a wave or the lines on a piece of paper. When experiencing some of Zack’s work you’re guaranteed a flowing, aesthetically pleasing experience. Read on, right on…

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Lucas Elmer

Steven Stubblefield

Lucas Elmer is one of the many creative minds that helps make Do It Ourselves Fest what it is. Whether in a foundry, wood shop, or riding on a wave you’re certain to find Lucas creating something unique and enjoyable to experience. 

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Kyle Sanders

Steven Stubblefield

Here we have Kyle Sanders, an inspirational human following his heart and making the world a more beautiful place one brush stroke at a time. He’s also known to let wisdom slip out from between his lips from time to time, which is what happened during this interview. Read on, right on. 

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Martin Foltz

Steven Stubblefield

This here is Martin Foltz, most of the time he goes by Marty. You’ll see him walking about the fest looking relaxed, while secretly the wheels are turning in his head. He’s the guy that makes sure all the running around that has to be done to make things work is happening smoothly. When he’s not at DIO you can find him somewhere along the Central California coast, either in the water or up a mountain. Read on…

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Zotique Morin

Steven Stubblefield

Zotique Morin is a super genius in the guise of a surf stoked, sun soaked, professional chiller. He’s currently studying to become an aerospace engineer. When his nose isn’t in a book and his feet aren’t in the water you can usually find him strolling around somewhere with a smile on his face. If you run into him at DIO make sure to give a hello.

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Jeff Wilson

Steven Stubblefield

Jeff Wilson is a man of few words and many talents. The words that occasionally do make their way out of his mouth will leave you laughing. Put a banjo, guitar, or a drum kit in front of him and all of a sudden it’s like he won’t stop talking. Only he’s speaking through the music, yee-haw. 

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Emily Afton

Steven Stubblefield

If you make your way to DIO chances are you’re going to sit and listen to Emily Afton (formerly Emily Moldy)  play a song or two up on the mountain. When that happens it will probably lead to goosebumps, ear to ear smiles, and maybe even cause you to go and follow your heart off into the sunset. Check out more of Emily at the end of the interview. 

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Tony Mills

Steven Stubblefield

Here we have Tony Mills. In the photo above you’ll see Tony has on a cargo vest. This is no ordinary piece of clothing. It’s more a super hero utility vest. Tony uses his powers of face paint supplies, peanuts and sunshine to create a world of creativity and positive interactions with anyone and everyone. Follow him on instagram, @monytillsart for a window into this world.

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Kelly Koval

Steven Stubblefield

Kelly Koval is the woman behind the lens of the the “Gitchr’ Portrit” photo essay. With a simple backdrop she captured the faces of DIO in a raw and magical way. Kelly is also an accomplished musician, check out one of her songs at the end of the interview. We caught up with Kelly to ask about the project and she provided us with eloquent responses and a feeling of excitement for what’s coming this year. 

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Kendra McKinley

Steven Stubblefield

Kendra McKinley is a troubadour for the new millennium. Combining the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley melodies, the harmonic sensibility of 1960s chamber pop, and the seductive calm of Bossa Nova, McKinley creates intoxicating compositions that can bring even the rowdiest crowd to a standstill. Kendra helped found DIO Fest back in 2013. 

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Emily Meehan

Steven Stubblefield

Here we have Emily Meehan. She’s a hard working, fun loving human being. Give her a wall, some paper, a surfboard - anything to create on - and she’ll open you up to her world of color and radness. You’ll know her by the t-shirt designs and awesome signs she’s designed and created for DIO fest. She’s got a website showcasing all of her creations, where you can witness Emily doing it herself, at eemeehan.com

What keeps you coming back to DIO?

The fact that I get to express my inner sign-painter/be mega creative publicly with nothing but encouragement from my homies…oh, and having all the homies in one place

What’s a funny moment from a past event?

I remember fondly sitting on a recliner chair in the musician’s lounge and a high-spirited Devon coming over to sit on my lap like I was Santa Claus. He then shoved carrot cake into my mouth and gave me $20 for a painting of mine that he had somehow acquired about a year prior.

How do you keep the stoke alive for your art and creative endeavors throughout the year?

I employ a very DIO attitude on the daily as an artist/designer. Making/drawing/crafting/being-your-own-boss helps encourage a super independent work-ethic

Do you have a metaphor or haiku you’d like to recite that sums up DIO fest?

Misty mountain range
as the sun comes slowly up
Jeff Wilson was there

…now that folks, is a beautiful haiku.