Glenn Hening has been called a “voice of conscience” in the surfing community because he’s always asking us, “What kind of world are we making for ourselves – and our children?” A classroom teacher for 25 years and a surfer for almost 50, Glenn is the founder of the Surfrider Foundation, and co-founder of the Groundswell Society.
His environmental credentials include beach clean-ups, youth programs, and fighting water pollution at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach and Santa Barbara’s Rincon. And his work under the Groundswell Society’s “Sharing the Stoke of Surfing” motto includes chairing the Surfing Arts, Science, and Issues Conference and organizing the Rincon Invitational Team Surfing Benefit Event. A recent initiative includes the Rincon Enhancement Project, intended to provide family friendly and handicap access to one of the best waves in the world.
Glenn is the author of numerous articles in a variety of surfing publications and surfing’s only full-length epic novel, “Waves of Warning: Ka’unua and the Sacred Reef of the Sea People”, a tale of adventure about Polynesia, Wall Street, and the Ocean’s Timeless Power”. He was also names a Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
No less important to Glenn than the wave and beach environment is the education of young people and fostering their contributions to our society. A student of Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success (Glenn graduated from UCLA in 1972) Glenn Hening understands the steps to success culminate in faith and patience, especially when it comes to children and young adults. He has three teaching credentials – in social studies, math, and K-6 multiple subjects, and is currently teaching middle school math in Oxnard, California.
Combining the best of the surfing life with his extensive career as an educator, Glenn Hening is a renaissance man who continues to make contributions to the environmental, educational and social fabric of our schools and the surfing community. He lives with his wife Heidi and dog Otis two blocks from the beach at Oxnard Shores, a challenging wave that he checks every day before dawn.