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LOOKING ON THE BRIGHTSIDE WITH

Jeremy Casebeer


LOOKING ON THE BRIGHTSIDE WITH

Jeremy Casebeer

Catching up with the badass beach volleyball player and climate advocate

Catching up with the badass beach volleyball player and climate advocate

Jeremy Casebeer is at home when he’s got the sun on his face and his feet in the sand. “I started playing volleyball freshman year of high school, played at UCLA, and after graduating I put a consulting job on pause to play beach professionally.” As a pro, he traversed the globe, from Australia and Bali to Thailand and Turkey, and gained an even greater love for nature and the diversity of the planet.

Jeremy Casebeer is at home when he’s got the sun on his face and his feet in the sand. “I started playing volleyball freshman year of high school, played at UCLA, and after graduating I put a consulting job on pause to play beach professionally.” As a pro, he traversed the globe, from Australia and Bali to Thailand and Turkey, and gained an even greater love for nature and the diversity of the planet.

Jeremy wears the Convoy Tee in Grey Marle and the Channel Short in Blue Steel

Jeremy wears the Convoy Tee in Grey Marle and the Channel Short in Blue Steel

“I grew up in Santa Barbara surfing, hiking and camping and always felt most comfortable in nature,” he says. “I’ve always been looking for ways to combine my love for nature with sport and use my platform and network to do some good.” Last month, Jeremy started a podcast called Our Impact, exploring the ways our lives affect the world and learning from academics, athletes and responsible business leaders about positive changes we can make. He also became an ambassador for Parley for the Oceans and Forest Stewardship Council - all in between training and tournaments. “I’m still learning everyday and working to connect the dots, but it’s been really cool to see the volleyball community's response to sustainability and vice versa.”

“I grew up in Santa Barbara surfing, hiking and camping and always felt most comfortable in nature,” he says. “I’ve always been looking for ways to combine my love for nature with sport and use my platform and network to do some good.” Last month, Jeremy started a podcast called Our Impact, exploring the ways our lives affect the world and learning from academics, athletes and responsible business leaders about positive changes we can make. He also became an ambassador for Parley for the Oceans and Forest Stewardship Council - all in between training and tournaments. “I’m still learning everyday and working to connect the dots, but it’s been really cool to see the volleyball community's response to sustainability and vice versa.”

As for personal style, he says he’s pretty low-key and low maintenance. “My style could best be described as comfortable and minimalist,” he says. “I don’t need a lot - but the things I do have, I want to be high quality, ethically produced and able to bring me joy.” So we asked him to test drive our new, versatile Channel Short and eco-friendly Surge Tee while chatting about life, learning and caring for our planet.

As for personal style, he says he’s pretty low-key and low maintenance. “My style could best be described as comfortable and minimalist,” he says. “I don’t need a lot - but the things I do have, I want to be high quality, ethically produced and able to bring me joy.” So we asked him to test drive our new, versatile Channel Short and eco-friendly Surge Tee while chatting about life, learning and caring for our planet.

You’re often called an activist. What does that word mean to you?

Honestly, I’m not a fan of the word “activist.” I prefer “advocate.” The thing I realized a few years ago is that there is no perfectly sustainable life. We’re all imperfect - doing the best we can, with what we’ve got, where we’re at. Being an advocate to me means sharing what you care about, sharing what you’re learning and working towards, and being honest where you come up short.

You’re often called an activist. What does that word mean to you?

Honestly, I’m not a fan of the word “activist.” I prefer “advocate.” The thing I realized a few years ago is that there is no perfectly sustainable life. We’re all imperfect - doing the best we can, with what we’ve got, where we’re at. Being an advocate to me means sharing what you care about, sharing what you’re learning and working towards, and being honest where you come up short.


“There is no perfectly sustainable life. We’re all imperfect - doing the best we can, with what we’ve got…”



“There is no perfectly sustainable life. We’re all imperfect - doing the best we can, with what we’ve got…”


Is there something you think doesn’t get enough attention around sustainability?

I find that the narrative around sustainability has been unnecessarily negative, instead of focusing on the solutions we have at hand. I learned from Project Drawdown, a nonprofit and the world’s leading resource for climate solutions, that we have the solutions we need - they’re just not well known or widely adopted. Most people think sustainability is about living a lesser life: Stop flying and driving. Stop eating meat. But I believe it’s really about living smarter and finding solutions that make sense.

Is there something you think doesn’t get enough attention around sustainability?

I find that the narrative around sustainability has been unnecessarily negative, instead of focusing on the solutions we have at hand. I learned from Project Drawdown, a nonprofit and the world’s leading resource for climate solutions, that we have the solutions we need - they’re just not well known or widely adopted. Most people think sustainability is about living a lesser life: Stop flying and driving. Stop eating meat. But I believe it’s really about living smarter and finding solutions that make sense.

What’s a lesson you wish you’d learned sooner?

Two things I’ve learned from playing professionally: First is that there are no shortcuts, and second that you can’t directly control results. I’ve come to believe that the only thing that matters is effort - striving for daily progress. Working each day to get a tiny bit better, faster or smarter than the day before. That doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it fuels the fire to keep putting in the work.

What’s a lesson you wish you’d learned sooner?

Two things I’ve learned from playing professionally: First is that there are no shortcuts, and second that you can’t directly control results. I’ve come to believe that the only thing that matters is effort - striving for daily progress. Working each day to get a tiny bit better, faster or smarter than the day before. That doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it fuels the fire to keep putting in the work.

Jeremy wears the Surge Tee in White and the All Over Short Lined in Petrol

Jeremy wears the Surge Tee in White and the All Over Short Lined in Petrol


“I’ve come to believe that the only thing that matters is effort - striving for daily progress.”



“I’ve come to believe that the only thing that matters is effort - striving for daily progress.”


Jeremy wears the Surge Tee in Vintage Green and the Channel Short in Desert

Jeremy wears the Surge Tee in Vintage Green and the Channel Short in Desert

You’re a photographer too. Has that changed how you see the world around you?

I got into photography three years ago. A buddy in Brazil let me borrow his camera and I took it everywhere for a few weeks while I was in Rio de Janeiro. When I got back to California, I immediately bought a Fuji. Being a terrible photographer and starting from zero is both humbling and fun. I learned everything through trial and error (and YouTube). Having played sports my whole life, it’s nice to have a ‘creative’ outlet. The best part is capturing that one good shot for hundreds or thousands of throwaways. I’ve got a few shots of family and my son that mean the world to me.

You’re a photographer too. Has that changed how you see the world around you?

I got into photography three years ago. A buddy in Brazil let me borrow his camera and I took it everywhere for a few weeks while I was in Rio de Janeiro. When I got back to California, I immediately bought a Fuji. Being a terrible photographer and starting from zero is both humbling and fun. I learned everything through trial and error (and YouTube). Having played sports my whole life, it’s nice to have a ‘creative’ outlet. The best part is capturing that one good shot for hundreds or thousands of throwaways. I’ve got a few shots of family and my son that mean the world to me.

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