Gary Larson

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Associate Faculty
Social Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
SC - BGS 318 - Office
Saddleback College

My interest in geography began when I was first taking classes at Saddleback College in 1999, where I was inspired by enthusiastic professors in the Geography department to explore the world. As a lifelong surfer I have traveled to many exotic islands and faraway coastlines, ambitiously searching for places where all the elements; wind, waves, climate, and coastal geography come together to offer a surfer's paradise.

I have worked as a professional surfboard shaper since 1997, which has allowed me to share my knowledge in surfboard design with many surfers and shapers around the world notably in France, Brazil, China, New Zealand, and South Africa. Throughout my travels I am constantly fascinated and inspired by different cultures and their many stories. 

As a Geography Instructor I hope to motivate and inspire future geographers, as well as learn from the students through their travel adventures.



M.A. Geography, California State University, Fullerton, 2011. Thesis and research in 90th percentile wave heights in the North Pacific basin

B.A. Geography, California State University, Fullerton, 2005.