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Sea & Summit, a grassroots company with a cause!

Located in the Ventura & Carpinteria communities, Sea & Summit was developed in Ryan Kell’s kitchen not just for himself, but for his local lifeguard & kayak-guide friends. Being a beach lifeguard & sea kayak-guide himself, “I found the necessity to lather up with sunscreen everyday, leaving me with an uneasy feeling about the current chemical options out there. Additionally being a ginger, none seemed to work all that well, at least the ones I could afford.” After a lot of positive feedback from friends, Ryan decided that everyone should have the option of using sunscreen with minimal ingredients & no chemicals or long lists of inactive ingredients they cannot pronounce. Moreover, one that is affordable!

“I’ve sold everything I own to make this company a reality. But I want Sea & Summit to become more than just a sunscreen. It’s a vehicle to set the example for future generations of business, and to be a part of something bigger than myself; specifically environmental and social causes. Sea & Summit is as grassroots as it gets. “I stand for what I believe in, and no one or no amount of money is going to sway me from my values. When big business pushes, I’ll push back harder.” Inspired by Patagonia’s way of doing business, Sea & Summit  is modeled after them. “Patagonia is a company I stand behind and believe in. They’re part of my tribe; but if you’re not a pro-athlete,  film maker or someone with influence, its hard to do or become a part of what they are doing. I’m just an average guy, I’m no different than all my like-minded people. I want to show people that they too can achieve running a responsible company, even if you’re a small fish like myself. I don’t want to be a part of causes that give me a temporary feeling of accomplishment or put a bandaid over a deep rooted social issue. I want to help bring awareness and real tangible change to the environmental crisis we face. It’s gonna take a while to be able to do this with no money or help, but I’m working on it.”

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Made for every part of your life

Whether you’re climbing El Capitan, cycling the Pacific coast, sailing to the Channel Islands, fishing the Sierras, laying on the beach or on the clock at work, Sea & Summit offers you certified organic & natural protection made with a total of 6 ingredients in our UVA/UVB broad spectrum SPF 30+ lotion & facestick. Our facestick is excellent for water sports, feels clean and rubs in clear. Sea & Summit’s lotion is ultra moisturizing and feels so silky you’ll even want to put it on before bed. While our lotion is water resistant, all sunscreens are best suited for out of the water application. Sea & Summit feels clean and nourishing, and is good for your whole body, in your hair and beard, & won’t make you break out. It smells great naturally & is a daily moisturizer. Our unrefined raw organic ingredients  will nourish and moisturize your skin long after you apply! The best part; Sea & Summit is more than a brand, it’s a lifestyle that is aligned with what you as an individual believe in. Check out our mission and what we are doing to become more than just a sunscreen.

About the creator, Ryan Kell

Ryan has always been an outdoor enthusiast & athlete. Living simply & enjoying the fruits of our lands & seas, he is a mellow dude that likes to surf, hike, trail run, camp, swim, sail, cycle, & just relax & take in the views. He is a man of action & stands by his word. His environment greatly affects him & so does his affliction to be a part of something bigger than himself. Sea & Summit has become his vehicle! It can be yours too.  His mantra: “Live Simply, Love Generously, Never Settle, & The Rest Will Come.”

Depending on the time of year, Ryan might be working as a Wildland Firefighter, Ocean Lifeguard, Ocean Kayak Guide, EMT, Hiking Guide, Landscaper, Substitute Teacher, at the local Island Brewery, taking off to Central America for surf, or cycle touring. Ryan also believes we are what we eat! Supporting local farms, eating healthy and cooking with friends are his most satiable activities; his stomach runs his life. Good food and good company are what matter the most.