2014 NEXTies at the Rio Theatre

The Nexties is an award show that honors Santa Cruz residents who create, build, and inspire. The NEXTie awards are given to Santa Cruz’s up and coming entrepreneurs working in art, entertainment, agriculture, tourism and technology. The community votes on who has made a difference in their life. This year’s NEXTie awards, at the Rio Theatre, was part big time, part community, part intimate and all Santa Cruz. The local spirit is alive, well and thriving. The audience was treated to performances by special music guests James Durbin, Ian Bell, The band In The Middle which was Sarah Rose with some of the members of Urban Theory. The awardees were introduced to the stage by past recipients of a NEXTie award. Here’s who the community voted for this year and who introduced them.

-Lindsey Cheste: Artistic Director, Founder of All About Theatrer– Introduced by Analicia Cube, founder of Take Back Santa Cruz group.

-Tyler Fox: Big Wave Surfer and Founder of SantaCruzWaves.com– Introduced by Danny Keith, Executive Director/CEO/Founder of Grind Out Hunger.

-Consuelo Alba: Filmmaker, co-founder of the Watsonville Film Festival– Introduced by Megan Joseph, United Way community organizer.

-Greg Pepping: Executive Director Coastal Watershed Council– Introduced by Cliff Hodges, founder & CEO – Adventure Out LLC, CrossFit West LLC.

-Zach David and Kendra Baker: Assembly, The Penny Ice Creamery, and The Picnic Basket– Introduced by Darrin Caddes from Plantronics.

Event Santa Cruz took over the NEXTies this year. Matthew Swinnerton rounded up a great group of people to assist and sponsor putting this event on. Stripe did the designs and decorators. Vino Cruz supplied the wine. LifeStyle Culinary Arts catered. RideMade did the winner’s movie clips. Compass Rose Media did The NEXTies Space Tree video (which was featured on santacruzwaves.com). Eric Michael Design did the posters. Other sponsors include, Alltera Solar, Good Times, Cruzio, Civinomics, IPSociety, INTERLITE, Stearns & More Capital, SC Community Foundation and Santa Cruz Signs.

A big congratulations to our own Tyler Fox for his NEXTie award!

Photos- Yvonne Falk

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Yvonne Falk

About Yvonne Falk

I take photos, manage and do admin for Santa Cruz Waves. Event photography is my specialty. I am versatile and will also take nature, landscape, portraits, food, sports, and advertisement shots. I love what I do!



2 comments on “2014 NEXTies at the Rio Theatre


  1. This was a great event, thanks for taking photos Yvonne!

    Congrats again Tyler!

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