Emile was three when the family moved to Random Ridge in 1981, and grew up "off the grid" on the mountaintop. He lives in Santa Cruz and is a Pilates instructor and also a surf instructor at Adventure Out. He earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His senior thesis was entitled "The Evolution of Hedonism." He speaks Spanish and Portuguese after many long visits to Spain, Madeira, and Costa Rica. A wine sommelier, Emile is an enthusiastic ambassador for Random Ridge wines and is an integral part of wine sales, harvest, ranch projects and events.
1980surf photo by Chris Clemente