Basic Surfing Tips for Absolute Beginners

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A California-based business leader with a wealth of experience in the construction industry, Gerald Thermos has served presidential tenures with both Poly-Granite International and THR Corporation. Outside of the professional environment, Gerald Thermos is an avid surfer who has been catching waves since the late 1970s.

After a new surfer acquires a suitable surfboard and finds an appropriate beach on which to practice, they must determine whether they are more comfortable with the regular footed or the goofy footed position. A great test for this is to have the surfer stand on the board on dry land and allow someone to push them from behind. If a surfer throws their left foot forward, then they should assume this (regular footed) position while surfing. If a surfer throws their right foot forward, then they should assume this (goofy footed) position while surfing.

Continuing to work on dry land, surfers should practice their stance as well as paddling and popping up (pushing up on the board in an attempt to stand up). Early skills to learn in the water include the duck dive, which allows surfers to pass beneath oncoming waves while paddling out, and the turtle roll, which protects surfers from becoming battered by waves in an emergency. Surfers should ensure that they are comfortable in the water before attempting to stand up on the board.


A New Stadium for the Los Angeles Rams

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Los Angeles Rams

A longtime resident of California, Gerald Thermos most recently served as the president of Poly-Granite International, a manufacturer and formulator of polyurea coatings. Alongside his professional responsibilities, Gerald Thermos enjoys watching football and follows the Los Angeles Rams.

Last year, plans for a new stadium for the Los Angeles Rams were announced. The stadium complex, located in Inglewood on the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack, will cover more than 300 acres and serve as an entertainment and commercial complex centered around the 80,000-seat stadium. Also included in the development will be retail and office space, a hotel, parks, and a 6,000-seat performance venue.

The new development, designed by HKS Architects, has been called the NFL equivalent of Disneyland and will cost an estimated $2.6 billion. The Ram’s new home will be the most luxurious and expensive stadium in the world.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and His Music

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Stevie Ray Vaughan

The former president of Poly-Granite International, Gerald Thermos has accumulated more two decades of experience in the construction coating products field. In terms of his hobbies and interests, Gerald Thermos enjoys listening to the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Born in Dallas, Texas, on October 3, 1954, Stevie Ray Vaughan began playing the guitar at a very young age. He performed in various garage bands while in junior high school, landing the occasional gigs in neighboring nightclubs. At the age of 17, Vaughan dropped out of school, determined to pursue a career in music.

With the formation of the Double Trouble band, Vaughan eventually found success. His 1983debut album, Texas Flood, was a commercial success, as were his three subsequent albums. Vaughan sparked the revival of the blues in the 1980s and performed to sold-out audiences. His notable guitar playing and musical style extended across the blues and rock and roll.

Vaughan won a Grammy with his band, and in 1984, he became the first-ever Caucasian musician to be conferred Blues Instrumentalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the National Blues Foundation Awards. Vaughan died in a helicopter crash on August 26, 1990, at the age of 35.

Mount Athos in Greece


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Mount Athos

The inventor of a 100 percent polyurea spray coating, Gerald Thermos has served in a number senior executive roles in the polyurethane and polyurea coatings market. Interested in visiting different regions of the world, Gerald Thermos has lasting memories of a trip to Greece.

One notable place in Greece is the geographically remote and temporally removed Mount Athos. It spans the peninsula of Athos, the eastern and third peninsula of Halkidiki. With an area of around 350 square kilometers, Mount Athos is approximately 50 kilometers long and 8-12 kilometers wide, with its highest point reaching 2,033 meters high.

Known as the Holy Mount, it has been an Orthodox spiritual center since 1054. Since Byzantine times, the mountain has held autonomous state-within-a-state status. It is made up of 20 self-governing territories, each with a cardinal monastery. The Holy Mount has a population of around 1,400 monks who follow traditional monastic agrarian practices, which have helped preserve the location’s rich fauna and flora.

Filled with ancient monasteries, other structures, and artifacts, Mount Athos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but access is restricted to men only.

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Success in The 1980s

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Stevie Ray Vaughan

For five years, Gerald Thermos was the president of Poly-Granite International. While being in charge of the sales and development of coating products, his company became a leading manufacturer of polyurea coatings. Some of the company’s other products included clear concrete floor coatings, polyurethane coatings, and enhanced acrylic coatings. During his spare time, Gerald Thermos enjoys the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Stevie Ray Vaughan, an award-winning guitarist, earned much of his success in the 1980s. He received a big break when his musical talents were recognized by singer and songwriter David Bowie, and he was asked to perform on Bowie’s upcoming album Let’s Dance. With this break, Stevie Ray Vaughan gained some attention in the industry.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and his bandmates then signed a deal with Epic Records, working with producer and legendary musician John Hammond, Sr. This collaboration resulted in the record Texas Flood, which climbed the charts to number 38 and even got some airplay on rock stations countrywide.

With his follow-up albums, Live Alive and Soul to Soul, he earned more recognition with a number of Grammy nominations. Stevie Ray Vaughan also was named both the Blues Instrumentalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the National Blues Foundation Awards, the first white musician ever to receive both these honors.

Los Angeles Rams Community Programs

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Los Angeles Rams

A leader in the urethane and polyurea formulated chemical industry, Gerald Thermos applies his expertise as the president of Poly-Granite International, a leading manufacturer of polyurea coatings. In addition to his professional work, Gerald Thermos enjoys following the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams sports teams.

The Los Angeles Rams is a team in the National Football League (NFL) that competes in the National Football Conference West Division. The team plays home games in Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles California. Beyond game play, the Rams participate in a number of community benefit programs.

Community involvement at the Rams organization takes place year round. Programs include the All Community Team, where season tickets are donated to charities and schools, and the Community Improvement Project, through which team members volunteer to assist a local nonprofit or school in need. Other programs include days of service, involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many more. For additional information on the Rams’ community programs, visit

Cephalonia – A Greek Island Ideal for Vacation


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A master of business administration graduate of Pepperdine University, Gerald Thermos has held numerous executive roles in the chemical manufacturing industry, having served as president of both Poly-Granite International in Wilmington, California, and THR Corporation in Bellflower, California. In his free time, Gerald Thermos enjoys traveling internationally. He has been to multiple destinations in Greece, including Cephalonia.

Located in the Ionian Sea, Cephalonia offers visitors beautiful beaches such as Myrtos, Lourdas, Antisamos, and Skala. Despite the rise in popularity of Cephalonia in recent years, thanks in part to the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, its beaches are rarely overcrowded, as the island is the biggest in the Ionian Sea.

Those looking for more than beaches can take in the island’s villages, including Sami and Assos, as well as its monasteries and medieval castles. Finally, visitors seeking an outdoor adventure can head to the Drogarati Caves to explore the island’s ancient chambers.