By Julie Thunder
The list of successful people who grew up in Cardiff is long and noteworthy. Tim “Timbo” Stillinger clearly belongs at the top of the list. He went to Cardiff schools then Oakcrest and SDA (graduating 2006). He was a typical active kid – surfing Cardiff Reef and Tippers, playing for Cardiff Soccer League, and running cross country at SDA. After receiving his Bachelor’s of Science from UC Berkley, he returned to Cardiff to work with the San Elio Lagoon Conservancy (SELC) as a researcher. The next year he began his graduate studies at UC Santa Barbara. And now, he’s here again and back at SELC, as the Scientific Research Director while simultaneously finishing his Ph.D. in Environmental Science.
One of the ways he’s helping to keep our lagoon healthy is by surfing. He surfs with specially equipped boards to learn more about sand replenishment and it’s