The Pebble Wrestler Collective is an adventure film and creative company based in the occasionally sunny city of Cleveland, Ohio. Our goal is to showcase the unique individuals and areas within the athletic and artistic lifestyles we pursue.
The Collective is comprised of outdoor adventurers ranging from climbers and surfers, to skiers and snowboarders. Not only are we athletes, but we are artists, film makers, and philanthropists too. We are using our love of adventure and the visual arts to build awareness of select initiatives (adaptive athletes), and to help out communities that suffer from poverty and violence by using climbing, surfing, and snowboarding as a healthy outlet compared street life.
Born in the Midwest, Making an Impact Worldwide
For this Collective to become a reality, we need your help. This Kickstarter Campaign is meant to help with the initial start up costs of the company. We need to upgrade film equipment, pay for apparel orders, and for any unforeseen costs that could create obstacles in the birth of our vision. By helping this dream become a reality, you are not only helping out the Pebble Wrestler Collective, but a select non-profit that we have decided to support through a yearly donation of 1% of annual revenue. As the collective grows, our goal is to raise this percentage up to 5%.
Outdoor and creative pursuits are physically and emotionally healing. The Pebble Wrestler Collective founder, Jon Sedor, knows this firsthand from an unfortunate accident in 2007 that left him an amputee. The visual arts, climbing, and surfing played a major role his recovery.
The Pebble Wrestler Collective is a group of individuals that are inclusive, not exclusive. We are hoping to to create videos, art, and apparel that showcase unique individuals in the climbing, surfing, skiing, and snowboarding communities. First and foremost, the idea is to have fun being outside and creating art. Now Jon, Tiffany, Mike, and Nathan want to use their love of adventure and the visual arts to give back to the environments and communities that provide us with inspiration and happiness.
Lastly, we are not only focusing filming and working with able-bodied athletes or creatives, but also adaptive athletes who have found a community and inspiration in nature and art. Most adaptive athletes do not always have a chance to showcase what they are pursuing on a mass scale, and this is as an opportunity to continue to build awareness of all athletic pursuits. We want to show show it’s not about what one is missing, but how much passion one has to carry out their dreams. The goal is to help promote change and build awareness through our passions.
Climbing Borders: Climbing Borders is a registered non-profit climbing program that collaborates internationally to bring climbing to at-risk youth in marginalized areas, starting in Monterrey, Mexico. Climbing Borders Website
*We will add more non-profits as the company grows.
WHO WE ARE
Jon Sedor: Jon is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He realized as a sophomore in high school that he loves to climb and paint. However, in 2007 Jon lost his left hand (his dominant hand) in a serious accident. Jon underwent two amputations and three surgeries, but he never gave up on his dreams. He has since relearned to draw and live as a right-handed person. Despite losing his hand only 8 years ago, Jon graduated from the School of Visual Arts with his MFA in 2014. He is also a professional amputee climber who is a nationally and internationally ranked competitor, and Jon regularly pushes his limits outside in multiple climbing areas. Competing and climbing outside, despite being fun, are not Jon’s main focuses on and off the rock. He hopes to be a leader in the climbing community by encouraging other athletes with physical differences to push their own limits and achieve their own goals. It’s important to Jon to give back to the communities that have given him meaning and healing in his life.
Tiffany Hensley: Once an international competitor, Tiffany Hensley is now a professional rock climber-turned-businesswoman who works in Mexico. Tiffany traveled in a Dodge Sprinter for one year to teach clinics and visit programs as a part of Project WallE, a project that now boosts rock climbing non-profits, and recently finished the Move Mountains Tour. She is on the Board of Directors for Climbing Borders in Monterrey, Mexico, where she works with a team to form sustainable, eco-conscious, and empowering micro-communities for at-risk youth. She is an Ambassador for Climb’N’Conquer, a youth outreach program in Vancouver, and the women’s climbing group Grrl’s On Rocks in Mexico. Tiffany works as Team Manager at Mad Rock Climbing.
Mike Killion: Mike first started surfing after a week long trip to San Diego with some friends in high school. They always noticed waves on Lake Michigan and figured it couldn't be too much different from the ocean. That's where it all began. It used to be just Mike and his friends, or only one friend, no one else out. It took them sometime to eventually understand the weather patterns that made good waves on the lake and meet some other surfers. Mike has always had his camera with him documenting his trips and adventures or when going for a surf check near home. He attended Columbia College and received a BA in Photography. Mostly known for his photographs of surfing around the Great Lakes, his work has been featured in international publications, exhibitions, and media. Clients include Red Bull, Nike, ESPN, Surfing Magazine, Patagonia, and Surfline, among others.
Nathan Creswell: Growing up in San Diego County Nathan was always fortunate enough to be able to experience the mountains, deserts, and ocean, all of which being no more than an hour away. This is where he began to hone his passion for the outdoors and natural world. After moving to Sacramento for school Nathan fell in love with the culture, sport and lifestyle of climbing. He immersed himself in everything climbing from current events, techniques, FA’s (first accents) and of course film. Shortly after he started working at a local climbing gym he began taking photos & videos of the climbing trips he and friends would go on. Nathan’s hope is to capture a glimpse into the world he lives in, from the High Sierra’s down to the desert tablelands of Bishop, CA. Bringing a little West Coast to the Collective. Adventure is out there!
Risks and challenges
We do not foresee any specific challenges if the company’s start-up costs get funded.
Delays regarding apparel rewards will only be due to defective product from the printers – in that case all donors will be notified immediately and will be given an updated delivery date.
Delays regarding hand-signed and numbered photo prints will only be caused by printing defects – donors will be notified immediately and be given an updated delivery date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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