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Kyber’s Bio

Kyber SurfingThe Captain and cook aboard “Natural Mystic” and voyage organizer. Thirty-Two years young, born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA. I first dreamt of sailing our planets oceans after reading Joshua Slocum’s “Sailing Alone Around the World” when I was 12 years old. At first the dream consisted of doing it solo on a small boat, but as I worked towards achieving my dream I realized the adventure would be more fun and rewarding sharing it with your friends on a larger yacht. I attended USC after graduating San Marcos High School and after a yearlong stint as a sea urchin tender in the commercial fishing industry, I went to work as a Realtor in Montecito, CA. Although not as enjoyable as commercial fishing, real estate was the path that led to the financial ability to go to sea.

I got my first taste of sailing when I was a baby sailing on my dad’s Hobie 16 in Oxnard harbor (barley remember that), but was hooked when I attended the youth sailing classes at age 10 with the Santa Barbara Youth Foundation. I loved sailing from the start and quickly started racing dinghies and big boats. Bill Deardorff RIP took me under his wing at age 13 and together we raced Clockwork a Nelson/Merrick 42 all over the state of California. Later with the help of Guy Turner, I was a member of the first sailing team at San Marcos High School and then went on to sail for USC. Racing sail boats is fun and rewarding, but I knew in my heart there is another reason for sailing and that was to explore our planet, as generations before had done.

My dad gave me my first skateboard or maybe I just took it over at about 2 years old, it was a Sims, had a kick tail, urethane wheels and bitchin trucks for 1978 and was a gift to him from Tom Sims. I think my knees were scabby my entire youth, as I loved skateboarding from the start and was a little daredevil. I received my first surfboard from Santa at Christmas in 5th grade and from there on I was hooked and knew I was a surfer at heart. Along the way I also learned how to windsurf and kiteboard, which are just as fun as surfing, but not limited by the crowd factor as much. By combining my favorite activities and lifestyles this has led me to where I am now. Living with my friends on a boat, sailing around the world chasing a dream, trying to have fun times and enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer us.


54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pat Chick(Cynthia Chick's Mother) // Dec 23, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Congratulations, Kyber,on following your dream! We wish you good times and great adventures! So glad Cynthia shared your blogwith us! Look forward to hearing about your experiences!
    Pat Chick

  • 2 Charles Logue // Dec 24, 2007 at 1:31 am

    Dear Kyber May your dream come true. May joy and good fortune fill your sails. May curiosity be your sextant. May the Blue Energy of this planet bring you safely home. Love, Your Father

  • 3 Dave Salgado // Dec 27, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Kyber, What a fantastic once in a lifetime adventure, hang in there as good things come to those who wait and stick it out!


  • 4 Darren A. Peterson // Dec 27, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Kyber you are quite the adventurer my friend. May you have a peaceful yet exciting adventure filled with good luck and safe journeys! I can’t wait to watch the journey unfold via your webpage (what a great gift for those of us at home in SB.) Your friend,

  • 5 Deennis Peterson // Dec 27, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Kyber. What a great adventure. I always wondered if Santa Barbara was big enough to contain you. Now we know its NOT! We’ll enjoy watching this saga.

  • 6 Theo Kracke // Dec 28, 2007 at 1:39 am

    Yo Kyber:

    Happy Sails To You!

    I wish you good wind, waves, and fortune on your trans-world crossings.

    Looking forward to future updates. Keep me on your list !

    The Kracke’s wish you well on your journey…

    Theo, Becky, and Katie Ann :)

  • 7 Aunt Melissa // Dec 28, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Dear Kyber, Have a fairwind day!! Happy sailing into the New Year. Love, Melissa and Brian

  • 8 dumperelli // Jan 2, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Ohhh boys…so much fun out there in that big atlantic….enjoy every moment….head winds and all…each breath…take it for a ride…yes!
    When in harms way, enjoy it!….keep a chargin good buddy…full sail ahead!

  • 9 Patricia Burnett // Jan 5, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Kyber. How wonderful! You are off on your amazing adventure at last. I will thoroughly enjoy following wherever you sail on this great website. My heart and all good wishes are with you.
    Aunt Patricia

  • 10 Greg Saldana // Jan 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    I sailed with you and Bill (Silver Fox) on Clockwork years ago and have been kept abreast of your adventure through Jamie. This is an excellent way to live your life – Happy New Year and all the best for you and your crew.
    Greg Saldana

  • 11 Uncle Jim // Jan 9, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Kyber you maniac you…..actually I see nothing maniacle about this adventure at all. It sounds absolutely breathtaking and adrenalin pumping so far and am sure it will continue in the same vein. The triangle experience is something I would love to hear about in person one of these days. I send you fair seas and will look to your blog for more goods……. Jim

  • 12 kyber // Jan 11, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks so much for all the positivity it truly means so much to me, this is way harder than I could have ever imagined and whenever you’re feeling a little down, reading these posts, knowing i have such wonderful friends and family out there makes you instantly feel better. Thanks everyone there, is no way I could have done this without all your help, love and support along the way. Love- Kyber

  • 13 Geoff Becker // Jan 18, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Kyber, I always wondered what happened to you…I’m glad you are doing something you love! You were meant to be on, in and around the ocean…it’s in your blood! I hope you have some enjoy your adventures! Geoff Becker

  • 14 Ned Jones // Jan 18, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I am super stoked for you guys. Cat piss is just a minor deal. Sitting here in frozen Newport, enjoying your adventure. Pray for surf.

  • 15 patricia deardorff // Jan 19, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Bill , Scott, Jamie , Billy and I spent one of the most wonderful adventures of our family life cruising the virgin islands… it was like a beautiful dream. Tortola is this side of heaven. You are living the dream. My heart is with you. Like the line from “Easy Rider: You should be proud, man, you are doing your own thing in your own time.”

    In hide tide or in low tide, I’ll be by your side,

  • 16 billy dorff // Jan 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    ask patti deardorff about the famouse virgin island dance called the ‘elevator’….

  • 17 kyber // Jan 21, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Yea Geoff, I hope your doing well too. Last I heard you were on the East Coast and have a family now so congrats to you and Lora. Mike Uznis and Caileen just had their first kid a month ago now or so and are proud parents. Take an easy and if you ever want to get away and go sailing by all means come visit us.

    Patti thanks for the good words, I love that quote from Easy Rider, its kind of like what were doing, selling it all to see the world, I think our ending will be happier though. And what about this “Elevator” dance?

  • 18 Kyle H. // Jan 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I’m glad that you have finally made it to paradise. Hope you get way more epic surfing and kiteboarding in! Give Ben props for that picture of P Kiddy.

  • 19 M, Bacon // Jan 29, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Hi Kiber, I got www/site from Shandor this a nice website , 2 day there are 5 sailboats on the beach at milpas from the SE wind and storms and 1 sank the top of the mast is above 4 feet above the water line. C U L 8 R Mark..

  • 20 kyber // Jan 29, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Classic….Sounds windy and stormy in Cali…….the surf has been fun here and pounding and tomorrow is suppose to be the biggest swell of the year, with good winds, the waves in the BVI’s are fun and were gettin em wired, stay dry back there in Cali and we will keep wet down here for ya all.

  • 21 Bryan Herring // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Kyber and Crew

    Good luck to all of you for doing something that I have wanted to do but am unable at this point in my life. I just saw the February Scuttlebutt. Stay safe and I will be following, watching and living through you guys

  • 22 Doug & Sharon Ewins // Jan 31, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    WOW!!! You are really doing it man. Congrats!! We will be following you the whole way and wish you Broad Reaches and Sunny Beaches. You will be in our hearts and prayers till we see your grinning mug, bruises and scabs back in SB. Have a blast. D&S

  • 23 Robbie Grant // Feb 1, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    After reading about keeping the door shut and the windows barely cracked in the boatyard, I thought only of poor Ty and Ben — god willing they weren’t victimized by the dreaded Kybia EDDY!!!

    Stop by the Bay Area on you way home, I’ll take aerial shots of the boat from the GG Bridge — and send us something for “Changes in Latitudes.”

    Keep on living the dream…

  • 24 Rich & Steph Ortale // Feb 12, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    hey, you guys are the greatest! Having way too
    much fun and the envy of all your friends.
    Kybe, we had dinner with your mom/dad last
    evening and you’ll be glad to know they are
    great and they send their love along with ours.
    All the best and drink a cold one for me.

  • 25 Mayer Spivack // Feb 19, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Kyber,
    I sent a comment meant for you all but a mistaken mouse click sent it to P. Kiddy instead. Given the risks for mice in your Cat and near your cat, and in airplanes no wonder my mouse was rattled.
    How can I send you pictures of our trimaran?


  • 26 Jane Watkins // Feb 21, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I am sooo jealous. Congratulations on living the dream. Your pic was in the SBYC rag this month! Do you need any experienced (older) gals on the boat?

  • 27 Hunty // Mar 24, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Hey Kyber – What a time you are having! I just checked out this site for the 1st time today…..amazing! I will be in the Carribean (Antigua) visiting Graham’s boat and Larry’s boat on April 6th – 14th. Will you be near on these dates? Keep exploring, living, loving, & keeping it crazy & fun! All the best wishes- C

  • 28 Laurel Gaudet // Mar 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Hey Kyber,
    I just wanted to say Hi myself, not via Dom. I hear you need a first mate, let’s chat seriously. Give a all or mail anytime.

  • 29 trish and bill davis // May 5, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Got an update regarding your travels from your dad. So happy all is going well. We send our best thoughts. Go for the big brass ring. Hope that Captain{P kiddy} is enjoying the journey.
    CELEBRATE the moment, its all to short

  • 30 trish and bill davis // May 5, 2008 at 10:20 am


  • 31 Sharon Kirchner // May 14, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Hey Kyber,
    Sharona here. Thanks for the great message on our upcoming big adventure. We are very excited and eventually will end up where you are now. Great to hear that you are having a good time. I misplaced your email address, please send again and we will try to keep in touch. When do you expect to be back in SB? Be safe, happy travels, Sharona

  • 32 Lynn Attlesey // Jun 18, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Wow Kybe!!! I cant believe your actually doing it!!! This is the first time I have seen the website and the photos are incredible. I’m sure you having the most amazing and unforgettable time. Cant wait to read more!!! Take care…Lynn

  • 33 jeff becker // Jun 27, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Hey Kyber:

    Looks like you and buds are having an incredible experience on our planet-enjoy it too the fullest and treasure the time spend without the clock or phone-hey where do I serve you with a three day pay or quit?


  • 34 Wendy Palamara // Aug 8, 2008 at 2:43 am

    Hey Stranger! Coony directed me towards your site. Wish I could hop aboard. You’ve got a fantastic ability to tell stories & you’re a good photographer – your blog is amazing! I don’t need to say “hope you’re having fun” as it’s quite obvious you are. Take care & long live the adventure!

  • 35 Irish Dave // Aug 17, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    wats cracking dude.back in this lovely emerald isle[not].nothing but rain the past two weeks.missing that place so much.hope all the boys are well.tell Dizzy to cut back on the whale hunting.[man she was fat].ttyl.

  • 36 Stamp from the galapagos // Sep 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    yo Kyber, i met you guys on san cristobal island but i worked on santa cruz as a volunteer while you guys were in the galapagos. (Stamp, the redheaded beginner surfer off of tonga reef) So ive been checking out the blog, and Im starting to pick out the ports that I want to hit in my own sailing trip around the world. The thing i need to know is some of the economics of the trip. What are some good resources to find out how much money i need to raise before i can set sail?? Thanks man and best of luck.

  • 37 Juergen Brockmann // Sep 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Kyber: Had dinner with your parents two nights ago. Got your blog today. Great adventure. I am boarding the SilverShadow in 3 hours to sail down to Chile, French Polynesia etc. If you give me your coordinates for any day between Oct. 27 and Nov.9 I make Captain Maccaroni to go there to serve you and your compadres some authentic italian delicacies. Juergen Brockmann

  • 38 jacob christenson // Sep 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Aloha Kyber and Ben, Well it has been nearly a year since you cut your Cali cords, and set voyage on the dicovery of life. Thank you for positive pursuit, as you share the beautiful images of mihgty ocean, and your dedication to living life to fullest appreciation. I ‘m deeply touched to know you are alive and living your dreams. Continue spreading the good vibration as you come into greater harmony with all creation. Much love and respect, Jacob

  • 39 Howard Hudson // Sep 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    This has really been fun following you around the world. Thanks for keeping us up and keeping our fantasies alive.
    Back to more mundane things, I tried calling but something went wrong with the number. So the message is your return has been filed and you don’t have to sweat the extension deadline.
    Keep having fun.

  • 40 Tim Seider // Oct 1, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Just did a cable job for your dad and brother.Being a carpinteria local for 44 years.I can relate.Looks like a trip of a lifetime.

  • 41 Jerome(South Africa) // Dec 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Howsit going thought I drop a hello, I do not know you from a bar of soap, but I meet that Ozzy Dizzy in SXM earlier this year and got to your link via his pictures. I have also been to Santa Barbara a few times and love it there! Looks epic, Ive been dreaming of doing the same since 16 and working and saving to do it…..As it require financial stability.

    Anyways ill check in and see how you boys are going from time to time.

    Hope u get your cat back and for Dizzy to recover from his beatdown!



  • 42 irish Dave // Dec 12, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    hey kyber how r ya.sorry to hear about Pkiddy hope u get him for christmas .tell the boys i said of luck in your search.

  • 43 Jill and the seabird crew // Dec 17, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Hey guys,
    Just a few lines to let you know that we ve all ready thought about commiting mutiny a few dozen times and that we all wish we would of stayed where you are. We re in the “Big Vagina” island and it s beautiful but sadly, we haven t been able to enjoy much of it so far…
    Have you found P.Kiddy?
    Much love,
    sea bird

    PS: could i please have Tina s e mail?

  • 44 Randi // Dec 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Jill. As I understand, the crew doen’t always get the messages, so I will give you Tina’s e.mail : I myself got to Tina through Kybers dad, Thank you sooooo much for that,- Tina called us. There are times where I really appreciate the computers !!!! Take care and have a wonderful christmas from Randi, Tinas greatful mother.

  • 45 Joe Chrisman // Dec 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm


    I heard about your adventure through friends of friends. I wish I had the cajones to embark on a trip like yours. Thanks for providing stories to help me day-dream. When the time comes, I hope my tales are half as entertaining as yours.


    Joe Chrisman de Ventura

  • 46 Ed Attlesey // Feb 7, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Well, hello Kyber!

  • 47 Ed Attlesey // Feb 7, 2009 at 2:48 am

    oops, I’m tech challenged.

    Have been keeping up with you through Lynn on your once in a life time adventure. You have redefined “have your dessert first”!

    There’s few that really know your true reason for this endeavor…………the search for the worlds #10 Cheeseburger

    The memories of you climbing up Stearns Wharf to fetch, I think it was a #8 Cheeseburger are priceless.

    Bill taught you well and I know he’s up there helping you at the tiller and wishing he was there for the next “burger in paradise”

    Be safe, have fun, and know we’re all thinking about you and your dream (and a little green).

    Take care buddy,


  • 48 Javier Ortiz // Feb 11, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Whats up man. Remember me? Its Javi from SC Sailing..
    I can´t believe this blog. Uznis told me about it ´cause I am going to LA in a couple of months…
    Damm, you are having fun… I envy you, mate. Here is freezing. I am in Spain.
    Take care, have fun and learn as much as you can from life, travelling is very enriching.

  • 49 Jerry Jones // Mar 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Aloha Kyber,

    I just met your parents yesterday at there new home job site where we will be doing the Electrical Wiring and after they discovered I enjoy sailing they passed on your blog to me. The most time we can usually fit in to sail is an afternoon or weekend so keep on cruising on while you can, wish I could! Best of luck and may the wind always be at your back.

  • 50 Jack & Karen Byers // Jul 13, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Kyber and Tina,
    We miss you guy’s. Looking forward to hearing more of your travels. We miss being with you and thank you so much for the great tour. You both made it very special.
    Now I am in need of your artical for the Scuttlebutt. Your 10th dead line has come and gone and my deadline is the 15th. Can you still get it to me or I have to cover it anouther way? Let me know.


    Jack and Karen

  • 51 frøydis melhus // Jul 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    nice picure! lots of regards from Arendal

  • 52 Barnaby Draper // Aug 17, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Great meetign you and your wife at BBYC this week! We are just back in SB. Will be posting blog on trip and will send to you. Good luck with the baby and the trip. Would be fun to reconnect somewhere! Cheers,

  • 53 Pierre Charest // Oct 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Ya Keiber job well done!!!! You always were a natural on the boat and I am truly stoked for you. Excellent call to have done it with friends to share such a wealth of experiences. Sail on kid… Pierre

  • 54 Brad // Dec 4, 2009 at 1:43 am


    Great to meet you and Tina. Send me your contact info so we can stay in touch.

    Brad, Leslie, Hannah and Paige from Newport

    Sorry I could not say goodbye we left early AM to the East.



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