Drew was raised next to the South Fork of the American River in Lotus, California. Born from two river-guiding parents, he spent his summers taking rafting vacations all over the West. Those vacations combined with his time exploring different river craft at his hometown incited in him a curiosity for the outdoors and water based recreation. It was during college that Drew began working as a river guide and fell in love with the seasonal lifestyle and the flexibility it provided for him to travel and explore other interests in his life including art and surfing.
When not river guiding in the summers Drew now lives in La Jolla, California working as an artist and substitute teacher. When he's not looking for waves he may be cruising around in his Econoline van or trying to live a more minimalistic and sustainable lifestyle.