Los Angeles, CA ? February 23, 2015 Los Angeles Business Journal

Surfing and sunshine: two?elements of the Southern?California dream, and Jonathan?Port is living them both.

Port, 50, spends?his workdays harnessing?the sun as?founder and chief?executive of?PermaCity Solar, a?rooftop solar-power developer,?located just blocks from the?ocean in Santa Monica.

When he?s not working,?Port pursues his other passion:?surfing.??I grew up loving surfing?as a kid,? he said.?His boyhood idol was?South African surfing legend?Shaun Tomson, whom he?met for the first time recently?at a surfing fundraiser for UC?San Diego.

The high point of Port?s?surfing life came four years ago?when he surfed a wave off the?Peruvian coast that others?measured at 1.5 miles in length.

?It took me eight or nine?minutes to ride that wave and?that was the ride of a lifetime,??he said recently.

Since his solar business?has taken off, Port said that?he has had less time to?devote to surfing. But he?s?still managing two trips this?year. After a solar-power conference?in Panama City, he?plans a surfing side trip to?Panama?s coast. And then it?s?off to Hawaii?s famous North?Shore, a surfing mecca.

While he has competed in?surfing fundraisers ? his team?took second in that recent fundraiser?in San Diego ? Port said?these trips will be just for fun.

Source: Los Angeles Business Journal