The Pegasus story began with the creation of Telo Island Lodge just over a decade ago.
From the word go, Telo Island Lodge – with a right-hander out front and a left-hander around the back – was unique: exclusive but inclusive; top-shelf quality from the food to the fleet, but lighthearted and fun at the same time; a commitment to waves that exhausts the most surf-hungry maniac after a few days, but free from any of that “gnarlier than thou” nonsense attitude.
And to this day, this both defines us and explains why Pegasus exists.
The crew here at Pegasus are hopelessly in thrall to the surf, the ocean, the nature and adventure that surrounds it.
Not only do our lodges allow us to keep indulging our passions, we’ve found that there’s nothing more satisfying than sharing the experience, and making friends along the way.
It might be presumptuous to speak on behalf of all the Pegasus crew, scattered at various spots on various (mostly) coral islands, but we know what a privilege it is to be in this game.
Basically, the few weeks of the year you’re with us, we get to see you at your most open and carefree. That stoke is infectious, and not only does it make our days happier, it also inspires us to give the best of ourselves too.
Anyway, enough hippy feel-good carry-on! We’d love to see you at any of our places.
Let’s go get some waves.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
A fifth-generation kama'aina, Ryder grew up surfing the elusive west-side reefs of the Big Island of Hawaii (where the abundance of tiger sharks may have contributed to his development as a champion swimmer).
Ryder went on to a career as a securities litigator and Wall Street investment banker. In 2012, Ryder connected his love of the ocean with his professional skillset by founding Pegasus Lodges.
When not travelling on the job, Ryder lives in Sausalito and New York City with his wife Maria Luisa and their three children, who take an appropriately dismissive view of his authority.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Juliette grew up in Hawaii, which nurtured her spirit for adventure and her deep love of the ocean. She has worked in some of the most remote places in the Pacific and holds a Phd in climate change and sustainable tourism.
Juliette is focused on creating authentic and unforgettable experiences for guests, and enhancing the communities in which the lodges are built.
MARIA LUISA MENDOZA DE THOMAS
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Maria Luisa comes to Pegasus after many years in the New York art and design world, indulging her passion for creating elegant, eclectic and inviting spaces.
Her love of travel and interest in different cultures has led Maria Luisa to explore the world, looking for treasures, and finding inspiration everywhere.
Her design phoilosophy for Pegasus is simple – modern, sophisticated and authentic spaces that stand the test of time.
Maria Luisa lives in New York City and Sausalito with her husband Ryder and their three children.
BRAND AND COMMUNICATIONS
Gra brings three decades of Surf Media experience to Pegasus – mostly spent as Creative Director for a number of leading surf and active lifestyle titles.
More recently he founded Australia’s renowned ocean / surf / art / adventure publication, White Horses.
With grown children having flown the coop, Gra lives in Angourie in NSW, Australia, with wife Jen, and Molly – the world’s most excited dog.
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
Jay joined Pegasus with over 25 years in the hospitality industry, focusing on sales and business development throughout North and South America.
He has also spent years traveling to the far reaches of the globe by boat, plane and motorcycle. He enjoys building new relationships and connecting others to unique travels adventures around the world.
When he’s not traveling, he can be found exploring the Northern California coast or snowboarding in the mountains of Colorado.
SALES AND BOOKINGS MANAGEMENT
Kellie’s two decades of experience in the surf travel industry kicked off with six years living in the Hinako Islands off Nias.
Now based in Torquay, Australia, Kellie finds great joy in bringing Pegasus customers’ surf travel dreams to fruition, and still has a passion for travel.
Travel opportunities are harder to find these days, with her role as domestic slave to two beloved teenage children, and a home renovation project due for completion sometime before 2035.
Yoga, trail running and the odd seafood / pinot grigio lunch with friends remind her life is beautiful.
SALES AND GUIDING
A passionate surfer, Alex’s background qualifies him perfectly for his role: He’s worked in both the snow and surf industry, as a swimming instructor and as a touring musician, and has a degree in Marine Biology. He's also a proficient photographer.
Many years as Aganoa Lodge Samoa’s principal guide has seen Alex ease many guests into countless Samoan barrels.
Just when you thought Alex couldn’t get any more handy, his secret skill – that of expert gardener – has seen the Aganoa Lodge hydroponic garden pump out all sorts of amazing, fresh produce.
HEAD KITE INSTRUCTOR MIRALEJOS
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, a sea lover his whole life, Humberto surfed and sailed all over the country looking for remote and undiscovered spots to play in.
In 2012 he moved to Las Terrenas, Samaná, where he fell in love with Kiting. Passionate about teaching the sport he loves, he opened KiteologyDR Kitesurf Academy in Punta Cana, where he lives today.
Dylan "Dingo" Russell
SURF GUIDE, TELO ISLAND LODGE
“Dingo” grew up in the small coastal town in South Africa, and by the age of 12 was into bodyboarding and junior lifeguarding.
It set the pattern for a life devoted to the ocean – surfing as much as possible, lifeguarding, fishing and diving.
Dingo came out to the Telos in 2016 on a surf trip, met the crew at the lodge, fell in love with the waves and the dream and made it his mission to secure an internship at Telo Lodge.
The rest is history – Dingo is a popular, highly respected and knowledgeable guide at Telo Island Lodge.
JACQUE "WOBBY" BOTHA
SURF GUIDE, PINNACLES ON TELO
Jacque, AKA Wobby, was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and surfing has been the centre of his universe since childhood. Wobby’s natural friendliness and people skills, as well as his surf skills make him a natural for the job. Wobby first saw came here as a Telo Island Lodge guest a few years back and fell in love with the waves and the indonesian way of life. He returned to Cape Town to sort out his affairs, and flew back to the Telos, where he’s been at Pinnacles since the the beginning of operations, and has helped grow it into the masterpiece it is today.
izaak "zak" van druten
SURF GUIDE, TELO ISLAND LODGE
Zak grew up on Queensland’s Gold Coast – land of the right-hand point-break – which really didn’t do too much for this goofy-footer’s addiction to forehand gouges. And so naturally when the opportunity came along in 2016 to act as Guide at TIL, Zak was all over it.
Zak’s one of the better-travelled humans you’ll ever meet, his love of surfing has taken him all over the world, and when he’s rotated off the island, he’ll be surfing somewhere else, or relaxing in the hills of Spain with his girlfriend.
HEAD CHEF, TELO ISLAND LODGE
Here's the fella responsible for one of the best things about Telo Island Lodge: The food!
Restu's been at the Lodge since 2008 which makes him one of the longest standing team members at TIL, and it's thanks to his hard work and epic skills in the kitchen that our famished, surfed-out guests recharge and re-energise day in day out.
Mention "Rendang Night" to any past TIL guest and they get a glazed, faraway look in their eye, some start salivating uncontrollably.
Married with three children, Restu loves fishing with and for the guests. Legend!