Early background

  • Born in Oakland California.
  • Moved to the Canal Zone to the townsite:  Lived in Gatun, Canal Zone in 1976. for 28 years
  • Cub Scout, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Canal Zone
  • Cristobal High School, Canal Zone
  • Panama Canal College, Canal Zone (3 years)
  • Bible College, Queensland Australia  (1 year)

Managed and/or created the following:

  • Apparel design, creation, marking, sales for over 21 Military Exchange outlets.
  • In 1990, created an apparel line for U.S. Military Exchanges.  Started with $500 in 1991 and grew the business to $1 million in store sales in 2 years 7 months from the original $500.
  • The largest volume of apparel sales of all items sold in these Military outlets
  • Conducted photo and video shoots or campaigns for:  Roxy, Quiksilver, Chevy, Oakley, Sobe/Pepsi, Point Conception, Simple Shoes, Vans shoes, Electric Visual, Estee Lauder, Oceana, Aloe Up, Flojos Sandals, Smith Optics, Gravity Board, Body Glove, and others.
  • Have shot for the following magazines:  People, US, Teen Vogue, Vogue, FHM, Surfing, Surfer, ESM, Australian Surfing Life, Girl’s Life, Surfer Girl, Surfing Girl, and others.
  • Created marking/advertising projects for:  USAA, 3M, Oakley, Johnson & Johnson / ACUVUE, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, Mountain House, Ford, Subaru, GMC, Pepsi, Food For Life, Home Depot, G-SHOCK/Casio, Winn-Dixie, Publix, Navy Federal, Stahls, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Safe Reflections, Sony, RCCL, Crystal Cruises, Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute and others.
  • Largest provider of printed destination apparel for the following cruise lines:  Royal Caribbean,
    P & O, Holland America, Crystal Cruise Lines.
  • Coached, managed and photo campaigned Karina Petroni from 9 years old until she became the #1 U.S. surfer and the most covered female by the time she was 18 years old.
  • Created and director of: NEVER QUIT:  http://www.neverquitnever.com
  • Created and director of: NEVER QUIT Wold Tour.  The world’s largest free events worldwide for deployed U.S. Armed Service members, prompting health and a Fit to Fight message.  http://www.neverquitworldtour.com
  • Motivational speaker at schools, Military events and US stateside events.
  • Created and managed recruiting events for all 4 U.S. military branches and for Special Operations.
  • Created the Super Brochure for Ron Paul (Largest grassroots media project in history lifting Ron Paul in the polls by 20%)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2Koo35fUk8
  • 2nd Amendment Brochure creation and mailings all over the nation: http://www.superbrochure.com
  • Traveled to 48 countries.

 Training, Licenses & Documents:

  • Australian Bronze Ocean Lifeguard
  • U.S. Military Lifeguard
  • Advanced Ocean Lifeguarding
  • EMT
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Medial First Responder and Provider
  • Medical Person in Charge
  • Free diver

Member of:

  • National Rifle Association
  • AUSA.  Association of the United States Army

PERSONAL

  • Hobbies:  Traveling, ocean swimming, body surfing, surfing, free diving, hiking, helping others, political and military history
  • Never married, no children. Place of residence Florida but travels extensively.
  • Faith:  Christian
  • Political:  Republican Party but only when the candidate has a precise focus on a “Liberty minded dedicated Constitutional foundation” (Libertarian in some ways but a strict Constitutionalist) not aligning with a candidate controlled by establishment money.

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Who is Erik?

Erik, the oldest of 4 children, has been the director of the NEVER QUIT message his father left him.  His tireless efforts constantly keep all who know him captivated and energized.  Erik’s vision is always focused on helping others and educating in health and helping what others avoid what happened to his amazing father.

After his father, Gerard, suffered a stroke and brain bleed, many doubted that Gerard would be capable of making any positive progress. Fastforward 2 ½ years and due to Gerard’s go get-um attitude and the eternal optimism and drive of Erik and his family, the remarkable progress just kept coming.

The two words, NEVER QUIT, perfectly describe the every day life and attitude of Gerard, his wife Reidunn, and children, Karina, Sonya, Paul and Erik.

 

How it started:
Erik moved from the beach in Pacifica California with his family to the Canal Zone at the Isthmus of Panama when he was just 7 years old, where his father would become a Panama Canal ships pilot.

Erik’s world revolved around his father, his mother Reidunn, the ever loving home maker, his brother and sisters and his new surroundings.  

Erik would now live in the most beautiful place on earth, a jungle town called Gatun, as well as the surrounding American Canal Zone and country of Panama. His life was one of exciting travel and adventure. He was constantly in the jungle, exploring caves, enjoying ship adventures with his father as well as surfing, fishing and diving.
At 17, Erik took off on his own journey around the world, spending time in the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe where he went hiking, surfing and adventuring.  Each year Erik would spend roughly 8 months traveling around the world seeking new adventures.
During this time, at 18 years old, Erik was introduced to the newest family addition, Karina.  From the beginning, Karina was also introduced to the same exciting adventures the family was so fortunate to experience every day, and Erik was too happy to learn how fun an adventurous jungle sister could be.

While in the Canal Zone, Erik and his business partner created and managed the largest and highly desired clothing company, suppling custom apparel to the U.S. Military exchanges, Panama Canal employees and the cruise lines.

In the year 2000, just after Jimmy Carter and the U.S. Senate illegally gave away the U.S. Panama Canal and Canal Zone, Erik and his family moved from the American Canal Zone and split their time between both Atlantic Beach, Florida to Australia and in countries around the world.  During these years, Erik treasured coaching his sister in surfing and taking her on wild outdoor adventures
Also, from 1998 onwards, Erik created media campaign for action sports and mainstream companies and has played an active role in promoting and educating Americans about our constitution and national Liberties.
Of all the amazing roles Erik has enjoyed, he has treasured most spending time with his family and traveling around the world.  He thrived being around his driven and dynamic father prior to his stroke and brain bleed and also the fortunate 3 years/3 months that he was able to be with his father after he came out of his coma from the brain bleed until he moved Home to Christ.  These amazing 3 years & 3 months helping his father recover was when Erik learned the most in life, even though it was difficult for his father to communicate with Erik and the family, the bond and wisdom learned became invaluable.
This is when the NEVER QUIT message was brought to a large audience, so that all could learn how to avoid hypertension, get active and take on their own NEVER QUIT message.
Erik has traveled to 48 countries, speaks fluent Norwegian, English and some Spanish.  He is 6′ – 4″, blond and tan, fitting the profile of the free spirited traveler and surfer.  Erik would be the one to guide you around the planet in search of that next adventure, as he himself is an accomplished traveler who has circled the globe many times in search of his own explorations and escapes.
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20160229_164530-2At a pro-Constitution rally handling VIP’s and media relations and met a wonderful lady who’s sister sang our National Anthem.

IMG_3292Forward event support and post event met at a pro-Constitution event with friend John Hart of Team Fastrax.

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The original NEVER QUIT writing that Dad wrote to me when I asked him to tell me what was he would tell me if he could talk.

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Dad (post stroke & brain bleed) looking at a replica of Capt. Cooks sailing ship)  2009
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Tarpon fishing down the Chargres River with Hunter Tiber and Cliff Frank
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Meetings at a pro-Constitution rally, Reno NV

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Dad and I were down in St. Augustine on an adventure looking at all the old forts and the boats and his legs became weak, so I put Dad on my back and carried him.  When I was a kid I would always ride on Dad’s back and steer him by pulling the ear lobe in the direction I wanted to go.  One day, before dad could speak again, I felt his hand slowly reach up to my ears and he pulled it ever so kindly in the direction he felt it would be nice to go.  My heart was ever so warmed.  These walks with dad on my back are by far the highlights of my life.
Erik-Bio-6(Taking Dad for daily walks to help him regain his strength.  Some of the happiest times of my life, encouraging Dad and growing so much closer to him.  We would sing our favorite song; That’s Life by Frank Sinatra while we would go for these long walks.  It was raining this day in Florida and I found a bit of cardboard and made a roof for dad’s head. Atlantic Beach Florida. July 2007)
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Speaking at NEVER QUIT.  June 2010
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CaptPetroni_pic36As dad was a Sea Captain we often traveled to where Dad was working or training.  Here Dad and I are going for a beach run in Fort Lauderdale while he was waiting for his ship. 1974
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Speaking to high school students on the principles to love others, care and respect your parents and how we as sons and daughters can help our parents avoid hypertension, strokes and get them healthy.  In addition we talk about the importance to take on a positive Never Quit attitude in all that we do, with a cheerful attitude and smile.
Here were are singing the Frank Sinatra song, “That’s Life”  This was Dad’s favorite song as the entire message talks of that no matter how great you can become, you will be brought down.  But, we must always pick ourself up and get back in the race.  We end each school presentation where all the students sing this song and as entire group we also rehears the poem, “IF” By Rudyard Kipling.
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Family photo. June 2, 2009 after the first Never Quit

 (Fishing in Lake Gatun at the Panama Canal for Peacock bass.  One day we caught 250.  With the warm sweet jungle air, giant ships passing by and howler moneys in the trees with toucans flying in the thick jungle, it was pure paradise).

At the 1st NEVER QUIT Beach Fest, June 2009. Due to Dad’s first stroke and brain bleed, Dad was unable to walk on his own, so he held the stroller and we would push for sections of his run so he would not fall over. He was always smiling.  He passed away from his final stroke and brain bleed 6 1/2 months later, after the above picture was taken.