After that session I felt sick and decided to do something about it. As surfers we use the ocean for our pleasure but in the end, it concerns all of us. We are depending on the ocean’s biodiversity. There are more than 5 trillion plastic particles floating around the sea, enough to cover every metre of coastline. In order to get people’s attention to be active you have to show more than just problems.
The idea to realize a surf expedition across the Atlantic Ocean slowly developed. The combination of dynamic surf images, educational contents and scientific background information could inspire young people to learn more about the consequences of plastic pollution in order to avoid it. I found sponsors that wanted to be part of this mission and teamed up with people that shared the same ideology. The final crew consisted of a marine biologist, an environmental expert, a skipper, a photographer, a filmer and fellow pros Boujma Guilloul and Camille Juban. We decided to sail from the Caribbean towards Europe to show the whole variety of the Atlantic Ocean. On each destination, we planned different environmental projects like beach clean ups with kids, interviews with local environmental experts and water quality tests to show our experiences in weekly web episodes or daily reports.