In a vast expanse of ocean that measures over several million square miles, there lies a stretch of sea known as the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, aka the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Plastic trash flushed into the ocean from Asia and the Americas swirls here for decades, turning this area of open ocean the size of Texas into an open dump for an estimated 300 million tons of garbage.
Morgan Hoesterey and Jenny Kalmbach, a pair of world-class waterwomen, paddled their SUPs across Hawaii’s seven inter-island channels. Their goal: raise awareness and money for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, which is dedicated to cleaning up the patch. The duo hopes their mission hits home with people everywhere. “The plastics problem isn’t just something that is made up, or is being blown out of proportion,” says Kalmbach. “If you are at the store and are debating about whether or not you need a plastic bag, don’t.”
The duo are touring their movie all over the Hawaiian islands at the moment. “This weekend (Dec. 3-5) we’re doing a showing at the Kona Surf Film Festival here on the Big Island and on the 11th & 12th we’ll have screenings on Oahu,” Kalmbach says. “It’s been really exciting and I’m stoked on the response from people.”
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