PADDLER: Justin Riney

This year marks Florida’s 500th birthday. Justin Riney, founder of conservation group Mother Ocean, wants Florida’s wildlife and its habitat to be around for 500 more years. So he’s spending half the year circumnavigating Florida’s coastline and the other half exploring inlets, estuaries and rivers all to connect with communities and raise awareness for these sensitive areas. Riney is paddling unassisted with 143 pounds of gear on board as he takes on the waters of the Sunshine State. He’s also running his non-profit on the go, spending one day out of six doing laundry, replenishing supplies and answering emails. That’s multi-tasking.