We are excited to announce that our latest expedition is under way. Together with clothing brand, Haka Honu, we have embarked on a ten-day journey of surf, science and discovery, to one of the most remote and least explored parts of Chile’s beautiful Patagonia region – the Chonos Archipelago.
Surfing new waves | Environmental research | New film production
Organized by Plastic Oceans International & Haka Honu
MALIBU, Calif., U.S. – Plastic Oceans International, the nonprofit organization serving the ocean and public to end plastic pollution, announced it began a surf, science and discovery expedition at the Chonos Archipelago in Chile’s Patagonia region April 10, in partnership with Haka Honu.
El Nado de una Mujer Verdaderamente Genuina e Inspiradora que estableció un récord
El nado en Rapa Nui ha sido el más difícil que he hecho, y realmente tuve que investigar a fondo. El 15 de Marzo, cuando estaba por amanecer, mi equipo y yo nos preparamos para este desafío trascendental que nos esperaba. Alrededor mío, la gente se reunió dándonos buenos deseos y aliento, y el sonido de “Thunderstruck” de AC/DC llenaba el aire. Fue uno de esos momentos en los que traté de no pensar mucho sobre lo que estaba a punto de hacer y simplemente me zambullí en el agua y comencé, dejando atrás los ecos de los gritos y aplausos.
A Global Collective Comes Together on Easter Island to do Good and Set a New World Record!
We are still trying to process all that we experienced while on Easter Island. It was truly an unforgettable experience … one full with the highest of high moments with Sarah Ferguson becoming the first person ever to swim around the perimeter of the island; but also the lowest of low moments upon seeing first-hand how bad the plastic pollution problem is on this most treasured and remote UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is so much to share in the coming weeks, but have a start by watching this fun video of highlights, and by visiting our blog, where you will already find a few great reads!
A Record-Breaking Swim from a Truly Genuine and Inspiring Woman
The Easter Island swim has been the toughest I’ve done, and I really had to dig deep. On March 15, as dawn was still to make an appearance, my team and I readied ourselves for this momentous challenge that lay ahead. Around me, people gathered with messages of well wishes and encouragement and the sound of AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ filled the air. It was one of those moments where I tried not to think too hard about what I was about to do and just dived into the water and began, leaving behind the echoes of shouting and cheering.
A Native Son Returns Home to Premiere His First Feature-Length Documentary
On March 15, 2019, our team at Plastic Oceans International was proud to present the Easter Island premiere of Eating Up Easter, a new feature-length documentary from director Sergio Mata’u Rapu. It’s a powerful film that examines several social and environmental issues that are front and center on the island, providing lessons for us all, no matter where we call home.
It was honor to have Sergio with us to present the screening, as it is to offer this short Q&A him. You’ll find the official trailer to the film at the end of this interview, but it can also be viewed HERE.
Please enjoy this guest post from John McCarthy, who served as the Safety Officer and Navigator for Sarah Ferguson’s recent world-record Swim Against Plastic. He is the author of “The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls“, Founder of Ocean Child, Instigator of theGREENERsurfer and Architect of SWIM FREE – Confidence Underwater. Photo above: Wofty Wild.
An eyewitness account of Sarah Ferguson’s world-first circumnavigation swim of Easter Island
4000 people have climbed Mount Everest, 2000 people have swum the English Channel, 12 people have walked on the moon, only one person has successfully swum non-stop around Easter Island or Rapa Nui as it is known to the local inhabitants. Rapa Nui is politically part of Chile, but due to its isolation from the mainland it has retained its own cultural identity and even has its own language. This is an eyewitness account of Sarah Ferguson’s epic swim around the island which was completed at 03h15 on Saturday 16 March, local Rapa Nui time.
SARAH FERGUSON SETS NEW WORLD RECORD IN SWIM AGAINST PLASTIC, BECOMES 1ST PERSON TO SWIM AROUND EASTER ISLAND
South African Endurance Swimmer Draws Attention to Plastic Pollution in Campaign Encouraging People to Rethink Plastic and Empower Them to Be Part of the Solution
Plastic Oceans International and Breathe Conservation, two global nonprofit organizations dedicated to solving the plastic pollution problem, announced that South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson, set a new world record—becoming the first person to swim around the entire perimeter of Easter Island—as part of Swim Against Plastic, a global campaign to help end plastic pollution organized by the organizations.
South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson, recently joined Ethan Bearman on KGO 810 in San Francisco to talk about her world-record attempt to become the first person to swim around Easter Island. Sarah is the founder of Breathe Ocean Conservation and serves as an Ambassador for Plastic Oceans International.
Listen to their conversation here:
Please enjoy this guest post from South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson. She is the founder of Breathe Conservation and is one of our global Ambassadors. In March 2019, she will attempt to become the first person ever to swim the perimeter of iconic Easter Island. To donate and learn more, click HERE.
A World Record Attempt to Swim Around Easter Island
One of the reasons I swim is to create awareness about the devastating and global effect of plastic pollution. When I first started my journey into open water swimming I started with the intention and desire to swim for something bigger than myself.
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