Personal log from the Chile science director Camila Ahrendt, who was on board the entire 19 hours of Sarah Ferguson’s world record swim around Rapa Nui. In these 19 hours she kept a personal log besides her official tasks on board like taking GPS measurements, make photos every half an hour that would serve as evidence of the swim and coordinate between the South African team, the captain, crew and the mainland. In her personal log she observed life on board, what went on behind the scenes, the swimming conditions and all the emotions that come about when you are part of such an epic event. This is an unedited recount of events, straight from the log.
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.
About The Film
Native Rapanui (Easter Island) filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu narrates to his son the modern dilemma of their people who risk losing everything to the globalizing effects of tourism. The film follows four islanders, descendants of the ancient statue builders, who are working to tackle the consequences of their rapidly developing home. Mamá Piru leads recycling efforts to reduce trash, Mahani and Enrique use music to reunite their divided community, and Sergio tries to understand the motivations of his father who embraces the advantages of building new businesses. These stories intertwine to reveal the complexities of development and the contradictions within us all as we are faced with hard choices about our planet’s future.
About Sergio Mata’u Rapu
Mata’u Rapu has spent the last 15 years producing documentaries, specials and series that have aired on History Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, and PBS. He seeks to foster indigenous producers throughout Europe and the US. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the diversity of life through thought-provoking media to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.
Sobre la película
El director nativo de Rapa Nui, Sergio Mata’u Rapu, narra a su hijo el dilema actual de su gente, quienes arriesgan perder todo debido a los efectos globalizadores del turismo. La película sigue a cuatro isleños, descendientes de los que construyeron las antiguas estatuas, que trabajan para enfrentar las consecuencias del acelerado desarrollo de su hogar.Mamá Piru dirige los esfuerzos en cuanto a reciclaje para reducir la basura, Mahani y Enrique usan la música para reunir a su comunidad dividida, y Sergio trata de entender las motivaciones de su padre quien defiende firmemente las ventajas de construir nuevos negocios. Estas historias se entrelazan para revelar las complejidades del desarrollo y las contradicciones que surgen dentro de cada uno cuando nos enfrentamos a decisiones difíciles sobre el futuro de nuestro planeta.
Sobre Sergio Mata’u Rapu
Mata’u Rapu ha pasado los últimos 15 años produciendo especiales de documentales y series que han estado al aire en History Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, y PBS. Actualmente es el único nativo de Rapa Nui trabajando en producción audiovisual en un país de habla inglesa, y como tal, busca promover a los productores indígenas en toda Europa y los Estados Unidos. A través de su trabajo, Sergio tiene como objetivo mostrar la diversidad de la vida a través de medios que lleven a reflexionar y sirvan de inspiración para solucionar conflictos sociales, económicos y ambientales.
Sarah Ferguson Attempts to become the first person ever to swim around Easter Island.
From March 11 to 22 the Plastic Oceans International and Plastic Oceans Chile teams will be on Easter Island supporting Sarah Ferguson on her world record attempt to swim around Easter Island (Rapa Nui). There will also be a beach clean-up and educational programming at local Rapa Nui schools.
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. Learn more HERE.
Little by little – this is my motto for the year.
8 years ago when I travelled to Hawaii for the first time to meet a friend, I never imagined that my life would have taken the twist that it has.
SARAH FERGUSON WILL ATTEMPT FIRST WORLD-RECORD SWIM AROUND PERIMETER OF EASTER ISLAND TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT PLASTIC POLLUTION
February 12, 2019 – MALIBU, Calif., U.S. – Plastic Oceans International and Breathe Conservation, two global nonprofit organizations dedicated to solving the plastic pollution problem, today announced Swim Against Plastic: Easter Island, a campaign to raise awareness about plastic pollution with a potential world-record swim, education and beach cleanups on Easter Island in March.