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Industry News 8/30/2019

Big Wave Surfer Jamie Mitchell to Paddle all “Seven Crossings” of California’s Channel Islands


World Champion Waterman Jamie Mitchell will paddle 150+ miles, traversing the Seven Crossings of the Channel Islands, to celebrate the scientific progress being made towards finding solutions for impending energy, food, water, and waste issues that are more important than ever due to a changing climate.

As part of the Seven Crossings Project, WSL Big Wave Surfer, 10-time Molokai to Oahu Paddle Champion, and sustainability advocate Jamie Mitchell will paddle by hand the seven crossings of all eight Channel Islands located just off the Southern California coastline. Beginning sometime this September -- weather permitting, with a start window as early as 9/3 -- Mitchell will paddle more than 150 miles through some of the most biodiverse and shark populated regions in the world, also known as “the Galapagos of the North Pacific.” In partner with USC’s Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies on Catalina Island, the goals of the project are to shed light on the biggest global threats facing our oceans, and to celebrate the scientific progress being made towards finding solutions for a sustainable planet. Jamie will personally document his journey on social media and the Seven Crossings Project website, with the project culminating in a documentary series due to be released sometime in 2020.

Says Mitchell, “the ocean has given me so much, and now it’s time to give back. I want to make sure my daughters can see live coral, catch fish, and swim in the ocean. None of that will happen unless we make significant changes to address climate change, ocean acidification, and waste. Sustainability is about survival as a species, and the Wrigley Institute focuses on four areas: food, water, energy, and waste. We need more help getting their solutions out to the world and educating people of all ages about the science—so we can enact good policy, businesses become more sustainable, and we can make better choices for ourselves and our planet.”

By documenting his intense paddle, Jamie will spread the message that our oceans don’t separate us, they connect us. “We’re all in this mess together—Mother Nature included, which is why we must collectively commit to facing these impending challenges in order to create a better world for ourselves and our children.”

About Seven Crossings Project: Seven Crossings is a collaborative project that will create a documentary, fund sustainable ocean solutions, and launch children’s educational initiatives around the world. Jamie Mitchell is a world-renowned waterman, professional big wave surfer and 10X Molokai to Oahu champion paddleboarder. For additional information - including ways to support the project - go to: www.sevencrossingsproject.com and follow @sevencrossingsproject on social media.

About the Wrigley Institute: The mission of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is to inspire global environmental solutions through frontier research and education. In addition to their extensive work in all aspects of environmental research, they also offer unique educational programming and work with foundations and the public to enhance environmental awareness. For more information please visit https://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/

Project Partners: Xcel Wetsuits, GoPro cameras, Boardriders Foundation, Progression Foundation, Aquarium of the Pacific

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