Log: The Vortex

[DAY 1] The Vortex Swim is starting!

After experiencing the nightmare of plastic pollution everyday during my last ocean crossing, I’m more committed than ever to use his passion to raise awareness and inspire change towards our relationship with plastic. Putting my dream world-record attempt aside, I chose to focus my efforts on being a voice for our oceans, and uncovering the myth of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Today I got in the water from Queen’s beach, Hawaii, the exact same spot where I landed last December after my expedition from Japan – The Swim. I’m now starting The Vortex Swim, an exploration of the most polluted area of our oceans, between Hawaii and California. My goal is to swim 300nm to represent the 300 million tons of plastic we produce each year. As I’m in the water, my crew will collect data on floating debris, microplastic and microfibers to complete the first trans-pacific dataset on plastic pollution.

My crew and I will be posting our daily updates on this blog and our social media. You will also be able to track me and my crew on our live tracker.

I’m so happy to be back, and to share this new adventure with all of you!

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