When I started paddling (Stand Up Paddle Boards) in 2008 it opened the door for endless adventures on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary .
I never planned to be an ocean advocate ,environmentalist , activist etc. In 2014 I had an unusual opportunity to be in the ocean with a large group of Humpback whales for about 2.5 hours .
Being in the close proximity of huge marine mammals created a very real personal connection to becoming more responsible on protecting their home .
This is the GoPro Video from that morning with Humpback Whales: Paddling with humpback whales
Since that experience I have been invested in getting educated on the issues we face with trash and plastics flooding into this NATIONALLY protected area of the ocean.
This aerial photo shows Pebble Beach , Carmel , and Point Lobos State Reserve . The enlay of plastics and trash where picked up on Carmel Beach (1.5 hours) Yes this all ends up in the ocean . This is also what is killing our marine life . Big plastic items break down into micro-plastics and this becomes ingested by marine life .
In 2016 I sat down with My creative director James DeLeon and Shawn Adams of Monterey Signs about creating a simple sticker that could be handed out for free in the community . Protect Monterey Bay is a simple statement that rallies all that live and play in this section of water to get involved in taking care of it.
I have been handing these stickers out for over a year now and stoked to see how often I see them on vehicles , computers , water bottles , paddles , surfboards etc.
The back of the stickers on each group have a thank you to different non-profits in the monterey bay area that provide education , action and stewardship .
The Groups have included: The Surfrider Foundation Monterey & Santa Cruz , Save Our Shores ,area junior lifeguard programs , Ka Kei O’Uhane Outrigger and Hula club , and The Wahine Project .
You Can Thank James DeLeon for the artwork and Shawn Adams Monterey Signs for the stickers .#protectmontereybay Is a simple way for more individuals and groups to collectively acknowledge the issues that require a collective of the monterey bay communities to repair.
Collaborate in your community for change – BAO