The United World Challenge
A daring journey across the ocean for conservation, science and inspiration.
Our mission is to accelerate solutions for the ocean plastic crisis and inspire a more courageous world.
Monterey, California to Oahu, Hawaii
2700 miles – 71 days
Despite having no prior experience, Tez rowed alone from California to Hawaii in summer 2020, becoming the first person to ever complete the treacherous route as their first ocean row.
People who have climbed Everest
people who have walked on the moon
people who have solo rowed to hawaii
With the support of the United World Challenge team and partners, Our first expedition
Raised $76,925 for charity
Funded the collection & recycling of nearly 5,000 pounds of ocean plastic, and
Inspired thousands of people worldwide
The United World Challenge is proud to be part of the 1% for the Planet community, which connects businesses and nonprofits to protect the environment. Learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org
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My journey began with overcoming depression in college and led to me becoming the only person ever to row solo from California to Hawaii as their first ocean row.
In between, I became one of the youngest delegates to attend the World Economic Forum and earned an MBA from London Business School while running some of the UK’s longest ultra-marathons. I’ve also had my share of turbulent times. In 2016, I experienced radical loss when my father took his own life – an event which inspired me to row across an ocean. I’ve moved through changing tides as a professional, too. Navigating each challenge has propelled my drive to make the world a better place.
I believe we all have an “ocean” to cross, and the United World Challenge is my mission to inspire others to find their ocean and the courage to cross it.
Set a goal so big, you have to grow into the person who can achieve it.
The Challenge team consists of experts in storytelling and crowdfund strategy, cutting-edge marine researchers, adventure logistics gurus, and an emergency physician. We also unite a coalition of world-class media partners and expedition sponsors.
The Ocean Is Our Planet’s Life Support System
After completing Expedition 1, I couldn't forget all the plastic I saw at sea. Such a pristine environment, yet filled with trash from around the world. I started asking myself, what's next? What’s a goal so big that I have to grow into the person who can achieve it? A goal so big, it inspires others to grow with me?
What's next for the United World Challenge?
It's not just about completing another daring expedition, but to do so in a way that brings researchers, companies, and storytellers together to create tangible results for the ocean by:
There will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2048, unless we act now. The good news? Effective, low-cost solutions exist. We just need to scale them to the most plastic-polluting regions.
The next United World Challenge will accelerate today’s most promising solutions to solve the ocean plastic crisis. Together, we will turn the tide and stop the flow of plastics into our oceans.
Interested in getting involved with Expedition 2?
Sponsorship is more than just a good story. It’s about pursuing a vision greater than the sum of the parts. It’s about making impact neither partner could achieve alone.
In short, it’s about crossing oceans together.