Rowing for our oceans
Inspiring transformation

The United World Challenge

A daring journey across the ocean for research, education, conservation and inspiration.

MISSION

Our mission is to accelerate solutions for ocean innovation and inspire a more courageous world.

Expedition

1

Monterey, California to Oahu, Hawaii
2700 miles – 71 days

Despite having no prior rowing experience I solo rowed the 2020 United World Challenge from California to Hawaii, becoming the first person to ever row the treacherous route on their first attempt.

People who have climbed Everest

4970 +

people who have walked on the moon

1

people who have solo rowed to hawaii

1

With the support of the United World Challenge team and partners, Our first expedition

raised $76,775 for charity

funded the collection & recycling of nearly 5,000 pounds of ocean plastic, and

inspired thousands of people worldwide

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MEET TEZ

My journey began with experiencing depression in college and led me to become the only person ever to row solo from California to Hawaii on their first attempt.

In between, I became one of the youngest delegates ever 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. My Dad suicided in 2018. And as a professional, I’ve moved through many changing tides. Navigating those challenges has ultimately propelled my growth.

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 Team

The Challenge is supported by adventure, medical, and marine science experts, plus a coalition of world-class media partners and expedition sponsors.

The Ocean Is Our Planet’s Life Support System

After successfully completing Expedition 1, I kept thinking about the ocean and how its health determines ours. So, I started asking— What now? What’s next? What’s a goal so big, I get to grow into the person who can achieve it? A goal so big, it inspires others to grow and care with me?

And so the next step with the United World Challenge?

Invite researchers, storytellers, companies, and individuals all together to create the biggest splash we can for our oceans. Together we can:

Because there’s never been a more critical time to connect with the vast bodies of water on our earth and each other.

We get to take action to protect and restore the oceans, so we never lose our most vital connection to the waters that fuel all of who we are.

When we protect the oceans, we protect us all.

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.

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