When you think about the most unforgettable meetings in your life, it’s rarely in a conference room, right? No, the most memorable ones are those like when Yobie and I met Tez, our toes dug into the sand on Necker Island, the sun dipping into the horizon as he unveiled his audacious plan.
There we were, basking under the Caribbean sun in January, when along comes Tez with an energy that could put the sun to shame. He introduced himself and began to speak about the United World Challenge. Suddenly, we weren’t just sipping on piña coladas; we were embarking on a mind-blowing journey from Hawaii to Australia, riding on the waves of Tez’s intoxicating enthusiasm.
You see, Tez has this uncanny ability to make you fall in love with the sea, rowing, and ocean conservation, all in one breath. His zeal is like a fast-spreading coral reef, blossoming with vibrant colors and teeming with life. In the same way that coral reefs support the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, Tez’s passion nurtures an abundance of support for the United World Challenge. It’s safe to say we were both hooked, line, and sinker.
And so, here we are, cheering him on as he gets ready to swap the island paradise for the vast expanse of the Pacific later this year. He’s doing it to raise awareness for ocean conservation, which, if you ask us, is more heroic than anything Aquaman has ever done.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of his journey and we truly hope you will support his cause. It’s going to be an epic ride, so hold onto your oars, folks!
-Roxy and Yobie
I’m Tez Steinberg, world record endurance athlete and ocean explorer on a mission to help solve the ocean plastic crisis.
By 2048, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans – unless we take action now.
That’s why this November I’m embarking on a daring adventure to row 5,000 miles non-stop by myself from Hawaii to Australia to raise funds and action for ocean conservation.
Alone at sea for 4 months, I’ll gather scientific data on ocean health, share the adventure story live on social media, and run a global crowdfund to invest in the world’s most promising ocean plastic solutions.
Check out the private 2-min teaser below, and consider making a tax-deductible gift to our mission today.
Thank you! Together, let’s turn the tide on ocean plastic.
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