Completed epic 5,000 mile solo-row from Hawaii to Australia to accelerate ocean plastic solutions

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Ahoy, mate! My name’s Tez Steinberg. I’m the founder of the United World Challenge, and this December, I set out to row 5,000 miles from Hawaii to Australia by myself. After 4 months at sea, I’ve successfully reached Australia completing my final leg of my solo journey across the Pacific Ocean. This expedition was a zero-waste mission aimed at gathering critical data for ocean research and raising awareness about the ocean plastic crisis.

Your support for the United World Challenge truly means the world to me.

Thank you for being part of this mission and for sharing this story with your followers and community. Together, we’ll help solve the ocean plastic crisis and inspire a more courageous world.

Let’s make waves! 

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With your support, the United World Challenge will accelerate the work of our nonprofit partners to build river barriers in the most polluted regions of the world preventing plastic from flowing to sea.

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Can you imagine spending months alone at sea in a rowboat?   

This December my friend Tez Steinberg will attempt something unthinkable: rowing from from Hawaii to Australia, solo and non-stop.  

He’s on a mission to raise funds for ocean plastics solutions.  

Today is day one of this campaign. Check out the link in the comments!  🚀

I’m so inspired by Tez – and when you check out his video, you will be, too. Will you join me in supporting this mission that our world needs so much?  


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When my friend Tez’s dad died by suicide in 2016, he did something incredible to process the loss: he rowed a boat across the Pacific Ocean by himself.  

Now Tez is preparing to row all the way to Australia, while sharing the story live to help solve ocean plastic. The row begins this December, but I’m already inspired and can’t wait to see what happens next.  

Check out his video here!

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Tez Steinberg, founder of the United World Challenge, will solo-row 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to raise funds and action to solve the growing ocean plastic crisis.

HAWAII – After losing his father to suicide, Tez Steinberg, founder of the United World Challenge, solo-rowed 2,700 miles from California to Hawaii in the summer of 2020. The expedition raised $77,000 for scholarships for peace and global awareness about ocean conservation.

Now this December, Tez takes on a second challenge – rowing 5,000 miles solo and non-stop from Hawaii to Australia. He hopes the row will take four months and two million oar strokes to complete. Watch this video announcement for more details.  

In Tez’s first expedition to Hawaii, he rowed through immeasurable amounts of plastic. Inspired to help, he quit his day job at Deloitte Consulting and went full-time as CEO of United World Challenge. Together with the nonprofit’s leading partners such as AG1, Ocean Conservation Network, Hakkoda, The International SeaKeepers Society, and CRDC Global, Expedition 2 will be a zero-waste mission and gather critical data for ocean research.  

The oceans are hotter than ever before due to Global Warming, and with El Niño in full effect, ocean temperatures will continue to break records. Tez will document the impact of these temperatures and the impact of the ocean plastic crisis for researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other leading institutions.  

By gathering eDNA data to show a “fingerprint” of biodiversity and data on microplastic prevalence, the United World Challenge and their research partners aim to discover the impact of microplastics on marine health, and to help answer the mystery of where most ocean plastic goes. Up to 90% of ocean plastic is “missing” – researchers do not know where most plastic goes after flowing into the ocean – and this expedition aims to help answer that question.  

In addition to gathering data for research, United World Challenge will run a global crowdfund to invest in infrastructure projects alongside their Partner, Sungai Watch, to prevent the flow of plastics into the ocean in Indonesia.  

“World Economic Forum research shows that unless we change course, we’ll have more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050,” says Tez. “That’s why the United World Challenge is raising funds and action to help solve this crisis, by stopping plastic before it flows into the ocean.” 

During his four months alone at sea, Tez anticipates facing towering waves, tropical storms, and temperatures routinely over 100 degrees for months on end. He’ll document the journey for a feature film and send photos, videos and blogs for followers in real time. 

Tez hopes to finish the expedition in 115 days and arrive in Cairns, Australia mid-March 2024 to achieve both a “world-first” and Guinness World Record. Whether or not any records are achieved, however, is not the focus. The expedition’s main mission to raise funds to build river barriers in the world’s most polluted regions, preventing plastic from flowing out to sea. 

“The ocean plastic crisis is a monumental threat, not only to marine life, but to our entire world,” says Tez. “It feels insurmountable, but like I remind myself, one oar stroke doesn’t seem to make a difference, but two million strokes will take me across the Pacific. Consistent, tiny actions show that no ocean is too great to cross.” 

To join the movement and donate to the United World Challenge, visit 

To follow along on Tez Steinberg’s journey, visit @unitedworldchallenge on social media.  

Contact to request an interview with Tez ahead of his record-setting mission.  

United World Challenge is fiscally sponsored by Far Away Projects, a California 501(c)3 non-profit organization (EIN 82-1917723)

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Each $1 raised in our crowdfund stops 30 bottles worth of plastic (equivalent to 1.5 pounds) from entering the ocean. Our partner, Sungai Watch, build river barriers that catch all types of plastic. Bottles account for only a small portion of that overall catch.  

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Sungai Watch is the world's leading river barrier catchment solution. With over 180 river barriers installed and maintained daily, Sungai Watch has collected over 1.1 million kilograms of plastic to date. With United World Challenge, we're helping Sungai expand to new regions and bring their solution to help clean Asia's most polluting rivers.

OCN.AI is like a FitBit for the ocean, using technology on buoys and boats to gather cutting-edge ocean health data. Together, we're outfitting the Challenge vessel with a series of sensors to collect real-time ocean health data, stored on the blockchain for researchers worldwide to access.

Hakkoda is a modern data consultancy purpose-built to harness the power of data for good. With talented teams of data engineers, scientists, and AI experts, Hakkoda drives innovation for clients while tackling some of the world's biggest problems. From marine life conservation to the ocean plastics crisis, we believe that great change is powered by great data.

The United World Challenge Expedition 2 is a zero-waste expedition thanks to our partnership with CRDC. All plastic waste from the our expedition will be upcycled into CRDC's groundbreaking product, RESIN8, an environmental friendly substitute for sand used in concrete manufacturing.

Seakeepers and the United World Challenge are partnering on citizen science research projects to gather data across the Pacific Ocean on population dynamics of plankton and velella velella, important species for pelagic ecosystems. Together, we research, educate, protect and restore!

Far Away Projects is a 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsorship organization that supports global social impact projects and grassroots efforts around the world. Far Away provides the United World Challenge with nonprofit status and extensive backend support to grow our mission to help solve ocean plastic.

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

During Expedition 1, the United World Challenge partnered with Scripps Institution of Oceanography to gather world-first data for microplastic research. The United World Challenge will once again partner with Scripps to advance oceanic research during the next challenge with a series of world-first data collection methods.