10X World Paddle Champion and professional big wave surfer Jamie Mitchell has created a life from the ocean, one which he wants to be able to pass down to his children. Born in Australia and now living on the islands of Hawai’i with his wife and two daughters, he sees we are on an ecological path that must be changed.
Through the 7 Crossings Project Jamie is determined to show that we are not separated by oceans, but connected. To help raise awareness, Jamie will paddle by hand the seven crossings of the eight Channel Islands just off the California coastline. Mitchell will paddle more than 150 miles through some of the most biodiverse and shark populated regions in the world, also known as “the Galapagos of the North Pacific.” The project will highlight climate change research, solutions, and educational outreach across Southern California, such as those at the USC Dornsife Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies based at Catalina Island. Jamie will personally document his journey on social media and the Seven Crossings Project website, with the project culminating in a documentary film due in 2020.
As Jamie puts it, “The ocean has given me so much, and now it’s time to give back. I want to make sure my daughters can see live coral, catch fish, and swim in the ocean. None of that will happen unless we make significant changes to the way we live and how we use our ocean. Sustainability is about survival as a species," he says. "The work of organizations like the Wrigley Institute is critical towards finding solutions. The science is there and the 7 Crossings Project will help educate people of all ages about the work being done—so we have good policy, businesses become more sustainable, and we can make better choices ourselves.”
Jamie wants to show how we can create a more sustainable life—and build a better tomorrow by helping design our future.