Project Save Our Surf Wants To Clean Up The Oceans, And They’re Starting At The Ground Level

Project Save Our Surf.

When actress Tanna Frederick first moved to California, the ocean was the kind of locale that brought back memories of her native Iowa. Like a hike in the countryside, surfing was an unexpected way to reconnect with Mother Nature; the beach a big communal backyard where the neighborhood could go and relish the outdoors.

“The ocean was really an exciting notion to me before I started surfing because it’s like the equivalent of the land that we had in Iowa,” Frederick told The Huffington Post. “It’s sort of this untamed territory and it was really a solace and a great place to go.”

Then one day, a condom floated by.

Her interactions with California’s infamous pollution began to interfere with the pristine waters she was hoping for.

She said local surfers had an unofficial “leave it cleaner than you found it” motto, and when paddling by trash they would shove it into their wetsuits. But illness became an occupational hazard of sorts.

“You start to notice the water quality, you start to notice how many ENT [ear, nose and throat] infections not only you get, but other people get,” she said.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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