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