OCEANS 8 is my long-term project, a series of expeditions to explore the world's oceans from the seat of a sea kayak. Used as both transportation and as floating ambassadors, sea kayaks allow me and my teams - comprised of some of the world's best photographers, filmmakers, scientists and navigators - to reach corners of the world rarely seen.

No greater resource exists on the planet than the salty blue-water that covers almost 80 percent of the globe. Utilized for food, transportation and energy, the oceans are one of the greatest influencers of the world's weather and how societies ebb and boom along its shores. Around the planet more than three billion people depend on the surrounding seas.

I began the project in 1999, with the dream of visiting each of the seven continents, plus Oceania. Supported by the National Geographic Expeditions Council, the eight adventures took us to the heart of the Aleutian Islands, down the coast of Vietnam, through the Tuamotu Atolls in French Polynesia, across the high plains of Bolivia/Chile/Argentina, and up the wild coastline of Gabon in West Africa. We explored Croatia's Dalmation Coast, and we paid a visit to Tasmania in 2006. In February of 2008 we completed ANTARCTICA 2008, the final expedition in the 10-year-long project, along the Antarctic Peninsula. A stunning, high-definition film of our trip is in the works, and due for completion in the spring of 2009.

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Sea Kayaking Vietnam, Antarctica, Gabon, French Polynesia... WINNER Best Ocean Travel Series    Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival   2008


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