On July 13th, surfer Anna Gudauskas (formerly Ehrgott) and photographer Sarah Lee set off on a 10-day, 15-stop, 1,200-mile surf trip. The pair started their journey in La Push, Washington, and will end in San Diego. It’s not just a surf trip for the sake of a surf trip, though — it’s a surf trip to raise awareness about the importance of ocean conservation.
The goal is simple: aside from surfing waves all the way down the west coast of the United States, they want to leave each beach a little better than they found it. As they head down the coast, locals at each stop can join in on a surf session and a beach cleanup. The National Resources Defense Council estimates that somewhere around 80 percent of marine litter comes from land-based pollution. If every surfer picked up a few pieces of trash every time they surfed, it would make a very big difference. Unfortunately, too many of us simply turn the other cheek to the little bits of flotsam and jetsam that litter the sand.