Big Wave Surfer to Paddle “Seven Crossings”
WSL Big Wave Surfer, 10-time Molokai to Oahu Paddle Champion, and sustainability advocate Jamie Mitchell will speak at the USC Delta Murphy Lecture Series at the Aquarium of the Pacific on July 31st about his new project “Seven Crossings.” He will create a documentary about a solo paddle of the seven crossings of the eight Channel Islands just off the California coastline scheduled for September. His final stop in the paddle will be Catalina where he’ll bring awareness to climate change and ocean health solutions created and implemented by USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.
“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 address climate change, ocean acidification, and waste,” Mitchell said.
On July 31st, the Wrigley Institute will host its inaugural Delta Murphy Lecture Series at the Aquarium of the Pacfic’s new Pacific Visions Theater. Jamie Mitchell will share more about the stories he hopes to tell on in the “Seven Crossings” documentary, plus sit down for a panel discussion on the problems and solutions with Ken Nealson, Ph.D. Director of USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and Jerry Schubel, Ph.D. CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific.
“By documenting my training for such an intense paddle, and seeing the beautiful adventures, I hope people will understand that committing to meeting our challenges will bring out the best in us. We’re all in this mess together—Mother Nature included. Now, it is about how we create a better world for ourselves, our children, and the world around us.”
About Seven Crossings Project:
Seven Crossings is a collaborative project that will create a documentary, fund sustainable solutions, and launch educational programs for kids. Jamie Mitchell is a world renown waterman, big wave surfer and 10X Molokai to Oahu champion paddleboarder. The Wrigley Institute team features Associate Director Ann Close, Wrigley Advisory Board Members Calen Offield and Breene Murphy, plus former Wrigley student and current entrepreneur Zack Porter. Pat Fraley has 30+ years branding and action sports experience and is serving as project manager. Jason Brooks of AltView Law Group LLP is the legal representation. Everyone’s an ocean person. Even the lawyer. For more information, please visit www.sevencrossingsproject.com
About the Wrigley Institute:
The mission of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is to inspire global environmental solutions through frontier research and education.
Our affiliated faculty conduct research in all aspects of the environment. Wrigley Institute scientists investigate biological adaptations to climate change, study interactions among humans and natural systems, and connect science to environmental policy. We also offer unique educational programming and work with foundations and the public to enhance environmental awareness. For more information please visit https://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/
To learn more about the Delta Murphy Lecture Series and to attend the lecture please visit: https://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seven_crossings_a_surfers_journey_to_find_hope_for_our_changing_ocean/