Surfing Soapbox: Journey to South Africa starts out rocky

Some 290 miles out to sea between Brazil and South Africa, it is almost impossible to think about what lies ahead of me for the next month. Just getting to Brazil was a trip in itself. After three flights, 15 hours of transit and one long crazy two-hour car ride, Mary Osborne and I finally made it.

Surfing Soapbox: Enduring tough times at sea

I hit the wall Tuesday, hard, after being on watch Monday morning from 6 a.m. to noon and again from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. I awoke feeling groggy, tired and grumpy. The fast-paced drizzle, gray and cold skies didn't help matters much. It only feeds into this feeling of isolation.

Surfing Soapbox: Heading out to South Atlantic Gyre

I was recently selected to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and new educational experience pertaining to the environment, aboard the Sea Dragon.

The Sea Dragon is a sleek 72-foot steel hull boat sailing around the world to study the five gyres of garbage and the effects they have on our ecosystems. I will be joining an elite crew of scientists, writers and filmmakers to study the South Atlantic Gyre and the effects of plastic in our oceans.