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Charles REAL

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Nationality:
French

Current Residence:
Ploemel, Morbihan

About:
My name is Charles, I was born in 1987 and raised up in Paris. Most of my family is still living in Reunion Island, and I had the chance to spend a lot of time over there.
It basically helped me point out the differences between big cities and peaceful countryside, and how you chose to organize your life.
After 25 years in Paris, I decided to move on the coast, in Morbihan, Brittany. Living closer to the sea feels much more coherent when you love watersports.
It is a chance to enjoy the ocean every day, I would love to share what I see, when I am in the water, with every person that I meet. Once you are in the water, it all makes sense.
As a child I was taught a sentence: “to receive you have to give”; I consider that I had the chance to see the water life and its beauty with my own eyes and it is now time for me to try to help people have the same chance that I had.
Finding out +H20 and what people do there seemed like a good starting point to invest myself into something useful.

Goals:
Honestly, if I was able to put a seed into people’s brain, telling them that, when they go to the beach, it is better to remove something from the sand than add something to it (like a used can or cigarette)…I would be a happy man!

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:
Who knows why, but as human beings we were given intelligence. The Man did, does, and will do clever thing as well as inappropriate things.
Life comes from the ocean; we know that it is a fragile ecosystem. We are all moved by its beauty and are happy to go to the beach or for some snorkeling but still, at the end of the day, you will find trash in and out the water! That is a problem.
I think humanity has reached a certain level of communication that enables everybody to know what they can or cannot do regarding the ocean if they don’t want to saw the branch they are seating on.
Therefore I think that it is important to raise the level of conscience in people’s mind regarding the Ocean.

Events/Projects attended:
“Les Mains dans le sable” Kerhillio cleaning

Why +H2O is important to you:
I like the idea that a group of persons has started to show the world in which way its mentality should tend towards.
Protect the Ocean, thus protect life, pretty simple, isn’t it?

What is your favorite sport and why?:
Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddling and Surfing

Favorite Spots:
Mauritius Island, because once you have reached the outer reef, it feels like you are at the very end of the world.
Brittany because every time I enter into the water here, it is like entering in a sanctuary.

Achievements:
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Taylor Foley

Taylor

Taylor Foley

Nationality:

American

Current Residence:

colts neck,nj

About:

My name is Taylor Foley. I was born in Colts Neck, New Jersey and still live there today. I go to school at the University of Miami and i am studying Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. Each summer i travel out to Montauk, New York and spend my summers there, which is where my love for the ocean and the ocean life began. I love to do yoga, work out, and paddle board in my free time (where i can). I am apart of a large organization that could help spread the word and spread the amazing message of this organization and its incredible ideas.

Goals:

My goals are to graduate from the University of Miami and hopefully go to graduate school for Occupational Therapy or Nutrition.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

I truly care about the ocean and its wildlife. All throughout my life, the ocean has been my go to place for everything. I would really want the generations after me to experience the same things i have, so promoting clean oceans to make the world an even better place than it already is would be a huge accomplishment. Promoting a healthy lifestyle goes hand and hang with these concepts, and i value the preservation of nature, the ecosystem, and the human body. The message that Positive H20 is sending out has caught my eye and has really interested me. I would absolutely love to help educate the generations below me about this positive lifestyle.

Events/Projects attended:

Roxy Surf Classic -Montauk, New York
Ocean Cleanup-Colts Neck, New Jersey (6 years)
Ocean Cleanup-Montauk, New York

Why +H2O is important to you:

The people of the generations below, and above me, should understand how much of an impact the ocean makes on our day to day lives. It is a fundemental that we keep our oceans clean and keep our wildlife protected. The leadership and awareness that I feel i could bring to this non-profit organization can spread the word across my campus and hometown, in hopes that people listen and take care of our environment.

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Surfing (to watch)
Cheerleading
Gymnastics

Favorite Spots:

My favorite spots are the ocean and the gym. The ocean has given me a piece of mind and brings me constant happiness. The memories i have made with my family and friends there will be something i cherish forever and could never forget. Each time i walk onto the beach i just think of all the amazing times i had there and what a special place our ocean is. The gym, my other favorite spot, gives me a sense of health and happiness. You only get one body, so taking care of it is a huge part of my life.

Achievements:

Deans List at University of Miami

No Gift For Christmas Island

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NO GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS ISLAND

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Carine Camboulives & Manu Bouvet are professional board riders based in Maui, Hawaii. For the last 15 years they’ve been searching for the perfect spot all over the world. Today, together with their 2 daughters, Lou & Shadé 8 & 2, they fulfill their appetite of discovery and exotic culture not only by surfing perfect waves but by bringing awareness on environmental challenges.
This time there is a sense of urgency, since the nation of Kiribati, lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is slowly vanishing under sea water rise.

Carine Camboulives et Manu Bouvet poursuivent en famille leur quete de spots vierges et d’ailleurs méconnus. Cette fois il y a urgence puisque la nation de Kiribati, perdue au milieu de l’ocean Pacifique disparaît lentement sous les eaux du rechauffement climatique.

C’est à Christmas Island, une des îles du pays que la famille dépose ses planches de windsurf, Kitesurf et Stand Up Paddle. Autant de façons différentes de profiter et mieux comprendre un univers maritime exceptionnel, qui est à la fois la bénédiction et la malédiction de cette nation.

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Rudy Castorina

rudy castorina

Nationality:

French

Current Residence:

Paia, Hawaii

About:

Soul rider from Paris thru Marseille (France), I’ve been traveling to fulfill my passion for waves and know the world. I set up my base in Maui, Hawaii since 2003 and now have a family, Coco Valentina my daughter and Bella Resta my Love.
I enjoy an island lifestyle, the ocean and a city dose by owning RueBelle Maui Paris, riding for Simmer Style & Tabou boards.
I like the arts of video, music & photo.

Goals:

Raise my daughter in harmony with nature, the ocean, arts and music.
Grow a collective awareness about a cleaner and more sustainable world.
Surf more perfect waves with friends, get bigger barrel. Play with bigger sound system. Travel the south pacific on a boat with my family.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

Bringing awareness to the local community and the greater world is essential to a constant move forward to keep our water clean.
I d like to be able to know more about the water we are in everyday, and have access to a reliable source of testing.
Also the restoring of the streams flow to keep the land productive.

Events/Projects attended:

Several beach and ocean clean ups. GMO Ban march for the Maui county.

Why +H2O is important to you:

Carrying the color of +H2O is being part of the world effect and quantum physics of making it better.

Sponsors:

Simmer Style, Tabou, LivebyRueBelle.

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Riding waves is my favorite sport, along with freediving/spearfishing.

Favorite Spots:

Indo Secrets.
6 to 8+ North swell at Ho’okipa with light kona for surfing or light trade winds for windsurfing.
The clarity and smoothness of French Polynesia waters and because beeing there really connects you to the authentic Aloha spirit.

Achievements:

Living the life I dreamt of as a kid.

Casey Hauser

Casey Hauser

Nationality:

American

Current Residence:

Paia,HI

About:

My full name is Casey Eric Tolmage Hauser, I’m 29 years old, last year I married the love of my life, and we live on Maui together trying to balance careers so that we can be on the water to play, compete, and train as much as possible. Originally from LA, I was dragged into windsurfing by my parents at a young age, and after I graduated UC Davis in 2008, I moved up to Hood River and worked for MauiSails and RedBull. In 2011 I co-founded a 3D motion tracking company, now called Xensr, that builds hardware and software to track the telemetry of action sports athletes- including jump height, speed, spin rotation, and more. In 2013 I accomplished one of my childhood dreams and competed in the PWA Aloha Classic at Hookipa and finished 17th, and last year I competed again in the Aloha Classic, as well as my first PWA slalom event in New Caledonia.

Goals:

For 2015 my goal is to get physically healthier, starting with having hip surgery. I’ve been having issues for the last few years now, but finally they have been properly diagnosed, and I look forward to finally having this surgery, and going through the rehab so I can have my body feeling stronger than ever.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

Well, all of them! When I started riding for +H2O that answer would have just been ‘keeping the beaches clean.’ But over the last couple years I’ve seen that keeping the beaches clean means more than just heading down with a trashbag and picking up what’s left. The beach is the final destination of trash, where it ends up, but the root of the trash problem starts with how people deal with it at their home, office, when their out for a meal, etc. So the issues regarding clean water that I have is dealing with how we sort our trash elsewhere, so it doesn’t end up on the beaches and in the oceans that we love.

Events/Projects attended:

North Shore Cleanups
Hood River Cleanups

Why +H2O is important to you:

My favorite place to be is in the ocean, so naturally being a part of an organization set out to keeping it clean is important to me!

Sponsors:

Dakine, Tabou, MauiSails, Xensr, Chinook, Vector Fins

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Windsurfing, Surfing, SUP, mtn bike

Favorite Spots:

That would definitely have to be Kuau. Right now because it’s my backyard, but also my first taste of North Shore wavesailing happened there. Just down from Hookipa, it’s like having all the intensity and awesomeness of being on the water at Hookipa, but with the down-to-earth, laidback, backyard feel like this is just a few guys local spot, not a mecca of windsurfing.

Achievements:

Top 10 in the American Windsurfing Tour
2013 Aloha Classic- 17th place
2013 US Nationals- 3rd place

Bottles 4 Change

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Maui Teacher Lindy Shapiro Hates Plastic Waste. You’ll Never Guess How She’s Fighting It

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test[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text][columnize]Maui author and educator Lindy Shapiro is running and biking across the state to launch Bottles for Change, a new school-based conservation initiative that challenges keiki to help reduce Hawaii’s plastic footprint. Shapiro’s coastal expedition will cover 750-miles across six-islands in 31 days. Named the holoHI (holo means to run or ride on), her unprecedented journey kicks off before sunrise on Jan. 18 in Hilo. Shapiro will then travel to Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Maui, where she will wrap up the holoHI February 18 with a celebration in Kahului.

 

Throughout the run, Shapiro will visit 20 schools statewide to spread the word about Bottles for Change (B4C), a new student-led conservation project designed to bring attention to the approximate 250,000 tons of plastic floating in oceans, destroying marine habitat and contaminating the water and food supply. Shapiro said B4C will be making school and community presentations to increase awareness and to encourage youth participation in the Bottles for Change Challenge.

 

Students participating in the B4C Challenge begin by finding an empty plastic bottle that has been abandoned or is headed for the landfill. This first bottle becomes the student’s “Bottle for Change.” Every time they, or someone they know, chooses NOT to buy a plastic bottled beverage and uses an environmentally friendly alternative, they put the money saved into their “Change Fund.” Once their bottle holds “$20 for Change,” they hand it in at a designated bottle drop (school office, teacher representative, community partner) to receive a B4C reusable water bottle and t-shirt, and to be entered into a raffle for great prizes. In addition to their Change Funds, participating students receive “bottle points” for the raffle every time they volunteer at a Hawaii Wildlife Fund or other B4C beach cleanup event, or complete a project from the B4C website; the campaign a collaboration with Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Island Air, LifeFoods and other local organizations.

 

Schools that complete the Bottles for Change Challenge will receive free environmental educational outreach programming, supplemental materials and will be recognized on the B4C website. Shapiro notes that this is just one example of the type of youth leadership and educational outreach programs that her Bodhi Education Project hopes to offer in the future. “Our ultimate goal is to build and sustain a leadership academy for integrated arts and sciences on Maui’s North Shore,” Shapiro said. “In addition to serving the Maui community, we plan to continue creating inspired educational and environmental programming like Bottles for Change that empowers youth leadership for positive, sustainable change statewide.”

 

Shapiro founded Bodhi Education Project in 2006. The nonprofit promotes awareness of the human experience and understanding of cultures as a means to allow people to connect with their world and, in turn, share responsibility in taking care of it.

 

Speaking about her physical commitment to B4C, Shapiro said, “I’ve been running FOREVER. Rain, shine, hills, flats…in sickness and in health…if you give me a day, I’ll find a way to run before the end of it. I don’t necessarily run pretty or super fast, but I manage to keep my feet untangled and find my way home. In the end, that’s all that really matters.”

 

Shapiro said she hopes the holoHI awareness campaign will inspire others to support vitally important conservation efforts. “Children are ‘beautifully relentless’ and have the potential to inspire us all to change, to grow, and to come together as a community,” she said.

 

To learn more about Bottles for Change, visit Bottlesforchange.org.

 

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Victor Fernandez

Victor Fernandez

Nationality:

Spain

Current Residence:

Almeria,Spain

About:

I am 30 years old and I´m a professional windsurfer since more than 10 years. I started windsurfing when I was 5 years old so basically I spent all my life in the ocean. I became PWA Wave World Champion in 2010. I feel that I´m part of it in every place I windsurf or surf so I need to give something back.

Goals:

I want to keep pushing myself every day in the water, that´s how I feel good, I want to make better jumps and be more creative in my wave riding. Windsurfing is more than a sport.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

I would like to show clean water as a professional athlete specially back home in Spain where I just opened a new Windsurf Center and I can organize some clean ups to show the people that our beaches are not clean enough so we can all contribute to keep them clean and educate the newcomers to be part of it.

Events/Projects attended:

I´ve participated in one of the clean ups on Maui.

Why +H2O is important to you:

I want to help to maintain our ocean and beaches clean, a lot of us spend most of our time and lives in the ocean. There are great people that I know in +H2O so I´m glad to be part of it.

Sponsors:

Fanatic, North Sails, Almerimar – El Ejido, ION, MFC, Surfergalaxy

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Windsurf, surf, sup, tennis, basket, golf.

Favorite Spots:

Almerimar, Maui, Chile, Canary Islands. I spent a lot of time every year in all 4 countries so I found amazing spots to windsurf or surf.

Achievements:

PWA Wave World Champion 2010
PWA Vice World Champion 2012
PWA 3rd place Overall 2013
PWA Vice World Champion 2014

Sarah Hauser

Sarah Hauser

Nationality:

French

Current Residence:

Kuau, HI

About:

I was born in New Caledonia, a French island in the South Pacific, surrounded by a coral barrier. I was 15 when I rode my first wave with windsurfing gear. Since this day, reaching the outer reefs became an obsession.

At 17, I got a diploma crowning my 12 years of studying piano at the conservatory in Noumea. Then I started studying physics and maths (maths-sup&maths-spé) to enter in an engineering school. I was accepted at Ensimag to study computer science and applied mathematics in Grenoble, France.
I have learnt the guitar and composed songs about islands, waves and ocean that I was missing…

In September 2012 after I graduated, I decided to go to Hawaii to participate in the Maui Makani Classic. Two major brands of windsurfing (Simmer Style and Tabou) offered me a sponsorship contract for 2013.
Then I met my husband, Casey, at Ho’okipa. Together we balance our lives between work and play on the water…

Goals:

Be in the ocean with the people that I love.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

I’m from New Caledonia which is surrounded by one of the biggest coral barrier (1600km) and has the 3rd highest rate of flora and fauna endemism in the world (76%).
However the mining exploitation destroys the environment. Toxic waste are released in rivers that flow into the lagoon.
I grew up diving and fishing in these lagoons. I think they should be preserved no matter what.

Events/Projects attended:

Girls Want to Get Wet, a series of videos showing women having fun around the ocean : https://vimeo.com/user26949356

Why +H2O is important to you:

+H20 makes me ask questions to myself about what I do everyday and how I can do better so our next generation get to enjoy the ocean at least as much as we do today.

Sponsors:

Simmer Style, Tabou, Dakine, Outside Reef, Isaw Camera, Zilooa skin care, Aircalin

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Windsurfing, surfing, SUPing

Favorite Spots:

So hard to pick one! Let’s say Maui. I decided to live there so it must be my favorite :)

Achievements:

2014
• 1st Koa Bowl Stand Up Paddle Surfing on Maui
• 3rd AWT – Pistol River
• 2nd AWT – Baja
• 4th AWT – Maui
• 3rd AWT overal 2014
• 3rd round at the Turtle Bay pro and Huntington Beach pro (Stand Up World Tour)

2013
• 3rd French National Championship of Stand Up Paddle (beach race & long distance)
• 2nd IMUA SUP race
• 4th AWT – Santa Cruz
• 2nd Oceania Windsurf Slalom Raiatea
• 1st USA National Championships windsurf slalom
• 3rd AWT – Baja
• 1st Caledonian Championships SUP race

2012
• 2nd Polynesian Championships windsurfing slalom
• 2nd Caledonian Championships windsurfing slalom
• 1st Caledonian Championships SUP race
• 5th AWT – Maui

Damien Coudreuse

Damien

Damien Coudreuse

Nationality:

French

Current Residence:

Rennes, Brittany

About:

I am a biologist, head of an academic research laboratory that is interested in understanding how our cells divide, a process that is one of the foundations of life. But I am also an avid watersport addict… windsurfing is my passion, scuba diving is what I do during those too long periods without wind, dinghy sailing is my sport of choice when wind and waves are not strong enough or big enough…

Goals:

Simple… try to do my share in keeping sea and ocean water clean. And it starts by working on my own habits ! And what about pushing my favorite board, sail, boat and diving gear manufacturer to try and produce “green” gear?

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

Our seas and oceans are the richest sources of biodiversity. We even only know a tiny fraction of the different species living under sea level… Destroying marine life through negligence without even knowing it is a real catastrophe and shame… so let’s not do that !

Events/Projects attended:

Not many really. Trying to work on this around, with my friends… that would already be a nice step forward !

Why +H2O is important to you:

Because it comes from a very good and non-interested crowd ! I wish the main figures of +H2O would come to organize events outside of Maui.

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Windsurfing, scuba diving, sailing…

Favorite Spots:

My favorite local waveriding spot when it works… and I have a soft spot for Maui because some of my best friends live there… And I dream about going to Peru and Chile with my windsurfing gear… port tack rules !

Achievements:

I hope to update this section soon enough !!!

Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Nationality:

USA

Current Residence:

Wailuku, HI

About:

I grew up near oceans and water and have always had a love for the intersection of land and sea – the fragile and unique environment we call a beach. I spent much of my youth not far from the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and Cape Hatteras. For a number of years I lived on Cape Cod where I leaned to windsurf. Windsurfing motivated me to move to Hood River Oregon where strong winds and the Columbia River often meet. Now I live on Maui where wave sailing, surfing, and stand up paddling have become a passion. In all these places and times, access to clean water in the form of bays, lakes, rivers, and the ocean has been central to my life.

Goals:

Be a positive example to the community in terms of how to live sustainably and respect and protect this planet that we live on. Also have fun, stay healthy, enjoy my family, friends, and the awesome oceans and beauty of Maui, and always live with Aloha.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

71% of the planet’s earth surface is ocean water. 60% of the human – that’s each of us – is composed of water. The average American family uses approximately 300 gallons of water a day. It takes 600,000 thousand gallons of clean water to grow one acre of corn. Most of us, living in a developed country such as the US, take clean water for granted. Yet it’s not a guarantee – clean water can easily be polluted. One quart of oil spilled will contaminate one million gallons of water. One drop of mercury will contaminate a 20 acre lake. Clean water is very fragile. Yet we, and all life on earth, completely depend on water. There is no substitute. We need to stop taking clean water for granted, and we need to stop taking our oceans for granted and we must stop using our oceans as a dumping ground for trash and waste products. We need to ensure that future generations have the same access to clean water and clean oceans as we do. And we need to do this now.

Events/Projects attended:

North shore clean up (2010-2014)
Kanaha clean up
Waiehu clean up
Kahalui harbor clean up
Sugar beach clean up
Surfrider clean ups

Why +H2O is important to you:

The world is largely what we make of it, and every positive local action, no matter how small, adds up to a much larger global result. Positive H2O is a catalyst for these positive local actions, by organizing beach clean ups, by raising money for clean water, and by bringing awareness to the importance of clean water, beaches and ocean.

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Windsurfing, surfing, SUP, mountain biking

Favorite Spots:

Kanaha for consistent wind and easy access to fun waves. Hookipa for awesome waves and amazing talent. Sprecks for flat water and less people. Kahalui harbor when waves get too big. Waiehu/sand piles for east swell. Thousand peaks for south swell. Puamana for uncrowded south swell. Baldwin beach/Paia bay for the beach (just don’t feed the hippies). Kuau when our friends are there.

Achievements:

Happily married to Julia for 20 years. Also I can forward loop, build a house, and know a thing or two about web and software development.

Phil Wikel

Phil Wikel

Nationality:

American

Current Residence:

Wailuku,Hi

About:

Philip Wikel is a five star (Midwest Book Review) novelist, a graphic designer and publisher who also dabbles in music (with band The Julian Day) and photography. He studied Comparative Literature at UC-Santa Cruz and his lifelong passion for words led him to write poetry, short stories, two novellas and journalistic pieces which have found readership in various forms of publication.

He considers the high point of his writing career to be when he interviewed the musician Jack Johnson for Blue Edge magazine as it fused three of his favorite interests, music, surfing, and writing. Philip began visiting Maui in 1986 and, after making 5 trips, finally decided to stay.

His motto:
“Endeavoring to increase the moments of joy experienced through the arts.”

Goals:

Publishing a successful magazine that glorifies our experience with the ocean.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

All of them

Events/Projects attended:

I’ve been a volunteer for The Surfrider Foundation off and on for the past 25 years.

Why +H2O is important to you:

I like to be involved with any organization that has passion for the ocean…

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Surfing, Sailing, Bodyboarding

Favorite Spots:

Paia Bay, Maui
Honolua Bay, Maui
Launiopoko Beach, Maui

Great waves, warm water, beautiful scenery.

Achievements:

Philip Wikel is a five star (Midwest Book Review) novelist, a graphic designer and publisher who also dabbles in music (with band The Julian Day) and photography. He studied Comparative Literature at UC-Santa Cruz and his lifelong passion for words led him to write poetry, short stories, two novellas and journalistic pieces which have found readership in various forms of publication.

He considers the high point of his writing career to be when he interviewed the musician Jack Johnson for Blue Edge magazine as it fused three of his favorite interests, music, surfing, and writing. Philip began visiting Maui in 1986 and, after making 5 trips, finally decided to stay.

Markus Egger

Markus Egger

Nationality:

Austria

Current Residence:

Kihei,HI

About:

As the founder and owner of several companies, many would expect Markus to be on the other side of the environmental fence. After all, business owners are out to ruin the environment, right? Not so for Markus! While he certainly doesn’t fit the mold for the typical “environmental nut”, and he approaches the subject with some unique ideas, his love for activities in the outdoors and especially in the ocean, have made it painfully obvious to him that action needs to be taken.

When it comes to outdoor activities, Markus’ first love is windsurfing, which he started to pick up at the tender age of 7. This is one of the main reasons he lives in Maui part time. But when it isn’t windy enough, Markus loves to SUP, scuba dive, mountain bike, sail yachts, he even plays the “occasional” round of golf, he kayaks, and he is starting to pick up a bit of surfing even. When off island, Markus is an avid ice hockey player, a hobby he indulges in both on the US mainland as well as in Europe where he is a member and even captain of several different teams. Markus also loves to travel and does so extensively. The further and the more exotic the better. In short: Markus is a collector of experiences and likes to try it all. “Life has so much to offer!”, he likes to say, and adds “Except for incest and folk dance, you should try to experience it all!”.

On the professional side, Markus is a technology enthusiast. He is the founder and president of EPS Software Corp, which owns properties such as CODE Training, CODE Consulting, and the industry leading, independent software developer publication, CODE Magazine. He is also involved in secondary ventures such as Tower 48, Xiine, GeneSys Genetic Sequencing, and several others. He dabbles in real estate investments. His business interests lie in North America and Europe. Although Markus’ degree is in business, at heart he is a software developer. He is very involved in the software community. He is very active as an author and speaker and presents at many industry events ranging in size from local meetings all the way up to major events such as Microsoft TechEd. Markus is the longest running recipient of the “Microsoft MVP Award” (every year since 1995 and counting). Markus is also a Microsoft Regional Director (“RD”). On a rainy day, Markus is known to play an occasional computer game or research some new technology or business venture.

Goals:

What is more important? Raise awareness or be personally active? Probably both! And as such, this is the declared goal. To make a difference, it takes effort on all scales. From being more responsible in our personal lives and business ventures, to helping clean up a beach, to making sure people understand what is at stake and the degree of severity of the situation.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

I love to go out and explore. I might go on a lengthy trip into some jungle environment, or I may just paddle a surfboard around the next cliff. I love to scuba dive or to ride my mountain bike. I find it extremely enjoyable to see all the things the planet has to offer. However, as I have been doing more and more of that, I have discovered a disturbing pattern: No matter how far you go off the beaten path or how out of the way a reef may be or how far you have sailed a boat into far-off region, environmental problems have already reached those places ahead of you!

One activity that has really driven this fact home for me is scuba diving. In the past, I always considered myself environmentally conscientious, although it hadn’t truly occurred to me to take action beyond trying to recycle some of my garbage. But once I started scuba diving, I realized how bad things were. In scuba diving, you often get on a boat and you go out into the ocean, sometimes for hours. I have done blue-water dives out in the middle of the ocean with no land and seemingly nothing man-made in sight. Then, you stop the boat and jump into the water, and you realize you just dove through some plastic waste or an oil slick. I have had the same experience in the Americas, in Europe, in Africa, and in Asia, and I would be surprised if things were much different in Australia or Antarctica.

I have now been diving long enough to have returned to some places I have dove at in the past, and there also is a disturbing pattern there: No matter which location I go back to, things are in worse shape than they were a few years earlier. There is fewer fish and more damaged or dead reef. Often the marine life you encounter is in places they are not supposed to be and what is supposed to be there is gone. Sometimes fish doesn’t seem to grow much beyond juvenile state and larger specimen are almost entirely absent. In the past, I would go to a place and be amazed yet other divers would tell me “you should have seen this a few years ago!”. Now I can observe this pattern first hand.

Here’s a thought for you: Every animal and organism that lives on land (including humans) is depending on a healthy ocean. If the ocean dies off, so does everything on land. The opposite is not true. The ocean can do just fine without us landlubbers. Ultimately, this isn’t about saving the ocean. It is about protecting what is a very fundamental need for all of us. I understand that for most people, sitting in their offices, the ocean isn’t the first thing on their mind and it is difficult to understand what’s going on. But at the same time, what makes humans unique is that we have a brain that allows us to comprehend these issues if we set out to do so. I hope I can help get that thinking process moved forward and kicked into high gear.

Events/Projects attended:

Beach cleanups. But I think my strength is more in raising awareness outside the water-sports community.

Why +H2O is important to you:

You can’t make a difference by yourself. Not in a meaningful way anyway. +H2O is a group of people with the same experiences I had and with a passion to do something about the problems. Many of the members of the +H2O community are highly visible in their respective fields, whether that is professional athletes or supporters from other regions. I believe +H2O provides a platform that is capable of raising the awareness and taking action, without drifting so far away from the mainstream as to not be taken serious.

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Windsurfing, scuba diving, ice hockey, mountain bike, skiing, SUP

Favorite Spots:

For windsurfing: Kanaha, Sprecks, Hookipa – Maui’s North Shore is hard to beat when it comes to windsurfing. :-) But then I like to travel. The more exotic the better. While windsurfing can be a bit difficult on trips (unless it specifically is a windsurfing trip), many of my other hobbies, such as scuba diving, can be done anywhere without carrying your own gear around. And it’s usually the last spot I dove at that’s among my favorites :-)

Achievements:

Manuel Sauvage

Manuel Sauvage

Nationality:

France

Current Residence:

Haiku, Hawaii

About:

My parents were both passionate sailors, so very quickly for me the non school days started to be sailing days between clouds and waves… This start in my life stayed deep inside me and made me dream about what was behind the sea, behind the horizon… And I quickly realized that dream. At the age of 24, I did my first Atlantic crossing and never really stopped until 2011 when I sailed alone from France to Hawaii….
If my main occupation is now to be an architect, my work is still influenced by the Ocean world and most of the projects I m working on are dedicated to the sea world, sea life, or build on water and underwater…

Since 2005, I’m part of the project SeaOrbiter … (seaorbiter.com)

Goals:

Even if we come from another solar system or from a comet, we definitely share a piece of planet earth inside ourselves. We have to accept that we are both intimal linked and our health depends on her health… Our planet does not need us to survive… We do need her to survive!

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

Oceans that we first thought to be monstrous, gigantic, and capable to absorb all what we were doing to it, are finally more fragile than what we thought… The giant currents that transported life from one continent to an other one, or to an isolated island are now transporting all kinds of our wasted non degradable human production, creations…

Events/Projects attended:

My personal project is to see SeaOrbiter birth…. I’m working on this project for more than 10 years already and it will be a fantastic floating structure designed to the scientific, the astronauts, and the children all focused on the sciences of the Oceans and water mysteries…

Why +H2O is important to you:

+H2O was founded by dedicated windsurfers who travelled the world from beaches to other beaches and from one ocean to an other one… The vision they get from this experience is priceless….

What is your favorite sport and why?:

My favorite sport is windsurfing… I started very early and loved it at the first time…

Favorite Spots:

My favorite spot is definitely Maui, Hawaii, in the middle of the Pacific… I found there the energy of the far outside seas…

Achievements:

Being happy…

Fuku Areef

fuku areef

Nationality:

Maldivian

Current Residence:

Male, Maldives

About:

Maldives Body Boarding Association (MBBA) President.
PRIMARY & SECONDARY CARE CPR/First Aid
2004 ‐ 2010. MALDIVES SURFING ASSOCIATION GENERAL SECRETARY.
‐ FREELANCE SURF GUIDE. Going on Surf safari Trips to outer and inner Atolls in
Maldives.
(ISA) LEVEL ONE SURF COACH INSTRUCTOR.
Co-Owner Surf Shop Maldives.

Goals:

To contribute in my best ability to the +H2O cause and create awareness about the cause in my country.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

Clean water and clean oceans are important for all aspects of our lives – health, well-being and even with regard to the economic benefits of it, given that my country is heavily driven by tourism and we need clean oceans, healthy marine life and clean beaches for our biggest industry to thrive and be successful.

Events/Projects attended:

2011 represented the Maldives in World Water Wo/Men. Event Held at Six senses (Laamu)
Resort, Maldives.

Why +H2O is important to you:

Surfing is my passion. +H2O seeks sustainable solutions to the environment and sustainable use of water. As a surfer, I see it as my responsibility to ensure sustainability of where I am in during a large part of my day – ocean, water, waves, environment.

Sponsors:

no Sponsors

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Surfing!

Favorite Spots:

Chicken’Surf point Maldives (left)
Jailbreak Surf point Maldives (right)

I love Surfing and Water Sports. I love the ocean/water.

Achievements:

EVENTS PARTICIPATED AND RESULTS:

2004 – 4th PLACE ‐ Maldives National Surfing Competition 2004 (Rannamaari Challenge) held at Raalhugandu, Male’ Maldives.
2005 -4th PLACE ‐ Maldives National Surfing Competition 2004 (Rannamaari Challenge) Held at Raalhugandu , Male’ Maldives.
2005 2nd PLACE ‐ China Surf Open 2005.second division held at Hainan Island, China.
2005 represent Maldives in (WQS) O’Neill deep blue open 2005, held at Huduranfushi Resort, Maldives.
2006 1st PLACE‐ Maldives National Surfing Competition. 2006 (Rannamaari Challenge) held at Raalhugandu male’ Maldives.
2006 1st PLACE ‐ O’Neill Deep Blue Open Trial 2006, held at Raalhugandu male’ Maldives.
2006 represent Maldives in (WQS) O’Neill deep blue open 2005, held at Huduranfushi Resort, Maldives.
2007 3rd PLACE ‐ Sri Lankan Air Lines Pro, Maldives Trials 2007 held at Raalhugandu male’ Maldives.
2007 1st PLACE ‐Peace Surfing Competition. Held at Raalhugandu male’ Maldives.
2007 2nd PLACE ‐ Redhan Surfing Competition. Held at Raalhugandu male’ Maldives.
2008 BRONZE MEDAL ‐ First Olympic Asian Beach Games. Held at Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia.
2009 Represented Maldives In Sri Lankan Independence Day Surfing Competition. Hikkaduwa Beach,Sri Lanka.
2010 Represented Maldives In Sri Lankan Independence Day Surfing Competition. Held at Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka.
2010 5th PLACE ‐ Billabong Pro AM. Surfing Competition Held at Cheraating. Malaysia.
2011 Represented Maldives In World Water Wo/Men. Event Held at Six senses (Laamu) Resort, Maldives.
2011 – 3rd place Maldives National Surfing competition.
2012 Asia ranking 23 place Quick silver best event Held at Trerengganu Malaysia.
2012 – 3rd place monsoon mayhem surf contest Held at desaru johor Malaysia .
2013 – 2nd place summer swell challenge India Pondicherry.
2013 – 2nd place Summer Swell Challenge Surf Competition India
2014-2004 ‐PRIMARY & SECONDARY CARE CPR/First Aid.
2004 ‐2010. MALDIVES SURFING ASSOCIATION GENERAL SECRETARY.
2008 ‐ FREELANCE SURF GUIDE. Going on Surf safari Trips to outer and inner Atolls in Maldives.
2010 ‐ (ISA) LEVEL ONE SURF COACH INSTRUCTOR.
2014 – elected President of Maldives Body Boarding Association(MBBA)

Jerome Gruet

Jerome Gruet

http://jeromegruet.com

Nationality:

French

Current Residence:

Haiku,Hawaii

About:

Worked in jewelry, fashion accessories, bags, shoes,design, painting, drawing, sculpture, photo;etc.
Present in different museum collections such as “Musee Galliera de la mode” in Paris or “Musee oceanographique de Monaco” where they got an entire collection of Hawaiian tropical fishes presented first in an exhibition called “En forme de poisson”

Goals:

Creating always… Producing less but recycling more… Show the way to others… Using what’s already done & helping the best I can Positive H20 in it’s goals.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

Plastic is to me the worst cancer in this world… Besides of course an eventual disaster…
There is really a “before” & “after” plastic world… An organic product in a plastic packaging is a nonsense we can see everywhere.
A french actor, comic & philosopher named Jean Yanne used to say that sentence, so true to me: “Everybody wants to save the world… But there’s nobody to take down the garbage!”
One of the main issues if we are already concerned is to make as many people as we can as concerned as we are.
Hoping that one day our so necessary beach cleaning will become history.

Events/Projects attended:

Different sculpture & photo shows about environment… One of them with Positive H20.

Why +H2O is important to you:

Because we need people to get involved.
Because there is no plan B in this world… In our world.
We must do our part.
Spending lots of time in the water & cleaning the ocean bottom & shore since ever. It was a natural choice to join Positive H20.

Sponsors:

Myself

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Freediving
Spearfishing
Fly fishing
Skiing

Favorite Spots:

Maui North shore & Mediterranean sea.
The first one because of its incredible power, the second one for being where I learned to swim, dive & love the aquatic element.

Achievements:

All my creations in general from fashion to all kinds of art pieces.

Mike Fischer

Mike Fischer

Nationality:

Canadian

Current Residence:

Kingston, Ontario

About:

Just a family man who is passionate about clean water and water sports. It would be great to pass down a cleaner planet to our kids.

Goals:

Through my profession, I hope to make a significant impact locally to Lake Ontario and have the my City’s path serve as an example to other City’s around the Great Lakes on how to first acknowledge and then reduce sewage bypasses to our lovely lakes.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

Pretty much everything… the health of our fresh water and ocean resources are intimately tied with the health of the global ecosystem. Specifically – I can’t stand all the plastics and garbage in our waters and the impact it has on our aquatic friends.

Events/Projects attended:

None so far

Why +H2O is important to you:

+H2O embodies an ambassadorship of our water resources, and that’s something I am 100% behind!

Sponsors:

Quatro & Goya

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Windsurf, SUP, MTB and skiing.

Favorite Spots:

Hands down my favourite playground is Mac’s at Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. When the conditions are right, the waves just light up and a great bunch of folks converge and feast.

Achievements:

Beat my kids at Killer Bunnies last night… that’s something isn’t it?

Lindsey Andrews

Lindsey Andrews

Nationality:

Caucasian

Current Residence:

Nixa,MO

About:

I am a student of life, on a spiritual quest to know my higher self. I currently study Physics and am working to add Metaphysics to my resume soon. I am interested in human and worldly energy, how we are connected, and the ways in which we influence our surroundings. I plan to start a company in the next two years that will meet the mind, body, and spirit needs of anyone and everyone. I believe that water is a vital to life and is spiritually symbolic for many reasons. It worries me that there is such little urgency to protect such an essential element. This is why I have chosen to work with +H2O!

Goals:

Spread knowledge
Increase awareness
Clean up the world’s water supply
Influence others to join in on the efforts

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Yoga and Dance encompass my sporty side. I love an adventurous hike as well.

Why +H2O is important to you:

Much like the life force that drives each of us, water is the life force that drives our planet. Without it, plants would not grow and our most basic needs would not be met. It is of the up most importance to protect and clean up our water sources, along with spreading awareness about the importance of water to our world.

What is your favorite spot and why?:

Deep in the mountains is by far my favorite place to be. The power and stability the mountains showcase are beautifully envious qualities.

Achievements:

Much to come…

Pascal Lefebvre

Pascal Lefebvre

Nationality:

French

Current Residence:

Phan Thiet City,Binh Thuan

About:

Windsurfer for over 35 years, lived in France, UK, Italy and Vietnam since 1995.

Goals:

Improve water quality and environment in Mui Ne area first then extend to the province.

What issues regarding clean water and/or clean oceans are important to you?:

Windsurf, Sup, Kayaks

Why +H2O is important to you:

Water is life

Sponsors:

myself

Favorite Spots:

 Mui Ne, my home spot

Contests:

Set up 1st water sport center in Vietnam
organized 1st PWA event in Vietnam, 2011

Michael Argyrakis

Michael Argyrakis

Nationality:

Greek

Current Residence:

Athens, Greece

About:

I live in Athens, Greece, about 1/2hour from the closest wave spot. I like to windsurf as soon as I can. The last year some friends of mine introduced me to Surfing and SUP. I like them but my first love is always windsurfing (except my wonderful wife!!!). I am Professional Civil Engineer in construction business (running a business of my own), and a consultant in Water Supply and Sewage company of Athens (EYDAP S.A.), for Occupational Safety and Health. But the most important thing in every day’s schedule is finding the days with wind and waves.

Goals:

The goal is one and only. The awareness of others for not polluting the sea and the beaches, and to participate actively in this direction.

Events/Projects attended:

 Two small-scale beach cleanups in Tsiou beach Lavrion.

Why +H2O is important to you:

+H2O is very important because their founders can inspire all windsurfers to start acting for a better environment and cleaner waters. It is important to be inspired by world champions and world class shapers and athletes.

What is your favorite sport and why?:

Windsurfing, surfing, SUPing, swimming

Favorite Spots:

My Favorite Spot is Lavrion. It is my favorite spot because it’s close to where I live (1 hour driving), rough , with lots of winds and fast waves. I dislike this “beach” on the other hand because it’s polluted by garbage from villages on the North , and from the ancient mines of Lavrion with heavy metals (literally).

Julia Jones

Julia Jones

Nationality:

USA

Current Residence:

Wailuku, Hawaii

About:

I worked in health care for twenty years, assisting refugees to the US before becoming a registered yoga teacher in 2008. I volunteered in community programs and projects for years, and now that I live in Maui, bring that enthusiasm and commitment to helping clean up our beaches and parks. I’ve been an ambassador with Positive H2O since 2010.

Goals:

I’d like to continue my work with Positive H2O by volunteering for beach clean ups and in encouraging others to help out. I have been striving to find more ways to live a sustainable lifestyle by recycling, reducing household waste, using alternative energy (solar), and organic gardening. Sharing these ideas with friends and neighbors is very important to me.

Why +H2O is important to you:

Positive H2O has done so much to help bring awareness to the fact that we are lucky to have clean water to drink and to play in. Raising money to help others get clean drinking water, organizing clean up projects on Maui and in other areas really makes a difference.

What is your favorite sport and why?:

 Windsurfing, surfing, SUP

Favorite spots:

I love the beaches of Maui. I love to windsurf on the north shore in big waves. I love to surf or SUP on the west side and enjoy the amazing reefs, clear water and stunning views. Beach runs, snorkeling, and picnics–our island offers us so much!