A Surfers Reflection From a Decade at Sea – The exploratory surfer sailor set out on Swell, her 40 foot sailboat, from the coast of Santa Barbara in October 2005 to seek out unknown channel surf fragments and is living dreadfully attuned to brave and the gigantic off color ocean. Clark now devotes the majority of members of her time in the oceans of French Polynesia and has become a articulate for the ocean and how to live a sustainable lifestyle. And while much of her world wide expedition has been solo, Clark now shares her ship with a co captain, her vivaciou, adventurous “cat o nine tail”, Amelia.
For World Oceans Day, we requested Clark, a previous Adventurer of the Time, to share insights on our changing oceans, her ordeal dive with a dolphin for hours, why she’s 99 percentage vegan, and how she evades a sunburn without polluting the ocean.
How have you investigated the ocean altered in your decade of living on the spray ?
The ranges are still directly and expansive, and the open seas are still that magically bright blue, but I’ve seen a steady dropped in fish people, a rise in floating debris and contamination in inlets and on seas, and this past year I evidenced a frightening sum of coral bleaching on nearby ridges which seemed linked to the extraordinarily warm ocean temperatures. But with these negative changes, I’ve also investigated a rising tide of awareness about these issues and more and more people willing to speak up for our oceans.
How have you investigated wildlife change ? What was your most magical wildlife interaction ?
The visual fall that I showed in fish people where I was sailing is what finally extended me to stop snacking fish in circumstances where I felt that the fisheries necessity a end from fishing press.
I’ve had countless magical wildlife times, but there was a particular dolphin off a remote atoll who hurries out of the sea next to my cockpit and examined me firmly in the eyes as I was thoughts for ocean one afternoon aboard Swell. I turned off the engine and bind a rope to the hull and jumped in with her. She seemed thrilled by my busines and we wasted the next few hours representing and swimming together near Swell. I’ll never forget how she asked me to affiliate her in the sea with that hovering, horizontal bounce and gaze.
Since sailing is essentially based on condition, you’ve become your own weather forecaster. Have you investigated any remarkable changes in condition patterns over the past decades ?
Weather blueprints in the Pacific are seeing significant changes, which acquires ocean voyaging even more challenging and unpredictable. The rainwater and gale and push blueprints seem to adhere less and less to their ordinary blueprints. This last year was specially red hot and windless with the El Nino affect.
Are you vegan ? Or do you (and Amelia) eat fish and seafood ?
I have been snacking 99 percentage vegan for about three years, and I feel like it’s the single most important hand picked I’ve stirred for my state and the future of our planet. I don’t eat fish unless it is caught by myself or a good friend from an area where I feel like fishing operations people are in an inexhaustible nation. And even then I try to eat fish that are low on the food chain. For the last two years I’ve ingest fish very rarely because I feel that the reefs in the area where I’ve been writing my journal is not seem healthy enough to support greater pressure from fishing. Amelia, on the other mitt, feeds fish that she’s sacrificed or catches baitfish at night with a lamp of the side of a foam surfboard.
Do you ever think about moving back to dry land and living a “normal” life ?
Since departing vegan, I’ve developed a big desire to grow my own food, so I imagine that one day I would like to have a little property plaza where I could have that ordeal. But I don’t imagine that I will ever live a “normal” life !
How do you protect yourself from the sunbathe day in and day out ?
I try to cover up with shirts and hats as best [as] possible, specially since I’ve learned that the chemicals and nanoparticles in most sunscreens are abysmally damaging to corals and phytoplankton, which are the base of ocean food chains! Not to mention they probably aren’t that good for us either. But for surfing and ocean the operations and long days sailing on the spray, I’ve discovered a sunscreen that checks all my cartons. It’s called Avasol. It’s made with non nanoparticle zinc oxide be included with formidable organic and sustained parts, be coming back biodegradable and minimal plastic container alternatives, and actually feels like it’s really good for my bark when I positioned it on. Chris at Avasol is a huge brainchild for me to keep evaluating how I can do better as private individuals to drill myself on the impacts of the products I use on my form.
Do you think Swell will last your whole life? How is she doing ?
With suitable compassion and upkeep I picture she emphatically could! She’s doing great, drag out in the boatyard in Tahiti while I’m touring the U.S. right now. She’s got a few minor swells on the hull but thankfully good for nothing too harsh going on at the moment !
Do “youve been” get lonely out there ?
Sometimes, but I have Amelia and likewise an formidable soul in my life! My ages of great loneliness are really what have pushed me to connect with the ocean, other cultures, and the universe in ways beyond what I knew at the outset of this expedition. This feeling of deeper connection to everything else is the most soothing and awesome feeling I can imagine, so I’m grateful for the loneliness that helped me get at that plaza of a better understanding and knowing my oneness with everything else.