We are proud to release our first Roam Original short film "Lines to Hawaii." Travis Rice and Ian Walsh sail 2,500 nautical miles from Tahiti to Hawaii, discovering untouched surf breaks and exploring some of the most remote islands on Earth.On their journey they partnered with Adventure Scientists to take water samples testing for microplastics in the ocean. Watch the film to see what they found. Share this and ROAM will donate 20 cents to Adventure Scientists.> Footage by Amory Ross
Posted by Roam on Thursday, December 7, 2017
Navigating the open ocean along a route inspired by Polynesian who sailed these waters using only the stars for navigation some 2,000 year ago, Travis and the team experience rarely seen specs on the map, including Malden Island, Flint Island, and Fanning Island. The 19-day adventure included chasing waves that had never been surfed, cracking the sweetest coconuts they’d ever tasted, and putting their skills to the test to during a squall in the notorious Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, also known as the Doldrums. Ian, who was a novice sailor at the start of their voyage, earned coveted “Golden Shellback” status by crossing the Equator at the International Dateline. As a team, they experienced first-hand some of the most untouched, pristine ecosystems in the world.
The crew took samples every hundred miles along their route for Adventure Scientists’ global microplastics study, which provided information on a stretch of ocean that had not yet been studied. Though the island ecosystems appear untouched, 73 percent of the water samples contained microplastics. Defined as tiny plastic pieces under five millimeters in size, microplastics are ubiquitous in our ecosystems. They have been found in the deepest trenches, off the Antarctic Peninsula, in remote Arctic sea ice, and in remote parts of the Pacific.
For every share of the film Lines to Hawaii, ROAM will donate 20 cents to Adventure Scientists (up to 10,000 shares).