At Klean we get to work with all sorts of interesting people throughout the world who are committed to reducing single-use waste and living Klean in a big way. Professional big wave surfer and Klean ambassador Greg Long is one of those people. In addition to charging some of the heaviest, most remote waves on the planet Greg is a committed environmental activist. We recently caught up with him during his busy travel schedule to ask a few questions about life, ocean conservation and tropical islands.
Klean: You are a busy guy, always on the move! Where are you now and what are you up to next?
Greg: I am currently at home in San Clemente, CA getting ready for a busy weekend at the Ohana Music festival which is a three-day event put on by Eddie Vedder and Live Nation. The event hosts a great array of musicians from around the world with a portion of proceeds going to support a number of local environmental organizations. Along with bringing in an array of incredible music they have also created a space for these organizations, artists, and activists to share their work and educate festival attendees about different important environmental and conservation initiatives and how they can become involved. Over the three days, I am both hosting and sitting on a few different panel discussions, ranging from offshore oil drilling, plastic pollution, nuclear waste storage and of course big wave surfing. And I will without a doubt be enjoying a fair bit of music as well. Afterwards I head over to Europe for a few weeks to host and speak at a few Patagonia events about surfing and environmental activism, after I’ll be settling in back at home in California and getting ready for the Northern Hemisphere big wave season.
Klean: Talk to us about your involvement with the Surfrider Foundation. They have a been a great partner of ours over the years and we are so impressed with the work they do to protect our ocean. How and why did you get involved with them?
Greg: I have been involved with the Surfrider Foundation for well over a decade. Since I was a kid, I had always seen their name in the surfing world as they were diligently addressing local environmental issues, from urban run-off, protecting coastal access, or standing in opposition of ill-conceived development projects. Their Southern California chapter office is in my hometown of San Clemente, so when I became more involved personally with these issues, it was only natural to align my energy and with the organization that was on the front lines combatting them. The Surfrider Foundation is extremely effective at facilitating positive change bridging local knowledge with experts in law, policy and science.