Hails from: Hawaii
What/who inspires you as an activist?
The films The Cove and Shark Water revealed to me the severity of the exploitation of the ocean and have led me to seek an active role in its preservation. I am inspired by my personal reverence for the ocean and ocean life to make sure that the ocean is still intact for future generations to experience and enjoy.
Favorite Shark(s) and why?
My favorite sharks are the tiger shark and the cookie-cutter shark. I've seen several tiger sharks in Hawaii and I love the way they move through the water as well as the striped pattern on their side that gives them their name. I like cookie cutter sharks because of how strange and menacing they look, as well as their uniquely vicious bite.
If you could tell people one thing about about sharks and/or the oceans, what would it be?
There is huge misconception out there that sharks are the menaces of sea-goers worldwide. This misconception is fostered by the media who jump on any shark attacks and blow them out of proportion. The truth is that sharks aren’t out to get you. People need to understand that.
Why are you on this campaign? What do you want to achieve?
I want to raise awareness in the world for the cause of shark conservation. I want to confront shark-finners and long-line fishermen face to face, but I think we will have a greater impact by spreading the word.
Tell us something surprising:
I am part native Hawaiian, and my amakua or family spirit-animal guardian is the mano or shark.
I was born and raised on Oahu near Diamond Head Beach. I learned to swim when I was 3 years old and I started surfing when I was 8. I graduated from Punahou School in 2010 and plan to graduate from Stanford University in 2014. I have spent a great deal of my life in and around the ocean and so the ocean has a great deal of psychological and spiritual significance to me. I will always live near the ocean and I will always be a surfer.