A life long adventurer and surfer, Alison Teal travels the world filming environmental and cultural phenomena, sharing it through her blog, photo, and film series Alison’s Adventures. With a mission to educate through entertainment, her series inspires millions across the globe to travel by sharing the heart, soul, and spectacular beauty of each country she visits. Alison was named the “Female Indiana Jones” by Time Magazine in 2015 and has the highest PSR (Primitive Survival Rating) on “Naked and Afraid,”Discovery’s highest rated show.
Stage and screen actress Barbara Bosson is perhaps best known for her work as Fay Furilloon “Hill Street Blues,” for which she received six Emmy nominations. A distinguished drama alumna from Carnegie Mellon University, Barbara is also an accomplished writer and producer.
Greg Bonaan is a lifeguard, television producer, director, writer and showrunner. He is best known for co-creating the internationally syndicated television series, Baywatch, which ran for 11 seasons and was listed in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the most widely viewed series in the world. His later work includes syndicated action drama SAF3, as well as A Chance for Children, a charitable foundation that benefits homeless and at-risk youth.
Jamie Brisick is a writer, photographer and director. He surfed on the ASP world tour from 1986 to 1991, and has since documented surf culture extensively. His books include Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina, Roman & Williams: Things We Made, We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations, Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow, and The Eighties at Echo Beach. His writings and photographs have appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, The New York Times, andThe Guardian. He was the editor of Surfing magazine from 1998-2000, and is presently the global editor of Huck. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.
Communications strategist and author Matt Moseley has completed three world-record adventure swims, including the first-ever solo swim crossing of Louisiana’s Lake Pontchar train in 2014, during which he completed 25 miles in 14 hours and 56 minutes. In 2015 he made the first swim crossing from the island of Culebra to Fajardo, Puerto Rico; later that year he completed the first-ever swim through Canyon lands National Park on the Colorado River, which was documented by Outside magazine. All of Matt’s swims have benefitted organizations working to protect water, including 5 Gyres.
Captain Pete Bethune
Captain Pete Bethune is a conservationist, a world record holder, producer, author, public speaker, and founder of Earthrace Conservation. He’s been shot at several times, incarcerated in Libya, held under armed guard in a Guatemalan Military camp, and circled the globe four times on what became the world’s highest profile powerboat. Pete’s team of former special forces operatives is documented on his show “The Operatives” as they combat wildlife poaching, wildlife smuggling and illegal fishing in Africa, Asia and Central America. He also works closely with government enforcement units, training them in coastal and offshore surveillance, and hostile vessel takedown.
5 Gyres Board Member Roger Kube fights plastic pollution by raising awareness and driving policy change through advocacy efforts. He helped create the Surfrider Foundation’s global Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program, spearheaded efforts to pass polystyrene bans in Solano Beach and Encinitas, and led teams to pass plastic bag bans in San Diego, Encinitas, Del Mar, and Oceanside. Roger was also instrumental in helping to pass the California state bag ban through his outreach and advocacy efforts in San Diego. In 2016, Roger was awarded a San Diego Earthworks E.A.R.T.H. Award, recognizing him as one of San Diego County’s environmental leaders; he was awarded a Wavemaker Award by the Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors in 2017.
In 2017 Shilpika Gautam became the first person to stand up paddle India’s Ganges River. The 101-day, 3,000 kilometer expedition for clean water wasn’t the first record breaker for Shilpika: She was also the first woman to stand up paddle the longest river in the British Isles—Ireland’s Shannon River—from source to sea. An internationally recognized speaker and television personality, Shilpika’s Discovery Channel India series reaches more than 100 million people each day. She is the co-founder of the Neela Foundation, a global platform that works to promote the adoption of recycled polyester textiles in fashion.
Recently inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame, Szilvia Gogh was the youngest female in the world to become a PAD I Course Director. A PADI Ambassador, she has been teaching scuba diving for nearly two decades in her native Hungary, as well as Malta, the United Kingdom, Thailand and California. As a photojournalist, Szilvia documents her adventures above and below the water for numerous international travel, scuba, lifestyle and adventure publications, as well as her media company Miss-Scuba.com, where she shares her personal story as a breast cancer survivor. An accomplished stuntwoman, Szilvia also volunteers with the A Chance for Children Foundation.
With more than 30 years of executive experience working with some of today’s most recognizable brands, I now find myself at the intersection of entrepreneurship, ocean conservation and politics. Currently I serve on the boards of several leading non-profits and for-profit organizations to disrupt and democratize the way people engage with issues, products and services. So let’s #StopSucking and #VoteTheOcean because we need #MoreOceanLessPlastic.