A year ago we released our first ROAM Original, Lines to Hawaii. It was our very first live expedition where daily content was beamed by satellite phone from the Central Pacific to our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, where we published the story in real time on our social feeds. The resulting short film, Lines to Hawaii, was watched by more than a million people in the first week. To celebrate its one-year anniversary, we are re-releasing the adventure as an eight-part series in YouTube and Instagram TV.
Follow along as snowboarder Travis Rice, big-wave surfer Ian Walsh, filmer Amory Ross, and first mate Graham Scott as they get their sea legs by sailing from 2,500 miles from Tahiti to Hawaii. Navigating the open ocean along a route inspired by Polynesians who sailed these waters using only the stars for navigation some 2,000 year ago, the team explores the super remote Line Islands, including Malden, Flint, and Fanning. 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.
The Lines to Hawaii team also took water samples for Adventure Scientists’ global microplastics study. The crew also 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. Since then, Adventure Scientist has completed their worldwide survey and found a global average of 12 microplastics per liter of marine samples. For anyone interested in conducting a similar study at the local level, Adventure Scientists has now published a Microplastics Toolkit with all of their learnings and best practices: http://www.