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JOHN MCCARTHY

John is a charismatic South African surfer, free diver, ocean educator and author. For over 30 years he has built a reputation for his extraordinary connection to mother nature and his mission to pioneer some of the most eco-friendly surfboards in the world. He is a man of few words, but when he speaks, he is an incredible storyteller with a powerful message. For Sarah's swim around Easter Island, he served as her navigator and team leader.

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SARAH HOUSTON

Sarah is the quintessential water woman, always keen and approachable in sharing her wisdom of the ocean with anyone she meets along the way. She is brave. There is nothing she fears, both in and out the water. Her heart is gigantic and she will give her time and love to almost any human being or creature she encounters. She is an accomplished body border, qualified lifeguard and phenomenal swimming coach.

DR. KIRSTEN VAN HEERDEN

Dr Kirsten van Heerden is a sport psychologist and former South African swimmer. She works with athletes from Olympic to junior level from around the world, and has a special interest in transition out of high level sport into normal life, as well as mental health in athletes. Kirsten has written a book on retirement from sport and hosts BEHIND THE DREAM podcast which takes a behind the scene look at what being a professional athlete is all about.

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DR. RENTIA DENISSEN

Rentia Denissen is an ultra distance sports junkie, proud grandma and sometimes sport medicine practitioner with a special interest in looking after Sarah Ferguson. She also is a homeopath and acupuncturist.

CRISTIAN VERGARA

Cristian is a Chilean open water endurance swimmer and businessman. He has completed numerous marathon swims, such as the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (28 miles) and the English Channel. He was a founding member and the Executive Director for 8 years of the Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers.

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MARIO TUKI

Mario is a musician, singer-songwirter, museum curator and one of the co-founders of the world-famous Toki Rapa Nui music school on Easter Island (Rapa Nui). He is also one of the leading voices for protecting the cultural heritage of the Rapanui people. 

ENRIQUE ICKA

Enrique is a musician, engineer, father and one of the best ecological warriors in Rapa Nui. He is the co-founder of the renowned Toki Rapa Nui music school and a staunch protector of the island's cultural heritage.

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LT. CMDR. FERNANDO GALLEGOS RODRÍGUEZ

Lt. Cdr. Fernando Gallegos is a chilean navy officer, who has being serving in different places along chilean coast for over 23 years. By the time of Sarah's world record swim, he was the Hanga Roa (Rapa Nui) Harbor Master and, according to Chilean  regulations, was responsible for supervising the safety measures adopted by Sarah's team, in order to authorized the full activity.

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LUDOVIC BURNS TUKI

Ludo is the founder of Te Mau o Te Vaikava o Rapa Nui - Mesa del Mar, an environmental organization dedicated to eliminating the large amount of plastic pollution that makes its way to the waters and shorelines of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

TAVAKE PACOMIO

Tavake was born and raised on Rapa Nui, with the Polynesian values of collaboration, empathy and the need to protection her natural and cultural heritage for future generations. She's a surfer and serves as the VP of the local NGO, Te Mau O Te Vaikava O Rapa Nui (the richness of the ocean of Rapa Nui).

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DR. CARLOS SCHLACK

Carlos is a 53-year-old Chilean doctor, dedicated to surgery and health administration. He has lived his whole life looking at the sea. Lover of the ocean and its depths, recreational diver and technical diver in closed circuit, he has dived in various parts of the world and still has many to know. Some years ago he moved to Easter Island, and when he was asked for help with Sarah's feat, he did not hesitate to give his full collaboration.

MIKE FERGUSON

Mike Ferguson is a husband to Mandy, father of three children and Deputy Headmaster at a private school in one of the most beautiful cities in England. Any spare time he has is spent maintaining their large garden or trail running.

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TAVO OGAZ

Tavo is a resident of Rapa Nui and owner of Kayak Rapa Nui. He was truly instrumental to the success of Sarah's swim, serving as one of the highly important kayak navigators. Our entire team will forever be grateful for his friendship, guidance and hospitality ... and that big smile of his! 

JESSICA OGAZ

Jessica is a beautiful, intelligent and highly talented girl from Rapa Nui. She is the daughter of kayak navigator, Tavo Ogaz, and although she was not involved directly in the swim, her infectious smile (like her dad) and delightful music were a daily point of inspiration for all of us involved with the swim and the making of our film. 

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KONUI LILLO LAHAROA

Konui is truly a world-class athlete and served as one of the invaluable kayakers during Sarah's swim. He appears only briefly in the film, but few were as important to the success of Sarah's swim as he was.

CAMILA AHRENDT

Camila Ahrendt is a marine biologist and her areas of work include scientific research, consultancies, expeditions and audiovisual materials. She worked on the development of a law in Chile that regulates single-use plastics and is currently working on several national and international projects related to the health of the oceans. She was a crucial member of the team that made Sarah's swim a success.

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CONTACT

TOD HARDIN

+1 (408) 656-3570

tod@plasticoceans.org

JULIE ANDERSEN

+1 (310) 592-1103

julie@plasticoceans.org

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