(Greenpeace/FOX 11) - Andrew G. Szabo is no stranger to adventure or long distance challenges. In the past 12 years he crossed the Sahara 15 times as director of the legendary, 6000 mile Budapest-Bamako Rally. This September he sets out on a marathon kayak trip from Manhattan Beach, CA to Tijuana.
“First it was just a mid-life crisis related personal challenge, then it turned into something bigger and more meaningful,” said the 47-year-old Internet and real estate entrepreneur. “Unethical tuna fishing is not only pushing certain species of tuna to the verge of extinction, but it's destroying various ocean eco-systems,” added the amateur sea kayaker.
Szabo began training in early May after dropping the idea of walking the coastline to Mexico. After teaming up with Greenpeace's #ChangeYourTuna campaign, Szabo was amazed how little we know about the tuna fish we eat and how much damage we can cause to our oceans by choosing the wrong brand. “I believe the term 'Chicken Of The Sea' is a death penalty to these fish. They are not farm animals. They should only be fished in a sustainable fashion,” added the kayaker. On his website ArcoirisExplorer.org he even lists the ocean friendly brands of tuna that are approved by environmentalists.
“I'm excited about being involved with a charity where we don't have to ask our friends and family for donations. Here, everybody can do their part by changing their tuna,” added Szabo.
The 11 day, 150 mile, solo expedition along the Southern California coast will set out from Manhattan Beach on September 4th, 2016 and is expected to end at Tijuana's Plaza Monumental on September 15th. On his website, Szabo encourages all those who care about our oceans to join him by kayaks, canoes, SUPs or paddleboards for any length of the trip.
The planned route of the expedition and where you can join:
Sept 4- Manhattan Beach to Portuguese Bend
Sept 5- Portuguese Bend to Seal Beach
Sept 6- Seal Beach- Newport Beach
Sept 7- Newport Beach – Laguna Beach
Sept 8- Laguna Beach- San Celmente
Sept 9- San Celmente- San Onofre
Sept 10- San Onofre- Oceanside
Sept 11- Oceanside-Batiquitos Lagoon
Sept 12- Batiquitos Lagoon- Torrey Pines Beach
Sept 13- Torrey Pines Beach- Bonita Cove
Sept 14- Bonita Cove-San Diego
Sept 15- San Diego - Tijuana
For additional information and dates visit: ArcoirisExplorer.org
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