Surfer/scientists Clinton Edwards and Clifford Kapono from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego want to bring the world’s attention to the health of the world’s coral reef systems. Specifically, they’re concerned with the reefs under some of the best and most famous waves on the planet, including Pipeline, Teahupoo, and Cloudbreak, among others. They’re in the running for a grant from the National Geographic Expedition competition, and if they win, they get $50,000 for a year long study of these beloved reefs. The winner is chosen by a public vote, and right now their program, Through the Surface, is tied for first place. How will they use that money? They’ll bring to bear their experience as marine researchers and surfers to paint a picture of reef health from both a scientist’s and surfer’s point of view.
If you like what you see, head on over to the National Geographic website and give these guys your vote.