From the Streets of Johannesburg to the Ocean

We all depend on the oceans. Water is what sets our planet apart from its celestial neighbors. It is what makes life, as we know it, possible. We earthlings are all connected to the same blue ecosystem, and we each have a unique relationship with the sea — a personal connection shaped by experiences, memories and stories. We also each have a unique relationship with trash.


Those who live by or on the coasts are the first to see the impact of society’s plastic addiction. If you regularly swim, sail, surf or work in and on the water, you’re well aware of the polluted state of our oceans. It’s no coincidence that seaside communities are early to act on marine threats. But ocean activism isn’t restricted to the coasts. Leadership is needed inland and upstream, where plastic begins its journey to the sea.


How can we drive solutions in landlocked cities and communities? One approach: by telling the stories of people who are on the frontlines.


In collaboration with Corona x Parley and our joint mission to Protect Paradise, big wave surfer Frank Solomon and the filmmakers at Eyeforce take the movement to South Africa with a series spotlighting those who work to protect the oceans and end marine plastic pollution.


Devland, Soweto, is an informal settlement in Johannesburg that hosts an underground community of ‘surfers’ championing activism hundreds of kilometers from the waves. Waste-pickers known as street surfers collect up to 90% of the recyclables from households in South Africa, all while struggling to make ends meet. In Street Surfers, we follow Frank as he meets Mokete and Thabo, and explore an untold story of new friendships, shared experiences and common interest between individuals that are worlds apart.


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From the Streets of Johannesburg to the Ocean
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