Not thinking twice about the heavy rain the night before, Michael woke up one morning and asked his friend if they could go out on the water. To his surprise, his friend responded with, “Are you crazy? No one goes in the water after it rains. You could get MRSA, hep C, virus, respiratory infection, etc.”
That’s because the infrequent rains in Los Angeles caused nearly 10 billion gallons of rain runoff – polluted with sewage, garbage, oil, and other matter – to run down the streets, into the sand and into the ocean.
Because the ocean remained toxic for three days after the heavy rain, Dryland missed out on the opportunity to surf. Something positive did come out of the trip, however, and that was the inspiration to create a project portraying the future of surfing if more isn’t done to curb pollution.
According to his website, the HAZMAT Surfing collection features surfers, lifeguards, and beach goers wearing HAZMAT suits to protect themselves from the contaminated waters around Venice Beach, California.
Michael believes that if pollution is not reduced immediately, in 25 years people will have to wear a hazmat suit just to play in the ocean. (How frightening is that thought?)
If you don’t think paddleboarding or surfing in a hazmat suit would be fun, start reducing your carbon footprint today.
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