Surf City's Tom Jones started his stand-up paddleboard trek down the California coastline last Tuesday to raise awareness of the pollution problem of plastic. They say 5.76 million tons of plastic debris is in the ocean right now. And it's sad to see wildlife that have died or injured themselves because of it.
Jones started right at the Oregon border, under ideal conditions, with sunny skies, hardly any swell or wind, going the first seven miles heading toward Crescent City. The water wasn't too cold, 56 degrees for that far up north. He was wearing 5 mm booties, surf trunks, a rash guard with a flotation device on top of it and a helmet.
Other instruments he carried on board are an air horn, compass, knife, a whistle, and other emergency gear. Starting the run with him was legendary surfer Mickey Muñoz on a 14-foot paddleboard, along with another H.B. resident Danny Misken on a Jet Ski and surfer/shaper from the area Rinn Noll on watercraft, son of legendary big-wave rider Greg Noll.