SEA circular met Doug Woodring, Founder and Managing Director of Ocean Recovery Alliance, to discover how he blends his passions for ocean sports with entrepreneurism – to bring innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together for the health of the ocean.
What motivates and inspires you to do what you do?
I am a competitive ocean athlete in swimming and outrigger canoe racing, and also organize ocean sports events. There is nothing worse than wanting to train, compete, or just recreate, with plastic pollution in the waters and coastlines that
you use for enjoyment and competition. Of course, this visual and first-hand impact is only a tiny spectrum of what the cities and communities of the world face. It is solving these challenges, like a big, complex puzzle, that actually makes
my entrepreneurial mind work. There is space for plenty of new thinking around the world to solve this problem