Tuesday, December 11, 2012

OSOM in 2013

Team OSOM has been busy planning events and expeditions for early 2013. 

We're excite to announce we will be coaching and presenting about marine debris, plastic pollution, and how we can all turn the tide, at the Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium in San Fransisco, California, January 25-27, 2013 as well as the Florida Gulf Coast International Sea Kayak Symposium in St. Petersberg, Florida, February 22-24, 2013. 

Both events offer opportunities for paddlers to hone their skills under the guidance of world class coaches in spectacular environments. Click the links above for class schedules and registration info.

Our plan is to spend a week exploring the Redwood Coast, and a week + exploring the Florida Everglades and Keys leading up to both events. With another week long trip planned for Hawaii in early March, our goal is to shoot and produce an OSOM video series out of these trips...More on that soon!

If you're interested in OSOM presenting at your event, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at emailOSOM@gmail.com


  1. I was glad to see attention given article in Sea Kayaker to your work. I am president of Clean Jordan Lake, a nonprofit devoted to removal of litter from the shoreline and coves of this 22 sq. mi. reservoir in North Carolina constructed by the Corps of Engineers. As a member of the Carolina Kayak Club, I also encourage kayakers to volunteer as this is a popular kayak destination. So far, 1,600 volunteers have participated in 22 cleanups, mainly on foot. They have removed 6,200 bags of trash (that's about 62 tons) and 2,700 tires, many still on rims. While recreational users of the lake do contribute to the problem, the main issue is heavy rainfall that washes litter off the vast watershed and into rivers that feed into the lake. This lake is also the water supply for 250,000. Your narrative confirms rainfall runoff as a major source as well and emphasizes the need to control litter at its source. Check out www.cleanjordanlake.org to learn more about work. BTW, my visits to Belize, Mexico and Grand Cayman Island have left me in disgust. Unless beaches are cleaned by hotel staff, they are lined with thick mats of litter. In these places, I suspect that the major source is sea disposal of trash both locally and from afar. Keep the great work!
    Fran DiGiano

  2. Hi Fran,

    Thank you for your comments. We're glad you enjoyed the article, and we're glad you're out there fighting the good fight! Keep it up!
    The beaches you speak of in postcard environments are what OSOM is all about. We've got to document these problems and share them with the world so we can bring them into sight and into people's minds.