|Years ago, professional surfer James Pribram had a memorable surf session near his home. The result was his being rushed to the hospital with a staph infection - contracted from heavily polluted ocean waters. It was during this moment of epiphany that James’ priorities shifted.
James became the Eco Warrior. One part surfer and one part environmentalist, James is on a life long mission to save surf breaks across the globe.
On this episode of Firsthand, join James Pribram as he travels to the unexpected location of the Great Lakes. James takes a good look at the threat to this surf scene – pollution. He delves into the issue and meets with several locals, including marine biologist Matt Cooper, to discuss the level of dangerous pollution in the lakes. Also, James’ well-timed trip allows for a few days of action packed wind swell surfing.
James travels next to Peru, where surf break threats are of a different kind. Overdevelopment and newly constructed harbors are killing breaks near Lima. James visits surf breaks that once existed; then he goes to breaks where harbors are scheduled to be built soon. Again, James hooks up with the locals to find out what they’re doing to fight this development scene in hopes of saving the waves.