Doug Woodring, Ocean Environmentalist

Doug Woodring of Hong Kong and California was among the 15 nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year that were announced today.

The World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year honors the person who best embodies the spirit of open water swimming, possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming.

His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Day in and day out, Doug Woodring works tirelessly to bring the world’s attention to the plasticity of the world’s oceans. His open water events are the greenest in the world with their carbon-neutral options and biodegradable products. His projects, run under his NGO, Ocean Recovery Alliance, include the Plastic Disclosure Project and Global Alert – Floating Trash, reach global political leaders and an increasing number of citizens in a number of countries. He is a man of the sea, but he deals with the growing menace of ocean plasticity by going upstream and offering practical solutions that can be reasonably implement by individuals, corporations and governments. For his unwavering focus on a global issue with specific solutions, for his tying together open water swimming with the environmental problems of contemporary times, Doug Woodring is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

The 2012 nominees are (listed in alphabetical order of their first name):

1. Benjamin Schulte (Guam) – Fearless Olympic Marathoner
2. Craig Dietz (USA) – The Limbless Waterman
3. Colin Hill (Great Britain) – Olympic Showman
4. Doug Woodring (Hong Kong) – Ocean Environmentalist
5. Milko van Gool (Netherlands) – Humanitarian Swimmer
6. Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) – Olympic Champion
7. Pierre Lafontaine (Canada) – Able & Ambitious Administrator
8. Ram Barkai (South Africa) – Mindful Ice Man
9. Salvatore Cimmino (Italy) – Swimming in the Seas of the Globe
10. Stephen Redmond (Ireland) – Oceans Seven Pioneer
11. Thomas Lurz (Germany) – Ambassador and Gentleman
12. Trent Grimsey (Australia) – English Channel Record Breaker
13. Wayne Riddin (South Africa) – Midmar Mile Director
14. Wayne Soutter (South Africa) – The Unthinkable
15. Morrie Chiang (Taiwan) – Sun Lake Moon Director

Online voting will take place here at WOWSA until December 31st.

The 2008 recipient was Randy Nutt of the USA. The 2009 recipient was Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria. The 2010 recipient was Marcos Diaz of the Dominican Republic. The 2011 recipient was Jamie Patrick of the USA.

Woodring is an eco-environmentalist and open water swimming and adventure sports event director and founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance. He also organizes the annual Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim, The Drop, and Sheko Challenge open water swimming events in Hong Kong.

Woodring is an environmental entrepreneur, a writer, a competitive athlete, a sports event organizer and a creative innovator on community issues. He is the founder of a newly established non-profit organization, the Ocean Recovery Alliance, which is focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean.

He leads two innovative programs: the Global Ocean Alert System and the Plastic Disclosure Project. He is also the co-founder of Project Kaisei, a global project focused on plastic pollution and marine debris in our ocean, particularly in the North Pacific Gyre. He is a UN Climate Hero, a Clinton Global Initiative commitment maker, and Project Kaisei was recognized as a Google Earth Hero for his efforts. Woodring is also on the advisory board of the XPrize, the Economist Global Ocean Event, planned for 2012. In 2011, he coauthored the United Nations Environmental Program Yearbook chapter on the danger of plastic in the ocean. He is a much sought after speaker at major environmental conferences, universities and corporate programs.

Woodring is also the co-founder of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, dealing with the overfishing of sharks around the world.

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

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