Cal is a veterinary surgeon, explorer and ocean advocate from Devon who studied at the University of Edinburgh. She was recently recognised with the Point Of Light Award by the Prime Minister for the work that she does to raise awareness of plastic pollution and is founder of the Paddle Against Plastic campaign and the Vitamin Sea Foundation, passionate about reconnecting people to the oceans.
Cal has conducted several epic stand up paddleboard expeditions, using them as vehicles for simple and actionable messages to protect the oceans and the wildlife within them. Stand up paddle board expeditions are a new and extremely challenging niche, vulnerable to a myriad of dangerous ocean conditions - winds, tides and swell - all of which have been abundant during Cal’s explorations, developing a deep respect within her for the immense power of nature.
During her most recent 1000 mile Record-Breaking expedition the full length of the UK, Cal would regularly spend up to 12 hours a day on the board, paddling on average 20-30 miles per day without support, for nearly 2 months. Her longest day was 18 hours and 65 miles. Cal paddled through fear, loneliness, exhaustion, hunger, life-threatening conditions, and joy at being immersed in the wild.
Cal speaks from the heart and her passion and warmth are deeply infectious and inspiring.
Through her expeditions, Cal has overcome fear, doubt and indecision to reach out from her comfort zone into personal growth, empowerment and self respect. Cal relates tales from her expeditions with powerful storytelling, how ditching her safety boat allowed her to realise a potential she didn't know was waiting to be found, and how you can ditch your own safety boat to achieve your impossible. Despite her stubborn independence, Cal discusses the importance of team work and the realisation that even on a solo mission a well resourced and communicative teamis vital. Through visualisation, goal setting and celebrating achievement, Cal talks through the steps to mastering the endurance mindset and how this can help us to achieve seemingly impossible tasks, whether paddling 40 miles through a storm, positive business or personal development, or something as vast as turning the tide on plastic pollution.
The oceans are our planet’s life force, and they connect each and every one of us, producing over half the oxygen we breathe on Earth. Facing the biggest catastrophes to date - plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change - Cal set about to tackle these issues the only way she knew how - bringing positive messages of hope and empowerment amongst the scourge of negativity around the subjects.
An established campaigner against plastic pollution in her local community and nationwide, and having witnessed first hand the extent to which plastic is affecting our coastline and inland waterways, Cal is well versed in the details of the plastic pollution crisis, but believes strongly in bringing positive and actionable solutions to light rather than focusing on doom and gloom. As such she has worked with businesses and individuals to inspire the need to change, and empowered them to do so with pride. She has experienced the power of collaboration, and seen individuals brought together by community passion to tackle plastic pollution at source; each person working to their own strength.
The film of her solo circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, on SUP, has won several prestigious awards, has been shown to hundreds of thousands of audience members around the world, and is available as an adjunct to her speeches. See https://paddleagainstplastic.com/skyes-the-limit-film/
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.