Can you “Leave No Trace” while also creating a big impact? Yes.

Can you “Leave No Trace” while also creating a big impact? Yes.



If a picture’s worth a thousand words…

Then this new video about creating a giant sand mural on the beach has a lot to say ( about the need to save our kelp forests before they disappear ).

We think it also has a lot to say about how important it is for us to harness art & creativity to help us tell this story. Because instead of just telling you how your 1% for the Planet checking account from Bank of the West will help us restore CA’s kelp forests, we’d rather show you how it looked when we went to Dillon Beach in Northern California, to watch artist Andres Amador create this massive sand mural that left us inspired, while leaving no trace on its coastal canvas.

We've always had a #LeaveNoTrace mindset when it comes to the environmental & climate impacts we all still create in our lives.

In time, the tide washed away this message - just as human actions are close to washing away kelp forests from existence.

We're grateful for this partnership with Bank of the West for bringing awareness to the importance of kelp and its role in the ocean - not only as a critical habitat for over 750 species but also in sequestering carbon and reversing climate change.


The good news is that kelp hasn’t disappeared just yet. SeaTrees and partner organizations like the Bay Foundation are tirelessly working to ensure we protect and allow for the regrowth of these incredible ecosystems to a point where they thirve for many years to come.

Learn more here about how you can invest in kelp reforestation before it’s too late.

Sometimes as surfers, we forget that the one thing that makes this sport we love possible is a healthy ocean - and we’re the first to notice when something isn't right.

SeaTrees ambassador and long-time friend Kassia Meador spoke with Bloomberg News about the critical state of kelp forests in her home state of California. She joined SeaTrees and our partners at the Bay Foundation to take a look at our kelp restoration project site in Palos Verdes, CA, where she witnessed just how successful these restoration efforts can be.

“It’s crazy seeing how what was urchin barrens just two years ago has been turned around, and the kelp is coming back and thriving. That’s the kind of rapid change we need right now.”

Here’s a big thank you to Kassia for helping to educate people and give them the tools and resources to be part of the change. After all, without these coastal ecosystems, we may not have a wave to surf.