Rising Tide Summit, San Pedro, California


Inspiring business and nonprofit leaders to take action on ocean conservation through innovation and scalable solutions

SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA (February 11, 2020) - Presented by Boardriders Foundation, XPRIZE Foundation, and AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, the third-annual Rising Tide Summit will be held in San Pedro on March 26th and 27th. 

 “Brands are coming around to the fact that a healthy and thriving ocean is vital to our coastal economies,” said Vipe Desai, Rising Tide Summit founder. “Protecting the bottom line starts by protecting our ocean. Every industry will be impacted if we don’t work together.”

With consumer understanding and media coverage  past the tipping point on, topics like plastic pollution, sea level rise, fisheries collapse, and microplastic pollution, business is  taking action. How can infrastructure changes, packaging redesign, and initiatives like single-use plastic bans help brands focus on purpose as well as profit? The Rising Tide Summit is where leaders gather to share insights, encourage collaboration and inspire others. 

“The Rising Tide Summit is where today’s most influential leaders gather to use their business as a force for good and explore ways to protect our ocean,” said Bob McKnight, Boardriders Foundation. “This is a call to arms for all stakeholders to come together and protect our ocean for future generations.”

Each year, the Rising Tide Summit is driven by informative conversations with leaders on how we can protect our ocean, its inhabitants, and coastal economies. The agenda includes two full days of curated keynotes, Q&A sessions, panels, roundtables, workshops, and other conversations to inspire  innovation and scalable solutions, such as:

  • Business Case Study with REI: #OptOutside Campaign
  • The Power of Purpose by World Champion Surfer Shaun Tomson
  • Gen Z and Our Ocean: An Interactive Session to Hear From Tomorrow’s Consumers and Donors Today
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Plastic Pollution Movement
  • Aquaculture: Food Security and Innovations in Fisheries and Seafood
  • Real Estate and Real Climate Change
  • Think Global, Act Local: A Conversation with Mayors 

 Also debuting this year will be the Eco-Expo where brands showcase their environmentally friendly products and initiatives to attendees, consumers, investors, and the media. 

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