The year 2010 has in some aspects been one of my best and worst years all rolled into one. In retrospect, this year feels like two years rolled into one.
Spending 32 days on the high seas without setting foot on land was a year in itself but what a great opportunity I had to learn and experience. I was one of the first, of a crew of 13, to see the South Atlantic Gyre in person. A big thank you to Anna Cummins, Marcus Eriksen and the 5 Gyres Institute for giving me that opportunity.
I have met so many great people this year that have their hearts in the right place. That is nothing short of amazing. From raising money for the sustainable, green school in Costa Verde International located in Sayulita, Mexico, to spending the Fourth of July with all of the wonderful people who attended the "Save Our Sound" fundraiser in Gulf Port, Miss., to being named by the Patriot's Day Parade committee as Laguna Beach's "Athlete of the Year" — wow.