Emily Penn

Oceans advocate. Changemaker. Artist.


Describe yourself in a few words.
Passionate about oceans.
What’s your connection to Sperry?
So far, I have been leading Sperry Ambassador immersion programs about ocean plastic on Pangaea Exploration's sailing boat Sea Dragon, and I hope there's much more to come!
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in South Wales and now, after seven years of nomadic life at sea, I’m based in London.
How many countries have you traveled to? Any favorites?
61 countries so far! My favorites are Kiribati and Tonga in the South Pacific.
If you were alone on a sailboard for a year, what three personal items would you bring?
A satellite phone, my laptop, and my painting kit.
As a child, what did you want to be or do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a scuba diver and an astronaut!
You just won the lottery. What’s the first thing you do?
Employ a team of people to help work me on creating change for our ocean.
What is it about the sea that draws you to it?
That amazing sparkle when the sunlight hits the surface that I love to plaint. And that all consuming electric energy I get from leaping into blue ocean.
Who do you most admire and why?

People who stand for what they believe in and dedicate their lives to making the world a better place.

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