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Merman of the month May – Tim Latte

Tim just made a video that he chose to call TAVAHA, ‘take care of the ocean’. The word includes cohesion, understanding and solidarity across borders, generations and cultures. The sea is what ties the world together. It has always taken care of us and we can not live without. By documenting his adventures, Tim helps inspire people around to reflect on the interaction between man and nature. With this campaign we will lift people who take conscious and inspiring choices every day to bring something back to the ocean.

May 2016. Text: Simen Knudsen

Who?

My name is Timothy Latte and I’ve been on this planet for 24 years. I am a professional surfer from Stockholm, Sweden – of all places.

What are you up to now?

I’m surfing, studying communication, traveling and enjoying life. Right now I hunt for waves and hang out with mother and father in Oman, a country north of Yemen next to Saudi Arabia.

I do not eat meat anymore, nor fish – unless I have fished it myself or know who did it. It is important for me to reduce my ecological footprint!

What do you do to take care of the ocean? What does tavaha mean to you?? 

No matter where I am, I always take some litter with me. Everything in the ecosystem is connected, so by making small changes in the way we live, we save the sea at the same time. I do not eat meat anymore, nor fish – unless I have fished it myself or know who did it. It’s important for me to reduce my ecological footprint!

What do you think is the biggest challenge we must solve to save the ocean? 

The biggest challenge is to teach people to understand the consequences of pollution and siphoning, while showing them the ability to live sustainably. Inspiration about sustainability and increased awareness about the environment are the most important keys we have in making a difference.

What are your three #tavahatips to take care of the ocean? 

  • Let footprints be the only one you leave while you’re on.
  • Small changes in your lifestyle can make a big difference.
  • Resirkuleeer !!

What is your happiest sea-moment?

My best memory from the ocean is no doubt that time Dad and I took a wave together in Oman. I rode on the edge of the wave when I saw Dad falling into the same on his sit-ski kayak and we rode it all in. That moment was very special to me because it was a long time since Dad and I did something together just two of us. Especially because he

Works a lot and I travel a lot. I can not see my parents enough, and certainly not surfing enough with daddy! The only thing that would have peaked the moment would have been if mom had hurried to join too!

Who are your everyday heroes? 

There are so many amazing good heroes out there, I can not choose one!

And finally, what would you like to thank the sea for? 

I would like to thank the ocean for the adventurous and unique playground it gives us and for it has endured humanity for so long.

Thanks to Tim!