Cal is an extraordinary young woman who is passionate about reconnecting people to the oceans for mental health and to nurture stewardship of the environment. She has set two new World Records, as the first and the fastest person to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Cal Major did this 1,000-mile epic journey in just under two months to raise awareness of plastic pollution – her Paddle Against Plastic.
Cal is a veterinary surgeon, explorer and ocean advocate from Devon who studied at the University of Edinburgh. She was recently recognised with the Point Of Light Award by the Prime Minister for the work that she does to raise awareness of plastic pollution and is founder of the Paddle Against Plastic campaign and the Vitamin Sea Foundation, passionate about reconnecting people to the oceans.
Cal has conducted several epic stand up paddleboard expeditions, using them as vehicles for simple and actionable messages to protect the oceans and the wildlife within them. Stand up paddle board expeditions are a new and extremely challenging niche, vulnerable to a myriad of dangerous ocean conditions – winds, tides and swell – all of which have been abundant during Cal’s explorations, developing a deep respect within her for the immense power of nature.
During her 1000 mile Record-Breaking expedition the full length of the UK, Cal would regularly spend up to 12 hours a day on the board, paddling on average 20-30 miles per day without support, for nearly 2 months. Her longest day was 18 hours and 65 miles. Cal paddled through fear, loneliness, exhaustion, hunger, life-threatening conditions, and joy at being immersed in the wild.
Cal speaks from the heart and her passion and warmth are deeply infectious and inspiring. Her talks focus on topics such as:
- overcoming fear, doubt and indecision
- reach out from your comfort zone to realise potential
- personal growth, empowerment and self respect
- the importance of team work
- visualisation and goal setting
- mastering the endurance mindset
The oceans are our planet’s life force, and they connect each and every one of us, producing over half the oxygen we breathe on Earth. Facing the biggest catastrophes to date – plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change – Cal set about to tackle these issues the only way she knew how – bringing positive messages of hope and empowerment amongst the scourge of negativity around the subjects.
An established campaigner against plastic pollution in her local community and nationwide, and having witnessed first hand the extent to which plastic is affecting our coastline and inland waterways, Cal is well versed in the details of the plastic pollution crisis, but believes strongly in bringing positive and actionable solutions to light rather than focusing on doom and gloom. As such she has worked with businesses and individuals to inspire the need to change, and empowered them to do so with pride. She has experienced the power of collaboration, and seen individuals brought together by community passion to tackle plastic pollution at source; each person working to their own strength.
Cal tailors her presentations to each audience, and is happy to work with you on specific desired topics. Cal works closely with film makers to document her expeditions, and as such has available a range of media to accompany speeches and events as requested.
The film of her solo circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, on SUP, has won several prestigious awards, has been shown to hundreds of thousands of audience members around the world, and is available as an adjunct to her speeches.
You can see that film and her Vitamin Sea film, which traces her world-record SUP expedition the length of the UK and has also won multiple awards, at https://www.calmajor.com/films
Learn more about Cal here – www.calmajor.com
“Cal Major was the perfect keynote speaker - able to relate to every single person in the room and share her stories and mission in a humbling and inspiring way. I had so many comments about her after the event about how helpful her talk was. It was the icing on the cake that she was also selected as the Polly Birch Award winner too for her environmental efforts to leave a positive stamp on this earth.”
Dr Ebony Escalona, Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify
"Cal Major is a such a brilliant speaker. She is articulate, intelligent and passionate about her subject but delivers it in a relatable and engaging way. Her core message around plastic pollution is so key across all sectors, but she also brings messages around resilience, endurance, team work and goal setting. I would thoroughly recommend her as a speaker."
Elise MacDonald, Lux Events
“Cal Major gave a fantastic presentation to our office about plastic in the ocean and how we can help towards the problem. She tailor-made her presentation to suit our office and was very flexible and a pleasure to work with. Cal has an extremely warm and friendly personality and managed to keep the whole office interested and engaged throughout, provoking discussions and questions around the issues.”
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