Welcome Aboard! Come On and Safari with Willis and Spike

This is first of a three part series!

It is with great joy and an explorer's spirit that we present to you the first in a three-part adventure series focused on surfing, sailing, and sustainable seafood in New England. Over the course of the month, we will be following along as adventure filmmakers Willis Brown and Spike Smigelski set sail from the North Shore of Massachusetts, making their way up the Maine coastline in search of prime surf spots, learning about sustainable food, and connecting with kindred spirits that call Downeast home.

Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.