From San Francisco to Hawaii: One Boulder Man’s Rowing Journey to Raise Awareness

Leg days may look the same for most of us, but one Boulder, CO man is taking his training to the next level.

Tez Steinberg is preparing for a trip few people would be daring enough to take. The Colorado Athletic Club member trained in February to set out on a solo rowing odyssey. The journey will take him from San Francisco to Hawaii.

Steinberg’s trainer, Karen Kish, was responsible for making sure the Boulder man was prepared for his latest adventure.

“I have him doing step-ups so that when he is sitting down for long periods of time rowing, he’ll have the support he needs,” Kish said.

Steinberg is no stranger to endurance events, but he is entering new territory with his latest project. His training is in preparation for rowing a 23-foot boat. His total journey will be about 2,500 miles, and it will be entirely self-supported.

The athlete previously raced in triathlons, long-distance cycling and ultra-marathons. Ocean rowing was a new endeavor that he wanted to pursue. He admitted that he does not have a background in sailing or rowing, but he is not deterred.

Steinberg’s interest in endurance events began about 10 years ago. He was experiencing depression at the time and he said that he hopes he can encourage other people to push beyond their expectations of themselves and any preconceived boundaries.

“We all have an ocean, something in our life that seems insurmountable, but stroke by stroke you can do something that seems impossible,” Steinberg said.

He planned to head out on a newly built carbon-fiber boat. The boat would be equipped with solar panels and a large battery bank. The bank would run his navigation and communication equipment. It would also produce Steinberg’s drinking water.

These items would help keep him safe during his two- to three-month journey.

Although mental health is an important part of why he is taking on the project, he is also hoping to raise awareness and funds. The money he raises will go toward providing some scholarships at United World Colleges, his alma mater. The route that he is taking will also allow him to pass through a pile of ocean trash.

What is known as the great pacific garbage patch is almost double the size of Texas. The area consists of plastic debris and Steinberg planned to take photos and videos so he could discuss potential solutions.