is Beyond the Surface's audiovisual storytelling + creative arts movement. 

Storytelling is an innate human ability to share information in order to connect with others. Neuroscientists have determined that listening to a compelling story about an experience stimulates the same regions of our brains as having the actual experience ourselves.


Through Coast 2 Coast we facilitate audiovisual storytelling workshops to enable local youth with the creative thinking and communication skills to daylight problems like illegal fishing or waste mismanagement and also the ability to share the extraordinary aspects of their communities - from rich cultural heritage to the magnificent biodiversity surrounding them. 


Modern technology makes storytelling easier than ever. However, a massive digital divide separates wealthy and lower-income households. As our planet experiences dramatic social and environmental challenges, it is communities living along the coastlines where livelihoods are most affected by climate change and environmental degradation due to rising sea levels, plastic pollution, and overfishing. These villages face a twofold problem: lack of capacity to have their perspectives heard and barriers to receiving information on potential drivers of and adaptation to change.


Through our media and visual arts workshops, local youth from small-scale fishing villages develop key communication skills through the power of play their own creativity. We work together with local partners and schools to provide a safe-space for participants to observe and explore their lives, villages, and natural environments from behind the lens and new vantage points. Our goal is to engage local youth in a playful way that genuinely fosters self-trust, cultural values, and marine stewardship for their coastal communities' sustainable futures.  


We believe in the power of stories  as a bridge to reach people and emotionally connect. Beyond the facts, we provide a pathway for the faces, names, and characters who depend on the ocean the most for their survival to share their side of the story before it's too late.



BTSI is a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit working in solidarity with small-scale fishing villages to build social-ecological resilience through surfing, storytelling, and mindfulness workshops.