Merijn Tinga, better known as The Plastic Soup Surfer, is on a mission.

He wants to stop plastic pollution from entering our environment. Surfboards are his weapon: they tell a story everyone can relate to and are the means to get his message across. What started out as awareness generating project has now grown into a creative and change making organisation. Their goal is to tackle plastic pollution at its source by focusing on change through policy reform and corporate responsibility measures.

Merijn Tinga, Plastic Soup Surfer

My name is Merijn Tinga, I am a biologist, passionate artist and dedicated surfer. The Plastic Soup Surfer is the culmination of my passions: surfing, creativity and knowledge.

I love adventure and love to connect people. What drives me is the belief that together we can make a difference.

You can read all about it in my new book Plastic Soup Surfer.


In the biography you will find a chronological overview of my campaigns, expeditions and other actions as Plastic Soup Surfer. From the period as an artist and the birth of the Plastic Soup Surfer to the publication of my book. With links to all pages and videos about these activities.

Biography Merijn Tinga - Plastic Soup Surfer


Questions, press, media

For press and media contacts, interviews and general questions, you can contact:

Martine Eyzenga, Communications
+31 6 54 28 54 92

Presentations, advice

As the Plastic Soup Surfer, I give inspiring presentations about my expeditions and campaigns to reduce plastic pollution. What can you or your company do in the fight against the plastic soup?

I also advise companies and organizations.



Over the years, the Plastic Soup Surfer Team has expanded with people who use their professional skills to help fighting against plastic pollution.
Often their contribution is pro bono but on major projects, campaigns and expeditions, fees are paid by our Plastic Free Sea Foundation.

See team members below on the page.

Plastic Free Sea Foundation

The Plastic Free Sea Foundation is the legal entity behind our work, established to monitor and manage donations and collaborations.
The goal of the Foundation is to raise awareness about the effects and dangers of plastic pollution in the (aquatic) environment.

The non profit foundation has an ANBI status (public benefit institution). 

Plastic Free Sea Foundation


  • Merijn Tinga

    Plastic Soup Surfer

    Plastic Soup Surfer
  • Martine Eyzenga

    Graphic designer, communication expert, diver

  • Eelke Dekker

    Film director, photographer, surfer

  • Kim van den Anker

    Project manager, public relations manager

  • Natascha van Neerven

    Digital back-end and organisation

  • Esther Leystra

    Social Media

  • Ben Vroom

    Webmaster, Writer, Photographer, Usability expert

  • Alana Venos

    English copywriter, International Brand Consultant


Foundation board