Jess Cramp

scientist, surfer, diver, pilot and conservationist


Jess Cramp is a scientist, surfer, diver, pilot, writer, and conservationist whose philanthropic adventures have taken her from a field hospital in post-earthquake Haiti to a remote atoll in the South
Pacific, where she lived for 3 years, spearheading the effort for the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary, which was established in December 2012. Currently without a permanent address, Jess is in a different country every month, and in the water as much as possible. She splits her time between assisting the Cook Islands government in establishing a large-scale marine park, and helping her own burgeoning organization, Sharks Pacific, to become a key player in shark research and conservation. A contributor to Women’s Adventure Magazine, Escape Magazine, and National Geographic’s Adventure blog, Jess is a consummate optimist, whose positive energy is contagious, along with her willingness to spend however long it takes to see the projects she’s working on through to produce tangible results. “For me,” Jess says, “traveling is all about gaining hands-on experience to better understand community level impacts and encouraging locals to get involved.” She is driven to take risks in life, not just in sports.


  • Surf stoke kick-out. #surfing #Polynesia #happyplace #getwetoften
    Jess Cramp >>> Jun 27, 2015
  • I can honestly say that last week was the most inspiring and humbling week of my life. Thanks @natgeo for having me and for pushing me to be a better (and feistier) version of myself. And thanks to all of my loved ones for putting up with me! I'm going to work even harder to protect our #sharks and our #oceans. And an especially big thanks to the photographers who let me use their work in support of shark conservation and research this week: @brianskerry @andy_mann @tina_weier @wstrathmann @shawnheinrichs @justinbastien @codydoucette - without u guys, those poor people would have had to just listen to me waffle on forever :). #sosoSOstokedonmylife #LetsExplore #sharkspacific
    Jess Cramp >>> Jun 16, 2015
  • And then...@littlemsfossil and I took over the Oval Office. #LetsExplore #merica
    Jess Cramp >>> Jun 13, 2015
  • So, this happened yesterday. I'm already over the moon about being named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. But then @calebgrowsfood got the entire Explorers Symposium crowd (full of explorers that I've admired my whole life) to put up a shark fin with Sylvia Earle!  #mindblown #sharks #letsdothis #sharkspacific #LetsExplore
    Jess Cramp >>> Jun 11, 2015
  • Happy World Oceans Day from Washington, DC! This little shark is dreaming of the day he will be on one of these covers. For now, he's reminding us to protect all threatened species, not just the cute and cuddly ones. #sharks #worldoceansday #finsup
    Jess Cramp >>> Jun 08, 2015
  • It's fun even when you're covered in 7mm of rubber. Post-dive elation after swimming with an angelshark.  #sandiego #freediving #getwetoften
    Jess Cramp >>> Jun 05, 2015
  • You know it's good when the double shaka comes out! PC: @tina_weier #snorkdork #islands #getwetoften #cookislands #happyplace
    Jess Cramp >>> May 28, 2015
  • Caught a big one today. #gobigorgohome #memorialdayperching #barredsurfperch #fishing
    Jess Cramp >>> May 25, 2015
  • View from our board meeting today. A seemingly strange place to discuss ocean conservation. #NYC #conservation #gypsylife #lovemyjob
    Jess Cramp >>> May 06, 2015
  • Don't drop in on me, bro. #sidewalksurfer #sandiego
    Jess Cramp >>> May 04, 2015