Making of the Film

Team Sea to See is an 8-person, 4-tandem Race Across America (RAAM) team. They are the first RAAM team with all blind stokers. By taking on this challenge the team and crew hope to share with the world that intelligence, perseverance, and collaboration exist deep in the human spirit, allowing us to overcome adversity.

About the Blind and Vision Impaired Athletes

Kristina Ament and guide wearing sleeveless green CAF jerseys with raised arms after finishing a run with colorful flags behind them

Kristina “Tina” Ament is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She graduated from Yale in 1984 and received her law degree from Stanford in 1987.

Tina is an eight-time Ironman Triathlon finisher. In 2015, Tina took up ultra-cycling, winning 12-hour races at the Midatlantic 12-Hour Championship and Bike Sebring in Florida. She also won the tandem division at a 24-hour race at the Bessie’s Creek event in Texas, finishing 3rd overall and is the 2017 National Hillclimb Champion.

A guide wearing a blue cycling jersey and Dan berlin wearing a white cycling jersey and black shorts riding a brown Seven tandem by a grassy field in front of the Colorado foothills

Dan Berlin was diagnosed with cone rod dystrophy at 7 years old, he became legally blind in his late 20s. He obtained a BS degree from Penn State University and an MS degree from University of Delaware.

After working in large, multi-national corporations, he co-founded a world-leading vanilla extract company. He also co-founded Team See Possibilities, a non-profit organization which provides scholarship and mentorship to high-achieving college students who are vision impaired. 

Dan was the first blind runner to complete a 46-mile run across the Grand Canyon and back. He has also done marathons, Ironman triathlons, and trail ultramarathons in South America, Africa, Asia and New Zealand. 

Jack Chen wearing a sleeveless purple jersey and black cycling shorts holding a white leash connected to guide wearing a white tank top while running past a few spectators

Jack Chen is an attorney for Google, holds forty U.S. patents, and serves on the boards of several organizations, including ACVREP, an organization dedicated to guaranteeing that people who are blind get the highest quality of service from professionals that work in the blindness field.

Jack obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard and Berkeley, respectively, and his law degree from Fordham. He has run nine marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and completed both the Florida and New York Ironman triathlons.

Kyle Coon wearing a green jacket, brown hat and expedition backpack and sitting behind a large bolder with a slope covered with rocks and snow behind him

Kyle Coon lost his sight at the age of six after a battle with Retinoblastoma—a rare form of childhood eye cancer. After meeting world-class blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer, Kyle went on to become one of the first competitive rock climbers in the U.S. As a teenager, he hiked to Machu Picchu and summited Mount Kilimanjaro.

In 2013, Kyle graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Interpersonal-Organizational Communication. He was the first blind athlete to complete an Ironman in under 11 hours and has represented the U.S. at the Paralympics in Tokyo.

The Pilots

Chris Howard inside a large tent wearing a blue sleeveless jersey that reads Howard USA and holding up a medal around his neck that says ID Triathlon

Chris Howard owns a custom clothing business in Colorado and is a lifelong endurance athlete.

Charles Scott wearing a white T-shirt and a backpack in a desert region, smiling

Charles Scott is a National Geographic-featured adventurer and author of the book Rising Son: A Father and Son’s Bike Adventure Across Japan. He takes his two young children on endurance challenges around the world linked to charitable causes. 

Caroline Gaynor smiling whie wearing a white cycling helmet and a dark cycling jersey that reads Athlete Architecture

Caroline Gaynor was the first woman to guide a visually impaired woman through an Ironman triathlon. Caroline works as a regional director a global asset management company.

Pamela Ferguson smiling while riding a blue-green road bike in the rain, wearing a dark cycling jersey with pink helmet and pink cylcing shoes

Pamela Ferguson has been guiding visually impaired athletes in 2015. She has been practicing civil commercial litigation for over a decade.

Members of the Crew

Crew ChiefFelix Wong
Assistant Crew ChiefSteve O’Leary
Chief MechanicPaul Majors
Mechanic #2Charles O’Kane
Mechanic #3Jason Coble
Van Navigator #1Jim Holden
Van Navigator #2Sheila Berlin
Van Navigator #3Sheila Stevens
Van Navigator #4Jessie Groeschen
Van Driver #1Andrea Croak
Van Driver #2Mark Tapp
Van Driver #3Bharat Kumar
Van Driver #4Dick Sievers
RV Driver #1Matt Hannifin
RV Driver #2Nate Faudel
RV Driver #3Russ Stevens
RV Driver #4Brad Thurman
RV Team LeadDeborah Yoder
RV Manager 2Karen Rott
RV Manager 3Shauna Erickson

Sponsors

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