We support ICF SUP events with 10X climate positivity as well as PWA windsurfing events. All major iQFoil competitions will be 10X Climate positive until the 2024 Olympic Games and we offer the 2024 games the 10X Climate positive opportunity for the iQFoil event, this with already sequestrated blue carbon from our triple-A rated blue carbon project.

Starboard and SOMWR take carbon footprinting beyond the basic steps of measuring and offsetting to become carbon neutral. We raise our efforts to limit climate change effects, helping nature to become strong once again. Planting 10X the number of mangroves needed to absorb each 1 tonne of CO2 released through our actions.

Some Thoughts on The ‘Standard’ Plan

Most companies and countries are setting out their goals to reduce their yearly carbon footprints to align with targets to stop the planet from warming more than 1 ½ degrees Celsius, with their target date in the distant 2050 and 2065.

Machines that suck CO2 directly from the air could cut the cost of meeting global climate goals, but they would need as much as a quarter of global energy supplies in 2100.

The world’s largest carbon capture machinery, the Orca plant located in Iceland, can suck 4,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the air every year and inject it deep into the ground to be mineralized.

This is the same carbon capture as what only some 6000 Mangrove trees can draw down and store within 25 years without any maintenance or machinery while creating an abundant biosphere.

Our planet’s climate will continue to struggle if we focus mainly on reduction and energy-intensive carbon capture from now until 2050.

We need to become more ambitious in terms of natural climate solutions which also will be important for oxygen production which is a by-product of photosynthesis.


Our 10X Climate Positive Plan

Starboard and SOMWR are connected to many collaboration and event partners. Importantly, events and travel emit huge amounts of CO2 within a small time frame. To reduce the impact created during these events, our Environmental team calculates the CO2 emissions for partnered events. Including, all travel by athletes, staff, volunteers and energy/ fuel use at events. Our offsetting technique uses natural climate solutions – mangroves. In the 10X movement, we plant to absorb 10 times the emitted amount. In 2022, this is 30 mangroves per every 1 tonne identified. This method results in 10 tonnes being absorbed for every 1 tonne emitted over 25 years.



For our mangrove planting, we partner with Worldview International Foundation. Here, the specialized team plant the mangroves and secures the highest possible survival rate for the trees. The mangroves and their surrounding soil trap CO2 and store it in carbon pools below the ground. Mangroves are also known as Blue Carbon storers. Blue carbon harnesses the name due to its location within the coastal and marine ecosystem.


Moving Forwards With Science

Many scientists identify Blue Carbon as the most effective carbon dioxide storage sink. Mangrove forests are very productive at storing CO2. With their dense population, they are also great at trapping sediment, meaning the storage of CO2 is secure. The muddy, oxygen-poor soil traps carbon dioxides. In these soils, carbon cannot oxidise unlike in terrestrial forests.

To keep the data valid, scientists test the carbon level in the soils in the climate park each year. Verifying the increasing levels of Carbon Dioxide in the soil matter.

How Blue Carbon sequestration works

Added Mangrove Magic

Mangroves could store as much as 20 gigatonnes of CO2, the equivalent of 2 years of global emissions! Mangroves spread further benefits to much of the ecosystem and humans.

Fun Fact: Photosynthesis has helped planet Earth since over 2.5 billion years ago. Where photosynthesis helped create a liveable climate, BBC News… No wonder we want to go 10x carbon positive.

10x-climate-positive-A simple overview of how Photosynthesis-works
A simple explanation of how Photosynthesis works

The carbohydrates are used by the plant as food, helping it to grow!

If you have any further questions, please email blue@star-board.com.

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Carbon Positive

Annually, our team calculates the total combined emissions of both our Starboard & SOMWR brands. All emissions are then offset and made 10X Climate Positive.



Our SOMWR products plant 10 mangroves for every ‘Climate Hero’ product, and 1 mangrove for every ‘Ocean Hero’ product.



When we zoom into our boards, a mangrove is planted for each board we produce. To make these 10X Cliamte Positive we use the following calculation: A board emits approximately 100 kg of CO2 and we plant to sequester over 1000 KG across 20 years, ten times the amount released during board production.