Our team of Ocean Ambassadors consists of water sport enthusiasts who challenge themselves to spread awareness for the importance to protect our planet. Whether they go on a SUP expedition, organize sustainable events or teach kids about how to live a healthy lifestyle for themselves and the environment – they all follow our mission to help the planet recover as fast as possible.
for the Oceans
PARLEY is the platform where creators, thinkers and leaders come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction. Parley for the Oceans addresses major threats towards our oceans, the most important ecosystem of our planet.
Starboard and Parley work together to run the Parley Ocean School in the Maldives, where ocean ambassadors paddle and work together to solve ocean problems. Parley also helped Starboard transition their apparel packaging to plastic-free, recycled paper that can be converted into a reusable shopping bag.
You can get involved by taking AIR (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign) pledge to join the movement against irresponsible use of plastic.
Click here to learn more about Parley.
The SUPKids program is designed to teach kids SUP, water safety & environmental education. Their vision is to create experiences for our SUPKids that will enhance their appreciation, respect & understanding for sustainable living.
SUPkids uses games, drills & SUP activities to ensure that the kids walk away with vital water safety skills that will stay with them for life. They have taken environmental education out of the classroom, to the great outdoors, where we think it belongs.
Both SUPKids and Starboard believe that when kids fall in love with an outdoor sport, they fall in love with the outdoors. And kids who love their planet become ambassadors for taking care of it.
Starboard support SUPKids’s mission to bring the joy of stand up paddling to the next generation of eco-warriors.
Click here to learn more about SUPKids.
The Trash Hero mission is to create sustainable, community-based projects that remove existing waste, and reduce future waste by inspiring long-term behavioral change. We do this through:
Action and Awareness. We pick up trash. Whether a cigarette butt on the road, or 20,000 kilos from island beaches – if we see it, we clean it!
Education. We back up hands-on experience with educational information about the impact that trash has on the global environment.
Sustainable Projects. We create long-term projects that bring communities together to remove and better manage their waste, and strategies that reduce the amount of waste being produced in the future.
Inspiration. We motivate people to become Trash Heroes in their everyday lives.
Starboard partly runs the Bangkok chapter of Trash Hero, leading waterway cleanups on SUPs around Bangkok and educating local students about how to care for the environment.
Click here to learn more about Trash Hero.
Bye Bye Plastic Bags
Bye Bye Plastic Bags is an Indonesia-based organization that advocates for the prohibition of single use plastic bags on the island of Bali. Teens Melati and Isabel Wijsen succeeded in passing a bag ban beginning in 2018, and now advocate for proper waste management and ocean stewardship.
Starboard travelled with the young sisters to New York, where the pair presented their story to the United Nation. Together with team rider, Sean Poynter, Starboard also visited Melati and Isabel in Bali, testing out some of eco-product on the water.
Starboard supports BBPB’s educational and environmental efforts an encourages people around Southeast Asia – and the world to change their single use plastic habits.
Click here to learn more about Bye Bye Plastic Bags.
The Whale Company believes in taking action to make change… Carolyn and Carlos became the first in the World to paddle 12 marathons in 12 countries in Europe on a Stand Up Paddle board made of plastic bottles to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean.
They now run Bottle Boards workshops to teach schools and communities to build SUP boards out of plastic bottles. The Whale Company sells T-shirts, Whale-bags and Whale-treads to raise funds to support the Bottle Boards project and it donates 10p per sale to WDC.
The Whale Company works closely with Starboard at our headquarters in Bangkok to show our local environmental advocates how to build plastic bottle SUPs! They have also helped Starboard’s friends at Trash Hero and Lykke build boards around Thailand and educate communities about single use plastic, recycling, and reducing waste.
Click here to learn more about The Whale Company.
Sustainable Surf is a California-based non-profit charity organization based in California. Their mission is to be the catalyst that transforms surf culture into a powerful force for protecting the ocean playground. They focus on addressing environmental impacts such as climate change related impacts, marine plastic pollution, and water quality issues that threaten our shared “surfing habitat.”
Sustainable Surf provides engaging on-ramps for individuals to make lifestyle choices that can lower their negative impacts on the ocean and coastal environment, and consult with surf related businesses and organizations to improve their environmental performance, and help communicate their efforts in an authentic and effective way.
Starboard has committed to Sustainable Surf’s Deep Blue Life iniative, reflecting on how we can take care of our oceans. Starboard’s SUP and Windsurf boards are certified Eco-Board from Sustainable Surf! Starboard also helps to support Sustainable Surf’s certified Deep Blue events.
Click here to read more about Sustainable Surf.
The mangrove forest in its 1800 acres was destroyed due to charcoal burning and prawn farming when Pathein University requested World International Foundation for help to restore its biodiversity.
In this region of Myanmar, only 16% of the original mangrove forest is left. Today the park area is brought back to its original health with 3.4 million trees (newly planted and rescued). 2.3 million tons of CO2 has been documented in the ground to be preserved with new plants on the surface. It is estimated that the total mitigation and protection of stored carbon amounts to over 4 million tons of CO2 during 20 years of growth period.
For every board sold, Starboard plants a mangrove in Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park that, over 20 years, will sequester 1 ton of carbon. For more information about Starboard’s carbon neutral strategy, click here.
Click here to learn more about WIF and Thor Heyerdahl Climate Parks.
Watertrek is a non-profit Franco-British association committed to the protection of aquatic ecosystems. It proposes an approach to environmental education combined with original and fun participatory science programs. Through its content, initiatives and partnerships, Watertrek wishes to raise awareness of the essential need to reconnect man with water to better understand the issues of its preservation.
Watertrek aims to popularize environmental issues in order to make them accessible to as many people as possible, and invites paddlers and water sports practitioners to contribute to the protection of aquatic environments by developing participatory science tools usable by everyone…
Watertrek represents water sports practitioners within institutional, associative and scientific networks and develops partnerships & synergies between these sectors.
Click here to learn more about Watertrek.