Sep 15, 2017 | BY Chris Couve
Aloha Stand Up Paddlers of the World!
The #StarboardWorldCleanup is the ultimate act local, think global cleanup, all tied together by the SUP community and the Starboard Tiki lifestyle. Let’s Act Together for Global Change
At Starboard, we strive to create amazing products for you to explore the our beautiful lakes, rivers and oceans around the world. But in this pursuit, we also see firsthand the frightening signs of our damage to this planet. Plastic pieces outnumbering shells at the beach, fish & bird stomachs lined with bottle caps, sea turtles strangled by fishing line. From the beaches of Maui to the Ganges River you can all too easily find Styrofoam chunks, plastic bags, mylar balloons, chip bags, coffee cups – trash of all shapes and sizes – floating around in the waters we love to play in.
Here at Starboard we are inspired by community mobilization against these problems – especially in the SUP world. Seeing groups and individuals using their boards as a tool to give back to the waters we love to paddle, and raising awareness of our pollution problem, gives us hope that together we can solve this seemingly insurmountable problem.
That is why we are pleased to announce the #StarboardWorldCleanup! Here’s how it works:
Go out for a paddle, or a beach walk, or a surf – and pick up a piece of trash. Better, pick up 10 pieces of trash. Even better, grab 100 of your friends and neighbors, and together pick up 100,000 pieces of trash! No matter how much you pick up, take a photo and post it to your social media of choice with #StarboardWorldCleanup.
One cleanup champion (this could be you!) will be the lucky recipient of a brand new 2018 Whopper Inflatable SUP and a 2-piece paddle!
10 other participants from around the world will receive a Starboard hamper, including Starboard apparel, Trash Hero goodies and a box of 50 Paddle Trash Pickers for themselves and their friends.
After the contest we will create a map of where the cleanups took place to show the power of the SUP community to do some good for the world! It all kicks off on September 16 – International Coastal Cleanup Day From then on, you have until October 31 to get cleaning and simply #StarboarWorldCleanup to enter!