Thankfully, one incredible Stand Up Paddleboarder – Lizzie Carr - is spearheading a global mission to rid the world of plastic pollution, by tackling it from its root - canals and rivers all over world – thereby intercepting it before it reaches the oceans.
Already a keen adventurer and environmentalist, Lizzie originally got into SUP for fitness, but soon noticed that the waterways around London where she paddled were clogged with plastic waste. Lizzie set up a non-profit organisation that has grown to become a global movement of like-minded people working together on land and water to protect the environment we love.
Planet Patrol (formerly called Plastic Patrol) helps to organise clean-ups all over the world (44 countries and counting), bringing communities together at specified events to identify and collect plastic waste, photograph and log the evidence through the Planet Patrol App, before clearing it away. On World Cleenup Day Planet Patrol was organising global clean up actions in differents segments - a great achievement - which we're proudly supporting!
SUP adventurer Thomas Oschwald from Switzerland paddled from the North Sea up the Rhine to the Tomasee at 2 345 meters above sea level. He traveled for 3 000 kilometers and was on the water for 2 – 3 months. His tour took him through 6 countries – all for a destination that is actually located only a few kilometers away from his home. On the first 1600 km long stage to the mouth of the Rhine, the adventurer had porpusly moved away from the clean spring water. In this section, he experienced first-hand what it means when clean drinking water does not simply bubble out of the tap. A water cleansing system for bottled water forced the adventurer to get along with the water that surrounds him.
Thomas has already done several SUP micro expeditions and is always in search of new challenges in sports and everyday life, he keeps pushing his limits. His inner conviction is that it forces him to face all the big and small challenges in life while he breaks out of the everyday rhythm and strides out into new worlds.
In 2017 Pascal Roesler, a businessman from Munich, paddled from Munich to the mouth of the Danube into the Black Sea, 2 467 km and 63 days on the water with his Falcon Air, about 600 000 paddle strokes in total. He did that all for a good cause – to raise awareness of the need for clean water, essential for our planet’s survival. In 2018 he went down the river Salzach, accompanied by our river SUP ambassador Oliver Heldt. The Salzach runs 225 kilometers before flowing into the river Inn. Pascal started his tour from the source near the Salzachgeier to demonstrate how the river changes on its way. In July 2019 he visited several schools in Bavaria to demonstrate awareness towards our water and environment. With 30 Fanatic SUPs, SUPing was a big part of this programme with over 1000 students enjoying the experience and learning more about sustainability and the role they can play in safeguarding our planet for future generations. In the meantime, Pascal has left his full time employment to dedicate his time and effort to saving the environment with many exciting new projects to come.