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Gear Review: Sailcloth Bags from Sailbags Maui and Mafia Bags

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Repurposing Materials: Sailcloth and Sustainability One of my new favorite things is gear bags made of recycled, or rather repurposed sail cloth from a couple of our “sister sports” - windsurfing and kiteboarding.  Sails and kites can rip, and when they do, apparently, they are pretty...

A Stellar Encounter: Paddlers and One Big Sea Lion

Sea Lions in the PNW
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Sea Lions in the PNW In the Pacific Northwest, sea lions can get big. Really big. This weekend, Estelle Matheson and Troy Nebekker had an encounter with one of the larger males that hangs out near Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound near Seattle.  Here;s how...

Hurricane Florence Aftermath: Want to Help?

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Hurricane Flo is still with us Hurricane Florence maybe a memory for most now but not to the folks in Eastern North Carolina still cleaning up after the devastation.  It will be some time before our coastal communities are back to some semblance of "normal." ...

Stay out of the water until we get water testing results and the go-ahead

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We are waiting for results from water quality testing in North and South Carolina. Anyone who has been affected by Florence floodwaters should remain out of the water until they get the green light. The Floodwaters and runoff will have tons of pathogens (bacteria,...

Landlords, Lots of Landlords, Showing up in Southern Cal

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Great Whites in SoCal Honestly, not sure what would be more startling, seeing so many great white sharks while paddleboarding, or being "hailed" from above by someone in a helicopter....kind of like when you're riding your bike and a motorist honks his horn at you...

Hawaii to ban sale of reef-damaging sunscreens by 2021

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Hawaii has passed legislation to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two coral-harming chemicals—oxybenzone and octinoxate. Senate Bill 2571, introduced by state Sen. Mike Gabbard (D, Kapolei- Makakilo), prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawaii. This bill was...

Paddling Down The Rhine on a Board Made of Bottles

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Paddling down the Rhine from Source to Sea This 28-day, 1400 km or 870 mile mission by Merijn Tinga, the Plastic Soup Surfer, will be completed on a Stand Up Paddle Board made of discarded plastic bottles- all as part of an effort to raise environmental awareness...

California Becomes The First State To Completely Ban Plastic Bags

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We attended the Starboard Conference in San Diego a few weeks ago and took part in many conversations around becoming carbon neutral, about lessening our impact on the environment and trying to reverse the massive assault of modern living on our environment. It looks...

Starboard is making paddleboard components from discarded fishing nets

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Abandoned plastic fishing nets are a huge problem Millions of animals, including whales, seals, turtles and birds, are mutilated and killed by ‘ghost’ fishing gear – nets, lines and traps that are abandoned, lost or discarded in our oceans each year. According to WorldOceanfestorg, "Abandoned plastic...

Video: Zane’s Deep Blue Life

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Zane's Deep Blue Life Video Pono   A state of harmony and righteousness  and balance. In other words, a Deep Blue Life, as explained in this new video from Starboard, featuring a day in the island life of Zane Schweitzer, with a focus on deep love and...

LouAnne Harris Does It!! Completes SUP Expedition Down the Mississippi!

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Harris Completes SUP Expedition of the Mississippi Expedition paddler, one half of the Atlantic Sup’r Girls and SIC Maui paddler LouAnne Harris became the first woman to sup the entire length of the Mississippi River when she completed her source to sea paddle yesterday!! LouAnne started...

Stories We Love: Another Wildlife Rescue Via Sup

SUP Rescue of An Entrapped GooseSUP Rescue of An Entrapped Goose
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SUP Rescue of An Entrapped Goose Editor’s Note: Even in an urban aquatic environment like what you find in the tidal basins around Washington, D.C. you can have wildlife encounters.  Our friend Veronica Lee’s recent experience with a Canada Goose, caught in fishing line underscores...

Stories We Love: Offering a Helping Hand

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Editor’s Note: We reposted this here with Dottie Hodges’ permission. Many of us see herons all the time and have special connections to them. Good on, ya Dottie and friends. Photos by Adam Boothby   Saving a Heron Anyone who knows me knows my habit of talking...

Paddling for The Bay

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Kudos to Annapolis, MD paddler Chris Hopkinson who plans to paddle the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay, in the name of environmental awareness...specifically the need to restore the bay’s oyster population. Hopkinson will be joined in part in the eight-day, 240-mile expedition by Chris...

Public Water Access Upheld in Great Lakes in Key Court Victory

Great Lakes
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We came across some great news on the wire yesterday out of Detroit. U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Great Lakes beach access case A couple sued in Indiana to restrict the public from accessing any land abutting Lake Michigan. As you can imagine, that would suck. According...

Paddlers in San Diego defend water access

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We got an alert from Wade Williford in San Diego asking us for help in spreading the news about a development that has a direct effect on their paddle world. The Bahia Resort & Hotel/ Bill Evans (hotel owner for the Bahia, The Catamaran...

SUPKids Partners with Green Surf Festival in Italy

SUPKids Partners with Green Surf Festival in Italy
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Editor's Note: SUPKids is an innovative program, in collaboration with Starboard, that teaches kids water safety and environmental awareness, in hopes of creating experiences that will enhance participants' appreciation, respect and understanding for sustainable living. It's good stuff! SUPKids Partners with Green Surf Festival in...

JOIN STARBOARD IN CHANGING TIDES FOUNDATION’S #PLASTICSWEARJAR CHALLENGE

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Join us in an effort to reconsider how much single-use plastic you are using in your day a day life! Changing Tides Foundation Website “By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. 91% of plastics are not recycled. 79% of plastic...

ISA collaborates to make the 2016 Fiji World Championship Deep Blue

Deep Blue Event
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Editor's Note: A Deep Blue Event is kind of like LEED certification for buildings- but instead of applying to new construction that is rated based on environmental friendliness, it's a surf event that is held with the least impact on the earth.  According to...

Starboard Trash Picker to Come Standard with Paddles

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Starboard Adds Trash Picking Device to Paddles What an ingenious, simple, clever idea! And another example of how Starboard is leading the way when it comes to helping protect the aquatic environment we all love!! Details from Starboard's Facebook page: "Sometimes it’s the simple things that make...

Cape Cod Great White Sightings Prompt Myriad of Responses

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Cape Cod Shark Sightings Two days ago we posted about a SUP paddler who's board was bitten by a Great White Shark off the coast of Cape Cod.  As news reports indicated, seals were in the vicinity and indeed beach goers had apparently witnessed sharks...

International Coastal Clean Up Day

International Coastal Clean Up Day
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International Coastal Clean Up Day: Pick up trash, maybe win a board! Editor's Note: Starboard is one of the leading board companies working on behalf of environmental sustainability.  So we're passing this along in hopes that when you paddle today, you'll take part in today's International...

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