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Using Stand Up Paddle to Push Back The Plastic Tide
Episode 3817th July 2020 • SUPfm The International Stand Up Paddle Board Podcast • Simon Hutchinson
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Originally from New York, Christian Shaw paddles out of Santa Cruz, California and is a water-man with a huge focus on stand up paddling. He's a SUP Surfer, whitewater paddler and a competitor at races including the 11 cities...he certainly rolls up his sleeves and gets involved.

After a conference in 2014, Christian and fellow environmentalists were inspired to set up Plastic Tides , an organisation with the goal "to inspire action toward a plastic-free future, through adventure, education and youth empowerment".

It's a noble goal and one that they've been doing extremely effectively.

We discuss how he mixed his anti-plastic ambitions with stand up paddle and how well the sport has served as a platform to deliver the message.

Plastic has some frightening statistics. In 2015 381 million tonnes of plastic was created worldwide, 19.5% of which was recycled, 25.5% incinerated and 55% discarded.

8 million tonnes of plastic finds its way into the ocean every year and there are a ton more statistics here:

Watch the film of Christian's SUP circumnavigation of Bermuda back in 2014

The study results from his trip are posted on this study map

Since Bermuda, there have been many other trips and there are many more to come.

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