All posts in Paddle Against Plastic

It might of started off as a little bit cold, however by the time the 67 paddlers hit the water, the conditions were absolutely perfect, except for the fact there was debris to be cleaned. Courtesy of a grant from Seaworld Research and Rescue Foundation and & Healthy Land & Water, we joined forces with Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee to clean up the area of Bulimba Creek next to Preston Road Park.  We had Read more

The culmination of our Yarra River Blitz was a Paddle Against Plastic event.  These events are growing rapidly in popularity with paddlers of all types invited to come down and help clean up the river.  We find that by creating a ‘Treasure hunt for trash’ people start seeing the real state of the waters they paddle on.  Usually before they participate in one of these events they don’t see as much debris, however when you Read more

For years, I have dreamed of owning a Spinlock PFD as they are the very best inflatable flotation devices on the market.  They are comfortable to wear and have the best reputation on the market. With our new boat ‘Salter’ due to launch in the next week or two, we needed to fit out the boat with all the safety gear and I contacted the crew at Spinlock Australia to see if they could support Read more

Courtesy of a sponsorship from the team at Ocean Addicts, we held a very important Paddle Against Plastic event yesterday out of the Ocean Addicts SUP hire center at Cotton Tree.  Rather than just your simple clean up, this time we had a message to spread, and that was the statistics of how much debris our team pulled out of Sunshine Coast Waterways in 2017. Ocean Addicts made available 40 of their fleet of SUP’s Read more

There are some days that you walk away from an event just shaking your head, and that happened at yesterdays Paddle Against Plastic at Bulimba Creek in Hemmant.  So close to Brisbane city and a major tributary into the Brisbane River, the state of this creek is simply DIABOLICAL.   In the two days leading up to the Paddle Against Plastic event, Mark & Maura Harvey headed out onto the creek in their ‘Canoemaran’ and collected Read more

It’s days like these that make this Crusade all the more rewarding. The Currimundi Lake Community Clean up was part of a sponsorship with Unitywater & Sunshine Coast Region Council.  It was an event designed to get all the local community groups together, along with the community, to clean up Currimundi Lake on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.  In my wildest dreams, the event would turn out like it did. When I first contacted all the local Read more

It’s the little things that will make a huge difference.  Well that’s what I think of regularly and when it comes to Surf Sock, well I reckon they just might have the same motto. For years surfers all over the globe have been using plastic bags to help them get into their wetsuits.  With a plastic bag ban slowly being implemented across the globe, and the surfing industry becoming very conscious of the plastic issue Read more

Our second Paddle Against Plastic on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast was set up to finish cleaning Stumers Creek after a team of 18 paddlers had managed to pull 107kg of debris out back in June.  We had a focus of cleaning up the area closer to the mouth and with the obvious meeting point being at the Off the Leash Dog Beach at the end of Stumers Creek Road, that meant we had access to clean Read more

There are many people I’ve met in life, but few have made as good an impression as Miguel Andagana did on me today. Here in Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, they don’t allow you to put your dinghy ashore so you catch a water taxi in and out from your yacht.  We’re fine with that as it supports the local economy and means we don’t come back to find a sea lion asleep in our tender or Read more

The first thing you think of when you consider paddling in the Northern Territory is the Crocodiles.  When I think back to a mate who kayaked from Cairns to Thursday Island in Queensland, he told me stories of crocs exploding out of the water next to him as they thought he was another croc.  With a bright yellow board, the thought crossed my mind however our destination was inland and at the end of dry season. Having left Read more