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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

After the success of the inaugural Paddle Against Plastic mission from the Whitsundays to Mackay, a group of 4 visited Fraser Island.  We took a couple of the Naish Boards in the hope we could find a few cool spots to paddle.  What we found was nothing short of stunning, both in a good way and a bad way. Annika and I flew from Airlie to Brisbane to meet up with some friends whilst Kath and Haydon Read more

The 2012 Naish Paddle Against Plastic was run over the weekend to raise awareness of the issues plastics pose to our environment and to our own health.  The final course saw the paddlers leave Airlie Beach at 2pm on Friday heading to Hamilton Island.  Then Saturday the major mission to paddle to Mackay Harbor, a massive distance of 50nm. Friday came and the weather forecast of no wind was amiss.  The 4 paddlers were confronted Read more

The original plan for the Naish Paddle Against Plastic was to paddle from Mackay to Airlie Beach on a southerly however with the long range forecast predicting northerly winds, a change has been forced upon us as there is no way any of us 4 paddlers want to battle into the wind for the entire duration. In addition to the winds, the main support for the paddle has come from Hamilton Island in the form of Read more

When we first launched our Paddle Against Plastic campign, it came about due to the desire to get our education system out to more people, particularly local primary schools.  Just like our campaign, what started as a little effort is turning out to be much more than I expected.  I never imagined Ocean Crusaders would amount to what it is today, a world-wide educational program.  But I’m happy to see it develop into everything it Read more

WHEN:              SATURDAY 29th September 2012 WHERE:           Mackay Harbour to Airlie Beach Lagoon WHAT:              4 Local Airlie Beach Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board riders will paddle from Mackay to Airlie Beach, a distance of 120km (65nm) to raise awareness of the challenges our oceans are facing courtesy of plastic. WHO:               Ian Thomson – Founder Ocean Crusaders and world record holder of fastest solo monohull circumnavigation of Australia (Sailing – Set in June 2010), Luke & Tristram Mairs – Owners of iSail Read more