Glide for Freedom – Teaser
French waterwoman Sarah Hébert has been on a SUP adventure of a life time paddling. Paddling on the Amazon, meeting the people of the river and listening to their sad story’s about how the construction of seven dams will effect their lives forever.
Sarah told SUPboarder:
“I travel the world to discover the flora and fauna, but also to meet new cultures. Those who welcomed me on the banks of the Rio Tapajos have not left me. I spent twenty days immeresed in the heart of the Amazon with my Stand Up Paddleboard to help my friend Gil, a member of the Munduruku tribe.. Gil is also an accomplished windsurfer. There are not many in this sport especially along the longest river in the world, a dozen at most. It is by chance four years ago that I met this joyful Brazilian in my Brazilian competition campaign. Since then, the sixth world economic power went to the next level in terms of energy production. PAC 2 (acceleration growth program) is back in force with more than 48 projects of dams on the Amazon basin. The river which is native Gil is now threatened by the construction of seven dams. So I decided to head west to understand what the connection is between the Munduruku Indians and their river.
I arrived by Stand Up on my expedition over water. In the communities I was greeted by hoards of children curious to see my strange boat! After several hours of rowing I was happy to find this warm welcome and took the opportunity to freshen up along with the children in water. I had a lot of fun watching these young Brazilians have fun on my board, in a hammock, on the small canoe, with me or on the beach. Nights were rich in sound. How can I forget the roaring cries of howler monkeys and thousands of crickets all playing a different part. Here biodiversity is everywhere – from the smallest insect to the largest mammal.
As I was going up the river to Itaituba, the opinions of the people was so interesting. They were aware of the damage that dams can cause, and despair seemed to dominate their outrage. The stakes seem so huge and far away for those men who have only the television and electricity to understand the modern world.
I have been on many trips but this one is really difficult to summarize. I come out rich and at the same time sad to see that every little bit of green on this planet is threatened. We often talk about protecting the biodiversity of fauna and flora. What about that of humanity when most of the minorities and indigenous people are threatened?
What I saw, I suggest you discover an extract with this teaser. I will broadcast soon all the images on my youtube channel: Sarah HEBERT TV.”