Welcome to our collection of the biggest news and stories that have taken place in the SUP world from the previous month. Let's recap what happened in July.
Cal Major - 1000km SUP Around Scotland
Paddleboarding vet completes 1000km round-Scotland ocean challenge ahead of COP26.
Cal Major, a vet, world-record stand up paddleboarder and ocean advocate, has completed a never-done-before 1000km round-Scotland ocean SUP expedition. During the two and a half months it took her to complete the expedition, Cal experienced enormous Orca paddling under and around her board, huge tidal races around Cape Wrath and epic night crossings. She also came across a floating dead humpback whale calf, entangled in fishing gear, suspected to have drowned, and she rescued a gannet with barbed hooks through its feet and body.
Cal was joined by partner, photographer / film maker and fellow ocean advocate, James Appleton, in a kayak who documented the entire journey.
Cal’s message is clear: our ocean is essential for all of us; we need to urgently reconnect to its importance, and to properly protect its ecosystems from harmful human activity and pollution.
Bay Paddle 2021 - 215 Mile SUP Race for Charity
An epic 215 mile, 8 day, staged paddle race to protect the Chesapeake Bay held this August 27 – September 3 2021.
The Chesapeake Bay is a natural treasure and the Bay Paddle’s mission is to help protect it by working with Oyster Recovery Partnership to plant more than 200 million oysters. They also work with the Chesapeake Conservancy to support their efforts to designate the Bay as a National Park.
Crafts of all different disciplines will join the efforts to raise money and race for the fun of experiencing the incredible Bay area.
Brendon Prince - The Long Paddle
Brendon Prince has successfully completed a solo SUP from Lands End to John O’Groats in the UK, a journey of just under 2000km. But his efforts doesn’t stop there as Brendon is aiming to circumnavigate mainland Britain. He is about to pass the 2400km milestone which will make him a world record holder for the longest paddle ever on SUP. No wonder they called it The long Paddle.
Earth Overshoot Day - Are We Screwed?
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2021, it falls on July 29.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but in fact, we can use this knowledge to turn our planet around.
We know it can be overwhelming to think about the various impacts of global ecological overshoot such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and extreme weather events (to name a few). However, living within the means of our planet are not out of reach and there’s tips we can all do to make Earth a better place to live for our future generations.
Overshoot Day have began the countdown to COP26 with their 100 Days of Possibility, highlighting ways for each country, city, or business to ready themselves for a world increasingly defined by overshoot.
Check out some of these solutions here.