Plastic Bottle SUP Marathon
Carlos and Carolyn paddled 12 marathons in 12 countries in Europe on a Plastic Bottle SUP
to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean
Taking ACTION to bring about CHANGE
On World Ocean’s Day – 8th June 2017 Carlos and Carolyn, co-founders of The Whale Company became the first people in the world to paddle a marathon on a SUP (stand up paddleboard) made of plastic bottles to raise awareness of the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean – a global threat that has reached alarming proportions – by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (World Economic Forum) – the equivalent of one rubbish-truck load every minute!
Carolyn and Carlos are passionate about sport and protecting the environment. In 2017 they built their first paddleboard out of plastic bottles and paddled their way across Europe, completing 12 marathons in 12 different countries.
They completed their first marathon on 8th June, on La Dordogne River in France from Saint Julien de Lampon to Saint Cyprien. It was a spectacular route in stunning weather conditions and they completed the 26.2 mile/ 42.2 km course in 6 hours 45minutes (paddle-time) taking it in turns on their bottle board and the Explorace 12’6 SUP board kindly donated by Itiwit by Decathlon. They went on to complete a total of 12 marathons in challenging conditions on rivers, reservoirs, lakes, the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Aegean Seas – in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovia and Montenegro. They averaged approximately 4km an hour on the bottle board (the bottles create drag which make the board significantly slower than an ordinary board). The longest paddle-time was 12 1/2 hours through the Drina Canyon in Bosnia & Herzegovina (where they actually completed 60km) and the shortest was 6 hours 35 minutes on the Danube in Bulgaria.
8 June 2017
6 hours 45 mins
18 Sept 2017
12 hours 30 mins
24 June 2017
Together we can achieve more
ITIWIT by Decathlon kindly donated one of the new 12’6 Explorace SUP boards to accompany the plastic bottle board on the marathon as a support board. Carlos and Carolyn took it in turns to paddle the bottle board and the Itiwit board.