Outdoor Hero Lizzie Carr is a record breaking standup paddleboarder, and environmentalist who is looking to change the way the world consumes plastic, and save our oceans while we're at it!
Read on to find out more.
Plastic pollution is the single biggest environmental catastrophe affecting our planet today. And the worst part, we’re responsible. Plastic is an entirely manmade material so every single piece you see littering the planet is a direct result of our actions. A staggering 80% of marine debris comes from inland sources – including our canals and rivers. Plastic not only impacts the health and wellbeing of wildlife and marine species, but research has also shown that it’s also filtering up to the human food chain. The consequence? There are huge implications on our own health.
That’s why Lizzie started the #PlasticPatrol initiative, with the mission to combat the global plastic crisis by stopping the problem at its source – in our waterways. This nationwide campaign is cleaning up our canals and rivers of plastic pollution, and engaging with people on the issue through adventure and nature, helping to safeguard our seas for the future.
To find out more about the #PlasticPatrol campaign, click here.
Crossing the Channel
“As the paddleboard rides the water and the blue sky meets blue sea, an expanse of nothingness lies ahead. For the first time, suddenly, I realise I can see no land at all. I felt isolated, alone and devoid of direction. It's 10am and I’m five miles off the English coast. But I’ve got 19 miles still to go, so I dip my paddle into the water and push ahead.”
In 2017, Lizzie became the first woman to standup paddleboard, solo, across the English Channel. It is 24 miles of unpredictable open ocean – strong currents, choppy waters, and relentless winds, all while navigating the busiest shipping lanes in the world.
Yet, this wasn’t just a world-record breaking adventure, there was something bigger at play. Lizzie spent her journey taking water samples and charting pollution that she saw along the way, showing how big the impact of plastic marine debris is – and just why #PlasticPatrol is important.
Although its been around in some form or other for over 3000 years, standup paddleboarding's modern popularity started when surfers in Hawaii began using paddles to propel themselves. Now it's one of the fastest growing watersports in the UK, with people of all ages and abilities enjoying taking to canals, rivers, lakes and coastal waters to for a relaxing paddle.
Not only is it a great way to get outdoors, and experience nature, but it is also a full body workout. A few hours spent on the water can significantly improve your core strength, cardio fitness and balance, with the benefits increasing the harder you work. For a challenge, try SUP yoga.
See below for three of our essential paddleboarding accessories, or check out the full range right now by clicking here.
Excellent protection from the rain, this wide brimmed GORE-TEX® hat is durably waterproof, windproof and breathable, while the water-resistant outer fabric also offers protection from the sun with a UV rating of UPF 50+.
A perfect solution to more tropical expeditions, the Bush Hat is a lightweight cotton canvas style with a floatable 7cm wide brim that can be fastened up on the side. Incredibly breathable with additional venting eyelets to keep your head cool. An included mosquito and midge net packs up into the crown when not needed.
A lightweight bucket style hat with zip-away legionnaire's flap to protect your neck from the sun. The breathable fabric and mesh lining ensures your head stays cool on long hot trips, while the outer fabric is treated to offer a UV rating of UPF 40+.
On Plastic Patrol with Lizzie
World Ocean's Day
A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honour, help protect and conserve the world’s oceans. Given how important our oceans are, it is amazing to think that more isn’t being done to protect them. As Jacques Cousteau – the pioneering marine conservation – said: “water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans”.
Plastic debris is the number one source of pollution in the world’s oceans. It never completely degrades, and instead breaks down into successively smaller pieces that attract more debris. Seen as food by most marine life, and absorbing toxic chemicals from ocean pollution, it poses a significant health risk to a huge variety of sea creatures and to the whole marine ecosystem.According to the Ocean Project: “Plastic pollution poses a threat to human health, kills and harms marine life, damages and alters habitats, and can have substantial negative impacts on local economies.”
That is why the work of Lizzie Carr, looking to tackle the issue from the root of its problem and then lobby the powers that be - through detailed research and analysis to identify trends, hot spots and pressure points - will allow us to make real and immediate change.
Paddleboarding the Length of England
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