PADDLE BOARDING FOR OCEAN CONSERVATION
Two women, two paddles, one island, one dream.
In June 2018 Cat Friend and Valerie Bisbal will be paddle boarding around the Spanish island of Mallorca (often known as Majorca) to raise money and awareness for ocean conservation. This website is about the challenge, the cause and their plans and enables you to follow their progress.
The venture has two objectives:
First to create a new world record in being the first to people on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) to circumnavigate the island. This is no mean feat. Mallorca measures 70km east to west and 100km north to south, providing 555km of coastline. Steep cliffs dominate the north coast of the island and whilst being beautiful in rugged scenery there are few places to land and shelter.
Second to raise funds and awareness for Asociación Ondine who help fund projects to remove plastic and other material in our seas that harm fish, dolphins and other sea creatures and contaminate our beaches. Last year Asociación Ondine removed 2.2 tonnes of rubbish from Mallorca’s beaches and 600m of ghost nets (lost or left fishing net) from the surrounding seas.
Cat and Valerie
Cat (British, 28) and Valerie (Mallorcan, 41) will be paddling by day and camping overnight so finding places to shelter and arranging to pick up provisions makes this into an expedition rather than an excursion. You can read about the plans here.
After meeting in 2017 they formed a bond in their mutual love of the seas and set themselves this challenge. Their concern over polluting the seas and the volume of plastic floating around the shores lead them to want to do more for their island and the Ballearic Sea.
With kit in drybags strapped to their boards the two will camp for the duration – leaving from and paddling back to Port de Soller, on the North of the island. Support vehicles will meet them in certain spots for safety and to replenish supplies.
Come on cheer them on, starting on 1 June, 2018 and at other points along the route.
To show your support for the cause, please donate via the just giving page which can be found here.