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Hurricane Florence Aftermath: Want to Help?

Hurricane Flo is still with us Hurricane Florence maybe a memory for most now but not to the folks in Eastern North Carolina still cleaning up after the devastation.  It will be some time before our coastal communities are back to some semblance of "normal." ...

Stay out of the water until we get water testing results and the go-ahead

We are waiting for results from water quality testing in North and South Carolina. Anyone who has been affected by Florence floodwaters should remain out of the water until they get the green light. The Floodwaters and runoff will have tons of pathogens (bacteria,...

Hawaii to ban sale of reef-damaging sunscreens by 2021

Hawaii has passed legislation to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two coral-harming chemicals—oxybenzone and octinoxate. Senate Bill 2571, introduced by state Sen. Mike Gabbard (D, Kapolei- Makakilo), prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawaii. This bill was...

JOIN STARBOARD IN CHANGING TIDES FOUNDATION’S #PLASTICSWEARJAR CHALLENGE

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Join us in an effort to reconsider how much single-use plastic you are using in your day a day life! Changing Tides Foundation Website “By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. 91% of plastics are not recycled. 79% of plastic...

A Stellar Encounter: Paddlers and One Big Sea Lion

Sea Lions in the PNW
Sea Lions in the PNW In the Pacific Northwest, sea lions can get big. Really big. This weekend, Estelle Matheson and Troy Nebekker had an encounter with one of the larger males that hangs out near Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound near Seattle.  Here;s how...

Paddlers in San Diego defend water access

We got an alert from Wade Williford in San Diego asking us for help in spreading the news about a development that has a direct effect on their paddle world. The Bahia Resort & Hotel/ Bill Evans (hotel owner for the Bahia, The Catamaran...

Stories We Love: Another Wildlife Rescue Via Sup

SUP Rescue of An Entrapped GooseSUP Rescue of An Entrapped Goose
SUP Rescue of An Entrapped Goose Editor’s Note: Even in an urban aquatic environment like what you find in the tidal basins around Washington, D.C. you can have wildlife encounters.  Our friend Veronica Lee’s recent experience with a Canada Goose, caught in fishing line underscores...

Gear Review: Sailcloth Bags from Sailbags Maui and Mafia Bags

Repurposing Materials: Sailcloth and Sustainability One of my new favorite things is gear bags made of recycled, or rather repurposed sail cloth from a couple of our “sister sports” - windsurfing and kiteboarding.  Sails and kites can rip, and when they do, apparently, they are pretty...

Stories We Love: Offering a Helping Hand

Editor’s Note: We reposted this here with Dottie Hodges’ permission. Many of us see herons all the time and have special connections to them. Good on, ya Dottie and friends. Photos by Adam Boothby   Saving a Heron Anyone who knows me knows my habit of talking...

Op-Ed: Protecting our Public Lands and Waters

Public Lands, Public Waters “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Āina i ka Pono” That is the Hawaii state motto, and translated, it means "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness." As I sit here on Maui, looking at the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow...

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