If you could do good and have a killer time on the water, would you take us up on it? The iRocker team and our awesome clients paddle waterways of every shape and size all over the globe. These bodies of water all have one thing in common — pollution. Sure, the views are beautiful and the sunshine makes the blue water sparkle, but nothing ruins a perfect day of paddle boarding like a floating pile of trash.
When garbage clean up turned into a viral challenge this month, we hopped on board right away. Here’s how the #TrashTag challenge goes — take a ‘before’ picture of a dirty area and an ‘after’ picture showing your hard work. We know you don’t perform good deeds for online attention, but we’re sure you can make an exception for the challenge!
Small Acts Done With Great Love
Yep, you guessed it. They change the world. You don’t need to remove hundreds of pounds of trash to accomplish something important. It can be as simple as a few bottles and some plastic bags.
Breaking news! Serving your community doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Fully inflate your paddle board and head to your closest body of water. Whether it’s the retention pond in your neighborhood or the sprawling Atlantic Ocean, SUPing your way through the #TrashTag Challenge is the best way we know how to give back.
Equip Your iRocker With the Right Gear for the Job
The last thing you want to do is bring a plastic garbage bag with you in the water to remove plastic products from the water. The Cooler Deck Bag is the answer. While it’s normally used to store ice cold beer, it can also serve as a trash receptacle for water clean up.
The bag uses a bungee system to securely attach to the front of your board and uses a sanitary liner that’s easy to clean. Stores cold drinks and aids in ocean cleanup? Win, win.
Another way to make your SUP clean up even easier is to equip your paddle board with the Kayak Conversion Kit. Adding a seat to your iSUP puts your arms as close to the surface as possible, making it easier for you to pick up pieces of trash.
“I bought the kayak bundle for iROCKER with the thought that my wife might get out on the SUP with me once in a while. Once I got the kayak bundle it changed everything. The seat is extremely comfortable for her and mounts easily. The paddle transformation is simple and effective.”
– Duane M., Happy iRocker Customer
Expand the #TrashTag Challenge into a #SUPCleanUp Movement
Be a part of something greater than yourself. We’re all about having a good time out on the water, but sometimes the universe calls us all to do more. There are massive ocean cleanups all over the world and your local swimming hole could use some TLC, too. You don’t need fancy equipment or advanced conservation knowledge to make a difference.
One of the top reasons to use a paddle board instead of a boat or kayak to clean up your beach is the clearance levels you can reach. Paddle through even the shallowest parts of the water to reach trash caught in shrubbery or rocks. You can’t do that with a boat!
Here’s How the Challenge Came About
It started as a way to get millennials off the couch but now involves everyone from Junior to Grandpa. Americans generate 10.5 million tons of plastic every year but only recycle about one-percent. That’s where #TrashTag comes in. When 14-billion pounds of trash is dumped in our ocean every year, it’s time for the citizens to step up.
Snap a pic of the polluted beach before you get to work and take an after shot of the clean coastline. Be sure to use the two trending hashtags — #TrashTag and #SUPCleanUo to join in on the conversation. Who knows, we might just feature you on our Instagram.
Partner With iRocker for the #SUPCleanUP Challenge
SUPers from California to the United Kingdom can all join in on the fun. Get an awesome workout, relax on the water and pick up a few pieces of trash while you’re at it. Grab a few of your friends and head to your local beach for a conservation day accented by a cocktail or two.