Like a Kid in a Candy Store

It was a gray, rainy and cold (for May) morning when I headed down to Riverbend Park to enjoy the paddling demo hosted by Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe (and a great array of paddleboards). Also I wanted to catch up with Trevor who was hosting the Starboard tent.

In spite of the weather there were plenty of people out on the water and chatting with Trevor. He enthusiastically shared insights on “welded rail technology” and the beauty of having a “double chamber” inflatable. People with every range of skill set were discovering just the board for their summer fun!

As for me – there she was. The Starboard Inflatable 12’6″ x 30″ Touring Zen stand up paddle board delivers a balanced glide experience and premium features that have made Starboard’s Touring paddle boards become the world’s highest-rated by magazines and customers’ favorite worldwide.

If you care about the environment you’ll be happy to know that Starboard is a certified B Corp. And as Trevor shared with us all, Starboard works hard to insure their boards are manufactured and delivers as a 10X carbon net positive product.

How can they do that? For each board sold, mangroves are planted. A team is tasked with collecting plastic for re-use for each board sold. Collected fishing nets and plastic bottles are recycled into board bags and fins. Starboard’s commitment to plastic offset is nothing less than earth-changing. Learn all about it here.

And while a consistent habit of picking up plastic from our favorite beaches and waters may seem like it has a small impact – each of of consistently doing what we can not only makes a difference but it inspires others.



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