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Paddling headlines from around the world


Hawaii bans non-reef friendly sunscreen

Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, signed a bill this week banning the sale and distribution of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Both chemicals have been found to “have significant harmful impacts on Hawaii’s marine environment and residing ecosystems”, according to SB 2571.

“Studies have documented the negative impact of these chemicals on corals and other marine life,” Ige said in a statement. “Our natural environment is fragile, and our own interaction with the earth can have lasting impacts. This new law is just one step toward protecting the health and resiliency of Hawaii’s coral reefs.”

The ban does not go into effect until 2021 and makes Hawaii the first state to enact legislation designed to protect marine ecosystems by banning harmful sunscreens. PaddleXaminer is always on the lookout to identify useful products for our readers. Stay tuned for a list of some reef-friendly sunscreen options and check out the review of one of our favorite reef-friendly sunscreen brands, All Good. For environmentally friendly product options and stories focused on the environment, don’t forget to visit Rebecca Parson’s column, Keep it Green, presented by NSP Surf and SUP.

APP World Tour 2018 kicks off this weekend in London, England

The London SUP Open will bring a mixture of World Championship Tour competition, all access, mass participation and a very complete Urban Beach Lifestyle Festival to the heart of one of the world’s most iconic cities. With racing through the most dramatic city backdrop with landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye coupled with the bulk of the action and festivities at the Royal Docks, the London SUP Open will deliver something for everyone!

The APP World Tour is the Official Professional World Championship Tour for standup paddling (SUP) and is officially sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA). APP’s focus is to showcase the world’s best athletes in major and iconic markets across the globe, while providing unique mass participation opportunities and delivering Urban Beach Lifestyle Festivals that celebrate the sport and its environment through its @citypaddlefestival approach. Delivering live broadcast action from all four corners of the world, highlight content, athlete specials and post produced shows for global network partners (CBS, Fox Sports Australia, Red Bull Media House), the APP World Tour connects the world through sports entertainment and all-inclusive participation.

We’re heading to Outdoor Retailer

I’ll be dropping in at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, Colorado later this month thanks to the generous support from Flagship Consulting. Testing new gear and adventures are key components of PaddleXaminer’s portfolio and I’m excited to see what new products are on tap for the coming year. Stay tuned for regular updates throughout the show on our Instagram feed, from July 22 – July 25th.

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What’s the largest paddlefest in America?

Have you ever wondered what the largest paddlefest in the United States is? Well, the Ohio River Paddlefest has staked its claim to the title and received recognition from the American Canoe Association as the largest paddling event in the nation. Now in its 17th year, the massive paddling event is on track to welcome more than 2,000 paddlers to a nine mile course down the Ohio River through downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

“Paddlefest is one of the most amazing events in the country and we are again proud to be its presenting sponsor,” said Cary Graham, manager of Community Relations at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the event’s presenting sponsor.  “Paddling is such a great activity for both the mind and body and can play a big role in helping to make our region one of the healthiest in the nation.”

“Paddlefest speaks to the heart of our mission by promoting such a healthy and fun outdoor activity for the urban teens we serve. It is our main annual fundraiser and we are so appreciative of the financial support it provides our organization and area youth,” said Kirsten MacDougal, new Executive Director of Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati.

“And it’s more than just a paddling event,” according to Paddlefest founder, Brewster Rhoads. “It’s a pep rally to celebrate the beauty and recreational benefits of the Ohio River while raising funds to get urban teens outside into nature year round.”

If you have a paddle craft and are looking to paddle with a couple thousand other paddlers, mark Saturday, August 4th on your calendar! I know it’s on ours!

Visit the Ohio River Paddlefest website for the complete schedule and how to register.


Paddling stories you may have missed

Anthony Johnson – Tap into the Fire Inside Join Audrey Lee to read her fantastic interview with Anthony Johnson about his passion for paddling. If you’re anywhere near Evanston, Wyoming this weekend, drop in for the E-Town Throw Down and say hello. In the meantime, click here to read Audrey’s story!

Paddling Tip: If it hurts, change it! Paddling is supposed to be fun. Sure, you may get a little sore from time to time, but if you’re experiencing pain and discomfort while paddling, it’s time for some self-reflection and change-up your stroke. Paddling strokes are like gears on a bike, mix it up and find a few that work well for you. Before long you’ll be flying across the water with the greatest of ease. Read more about paddling strokes here!

Protect yourself from the sun! Summer is a great time to be outside, but if you want to enjoy the outdoors for years to come you need to have the right gear to maximize your experience. PaddleXaminer has reviewed ton’s of outdoor gear and a couple of my favorite items for sun protection are Vaikobi’s warm weather gear and my trusty Shelta hat. Read about the benefits of each here and here!


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