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3000 Kilometer SUP Journey on the Ganges River

When standup paddlers look for a new river to descend, India’s Ganges River is not the first to come to mind. For that matter, this meandering waterway probably doesn’t come to mind at all and for one very good reason–pollution. This river–which serves as the main source of water for over 500 million people–is among the most polluted in the entire world.

Recently, three friends banded together to bring some much needed awareness to this environmental and humanitarian crisis. Starting at the river’s source in the Himalayas, the trio standup paddled down the entire river–more than 1800 miles–until they reached its outlet at the Bay of Bengal. The journey took them 101 days and brought them face-to-face with the realities of the river.

They spent time with people who rely the Ganges for survival, reveled in the beauty of the river’s virgin sections, and witnessed the massive pollution that is threatening to suffocate this lifeblood of India. With 2.9 billion gallons of pollution–sewage, chemicals, trash and plastics–going into the river on any given day, the issue is becoming critical.

The group documented their journey and is now sharing their expedition with world. They hope their experience will raise awareness about pollution in the Ganges. It’s just another example of standup paddlers using our sport to make a positive difference in the world. Check out their video above to learn more about this epic journey.