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The Greenland Arctic SUP Expedition Starts Soon

A group of 10 paddleboarders from the UK are setting off to the sub-arctic conditions of east Greenland this week. They will leave London’s heat-wave summer behind to undertake an outstanding challenge in one of the remotest places on earth. Their journey will take them 100km up the Sermilik Fjord towards the Helheim Glacier at the top of the Fjord which calves off icebergs and where ice flows directly into the water.

This expedition is part of the ‘Polar Bears and Paddleboards’ project, an initiative which aims to show how versatile the sport of stand-up paddleboarding is and how it can be done anywhere in the world. This expedition was initiated by the founder of London’s only paddleboarding company, Active360.

Here’s what Director Paul Hyman says: “I really wanted to show that paddleboarding isn’t just a beach sport- it’s the world’s fastest growing sport and can be enjoyed all year round on rivers, lakes and on open water – it’s accessible, safe and a great way to keep fit, enjoy the outdoors and see nature at close hand.”

Justin Miles and Charlie Head, who paddled 1000km around the British coast from Lands End to London in 2012, are leading the adventure. Together with the other participants, they will ride on the new Bear Grylls / Coreban inflatable paddleboards which can be packed into a backpack ready to fly.

The ‘Polar Bears and Paddleboards’ aims to:
• Highlight the underuse of the UK waterways for recreational and sporting activities
• Raise awareness of the effect of pollution and litter on waterways and marine wildlife
• Examine the impact of climate change on the Icecaps and local wildlife in Greenland
• Demonstrate the versatility of SUP as a water sport, form of exercise and social activity
• Actively fundraise for and raise awareness of several great charitable causes

You can support the Polar Bears and Paddleboards initiative on kickstarter.com.