Our international team of riders have been doing beach cleans for years, getting together with friends, fellow kiteboarders and locals in destinations worldwide, making a tangible difference to the spot. Acknowledging the power of our platform, rider network and influential personalities we decided to make something official.
On May 1st 2019, there was a unity of the global Duotone community in aid of #cleanbeachday. It was the first ever official event of this nature for us and it kickstarted an initiative that we hope will continue for years to come. The response was incredibly positive and a rewarding experience, igniting community spirit and providing an educational experience for all, including the next generation.
“I hit the road and joined Duotone UK for a few days, connecting with the national community and numerous kiteboarding hubs across the country as they took action in supporting the international #cleanbeachday. Through the power of sport and community spirit we can make a difference.“
“Our beach clean took place at Off The Hook Kiteboarding located in Belmont Shores of Long Beach California. We had a modest showing of seven local kiters, but that didn't stop us from collecting several containers full of trash. Of the items picked up we found shoes, large plastic bins, two coolers, and tons of single use plastic. Unfortunately our beach has never been known for its cleanliness, but after our efforts we would like to change this stigma. Starting on Saturday May 18th, Off The Hook will run a beach clean on the second Saturday of every month this season. We believe this once a month effort will create a daily habit of cleaning amongst all of those who participate. Let's keep our oceans and beaches clean, so we can enjoy them for years to come!”
"The #cleanbeachday coincided with the dealer meeting and there were lots of families with kids around too. This was really nice to see. The majority of waste we collected was just your standard plastics. Plastic water bottles, yogurt pots, bags etc. The Italian community really seemed to care about the spot and we had a really good turn out with good vibes all around. After this positive experience, I hope there will be more beach cleans in the future. Us riders at Duotone have been doing beach cleans unofficially for many years and we will continue to do so. Thanks to everyone involved and thanks to Duotone for supporting this."
“There was 45knts of Levante wind on the day of the beach clean so the official gathering at the ION club was cancelled. Everyone was so eager to do it and got together later on in the afternoon at the town beach, Balneario. Tarifa has a huge kiteboarding community and it was great to have local legend Jaime Herraiz along with Aaron Hadlow and Lewis Crathern all there doing their bit.”