Saturday 18th January 2020, saw kiteboard enthusiasts gather on Lantau Island at Long Coast Seasports on Cheung Sha beach, for the inaugural event of Kitesurf for a Cleaner Ocean.
Kitesurf for a Cleaner Ocean has been set up with the aim to help raise funds to support ocean recovery projects and innovations. To do this, Kitesurf for a Cleaner Ocean has partnered with the Hong Kong and California based charity, Ocean Recovery Alliance that has been battling the ocean plastics problem for the past 10 years.
"風箏衝浪保育海洋為” 旨在幫助籌集資金支持 Ocean Recovery Alliance 項目和創新科技。 為此，Ocean Recovery Alliance 致力於清潔海洋，是一個香港和加利福尼亞的慈善機構，該聯盟在過去十年中一直在與海洋塑料問題作鬥爭。
Hillian, having successfully made her own personal challenge in March 2019, to kite from Hong Kong to Macau, raising local awareness of the ocean plastic issue and launching Kitesurf for a Cleaner Ocean. Saturday’s event saw the next step in the mission take place, as a core of local kiteboarders and volunteers gathered at Cheung Sha beach to mark the first fundraising event. It is hoped that this will be the first of many such events and the foundation of Kitesurf for a Cleaner Ocean as a future international movement.
Unfortunately, in the end, the forecast wind did not put in its promised appearance. However, spirits were not dampened as ‘Plan B’ was put into operation and the kiters took to the water on stand-up paddleboards instead. In the end, the important element was to raise money for the ocean and although paddling is not the favourite watersport for some, 12 challengers gritted their teeth and took on the 2-hour paddle endurance course, completing a total of 139 laps to keep their sponsorship pledges.
不幸的是，最終，預報的風並未達到其預期的樂觀。 但是，我們的精神並沒有因此而消退，並進行了 “ B計劃” 以立式槳板落水。 重要的是為海洋籌集資金，儘管划槳可說不是某些人的首選，但 12 名挑戰者咬緊牙關，參加了 2 小時的划槳耐力賽，一共完成 139 圈以保持籌款承諾。
As well as the challengers successfully raising over $90,000 HKD, it was also a good learning curve for Kitesurf for a Cleaner Ocean, as the combination of wind or paddle power will ensure they can always achieve their challenge and fundraising event goals. It also opens the future potential of a broader watersports involvement, as the ocean’s recovery will surely need as much support as it can get.
挑戰者們成功籌集了超過90,000港幣的資金，對於風箏衝浪來說，這也是一個不錯的學習機會，因為若能夠把風箏衝浪以及划槳運動結合地進行將確保不論怎麼樣的天氣狀況，我們也能夠實現挑戰和籌款活動的目標。 這也提供了擴大包括其他水上運動一同參與的未來潛力可能，因為保育海洋不是風箏衝浪玩家的專利，這個海洋需要改善的多的是， 不管何方何道也可以出一分力。
Alongside this, the event also demonstrated the wider concerns for the ocean, as a community of support from around Hong Kong came together to make the challenge a reality and a great beach-day out for everyone. Kitesurf for a Cleaner Ocean would like to thanks all of its donors and volunteers along with the Ocean Recovery Alliance, Long Coast Seasports, The Floatstudio, Manaimpact, the crew from Race for Water and The Gallery for all their support in helping to make the first ocean fundraiser a complete success.
除此之外，這次活動若沒有來自香港各方社區聚首一堂的支持是不可能實現的。 每一位當天出席的人都度過了一個很實在的一天，這一活動也表明了人們對海洋的廣泛關注。 為了更清潔海洋而進行的風箏衝浪活動需要感謝所有的捐助者和志願者，以及Ocean Recovery Alliance，浪高長岸，長洲遊艇，Manaimpact，Race for Water 和 The Gallery Bar & Restaurant 的工作人員所做的一切支持。 海洋籌款活動取得圓滿成功。