Brazil is the fourth largest producer of plastic waste in the world, with around 11.3 million tons. The country is only behind China, India, and the United States. This data comes from WWF Brasil and has been collected in more than 200 countries. The data is alarming, and Surfin Sem Fim and friends decided they could not stand by idly, witnessing the deaths of thousands of marine species.
All photos by Analice Diniz
Athletes, sports enthusiasts, and organizers of Surfin Sem Fim rolled up their sleeves for a joint effort with some people engaged in the environmental cause for a weekend of beach cleaning.
Praia do PreÃ¡ was the chosen beach, also referred to as the mecca of kitesurf, near Jericoacoara in CearÃ¡. The starting point was in front of the Pousada Rancho do Peixe, a place known for hosting kitesurfers from all over the world. The crew spent a few hours walking along the beach identifying various types of litter scattered around the sand. From plastic straws to tires and fishing nets, they recovered objects that take hundreds of years to decompose in nature, and while they remain polluting the beaches, they’re also responsible for the death of dozens of marine species.
The event was attended by journalist and press officer of Surfin Sem Fim, PatrÃcia CalderÃ³n, AndrÃ© Penna, kiter and captain of Surfin Sem Fim, as well as athletes Erick Anderson, JoÃ£o Paulo, JoÃ£o Lucas and EstefÃ¢nia Rosa.
For junior athletes, JoÃ£o Paulo and JoÃ£o Lucas, both 14, participating in such an initiative in defense of marine life was very gratifying. “I am happy and excited to collaborate in the preservation of the oceans,” says Lucas. “I want to take care of the extension of my house, which is the sea,” says JoÃ£o Pedro.
“For Surfin Sem Fim, involving children in environmental awareness is very fulfilling,” says journalist Patricia CalderÃ³n.
Surfin Sem Fim was born from a passion for kitesurfing as a way to explore the world and discover unique experiences. They offer the complete package for a unique and unforgettable journey in the Northeast of Brazil, allowing you to focus 100% on kitesurfing and exploring this incredible place. The Surfin Sem Fim Tribe is inspired by nature, challenge, and passion for the wind and water. Learn more about Surfin Sem Fim from our summer 2018 issue here: https://www.thekiteboarder.com/2018/06/wayfarers-of-the-wind/