The Devil’s Isle Challenge is a two day paddling event organized by Plastic Tides which included a 40 mile race on Saturday [May 28], around Bermuda via SUP, kayak, surf-ski, outrigger canoe, or prone paddle-board.
A Plastic Tides spokesperson said, “On Saturday, 8 solo Stand Up Paddleboarders, 1 solo surf-skier, and 12 relay racers set out to circumnavigate the island of Bermuda – a 40-mile race strewn with exposed coral reef, wind, waves, ocean current and the fierce Bermudian sun.
“Three stand up paddle boarders completed the race with Chase Toogood finishing in 10+ hours and Josette Lata, being the first ever female to complete the circumnavigation.
“America’s Cup Bermuda sailors also performed very well with Anders AG79 Gustafsson completing the race on a surf ski in just over 5 hours — setting a new record for the fastest solo navigation around Bermuda via any paddlecraft.
“Our Plastic Tides Jr. ambassadors Magnus Henneberger and Kayla Markwardt also completed the circumnavigation with a quick security boat lift through the choppy swell beating against the cliffs of Fort St Catherine!
“Sunday, began with a fun 6-mile race. During the day, entertainment included family friendly activities such as SUP limbo, the 365 challenge, a kid’s race and a beach clean-up.
“Since Plastic Tides’ aim is not only to raise awareness about plastic pollution but also to provide solutions, Céline Jennison and Steve S lead a permaculture workshop showcasing sustainable living techniques focused on growing your own food.
“This Plastic-Free event promoted the use of alternatives to plastic such as Gosling’s Rum glass cups at the bar, wooden utensils and bamboo bowls from Butterfield Bermuda, and water refill stations. Next year we’ll have time for some second hand t-shirt block printing and trash art too!
“We thank all the attendees, supporters and volunteers, with a special thanks to our sponsors Keep Bermuda Beautiful [KBB] , Greenrock, Badger Balm, Gosling’s Limited, PwC Bermuda, CellOne Bermuda, Multistrat Re, Mailboxes Unlimited, Elbow Beach Cycles, Surf Sup Bermuda, Makin’ Waves, Runa and Bermuda Tourism.”