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2021 GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark - Day 5

by Gemma Hamaini 11 Sep 16:22 BST 6-11 September 2021
2021 GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark day 5 © Lukas Stiller

The competition remained on hold for Day 5, but the riders were kept occupied with a beach clean, fishing excursion and a host of other beach activities here at the spot in Hvide Sande.

Keeping the spot clean

It's important for the GKA Kite World Tour to encourage positive habits when it comes to our environment and ocean. Today, GKA riders participated in a beach clean-up organized by om-hu.dk. The ocean is our playground, it's our source of inspiration, thrill, and home to millions of Earth's plants and animals. Without the oceans, we wouldn't exist.

Wherever you live, the easiest and most direct way that you can get started is by reducing your own use of single-use plastics. Single-use plastics include plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded. We only have one planet Earth. Let's take care of it.

We also visited a local recycling studio called Omhu. They organise regular beach clean-ups. Here, they collect the plastic fishing crates which are often washed up on the shore after falling off fishing boats. These are taken to their recycling studio where they are shredded, melted, and moulded into surf fins are other objects. These are then sold in their shop as souvenirs from the area.

"Spending time in the outdoors and in nature is so much more enjoyable when there is no trash, "explained Katrine, co-founder of Omhu. "I realised this after spending time outside walking my dog each day, and so we decided to do something about it. Using trash as a resource, and making something amazing with it is what it's all about for us."

Fishing trip

Whilst the event was still on hold several riders decided to take a local fishing trip to discover some of the more traditional activities that Hvide Sande offers.

Matchu Lopes, Capucine Delannoy and Francesco Cappuzzo ventured out with a local fishing crew to see what they could catch!

"It was really nice to go on this fishing excursion," said Francesco. "We went through some really beautiful areas, and stopped to fish at several different spots. I caught one fish, but Capucine did even better and caught four! We released them all. We spent a nice couple of hours in total, and it was great to see a different side of Hvide Sande."

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