Aquaplanet is pleased to launch its Paddle to the Moon competition which runs from January to June 2023 and hopes to travel the distance from Earth to the moon within this time frame. The distance from Earth to the Moon comes in at 384.4 million meters, and is a milestone that would be fantastic to achieve by the SUP paddleboard community across the UK.
Whilst this is a big ask for paddleboarders, Aquaplanet says they are launching this competition to also bring togetherness across the paddleboard community, as well as promote health and well-being across paddlers.
So far, the competition has travelled 201,191 meters, with paddlers all across the country coming together to achieve this great start. If everyone participates or increases their time out on the water, the goal of 384.4 million meters can be achieved by the end of June!
Why are they running the competition?
Aquaplanet are also running the competition (as well as the love for SUP paddleboarding!) mainly due to the health and well-being element. Paddle to the Moon will encourage many current paddlers to paddle more, as well as new people to take up the sport. This healthy competition can help people feel happier, beyond paddling itself.
The competition comes at a time when SUP paddleboarding has become one of the ‘highest increases in the participation of all watersports, rising from 502,000 in 2008 to almost 1.4 million in 2018, according to the Watersports Participation Survey’.
Benefits to the competition
There are also many other benefits that will make this competition fun and rewarding, even if the entrant doesn’t win a prize. These can include:
- Healthy competition and making friends across the SUP community.
- Fitness goals, with the ability to lose weight. Entrants can potentially lose up to 400
calories an hour.
- Sleep better. Exercise helps active people fall to sleep quicker as well as increases their quality of sleep, which will be the same for the competition entrants.
- Improving technique through all the extra paddleboarding paddlers will be undertaken. It will help increase confidence too!
- An adventure. The chance to increase SUP paddle boarding time may expose paddlers to exploring new rivers and canals around the area.
How do you enter?
To enter, paddlers will need to track their SUP progress through a tracking app, that can be used on their mobile phones. From here, entrants can upload their progress to Aquaplanet, and then their distance will be added to the overall distance travelled. As you can see, this makes it a joint venture for all entrants.
Are there prizes?
Paddle to the moon offers multiple prizes to entrants. All paddlers that enter will be in with a chance to win a £600 paddle board from Aquaplanet, as well as a prize given every month for the top paddler of the month.
Do you want to get involved but don’t have a paddleboard? Aquaplanet have you sorted, as the UK’s number 1 inflatable SUP board brand they offer many beginner-friendly boards that will kickstart your paddleboarding journey, as well as your paddle to the moon entry.
So what are you waiting for? Join the mission and start paddling here.