Stuart Murray SUP paddles the entire Sydney basin


Stuart Murray paddles the entire Sydney basin
Rosalyn Lawrence, Monday, 24 March 2014

Stuart Murray completed a world first, by stand up paddling around the entire Sydney basin, all in the name of raising awareness to help protect marine environments.

On the 2nd March Stuart Murray set out from Narrabeen on a world first 350km SUP journey around the Sydney basin, that also included a 50km portage.

Murray's journey finished on March 16th, where he started. After paddling from Narrabeen to Penrith Murray walked to Liverpool, dragging the board on wheels behind him, before paddling on the George's River back to the cost again. 

Murray's adventure was in support of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, of the Tangaroa Blue Foundation. Murray documented pollution hotspots along his way, and insitgated clean up activities with local schools and communities. 

'we are putting more marine debris into the ocean than we are cleaning up'

'We need leaders to look at this issue now. I have noticed parts of Sydney that have turned their backs on the water at their door step'

'I saw plastic piling up in parks adjoining rivers and spilling through the storm water into the rivers and creeks. I observed syringes with needles and computer monitors floating by'

At 50, Murray is nine times Australian and New Zealand Stand up Paddle Champion. He started out as a surf coach, before changing to SUP because of its more inclusive nature.  

In 2008 he was the first person to complete the 111km Hawkesbury Classic on a stand up paddleboard.