Introducing… Easigo Outdoor, Shanghai
Tell us a bit more about your SUP school…
We are a business company named Easigo Outdoor. Our main business is to sell paddleboards to watersports clubs in mainland and supply sup instructors training for these clubs, and we also organize many SUP activities. We are based in Shanghai, which is where we set up the SUPKids school. Shanghai is an international city so there are many foreigners who work here and have family here. We also have many local families who want to try the popular sports. All of the parents want their children to be healthier and get outdoors more, so it is why we set up the SUPKids school here.
What’s your favourite non-SUP related activity in China?
Sailing, biking, windsurfing and snowboarding.
Do you have many problems regarding ocean plastics where you paddle?
To be honest, we don’t have the cleanest ocean in Shanghai. Although Shanghai is a coastal city, the sea is mixed with lots of sand so turns it yellow, which makes us unable to swim or do water sports in it. So instead we paddle in the river and lake. The environment is the biggest problem. We teach every person to clean up the river or lake when they’re paddling to help protect our water.
What is the typical route that you would take if you were about to embark on a micro adventure or SUP adventure?
It is a route from our sailing wharf to the hotel. It’s a 500m route.
How good is China when it comes to recycling?
In many big cities, we separate the garbage. Plastic, paper and glass will be recycled separately.
Tell us what a typical day for you guys looks like…
Every weekend we have customers bring their sup to the lake or river for a day whilst travelling, or if they’re just having fun with friends. More and more customers want to do the sup training course to improve their skills, and lots of people are willing to travel with their sup.
If we were hanging out with you in China, what would we eat post-SUP?
We eat some banana or powerbar after paddling. And when we go to restaurant or home, we eat vegetables, meals and rice. Normally, we go to some villages because the rivers are cleaner than the city. Then we will eat the local food. As you know, China has so many different food and all of them are delicious and healthy.
If you don’t paddle in the winter, what other activities do you get up to?
Snowboard and diving.
We know that you love the ocean are are super passionate about taking care of it, what types of activities do you get up to in order to keep your oceans clean and protected?
Personally, I use very little plastic things. I always take a reusable water bottle with me and don’t use plastic straws when I eat in restaurants. When I paddle in the river and on the lake, if I see trash, I will pick it up.
If we were to visit China, what would be your top 3 recommendations ?
Hainan, Dalian and Qingdao.