Message on a Bottle

Record attempt to cross the North Sea on a kite-foil board from Scheveningen (NL) to Lowestoft (GB). The surfboard was made from small plastic bottles. The expedition marked the start of a petition that called for the implementation of deposit fee on small PET bottles.

A record attempt

On the 3rd of September 2016 the Plastic Soup Surfer and board shaper Hoogendijk set of to cross the North Sea on kite-foil board made from plastic bottles. The 190km crossing marked the start of a petition that called for the implementation of deposit fee on small PET bottles of which 75 million are littered in the Netherlands on a yearly basis.

( This petition got signed by nearly 60 thousand people and was presented in parliament in February 2017.)

The crossing proved a bigger challenge than expected due to changing weather conditions, current and sea state

The rough crossing

A short 11 minute video of the record attempt crossing that marked the kick-off to the petition. (Director Eelke Dekker)

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