Our Story

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Earth In Our Mind & Adventure In Our Heart.

We are a family-owned business and also a huge lover of nature, marine animals and our Earth. We wanted to create a small business that can offer good quality products with affordable prices without breaking the bank account and at the same time put our profit behind and Planet first. 

Our plan is to protect our beautiful Planet and to build a small business that puts the environment first. 


Be sustainable and viable as a business and build a paddleboarding community with likeminded people that include our team at Orca Boards HQ, our brilliant ambassadors and our eco-conscious customers. 

Our slogan is “Ride The Tide Take A Green Side” and our ethos as a new startup too.

We will use the best quality materials keeping our Planet on our minds on every step. 

Use recyclable materials when we can, for our products and be partnered up with Earth and marine lives friendly charities around the World. 

We will use plastic free and paper only packaging which will be fully recyclable. 

We will donate proceeds from each sale to different projects (e.g. Whale and Dolphin Conservation, JUST ONE Tree and Ocean Cleanup) and provide our products to volunteers to help to look after our Planet and work together to restore it. 

With our partner TheLifeofWhales we have raised hundred of pounds and we are continuously raising for different Earth friendly charities every month. 

Be a part of our venture and let’s protect our Home together.

 

Our Team

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Atiqur

Part-time Paddleboarder

and Full-time Avid Whale Nerd.

Paddleboarding: Since 2015, used to make bamboo rafts & ride them as a kid.

Interests: Cetaceans, hiking and talk about climate change. 

Proudest moment: Snorkelling with Orcas and whale watching in California. 

Fun Fact: Used to play Cricket and played professionally. 

Fav band: Massive Attack and Muse.

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Eva

Proud Plant Mom.

Paddleboarding: Since 2017

Interests: Hiking, cooking, travelling and reading.  

Proudest moment: Kayaking middle of the Andaman Sea. 

Fun fact: Did Taekwondo as a kid. 

Fav band: Spice Girls.

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Russell

Still at Uni & Helping When He Can.

Paddleboarding: Not a paddleboarder, more of a football mad at the weekend. 

Interests: Going out, Hiking, travelling. 

Proudest moment: Scored 250 in a Cricket innings (not official). 

Fun fact: Get to asked for ID all the time. 

Fav band: Arctic Monkeys.

 

Our Ambassadors

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Ben

Gosport, Portsmouth

Paddleboarding: Since 2020

Interests: Running, Cycling, swimming,  hiking, camping, triathlete.

Proudest moment: Finishing my first Ironman in Wales in 2018.

Fun fact: Get to fly in a spitfire for my birthday.

Fav band: Michael Bublé & P!nk.

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Dan & Steph

Somerset

Couple behind the Orca_Van.

Paddleboarding: Since 2020

Interests: Wildlife, Homemade products, Natural remedies, Yoga, Marine lives, Football and Coasts. 

Proudest moment: Completing a half marathon in just 2hrs without any training (Steph) passing Firefighter training (Dan). 

Fun fact: Qualified swimming teacher and taught for a while in Australia (Steph) hiked to Everest Base Camp with barely any preparation with a low grade sleeping bag but definitely regretted that after. 

Fav band: Fleetwood Mac & Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

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Ella

Isle of Wight

Paddleboarding: Since 2021

Interests: Crocheting, running, D&D, swimming, drinking tea and Netflix.

Proudest moment: Finishing my medical degree and qualifying as a doctor. 

Fun fact: I have an orange bearded dragon called Mochi!

Fav band: Arinana Grande & BlackPink.

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Hannah

Ayrshire, Scotland

One half of the ScottishSupPals


Paddleboarding: Since summer 2020.

Interests: Hillwalking, snowboarding, camping and van adventures. 

Proudest moment: Qualifying as a radiographer and working for the NHS.

Fun Fact: I was terrified of water until I took up paddleboarding last year.

Fav band: Luke Combs.

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Kareen & Olly

Ayrshire, Scotland

One half of the ScottishSupPals


Paddleboarding: Since 2020.

Interests: Gym, hillwalking and pizza.

Proudest moment: Qualifying as a nurse.

Fun fact: Done a charity bungee jump on my 26th birthday. 

Fav band: Tyler Childers & Lee Brice.

 
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Our Charity Partners

 

JUST ONE TREE

A Forest Restoration Charity

"JUST ONE Tree is a non-profit initiative removing CO2 from the atmosphere and reversing biodiversity loss through global reforestation. They plant trees in areas severely affected by deforestation to maximise the effect on reducing global warming. In the process they help to provide agricultural education and sustainable incomes to local communities.


But they don’t stop there. JUST ONE Tree concentrates on restoring the entire ecosystem by planting on land and in the oceans, and they also focus on helping to shape the next generation of planet-conscious thinkers by bringing environmental education into the classrooms with lesson plans and JUST ONE Tree Day"

We have partnered up with JOT and we have pledged to support their restoration projects. We will plant a tree from each sale. We hope to level up our carbon emission by end of 2022. 

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Whale and Dolphin Conservation

A Marine Conservation Charity

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is the leading global charity dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises .

"We defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face such as commercial whaling, a life in captivity performing tricks for our 'entertainment', unnecessary deaths in fishing nets and pollution in the oceans, including plastic.  We work to protect them through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and education projects all over the world.

Our vision is a world where every whale, dolphin and porpoise is safe and free". 

We will donate 5% of profit to support WDC therefore they can continue to protect whales, dolphins and other marine animals around the world and carry on doing their amazing works. 

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Proudly Supporting

The Ocean CleanUp

Global Ocean CleanUp Charity

"The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing cleanup systems to clean up what is already polluting our oceans and to intercept plastic on its way to the ocean via rivers.

A significant percentage of the plastic that enters the oceans from rivers and other sources during a transfer that can take many years, drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, also known as gyres. Once trapped in a gyre, the plastic will slowly break down into micro plastics and become increasingly easier to mistake for food by sea life".

"The Ocean Cleanup's team consists of more than 90 engineers, researchers, scientists and computational modelers working daily to rid the world's oceans of plastic".

We have pledged to independently support their cause and their mission to reduce ocean plastics and clearing up "Pacific Garbage Patch" and stopping plastics entering into the sea via our waterways. 

**All the images owned by The Ocean CleanUp**

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Proudly Supporting

Sea Shepherd UK

Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose primary mission is to end the destruction of habitats and illegal killing of wildlife around the UK's coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect marine ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities committed against marine wildlife. Sea Shepherd UK also engaging in campaigns to help defend and restore coastal and marine areas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations.

The objectives of Sea Shepherd UK are to conserve and protect the UK’s and the world’s marine ecosystems, habitats and species. Sea Shepherd UK may also engage in conservation activities to protect freshwater habitats and species.The charity endeavours to accomplish these goals through public education, investigation, documentation and, where appropriate (and where legal authority exists under international law or under agreement of national governments) to help enforce violations of international treaties, laws and conventions designated to protect the oceans. All of Sea Shepherd UK’s campaigns to defend marine wildlife or habitats are guided by the United Nations World Charter for Nature or other relevant national or international conservation laws, treaties and regulations.

We have pledged to support and donate to Sea Shepherd on various cleanup projects, such as 'Marine Debris Campaign' & 'Source to Sea' approach. 

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