05/03/20

High Five : SeventyOne Percent x Paddle-paddle

Every 5th of the month, SeventyOne Percent is happy to introduce you to an association, an initiative, a person who is committed and working for a better world. In March, zoom on Paddle-paddle and its creator, Mathieu Maugret.

Paddle-paddle, what is it?

A broken board, a worn leash up to the rope, a boardshort that you no longer use... If rather than throwing these objects away, you entrusted them to Paddle-paddle ? This association collects and repairs boards and surfing equipment in France in order to give them to those in need all around the world. The concept is simple and makes things happen :

  • First, on a social level, by enabling girls and boys to benefit from the advantages that sport brings both physically and mentally. Through surfing and thanks to local actors, Paddle-paddle also promotes the importance of education and culture (painting, music, photography...)

  • Secondly, from an environmental point of view, by recycling materials which are not always easy to reuse and which all too often become additional waste. Young surfers are also directly educated about protecting the environment by the association.

Since 2018, Paddle-paddle has already visited Indonesia, Morocco and Colombia.

Why does SeventyOne Percent support Paddle-paddle ?

The path of SeventyOne Percent and Paddle-paddle crossed for the first time ... on a freelance recruitment platform ! Raphaël Vannier, one of the co-founders of the brand, was looking for an editor to create content for 71. Lucky moment for Mathieu Maugret, who combines his passion for surfing and the protection of the environment in his association. Common values to those that SeventyOne Percent strives to respect every day in the creation of its sunscreens and cosmetic products.

High Five : SeventyOne Percent x Paddle-paddle

Meeting with Mathieu Maugret, the founder of Paddle-paddle :

What makes you get up every morning?

Mathieu Maugret : With Paddle-paddle we collect, repair and give surfboards to people who need them. Even beyond the association's struggle, which is to use surfing to think about the future, this project is a concentrate of everything that can make me get up in the morning. My passion for surfing already, but also my desire to have a real social and environmental impact beneficial to the greatest number. My freelance writing job, which I really like, also helps me every day for Paddle-paddle. When I devoted myself to this project, I just had the impression of living my life in the best possible way, as Paddle-paddle brings together everything that I love in life. Besides, it's for a good cause.

What action are you most proud of ?

Mathieu Maugret : Our mission in Colombia. It was epic from an organization point of view, and a total success. We brought ten boards to a project called Costeño Social, which offers school-style lessons and not only, to children in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. English, maths, theater, cooking, chess, yoga, they are young people in their thirties who improvise themselves teachers and they do an incredible job. Among their students there are ten surfers, the first generation in this area. In addition to bringing them boards, we organized several activities, from surfing to art, over three days. Painting on boards, beach cleaning, talks about plastic pollution in the world, murals on the theme of water, rescue games... It was great, but it was the fallout after our visit that I preferred. 

With Costeño Social we took the time to explain to young people that the surf culture is a fantastic reservoir of opportunities. Many super cool professions revolve around surfing, which are not only reserved for great surfers. Final Assessment: Costeño Social built its own surf school, and trains in English those who wish to do so. In this relatively touristy area, they have already set up a training program for the surf instructor profession. They can always count on us to continue to bring them material and develop their school.

What is the gesture that everyone can do ?

Mathieu Maugret : So far we are funding the vast majority of missions out of our pocket, but even if we accept them with immense joy, I don't feel like saying “financial donations are the best thing to do” . I would rather talk about material donation and engagement on social networks. Without our Instagram account or our Facebook page, Paddle-Paddle would not collect much. We depend entirely on our small community to collect funds and we assume that the more it grows, the more we can develop. Beyond donations, accumulating followers and generating commitment are points that matter enormously for an association in 2020. A committed community can change everything. It isn’t directly a question of money, but rather to simply follow our adventures and show us your support. It's simple and effective at the same time! The proof is it allowed us to collect more than fifty boards and carry out four missions in one year. We don’t need much.

 

Thanks to Mathieu Maugret for answering our questions.

To find out more, visit the Paddle-paddle website !

05/03/20

High Five : SeventyOne Percent x Paddle-paddle

 High Five : SeventyOne Percent x Paddle-paddle

Every 5th of the month, SeventyOne Percent is happy to introduce you to an association, an initiative, a person who is committed and working for a better world. In March, zoom on Paddle-paddle and its creator, Mathieu Maugret.

Paddle-paddle, what is it?

A broken board, a worn leash up to the rope, a boardshort that you no longer use... If rather than throwing these objects away, you entrusted them to Paddle-paddle ? This association collects and repairs boards and surfing equipment in France in order to give them to those in need all around the world. The concept is simple and makes things happen :

  • First, on a social level, by enabling girls and boys to benefit from the advantages that sport brings both physically and mentally. Through surfing and thanks to local actors, Paddle-paddle also promotes the importance of education and culture (painting, music, photography...)

  • Secondly, from an environmental point of view, by recycling materials which are not always easy to reuse and which all too often become additional waste. Young surfers are also directly educated about protecting the environment by the association.

Since 2018, Paddle-paddle has already visited Indonesia, Morocco and Colombia.

Why does SeventyOne Percent support Paddle-paddle ?

The path of SeventyOne Percent and Paddle-paddle crossed for the first time ... on a freelance recruitment platform ! Raphaël Vannier, one of the co-founders of the brand, was looking for an editor to create content for 71. Lucky moment for Mathieu Maugret, who combines his passion for surfing and the protection of the environment in his association. Common values to those that SeventyOne Percent strives to respect every day in the creation of its sunscreens and cosmetic products.

High Five : SeventyOne Percent x Paddle-paddle

Meeting with Mathieu Maugret, the founder of Paddle-paddle :

What makes you get up every morning?

Mathieu Maugret : With Paddle-paddle we collect, repair and give surfboards to people who need them. Even beyond the association's struggle, which is to use surfing to think about the future, this project is a concentrate of everything that can make me get up in the morning. My passion for surfing already, but also my desire to have a real social and environmental impact beneficial to the greatest number. My freelance writing job, which I really like, also helps me every day for Paddle-paddle. When I devoted myself to this project, I just had the impression of living my life in the best possible way, as Paddle-paddle brings together everything that I love in life. Besides, it's for a good cause.

What action are you most proud of ?

Mathieu Maugret : Our mission in Colombia. It was epic from an organization point of view, and a total success. We brought ten boards to a project called Costeño Social, which offers school-style lessons and not only, to children in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. English, maths, theater, cooking, chess, yoga, they are young people in their thirties who improvise themselves teachers and they do an incredible job. Among their students there are ten surfers, the first generation in this area. In addition to bringing them boards, we organized several activities, from surfing to art, over three days. Painting on boards, beach cleaning, talks about plastic pollution in the world, murals on the theme of water, rescue games... It was great, but it was the fallout after our visit that I preferred. 

With Costeño Social we took the time to explain to young people that the surf culture is a fantastic reservoir of opportunities. Many super cool professions revolve around surfing, which are not only reserved for great surfers. Final Assessment: Costeño Social built its own surf school, and trains in English those who wish to do so. In this relatively touristy area, they have already set up a training program for the surf instructor profession. They can always count on us to continue to bring them material and develop their school.

What is the gesture that everyone can do ?

Mathieu Maugret : So far we are funding the vast majority of missions out of our pocket, but even if we accept them with immense joy, I don't feel like saying “financial donations are the best thing to do” . I would rather talk about material donation and engagement on social networks. Without our Instagram account or our Facebook page, Paddle-Paddle would not collect much. We depend entirely on our small community to collect funds and we assume that the more it grows, the more we can develop. Beyond donations, accumulating followers and generating commitment are points that matter enormously for an association in 2020. A committed community can change everything. It isn’t directly a question of money, but rather to simply follow our adventures and show us your support. It's simple and effective at the same time! The proof is it allowed us to collect more than fifty boards and carry out four missions in one year. We don’t need much.

 

Thanks to Mathieu Maugret for answering our questions.

To find out more, visit the Paddle-paddle website !