In 2012, GONDOLIN KLUB –the first SUP club in Europe– started GARBIBAI as the first world clean up river race in stand up paddle along the Urumea river in Donostia/San Sebastian (DSS), Basque Country.
Its name came from the fusion of three basque words: “garbi” (clean) “ibai” (river) and “bai” (yes).
A year later, antipodes café suggested to the organiser, to make a twist in this unique sport initiative by including strategical stages of “SHOWING” and “REUSING”. In addition, all collected objects should from then on be called “treasures”, and the project should include a participative and accumulative communication.
The resulting diversion of the existent river, included many subtile and notorious situations, as for example:
– an urban intervention using all collected treasures in front of the City Hall,
– a workshop at an art space with a subsequent exhibition in a commerce information centre,
– a competition on how to stick their posters with a special “GARBIBAI tape” that also could be use to dance cheek to cheek during a celebration after the race,
– the creation of a mascot (kktua) for kids workshops…
and many more details…
and this project evolved day by day, edition by edition in its inevitable progress of many people giving their best, until the river enter into its mouth, where its sweet waters encounter with those salty ones.
Core activities of GARBIBAI, since first edition, took part of a massive festival called OLATU TALKA. Celebrating that town as European Capital of Culture in 2016, year the organisation quit GARBIBAI.
This was one of the nicest project we were involved, thousand stories we accumulate in our hearts, and livers.