‘Byron Bay – The Meeting Place’ is an in-depth documentary that explores the journey of Australia’s most talked about town.
Byron Bay used to be a small sleepy whaling town and has now grown into a melting pot of different cultures, nationalities with millions of visitors each year.
Get to meet the citizens of the sea that have enriched the region’s culture; locals, hippies, surfers, travelers, indigenous folk, and people from all walks of life.
What an amazing shot to post for our 100th submission to Sea Stoke by regular contributor John Kelsey Photography.
In this series John explores the peace and tranquility that he finds in nature, and highlights six different natural environments that are all special to him. The underwater one is our favourite! Be sure to check out more of John’s amazing work.
PangeaSeed in collaboration with 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila, World Art Destinations and Juxtapoz Latin America are pleased share with you the results of Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition. The week-long mural festival took place July 20-28, 2014 on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The mission of Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition is simple: our goal was to raise awareness for the conservation of the ocean and greatly needed protection for the whale sharks and manta rays off the Yucatan peninsula, by means of art and creativity.
For this pioneering project, we collaborated with a select group of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists: Curiot, Saner, Nosego, Shark Toof, Tristan Eaton, Celeste Byers, Meggs, Cinzah Merkens, Tatiana Suárez, Hannah Stouffer, Smithe, Aaron Glasson, Yoh Nagao, Vexta and Pelucas. These artists were given the opportunity to swim with and study whale sharks and oceanic manta rays and experience these majestic giants in their natural environment. Both of these iconic ocean animals are listed as species threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Despite the protection efforts of several countries, these animals are considered highly lucrative for the Asian shark fin trade and the growing mega aquarium trade both adding pressures on their already vulnerable populations. In turn, inspired by their personal animal encounters, the artists created a series of 14 large-scale ocean-themed murals on Isla Mujeres to help educate and raise greatly needed awareness within the local and tourist communities for the plight of these animals and oceans.
All photos by Tre’ Packard / PangeaSeed.org 2014 The murals also highlight the benefits of ecotourism and the long-term sustainability of natural resources. Furthermore, educational workshops engaged local youth to learn more about whale sharks and what they can do to help save our seas. Here is a wicked recap of the festival:
This is some of the most amazing surf footage we have seen in a while. If you have not seen this clip yet be sure to grab a brew and find a nice comfy seat for about 15 minutes. Actually you might want to just stand up a mind surf you way across the lounge room in these ridiculously long barrels. Enjoy.
‘I HAD TO MUCH TOO DREAM LAST NIGHT’ follows the simplistic travels of two surfers, meeting friends along the way, on an open ended journey across an archipelago littered with islands and breaks. Connected by ribbons of tarmac and separated by deep ocean valleys these islands have been here for millennia and will continue to do so for millennia to come. An veritable eden for waves of every nature, from long reeling glassy points breaks to sketchy urchin infested waves in the middle of nowhere
Film will be out May 2014 so stay tuned!
The coral reef that fringes the entire island of Jamaica has been a source of seafood throughout it’s history. Nowadays there is little left, yet, there are many who still rely on this resource for their livelihood. There is one group of people who form an exclusive breed of fishermen, entering into the water to hunt fish with spearguns. Many Jamaicans begin spearfishing as young men looking for an accessible and enjoyable way to make a living. Simply swimming out to the reef from the beach, they shoot whatever they can find and are usually able to catch enough of the tiny, juvenile fish that are left to sustain an exotic but meagre lifestyle.
Very few are able to freedive further than 80 feet, where the larger fish, conch and lobster remain. This has led to a new generation of spearfishermen who use boats and SCUBA gear, or surface compressors, to take them deeper, for longer. Unfortunately, a lack of training and economic necessity means many of these men end up suffering crippling injuries, paralysis or even death from decompression sickness or “the bends”. Discovery Bay Research station runs the only hyperbaric chamber on the island, where they do their best to treat the victims and learn more about the effect of this dangerous activity on human physiology using the limited funds at their disposal. Meanwhile, a network of fish sanctuaries are being set-up around the island as a safe haven to support the dwindling fish stocks and resupply the areas that are used for fishing.
To find out more head to: www.projectmoana.com
‘Double Barrel’ is a surf film that sets out to be far more than just another surf film… While the film will explore the beauty that is surfing, surf travel and the ocean as a group journey deep through Peru, at the same time it seeks to convey the importance of protecting the ocean before it is too late. The ocean feeds and sustains us, but a cocktail of accelerating human stresses is putting its future under catastrophic threat. We need to act now, not just to preserve marine life, but to protect the planet for our children. There must be a balance between the growth and the resources of our planet. Ever aspect of human existence is on the table, and until man kind can accept the fact that we cannot have everything… That our resources are finite and until makind begins to work with the earth and the animals then there can be no happiness for anything.
Peru like so many other parts of the world is threatened by greed and corruption, quick term solutions and the bottom line – how to make as much money as possible. Oil is being sourced all over the coast with little to no concern about the environmental impact that it is having and the communities it affects. One such community is the beautiful town of Lobitos, famous for perfect lefts, sunshine and offshore breeze.
Becoming a surf destination, a far better alternative to the oil industry, Double Barrel aims to follow the dreams of a Peruvian man and his passion to turn Lobitos into one of the first eco-friendly and sustainable surf towns, to create and launch a platform to raise money for a much bigger picture—for northern Peru to move away from the problems associated with the oil industry, which is short lived and spiralling towards and environmental disaster and instead, put the ocean and the waves at the forefront. The aim is to protect such an important asset to human life, one that if done in the right, way will benefit everyone in the community and to embrace surf tourism in the most sustainable and eco friendly way possible, which is a far more long term economy than the short lived one offered by oil and the likes
Angie Takanami is an Australian journalist with a passion for surf and travel. Harold Koechlin is a Peruvian surf guide and big wave chaser who toured Angie around Peru’s north coast on a recent press trip. As they surfed and travelled, Harold expressed his concern about the difficulties of creating sustainable surf tourism with the dominance of the oil industry and numerous environmental issues that strain the region.
Between waves, Harold shared his dream to turn the small surf town of Lobitos into a truly sustainable eco-surf village, and to create the Lobitos Eco Surf Zenter, a sustainable surf tourism business with the ultimate goal of protecting the waves as an infinite natural resource for the next generation, the kids, to enjoy. Inspired by his passion, the land, its people, and the quality of surf, Angie vowed to return to share Harold’s goal with the world, and document his incredible journey.
Northern Peru predominately pumps out world-class left-hand point breaks, from Huanchaco, recently declared a World Surfing Reserve, to the world’s longest left-hand wave Chicama, and right through to the border of Ecuador.
A laid-back fishing village boasting a plethora of sunshine, surf breaks and an addictive friendly vibe, Lobitos should be on the global map as a surfing mecca. Instead, the ocean is dotted with oil platforms and while walking around town you have to avoid oil wells, rigs, pipes and sometimes pools of toxic waste. Outside your bedroom window the night’s mosquitoes, aka oil drills, pump relentlessly.
With a population fewer than 1000 people, in the greater district, Lobitos is trying to revive from a crumbling ghost town to a sustainable surf village. Despite its raw beauty and world-class surf, the town itself is crippled with abandoned buildings, oil drills, dangerous open pits, sewerage and waste management problems, and general poverty.
Fringing the town are oil pipes that cross the sand dunes. Moving north, the coastline and dunes are becoming increasingly threatened with locally dumped rubbish, unmanaged land claiming, and vast oil processing plants.
With the oil already beginning to run out, surf tourism is the town’s only hope for survival. Without sustainability, the waves, and the community of Lobitos, could be completely lost in just one generation.
One day Lobitos will become known as a place to hang and surf, where food and craft is all locally sourced. A place where you can feel comfortable to visit and stay for a period of time knowing your footprint is minimal. A place where everyone is working together. Please show your support to such an amazing project by pledging a few dollars to the kick starter page – without the support this film and The Lobitos Project can not happen…
“Nothing worth achieving has ever yielded to fear, self-conscious restrain or preservation of ego. You’re going to have to die a thousand deaths through failures and disappointments, losses and heartbreak. You’re going to have to lose yourself in the suffocation of the darkness that drowns your being. Once this place becomes comfortable you will realize it is in the darkness where light penetrates. Through the dark waters lights makes itself known. Throw yourself to the wolves with love in your heart and fire in your belly, burning for the world.”
Words by Justin Craigen
Joel Fitzgerald takes us on a journey through the process of creating a surfboard… From shaping, glassing and finning and finally to riding the finished craft. He shares with us his process and vision to how it is all done…
Be sure to check out our feature on him in Issue Four of Sea Stoke also:
In a performance protest against the Australian shark cull and the global slaughter of sharks, a woman dances with swarms of tiger sharks up to 17 feet long without any dive or protective gear. A magically surreal moment – please share and help put an end to humans cruelty toward these beautiful animals.
If you dug the illustration by the exceptionally talented Celeste Byers and Aaron Glasson that appeared in the Science Under Sail article in Issue 5 of Sea Stoke, then be sure to check out their collaboration titled ‘Holy World Triptych’, that fuses their talents to create a cosmic ocean landscape that will have you mesmerised. Take us to this Holy World now…
If you like this, be sure to check out more of their collaborative work here.
Anyone got plans for World Oceans Day this Sunday, June 8th? There are plenty of events taking place all over the globe, so head to www.worldoceansday.org to find out what’s happening near you. Otherwise, gather some friends and pay homage to the sea in whatever way takes your fancy. Below is the amazon poster for World Oceans Day Hawaii put together by the good folk at Pangea Seed. The poster art was created by our good friends Aaron Glasson & Celeste Byers who also featured some their work in Issue Five of Sea Stoke. Spread the good word people. “Together we have the power to protect the ocean.”
Check out this insane mural by our good friend Celest Byers who featured a collab in Issue five of Sea Stoke… Send her some love!
Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a ground-breaking street art project created by PangeaSeed to bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans into streets around the globe. By collaborating with internationally renowned artists, we create large-scale murals that focus attention on pressing environmental issues the oceans are facing.
In collaboration with theri friends at 1xRUN they are embarking on their biggest Sea Walls project yet. Invited are some of today’s biggest names in contemporary street art to join us on our first-ever Sea Walls expedition.
The mission of the expedition is to offer these artists the opportunity to swim with and study endangered whale sharks and oceanic manta rays off the coast of the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico from July 20-28, 2014. Inspired by their interactions with these majestic giants in the wild, the artists will create a series of large-scale public murals on the island to help educate and raise greatly needed awareness within the local and tourist communities for the plight of these animals and the oceans. The murals will also highlight the benefits of ecotourism and long-term sustainability of natural resources.
Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a new approach to ocean conservation, marrying art and activism. The Sea Walls expedition will make a large impact and gain global media attention – with your help.
Head over here to show your support: