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// Trouble In Paradise //
Apr 16, 2014Photo by Matt Hannon
Like most surfers, Matt Hannon was initially drawn to the Mentawai islands of Indonesia by the lure of the perfect waves that consistently unload along the beautiful tropical islands, the warm water and amazing food. It didn’t take him long though to discover that there was much more than just surfing that made this place so special. He also discovered an impending problem that threatens all that he and so many other love about the place.
“I ended up staying for quite a few years and working on a range of things, from surf-guiding on charter boats and resorts to programme design with Surfaid International, punctuated by periods of vagabonding about the simple villages and hidden reefs.”
Matt recalls one of the first places he was lucky enough to stay was deep in the rainforests of Siberut Island, where he was introduced to the local community, as well as some of its animal inhabitants.
“I’ll never forget as a wide-eyed 22 year-old, watching in fear as one of the village women’s Malarial fever became so intense and convulsive, that the Sikerei (shamans) were called for from the neighbouring village. Longhaired, loin-clothed silhouettes arrived late into the night, paddling up-river in a dugout canoe under the warm moonlight. Bells jingled and their reassuring mantras bounced off the water. The chanting continued as they made their way to the sick lady’s hut to sing, dance and heal.”
Over time Matt learned about the culture, language and environment and has on return created this film that pays respect to all three.
“My intentions by making it are to give a digital voice to the obvious and resonating protest in Mentawai.”
There is plenty of talk these days about the issue of palm oil and the continued havoc that is being wreaked by deforestation of lush rainforest habitats in those countries affected, particularly Indonesia and Malaysia—islands with the most biodiverse tropical forests found on Earth.
As you can see from this video, the social and environmental implications of unsustainable palm oil production is dire. The rainforests and everything they provide is not only of great significance to the people for food and medicinal purposes, but to the countless animals that inhabit these areas. The already highly endangered orangutans of Indonesia and Borneo are predicted to be extinct within 20 years at the current rate of palm oil production, but we can all do our part to prevent this from happening.
Matt says that to his knowledge, many areas within Mentawai have in 2014, managed to deter the palm oil companies, whilst other villages are still in negotiations. “Other villages still have relinquished traditional titles of the land, and have consequently been locked into development concessions that render the land in question ‘State owned’.”
Palm oil is a hidden ingredient in food products. You have the right to know if palm oil is contained in the products you buy because of the environmental and social impacts of its production.
What can I do?
It can be very difficult for consumers to find palm oil free products without lots of research into which brands and products are safe to purchase.
Voting with our wallets is one of the best methods for forcing change within the market. Obviously we need to ensure that products are labeled correctly to aid us in making the best choices for the environment.
You can sign this direct letter which targets your local representative and asks that palm oil be labelled on Aussie supermarket shelves – You are more powerful than you think! Send an email expressing your concern today.
To learn more please visit - palmoilaction.org.au/
Please also share this link to as many people as you can…
// Lost in the Dream //
Apr 10, 2014
“Forever is composed of nows.”
― Emily Dickinson
Photo by Chris McConville
// Slow Life //
Apr 8, 2014
Words cannot describe the magnificence of this short film that he hopes will raise awareness of the devastating impact humans have had on marine life.. PhD student Daniel Stoupin spent nine months capturing the ethereal world of reefs and sponge, using macro photography to take over 150,000 which he then put together to make this stunning 3 minute film.
// Slomo: THe Man Who Skated Right Off the Grid //
Apr 6, 2014
Here is a beautiful and inspiring film about a man named Dr. John Kitchin who left his ‘normal’ and ‘successful’ a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He began to realise money brought him nothing but stress and possessions, when he discovered the simple joys of skating his life completely changed, for the better. A very powerful message in this film to really do what you want to do with your life… Do what feels good and don’t look back. Thank you Slomo…
// Golden Lines //
Apr 4, 2014
Golden Lines by Mason Mashon
// Water – Morgan Maassen //
Apr 1, 2014
This is a pretty amazing slice into what Morgan Maassen describes as “A brief odyssey into the world that i cherish most.” One that I am sure if you are reading this you can relate to as well… A truly magical perspective on the ocean all filmed in Tahiti. Enjoy
// Shared Stoke //
Mar 28, 2014
Photo by Nico Beighton thetypewriterboy
// Beyond The Surface //
Mar 27, 2014
We’ve been looking forward to seeing this film for awhile and the trailer they’ve released puts out a pretty good vibe for what this film is about. The gorgeous Ishita Malaviya, (India’s first female surfer), is joined by a bunch of equally standout ladies as they travel throughout Southern India to highlight the ways in which surfing, yoga, ecological creativity are bringing stoke, hope and change to local people and beyond.
More than just another surf film, Beyond The Surface uses the stunning Indian backdrop to touch upon issues of eco-tourism, youth and women’s empowerment and personal growth. In a country like India where women are often seen to have the submissive roles in society, it’s nice to see Ishita subverting this role and becoming a true role model who’s on a mission to inspire other young, female Indians to experience the joy of surfing.
No release date set at this point, but the film is going to be making the tour circuit soon, with details you can check out here.
// MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre //
Mar 17, 2014
“MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre is a short film by Chris Jordan. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding.”
The feature film MIDWAY is currently in post-production and expected to premiere in early 2014.
For more information:
// Def Tapes – Wade Goodall & Friends //
Mar 12, 2014
Heres a tidy collection of some amazing surfing cut to some equally tasty music (sometimes a rare thing these days)… Sit back relax and enjoy this film by the lads over at Runamuk Visuals.
// Indonesian Dreaming //
Mar 11, 2014
Indonesian Dreaming – Sea Stoke Adventures #2
Photography by Nico Beighton – Surf Photography by Brooke Lingard
“Sweat lines your brow while the sound of car horns fills the air. Everything is masked with a thin layer of dust. The oceans rise and fall rocks you to sleep. As hours pass you learn to ignore the ship’s shaking and moaning as it collides with each ocean swell. At times the air chills your bones. Darting in and out of streams of cars you realize you living amidst organized chaos.”
To check out more of Nico’s work head to thetypewriterboy.com
// Cactus Eyes //
Mar 11, 2014
Mexican magic by Mason Mashon
// Rainbow Pipes //
Mar 7, 2014
There is no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but something just as good.
Photograph by Steve Arklay Photography
// Chasing Swells //
Mar 7, 2014
This is a solid compilation of Dean Bowen chasing some of the biggest and memorable swells from over the world in the past few years.
// Coastal wanderings can uncover alien like gems //
Mar 6, 2014
The shorelines of the world can be like a treasure hunt if you look carefully. Sea stars, urchins, crabs and fish, not to mention the 1000s of types of seaweeds, but for me, the biggest thrill I get is from a little creature who is excellent at ‘hide and seek’.
How many times have you seen an octopus? If you spend a lot of time at the beach, probably a handful of times, possibly more if you are really looking for them. The octopus is easily one of my favourite animals in the world. What other creatures other than cephalopods (head and foot animal) have mastered camouflage like this family? Octopus, cuttle and squid can all change the colour and texture of their skin in a fraction of a second, and have evolved to use this in a few ways including hunting and hiding.
I have worked as an Outdoor and Environmental Educator for 20 years, while moonlighting as a musician and photographer. My current job is based next to the sea in Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia. I spend a great deal of the working week with school students on the beach looking for marine flora and fauna while beach combing, rock pooling and snorkelling, and often on the weekends I cob the rock pools with my daughter. Over that period I have been lucky enough to see a number of cephalopods and evidence of them such as squid eggs and pens, or vast quantities of cuttle bone washed up on shore.
In early February this year on a rock pool ramble with some students I was lucky enough to encounter this little beauty. And what a beauty she was! The southern blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa) is, in my opinion, stunningly beautiful and amazing to witness in its habitat. One of the smaller octopuses to grace our shores with an approximate maximum size of an adult hand, these guys have developed a slightly different approach to defence. Evolution has led the Blue Ring to have a few interesting things. They don’t have the capability to squirt ink, but to compensate for that, they have a very powerful neuro toxin that can kill humans very quickly, or neutralise prey and other creatures that may be trying to eat it. However, we rarely hear of people being bitten by them so many people are naive to the danger. Being a very small nocturnal animal and a master of camouflage, blue ringed octopuses are not often seen, but they are there. In fact, various species (4 in total) can be found on every shore on our Pacific and Indian Ocean shore lines throughout Australasia. If you are lucky enough to witness one in its habitat, it will probably be showing off its beautiful blue coloured rings, which are a very loud and clear warning to beware. Who needs ink when you can kill a human with one little nip? In reality, these octopuses are no more aggressive towards humans than any other octopus and would much rather go back to bed than deal with you! It is highly likely that if you see one out in the day time swimming in a rock pool or washed up on shore that it is at the end of its very short life. Most octopuses (and their cousins) only live for a year. So, next time the surf is flat or you are simply over the crowd factor like me, change tack and go for a walk on our shores and explore the rock pools. Just remember this, you should always be able to see where your fingertips are. Don’t go sticking your hands under rocks or ledges where you can’t see, its not worth the risk! Oh, and don’t forget the camera, cause if you see one, there is no guarantee you will ever see one again!
Words and photography by Tim Henshall