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// Get Out There //
Feb 23, 2014https://vimeo.com/68969551
“When asked what freedom is to us, we’ll probably say nothing. No thoughts, no doubts, no fears, no pressure, no self reflection. A positive emptiness.”
A film by Jan Eric Euler
// Midnight Magic //
Feb 21, 2014
“The day, water, sun, moon, night – I do not have to purchase these things with money.” – Plautus
Photo by John Kelsey Photography
// Ocean Acidification //
Feb 20, 2014
“Ocean acidification is probably the most important issue on the planet today,” says Revolution director Rob Stewart and it is also the largest environmental issue threatening the world.
The oceans are what regulate our climate, our atmospheric chemistry and the levels of carbon in the air. More than 50% of our oxygen we breathe is produced by the ocean, by plants known as phytoplankton.
Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. An estimated 30–40% of the carbon dioxide released by humans into the atmosphere dissolves into oceans, rivers and lakes. Since the Industrial Revolution, massive quantities of carbon dioxide pollution and carbonic acid have been released into the atmosphere and are being absorbed by oceans. This in turn dissolves the shells of marine organisms, having the most harmful effect on the coral reefs, which are vital for other species survival as they are used for spawning, homes for their offspring and feeding. With the coral reefs dying this could lead to a massive extinction across the entire ocean life.
Change needs to begin now before it is too late. We need to reduce our carbon footprint and pressure our government to create strict emissions laws. Some food for thought next time you fill up your car. Maybe try riding to work, or at least sharing your vehicle with others… Make shopping lists and do one big shop a week instead of driving to the store for milk. The end goal would be to stop the burning of fossil fuels all together but until then conscious decisions need to be made by everyone who cares about our ocean, and the future of the world.
// Trail Therapy //
Feb 18, 2014
On a road trip through the Californian desert last Christmas, Cyrus Sutton met a man by the name of Steve Fugate. A man whom in 1999, lost his son to suicide and only a few years later his daughter to a drug overdose. At sixty-four years old, he has walked across the United States seven times to raise awareness for depression and suicide and to inspire people he meets to “love life.” Fourteen years on and 34,000 miles of walking later, Steve continues his quest to heal his heart and the hearts of those in need.
An inspirational story, beautifully told my Cyrus. Spread the good word and be sure to send your thoughts to Steve. He gets stoked on a Facebook message, something he feels connects us all and helps spread his word.
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// Over the Hill – Mason Mashon //
Feb 16, 2014
Stoked to introduce Canadian photographer Mason Mashon who calls the mountains of Whistler, BC home, but any chance he gets he is ocean bound. He has some mind blowing work and a newly launched website – so be sure to check him out:
// Monster and Sea //
Feb 14, 2014
“Cancer is a crazy thing. When you hear the word it is sort of like talking underwater. I didn’t know what to do and as a husband – when you are supposed to stand in the gap and take the punch for your wife – it is a helpless feeling. My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and then right on the heals of that she was diagnosed with lymphoma.
There was a week of time where words like terminal and poor prognosis became part of our conversations. Needless to say, life comes into focus very quickly. Our world ground to a halt but nothing else stops. Work, commitments, bills. It all just keeps rolling along.
I am a graphic designer by trade and sitting in meetings listening to people have heated discussions about the size of their logo or the difference between plain water and spritzer. Made my head numb.
Paddling has been my safe place through all of this. One morning I was in the middle of the lake. Just floating. Too wore out to do much else. Looking around listening to sound the water makes — How can I use the skills that I have to do something for good — was the question I couldn’t get out of my head.
Monster & Sea came to life. A brand that offers hope and inspiration. A brand that gives back and a brand that people are proud to be associated with.
”Go because you can” is the hope and inspiration.
10% of every sale is the the give back to help families dealing with cancer.
If we can write one check that helps one family deal with the chaos that cancer brings – then Monster & Sea is successful.
If we can inspire others to want to participate, give back and live by example — then we are all successful.
My wife is the strongest person I know. She went through terror and facing her own mortality with faith, grace and composure. She is out the other side for now and doing well. Humbling to say the least and she embodies everything that Monster and Sea is – Troy Nebeker
Support an amazing cause by heading to www.monsterandsea.com
// The Conditioned //
Feb 13, 2014
“Damned is the man who abandons himself.” Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho
These six words show that the worse the situation is, never ever should a man consider it lost.
The following is truly magical tale, one to inspire, to give hope and to show the importance of the arts and creativity in our world and the power it has for every single one of us.
“Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was homeless in São Paulo, Brazil, for nearly 35 years, and became locally known for sitting in the same spot and writing every day. In April 2011, he was befriended by a young woman named Shalla Monteiro. Impressed by his poetry and wanting to help him with his dream of publishing a book, she created a Facebook Page to feature Raimundo’s writing. Neither could have expected what happened next.”https://vimeo.com/85667492
See more about Raimundo and his poetry head here.
// BIGFOOT COUNTRY: The Adventures of Woody and the Blue Ox //
Feb 13, 2014
After building his own truck-bed camper from scratch in Carpinteria, California, Trevor Gordon embarked on a mission to find surf and adventure in the heart of Cascadia’s Bigfoot Country.
// Do what you really love //
Feb 12, 2014
A simple but important philosophy to live your life by. Join Kepa Acero as he takes us on his love of surfing in a journey through West Africa…
// Motion //
Feb 12, 2014
“Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.” H. P. Lovecraft
Stoked to introduce Lina Hayes Photography. A self taught photographer from the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia, with her photograph titled ‘Motion’.
To check out more of her work head to:
// Sign Painters //
Feb 11, 2014
A big part of Sea Stoke is the bringing together of artists and illustrators. A celebration of all things created by hand. We feel there has been a disconnect over the years with the introduction of technologies, influencing design not only in its aesthetic form but also in its application. While our publication at this stage is online – we felt the web was being left out in terms of a hand touch, a human element that is not always perfect.
We just came across this fantastic trailer for a film that explores the world of the sign painter. A world which there was once a time, as recently as the 1980’s when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry started shifting to a cheaper faster mind set. With the introduction of technological advances, resulting in computer designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and the ink-jet printer, sign painters were no longer in demand as they once were. However in recent years there has been a shift back to the old ways as design and signs began to all resemble one another, the cheaper faster option began to look just that, cheap and fast. Here is a glimpse into the wonderful world of hand lettered signs.
// Winter Light //
Feb 8, 2014
// Black & Blue //
Feb 6, 2014
Black&Blue is a short film by Eugenio Barcelloni, exploring the relationship between the environmental issues, nature, culture and surf on the Indonesian island of Bali. Eugenio says that as a surfer he wishes to preserve his daily habitat from landfills, massive constructions and all other contamination, and believes the whole community needs to get involved in order to save the island from its increasing problems. A beautiful film that highlights problems that are happening not just in Bali but all over the world.
// Fish Out Of Water //
Feb 5, 2014
Surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding are unique in that they allow total freedom and creativity It’s all about taking different lines, creating your own style and doing what feels good for you. We love seeing the people who create our boards doing the same by creating their own lines in the form of shapes and curves. Not being scared to try something different, something that might seem a little strange or backward. In order to progress these are the types of things that need to happen. This video by Signal Snowboards got me pretty excited… Enjoy
// Those Days //
Feb 3, 2014
It is the days like this that make all the early mornings, long drives, flat spells, bad winds, broken boards, having to work, should have been here earlier and what ever else, all worth while. These are the days we remember. Savour these moments and remember how lucky we all are to be able to enjoy the ocean. Stay Stoked.