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Issue Five
// TREEDOM // CAPTURING THE WILD // HAPPY TO BE INDIGENOUS // OFFLINING // RYAN LOVELACE // OYSTER REVOLUTION // OPERATION RELENTLESS // WITH WHATEVER I COULD FIT ON A BICYCLE // GOOD BREW CO // LYNCH PINS // WASHED ASHORE // SCIENCE UNDER SAIL // NORTHERN GREASE // NUDE YOUR FOOD // SWIMMING HOLE // NIGHTLIFE // WALK THE PLANK // IMMUNE SYSTEM TRAVEL ESSENTIALS // RECIPE FOR CHANGE // GOOD GRITS // »
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Issue Four
// The Latitude Project // There's More To The Picture // Not One To Be Singled Out // Submerged Serenity // Salt Water Medicine // Jolly Rogers // Ode To The Reef // From Hendonesia With Love // Sea Changer // Lines Of Wisdom // Arc Of Visibility // The Wave With Undies // Good Grits // The Sea And Me // »
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Issue Three
// Conrad Comer // Beyond The Veil // Jean Paul Molyneux // 3 Faces of Shea // Smile // Coral Reefs And Fishing in Kenya // Megan Palmer // A Faith Beyond Ability // Board Men // What The Sea Gives Me // A Liquid Future // Sorry // Unlock Your Body // Nut Balls // The Sea And Me // »
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// 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.

Film: JeremyKoreski.com and ErinFeinblatt.com
Direction/Edit: IanDurkin.com
Score: Nathan Bardeen
Made Possible by Teva.com

// 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…

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// 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:
http://linahayes.com/

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// 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.

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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

winter_light_jaider_lozano_sea_stokeThe days are short
The sun a spark
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.
~John Updike.
Photograph by Jaider Lozano
http://www.jaiderlozano.com/

// 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.

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// 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

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// Those Days //
Feb 3, 2014

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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. 

Photograph by Bryce Johnson Photography
http://www.brycejohnson.com/

// A Pleasurable Experience //
Feb 1, 2014

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The title pretty much says it all in this film by Donnie Hedden & Cyrus Cutton from Korduroy TV, when they embark on a 4 day California road trip to get some waves during January 2014’s run of clean surf.  Enjoy and get out there…

 

// 7500 km of extraordinary experiences to see the ocean for the first time //
Feb 1, 2014

Imagine living 7500 km from the nearest beach at the furthest point from the sea on earth.  In the Ozoosotoyn Elisen Desert, on Xinjiang’s country in China, the closest human settlement is in an area known as Bulin.  Its people have never seen the sea, they don’t know what it is like as the geographic barrier is far to great.

Discover the exhilarating journey of seven neighbours of Bulin, the closest village to the Pole of Inaccessibility of Eurasia, as they spend 11 days travelling to see the ocean for the first time in their lives.  An inspiring film that makes us really appreciate what we have and what we don’t have.

// Go Slow //
Jan 31, 2014

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We are feeling a little chuffed to have reached 5000 fans and wanted to thank each and everyone one of you for the massive support over the past year and a bit of Sea Stoke’s existence. We thought it would a perfect time to share this amazing photograph by our good friend Christian McLeod Photography which for us sparked the notion to remember to enjoy the things around you. Go Slow. We will leave you with this quote:

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast-you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” 
–Eddie Cantor

// Stop Shark Cull T-shirts – Nick Pont //
Jan 30, 2014

It is one thing to share a photo on Facebook and battle it out in a comment section about issues facing us today, but it is another thing to really get behind a cause and support it all the way through to the end.

Nick Pont decided to do just this by creating beautiful one of a kind t-shirts in response to the recent Shark Cull in Western Australia.  He aims to do his part in reversing this horrible decision by donating all profit from the sale of No Shark Cull T-shirts to a charity aligned with stopping this madness. We had a quick chat with Nick about what he is doing.

Tell us a little about how you are trying to raise awareness about the shark culling happening in Western Australia?

I am trying to raise awareness through creating hand painted t-shirts that become walking statements when they are worn. Although this is only a small one-person project, I hope that by seeing someone using their time and skills to try and make a difference will inspire people to find their own way to assist with issues they are passionate about.

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How has the response been so far?

So far my project has had a positive response on social media and I am anticipating the shirts will create further awareness once they are out and about.

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We love the idea of wearing a piece of art that speaks to the world about important issues going on.  Has your art always been inspired by the ocean?

The ocean and the way we interact with it has always been a part of my imagery. When someone views my work for the first time, I hope they can relate to the strange image they have just encountered. The ‘No Shark Cull’ series pivots between the fact that we are swimming peacefully with sharks more often than we would like to think, and the way various people, the media and communities have reacted to shark attacks.

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To grab one of these awesome t-shirts that not only look amazing but are are also going towards helping our sharks which are being killed for no reason.  Spread the good word people & head to www.nickpont.bigcartel.com Nick is painting a fresh batch as I type so you will have to be quick – keep eyes his site!

// The California Project – Sea Stoke Adventure #1 //
Jan 30, 2014

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We are stoked to introduce a new area to our blog under Sea Stoke Adventures, where we will be featuring photographic journeys from all around the world.  The first adventure is from Mexican photographer Alejandra Romo, who this summer explored the beautiful California in black and white.  Here are some of her fantastic images from her adventure.

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To follow more of Ale’s work head here.

To see more of the California Vision Project head here.

If you have an adventure you would like to share hit us up anytime.

// Stop The WA Shark Culling //
Jan 29, 2014

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It’s sadly ironic that the country that prides itself on the ‘fair go’ is showing the world how appallingly unjust we really are. We’re sure you probably aware of the recent law that came into effect in Western Australia, in which state premier Colin Barnett announced $6.5 million will be spent towards the ‘shark mitigation strategy’ in which  sharks will be killed when they enter trapping zones, a plan that shark specialists believe to be ineffective, based on similar strategies previously carried out in other countries.
This legislation is an absolute farce, given that great whites are an endangered threatened and PROTECTED species under federal and commonwealth law, yet somehow the WA government has conveniently been exempt this act.
Baited hooks are used to capture the sharks, which means they’ll be left to suffer painfully until they’re killed. This is completely inhumane and has prompted justifiable outrage from conservationists and animal rights activists. Sea Shepherd’s managing director Jeff Hansen posed a valid question, “How can we condemn Japan for the indiscriminate killing of whales and dolphins, and do this to our precious protected marine life here in Australia?”
A recent poll showed some 83% of Australians were opposed to the strategy and so are we! If you haven’t already signed the petition to express your opposition to the shark mitigation strategy, please take a moment out of your day to let the WA premier know your stance. Who knows where this issue is going, but collectively trying to make a difference and putting pressure on the WA government is better than all of us sitting around doing nothing at all. For centuries, petitions have been instrumental in successfully overriding injustices, so there’s no reason why we can’t make a difference to the future of sharks.

We’ve included links to a couple of worthy petitions for you to sign, each of which will probably take around 30 seconds to complete, so please be sure to pass them on to your friends, family and colleagues to sign, so we can attempt to revoke this abhorrent legislation.

Greenpeace

Change.org

Marine Conservation Society

You can also head here to find out where you can take part in one of the Sea Shepherd rallies on the 1st of February.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

// Rights //
Jan 27, 2014


Who likes to go right?  I do! So does Luke Davis.
Clips by. Chris Papaleo and Noah Alani