// 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 // »
// 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 // »
Jun 7, 2014
Who likes to get barrelled?
World Oceans Day
Jun 6, 2014
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.”
Seawalls: Murals for Oceans – MARSHIAN LANDS – Celeste Byers
Jun 6, 2014
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!
May 17, 2014
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:
// 5 De Mayo Barrel Fest //
May 8, 2014
Diego Santos Bonfiglioli put together this little video that shows us how he celebrated the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, in true Hawaiian style. Among the North Shore festivities were cervezas, burritos, margaritas and muchos tubos… Only thing missing is a few chicas in the line up! We thought it might be something you barrel fiends out there might enjoy!
// Natural Goods //
May 2, 2014
“Natural Goods” is a documentary by director Marco Mucig celebrating the ocean and its connection with nature. It tells the story of Luca Bressan, a designer born by the Dolomites, with the dream of riding the ocean waves. From the first time Luca surfed his first wave he was already dreaming up the idea to shape boards. Boards made entirely out of natural materials, a surfboard made from nature. Solo Surfboards is the project that came out of it: wooden surfboards, built away from the sea and up in the mountains. In a time where everything we do needs to be looked at differently it is refreshing to see people pushing to boundaries of surfing and trying to create something that is sustainable for the future.
// Roman Reel //
Apr 29, 2014
Film maker and photographer Roman Königshofer recently put together a showreel of some of his work from 2009 till early 2014. His work focuses on the great outdoors, adventures and landscapes. He tells us that “Mother nature gives me almost all the inspiration and power needed.”
Roman has a deep passion for travelling and says he can’t wait to travel again, to meet new people, share the love and keep enjoying life.
He hopes this little reel helps to share the stoke and motivates others to get out and explore as well…
// Under the Rainbow //
Apr 27, 2014
The pot of gold is closer that you think…
Photo by Christian McLeod Photography
// Behind The Seen //
Apr 27, 2014
We had a chat with photographer Matthew Shepard who recently put some time in over in the south pacific with film maker Francesco Campello and surfer Matt Rot. Together they created this beautiful film, which not only showcases Matt’s amazing surfing but also tells the story about how the shots were created.
“My photographer friend Shepo and I recently visited a relatively unknown island in the South Pacific, and we wanted to do something a bit different than our normal surf/image/story paradigm. We wanted to show what happens beneath the waves while we surfers are so busy obsessing only about what is happening on the surface. We also wanted to make the photographer part of the story. Typically all you see is pictures or video of athletes, but never shots that show you how the shots were created. So we decided to take the viewer “Behind the Seen” by making the photographer part of the story. We enlisted the help of visiting surfer and aspiring filmmaker Francesco Campello (from Italy), and this is what resulted–our first attempt at a video edit.”
Apr 21, 2014
Diego Santos put some serious time in on the north shore this year. Here is some of the best cut into an epic three minutes… Enjoy
// 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