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// 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, 2014https://vimeo.com/25563376
“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.
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// 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, 2014https://vimeo.com/75267792
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
// A birds eye view of a Dolphin Stampede //
Mar 4, 2014
Drone footage is popping up left right and centre lately, some good and some bad but this is by far the most amazing footage we have come across…
Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari has recently filmed and edited a 5-minute video that contains some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage ever taken with a drone from the air of a huge mega-pod of thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente.
Enjoy this magical five minutes…
// Protect Paradise //
Feb 28, 2014
“Palm oil is an ingredient in thousands of products we use every day. But palm oil has a dirty secret: forest destruction. Every year, thousands of hectares of Indonesian rainforest and peatlands – some of the most biodiverse regions on the planet – are being destroyed to make way for new palm oil plantations. We don’t have to clear forests for palm oil – solutions exist and some companies are on track to supply clean, responsible palm oil. But we need to take urgent action.
We are calling on companies to guarantee their products are free from forest destruction. Clean, responsible palm oil is possible. Join the movement now, and help to Protect Paradise.”
Head to the link below to join the movement: protectparadise.org
// Keeping Calm //
Feb 28, 2014
“Maybe you were the ocean, when I was just a stone.” Ben Howard
// Escape From Bigfoot Country //
Feb 27, 2014
Enjoy part two of Trevor’s adventures into Bigfoot Country…
“Cascadia’s Bigfoot Country had treated our traveler Trevor Gordon to nothing but fun waves and pleasurable camping experiences. That, however, was before a close encounter with none other than the mythical Bigfoot himself.
Thus, Trevor thought it wise to head back home to Carpinteria, California. But before he left, he availed himself of some deserted waves.”
// The Salt Trail //
Feb 25, 2014
“This is a visual story about splashing some colour into your lives, by opening your eyes, breaking away from the mould and following your dreams. As wave sliders, we are inspired by waves to travel the globe in search of perfect waves but the deeper you look and the further you go, you realise that its not about finding that perfect slide…its about the people you meet and what you find along the way and how these experiences change you deep within.”
Enjoy this trailer to a film soon to be released by Mark Waters, be inspired to explore and get out there, be happy and live life.