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Your correspondent wandered down to the final afternoon of the Manly Festival of Surfing to catch the celebrity challenge. The weather was not kind and Huey was in one of his moods. Of course the pros are used to making the best of marginal conditions and despite the unobliging weather, there were a fair few folk on hand to watch.
As usual it was a revelation to watch just how much speed these folks were able to extract from the utterly gutless junk. Tom Carroll was particularly impressive. No matter how weak the wave, he somehow managed to steadily build up his speed so he was in a position to do something if the wave so much as offered a foot of clean face. Damien Hardman and Layne weren’t more than a few tenths of a percent behind in this department. Occy showed that he still has it as well, but the waves in his heat were few and far between, so we only got one or two flashes from the master.
That said, he still has the kind of 1000 watt personality that pulls the crowds. At the same time he seemed to genuinely get a kick out of the groms who shyly edged up to request an autograph.
Anyway, here are a few snaps…
Local Colour, Surf culture, Top stories.
RealSurf’s Don and Shari joined a hardy band of surfers in the paddleout at Manly beach to kick off the Manly Festival of Surfing. It was a pretty ordinary sort of afternoon weatherwise, but the vibe was cheerful and the ocean obliging. Here are a few snaps of the paddleout…
At the conclusion of the formal opening ceremony, small bottles of ocean water from around Australia were poured into a wooden bowl. These were carried down the Corso to the beach and, somewhat miraculously, paddled out to the circle of surfers bobbing about a hundred metres or so off the beach.
Environment, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf News, Top stories.
Over 270 souls turned out to pay respect to the beaches and sea at Surfrider Foundation’s Northern Beaches inaugural annual fundraiser, proving that quite a few of us do indeed respect the fact we all use the same ocean.
Bridging the brief gap between Layne’s annual WCT contribution and the upcoming Manly Festival of Surfing, the event netted an astounding and much needed $16,500, the sum of which goes to Surfrider Foundation Australia, who takes it to the beach in action that runs the gamut from lobbying to preserve surf breaks to beach rubbish clean-ups.
Officially, Surfrider advises it’s a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Australia’s oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, which essentially translates to: a group of people who surf and are keen to give back to something that was given to them. They’re a staggeringly small group and yes, there’s plenty of room for more.
If you missed the festivities this year, don’t in 2010. Think: Tim Bonython films on the big screen, Northern Beaches’ doyenne of funny Wendy Harmer on the mike, Ozzy Wright and the boys (now 5 strong—again) running through Goons Of Doom riffs that got the crowd moving. And prizes partygoers really, really wanted to win. (Just ask supporter Althea who bid for and scored a trip to the Maldives.) Not to mention some notable names in both politics and surfing who also turned up at the Wharf Bar Hotel to show their support.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Surfrider Foundation Australia General Manager Kristy Theissling. “The support and contribution that the Northern Beaches locals gave, both businesses and individuals, was very encouraging. It really shows how much preserving and protecting our beaches means to the community. The crew behind this event all put in long, hard voluntary hours that resulted in a fantastic outcome. We consider the evening a great success and already are looking forward to next year’s.”
A Surfrider membership can be anyone’s for as little as $45 by visiting at www.surfrider.org.au or stopping by their booth at A Day at the Park in Cronulla on 14 November.
Ph: 0404 617 563
Awesome sponsors of auction and raffle prizes for “We All Use The Same Ocean” are: Aloha, Coastalwatch, Dripping Wet, EcoDepot, FCS, Line Up, Mambo, Music Shed, Nada Witkamp,
RealSurf, Riley Classic Balsa Surfboards, Rip Curl, Skater HQ, Solid Racks, Southern Ocean Adventures, Sprout Daily, Sydney North Surf School, Surf Stitch, The Green Grouper, Volcom, Whitewater, Wicks, Wind Surf and Snow, Your Food Coach and of course the Wharf Bar in Manly for the use of their amazing venue.
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Manly is definitely no stranger to surfboard displays. But take a walk around town from now until 9 November and you’ll see some pretty unusual looking ones in the windows of local shops and restaurants.
These surfboards have been painted and sculpted by some of the best local artists and will be out on display for you to enjoy throughout the Manly Festival of Surfing.
Then, they’ll go into hiding until Monday, 30 November. That night, the Global Surf Industries will host a live auction at the Steyne Hotel and all proceeds will go to the Disabled Surfers Association and Surfaid.
Global Surf Industries, once again, shows their big heart. This is the second year that they have pioneered this event and donated the 30 free surfboards for artists to paint and sculpt.
To place a silent bid, check them out and make your bid at our on-line gallery!
OR attend the final live auction on Monday 30 November at The Steyne Hotel.
On-line bidding closes 4pm (est) Monday 30 November.
Bids can only be trumped in person at the Live Auction Event:
Level 2, The Steyne Hotel, 75 The Corso Manly
6pm Monday 30 November
Here’s a link to the official Manly Festival of Surfing web site:
See them all in the on-line gallery!
Environment, Good causes, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf politics, Top stories.
The Transparentsea team passes Point Plomer
(Tuesday, October 20th, Crescent Head, NSW, Australia): After 19 days of surfing, paddling and sailing their way down the NSW coast, the environmental awareness group led by pro surfer Dave Rastovich has successfully passed the halfway point of their intended 700km, 36 day voyage from Byron Bay to Sydney’s Bondi Beach.
Titled “Transparentsea” the initiative, which began on October 1st, aims to draw attention to the plight of the migrating humpback whales as the team follows their path south and to highlight issues of environmental concern to do with Australia’s East Coast.
Speaking from Point Plomer near Crescent Head on Day 20, Rastovich acknowledged the numerous, unforgettable whale and dolphin encounters his team had experienced. However, the alarming amount of debris that has been located and collected at the various locations the team has visited is a concern.
“At times, adult humpback whales and their calves have chosen to surface two feet away from our kayaks, which has just been amazing,” explained Rastovich.
“We’ve also camped in some of the most beautiful beachside campgrounds and surfed those beaches, but picked up hundreds and hundreds pieces of plastic and rubbish in places that look ‘Good from far, but are far from good’,” he added.
Rastovich, who says his team is on track to reach Bondi by the planned date of November 5th, also urged everyone who shared the vision of the Transparentsea environmental awareness initiative to support the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founded by anti-whaling activist Paul Watson.
Rastovich noted that the Sea Shepherd is the only organisation planning to send a vessel to help defend the whales in the Southern Ocean sanctuary from Japanese whalers in December. While Watson has been a focus of the media after Australian Immigration denied his entry based on issues to do with his visa.
“It has been very disappointing to learn that the Australian Government recently obstructed Paul Watson’s entry to Australia, rather than welcoming him as a great defender of the whales,” said Rastovich.
“Instead of upholding their pre election promise to challenge Japanese whaling in international court and to protect the Southern Ocean sanctuary, the Australian Government appears to have turned their back on the whales that are once again under threat.”
It’s anticipated that dozens of surfers and well wishers will welcome the Transparentsea voyagers, which includes Rastovich, fellow surfer, artist and activist Chris Del Moro (San Diego, CA, USA), musician Will Conner (Byron Bay, NSW), photographer Hilton Dawe (Byron Bay, NSW), a support team and special guests, when they negotiate the last few hundred metres from the sea to the shore at Bondi Beach on November 5th.
For more info, please see the links below, or contact:
Media contact: [email protected]
Mobile: +61 (0) 421 384 431
The primary intention of the Transparentsea journey is to draw attention to the plight of the migrating whales that ultimately are destined for the chilly waters of the Southern Ocean and the inevitable visits by Japanese whaling fleets.
In addition, the Transparentsea team will record and highlight other areas of environmental concern including the effects of the commercial fishing industry on marine mammals and fish stocks; run-off issues to do with agricultural, domestic and industrial human activities; the state of rivers and estuaries; and where necessary they will also initiate beach clean-ups.
An additional kayak is available for media and special guests. Please contact [email protected]
Transparentsea is possible thanks the support of Surfrider Foundation, Surfers for Cetaceans, Billabong, Go Pro Water Proof Cameras and Fast Lane Sailing (CA, USA).
www.SurfersForCetaceans.com <http://www.SurfersForCetaceans.com> , www.seashepherd.org <http://www.seashepherd.org> , www.surfrider.org.au <http://www.surfrider.org.au> , www.oceancare.org.au <http://www.oceancare.org.au> . www.RemoveSharkNets.com <http://www.RemoveSharkNets.com> , www.SaveJapanDolphins.org <http://www.SaveJapanDolphins.org> , www.TheCoveMovie.com <http://www.TheCoveMovie.com> ,
Dave Rastovich is a former World Junior surfing champion and world-renowned free-surfer. In 2006 “Rasta” co-founded the “Surfers for Cetaceans” movement. In July this year Rasta was granted one of just 200 invitations to attend former US Vice President Al Gore’s The Climate Project – Asia-Pacific Summit. http://www.billabong.com/au/team-rider/surf/17/rasta
Chris Del Moro:
Chris has “an excited butterfly-type feeling” about forthcoming test of endurance and surf trip of a lifetime! The Californian artist and free-surfer is also co-director of the Surfers for Cetaceans organisation and traveled with Rasta to Chile (2008) and Portugal (2009) to attend the IWC (International Whaling Convention). www.collecticlife.com <http://www.collecticlife.com>
Will has just finished his 3rd album “You Make Me Sing” due to release early 2010 featuring guests JJ Grey from MOFRO and G. Love. Having accepting Rasta’s invitation, Will states: “I am offering help in the form of musical entertainment, and I am now the proud owner of a yellow Ukulele and plan on annoying everyone including the whales for 36 days straight!” www.willconner.com <http://www.willconner.com>
Hilton is regarded among the best water photographers in the world. His forte’ is professional surfing and his numerous trips around the globe have taken him to all the major professional events and to the farthest, most exotic locale’s. When the big sets of Hawaii’s Pipeline catch him out, he takes a big breath, swims to the bottom, and holds on to the reef to escape the ocean’s wrath.
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2000+ EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
On Saturday 24 October 2009 Northern Beaches residents will join hundreds of thousands of people from around the world in taking a stand for a safe climate future as part of the largest global day of climate action ever witnessed.
The call to action by both Climate Action Pittwater and Manly Warringah Climate Action Group as well as local surf life saving clubs, and hosted by Pittwater, Warringah and Manly Councils, will spell out the numerals ‘350’ (i.e. 350 parts per million, signifying the safe upper level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere) via human signs on local beaches.
“People are turning out in great numbers in Australia and around the world on 24 October to call on global leaders to hear the public concern about climate change before the UN talks in Copenhagen in December,” said a spokesperson for the Climate Change Groups.
“Scientists are saying that our current greenhouse emissions at 385ppm are at a dangerous level.
“350 sends a clear message to our community and our leaders that we cannot afford to be skeptical anymore and that we need to set a clear and ambitious goal to work towards at the Copenhagen meeting.
“Individuals and families in every corner of the world will be taking similar action from Mount Everest and the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House.”
The Northern Beaches climate action groups have the support of local Mayors, Councils, politicians and community groups who will be gathering at three locations (Mona Vale beach, Dee Why beach, and North Steyne beach) at 3.00pm on Saturday 24 October.
The events are three of more than 2,000 rallies in more than 140 nations coordinated by the organization ‘350.org’ and urging world leaders to take fast and effective action on climate change.
“This is the first global campaign ever organised around a scientific data point,” said the climate change group spokesperson.
“It’s also significant that we organize the human signs on our local beaches as increasing sea levels will see our iconic beaches disappear in the future.
“Everyone has a responsibility in combating climate change. We can each make a difference to reducing our own carbon footprints.
“We are encouraging the residents of the Northern Beaches to register their interest and to join us on this day so that we can to get our world back to 350 and a safe climate future.”
To find out more about ‘350’ go to www.350.org/australia.
To register go to:
Dee Why Beach http://www.350.org/node/7325;
Manly Beach http://www.350.org/node/7523
Mona Vale Beach http://www.350.org/node/7327
Spokespersons to contact include:
Iain McGregor (Manly): 0400 481 259.
Kirsten Evans (Dee Why): 0438 177 088.
Linda Haefeli (Pittwater) 0409 815 119.
To make the sign more effective it would be suitable to wear something black, green, blue or red on the day.
For media information contact Ron Krueger on 0418 617 680.
“The gathering of world leaders in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference in December this year offers what may be the last, best chance for determining concerted action to prevent the worst effects of global warming.
Representing a coastal community likely to be profoundly affected by rising sea levels, Manly Council is committed to developing strategies that promote the conservation of the natural environment to benefit current and future generations; including long term considerations of climate change.
Therefore, as the Mayor of Manly, I fully support the objectives of the ‘350’ campaign and encourage all who love Manly to come along and take part on the day.” – Jean Hay, Mayor of Manly
I am proud to support this initiative and encourage Warringah residents to take a stand on the sand on the day.” – Michael Regan, Mayor of Warringah.
“I encourage Pittwater residents to get behind this great initiative and to send a clear message that we need to limit our emissions to avoid runaway climate change.” – Harvey Rose, Mayor of Pittwater.
“This event is a great opportunity for the Northern Beaches community to show their support for more action on climate change. The lack of public transport on the Peninsula means more cars are clogging up the roads and that has to change. Our beautiful local environment is why we love living on the Northern Beaches and it must be protected for future generations.” – Mike Baird, Member for Manly
“Our coastline and particularly beaches are hugely threatened by rising sea levels and the predicted more numerous and potent storms bought on by climate change and here is an unmissable chance to send your message.” -Brendan Donohue, Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches Chapter.
“Mona Vale SLSC is proud to be hosting Pittwater’s 350 event. Surf Life Saving Clubs, by their very nature, are particularly vulnerable to coastal erosion and the probable implications of sea level rise. Becoming involved in this public display of climate change action raises the awareness of our 700+ members and their families. Surf Lifesavers and ‘Nippers’ all have a role to play in addressing climate change, and this event is another way MVSLSC is taking action”. – Jon Dibbs – President and Life Member of Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.
Founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, 350.org is the first large-scale grassroots global campaign against climate change. Its supporters include leading scientists, the governments of 89 countries, and a huge variety of environmental, health, development and religious NGOs. All agree that current atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases—385 parts per million—are causing damage to the planet and to its most vulnerable people, and that government action at the Copenhagen climate conference is required to bring the earth’s carbon level swiftly down.
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THE MORNING OF THE EARTH LIVE CONCERT EVENT
North Head Sanctuary, North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Sunday November 8, 2009 – 4:30pm
A worldwide icon of surfing, this seminal 70s surfing movie, Morning of the Earth, which was originally premiered at Manly Silver Screen Theatre in 1972, is now to be reborn as a live music and film event at the iconic North Head Sanctuary as a sunset concert on the green.
Almost 40 years later, the film is still regarded as the holy grail of surf movies and soundtracks. Created by Australian film maker, Albert Falzon, the film changed the way we relate to surfing showing that surfing was more than a sport — it was also an attitude to life.
The Morning of the Earth Live Concert event will bring to life the full-length film played as the backdrop to performances of the full soundtrack by original writers and performers Brian Cadd and Tim Gaze (Tamam Shud). They are joined on stage by Mike Rudd from Spectrum, brilliant Aussie newcomers Lior and Old Man River and a group of outstanding musicians. Together they create an atmosphere of the 70’s lived out in the sound and sight of today.
The event is a sunset concert on the green, to be held in the beautiful surrounds of North Head Sanctuary. Set on a huge green field, amongst the old Royal School of Artillery at iconic North Head, bring your picnic blanket to soak up a beautiful summer sunset in this huge field, right on the edge of the ocean. Food and drink for your picnic experience will be available on the site. Organisers have also made available a concession ticket for children under 12 in an effort to encourage a family environment.
There will be free STA buses operating from all the key public transport and car parking hubs to get you to the site. All you have to do is get yourself to Manly!
The Morning of the Earth Live Concert Event is the highlight of The Manly Festival of Surfing. From November 5 to 8, join legends of the surf and local enthusiasts for one massive celebration of Australian culture.
In what is hoped to be the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Manly extends an open invitation to all Australians to a non-stop mix of not only board-riding itself, but of music, fashion, art, film and literature too.
Tickets for the Morning of the Earth Live Concert Event are available through www.ticketmaster.com.au and are on sale from Wednesday September 23, 2009.
For more information, log onto www.morningoftheearth.com or www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au.
For further enquiries regarding the Morning of the Earth Concert or the Manly Festival of Surfing, please contact:
Megan Clancy on 02 9977 4969 or 0409 977 282 – [email protected], or
Chris Moss on 02 9948 2343 or 0414 402 664 – [email protected]
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Professional surfer Dave Rastovich initiates a bold environmental awareness campaign tomorrow from Byron Bay.
Professional free-surfer and environmental campaigner David Rastovich will attempt an epic 700km ocean paddle from Byron Bay to Bondi Beach this October.
The journey aims to follow the annual migration south of humpback whales and their calves while raising awareness of the need to protect the majestic mammals and the world’s ocean environments.
Twenty nine year-old Rastovich (Brunswick Heads, AUS) is using the paddle to extend his personal environmental journey which in 2006 saw him co-found the “Surfers for Cetaceans” movement and in July this year saw him granted one of just 200 invitations to attend former US Vice President Al Gore’s The Climate Project – Asia-Pacific Summit.
On October 1st “Rasta”, accompanied by world-class water photographer Hilton Dawe (Byron Bay, AUS) and a videographer who will help chronicle the event, will step from the sands of Main Beach, Byron Bay and begin the journey in single-seat sea kayaks.
Joining them will be Chris Del Moro (Los Angeles, USA) a respected free surfer, activist, artist and co-director of Surfers for Cetaceans.
Assisted only by the wind and waves, Rasta and his cohorts will paddle the entire distance aiming to reach Bondi by November 5th. Each afternoon they will paddle to the nearest beach, rest overnight, engage with local communities and – conditions permitting – take advantage of the local surf.
The primary intention of the journey is to draw attention to the plight of the migrating whales that ultimately are destined for the chilly waters of the Southern Ocean and the inevitable visits by Japanese whaling fleets.
In addition, the team will record and highlight other areas of environmental concern including the effects of the commercial fishing industry on marine mammals and fish stocks; run-off issues to do with agricultural, domestic and industrial human activities; the state of rivers and estuaries; and where necessary they will also initiate beach clean-ups.
It is a well-intentioned odyssey that, at worst, is certain to be an incredible test of endurance but will also, quite possibly, double as the surf-trip-of-a-lifetime.
“What excites me the most is being able to combine the high-risk elements of surfing and sailing and the notion of endurance and pushing your body,” said Rastovich. “I’m eager to bring those elements together with environmental awareness initiatives.
“Our intentions are that, after 36 days and 700 kilometers, we’ll have helped educate a lot of people on the beauty and majesty of the whales, plus the impact we all have on what is such an amazing stretch of coastline and in what ways we might all implement positive change.”
An additional kayak will be made available to a small roster of like-minded invited guests – individuals who share the mission’s sense of purpose and who are able to help bolster public awareness.
Participants already scheduled to take part include eight-time Molokai-to-Oahu paddling champion Jamie Mitchell, former world #5, pro surfer Matt Hoy, and professional surf commentator, editor and musician Adam ‘Vaughan’ Blakey.
“Our intentions are to reach Bondi and celebrate the completion of our voyage with Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society,” said Rastovich.
“We expect to be crossing paths with the Sea Shepherd crew on the journey as they take their ship, the Steve Irwin, to Perth where they will launch their next campaign to save our whales in Antarctica. The same whales we will be paddling alongside.”
The official Transparentsea launch will take place on Thursday, October 1st at Main Beach, Byron Bay. Here, members of the Aboriginal Bundjalung tribe will don traditional dress and perform a farewell ceremony. Following the ceremony, the kayakers will paddle out to meet the whales and begin their long voyage south to Sydney.
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Manly NSW — This November, join legends of the surf and local enthusiasts for one massive celebration of Australian culture. Presented by Global Surf Industries, with thanks to Manly Council, the Manly Festival of Surfing is hitting shores from November 5 to 8, 2009. And Don and Shari from RealSurf will be there too!
As the Global Surf Industries mantra goes, “life is better when you surf”, so what better way to put this motto into action and celebrate our national pastime than by staging a huge four day, action-packed event in Australia’s spiritual birthplace of surfing – and one of the most beautiful spots in the world – Manly.
In what they hope to be the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Manly extends an open invitation to all Australians to a non-stop mix of not only board-riding itself, but of music, fashion, art, film and literature too.
Best bit? It’s an event for everyone. Following a paddle-out ceremony for one and all to kick things off, there’ll be loads (and loads) of awesome stuff to do. Daily surf lessons will be a must-do, plus you can take in a surf documentary at Manly Cinema, chow down at a first-class dinner with some of our true surfing legends with the likes of Tom Carroll, Layne Beachley and Damien Hardman or stick around until dark for night surfing demos.
To soak up even more of Manly’s surf history spanning almost a century, the Manly Surf Club and The Manly Art Gallery will be open for all to view during the festival period. If you’re looking to take a small piece of this incredible surf festival home, 30 surfboard artworks from various local artists have been created and scattered throughout Manly’s shop fronts, which will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Disabled Surfers Association and Surf Aid International.
The public will also have the opportunity to test all of the latest and greatest board models available from extremely popular 7s Fishes through to the wild and wonderful Meyerhoffer longboard designs, courtesy of major surfboard distributors including Manly’s very own –Global Surf Industries.
If you haven’t caught the super contagious surfing bug after all of that, grab a ticket, kick back and soak up the atmosphere of the 1970’s film classic Morning Of The Earth. This visual masterpiece will be played as the backdrop to the live performance of the original soundtrack, which will be played live by the original writers and performers Brian Cadd and Tim Gaze.
Grab your board (and your festival spirit) and join celebrities Wayne Gardner, Bob McTavish and a host of surfing experts to watch a community come together for the inaugural Manly Festival of Surfing. ‘Cos surfing isn’t just a sport – it’s a way of life!
For more information, log onto www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au
For media enquiries please call Luke Dean-Weymark at Use My Mind on 02 8399 0411 or 0412 062 200.
For event enquires please call Meegan Clancy on 0409 977 282.
Surf culture, Top stories.
The good folk at Kurungabaa are calling for submissions for their next issue. Here’s the blurb from their fine website…
Longing for waves, lover, place, smell, healing, gods, goddesses, water … The December issue of Kurungabaa is on “Longing”. We are looking for submissions – poetry, art, photographs, writing, dreams, frustrations. Submission guidelines are here. Please send submissions (on longing or any other work) to
Rebecca Olive <[email protected]>
Clifton Evers <[email protected]>
by October 30, 2009.
Here’s a link to the original page: