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LATEST NEWS FROM NOOSA – TICKETS NOW ON SALE ON-LINE FOR SURF CITY EVENTS

Posted on December 15th, 2009 in Contests, For the Diary, Just for fun, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.

As the off-beach entertainment for the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing, presented by Golden Breed, heats up, with additions to the program coming thick and fast, tickets went on sale on line last week for four ticketed events to be held at the Surf City village at Lions Park.

  • Richard Tognetti’s The Glide, with vision by Jon Frank and Jack McCoy, promises to be an outstanding performance, combining the master violinist’s twin passions for surf and music. Also featuring Satu Vanska and other members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Supported by Peter Howe and Tim Gaze.
  • Noosa Longboards presents Gidget’s Girls Night Out. A perfect retro fit, featuring special guest Kathy Kohner, (the original Gidget), live music, movies and a ‘50s swimsuit parade.
  • Going Vertical. The world premiere of the long-awaited documentary of the shorboard revolution will be a night to remember for surfers of all ages, with Bob McTavish, Dick Brewer and a host of surf stars in attendance.
  • Saturday Night at Surf City, with six great acts, headlined by The Beautiful Girls and Ash Grunwald. The climax to a week of killer entertainment.

Earlybird ticket prices now available, including a Platinum Pass to all ticketed events for just $165.

www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com

Hotline 07 54735676


SURFBOARD ART AUCTION – MANLY – THIS MONDAY!!!

Posted on November 25th, 2009 in For the Diary, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

RealSurfers, You could own one of these awesome surfboards. During the Manly Festival of Surfing, around town you may have seen some of these incredible works of art. They have been painted and sculpted by some of the best local artists and they need homes from Monday night – 30 November.

That night, 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.

AUCTION DETAILS:

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:

http://www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist by Cheralyn Darcey – assemblage artist
by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly by Roger Harvey – freelance cartoonist working in Manly
Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney Sanchez Sanchez – Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

See them all in the on-line gallery!

– Shari



Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Announces Invitees and Alternates

Posted on November 18th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.

What it takes . . .

What it takes . . .

WAIMEA, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, November 17, 2009) – Quiksilver.com/Eddie launches today with the announcement of the 28 coveted Invitees and 24 Alternates to this year’s 25th Anniversary celebration of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, fueled by Monster Energy. The ASP sanctioned event will be held on one day, between December 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010, when waves exceed the 20‐foot minimum threshold and Invitees contend for the $98K prize purse. The traditional opening ceremony honoring this silver anniversary will be one to remember, taking place at 2pm, December 3rd, 2009, at Waimea Bay.

INVITEES

Andy Irons, Hawaii

Brian Keaulana, Hawaii

Brock Little, Hawaii

Bruce Irons, Hawaii

Carlos Burle, Brazil

Clyde Aikau, Hawaii

Darryl Virostko, California

Greg Long, California

Jamie O’Brien, Hawaii

Jamie Sterling, Hawaii

Kelly Slater, Florida

Keone Downing, Hawaii

Makuakai Rothman, Hawaii

Mark Healey, Hawaii

Michael Ho, Hawaii

Noah Johnson, Hawaii

Peter Mel, California

Reef McIntosh, Hawaii

Ross Clarke-Jones, Australia

Rusty Keaulana, Hawaii

Shane Dorian, Hawaii

Sunny Garcia, Hawaii

Titus Kinimaka, Hawaii

Tom Carroll, Australia

Grant “Twiggy” Baker, South Africa

Ibon Amatriain, Euskadi

Ramon Navarro, Chile

Takayuki Wakita, Japan

ALTERNATES

Kala Alexander, Hawaii – Aikau Family Pick

Pancho Sullivan, Hawaii

Garrett McNamara, Hawaii

Kohl Christensen, Hawaii

Dave Wassel, Hawaii

Keoni Watson, Hawaii

Nathan Fletcher, Hawaii

Ian Walsh, Hawaii

Danny Fuller, Hawaii

Kalani Chapman, Hawaii

Taylor Knox, California

Chava Greenlee, Hawaii

Jamie Mitchell, Australia

Myles Padaca, Hawaii

Tony Moniz, Hawaii

Darrick Doerner, Hawaii

Ken “Skin Dog” Collins, California

Ross Williams, Hawaii

Derek Ho, Hawaii

Paul Paterson, Australia

Anthony Tashnick, California

Koby Abberton, Australia

Laurent Pujol, France

Laurie Towner, Australia

HONORARY INVITEES

Mark Foo, Hawaii

Todd Chesser, Hawaii

Tiger Espere, Hawaii

Jay Moriarty, California

Peter Davi, California

Lester Falatea, Tahiti

Monster Energy will be presenting the Monster Drop Specialty Award for the surfer who makes the most critical drop and rides out of it during the event. The judges will determine the winner the day of the competition and will present the chosen surfer with a unique Monster Drop Specialty Award Trophy.

Held in honor of the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau gathers the most skillful and dynamic big‐wave surfers from around the globe. It is the world’s longest running and most prestigious big‐wave invitational.

The universal appeal and strength of “The Eddie” is a testament to the human spirit it honors and that we all seek to connect with: a life lived with passion, dedicated with meaning, and exited from heroically. Just 31 when he lost his life in an attempt to save others, Aikau has physically been gone now for as long as he was here. But far from being forgotten, his life story is now woven into the fabric of Hawaii.

The Eddie has only run seven times in the past 24 years. You don’t want to miss it when the Bay calls the momentous day. Go to Quiksilver.com/Eddie for swell updates, happenings from the North Shore, and to sign up for text alerts, to make sure you’re the first to know when the Bay calls the day.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com


WICKED SURFBOARD ART IN MANLY

Posted on November 3rd, 2009 in For the Diary, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

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.

AUCTION DETAILS:

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:

http://www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly

by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly

Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

See them all in the on-line gallery!

– Shari


44 to 32: Brett Simpson On The New Face of ASP for 2010

Posted on October 18th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
Brett Simpson.

Brett Simpson.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Wednesday, October 14, 2009) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is close to capping off the 2009 season and with the exciting changes set in place for ASP surfers for next year and beyond, Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach, CA), 24, current ASP WQS No. 6 and ASP Dream Tour hopeful, took a minute to express his thoughts on how the landmark changes will benefit his sport.

Simpson has been a standout in several international events on The Grind this year and is in excellent position to potentially qualify for the prestigious ASP World Tour. The progressive regular-footer is looking forward to being a part of the new face of the ASP Dream Tour set in place for 2010.

“I think the 32-man format awesome for the sport,” Simpson said. “This is the kind of progression we needed to build or sport and take it to the next level! I already think it’s a pretty prestigious class of guys, but by the middle of next year there will likely only be 32 guys and that’s a huge honor if you’re a part of that.”

Simpson is also looking forward to the simplification of the one-world rating slated to take place for next season, making it perfectly clear as to where each surfer sits on a global scale.

“The one-world rating is huge for us surfers too,” Simpson said. “Somebody will ask me what I’m rated, and I don’t even know what to tell them because I’m sixth on the ‘QS but there are still 45 guys ahead of me on the World Tour, so now it will be a much more clear answer.”

The Orange County local, who won the richest ASP WQS prize purse in surfing history when he claimed the Hurley U.S. Open this year,  is also out to claim his piece of the financial boost set in place for next year’s ASP World Tour as well as the top level ASP WQS events.

“I’m always motivated and hungry, but the increased prize purse definitely helps us surfers out a lot,” Simpson said. “The more money we can make just helps us in the future. It’s an awesome bonus and great that the sponsors and ASP are really backing the surfers.”

Simpson will be out to solidify his spot on the ASP World Tour at the upcoming ASP WQS 6-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic which will run from October 25 through 31, 2009.

For Simpson’s profile log on to www.aspnorthamerica.org


Morning of the Earth – LIVE at Manly

Posted on October 15th, 2009 in Advertorial, For the Diary, Just for fun, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.au

Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.au

Buy tickets NOW or you could miss out!!!

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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“TRANSPARENTSEA” – A MODERN JOURNEY WITH ANCIENT CREATURES

Posted on September 30th, 2009 in Can you help?, Environment, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Surf politics, Top stories.
Professional Surfer and environmental campaigner Dave Rastovich and the sea kayak he will navigate to Sydney.

Professional Surfer and environmental campaigner Dave Rastovich and the sea kayak he will navigate to Sydney.

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.

Transparentsea participants (L to R): Surfer Dave Rastovich, musician Will Conner, Surfrider Foundation's Kristy Theissling and Californian surfer, artist and campaigner Chris Del Moro. Photographed today in Byron Bay.

Transparentsea participants (L to R): Surfer Dave Rastovich, musician Will Conner, Surfrider Foundation's Kristy Theissling and Californian surfer, artist and campaigner Chris Del Moro. Photographed today in Byron Bay.


Clash of the Icons – Occy vs. Curren at Jeffreys Bay

Posted on July 3rd, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.

The planet’s premier high-performance point break to host the decider in the unparalleled competitive rivalry between two of surfing’s greatest icons.

Friday 3rd July (Jeffreys Bay – South Africa)  THE rivalry between Australian wunderkind Mark Occhilupo and California soul champion Tom Curren produced the most exciting competitive clashes in the history of surfing.  For the first decade of surfing’s ASP pro circuit Occy and Tommy dominated the world stage with their dueling performances.

In a major coup for surf fans world wide, this year at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay spectators can watch a LIVE webcast of these two superstars as they re-ignite their intense rivalry in the world’s best right hand point wave, going head to head for the first time in over two decades.

Each has won eight of their 16 previous encounters and the Clash of the Icons will provide yet another chapter in their 26 year rivalry.

During the 1980’s no rivalry was more heralded than the Tom Curren/Mark Occhilupo challenge. Whenever the two surfers came up against each other in heats, sparks flew, temperatures rose and onlookers gathered to witness unmatched and historic wave-riding duels.

“I saw Occy before he became a household name, when he was first breaking out, it was at Jeffreys,” said Curren.  “He had so much energy, just pushing every turn with so much speed and power.”

“I watched his footage over and over and seeing him for the first time I remember thinking his anticipation going into every turn was something great; something amazing.”

Occy – amped, animated, and outspoken – was a young Aussie mischief-maker and a powerhouse hell-competitor beloved by everyone. Curren – enigmatic, humble, and deceptively understated – was a precise but devastatingly savage contest opponent idolized globally.

“I first saw Tom surf when I was really young in Cronulla, it was at Wanda Beach,” said Occhilupo.  “He was staying at Jim Banks’ house, I walked over the hill to the beach after school and it was like solid 6-8ft and he was the only one out.”

“I think he won the Beaurepaires that year and the first time I saw him he was at his peak, he was just ruling.”

No matter where the event was held or who else was in it – there were always two camps, the Occy troop and the Curren crew. It was goofy vs. natural, radical power gouges vs. the sublime style-master, Australia vs. America.

“Tom was already schooling guys when I came on tour and he was in some serious form, no one could touch him,” said Occhilupo.  “I couldn’t get close to Tom, I had to scratch and work to get to that level.”

Their most memorable clashes were the Rip Curl Bells Pro semi that clinched Tommy’s first World Title in 1985/86 and the two Op Pro Finals in front of 100,000 people at Huntington Beach won by Occy later that year.

“I beat him at the OP Pro in Huntington twice in a row and the rivalry probably started there and then went to Bells and various heats around the world tour,” said Occhilupo.  “There were literally thousands of people on the pier and they were all shouting for Tom, I had to come out and upset the motion.”

“I only remember being in the zone,” said Curren.  “Occy was pulling out every trick, he had that little extra.”

“Both of us were pushing as hard as we could, but he won that one with a wave at the end, I just remember it was very tense and very tiring as well.”

Curren went on to win 353 heats, 33 events and three World Titles while Occy won 380 heats, 12 events and one World Title. Both featured in spectacular comebacks – Tom returning from a two year hiatus to clinch his third crown from the trials in 1990 while Occy’s well documented rise to the 1999 crown after a decade in the wilderness is one of the greatest feats in sporting history.

Both have been singled out for their amazing wave riding at J-Bay – Occy winning the inaugural version of the event in 1984 with a performance that redefined backhand surfing and going on to become one of the South African surfing Mecca’s favourite sons.  Curren’s Rincon inspired lines provides a unique insight on how to ride the legendary walls of Supertubes.

The pair have never met in a heat together at the fabled point. The 2009 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay provides the opportunity for their most exciting match-up ever – a visual feast of Occy’s massive backhand blasts and Curren’s inventive flawlessness which earned them their reputations at J-Bay.

“All bets are off in J-Bay,” said Occhilupo.  “I don’t know what he has been up to, Tom has always been the mysto man but I’m pretty anxious and I am really anticipating the showdown quite a lot.  I have been training with Parko and training a lot on my own, so I’m going to be prepared for this.”

“If I am going to go toe to toe with Occy then it has to be a really big heat for me, for Occy, for both of us,” said Curren.  “When it comes down to it you just have to dig a little deeper….and hope that you have something there.”

“Anywhere Occy paddles out he has a good chance of winning – against anybody, so for me…it’s about training, I think if I train hard I can beat him in this event.”

Stay tuned to billabongpro.com from July 9-19 to witness one of surfing’s most historic duels ever at the planet’s premier high performance point break.

Mark Occhilupo vs. Tom Curren

Statistics

Total of 16 heats

Mark Occhilupo – 8 wins
1983, Semis, Marui World Surfing Pro, Herbara Beach, Japan
1983, Round 1, Beaurepaires Open, Cronulla, AUS
1984, Round 3, OP America Series, Jensen Bch, Florida
1984, Round 2, Gunston 500, Durban South Africa
1984, Round 2, Tutti Frutti Lacanau Pro, Lacanau, France
1985, Final, Op Pro HB, California, USA
1986, Semis, Op Pro HB, California, USA
1986, Final, BHP Steel International, Newcastle, AUS
 
Tom Curren – 8 wins
1984, Semis, Stubbies Surf Classic, Burleigh Heads, AUS
1985, Semis, BHP Steel International, Newcastle, AUS
1985, Semis, Billabong Pro, Sunset/Waimea, HAW
1985, Semis, Stubbies Surf Classic, Burleigh Heads, AUS
1985, Semis, Rip Curl Subaru Easter Classic, Bells, AUS
1986, Semis, Marui Japan Open, Habushi-Ura, Niijima, Japan
1987, Final, Stubbies US Pro, Oceanside, USA
1988, Semis, Marui Japan Open, Habushi-Ura, Niijima, Japan
 
Career Statistics

Mark Occhilupo – June 16, 1966
Total of 685 heats, 380 wins, 55% winning
22 finals, 12 wins, 55% winning
 
 Tom Curren – July 3, 1964
Total of 506 heats, 353 wins, 70% winning
45 finals, 33 wins, 73% winning


Rasta To Train With Al Gore At Climate Project In Melbourne

Posted on July 3rd, 2009 in Environment, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.

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Billabong Freesurfer David Rastovich has been selected from more than 2000 Australasian applicants to be trained by former US Vice President Al Gore at The Climate Project – Australia Asia Pacific Summit (A-P Summit) in Melbourne in 11 – 13 July.

Building on the work of The Climate Project – Australia, the A-P Summit will bring together 300 people representing a diverse cross section of industry, advocacy and broad social groupings from Australasia and the Asia Pacific region. Mr Gore and a panel of international experts will provide the training hosted by the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Rastovich will have the chance to help focus and re-invigorate the Asia Pacific’s regional response to climate change in the lead into the critical UNCCC Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

It’s a big opportunity for the passionate environmentalist, who was selected based on his work protecting the marine environment and the foundation of his own organisation Surfers For Cetaceans.

“I think anyone passionate about protecting the environment and the issue of Climate Change would jump at the chance to listen to and learn from Al Gore,” said Rastovich.  “Part of attending this summit is to become an advocate for climate change and to pass on the messages through my own activities.”

“I feel Climate Change plays a large part in the issues I’m passionate about, especially the protection of marine mammals such as Whales and Dolphins.”

“The A-P Summit has a specific focus on the unique window of time to act on climate change. Together A-P Summit delegates will inspire people from the region to make a difference at global level,” said Angela Rutter, Manager of The Climate Project ‑ Australia.

One in seventy five Australians have now seen a presentation delivered by one of the 250 Al Gore trained Climate Project presenters working throughout communities in Australia.

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Walter Munk: father of the surf forecast

Posted on June 29th, 2009 in Surf history, Top stories.

(This item was spotted on the New Scientist website by reporter Rob…)

Walter Munk was never much of a surfer, but that hasn’t kept him from becoming a legend in the sport. An oceanographer by training, Munk has spent 67 years studying how waves form, how they travel and how they break when they hit the beach. In the second world war, he saved countless lives by helping the Allied military determine when troops could make amphibious landings without being swamped by big surf hundreds of metres from a hostile shore. After the war, Munk’s methods helped surfers find the biggest waves. Today, anyone who checks out a surf forecast on the internet is drawing on his pioneering research.

via Surf’s up: Learning to forecast the waves – environment – 28 June 2009 – New Scientist.