Virgin Oceanic: a cartoon-like water craft

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will explore the deepest oceans of the world with an 18-foot jet submarine, in the next two years.

The entrepreneur will undertake five extreme dives through the "Virgin Oceanic" project. The water craft engine is capable of descending more than 36,000 feet below the surface.

Branson will start his challenge in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. After the inaugural deep dive, it's time to conquer the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean, South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean and the Diamantina in the Indian Ocean will follow.

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Surf Wax: say green if you're green | Photo: JFSeven

Surf wax is far away from being green and eco-friendly. An independent French laboratory has studied surfboard waxes that claim to be green and the results cause concern.

In the last three years, the wax brands launched green formulas that claim to be organic and natural, which means free from petrochemical ingredients.

Rescoll developed a chemical screening of the surf wax companies: Matunas, Greenfix, Terrawax, Ransom, Famous Green Label and Sticky Bumps Soy Wax. The results are outstanding.

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Cristian Merello: he controls Punta de Lobos

Big wave surfers are getting ready for the Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta De Lobos 2011, in Chile. The contest opens the 2011/2012 Big Wave World Tour season.

Local surfer Cristian Merello will be defending his title against the biggest wave chargers in the world, including former champion Jamie Sterling.

The trials for the Quiksilver Cerimonial Punta de Lobos 2011 were run last Saturday, March 26th. The extreme conditions – 20 knots of South wind, strong current and 18 foot waves – were ideal to select the three surfers that will get an invitation to the Ceremonial.

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