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- 27 October 2009 | Environment
GreenFix Surf Wax, the brand new French surf company have just received a Eurosima prize for “Ecological innovation project", for their eco-friendly surf wax.
The eco-friendly surf wax is made in France to reduce the carbon foot print created by transportation of the product (while other types of wax are made and imported from USA, Brazil, China or South Africa).
It was launched on the French market last august(09) and is a petrochemical free product developed from natural and renewable resources.
Beyond its environmental qualities, which do not alter the performance of the wax, the innovative nature of our product lies in its resistance to heat. The melting point of the wax is above 60 °C – a temperature unmatched in this field.
Moreover, the shape of the wax bar, in the form of a comb makes for easy application, and its great grip makes it an ideal accessory for surfers.
- 23 October 2009 | Environment
Surf Addict Presents three-time world champion surfer-turned-musician Tom Curren to perform at “It’s About Sea Life Benefit 2” After-Party, on November 20th, 2009, at the Hard Rock Café Fisherman’s Wharf.
Access to the After-Party will be limited to those purchasing tickets to the main event, to take place at the Aquarium Of The Bay.
Tom Curren turned to music after a legendary surfing career that included taking the World Championship Title in 1985, 1986, and 1990, and influencing an entire generation of surfers worldwide.
A renowned name in the surfing community, Curren now combines his art with his surfing roots, performing at major surfing events with his folksy-bluesy-minimalist sound.
“It’s About Sea life Benefit 2” proceeds will benefit humanitarian, environmental and marine conservation organizations Surfaid International, Save the Waves Coalition, Surfrider Foundation and The Marine Mammal Center.
- 20 October 2009 | Environment
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.
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