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Born to Be Leaders A Surfers Trip To Nepal

born to be leadersBorn to Be Leaders A Surfers Trip To Nepal

It’s 2am I am sitting at a little over 5000 feet dangling my legs into the darkness  below, watching a lunar eclipse in Joshua tree National Park.

The rock releases the heat from daytime exposure to the sun, it’s warm to the touch. It’s taken me a lot of energy and time to get here, but it started with dreaming of surfing.

“There’s been a schedule change check your email”, the principals voice cuts through a moment of calm before students arrive and before I start a day of teaching.

Well, if I have to get on the computer I’m going to check the surf! So I do, it’s flat.

One of the ads on the site catches my eye, it’s for a wilderness and outdoor education company. I click on it.

I had already decided I was going to leave teaching in it’s most traditional definition. The question was really how to continue teaching and do my best work without the restrictions set by office dwellers that never step foot in a classroom or interact on deep levels with students.

While working in schools I had started programs to meet the needs of a diverse population (in every way you can imagine) of students. These programs created smaller classes for teachers to teach and for students to learn.

The classes were created for the specific needs of specific students. These were not lessons or programs copied out of a book or cut and pasted from the internet. These were programs for the students that would be right in front of the teacher.

They worked, suspension rates dropped student achievement went up, teachers and students were happier. Then came budget cuts, programs started to get cut and mine was one of them.  “We don’t have a title for these programs in the budget codes, how can we justify them?” was a comment I heard.

How do we justify them?!

Talk to the teachers, students and school communities that are benefiting from them.

Justifying sounds like making up something, just look to the truth of what’s going on. It works.

So, I checked the surf report and I found an advertisement for The National Center for Outdoor Adventure Education. That simple surf check has helped me travel the world as an educator.

Get bored, go surf change your life, yes it was that simple for me.

SXE Nepal – Born to Be Leaders



What was the first thing that you saw this morning, heard, tasted or smelled?

How do these seemingly tiny moment shape our days and add up to a life experience?

It’s five a.m my students are all still asleep in their tents, I sit on the trail in the village of Pothana looking towards the horizon. A local villager named Chimay is blowing incense my direction, to bring me luck, he says.

What looks to me  like clouds at first starts to organize and reveal what it truly is, snow fields and rock.

Time to Retrain My Brain and the Way I See the Sky.

I follow the snow fields up, up through the clouds, to what seems like an absurd height, finally the summit shows itself.

Machapuchare, “the Fish Tail” as it is known in English, is a sacred mountain honoring Shiva.

The mountain is off limits to climbers and only one attempt was ever made to climb it. The climbers stopped a few hundred feet from the summit, not because they couldn’t go on, they stopped out of respect for culture and peoples beliefs.

The view of Machapuchare is how I kick off my first day on the trail in Nepal. A holy mountain that is pristine, respected and turns back explorers out of respect and sensitivity, not fear.

The information about the mountain was given to me by a local woman, guide, named Sita. She saw I was drawing a picture of the mountain in my journal and shared  it’s history with me.

The Reality Hits—This Ain’t Kansas

I am in Nepal, teaching students to be leaders, problem solvers, and self sufficient explorers. We have come to Nepal for the beauty and the culture.  We are here to remind the students that within each of them is a leader, thinker, explorer, world changer.

The students are carrying everything they need. They have packed deliberately to ensure accessibility, balance and that the gear is compressed and comfortable (ABC’s of packing) .The weight feels daunting the first day but as the body and mind adjust to the task and pace of trail life the burden lightens each day.

As I write in my journal I smell milk tea being brewed, and my mind relaxes. My bag is packed I am always up ready before the students. If they need help I can guide them and remind them that they have the knowledge and skill to break camp and lead another day.

As of now most Nepales trekking companies help tourists carry their gear up into the mountains. I should clarify this, the porters carry unheard of weights on their back while tourists wear light daypacks or carry nothing at all.

There is an industry surrounding trekking, it is a job opportunity, provides a service and allows access to many, that could not carry even the lightest of packs, into a beautiful mountain landscape.

Three sisters Trekking company sent out two guides with my group so that they could observe our teaching techniques, outdoor skills, sight management skills and other aspects they want to bring to trekking in Nepal..

We are show stoppers, guides, porters and trekkers alike stop and watch as we carry all our gear on our backs. On an island the “coconut telegraph” is the term used to describe how information can travel by word rather than cell phones, news or other modern day gadgets.

We got to experience just how fast word traveled along the trail.

The clouds have parted and the summits let us get a peek and their beauty briefly, again.

Quiet Reflection

My students were sitting doing quite reflection in their journals when a Nepalese guide pulled me aside. “Are you leading the group of students who are learning to be leaders”?

signpost_way_to_mount_everest_base_camp_1_heroI responded proudly, Yes, this is the group”.  “Why do you ask?”

“I have been hearing about you for days from other guides and trekkers.” was his reply

He went on to tell me he had never seen a group taking classes while trekking  along these trails or any other he had guided on in Nepal. He thought it was amazing, I thought the exact same thing.

I have brought with me a pack of handmade journals that I have given out to people in Nepal.

I have given a journal to both Sita and Kiran to scribble, write or draw in. By the trips completion both have given me back the journals with beautiful writing, reflections and drawings.  I explain the journals are a gift, theirs to keep, but they insist I take them back.

No it is I that is receiving a gift, a custom crafted artistic memory in words and pictures from the minds and hands of the people that shape this land, culture and beliefs.

On the last two days the students are guiding the trip alone, I am well behind them and a guide is well ahead.

We meet them nightly at camp, for our education groups and reflection time but they are on their own. They didn’t make the summit they had planned to but each of us has our own summit and it is the experiences, encounters, opportunities triumphs and obstacles that shape those summits and who we are.

At the Kathmandu airport we say our goodbyes, I head back to the states, my students to Korea, Sita and Kiran home to sleep.

I order a milk tea, close my eyes and see summits, relax my brain and remember the smell of incense and luck. We are all healthy, happy, renewed and ready to go “Search and Enjoy” everywhere and anywhere.


Sea Turtles Guardians Of The Sea

Green Sea turtle The roots of surfing are planted firm and deep in Hawaiian culture. As a result, much of the culture and symbolism synonymous with Hawaii resonates with surfers all over the world, a kind of homage to the Polynesian ancestry of our sport. The image of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), or honu, can be found everywhere in surf style and communities.

The green sea turtle is the only indigenous reptile to the Hawaiian Islands and is a revered symbol of the ocean interwoven with much of the islands’ folklore. These so-called ancients are considered guardians of children and mariners on beaches and in the coastal waters. It is no wonder that surfers connect with sea turtles and when you see one in the water you should feel blessed.

Here in coastal California, we are well aware of the presence of sharks beneath the deep blue waves on which we ride. Occasionally a seal or sea lion may appear and swim curiously about, again reminding us that we are visitors in this sea that is their home. A sunset pod of dolphins can almost always bring a smile to the faces in a line up. Visits from these species are relatively commonplace, but the rarity of encounters with sea turtles conjures up images and memories of surf trips or vacations to Hawaii. Yet what most Californians don’t know, is that there just might be sea turtles swimming in their own surf breaks, coves, and bays.

Sea Turtles Guardians Of The Sea in San Diego

In San Diego waters, turtles have been present for at least 100 years. This small resident population of east Pacific green turtles quietly lives and forages in San Diego Bay. Their presence can be traced back through fishing and shipping records to at least the mid-to-late 1800s, and the monitoring of this population has been going on since the early 1970s. Outside of San Diego Bay, sea turtles are seen (though not as frequently) along the beach breaks from La Jolla Shores to North County San Diego.

Moving farther to the north and into the ‘OC,’ green sea turtles are regularly observed in the mouth of the San Gabriel River in Long Beach—a popular local surfing spot. There is an interesting tie that binds these two SoCal populations of green turtles: power plants.

Both San Diego Bay and the San Gabriel River have power plants that use (or used) the nearby waters for cooling purposes. As a result of this process, warm water is released back into the environment creating a sort of jacuzzi effect for the coastal inhabitants. Green turtles in San Diego and Long Beach are routinely observed in the outfall areas of these plants—where the warmed water is released—and researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service monitor their movement. The turtles presumably use the warm water to maintain body temperature and reduce metabolic costs, especially in the winter months when the water temperatures drop.

While the plant in Long Beach remains operational, the South Bay Power Plant in San Diego ceased operation on December 31, 2010 leaving us to wonder—what will the turtles do? Local movement of the turtles is tracked by a team of collaborators from the National Marine Fisheries Service, San Sea TurtleDiego State University, the United States Navy, and the Port of San Diego. The hope is to understand how the movement of the turtles in San Diego Bay relates to the water temperature and whether their behavior changes because of the power plant closure.

Observations from other power plants across the United States show that manatees, rays, fish, alligators, freshwater turtles, and other sea turtle populations demonstrate similar behavior at these sites. As our technology advances, many of these power plants will face decommissioning in the not too distant future. For some species, the warm water has allowed expansion into areas outside of their historical geographic ranges.

The loss of the warm water, now that they are accustomed to it, could prove distressing to those populations. Understanding how the green turtles in San Diego Bay are affected by the closure of the power plant could aid in the research and management of other populations and species.

Surfers connect with sea turtles, that is a fact. It might be our similar historical and cultural ties to Hawaii or it could be our mutually amphibious lifestyles. We are fortunate to share the water with these guardians of the sea. Because of this kinship, it behooves us to be ambassadors for the turtles whose home we share and enjoy.

Sheila V. Madrak is a surfer and PhD candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology through San Diego State University and the University of California, Davis. Her dissertation research centers on the local movement of east Pacific green sea turtles as related to water temperature in San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA. Derek Dodds is owner of Wave Tribe and an ecological freedom fighter. Write to for more info on turtles or inquire about joining the eco movement.


Wave Tribe Eco Rad List

Wave Tribe team wants to introduce YOU to this Eco Rad List we’ve humbly put together, honoring more than two decades of ‘living green’.

1989 –FIRST ever known use of the word ‘Eco-friendly’.

Yup, sure enough, 25 years ago.

We remember that year very well.

The first signs of the negative impact of global warming, recycling, and CFC’s from aerosol and fridges were the talk of the moment.
Trending: Harmful aerosols…Recycling aluminum cans, plastic…remember?

LOTS has been going on since then…A wide variety of ‘green’ businesses and products began surfacing and blooming.
Especially, in the last decade, eco market has been exponentially growing, every year. Pretty cool.

In honor of those 25 years of ‘eco-friendly’ power.

We’ve casually been stumbling upon these eye-catching green products randomly, while doing our normal day-to-day work online.
These products or services, have caught our attention for their positive-generating energy and vision.
Small to medium businesses wanting to ‘break the mold’ in fun, creative, out-of-the-box ways.


Zeal Optics.
Biodegradable sunglasses! How rad is that? 100% cotton. Crazy stuff 🙂


Surf Mud.
Organic sunblock. Organic Ingredients such as: coconut oil, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, beeswax, tea tree oil and zinc oxide. We want this now!


Eco friendly yoga mat and cork block. 100% recyclable and reusable yoga mats.


Ocean Green.
Eco friendly surfboards. Shapes designed by our world class shaper Frank McWilliams and Nicaraguan balsa wood.
You’ve got to check these guys out, they even use organic cotton cloths while working!


The Cruel Sea.
Vintage style canvas surf board bags, 1940’s Singer machine sewn. Have we mentioned the word Awesome, yet?


Surf board bags canvas (recycled?)


Bureo Skateboards.
Upcycled skateboard decks made with sea trash!
Rad product, and even-radder cause. Please take a minute to look at these guys’ bio, everybody, it’s well worth it. Double shaka!


Run with the Tribe.
Conscious couture by Alana Rose Abbott. We love the name!
These eco rad organic garments are hand dyed and entirely hand-stitched. This girl rocks.


Beatnik Trading.
Surfboard bag that turns into hammock. Need we say more!? 🙂


SUP yoga school.
Yoga on the water?! Yup. Stephanie, owner and operator at Suptopia, will show you how. Check out her website for more of her amesomess.


*Short disclaimer:
We want to let you know we haven’t used or reviewed these products/services yet, but we would MOST definitely want to in the near future, and vouch for them 99.9999%.

So, that said. Tribe Family, if you feel the need to give us your feedback, please feel free to do so, tell us what you think, we’ll be happy to acknowledge your opinions and update our info.

Btw, we will update info and add to this list every month or so.


Crazy people are the ones making things HAPPEN!

SO true, right?


~Volunteer (noun), ‘a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.’

Wild, sensitive, and headstrong surfer/volunteers giving back to the community.

“None of this is possible without everybody coming together. I mean, these people are a little crazy to commit to a week of their vacation time, to pay for their flight –they pay extra to come down here, and work mixing cement, carrying buckets of gravel, on this hot weather… And: THAT’S ‘vacation’. Crazy people are the ones making things happen!”

These words were eloquently expressed by an AMAZING human being. My new buddy, who I’m honored to have met a few months ago, Lissette.

Lissette Perez, from Southern California with Cuban-Salvadoran parents. She’s in her early 30’s, a shining example of what an empowered super woman combined with a wide-eyed sweet girl should look like.
She has been living and working in El Salvador for the past 6 years, where she co-owns and runs Azul Surf Club. A beautiful tropical comfy beachfront surf hotel in the tiny coastal town of El Cuco, El Salvador.

She has become a thriving business woman with eagle eye awareness. Fully equipped with both UC Berkeley and flawless street smarts under her belt. She grew up accomplishing her lifelong goal of volunteering overseas (and still is).
Hardheaded and untiring, always seeking for creative ways of living a socially-conscious existence. She has been described by her peers as both sweet and tough. Always carrying a bright smile on her face that reveals her instinctive wisdom, sensitivity, and clarity –plus a ‘stoked with life’ vibe!


Lissette says, ever since she can remember her family’s modus vivendi has been all about helping others. She has gained the virtue of intuitively recognizing what is lacking around her in the community. Then sets herself the intention of doing whatever is needed to fill in the gap and bring harmony and balance to the equation.

That’s how she created The Soul Project.

Working in collaboration with Surf for Life, they’ve built El Cuco’s first high school ever with the help of several surfer volunteers, and a couple of über-talented carpenters/surfers to come in and build new solid wood desks for the students. (Wooden surfboard builders, perhaps?)


Nice work : )

Last year, Lissette found enough resources and volunteers to help build a communal bridge for the school children. They literally had to cross a river to get to school every day (which is waist high on rainy season).


This new sturdy bridge will last for generations to come.

Throughout the year she collects donations for school materials, meals, and other essential necessities for the kids. Handouts are sent to her from friends or strangers abroad and from guests that stay at the hotel who are stoked to get the chance to contribute. Most of the times she gathers the money from her own pocket, which she obtains from savings earned through Azul Surf Club.


Getting out there and sharing the stoke!

Kids are, and have always been, Lissette’s number one priority.
Btw, I love this idea she came up with: a ‘Drive-by’ Santa for Christmas. Just picture how that one goes. (She wears the Santa suit!)

The next challenge she’s got up her sleeve: To build an outpatient clinic for the community.

She’s currently looking for volunteers for this project now. 😉  Interested, anyone? She says that if you gather together a group of seven of your buddies and want to come down to volunteer with The Soul Project, you can all stay for free at her hotel –hard to say no to that, trust me!

Do we want our surf trips to count MORE for something other than our own gratification?

Why don’t we discuss ways we IMPACT the community around us when we go on surf trips.

“Let’s not forget that everybody’s on vacation, OTHER than the locals. Let’s be conscious. If you’re gonna come in, make sure to leave a good footprint,” points out Lissette.

When we’re away on holidays, we usually focus on how WE are being treated (by hotel and restaurant staff, local surfers in the water, people on the streets.)
Let’s take a moment here to consider the other side of the coin, how are we treating THEM? The working class local community, whose jobs are, after all, mostly focused on serving us, the visitor.

What impressions are we leaving behind?

Let’s not forget these are amazing people who have lived all their lives on these newly-discovered coastal towns, we’ve chosen to travel to. Towns and villages which happen to have phenomenal waves right outside their backyards.

Local people who’ve been born and raised there, with big families and kids going to school. Who are just trying their best to lead their day-to-day lives as normally as they possibly can and as they’ve only known how to: very simply.
Humble men, women and kids who will only get ONE: first and only impression of us. So, let’s try and be conscious of the example we’re putting out there.

Do you remember what was it like growing up at home around other surfers?

You looked up to them. Wanted to imitate them. Not just on the water. You wanted to walk and talk like these coolest dudes ever.

Let’s be more responsible about how we act around local kids and teenagers. They look up to us, like big brothers (or sisters!). They seek our attention and approval, and it’s up to us to influence them well and teach them values.

So, “if you want to give them stuff (clothes you don’t use, surfboards, sneakers), that’s awesome, but please don’t give it ALL to the ‘cool surfer punk kids’ who hang out around you all day long!  Also try and find the hardworking kids who go to school everyday and who help out their families at home,“ Lissette advises.


Kids who want to look up to you. Let’s teach them by giving out a good example.

Respect the locals, especially on the waves.

The majority of local surfers are hard working people. Most likely they’ve had to work all day, and if they only have one hour to surf, let’s try and give them that nice spot while they’re out there surfing on their free time.

Be aware of what businesses you’re supporting.

Remember that ‘consciousness is created’. You have the power to choose how you’re spending your money.

“Ask the people at the hotels/hostels you’re planning on staying at, if they give back to the community. Choose to stay with someone who’s doing something worthwhile, socially and environmentally,”  Lissette adds. “Set the example. That way you will help other hotels want to imitate the socially conscious ones and set the example too.”
It turns into a chain reaction.


Small turtle farm at Azul Surf Club. Baby turtles are released back to the ocean. (Lissette tells the local turtle egg poachers to sell the eggs to her, instead of other restaurants who will most likely serve them as food.)

It’s important to ‘get out there’.

If you have a week’s stay, it only takes a couple of hours tops; to go out, explore the area, and give back to the places and people you see fit.

Lissette shares some ideas, “Bring an old laptop down and give it to the local school. Take a bottle of aspirin and give it to the clinic. Bring with you clothes from back home that you don’t wear anymore, give it to the church.”
Definitely, doable stuff that makes a big difference.
All those little choices you take, make a huge impact to the community around you and your surf trip.

“If every single person picked one thing they were passionate about and if everybody committed just four hours a month, let’s say, one hour a week; if everybody could do that, the world would be exponentially a better place.”

Thank you, Lissette for sharing this knowledge with us and for being so awesome.

Like we say at Wave Tribe, “doing the right thing is always a good thing (and it feels good, too!)”
Let’s get out there and share the stoke!


El Cuco sunrise, surf, coffee and buddies ; )



Inspire A Kid To Surf, Change A Life

Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

Wait, you thought that sucked?

At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

Dude, if you are reading this article it’s likely that you are not part of the aforementioned statistics and if you keep reading you’ll learn about some surfers that are working to inspire a kid to surf, change a life and hopefully give them the stoke they need to live a better reality. I know surfing changed my life and it probably changed yours.

Where do good intentions start?

A group of old time friends (who happen to be pro surfers) joined together for a better cause and created a NGO called Granito de Arena to inspire kids to surf. Founded two years ago by life-long surfers and buddies Andres Fernandez from Ecuador, Gary Saavedra (Panama), Magnum Martinez (Venezuela), Martin Passeri (Argentina), and Otto Flores (Puerto Rico). Joining the group recently, is Carissa Moore (Hawaii), proudly representing a 70% increase in girls’ participation this year.

Every year these six Latin American pro surfers pack their bags and travel along the Central and South American coast in search of young minds to inspire. Most of the surf spots they visit are small coastal communities with families living under harsh conditions and scarce financial resources. These surfers aim to empower the younger generations living in these coastal communities by teaching them to surf.

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Carissa Moore (Hawaii), Granito de Arena’s newest member.


Granito de Arena believes exposing surfing to underprivileged kids helps build confidence, endurance, strength and determination. (How did surfing change your life?) Through learning to surf these children are exposed to life tools that could become the building blocks for a better life.

The moment these kids stand on a surfboard and ride a wave for the very first time they fall in love with the ocean’s all-embracing harmony—followed by a huge smile on their face and lots of stoke. Let’s not forget these children’s reality, most of them need a reason to smile and I can’t think of a better way to create one.

Granito de Arena’s secondly purpose for inspiring these young surfers is rooted in their lessons on respect for the ocean and planet. Granito de Arena wants these children to understand the link between their stoked feeling and the ocean. They know that if they can help make this connection there is a chance that these kids will look at the sea differently and begin to care for Papá Océano’s health. Granito de Arena’ official motto is, “Give a ‘grain of sand’ back to the ocean” and “let’s leave better children for our world.”

Photo courtesy of Gilbert Baez

Photo courtesy of Gilbert Baez

 Granito de Arena organizes surf camps + trash clean-ups for the local communities.

Granito de Arena gets in contact with the community’s school in advance to organize schedules and get written permission. Plastic bottles, sadly, are usually found laying around as litter on most of the locals beaches they visit. Granito de Arena asks the kids the day before their lesson to collect 20 plastic bottles as a symbolic exchange for the surfing lessons, passing along a great first lesson and empowering the children of the community to get directly involved in cleaning up their environment.

After having fun on the water they sit down with the kids and talk with them about the ocean and its magic. They show them through images and video presentations how plastic has negatively impacted our oceans and wildlife.  The members of Granito de Arena explain that there are ways to help change the travesty of plastic on the environment. They teach that plastic is not the problem, but what we do with the plastic and how we dispose of it and they discuss ways to live by responsibly.

This eye-opening statement is then followed by creative workshops for the kids and their caregivers. They show them fun ways of making something useful and functional reusing plastic bottles—pieces of furniture, walls for houses, mosquito traps (very essential for most tropical areas), among other brilliant ideas.

Andrés Fernández, Granito de Arena's founder, speaking to Salvadoran kids.

Andrés Fernández, Granito de Arena’s founder, speaking to Salvadoran kids.

 How do these guys ride the Wave of Inspiration?

Andrés understands the importance of addressing these issues and he feels that through surfing networks, problems can more easily be addressed. The pro surfers presence is very important because it influences more people and more sponsors to participate locally and internationally. Who wouldn’t want to spend a day with a pro surfer learning to surf?

Audience buildup keeps the wheels turning for Granito de Arena’s movement and helps them reach out to more and more communities. Their goal is to carry this message to all the countries of the world and give back, “un granito de Arena” at a time to our oceans.

Please watch this video.


Surfing For Change Bali Trash Tubes

Surfing For Change Bali Trash Tubes

Surfing for Change Bali Trash Tubes in this excellent video report by pro surfer Kyle Thiermann.

surfing for changeBali is a little island with a big problem – it’s drowning in trash. In this short film, host & pro-surfer, Kyle Thiermann, shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of Indonesia and what we can do to restore it to the pristine, tropical paradise it once was.

Surfing For Change: Indonesia Trash Tubes is Kyle Thiermann’s seventh film in the Surfing for Change series. The video takes you on a journey through Indonesia, where Thiermann interviews environmental activists about the trash epidemic and scores some beautiful waves along the way.

Curtis Lowe, Project Manager of Project Clean Uluwatu, describes the challenges faced in disposing of trash in Uluwatu, Bali – a world renowned surf spot with 500+ visitors per day – and plans for installing an environmentally friendly liquid waste processing system. Pak Ketut Putra, Director of Conservation International Indonesia, outlines the strategy to his success in ending widespread turtle slaughter in Indonesia and how that applies to the current initiative to clean up Bali.


Whale Rescued By Surfer

Whale Rescued By Surfer

Local Va Beach Fishermen, Captain “Pat Foster” and Mate “Adrian Colaprete”, of the “Wave Runner” charter fishing boat based out of Ruddee Inlet, rescue endangered Northern Right Whale.

They were off the coast of Virginia Beach yesterday about 50 miles helping a team of scientists conduct research studies offshore. Pat spotted a whale swimming irregularly in the distance and decided to have a closer look. The team identified the whale as an endangered species of the Northern Right Whale and noted the whale was in serious danger. The whale was tangled in some sort of fishing ropes or trap line and was slowly dragging the fishing gear behind it.

Pat and Adrian decided they would have to try and assess the situation a little further and find out if they could do something to help the whale. After patterning the whales movements the team decided Adrian would get in the water with the whale and take a closer look. When Adrian swam up to the whale he sensed the whale was welcoming his help and he made the decision to cut the rope tangling the whale to the line of fishing gear. After the rope was cut the tangled fishing gear sank to the bottom of the ocean and the whale swam away free.

It’s a happy ending to an amazing fish story!

Right Whales are the rarest of all large whales. There are several species of Right Whales and they are identified by enormous heads.

Right whales were named by whalers who identified them as the “right” whale to kill on a hunt. These whales had enormous value for their plentiful oil and baleen, which were used for corsets, buggy whips, and other contrivances. Because of their thick blubber, right whales also float accommodatingly after they have been killed. Populations of these whales were decimated during the whaling heydays of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. During this period they came close to extinction.

All species of Right Whales are endangered and have enjoyed complete international protection since 1949.

The most common causes of mortality for Right Whales is due to getting tangled in fishing gear and ship collisions.

Northern Right Whales are the most endangered of all large whales. They number only several hundred, and populations do not appear to have grown in the decades since their protection began.

Because females do not become sexually mature until ten years of age and give birth to a single calf after a yearlong pregnancy, populations grow slowly.

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Documentary Planet Ocean

Documentary Planet Ocean

A must watch documentary.

A brilliant 90-minute documentary filmed by directors Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, along with their team in partnership with OMEGA and with the scientific support of Tara Expeditions, captures the extraordinary images of our remarkable oceans – the source of all life on our planet.

Planet Ocean, presented at Earth Summit 2012 in Rio de Janeiro (RIO+20), Brazil in June, is a collaborative film that aims to explain some of the planet’s greatest natural mysteries and highlights how essential it is that mankind learns to live in harmony with our oceans.

Grab your rad eco surf gear here

ReSurf Project: Pay Forward The Love Of Surfing

ReSurf Project Pay it Forward

Wave Tribe pledges it’s support for the ReSurf Project and we’ll be donating some eco goodies for their NY event.

ReSurf aims to pay forward the love of surfing by donating time & surfboards to underprivileged children throughout the world (that is a rad project, no?)

All the boards are being painted by artists all over NY, that’s rad too—artists supporting the future.

Resurf is making an independent documentary about their non profit project to highlight this unique story and spread our message and we’ll keep you posted here on their progress.

Here is a glimpse . . .

The ReSurf Project from Steve Weinrib on Vimeo.


Wave Tribe Supports SurfAid International

Wave Tribe Supports SurfAid International

SurfAid International is a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.

Kick4Humanity is having a (fun)raiser for SurfAid at the end of the month in San Juan Capistrano.

Wave Tribe is donating some gear to support their efforts, please check them out if you can, they are doing awesome work.

Wave Tribe Supports SurfAid International