Growing up as a water baby and nature lover, I have always been inspired by strong female role models in the area of conservation. In particular Virginia McKenna, both in the role she played as Joy Adamson in "Born Free" and the subsequent work she has done since the movie, by setting up The Born Free Foundation.
Today, as part of our series of inspirational blogs to celebrate World Oceans Day this coming weekend, we pay our respects to another huge global movement taking place today. World Environment Day marks its 75th Anniversary this year and is widely celebrated in over 100 countries
Europes biggest FREE beach festival attracts 50,000 visitors over the weekend and it's not hard to see why. With its eclectic bunch of beach sports, water sports, mermaids, water men, surfers, paddle boarders, exhibitors, kids entertainment, live music stage, food and drink a plenty, it really is fun in the sun and in, on or under the water!!
It's the 1950’s and 1960’s, and surf culture was exploding in Hawaii, Australia and California. It affected everything from music, fashion, literature, film, art and design. This period in time produced woodies (cars), bikinis, board-shorts (boardies), skateboards, the Beach Boys, Gidget and the association of the Shaka sign (a common Hawaiian greeting) with surfing and other board sports.
Turtles are depicted as easygoing, patient and wise. They have important roles in mythology around the world and are often implicated in “Creation Myths”. They symbolise wisdom and knowledge, as well as personifying water, the moon, The earth, time, immortality and fertility.
Paddle boarding as we know it today, is steeped in history and heritage. The watermen of Hawaii are perhaps the most well known advocates, however - the humble stand up paddle board was actually first recorded thousands of years ago and has global notoriety.
Some five years ago, I discovered a wonderful blog by the incredible Captain Liz Clark who has inspired me ever since. I have had nothing but admiration for her as a compassionate human being and spirited adventurer. But what really captured my heart, was the unbreakable bond between her, and her feline companion Amelia the Tropicat.
Winter wetsuits can be anywhere from 4mm - 7mm thick. The most important thing to take in to consideration however is the technology, as different brands will vary. We strongly advise that you go to your local surf shop and talk to the people that work there, as they will be able to give you sound advice. Don't rely on guess work and get fitted properly.
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