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.
With the continued exponential growth in stand up paddle boarding The Wild Side takes a look at some of the benefits of this exciting, yet relaxing sport and why you should be making the most of nature and everything it has to offer!
Soul mates. They really call themselves that, which makes sense, because I guess they are ... They have no harsh edges with each other, no spiny conflicts, they ride though life like conjoined jellyfish - expanding and contracting instinctively, filling each other's spaces liquidly. Making it look easy.
"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living". Sir David Attenborough We couldn't agree more!! Being up stood up on the water, as opposed to sitting on the water - and additionally not having any kind of noisy motor, affords the benefit of gliding gracefully and peacefully amongst nature. So this week, The Wild Side takes a closer at what you have been reporting on seeing this month and what you might expect to see throughout the year.
Its one of Brighton and Hove's biggest events of the year - with an anticipated 50,000 visitors expected to head to Hove Lawns on the 7th and 8th July. And it just keeps on getting better and better! Having been granted charitable status for the first time this year, The Wild Side takes a look in a bit more detail at some of the brilliant events going on this year and some of the organisations that will benefit!
Synonymous with the Palace Pier, fish and chips, Fat Boy Slim and the beautiful Brighton Dome, the wonderful seaside resort of Brighton & Hove is buzzing with tourists throughout the summer months! But what else can you do here to give you that perfect holiday "getaway" vibe? The "Wild Side" takes a look!
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