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The Surfrider Foundation Turns 30 Today – A Remarkable Timeline

by Chris Dixon

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Thirty years ago today, a trio of California wave riders successfully filed for the formation of an organization that was, at its time, unprecedented in the surfing world. The Surfrider Foundation was originally formed by legendary Malibu surfer Lance Carson, eco-activist Tom Pratte and computer engineer Glenn Hening. The initial focus was severe pollution in Malibu lagoon, but from the start, Hening and his partners envisioned “a sort of Cousteau society for surfers.”

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Jimmy Buffett’s Surfboard Collection and Ben Marcus’ New Book in a Honolulu Celebration on August 24

by Chris Dixon

One day back in June of 2008, I received a phone call from a guy named Jimmy Buffett. I’d been working occasional projects for Jimmy since back in 1999 when he hired me to travel with him for a year and write and film an online diary about the experience. Yeah, 1999 was a pretty damn good year of my life.

So anyway, Jimmy tells me that for his 60th birthday, he decided to purchase one of two Reynolds Yater-shaped surfboards used during the filming of John Milius’ epic Apocalypse Now. And by that, I mean the actual “Yater Spoon” that Robert Duval orders his guys to surf at “Charlie’s Point” during live combat. The board that spawned the immortal exclamation, “Charlie Don’t Surf!”

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Mission Blue: A New Documentary on Netflix About Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle

by Owen James Burke

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“Think of the world without an ocean – you’ve got a planet a lot like Mars.” -Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle (AKA “Her Deepness”) is a leading marine conservationist, a scientist, an engineer, a teacher and an explorer calling for something simple, really: “protect the ocean in the same way we now protect the land” by developing “a global network of marine protected areas to save and restore the ocean.”

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Video: Watch a Goliath Grouper Swallow a 4-Foot Shark Whole

by Owen James Burke

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I’ve lost more fish to sharks while fishing than I can begin to recall, but I can say with absolute certainty that I’ve never lost a shark to a fish.

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Fresh Cut Lime, Meet Fresh Cut Surfer. The Worst Wipeouts from the Billabong Tahiti Pro.

by Chris Dixon

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Day one of the Billabong Pro Tahiti saw not only spectacular charges through Teahupoo’s heaving barrels of doom, but the stomach clenching downside of such bravery. Lately, my five-year-old son has been telling me he wants to become a pro surfer. While I suppose there are far worse things he could do with his life, as a parent, I’m not sure I could cope with having to watch him go through the sort of carnage that Tahiti dishes out.

Yet as the end of the above video shows, there’s always the chance for the wayward, or reckless pro surfer to be chastened by the Darwinian aftermath of these encounters with shallow reefs. That comes not necessarily in the form of hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, or a even broken bone, but straight up, undiluted up lime juice.

Why lime juice?

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Life in Salt: An Interview with Dr. Marcus Eriksen: Marine, Junk Raft Sailor, Anti-Plastics Crusader and Founder of 5 Gyres Institute

by Owen James Burke

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Eriksen, Up to His Ears in Floating Detritus of the Modern World.
(Photo: Algalita Marine Research Blog)

Dr. Marcus Erikson came home after a tour in the 1991 Gulf War and returned to school to earn his PhD in Science Education from the University of Southern California. Just months after that, he built a raft and drifted down the Mississippi River, an experience he chronicled in his book, My River Home.

Further curiosity led him to build a 30′ raft of 15,000 water bottles, using a Cessna airplane fuselage as a cabin. He set sail aboard his plasticine contraption  from Los Angeles, California en route to Ala Wai Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii in 2008. Along with Joel Paschal, another “eco-mariner,” the pair sailed 2,600 miles over the course 88 days, attracting enormous attention to his then startup organization, The 5 Gyres Institute. Since, Erikson has sailed well over 35,000 miles through all 5 of the subtropical gyres, places where ocean currents meet and form a large vortex. This vortex pulls in and collects anything and everything that the currents gather along the way, including plastics and other floating debris.

Now, as the executive director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, Eriksen is dedicated to studying the five massive subtropical gyres with the goal of reducing and ultimately eliminating the scourge of plastic pollution in our oceans, all in the name of research, education and adventure. We caught up with him after he and a crew sailed up from Bermuda into the Arctic in search of more garbage. “Unfortunately,” he says, “we found it.”

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Watch a Concerned Dog Try to Resuscitate Fish Out of Water

by Owen James Burke

Dogs try to eat a fisherman’s catch now and then, and I have a friend whose dog used to eat our fish all the time, but this one in Phetchaburi, Thailand appears to be acting as something of a guardian angel. Makes you wonder if it’s ever seen a fish out of water before.

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Shark’s Play, Salty Comics by Liz Climo

by Owen James Burke

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