Spiral Island - An artificial island June 18, 2009
Old news but interesting and very inspiring just the same.
Spiral Island I was a floating artificial island in a lagoon near Puerto Aventuras, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. It was built by the British eco-pioneer Richart Sowa starting in 1998; he filled nets with empty discarded plastic bottles to support a structure of plywood and bamboo, on which he poured sand and planted numerous plants, including mangroves. Unfortunately it was destroyed by Hurricane Emily in 2005.
The original island sported a two-story house, a solar oven, a self-composting toilet, and three beaches. He used some 250,000 bottles for the 66ft …
WhaleDreamer October 16, 2008
This looks like a documentary that deserves to be seen when it comes your way. 15 years in the making and about the return of an ancient whale tribe in Australia. It is well worth checking out”
Al - Zoozoo2.com
An old t-shirt story July 23, 2008
I was recently digging through my old t-shirts for something clean to wear. I don’t know about you but every t-shirt I have ever worn seems to have a story to tell, a small piece of my past sealed within its very fabric. I ended up sitting there for ages remembering this and that. It was like looking at an old photo album.
Some were happy stories, about holidays I had been on and people I had met. Others brought back embarrassing occasions and times I would much rather forget, but they were all memorable. T-shirts are like that.
It dawned on me that …
Reef Encounters February 14, 2008
An old post worth repeating.
Like many natural wonders that have caught the attention of global tourism, the sea-floor and in particular the coral reefs suffer from too much interest. As well meaning tourists and water-sports enthusiasts, we descend in our thousands if not millions on and into the world’s tropical and coastal waters. Unfortunately the damage we leave behind is becoming all too obvious. Marine life, and the sea on which we depend, surf and swim, is under threat from pollution, tourism, over-fishing and other damaging activities.
Corals and coral reefs are extremely sensitive, just walking on a reef can damage …
Submit your shark November 11, 2007
Huge, docile and beautiful the whale shark live in oceans across the globe, but no one knows where they breed, what their migration routes are or even how many there are.
Now here is where you come into it. Researchers at www.whaleshark.org are trying to fill in the gaps in this knowledge by cataloging photographs taken by both experts and amateurs alike. The Ecocean Whale Shark Photo-identification Library has collected thousands of images already but need more.
To date they have identified around 830 sharks.
Ecocean adds your photos of whale sharks to its library and tells you if there …
The trash vortex September 27, 2007
Greenpeace have produced an online animation showing what they call the Trash Vortex.
Its all about how plastic rubbish either directly thrown or washed by rivers into the North Pacific, is swept up by the currents of a gigantic swirling vortex called the North Pacific Gyre. Have a look
According to the Greenpaeace article and as many of us already know the very thing that makes plastic items useful to consumers, their durability and stability, also makes them a problem in marine environments. Around 100 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year of which about 10 …
T’ai Chi for Canoeing September 11, 2007
Just when I thought there was nothing more relaxing than an afternoon on the river I come across this.
T’ai Chi for canoeing - Practice these exercises on shore to perform better on the water.
Here is an extract from the article by Betsey Foster with Karen Knight:
Paddling is all about putting that paddle, single- or double-bladed, into the water and touring, surfing, playing, and having a good time. T’ai Chi is a Chinese martial art performed very slowly on land. So what could one have to do with the other?
That was my reaction in the …
Young Zoozoo2 teamrider in Jesus Surf Classic September 7, 2007
Jay Smith one of our young teamriders will be strutting his stuff this weekend at the Jesus Surf Classic in Croyde Bay, N Devon.
With over 100 surfers already entered for this year Jesus Surf Classic, it looks like being a great weekend of top surfing action. Croyde Bay once again hosts the Jesus Surf Classic, over the weekend of 8th –9th September. This hugely successful event has now been running for fifteen years.
After much soul searching with regards to the swell forecasts, at this stage organisers have decided to postpone the Men’s ‘Open’ Division, and ‘Masters’ Division from this weekend …
Ryanair lifts snowboard charges on flights to the snow September 6, 2007
Our friends at SCUK have just heard that Ryanair have announced that all snowboarders and skiers booking their seats to the snow before 30th September will be able to bring their snowboard equipment absolutely free of charge!
Just recently the airline unveiled its biggest ever ski programme with 58 direct routes from the UK to European ski airports.
FREE SKIS Terms and Conditions1) Passengers must book between the 30th August 07 and the 30th Sept 07.
2) As per the offer, passengers are entitled to bring one item (Skis/Boots/Pole or Snowboard/Boots) per return flight.
3) Offer applies to passengers flying to ski destinations only between …
How to canoe - open Canadian canoe August 15, 2007
Here is a great little video showing you how to control your Canadian open canoe. Although the beginning shots are a bit dark, the rest of the clip has some very nice moves in it.
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