Plastic for Dinner?

That's right, plastic is for dinner - but not for you.  It seems that an inadvertent discovery has been made that has scientists REALLY excited about a possible way to biodegrade plastic.  The larvae of a particular moth seems to be able to eat and digest plastic - opening up a new door into research for getting rid of the horrific plastic soup our ocean (and Earth in general) is becoming. Amateur beekeeper, Federica Bertocchini, made the discovery when removing the caterpillars from the honeycombs in her beehive. Click the photo below for the article at University of Cambridge where Dr Paolo Bombelli is doing research on the find.

The "magic" behind the Hypto Krypto

If you call yourself a surfer, chances are pretty good that you have, at least, heard of the Hypto Krypto which won Australian Surf Industry Awards Surfboard of the Year 2 years in a row.  The man behind the über popular board, Hayden Cox, talks a little more about the Future Flex carbon frame technology in the video below. You can pick up one of these magic boards at a lot of shops but 2 of our favorites are Air & Speed Surf Shop in Montauk, NY and Hatteras Island Boardsports in Avon, NC

The Surfer Biome Project

Surfer/Scientist Cliff Kapono will destroy any stereotypes you may have of surfers.  A Spicoli burnout this guy is not!  In conjunction with University of California San Diego Global Health Institute, American Gut Project, and European Center for Environment and Human Health, Cliff set out in the fall of 2016 on a worldwide project testing surfers and the environments they live and surf in to show that we are literally products of our environment.  Check out the teaser video below and look for the finished project this summer.

Life is a Wave 2017

There are a lot of organizations doing amazing environmental work and several that focus on coastal issues.  Save the Waves Coalition is one of those doing fantastic things for our coastlines around the globe.  We had the pleasure of attending last year's Life is a Wave gala featuring music by G. Love and honoring the contributions of Greg Long, Dr. Charles Lester and Bureo Skateboards as well as the Save the Waves Film Festival.  

2017's Life is a Wave in San Francisco promises to be a fantastic event raising money for an amazing organization doing tremendous work.  May 20 is just a month away so click below and get tickets to this amazing event and learn a bit more about the Save the Waves Coalition.

Summer is Coming Stay Safe! Vol 1: Rip Currents

Everyone has heard of rip currents and many people know, in theory, how they work & how to get out of them but it isn't black & white.  Taking a few minutes to learn about the mechanics of a Rip Current and how to rescue yourself and/or someone else can make the difference between a great day at the beach and a tragedy.  Take a look at the image below then scroll down to read more.

Rip currents occur anywhere there is a deeper spot in the water with shallower spots on either side.  As waves surge towards shore and push water towards the beach that water needs to be able to go back out. Shallow sandbars create resistance to that water being able to recede  & with continued pressure from the water, eventually a break in the sandbar will occur creating a deeper channel for water to funnel out.  This narrow channel will have a strong current of water that can and will pull the strongest of swimmers out through it.  Beachgoers get into trouble when they try to swim against this current and get tired - contrary to popular opinion rip currents DO NOT pull you DOWN.  If you find yourself being pulled out in a rip current the most important thing to do is RELAX!  You won't be pulled out to the middle of the ocean but it's important to remember that you will not be able to swim in against the current no matter how good a swimmer you are!  Simply pick a spot down the beach and swim towards it, parallel to the shore.  You will swim yourself out of the rip current & then be able to swim to shore. Take your time, don't panic and be sure to get good breaths of air to fill your lungs while swimming.  

If you notice a friend or family member caught in a rip current coach them from shore rather than going in after them.  Send someone else to get a lifeguard to help and encourage the swimmer to swim sideways (parallel to shore), take their time, don't panic, and remind them that you're keeping an eye on them!

Rip currents can happen anywhere there is a lot of water moving around and can occur suddenly at beaches with sandy bottoms.  Surfers are often a good source of knowledge on rip currents & should also be summoned for help - especially if a lifeguard isn't available.