Environment

This category curates stories of the environment that help shape a better world. Peek inside and discover feature articles about surf break protection and coastal issues that you can act upon. Learn about those little ways you can make a big difference in your own little patch. Be inspired and stay informed.

Australia

Watch: Laurie Towner Finds The Simple Life Of WA

Derek Morrison
Life on the edge of a desert is simple living. Especially on Western Australia’s remote coastline when a swell begins pushing across the reefs and points. Laurie Towner reminds us all of the importance of the simple life. A renowned big wave surfer, the very laidback Towner, steals a chance......
Business

Sustainability And Innovation Key Drivers At Seventhwave Wetsuits

Derek Morrison
Lying on a table in Seventhwave’s Ferrymead factory in Christchurch is a fluffy orange wetsuit that doesn’t look anything like the wetsuit manufacturer’s flagship Yamamoto suits. Sarah smiles, she lifts the wetsuit up and explains the prototype to me. “I haven’t surfed in this one yet,” she admits with a......
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Reviews

Review: Need Essentials Thermal 4:3 Steamer

Derek Morrison
We were blown away by the value for money with our Need Essentials steamer produced by a company that prides itself on stripping away the costs of traditional surf wetsuit production. By minimising packaging, branding, expensive advertising campaigns and retail markups, Need Essentials is able to deliver a high-end adult......
Environment

World Surf League Unveils Unprecedented Commitment To The Environment

Derek Morrison
In an unprecedented move for a global professional sports body, World Surf League has today committed to becoming carbon neutral and eliminating single-use plastics by the end of 2019. This announcement adds further weight to the WSL’s existing ocean conservation efforts. Those efforts include WSL Pure, its non-profit arm, which......
Business

Luxury Oceanwear Range Driven To Clean Up Oceans With Kiwi At The Helm

Derek Morrison
They say this is the era of the fierce female. If that’s true then Janaya Wilkins, with her new sustainable oceanwear range, nails it. Born in New Zealand, designed in London and made in Italy, SLO active has a global purpose: to clean up and protect our oceans. Wilkins grew......
Issues

Watch: Wild Waters, The Fight To Protect The Great Australian Bight

Derek Morrison
The Great Australian Bight is one of Australia’s least known stretches of wilderness. It is a cauldron of unsung natural treasures, biodiversity, landscapes and waves. A pristine wilderness, it is one of the world’s last unexploited areas and home to thriving coastal communities, whale sanctuaries and more unique marine life......
Issues

Watch: Sea Shepherd Surveys Biodiversity Of The Great Australian Bight

Derek Morrison
Early last year, Sea Shepherd Australia invited scientists from the South Australian Government to accompany them on a science expedition aboard the M/Y Steve Irwin to the Investigator Marine Park. This was the first-of-its-kind partnership with The South Australian Department of Environment and Water. What they discovered was a compelling......
New Zealand

Subantarctic Surf Discovery, Part 2: Enderby Island

Derek Morrison
Chasing waves on Enderby Island starts with getting to know the locals. They’re furry and blanket the place like lolling beach bums of the south. A little respect (and a lot of patience) will go a long way in this remote part of the Southern Ocean perched on the western......
New Zealand

Subantarctic Surf Discovery, Part 1: Campbell Island

Derek Morrison
Finding new waves on planet earth these days is a pretty tough ask. Sure the odd slab might be unearthed here and there, but the goalposts are well out on any significant discoveries. Especially here in New Zealand. So when I was given the chance to join an expedition voyage......
Issues

Iconic Mangamaunu Point Break Gets Reprieve, Carpark Axed

Derek Morrison
The iconic Mangamaunu Bay earns reprieve from NZ Transport Agency’s shared use cycle path plans following the Surfbreak Protection Society’s judicial review mediation. It’s a win for all surfers in New Zealand and testament to the power of the people when working together for a cause. UPDATED: November 27, 2018......

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