Ocean Night featuring Lost in the Ether and Ancient Sea Turtles Stranded in a Modern World
Thursday, February 9
Free for OC, Surfrider and Baykeeper members & children 10 and under.
In surfing’s quiet culture war between fashion and substance, substance is in dire need of a bit of help. So, I am hugely buoyed to announce a breath-taking shot across the bow from surfing’s most substantial commentator, Andrew Kidman, in his new film/book project, “Lost In The Ether.” In a surf cultural landscape trammeled by posers and sleight of hand illusionists, Kidman is still finding fresh and illuminating ground to explore. Who else would have thought to track down and ride the celebrated, stubby single fin a young Michael Peterson rode in Morning of the Earth, the vehicle responsible for THAT cutback? Who knew MP was only 18 and had been shaping for a year when he sculpted the landmark craft? Who else would have studied and measured and tried to replicate the thing, interviewed a remarkably lucid MP today about the subtleties of the craft, and reached conclusions that inform our understanding of surfboard design today? The endangered species of the devoted surfer/shaper is Kidman’s focus this time – Dave Parmenter, Michael Mackie, Terry Fitzgerald, Simon Anderson, Wayne Lynch. Kidman’s narration is sometimes a bit earnest, which is a shame because he’s a funny bugger, at his best when his witty self-deprecating streak shines through. And he shoots, edits and scores the whole thing himself, providing a moody soundtrack with his band the Windy Hills. Ground-breaking. – www.theinertia.com/
The endangered sea turtle emerges from its nest and dashes to the sea. So begins an odyssey that will take the hatchling on a several thousand mile and decades-long migration, ending in its return as a giant adult to the very beach where it began life – completing a cycle that has endured for 100 million years. The modern world poses many threats to ancient sea turtles: poaching, entanglement in fishing gear, destruction of nesting sites, and pollution of the oceans. The greatest threat comes from the capture of sea turtles in shrimp nets. As the public’s taste for shrimp increases, so does the danger to sea turtles. Turtle excluder devices (TEDs), installed in shrimp nets, offer the simple solution. If the public demands “turtle-safe” shrimp the way they do “dolphin-safe” tuna, then the industry will be forced to use TEDs consistently.