Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Storm Surfers Airs on Wednesday!

July 7th, 2010 No comments


Okay people, this is hot of the press (so to speak) . . .

Storm Surfers Promo

If you miss it on Discovery Channel there is a DVD available online from 15 July. But hey, why pay money when you can watch it for free, right? Right! … Actually, I don’t have Sky TV so I’ll be scrounging off my mate Chris (but don’t tell him because he doesn’t know that yet). ๐Ÿ™‚



Storm Surfers – SnowTow?

July 5th, 2010 No comments

Hi again

Hope you have had a good week.

Well, I said I would have something for all the snowboarders out there, so here it is.

Storm Surfers Documentary



Get out there and ride the powder guys!

All the best


Look Closer – It’s What’s Inside That Counts

June 30th, 2010 No comments


Being fond of the beach there have been many trips to the coastline over the years. Most times in search of waves to surf, but other times to just enjoy time there with the family, or perhaps to have some “alone time” to contemplate life.

One time I was on a wharf in the Bay of Islands and I remember looking down into the water watching some small fish swimming around the wharf piles. Often water looks spectacular with the sun hitting it, but even here in the shade beneath the wharf it had a stunning turquoise colour.

Then I noticed something that up until then had been very nicely camouflaged. There was a starfish and a crab sharing the waterline of one of the wharf piles. I thought to myself . . .

‘What are they doing?’
‘May be the crab was trying to figure out a way of eating the starfish?’
‘Could they be involved in some type of symbiotic friendship?’
‘Perhaps one was cleaning the other?’
‘Why were they just below the waterline?
‘Was that because it was warmer there?’
‘Or was the crab completely unaware that he was sitting on a starfish?’
‘If so, imagine what the starfish was thinking???’

Okay, so you might be thinking “Who cares!” But, for me, while I was thinking about these things, I wasn’t worrying about the stresses of life. Often we forget that our minds need this “time out” so that we are better able to cope with life.

Starfish Crab

When my kids are with me I’m less philosophical, and more the explorer. In particular with my little boy, who is always fascinated by all the different things you can find at the beach.

One time we came across some Kina (sea urchin) and starfish sharing some water together and he seemed mesmerized by them.

Of course I had seen quite a few Kina on my many beach trips, and in fact have even stood on a few of them when surfing a local surf spot that breaks over a shallow reef where they live.

But when I saw my boy’s face I realized that this was his first experience with them. And just like me, he had a few questions to ask. “What are they Dad?” “Why has it got prickles?” I love his curious nature. The way he approached them cautiously and the excitement on his face – it wasย really cool.

But when I told him that people actually eat them, the look on his face was priceless!

“How the hang do they eat this?”

You Say People EAT This??

There are always things in nature that surprise us, things that we have never seen before. In fact, I came across something you might find interesting.

Officials at the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, Japan shot an incredible time-lapse video of a giant spider crab molting its whole exoskeleton.

Giant Spider Crab Sheds it’s Shell

Now that is a neat trick! How cool would it be to see that happening at the beach (as opposed to being in a bucket in Japan). Oh well, at least now when you see a crab shell on the beach, it doesn’t necessarily mean it got eaten!

The moral of the story? It’s what’s on the inside that counts – so take the time to look!

Happy exploring people. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Storm Surfers – Update

June 23rd, 2010 No comments

Hi everyone

Last month I talked to you about the new Storm Surfers documentary. I said I would keep you posted on when it would be showing. Well, it will be screening on the Discovery Channel on 14 July 2010 (check your TV Guide for more information).

In the meantime, I thought you might like to take a look at a selection of video clips.ย  Enjoy . . .

Storm Surfers Documentary

Big Waves

Storm Surfers Tasmania
(Short Clip – See Storm Surfers โ€“ Pedra Branca blog entry)

Storm Surfers Back in School (Breath Testing at Otago University)

Storm Surfers Wipeouts (Not for the faint hearted!)


Do you snowboard? Check back with my Blog next week and I’ll have something for the snowboarders out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Take care and I’ll see you next posting.


Storm Surfers – Pedra Branca

May 5th, 2010 2 comments

Hi everyone

Okay. Now for something different.

Most of you know that one of my favorite things to do is to surf. Well, for those that share my love of surfing I thought you might like to know about a new documentary called Storm Surfers – The hunt for the biggest waves in the Southern Ocean. It is supposed to be showing on the Discovery Channel here later in the year.

There was a news item on Australia’s 60 Minute program that interviewed the surfers (two-time world champion Tom Carroll and big wave tow-in pioneer Ross Clarke-Jones) and followed them on their trip to Pedra Branca. “Pedra who??” I hear you say. Actually the question is “Pedra where?’ And you are forgiven for not knowing where it is, even if you are a surfer. It is some remote inhospitable place South of Tasmania that no one would ever want to visit – unless you are crazy like Tom and Ross that is!! But hey, don’t take my word for it. Check out the video clip and decide for yourself.

The 60 Minutes Report


So what do you think after watching that? Wanna go? Teahupoo eat your heart out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time, take care.