This week, I got to sit down for a chat with Lilly Woodbury who is and environmentalist and a media specialist making waves within the non profit organisation Surfrider in Tofino, which is off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.
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Today I am taking you to Lima (Peru) where I meet conservationist, lobbyist, filmmaker and environmental lawyer Bruno Monteferri.
Bruno is former semi professional tennis player gone green, and one amazing human who is leading Peru into becoming one of the spearhead nations for Nature Conservation.
Among other titles, Bruno Monteferri created Conservamos por Naturaleza, an NGO facilitating the organisation of events, cleanups and sustainable initiatives.
In our conversation we get to know Bruno a bit better, as he introduces us to some of the projects he’s leading at the moment. There are so many that it’s quite hard to keep up as he’s involved in protecting the waves, the rivers and the Rainforests of Peru.
Bruno’s latest creation, “A La Mar”, is a documentary sponsored by Patagonia and Save the Waves, retracing the story of La Ley de Rompientes (the law of the breaks) ; La Ley De Rompientes is a groundbreaking Peruvian law that has been protecting surf breaks for the past 20 years. It’s thanks to this law that Chicama has been preserved from man-made ocean infrastructure such as piers and oil rigs. What was really interesting, was that in the early 2000’s a bunch of surfers dared to grasp the nettle to defend their local breaks. With a lot of dedication, political and technical work, this community of surfers managed to create the legal basis of a law that is now implemented nationwide.
A la mar has been screened at the Adventure film Festival, FicSurf and the TNF Mountain film festival but it was made to be shared, so Bruno is offering to send it to whoever wants to get a copy. Hopefully by sharing it overseas, it will inspire surfers from all around the world to start influencing our leaders to change policies and protect more surf breaks. So don’t hesitate to contact Bruno to get hold of a copy.
On a more “surfy” perspective, Bruno gives us a guided tour of the best surf spots to visit if you are in Lima and shares his tips on preparing to ride Pico Alto, the Peruvian Mavericks.
To get in touch with Bruno, you can contact him via email, see what he’s doing in his NGO Conservamos Por Naturaleza. www.Hazlaportuolas.pe is the non profit in charge of protecting the waves of Peru and all donations go towards paying for the technical studies indispensable to prove the existence of surf breaks. Without the proof that the surf breaks exist, they cannot be enlisted as surf reserves.
As you will be able to see in the Links section of this article, there are all the links to the books and projects mentioned in this episode.
And to all you listeners out there, thank you for listening, it’s such a delight to make these podcasts and even more of a pleasure to know that you are listening.
Thank you Bruno for being such an inspiring guest!
Until next week, take care, have fun and enjoy the waves!
- Conservamos por Naturaleza : http://www.conservamospornaturaleza.org/
- Haz la por tu Ola : https://hazlaportuola.pe to support the funding of technical studies that complete the wave protection procedure.
- A La Mar, documentary : http://www.alamar.pe/
- Totnes: UK transition town leading the way in terms sustainability and circular economy : https://www.transitiontowntotnes.org/
- E.O Wilson “The Diversity of Life” :
- Global Forest Watch to monitor the deforestation around the world: https://www.globalforestwatch.org/
- The Waterkeeper Alliance https://waterkeeper.org/ Bruno Monteferri is Waterkeeper of the Marañon River http://maranonwaterkeeper.org/
- Save the Waves Coalition : https://www.savethewaves.org/
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This week, I got to sit down and chat with Al Mennie to talk about his latest book Overcome or Succumb, a book all about facing fear, anxiety and panic, in a goal to conquer life.
Anxiety and Fear affect millions of people to varying degrees across the world and appear to be a growing issue despite lots of research and resources available in how to handle them. Al believes his experience surfing some of the biggest waves on the planet has lead him to understand anxiety, fear and panic and allowed him to handle lots of everyday situations with a similar approach.
My guests today are two wonderful surfers from California: Tiare Hoegerman and Clarissa Kusel, the founders of The Ocean is Female.
About a year ago, Clarissa and Tiare decided to launch an Instagram account, and a Blog, called The Ocean is Female. The idea behind this side hustle, was to give an outlet for women surfers who want to share their stories and to find women who really surf and whose image doesn’t just boil down to a supermodel in a tiny bikini.
What started as a project in October 2017, is snowballing into an encyclopedia of inspiring and empowering female surf stories.
Today’s conversation is a tale of all tales. It’s an opportunity to meet the people behind this beautiful and refreshing non profit project. Clarissa and Tiare have a contagious sense of humour and share their story about the inception of the project, how to be a part of it, and their hilarious personal surf and travel stories.