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Thursday, 26 March 2009

Does Peter Andre Surf?

Peter Andre, pop sensation and teen pin-up certainly wowed the crowds with his catchy reggae based records in the 1990's and more recently has been splashed across the worlds media after marrying busty, one time page 3 girl, Katie "Jordan" Price (30), but after seeing an advert for a surf school in Newquay this week, I'm wondering has he diversified into running surf lessons?

We all know that ageing pop prince Peter (36) is originally from Australia but can he surf and is he taking lessons for wannabe surfers in Cornwall? Checkout this picture and you decide

I have no doubt that Katie Price reads the Extremehorizon blog to keep up with current surfing events and news, so Katie, perhaps you'll be able to drop us a line to confirm Peter's surfing status?

If Katie aka "Jordan" does miss this though and if anyone else knows the couple or indeed has taken lessons with Peter, feel free to drop us a line.

We'll keep you updated!

Thursday, 19 March 2009

British Junior Surf Team using Matunas surf wax for World Juniors 2009

Extremehorizon Distribution and Matunas Organic surf wax are pleased to announce that the British Junior Surf team are trying out Matunas wax. The team will be using the wax during their training sesssions in the lead up to the World Junior Surfing Championships and taking a supply of tropical Matunas to use during the competition in Ecuador Mar28th-April 05th 2009.

The British Surfing Association are committed to a more sustainable future for UK surfing and Jo Hillman of the BSA said of the team using Matunas wax “The BSA fully endorse any environmentally friendly product”

Extremehorizon, Northern European distributors for Matunas said “We are really pleased that the British Team are trying out Matunas surf wax in training sessions and during the World Junior Championships in Ecuador. Todays younger generations are much more environmentally aware so the team will hopefully embrace Matunas wax which is rapidly becoming a market leader and one which is showing the way for other surf brands and products”

After trying out Matunas wax during training Tassy Swallow of the girls team said “I think Matunas Eco wax is such a good idea and not only is it a good idea it serves it's function well too! The wax stays firm all day and doesn't rub away easily or melt in the sun”

The boys have also taken a positive view of Matunas with British team riders Lewis Clinton commenting “It's really great stuff” and Tom Wood “I like the wax, and can't give it any faults, it does the job nicely”

Matunas have been making an organic surf wax from their 25 acre farm in Santa Cruz California since 1998. They use ingredients grown on the farm and everything is 100% natural, with fragrances from real strawberries, raspberries and jasmine flowers. Matunas have created a product which is superior to paraffin and chemical based surf waxes by manufacturing a non-toxic, biodegradeable wax presented in 100% recycled paper, soy ink, wrappers.

Matunas eco-surf wax has been tested and proven by some of the worlds best surfers including Kelly Slater, Gerry Lopez, the Malloy family, Cory Lopez, Chris Ward, Brett Simpson, Ratboy, Gavin Beschen, Joel Tudor and Tom Curren, so the British Junior team are in good company!

Matunas also received the honour of winning the Green Product of the year 2007-08 by Surfers Path and enjoy continuing support of the Surfrider Foundation and Surfers Against Sewage.

Matunas surf wax is an environmentally friendly alternative that's beneficial to our oceans and a small step towards sustainability in surfing

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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

College courses in surfing!

Now heres a course I wish had been available when I went to college- a qualification in surfing! Further education can be an easy life at the best of times but to spend 2 years studying surfing, how tough can that be! In fact sign me up, I'm going back to college.... Heres the article from The Sun Newspaper:

"A college course in surfing which will cost UK taxpayers £100,00, was recently branded a "Mickey Mouse" idea.

It will see pupils hone their skills at top boarding hotspots for two years.

The course — geared towards gaining a BTEC National Certificate in Sport — could also take students abroad.

But critics slammed it as a “waste of money”.

It starts in September at the Bournemouth and Poole College in Dorset — to coincide with the completion of Europe’s first artificial surf reef in nearby Boscombe. Young boarders will spend “study” time on the beach and go to surf havens like Cornwall and Devon under the instructions of two tutors.

The course costs £4,012 per student and is being subsidised by the taxpayer via the Learning and Skills Council.

Tutor Gary Hart said: “Surfing is a growing industry and there are lots of opportunities.” Students will be able to complete a beach lifeguard and a surf instructor’s qualification.

But the Level One British Surfing Association badges — which enable surfers to teach — would usually take just two or three days to complete.

Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “This sort of thing has no place in a college of further or higher education — it is just cashing in by getting bums on seats. I’m afraid that these Mickey Mouse courses are part of a growing trend.”

Monday, 16 March 2009

"Guardians of Sea"-short film

We were recently contacted by, who in their own words are "a philanthropic multimedia organization that makes documentary films and takes photographs to showcase extraordinary nonprofit efforts and leaders around the world. The journey for the Explore team continues with its core mission in mind - to champion the selfless acts of others and to inspire a revolution of giving"

They have some short surf films, including the excellent "Guardians of the sea" a short film that chronicles the history of lifeguarding and of surf pioneers Duke Kahanamoku and Eddie Aikau.

The film has won multiple awards, at places like the Maui Film Festival, Santa Monica Ocean, and Alaska Ocean festivals, and has been featured on Surfline, Surfersvillage, and SurferMag -- where it is now the No. 1 viewed video.

We reckon its well worth a watch...check out the trailer below

Guardians of the Sea (Trailer) from Team Explore

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Surfers Against Sewage talk at DO lectures

Surfers Against Sewage campaign Manager Andy Cummins was invited to talk through the evolution of SAS at the DO Lectures, an event launched in Wales last September that featured 20 other speakers. The idea behind the annual event is that people who Do things can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things too.

Andy Cummins spoke about the evolution of Surfers Against Sewage and his involvement in the cause. From a group of surfers from St Agnes in Cornwall wanting to end raw sewage going out at Porthtowan and their hometown they have evolved into "Some of the Governments most sophisticated environmental critics" (BBS News and Current Affairs) and "Britain's coolest environmental pressure group" (The Independent).

Watch his ‘Lecture’ here and to know more about SAS or the DO Lectures check out and

The next DO Lectures will be held in September of this year – 2009 – near Cardigan Bay in Wales.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Tidal wave of Debris

We are all aware of the negative impact humans are having on the marine environment, but having just read a report from Ocean Conservancy I wasn't personally aware of the massive scale of the problem. Heres a brief extract from the press release following findings from a 1 day global marine clear up initiative last year.

"A tidal wave of man-made trash is threatening world oceans, damaging wildlife, tourism and seafood industries and piling additional stress on seas already hit by climate change, conservationists said on Tuesday.

A report by U.S.-based Ocean Conservancy detailed what it called a "global snapshot of marine debris" based on itemized records of rubbish collected by nearly 400,000 volunteers in 104 countries and places in a single day in September 2008.

Close to 7 million pounds (3.2 million kg) of trash -- the weight of 18 blue whales -- was collected from oceans, lakes, rivers and waterways in the 2008 cleanup, the group said in its report "A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris and What We Can Do About It".

It warned of a "tidal wave of ocean debris," calling it a major pollution problem of the 21st century. Topping the list of the 11.4 million items of trash collected were cigarette butts, plastic bags, and food wrappers and containers. In the Philippines alone, 11,077 diapers were picked up and 19,504 fishing nets were recovered in Britain.

"Our ocean is sick, and our actions have made it so," Vikki Spruill, president and chief executive of Ocean Conservancy, said in a statement accompanying the report. "We simply cannot continue to put our trash in the ocean. The evidence turns up every day in dead and injured marine life, littered beaches that discourage tourists, and choked ocean ecosystems," she said."

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Monday, 9 March 2009

Send Shell Home!

For several years, oil giant Shell have been trying to build the worlds first inland oil refinery along with a 92km offshore gas pipeline in County Mayo Ireland. The proposed site is a designated EU special area of conservation- it's a beautiful part of the world and hosts a diverse marine habitat, none of which of course factor into Shell's profit forecasts.

The local community and campaigners have resisted the project for over 8 years by direct action including inititives like the blocking of a tanker and demonstrations. A Shell tanker is due back in Mayo in April/May this year so campaigners are asking for continued support. For more info or to get involved visit:

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Keypod key safe: 1% for the Planet

The original actions sports key safe and surfers favourite, Keypod has made its financial donations to charity this week as part of the brand's involvement in the 1% for the Planet scheme. In a statement Keypod said,

"Keypod has had huge success since its inception four years ago and the product continues to expand its sales worldwide. So its an honour for us to be part of the 1% For the Planet scheme which allows us to give something back to the watersports and surf community who have supported us. This year we have made donations to the environmental initiative groups Surfers Against Sewage and Surfrider Europe"

For more information on Keypod click here or for more details on the great work SAS and Surfrider do, follow the links below:

Monday, 2 March 2009

Pilot whales stranded on King Island, Tasmania

Mar 2 - Nearly 200 pilot whales and a handful of bottlenose dolphins are beached on King Island in Tasmania.

Rescuers said only 54 of the 194 pilot whales who stranded themselves on King Island, between Tasmania and the Australian mainland were still alive. Seven dolphins also beached themselves.

The latest mass beaching takes the number of whales stranded in Tasmania's northwest over the past three months to more than 400, and follows the deaths of 48 sperm whales in January.

Mass strandings of whales occur periodically in Australia and New Zealand for reasons that are not entirely understood.

Theories include disturbance of echo-location, possibly by interference from sound produced by human activities at sea.

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