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Sunset whale mural by Chris Del Moro

The Sunset Cooperative Nursery School is the official site of OB’s newest completed mural project, a whale painting by artist Chris Del Moro. The mural project was initiated by Save The Waves, an environmental non-profit organization that works to protect endangered surf spots around the globe. The project was completed over the course of two days and served as an introduction in honoring ocean conservation and the Save The Waves Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 12.
Del Moro is an artist living in southern California whose art has appeared on everything from murals to t-shirts.
The film Transparent Sea, is a documentary (shown at STWFF) about Dave Rastovich’s 700km Australian voyage with friends (including CDM) from Byron Bay to Bondi Beach in Oct. 2009. The crew followed the whales along their migration path to both observe and attract more attention to the majestic and gigantic sea creatures.
According to the Transparent Sea Voyage’s website, inspiration for the journey sprang from environmental concern for marine creatures and the desire to raise awareness and ultimately, someday, real legitimate protection.
“For sixty million years the largest brains on Earth have swam and surfed harmoniously within the ocean. Today, industrialized man threatens the future of our oceans, whales and dolphins via commercial fishing, domestic, industrial and acoustic pollution, and direct kills. The Transparent Sea voyage expresses the surfing worlds desire to surf with cetaceans in an ocean that is clean, clear, and protected.”
Now OB can enjoy land whales too at the Sunset Co-op on the corner of Lawton and Great Highway.

A sad day in surfing: Andy Irons passes away at 32

UPDATE
November 14, 2010:
Today thousands from the surfing world from around the world celebrated Andy’s life with a memorial paddle out in Kauai. Watch the video here.

Photo credit: surfglassy, Creative Commons

This week has been a whirlwind of emotion for San Franciscans. Our beloved Giants won the World Series, we exercised our right to vote on the midterm election, and then we lost one of the greatest surfers of all time, Andy Irons.
The news was first broken by the Honolulu AP and picked up by the Los Angeles Times.
As his family and the surfing world mourns the young surfer’s death, the mystery remains: how did this happen?
Irons left Puerto Rico with Dengue Fever. He never made it home to Kauai. Allegedly, some heavy duty sleeping pills and methadone (a drug used to overcome heroin addiction) were found at his bedside.
Did Irons battle drugs quietly before finally falling under the sword of overdose? Or did the virus he carried need hospital attention?
Some think it’s disrespectful to even ask such questions, but as a journalist I feel it’s important to know the truth.
The truth provides closure and gives meaning to senseless deaths. At some point over the next few weeks, toxicology tests will reveal this truth, and the last piece of the puzzle will be complete.
In the meantime, and forever, let’s honor the three time ASP world champion pro surfer for being what a friend of mine described in meeting him as “kind and humble.”
Irons leaves behind a big family, a soon to be mother and wife, and a surfing world that has idolized him since his early days as a teenage surfing prodigy.
Andy, we miss you. Those who knew you well, and those who only watched your skillful maneuvers from afar, hoping to one day give you props. May you rest in peace.

NorCal local Lara Novak with AI in Oz. Photo credit: Steve Sherman

A few more thoughts from Lara Novak, a surfer friend traveling in Australia:
“Andy’s passing is on everybody’s mind in Oz. I am on the Gold Coast, the epicenter of the surfing industry and all the flags are at half staff. He’s not even Aussie. I talked with Andy for a minute after his heat at the Quiky Pro. Chatted small talk and about the waves, he asked where I was from. Point Arena. HE KNEW POINT ARENA! I was blown away. I asked him for a photo after our convo, Steve Sherman was standing next to me (awesome photog), I asked him to take our photo. Steve didnt’ know how to work the camera of mine — It took 3 tries! Poor Andy. He was really sweet.”

Save The Waves Film Festival!

Save The Waves Film Festival on November 12 features “180˚ South” and “Transparent Sea” in San Francisco.


> Tickets are now on sale here for Save The Waves Film Festival.

Save The Waves Coalition is proud to present Save The Waves Film Festival on Friday, November 12, at the historic Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. This second-annual festival is back by popular demand and features an evening of inspiring environmental films, adventure films and surf films. The evening kicks off with live music by local San Francisco superstars My Peoples, (formerly Kapakahi) and a party to benefit Save The Waves.

Save The Waves Film Festival is excited to announce the US premiere of Australian Dave Rastovich’s newest film, Transparent Sea. The festival also features a special screening of 180˚ South and question and answer sessions with the filmmakers and stars of the films. The festival short film program will be announced soon.

Australian free surfer and environmental activist Dave Rastovich is a prominent advocate for the protection of whales and dolphins and is co-founder of the non-profit Surfers for Cetaceans. His exciting new surf-adventure film “Transparent Sea” follows Dave and friends as they sail their tiny 1-person sailboats hundreds of miles along the coast of Australia to follow the annual whale migration while drawing attention to the plight of whales threatened by hunting, pollution and over fishing.

Local documentary filmmaker and journalist Sachi Cunningham will be presented with the festival’s 2010 Awesomest Filmmaker Award. This film festival and fundraiser is one night only, with doors opening at 7pm on Friday, November 12 at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. Films screen at 8pm sharp. Please arrive early for best choice of seats as it will fill up quickly. This event is 21 and over and a cash bar will be open for service.

Save The Waves Film Festival is presented by Clif Bar, Honolua and Jim Beam.

Zola Acai, My Peoples, Ocean Vodka, and 21st Amendment Brewery also generously support Save The Waves Film Festival.

Tickets are on sale now for this epic evening of films, music, awards and guest speakers. Purchase tickets today at: www.savethewaves.org/filmfestival