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ROOTS SURF FEST NEWS!
September saw our first ‘Surfari’ and essentially a mini fest across Northern Spain and France. There was Surf & more Surf, Live music, Yoga, Workshops, Excursions, Partying, Ocean Conservation & more. Check out this new video from the ‘Surfari’ experience…
This month we also have taken the decision to go completely Vegan & Vegetarian at the fest. Why? Meat/ Fish Production and Consumption is currently having a catastrophic affect on the earth and the oceans. We cannot be serious in our efforts about ‘Ocean Conservation’ unless we address this issue 100%.
By having a specially prepared Vegan and Vegetarian menu across the festival week, we stay true to our principles and we hope to show others that it is possible to live an active lifestyle whilst eating less or no meat at all. We can’t wait to get started at our next fest.
Little Ripples Make Waves!
An Interview with Vanessa Salvo from Surfrider Foundation Europe.
1. Why was Surfrider Foundation Europe founded?
In 1990 in Biarritz the Surfrider headquarters was founded in Europe. A group of surfers with passion towards the sea were aware of the continuous impacts on the ocean and they decided to come together in an organization in defense of it. Amongst the founders was Tom Curren, a world surfing champion and lover of the waves in northern Spain.
Over a few years SFE amplified its work and implanted several support territorial delegations to volunteers based in 14 european countries. Amongst these delegations we find the spanish one, Surfrider España.
2. What are the actions and missions of Surfrider Foundation Europe?
Surfrider Foundation Europe is an environmental non-profit association dedicated to the protection, preservation, recovery and sustainable management of the sea, the coast, the waves and the people who enjoy them.
3. What is the situation of our seas nowadays?
¡Our planet has a fever! And the oceans and seas are suffering, with all the beings that live in them, our actions in many cases are destructive. The seas and oceans are compensating the increase of CO2 in our atmosphere, absorbing the abuses: their temperatures rising and the waters are acidified. On top of this, they also bear the impact of the rampant use of its resources (fishing, waves, oil rigs, maritime transport, etc); the chemical contamination and the impact coming from marine litter. ¡They are crying for help! ¡We have to listen at them!
4. What has been the change in the last 30 years in terms of litter and the sea?
Garbage has increased. We have to bear in mind that we are one of the first generations affected by plastic. The evolution has been overwhelming; in the last 20 years food packaging has been multiplied 10 times. We are now suffering the consequences.
5. Where does marine litter come from, and how does this affect to the climate change?
Marine litter comes from different places; 80% comes from continental areas (that is rivers, cliffs, remains coming from the rain, etc); 10% is left on the beach and the 10% remaining is directly thrown into the ocean.
Directly there are no effects to the climate change, but yes we find indirect effects. That is, for example, for the production of plastic and objects made of plastic (fabrication, transport and selling), there is an impact in the water consumption which rises the ecological footprint of the object.
6. How does Surfrider Foundation Europe define the plastic problem in our planet? What direct connection does this have with our habits?
According to recent reports humans throw between 8 and 10 million tons of trash into the sea every year. Marine litter is currently one of the most relevant impacts, alongside Climate Change. Plastic waste, being anthropic (human) doesn’t degrade entering natural cycles. The waste is broken up into very small pieces (invisible to the human eye), but it continues to circulate.
In fact, we are talking nowadays of the plastification of the oceans. Precisely, in the last week of September 2016, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography – IEO in Spanish (the largest spanish marine research institution) published an article revealing the presence of plastic waste in commercial consumed fish, such as ‘salmonete’.
¿What can we do?
– Reduce consumption of objects made of plastic materials.
– Recycle plastic waste in the correct recycling bin.
Organize beach cleaning action supporting environmental education: www.initiativesoceanes.org/en/
Ask your council to eliminate the use of plastic bags: www.surfrider.eu/en/ban-the-bag
7. Can you describe what is ‘Wave Protection’?
‘Wave Protection’ is a very Surfrider concept. The protection of the wave as an important element from an environmental and cultural point of view. How much and how can we enjoy this natural source without generating negative effects. The massification and environmental impacts can develop into destruction of a natural system; the wave is an example of an eco-systemic service that the sea offers. Also, the world surrounding the wave, the surfers, define a cultural environment of the areas near the waves designing the social and economic characteristics of its landscapes.
8. How does marine transport affect the species that live in the sea?
There are several consequences, like for example, the noise that directly hits large mammals, disorienting them. Also, the new routes that are entering places, like the Arctic, bringing new contamination and destroying natural eco-systems. They also increase the danger of pollution by spilling petroleum into the ocean, there are illegal spills and in many cases loss of cargo that can affect our seas. In 2015, the World Shipping Council (WSC) estimated an average of 546 containers lost at sea every year, excluding catastrophic events.
9.How does Surfrider Foundation Europe acts on a governmental / legislative level?
SFE works on European and national level collaborating with other organizations and with institutions to generate legislative changes. In France it was achieved that from the 1st of July 2016 plastic bags of only one use were banned. In Spain, thanks to the collaboration with other collectives, the Valencian Community will implement a beverage container system, alongside the 3 containers system to improve recycling.
10. How can a citizen generate a positive change towards the situation of the sea and its many species?
Reusing and repeating products and objects
Recycling the waste
Collaborating with NGO’s and volunteering actions
You can become a Surfrider Foundation Europe member here!!
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Roots Surf magazine dropped a line to Lucho an independent musician from Valencia, Spain now based in Berlin. Lucho appeared at the 1st Roots Surf Fest, in Santander.
You have a new album in the bag and it is a marked change from your acoustic sound, what was the inspiration behind the change? I wanted to experiment a bit with the songs. I really like how they sound acoustic but I have always the idea to add more instruments to the songs and play a bit with them. Also in the past I was making music in different bands and I think I was missing that feeling.
There are some Indie Rock influences in the sound that don’t normally come across in your acoustic shows, what are your favorite guitar bands?
Well, It´s true but actually my influences are mostly rock and alternative bands. Lately I was listening to really really different stuff Radiohead, Explosions in the sky, Portishead, Boards of Canada, Beck, Battles. And also a lot of Spanish bands like Betunizer, Nueva Vulcano, Nacho Vegas, Tulsa…
What are the main themes of the album, what lyrics best sum it up?
I think the topics are diverse. My intention is that each song tells a story, in the album you can find lyrics about an addict, El tiempo es líquido, and also about how the police was putting down the strikes in Spain, Ricochet. The thing that all the songs have in common is that all of them talk about how time passes by and also about falling down and waking up fast, about not giving up, about life.
What was the most difficult thing in giving birth to this album?
It wasn´t just a single thing, there were many factors that made the delay of the album more than one year.
I live in Berlin and we recorded the album in Spain it made that every small change, on the mix, graphic design, copyright, the drawings of the album took more time than I expected… they took a lot of time. I learnt a lot about all the process, especially to be patient.
What did you learn from making this album?
I learnt a lot of different things. To make an album is a process, I thought before do it that it would be just record the songs and focus how they will sound, arrangements… but It´s a lot of more than that, copyright and licensing, artwork, crowdfunding, press…and more stuff that I had no idea, it took a lot of time and a lot of effort. I had to deal with everything because I have no label which is supporting me, although it´s also true that my friends and family helped me a lot (crowdfunding, recording process, artwork, graphic design…) I would like to thank all them again, this album would n´t be possible without them.
All the things that I mentioned are the aspects that surround the album. But the most important thing that I´ve learnt it´s relate to music, it´s hard to explain but I think even the way how I compose now changed after the recording. Now I´m not just thinking on the guitar, the melodies and the lyrics but also in the instruments that are not yet there, and at some point sound in my mind, the sound that I want for each song, the arrangements, the production. Actually I don´t know how to describe it, but I´m pretty sure that this knowledge will make that the next album will be better and also closer to is already in my head.
Your songs seem to change a lot over time, how would you define your song writing process? Yes, at the beginning the lyrics were so naïve and now I think they are more realistic, also I think the poetry that I was reading lately influenced a lot the songs, in fact two of my new songs have a title which directly does reference of two poems from Constantino Molina Monteagudo and Andrés García Cerdán. Also my guitar playing is getting better and I´m also looking for another melodies with vocals and guitar but at the end it isn´t easy not to repeat yourself.
The song writing process is the reason why I´m still doing songs. It´s hard to describe the feeling of to create something where nothing was before. For me that process starts with a guitar riff or an idea that I like, usually both come together, and then I develop it I write a lot of texts and I have also many guitar parts, usually most of them I don´t use , around 80-90%. Then I do a kind of collage picking up the parts that I like the most or the ones that fit better for the song. If you see the blocks of my lyrics you can appreciate the work, for one page of lyrics I wrote at least more than ten pages than I don´t use, but at the same time they are necessary because the give me a lot of new ideas and paths in which the song should go. Another aspect that I find interesting in this process is the fact when I start to write a song I can´t stop to think about it, it´s kind of obsession, I´m doing other things but play guitar like working, reading or going somewhere and I´m just thinking of the song. I wrote a lot of lines, even a full songs, when I was working cleaning dishes at a restaurant.
The artwork appears to be an integral part of your album presentation, tell us about it..
Yes, it is collaboration between my friend the painter Francisco Hernández Martínez and I. He was living for a while at my place in Berlin and we did a few shows together, he was doing live painting and Natasha (Cello) and I were playing music, after that I asked him if he would like to do the cover of the album but finally we decided to do picture for each song. It was a great experience it´s like to put the song in one image. We are really happy with the result, and everyone who sees the drawings is impressed.
You live in Berlin, how has in influenced your sound?
I´m going to concerts every other day and I think you can get always something from it, also there is always something cultural to do and that´s always an inspiration. Besides Berlin is a dark city and I think that darkness is good to compose, even when my songs have in opposition in light. I think the big influence of Berlin is that I arrived to a new city and I had to explore it make new friends … and with that made that I started to write and compose more.
Surfing has been part of our lives for ages. Starting with the urge of being in contact with water, feeling the currents with our bodies, we have adopted this sensation in many different ways. Starting with the Polynesians about 3000 years ago, body surfing is the oldest kind of wave-catching. From canoes, to surfboards, to bodyboarding, there is an art of surfing. According to the Hawaiians, they call this He´enalu.
He´enalu has been going on for thousands of years, but it wasn’t till the 1700´s when people started to draw, record, talk about and show interest of this sport.
Beginning with the local tribes, each tribe had their beach, the chief had the best board, apparently was the best rider, and had the most priority to enjoy the best waves. This is when localism took place making people protect their beaches and adopt a certain style of every tribe. When it came to traveling and searching new places, the styles mixed, tribesmen became surfers, and localism was abolished to create open communities enjoying and sharing the waves. Today localism is quite present just for the fact of protecting beaches so that the masses don’t takeover these hidden spots. Besides that, the sport has also been taken to another level creating brands, schools, competitions, documentaries and even festivals always keeping in mind that we always must respect the locals. Not only that, but also respect nature, protect the oceans and avoid massifications.
Surfing not only plays an important role in many peoples lives as a sport, but also adopts many kinds of traditions such as music, art, board shaping, design, fashion, and most of all lifestyle. Since the early 90´s surfing was first recorded on film boosting the trend making it a prime interest in its origins such as Hawaii, California and Australia. Today we can see surfing in many places of the globe, where people have traveled beyond the horizon in search of the perfect wave. Everyone is searching for this beauty and power of nature that make us glide over the surface of the oceans.
This defines why its not only a sport, but a way of life.
Respect our oceans and they will provide.
Many of us use toxic chemicals in everyday life. Sometimes we are aware of it, sometimes not. Many actions which appear to be harmless actually involve the use of harmful chemicals. Household cleaners, garden pesticides, paints, batteries, and detergents can be hazardous to our health and the environment.
Hazardous chemicals endanger the environment by contaminating our groundwater, lakes and oceans. If these hazardous products in the home are ingested, absorbed through the skin or inhaled they can also cause illness that may only appear years later.
One of the biggest culprits in ocean pollution is phosphates, common in laundry detergents and some cleaning products. The average consumer nationwide uses about 30 pounds of laundry detergent a year; all together.
High phosphate levels can kill life in rivers, streams and oceans by causing “algae blooms.” Algae slimes dense enough to suffocate marine life have been swelling around the world, especially in coastal bays. They are largely caused by fertilizing pollutants called “nutrients” in human sewage and farm runoff.
Some marine experts call this type of ocean pollution a silent, global epidemic. Many coastal bays have turned the hue of pea soup, and some have regressed to “dead zones” – water so depleted of oxygen that only primitive creatures such as bacteria and algae can survive.
Avoid household contaminants that pollute the ocean with a Tea Tree Oil Solution.
You can live in a clean and sustainable way by using this simple healthy cleaning solution made from Tea Tree Oil.
How to make the Spray: In a 1-quart spray bottle, 10 drops of tea tree oil to 250 mls of white vinegar and 250 mls water
and shake well to combine. You can use this cleaner on any hard surface, such as counter tops, sinks and floors
Tea tree oil can be bought most holistic stores and online. Try it out! Longterm its a money saver too…
Power Jacks – Spend more time in the ocean with this energy giving snack!
75g Light Brown soft sugar
3 rounded tbsp Lyle’s Honey
250g rolled oats (porridge oats)
Handful of Currants Half a ginger root chopped finely
Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan) gas 4.
Grease and line a shallow 20cm square tin with parchment or greaseproof paper.
Put the butter, sugar and honey into a medium pan and gently heat until melted. Stir in the oats, currants and ginger. Turn into the tin, level and press the mixture evenly and firmly with the back of a spoon. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden around the edges.
Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes then mark into 12 or 16 pieces whilst still warm. Cool completely before turning out onto a board and cutting again with a sharp knife.
Flapjacks will keep up to a week in an airtight container.
PLANET OCEAN: This great film takes you deep into the story of the ocean and how it relates to the entire planets eco system. Fascinating and Captivating – but your feet up!
Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
STAY IN THE ZONE
We have just entered the Autumn Equinox, the 4th and final major sun cycle of the year
From the Equinox, your consciousness moves slowly inward as the nights lengthen and the days shorten.
Follow your natural inclination to turn inward and you’ll find the wisdom, riches and inspiration for your next cycle (year) ahead.
The chaotic times of summer and rapid growth means lots of changes – some loss and some gain. What’s next? The Autumn Equinox is the time of harvesting in its myriad of forms, and also the time to take stock of what you harvest.
Take some time out to reflect on your past & future,
Have you experienced the shift and changes? Are you planning something new? Now is a good time to finish up old “business”,and tap into the energies of the Autumn Equinox.
You are setting your own future in motion now with a potent surge of energy during the transition point.
Just around the corner in February 2017 is Roots Morocco. We had an amazing time there last year and can’t wait to go back. More information about the fest can be found here.
Currently we have an have an ‘Early Bird’ offer. Buy 4 tickets using the Promo Code MAG1BIRD and get a 100 euro discount on the four tickets bought for Morocco.
Take a look at what’s in store via this video below.
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Little Ripples Make Waves!
Matt, Maria & Thomas