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A raft made of 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessna 310, to raise awareness about plastic debris fouling our oceans.

For over 10 years, the Algalita Marine Research Foundation has studied plastic marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. What we have found – exponential increases in the quantity of plastic debris – may have far reaching effects we are only beginning to understand.

To put a cap on it, we’re sounding the alarm, by sailing across the Pacific on 15,000 plastic bottles. Along the way, we’ll report our findings, collect ocean surface samples, and answer your questions through our blog.

Out of sight, out of mind no longer, We need for people to begin paying attention, before our oceans turn to plastic soup.

JUNK website.  For further background see Plastic in the Ocean at NSL

Big waves

78 Supersize images of supersize waves for your desktop or just to enjoy.


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Daisy Cutter


Mini-Transat 6.50 Daisy Cutter looking good in the Spinnaker Cup, before the wind died and it all went sour. 

Deep down, I really really want a Mini.

29th Doublehanded Farallones Race

BAMA’s 29th Doublehanded Farallones Race is this Saturday, March 29. Sailing instructions are online and can be faxed for entry until Friday, March 28, at 8 p.m. After that, deliver the signed entry to the race deck at Golden Gate YC before 7:45 am on race day.

 Another one I wish I could do!

Surf kitty


The surf kitty pics have been all over the Interweb, you can see the original story here.  Our own cats, Avery and Capt. Blood, are not to be found doing watersports.

Wave of the day

Look closely…


San Francisco Ocean Film Festival


Get tix here.

Program info:

Opening night act:  The Mermen

Station 46026 – SAN FRANCISCO – 18NM West of San Francisco, CA

Oh, baby.

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Link to current conditions at this bouy

Heavy Seas, Pt. 3


Heavy Seas, Pt. 3 now up at Dark Roasted Blend — a must-see post of pictures, text, movies.

Wave of the day


From a Fark photoshop contest.

Sea Organ – musical instrument played by the sea


The musical Sea Organ (morske orgulje) is located on the shores of Zadar, Croatia, and is the world’s first musical pipe organs that is played by the sea. Simple and elegant steps, carved in white stone, were built on the quayside. Underneath, there are 35 musically tuned tubes with whistle openings on the sidewalk. The movement of the sea pushes air through, and – depending on the size and velocity of the wave – musical chords are played. The waves create random harmonic sounds.

This masterpiece of acoustics and architecture was created by expert Dalmatian stone carvers and architect Nikola Basic in 2005, who recently received the European Prize for Urban Public Space for this project. Many tourists come to listen to this unique aerophone, and enjoy unforgettable sunsets with a view of nearby islands. Famed director Alfred Hitchcock said that the most beautiful sunset in the world can be seen from precisely this spot on the Zadar quay. That was how he described it after his visit to Zadar, a visit he remembered throughout his life by the meeting of the sinking sun and the sea.


Watch and listen:

Link to, via The Presurfer

South Water Caye Ballet

Belizian sea-life, set to Ravel’s Bolero.  Found on Ursi’s Blog.

Surfing pic of the day


David paddling out to catch some tasty waves last weekend at Turtle Bay, North Shore, Oahu.

Link to webcam overlooking the surfing area.

Save the dolphin, save the world

Cool story… but I want to know more about that mermaid in the second pic!


OSAKA, Japan, Nov. 1 (UPI) — “Heroes” star Hayden Panettiere, who is also a conservationist and skilled surfer, has physically tried to prevent fishermen from killing dolphins in Tiji, Japan.

Despite worldwide disapproval, fishermen kill more than 22,000 of the mammals in Japan each year.

Panettiere, 18, recently paddled out on a surfboard in an effort to prevent a group of dolphins from being steered into a nearby cove and massacred, Sky News reported Wednesday.


She and a handful of other surfers from Australia and the United States were blocked by a fishing boat before they could reach the dolphins.

Faced with the ship’s propellers and boathooks, the surfers returned to the beach.

It is believed the dolphins were later slaughtered.

“It was really frightening,” Panettiere told Sky News. “It was so incredibly sad. We were so close to them and they were sky hopping, jumping out of the water to see us. … One little baby dolphin stuck his head out and kind of looked at me and the thought that it’s no longer with us is really hard to take.”


Gallery of beach pictures

A gallery of wallpaper-sized images of beaches and seascapes for your enjoyment.


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