Borderlands
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The birth of a surfing nation…

Witnessing the birth and rapid emergence of surfing in Iran over these last years, especially on the beach of Ramin, has shown me how surfing can be a unique lens

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Tracing invisible lines

Ireland’s surf film festival, Shore Shots, was a turning point in a lot of ways. The organisers chased hard to secure the big-wave surfing documentary, The Wave I Ride, filmed

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Awakened by the Cold

As cold-waters surfers, what attracts us to those hard edges and wild elements? For me, I feel cold water is the ultimate leveller. It strips us of all our pretence,

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New Moon, New Beginnings

Reflections and intentions – the letting go of the old, what no longer serves us well, and making space or the new, for future possibilities to emerge. It was an

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Soaring and grounding – A dynamic dance

This post is a personal reflection and attempt to distill some of the essence and impact of an incredible 6 month journey as a participant in THNK’s Creative Leadersip programme.

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Unfurling

Unfurling: “To become opened out from a rolled or folded state, especially in order to be open to the wind” or “To release from a furled state.”     I

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The art of distraction

In the midst of a sea-fever… I call surfing my ‘good addiction’ but like any good addication when we fail to get our fix the withdrawl symptoms kick in. At

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A Slow Dive

My experience of expansion in THNK’s first module shifted to a focusing inward, a gradual convergence in module 2…The first module was a complete unknown and I tried to go

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Coming up for air

Then… When people ask me simple questions like, what do I do, or where do I live, there’s usually a delayed pause as I try to search for a category

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Lines

Black lines, nature’s brush strokes across the heaving, breathing skin of the earth.

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Tua Nua

Between the ocean and the rock a fire burns, fuelled by the bones of the land… All I need. Stone, sea, sun, wind, undeterminedness; these elements are anchors for your

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In her element

Why surf, why art? It’s a compulsion. Curio magazine Issue 1. Samantha French, artist, Issue 2. Curiomag.co.uk

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Slow Fish

Living fast, eating slow… Ian Perry Kinsey, the ‘modern fisherman’ from Norway and husband-wife team from Netherlands put small-scale fisheries and the Slow Fish movement in perspective…  

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New Shoes

Someplace new, someplace wild, walking on the edge and facing east. Trying out these ‘new shoes’ for size, they’re fitting better than I thought… A dance at dark will put

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When in Rome

Or so the saying goes…except this was Amsterdam. What’s a fish outta water to do? My first time in such an urban wonderland too. And trying out this new world

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A simple little test

I feel like I’m in that place between worlds, still growing into my own skin, breath rising in my chest…on a threshold and somehow the next step and where and

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The sea is calling

Last night there was the most stunning sunset over one of the most special places in the world. The sea was molten, the surfers coming out of the water glowed

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Excuse me while I kiss the sky

The way is not in the sky The way is in the heart. -Buddha This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall

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Valuing Nature

How do we value nature? “Great ideas are susceptible to unintended consequences…” – Joe Confino Why should we value nature? http://www.valuing-nature.net

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The Good Life

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of,

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F**k It

I found this book on my Mum’s table, ‘F**k it, the ultimate spiritual way’ by John C. Parkin Saying Fuck It feels good. There is energy in the anarchy of

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Get Climbing

  My new-found addiction – bouldering, but it’s not just for adrenaline junkies (although there’s plenty of that too). You may ask what the hell is bouldering?! Just over a month

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