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April 2, 2012
Lat: 35 17’. 3 S
Long: 174 06’. 4 E
Weather Observation: Storm’s a brewing
07:30 (NZ Time)
Days Events: Final check on all supplies needed, hope the wind angle is good enough for an afternoon kite session in Paihia
Stereo: Curtis Mayfield

I’m taking some time now to clarify our actions, some peoples have asked me what the connection is to the causes we support and what we are doing. What happens in my head may be clear to me, but I understand where some may become confused.

As well, let me take the time to appologize for “venting” in the initial Capt’s Blog. Soon we will be back in paradise where values are more simple and the frustration that has incured as of late can wash away. Mostly, my time in NZ (this is approx. my 7th visit to this beautiful country) has been wonderful. The country is blessed with some of the most dramatic scenery possible, and it’s quite easy to find a lonely stretch of coastline to enjoy the elements on your lonesome, or at least with only a few friendly locals. And friendly they are, on a whole the NZ public are amazing. Generally speaking you can show up anywhere, and meet complete strangers that are open and exciting. Often the few people you run into are there for a variety of reasons. Some are fishing, others diving, you got your blow-carters, hikers, naturalists, hobby photographers, then of course the surfers, kiters and sailors. On my Bayly’s Beach mission I didn’t see one other kiter, until I doubled back past the car and ran into Matthew Spragg of Sprockett boards. The four times I’ve headed over to 90 mile beach, there wasn’t one other kiter in sight! Every time I had loads of power and the waves were extremely fun to fly around in. Even their most populated city boasts the most sailboats per capita in the world! But what else would you expect from a country that holds a border of the Polynesian triangle, and is in all essence an exposed island in the south pacific. These people know how to have a good time with what’s provided.

Moving on, I will now attempt to explain the connection between our 2012 Expedition Tonga-Australia, GIP ocean ambassadors. Take a moment here and understand I often provide waaaaayyyyy to much information and have been told my brain works on overdrive, where often, what I’m trying to say get’s lost in communication.
I’m working on that.
I want everyone to actually take a minute and look at this:

usable avalon grid

I remember the first time I was given this. It was July 4th 2010. I had already been trying to bring this together (GIP Ocean Ambassador) and was not yet connected to any official institution. By chance, and with the help of a friend (whom I dont think had any idea of what I was trying to do) met the founder of Eco Soul at exactly this spot pictured below, on my previous boat S.V. “Casiopee.”

I had just returned from Tonga where on the delivery we had experimented with open ocean kiting (all photo’s from our 1st Educational video were taken on this trip)

When he gave me this grid to look at, I dont think I was able to register everything. My head was spinning, all of the ideas that had been floating around in my head were there, in front of me, and they not only worked, they were brought together into a functional grid to completely power a community while even getting rid of the garbage!
“Why don’t people use this?” I queried?
Skip (founder of Eco Soul) is well seasoned in this field and has immense experience in implementing these technologies. With his time and experience he was able to give me a simple answer, that at the time, made no sense to me whatsoever.
“Sometimes, people aren’t ready. Change takes time.”
I repeat. WHAT?
It all seemed so simple. Why not utilize this stuff? Why would people oppose this? Why would you not want to get rid of garbage in a responsible way? Why? Why? Why? Why? WHY?
I am often like a curious child when it comes to these matters. It starts with confusion, than anger sets in, I’ll normally throw a little tantrum, tell anyone who will entertain me with their time, than become sleepy and take a nap.
So take some time and actually look at the grid. Once I was able to calm down and asses it rationally, it all made sense.
So back to my point.
How does this relate to our 2012 Expedition Tonga-Australia ?
Well, for a start I will be utilizing modern technologies in action sports to “power” my journey across the ocean.
Secondly, after a lifetime of playing outside, I desperately want to keep these resources. That’s right I said “desperate.”
In my mind anyone who surf’s, snowboard’s, kites, SUP’s, paddle’s, sail’s, hike’s, dive’s, goes fishing or any other activity outside SHOULD feel the same way. We don’t all need to be as passionate about it, simply make the conscious choice to move over to the technologies that are available today, provided by brilliant engineers who have taken the time to put it together.

open ocean

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