Author Archives: Ryan

Metro Vancouver leading the charge on banning non-recyclable packaging

Now this is what we are talking about!

Check out this LINK about Metro Vancouver’s plan to reduce amount of waste going into the region’s dumps by 80% before 2020.

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OceanGybe presenting to University of Victoria Alumni – Video

On 7 Feb 2011 Ryan, Bryson and Hugh returned to their University to give a presentation during the engineering Alumni week. UVic’s student newspaper, the “Martlet” was in attendance and put together this video. If you are interested in the sort of content within our school and awareness presentations, this piece is a good representation:

Ocean Gybe at UVic from Martlet on Vimeo.

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Thank you to the Martlet for putting this together!

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Have you heard of the Clean Bin Project? It is an awesome initiative that is asking people to just NOT buy so much stuff. The clean bin documentary (trailer below) is all about reducing the amount of garbage you produce, simply but not allowing it into your life in the first place. I love this because it is EXACTLY the OceanGybe message: Recycling is not the answer, Reduction is the Gold Star. Recycling is better than nothing, but in the end it is a band aid. We need to reduce our consumption, and everyone that sees this documentary will do this. After watching the trailer, you can link to the project website to see how to see the film…

I love the quote “The number one thing, is to do one more thing” – Find something that isn’t sustainable in your everyday life, and make it sustainable.

The Clean Bin Project – Trailer from Grant Baldwin Videography on Vimeo.

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The Mighty Volcano of Tanna…

Seeing the latest OceanGybe webisode has brought back a flood of memories for me. It was altogether a crazy night and an awesome experience. I did a search for “Yasur” and “Tanna” on the Internet and the first google hit was a blog I wrote for Surfer’s Path magazine all those months ago. Reading it totally took me back to the excitement of the night: It truly felt like we were on another planet! Pasted below is the blog from that night….
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The evenings before the nights at sea…

The evening before spending a night at sea is always one of sensitive emotions. Trepidation. Awe. Nervousness. Anticipation. Dread. Happiness. Contentment. Fear. Satisfaction. Frustration. All these descriptors are separated and sorted by one overwhelming and all consuming force – weather. Most people have heard the old sailor’s addage: “Red sky at night is the sailors delight, red sky in the morning and the sailor takes warning”. Under this mantra, stunning fiery red sunsets are not only spectacular to behold but ofter herald approaching or continuing fine weather. These are the nights that are toasted with sundowners, extra special dinners, card games and feelings of contentment. Side note: Who am I kidding – we had sundowners EVERY night, no matter what the weather! Continue reading

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OceanGybe Dispatch: The joy of sailing familiar waters

Dear Readers: Here is a blog that was written a fortnight ago but got hung up in the outbox of Khulula’s laptop. A little belated, but no less applicable! Enjoy….

Chilly sunshine, coastal fog banks, wetsuits, west coast fires, the crackle and smell of burning cedar, misty surf sessions, hoodies, salmon feasts and rain gear..
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The OceanGybe voyage is complete!

At 2pm, Sunday September 5th, Khulula and her crew sailed into False Creek to complete a 70,000+ km circumnavigation of the globe! Awaiting her arrival were family and friends, bottles of bubbly, a couple of news camera’s and many smiling faces. Thank you to everyone who made it down to the docks to make our homecoming so special. We will be posting pictures and news of upcoming events in the very near future. Watch this space!

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Position Report: March 8 2010

Anchored off of Playa Gigante. Ryan here, it is FANTASTIC to be back on board Khulula for the first time since December. Also on board is film maker Andrew Naysmith who will be shooting piles of footage for the Oceangybe movie. Gigante is a stunning little anchorage, even better with the delicious rosy feeling of fatigue that comes after a long satisfying surf session in the tropics. The previous two days have been filled to the brim, firstly doing a school presentation and beach cleanup with the folks from Paso Pacifico at a local beach called Ostional (more on this later) and secondly the inevitable day of provisioning: Food, gas, diesel, fresh water, fresh fruit and veggies. We departed windy and dusty San Juan del Sur at around noon and dispatched the 11 mile passage with aclarity. The plan for the next couple of days is to catch up with old friends now living in Gigante, and same the local surf before heading up the coast before the next Papagayo (fearsome offshore gale) hits.

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Columbian Crossing and Panamanian Perfection

One frigid morning in late November I departed the soggy and wet Vancouver for the tropical climes and a much anticipated re-union with Khulula. 30 hours later found me jam packed between my Spanish chattering Columbian driver and a very queasy and highly morning-sick pregnant young lady who would periodically roll down the window and yawn at the blurry landscape passing us by, streaking the side of the minibus with gastric graffiti. Nice. Not. Continue reading

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Wavescape

Surfing and Awareness in South Africa

The surfing community of South Africa meets on a very cool website entitled Wavescape. While in South Africa, we met with the Wavescape folks on a number of occasions – a presentation at the Brass Bell (a pub in Cape Town) and a llarge beach cleanup! Have a look at the links in this story. Continue reading

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