Not that long ago, Toronto, CA. banned sharkfin soup and I was clapping my hands. I had sent out a petition to the different politicians as they from http://www.sharkangels.com recommended you did if you also think that sharkfin soup is a horrible, antiquated act of cruelty.
Little did I know that the very country I grew up in, the place I called home for so many years, sell sharkfin soup in almost all asian restaurants. I learned that today. My entire life has been directed towards marine biology and conservation; I have dedicated everything I have ever done to that cause, but I didn't know that Denmark openly and unashamed sells sharkfin soup.
I am shocked, horrified and ashamed that Denmark is part of the trade of shark fins. But now I do know and so will everyone I know in denmark too. And I hope that you, whoever you are and where ever you are, will check out for yourself and see if your country allow sharkfin soup and other sharkfin products to be sold and if they do, that you will take a stand against it.
Join http://www.sharkangels.com and join the world wide battle for the sharks. Check out this site too and see what you can do to help: http://unitedconservationists.org
Check out the video below and also Rob Steward's 2006 masterpiece movie Shark Water (http://www.sharkwater.com/)
We need sharks and right now they need us. So please, see what you can do, because together we can do a whole lot.
On July 24, 1978, a boy was born. A boy who would grow up to become a legend. Andy Irons ment so much to the surfing world that his loss leaves an incomprehensible void behind. On Nov. 2nd 2010, Andy broke all of our hearts, when his stopped beating. I remember showing up at my office in the biology department of a university in denmark, getting on with my morning ritual; a cup of coffee and a look at www.surfermag.com to see what had been going on. Then I remember seeing the "RIP Andy Irons" banner on the top of the page and I felt cold. Because it couldn't be true. But it was.
Andy Irons surfing was the most alive anyone has ever been. It was raw, powerful and passionate. It was why people all over the world would stop their busy lives and pay attention for a while, while Andy was in the water.
There will never be another Andy Irons. But I sincerely hope that any and all surfer out there, from the youngest grom to oldest most hardcore soulsurfer, will take a page from the A.I book and surf with more heart and fire than possible and with a style larger than life.
This video was made by Matt Beauchesne for the SURFER POLL 2010 and it is nothing short of a masterpiece. All credits to M.B.
No one, like Andy Irons. R.I.P
My interests besides photography include; Nature, surfing, marine biology & conservation, reading, all things & activities ocean related and travelling all over this incredible planet.