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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2013
Pro Surfer Teams Up with International NGO’s to Document New Models of Sustainable Development
“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA” to be released Wednesday February 6th, at the Patagonia Outlet in Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA – Surfing For Change, an organization dedicated to creating free online videos aimed at inspiring surfers to have a positive impact both locally and globally, announced the release of its latest video SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA at the Patagonia Outlet in Santa Cruz, CA on February 6, 2013 at 7:00pm. The video will also be released on the Surfing For Change YouTube Channel one hour before the event.
“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA,” a 13 minute short film, illustrates the role that surf tourists can play in preventing the damaging effects that surf tourism booms can have on developing communities. Through the lens of acclaimed professional surfer and environmental activist Kyle Thiermann, this fast-paced documentary highlights a group of young surfers and volunteers from Project Wave of Optimism (WOO), a non-profit, who are working with Nicaraguans to create a new, replicable model of surf-tourism in Gigante, Nicaragua.
About the Film:
“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA” is Creator and Host Kyle Thiermann’s sixth film in the Surfing for Change” series. Join Thiermann as he takes viewers to the fishing village of Gigante, Nicaragua to explore how surfers are working to create a new model, to benefit the local community while also meeting the needs of tourists.
Thiermann illustrates the boom and bust cycle that typically occurs when tourists flock to these communities, otherwise known as Butler’s Curve of Tourism, which consists of massive, unplanned expansion followed by a decline in tourism and a devastated town. Although this model is shown through the lens of surfing, it is consistent throughout all kinds of tourist destinations. The film highlights the work of Project WOO, a group of surfers who recognized the need for change in surf tourism development and set out to make it happen. Join Kyle and Surfing for Change to see the positive impact that surfers and their allies can have in preserving the natural beauty and cultures of global surf destinations.
About the Filmmaker:
Kyle Thiermann is a 23 year old pro surfer and activist. The Santa Cruz native combines surfing great waves around the world with making short films about current issues. Thiermann focuses on the power that each individual has to create a better world through their everyday actions.
Kyle has surfed his way through Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Chile to name just a few. He uses the support from his sponsors, including Patagonia, Clif Bar, and Sector 9, to make short videos that encourage people to take action to transform their towns and the world. Kyle’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets worldwide including Surfer Magazine and The Huffington Post. Kyle Speaks at Universities throughout the Country, and has also been a TED Talk speaker. He has won both a Peter Benchley Blue Vision Youth Award and Brower Youth Award.
For Interviews and Media Inquiries:
Contact Kyle Thiermann, at email@example.com or 831-334-7060 and view the 1-minute trailer at http://www.surfingforchange.com/portfolio/guide-to-nicaragua-trailer/
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Jeffereys Bay Nuke Campaign
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“Surfing for Change: J Bay Nuclear Plant” is a new short film exploring the dangers of a planned nuclear power plant in the pristine shores of Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. Made by youth environmental activist, pro-surfer and filmmaker Kyle Thiermann, the film calls attention to the potential for environmental disaster if Eskom, South Africa’s national power company, locates the nuclear plant in the waters of one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world.
Featuring interviews with renowned environmental leader Van Jones, 11-time Surfing World champion Kelly Slater, documentarian Foster Gamble and local surfing activists, the film calls attention to the inherent dangers of nuclear power in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster — the largest nuclear failure since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown.
Underscoring deep concerns about what’s at stake, the film also offers a personal perspective from Takayuki Wakita, a Japanese surfer whose family lived 100 kilometers from the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant and now resides in J Bay.
“Surfing for Change: J-Bay Nuclear Plant” available for free through viral web outlets like YouTube, challenges young people to take action and use social media channels to support global opposition to the power plant, encourage exploration of alternative energy sources and points to decisions made by leading European countries to abandon nuclear power plants —Germany will end its nuclear power plant usage in ten years.
Thiermann hopes the film will aid the efforts of local residents who are fighting against a billion dollar initiative that promises employment opportunities in the short term; but risks future environmental catastrophe. “I met amazing people working to stop the plant from being built,” he said. “If it is built, the landscape would be transformed with the building of a power plant. And, the lives of these residents will also be transformed. And not for the good.”
“Surfing for Change” film series shows people who don’t consider themselves activists how to adjust simple daily actions to strengthen their local communities and protect the environment. His film Claim Your Change detailed how money kept in multinational banks is used to finance destructive projects worldwide. It inspired people to move hundreds of million of dollars of lending power into local banks and credit unions. Since then, he has made movies ranging from the importance of shopping locally to following a plastic bag to Hawaii. Kyle has surfed his way across Indonesia, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hawaii and throughout the US. For more information visit surfingforchange.com.