Monday, October 31, 2011

Brazilian jungle meets tribal heart, Sepultura the gods of heavy metal in Brazil bring out what maybe the best blend of tribal drumming. This is Ratamahatta

Saturday, October 29, 2011

BB - Behind the scenes...

And Action...
It's been a long while since we've had BB grace the pages of FM and this such a great shot for so many reasons...

We froth for Black & White photography,,, and Bridgett Bardot demonstrates what, where, why and how and just about any other reason too,,, with one of the most recognisable "brands" in the business...

FM salutes you BB ;-)

Killing Me (grommy...)...

Check the groms rthym in this video clip...

Delorean goes electric...

© Delorean Motor Company
To say that the Delorean Motor Company has had an interesting history is one of the most epic understatements in the history of the American automobile industry. Formed in 1975 by John Delorean, the company only produced one model, the DMC 12, an aluminum-body, gull wing (made famous by the “Back to the Future” movies) sports car. By 1982, the company was floundering and Delorean became the focus of an FBI drug sting that ultimately found him accused of attempting to smuggle $24 million worth of cocaine into the United States. Delorean was acquitted of the charges but his company never recovered. Shortly thereafter the company was finished.
Fast forward to 2011. Texas businessman Stephen Wynne now owns the Delorean Motor Company name. His past endeavors have included selling T-shirts and sneakers with the iconic DMC logo - now, it seems, the newly reconstituted version of Delorean is begun to set their sights a tad bit higher.
According to the company, Delorean is back in the auto business -- the electric auto business. The new Delorean, created in partnership with Epic Electric Vehicles, made its debut (as a concept/prototype) at a Delorean Owners event in Houston recently. The company plans to have the car for sale n the US by 2013.
The new Delorean will share the look of the “classic” DMC 12 and utilize an Epic EV powertrain in early models. The company claims a top speed of 125 MPH and a 0 to 60 time of 4.9 seconds (which is pretty good considering the original DMC did the sprint in a sluggish 10 seconds.) The new DMC will have a range of 100+ miles and take a full charge in 3.5 hours using a 240 volt connection.
There's no word, however, on whether or not it will come with a Flux Capacitor installed.

Friday, October 28, 2011


The first footage from inside the tube... GO AM vs GO PRO

Otto on his way to Portugal!

Pics from France :)

The MSF put on the Expression sessions in France for us .. Cheers Grev!

My 1% Board- need to channel some of my brothers drawing skills :)

Mick and Taylor stealing fins from Belly's Factory haha.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thru the lens of DR...

Did You Know..?

Did You Know? - Music Industry Remix (15 Million hits on youtube...)

A while back Scott McLeod, Jeff Brenman (who did the Slideshare version) and Karl Fisch received an email from someone at Sony BMG Music Entertainment asking us if they could remix the various versions of Did You Know? for a meeting they had coming up. We said sure and they came up with this and gave us permission to link to it.

Here's the written description:
The following adaptation of the original "Shift Happens" presentation was created by Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The video, presented by Richard Sanders, President of Sony BMG International, was shown on 4 May 2008 to 150 of the company's top executives gathered in Rome for Sony BMG’s annual Global Management Meeting. As part of Sony BMG’s mission to improve the music experience for consumers living in "exponential times", the video illustrates the demand for change.
No words of wisdom here, I just thought some of you might find it interesting.

Update: That link no longer works, but you can find it on YouTube, or download a high quality version (mp4, 41.9 MB). As with all remixes of Did You Know?/Shift Happens, it's Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike licensed, so you're welcome to use it under that license.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Iced Volvo...

Because the answer to pollution is dilution..?

Fracking Wastewater Disposal Plan Could Send Contaminants Over Niagara Falls

by on 10.21.11

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The contentious debate over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York State just took a turn towards the weird. As Care2 reports, natural gas companies and the Niagara Falls Water Board have agreed to a plan for fracking wastewater disposal that could see the contaminated water dumped into the water supply upstream from Niagara Falls.

Water from the treatment plant would be released into the Niagara River, which flows into Niagara Falls, Lake Ontario, and other Great Lakes communities. Critics say there is no evidence that the Niagara Falls Water Treatment Plant could filter out the radiation or the chemicals found in the wastewater.
That criticism is essentially what a group of scientists recently said regarding the inability of wastewater treatment plants across New York State to handle the type of contamination created by fracking.
Rita Yelda from Food & Water Watch adds, "If this fracking waste is not treated correctly, it could contaminate our water. With the Niagara River already on the 303(d) Clean Water Act list of impaired waterways, we should take a serious look at the risks before looking at the dollar signs."
An interesting potential international law twist here: Since Niagara Falls spans the US-Canada border, if this plan goes forward I wonder if it could not be prevented via international transboundary pollution laws, such as happened with addressing acid rain.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Fluoride Deception - Interview with Christopher Bryson

Hailed as a harmless chemical that would prevent tooth decay, new evidence shows how fluoride could be linked to serious health problems.

Fluoridation was first advanced in the US at the end of the second World War. Proponents argued that fluoride in water and toothpaste would help to protect teeth and prevent decay. Over the following decades, fluoride was added to public water supplies across the country.

While the benefits of fluoridation have been held to be unquestionable, accumulating evidence points to a frightening prospect: that fluoride may have serious adverse health effects, including infant mortality, congenital defects and IQ.

Now a new book, titled "The Fluoride Deception" by Christopher Bryson examines the background of the fluoridation debate. According to Bryson, research challenging fluoride's safety was either suppressed or not conducted in the first place. He says fluoridation is a triumph not of medical science but of US government spin.  filters remove fluoride from tap water...

Fighting Fear - Teaser 2

From: KMmvmnt  | Oct 18, 2011  | 816 views
A teaser of the upcoming film "Fighting Fear" starring Mark Mathews & Richie Vaculik narrated by Joel Edgerton.

"Fighting Fear" follows the lives of these 2 best friends through their ups and downs in pursuit of their dreams and the story of their friendship.

Directed by Macario De Souza (Co-Director of Australia's most successful documentary, "Bra Boys").

In Australian / NZ cinemas Nov 2011.
International release details coming soon.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

13 Symptoms of Chronic Dehydration

Most people don’t think they need to worry about dehydration. To most, dehydration is something that happens to travelers in the desert when they run out of water.

However,,, there is a chronic form of dehydration that does not have the sudden and intense nature of the acute form. Chronic dehydration is widespread in the present day and affects everyone who is not drinking enough liquid.

This list of 13 symptoms will inspire you to go get a glass of water, and then another, and another …

(After each symptom we will show how lack of fluid affects the issue.)

1. Fatigue, Energy Loss: Dehydration of the tissues causes enzymatic activity to slow down.

2. Constipation: When chewed food enters the colon, it contains too much liquid to allow stools to form properly, and the wall of the colon reduces it. In chronic dehydration, the colon takes too much water to give to other parts of the body.

3. Digestive Disorders: In chronic dehydration, the secretion of digestive juices are less.

4. High and Low Blood Pressure: The body’s blood volume is not enough to completely fill the entire set of arteries, veins, and capillaries.

5. Gastritis, Stomach Ulcers: To protect its mucous membranes from being destroyed by the acidic digestive fluid it produces, the stomach secretes a layer of mucus.

6. Respiratory Troubles: The mucous membranes of the respiratory region are slightly moist to protect the respiratory tract from substances that might be present in inhaled air.

7. Acid-Alkaline Imbalance: Dehydration activates an enzymatic slowdown producing acidification.

8. Excess Weight and Obesity: We may overeat because we crave foods rich in water. Thirst is often confused with hunger.

9. Eczema: Your body needs enough moisture to sweat 20 to 24 ounces of water, the amount necessary to dilute toxins so they do not irritate the skin.

10. Cholesterol: When dehydration causes too much liquid to be removed from inside the cells, the body tries to stop this loss by producing more cholesterol.

11. Cystitis, Urinary Infections: If toxins contained in urine are insufficiently diluted, they attack the urinary mucous membranes.

12. Rheumatism: Dehydration abnormally increases the concentration of toxins in the blood and cellular fluids, and the pains increase in proportion to the concentration of the toxins.

13. Premature Aging: The body of a newborn child is composed of 80 percent liquid, but this percentage declines to no more than 70 percent in an adult and continues to decline with age.

Read more:

Grommet vs Eternal Grom

Jeames Young vs Matty Jones at a place that truly stinks when off shore...

1% For The Planet Ambassador - Steve Jones

Steve Jones is the Co-founder of
Teton Gravity Research (TGR) began in 1995 and was founded by 4 friends who were passionate about the mountains and ocean. The vision was to put out products that came from the athletes' perspective, and that were more representative of the youth and progressions that were taking place in action sports. The company was founded by Steve Jones, Todd Jones, Corey Gavitt, and Dirk Collins with money they had earned from commercial fishing in Alaska.
TGR is one of the fastest growing brands in the action sports industry. Founded in 1996, TGR has produced 28 award winning feature length films, numerous television series for Showtime, NBC, Fox Sports, and Fuel TV, and is known for its cutting edge media and lifestyles clothing line. TGR films showcase the world’s top snowboard, ski and surf athletes including Jeremy Jones, Ian Walsh, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, and Seth Morrison. TGR is a proud member of 1 Percent for the Planet and strongly believes in protecting the environment in which the team works and plays. has become one of the leading online destinations and communities in the action sports industry.
Teton Gravity Research
TGR produces progressive, cutting edge films and apparel. These products are synonymous with youth culture and the action sports lifestyle. We are an athlete-bred company. TGR’s productions, athletes, and events are seen worldwide through a broad spectrum of media that includes home entertainment, cable and broadcast television, on-line, film tours, film festivals, print, and live events. We work with the top athletes in their respective disciplines. TGR is the most visible entity in action sports entertainment. People refer to our products as a source for the latest progressions and innovation.
TGR is a lifestyle. We live and think outside. The stoke that we embrace is based around natural elements. It comes from pushing ourselves to the edge of what is possible. Today many of our natural playgrounds are being threatened by things like climate change, pollution, and development. Although we are far from perfect, TGR continues to take steps towards preserving these playgrounds and the bigger world around us. The new line is made from environmentally minded materials. It is inspired from the people, places, and lifestyle we embrace.
”Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world...”

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tube Rock.

Heres a clip of the kids around our home having fun at good old tube rock.....

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Funky Cold Medina...

Finals - Highlights - Quiksilver Pro France 2011 

Gabriel Medina launches to his maiden victory on the dream tour, by defeating debut finalist Julian Wilson in one of the busiest finals in competitive surfing history...

There's an certain electricity in the air, a changing of the guard mixed with developing rivalries. It seems like professional surfing is evolving at light speed with a rich grass roots that's pushing the oldest vs the youngest and offering more aerials than at a drive in movie..

Well one things for sure, its definitely up in the air,,, and going to be a super exciting back end of the ASP World Tour...

Music makes the world go round!

Here's a great Australian band, The Grates...
Playing in November at Byron Bay. Check out Common Grounds gig guide for their tour dates...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Afends & Common Ground.

Our friends at Common Ground have a great page going about local business in the Byron Bay area. We thought it was worth a plug, so I'm writing about the fellas at Afends. These guy's are proof that if you believe in what your doing and have a love for it then anything is possible.
Anyone out there with a dream have a look at the clip below click through to the Common Ground site and get inspired.

Below is the start of the Afends story...

To cut to the chase, AFENDS Kent Wright didn’t want to waffle on about stuff your not going to read, so the fact of the matter is….....Check out the full story on Common Ground


Plastic Pollution Coalition

Jack Johnson, singing his way to a plastic free world. The message behind the song is one that everyone must start to take seriously now! Plastic is choking our world and its time to change our normal "habits". Take reusable bags to the shops, instead of a buying water at the service station, buy a re-usable water container with a filter in it and fill up from any tap. Its cheaper in the long run and its things like this that make a big difference.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mark Mathews

Check out this pic of Mark Mathews, what a beast of a wave not many men on this earth can say they've ridden a wave like that. To get a pic like this is crazy... make sure you check out FIGHTING FEAR the movie by Mark and his best mate Ritchie, looks like a heavy story but a true one of the boys.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

That left in Namibia......

Gotta love a barrel,right this place is just stupid...amazing, what ever you want to call it. For me its a surfers heaven on earth!

Africa from French Connexion on Vimeo.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Bag it...

Single use plastic, not cool! Someone has to clean it up even if its been properly disposed of...

Our kids, their kids and their kids, kids,,, are going to be cleaning up our plastic for generations...

Birds & Bees...

Yikes,,, what chu lookin at Wilis..?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mick and Little House Productions

I meet Mick the other day at Lennox, it was a classic encounter we both got talking about waves and surfboard design as surfers do and the conversation quickly lead to films, filming & freshmullet as we hoped along the slippery rocks that adorn the point.
I scrambled across the rocks like a uncoordanated spider and jumped first, thinking as I paddled out. It was a classic spring morning, good waves, not many people and a relaxed vibe.
I didn't realize he was a talented cinematographer until I got out of the surf some 2 hours later and Mick handed me his business card, Little House Productions it was only then that he mentioned what he does.
Again I got thinking, how good is surfing it's the best way to meet people and talk about what ever you want to talk about.
Below is a teaser of some of Micks work.... if you like it come back we'll be showing more...or you have some thing to share contact us through our Facebook page..

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Body Surfing the Movie

They call it HELL OR HIGH WATER, the clip below looks great...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Teahupoo UNCUT

Teahupoo News Story Feat Leonard Rawlings!!! from Simon "Shagga" Saffigna on Vimeo.

Had the pleasure or unpleasure of watching down the bowlo the other night... ridiculous..!

Sam Carier is the master...

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