Bag It The Movie

Whilst we were in Miami last week, we premiered our Calavera surf film, Water Warriors, in the Soho House in South Beach. Also being shown in the private viewing cinema along side the film, was this incredible movie called Bag It. It’s a documentary that started off being about plastic bags, and then it evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Here is the link you can follow through to find out more about the Movie, the facts about the issues we all have to face. Bag It The Movie: Is Your Life Too Plastic?

I have picked out from the website a few of the facts about our consumption of plastic and the problems it causes for our environment and also our own bodies.

An estimated 12 million barrels of oil are used to make up to 102 billion plastic bags used solely in the US every year. The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for an average of 12 minutes before they are discarded.
About 2,480,000 tons of plastic bottles and jars were disposed of in 2008 around the world. That includes things such as water bottles, coffee cups, plastic utensils and take out containers make our lives more convenient, also known as single-use disposables. Two million plastic bottles are consumed in the U.S. every five minutes, less then 25% are recycled.
80% of the plastic and trash that finds its way into our oceans comes from the land, and more than 260 species of marine animals are affected by it. It is estimated that 100,000 marine mammals and sea birds die each year from becoming entangled in or ingesting plastic debris.
BPA is used to make plastic hard and phthalates make plastic soft. Recent studies have linked BPA to breast and prostate cancer, enlargement of the prostate, early onset of puberty, hyperactivity in children, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. BPA can be found in bottles, coffee cups, baby toys, cans…pretty much everything. Phthalates can be commonly found in cosmetics, perfumes, and many beauty products.

This movie definitely had an affect on the way I perceive and think about my own plastic consumption. There are some shocking and unbelievable facts throughout the film that had everyone in the cinema wide mouthed, wide eyed and gasping. I really hope that this movement Bag It spreads and the education enters all communities around the world so changes can begin to happen. It’s so important for everyone do their part and work together to solve this global issue that we are facing right now. Here is a top 5 list of what you can do to help now:

1. CARRY REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

2. GIVE UP BOTTLED WATER

3. MAKE SURE YOUR PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS ARE PHTHALATE-FREE

4. CHOOSE MILK IN RETURNABLE GLASS BOTTLES

5. CHOOSE LOTIONS AND LIP BALMS IN PLASTIC-FREE CONTAINERS

Chilling in an empty pool

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We surfed all morning today filming and getting photographs for the Intel commercial, and we’ve got a couple of hours free to relax before we head out for more waves this afternoon followed by a beach bonfire and bbq ๐Ÿ™‚
While I’m here hanging out in Santa Teresa, I am staying with one of my favorite friends’, Magsie. She has been building her house for the last year and a half now, and I have seen it develop and get more amazing every time I come down. This time I am here for the christening of the pool! It has just been finished, and we have to wait three or four days for the tiling to set, then we can fill it with water. We had a good time hanging out in the empty pool this afternoon though, I managed to get some work done, play with Magsie’s niece, and snack my way through the afternoon before I head to the next surf session haha. Now we can’t wait for it to be actually filled with water!

Surfing with the girls this morning!

Costa Rican National Circuit contest, Santa Teresa

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I have spent the last four days in Santa Teresa at the 6th contest of the Costa Rican National Circuit. We were really lucky to have pretty good waves and offshore winds for most of the weekend, and although I didn’t make it through to the final, I really enjoyed the contest and the good vibes here in Santa Teresa. I am going to hang out here for a few more days with some friends as we are filming for an Intel commercialย (random I know), but I am stoked to be hanging out and surfing with the girls. The waves here are also great for training, and I have a lot of training to do! The final circuit contest is coming up at the end of August and I am really hoping for a better result to secure a higher position in the final ranking. Time to surf ALOT, work hard and concentrate on my training… Bring it on!

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Feel happier everyday. What’s your happiness?

Having a passion is one of the things that makes life worth living. Feeling satisfied, mentally engaged, physically stimulated, and feeling invigorated are just some of the positive sensations that come when indulging in our passion. Actually, “indulging” probably isn’t the right word to use, because your passion is not and should never be an indulgence. Your passion is something vital to your well being and your happiness, and it’s so important to dedicate some of your time and part of your life to it, guilt free. So how do you find your passion? What are you exactly looking for? Well, for me my passion is surfing (obviously ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). When I surf and when I am in the ocean, I don’t think about anything else. The rest of my world outside of the water fades away, and I am fully engaged in what I am doing. In short, nothing else really matters. I can sit in the ocean for hours and not even realise how much time is passing. I forget about everything that may be troubling me in my mind; stress at work, a full inbox of emails I need to get back to, an argument with a loved one, troubles with an ex-boyfriend, a current boyfriend haha, and even myself. My passion of surfing gives me time to release myself of these thoughts and negative energy, and therefore helps me relieve stress and increase happiness. Your passion needs to be something that engages you fully, so you concentrate to the point of clearing your consciousness completely of the things that trouble you. If you have already found your passion, it’s really important to dedicate some “me” time from your busy week and schedule to enjoy your hobby, fulfilling its potential. If you haven’t found that all engaging something that makes you feel invigorated and free, explore the options and be open minded with everything that you try. I think it’s really important that you look for something that isn’t through a passive engagement like watching your favourite TV show, flicking through the latest gossip mag, and facebook definitely doesn’t count! Haha. Choose an activity that engages and challenges you, so you can always strive to improve and gain results. Of course I am going to go ahead and put surfing at the top of the list of things to try haha, but I know this isn’t everyones cup of tea or even a possibility, and there’s plenty of other activities to explore. Try picking up a cook book and rustling up something fancy, or go ahead and plant your own little garden (I hear this is very therapeutic!). Maybe get creative and take a drawing or art class, try photography, explore writing, or engage in something more physical like cycling, swimming, stand up paddle boarding or some fabulous dancing. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, because this is only for you ๐Ÿ™‚

At the Miami swimwear and lingerie show with Calavera Swimwear

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Miami South Beach Convention Centre at the swimwear and lingerie exhibition with Calavera!!

On the plane to Miami! With Nancy

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Packing for Miami!

I’m trying to get myself organised! Everything feels like it’s moving at a million miles an hour and I can’t seem to get myself into action haha. Tomorrow I fly to Miami to meet Calavera girl Anna for the Miami Expo in South Beach. I am SO excited, I’ve never been to Miami and can’t wait to spend a couple of days in the city. We’ve got some awesome things lined up to do in the evenings after work, like an 80’s party (yikes!), bars to visit (yess!) ANNND a private premier of our new Calavera surf movie, Water Warriors! It does however mean that I will be trading in my surfboards for high heels, dresses and make-up for the next few days, which I think is why I am struggling to keep up with the pace right now. Anyway, I have my passport which I guess is the most important thing, and everything else will just fall into my bag tomorrow morning…after I surf of course ๐Ÿ™‚

I find happiness in surfing

After four months of solid (but fantastic!) Rica Surf camps, I am now back training with my surf trainer Geancarlo. The final camp finished on Saturday, so I had a relaxing weekend catching up on some much needed rest, and began training again yesterday. I have to say the first session I was a little bit nervous about, because I don’t feel like I have put a lot of mental energy into my surfing in the last months, and definitely don’t feel like I have improved like I wanted to. Geancarlo however was amazing. I had a free surf for 20 minutes (because he told me to go and wake up haha), and then we did some co-ordination exercises on the beach. This is the first time I have ever done this kind of practice. It helps you to work on your mental state while riding the wave, taking you through each manoeuvre slowly from paddling, position as you drop in, to your bottom turn, up to your top turn, and then reading down the line again. All of this we walked through in steps on the beach, on a line which had been drawn representing the line we would be drawing on the wave. He made me repeat each body position five times on each section in a slow movement. For example, the rotation of my shoulders and leading with my hands at the bottom of the wave for my bottom turn, whilst flexing my back knee and putting pressure on my heal and back foot. We did the same practice with the top turn, rotating with my arms and chest to look back down the wave, remembering to stay strong in my legs and engage my abs. What surprised me about this exercise was how much it HURT my legs haha, it burned so much! So what I learnt was that I am clearly not using my legs enough whilst surfing or getting in the right position to make the most out of my bottom turn and get really vertical into the wave. This is something I have been struggling with for a while. Straight after doing this beach exercise, Geancarlo sent me back out into the water to surf again. The results were incredible. The repetition of the body positions on the beach that he made me do again and again until my legs were going to fall off were coming so naturally to me in the water. I could already feel the difference in my bottom turn; the power generated from my back foot and getting my chest turned by leading with my hands and my head. It filled me with so much energy and stoke to be back out in the water and making positive steps to getting better. There was something about yesterday that I feel is going to change my surfing in a serious way. I was actually so stoked on what I had learnt that I surfed all day, even throughout the high tide at midday when there pretty much no waves haha. And today I did the same. I feel so empowered to surf and my passion and love for the sport (which I didn’t think to get any bigger) just tripled. I want to thank Geancarlo for taking the time to train me, I appreciate his help, energy and input so much, and every time I surf with him I become a better surfer, so THANK YOU! I can’t wait to train again tomorrow and the next day and surf and surf and surf…because now at last I can ๐Ÿ™‚

Steph Gilmore claims here 5th World Title…Go girl!