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    Dear & Yonder and Liz Clark at Great Pacific Ironworks Tomorrow for an Evening of Women's Surfing

    Jeff_Johnson_2 If you live in the Ventura or Santa Barbara areas, join us at GPIW tomorrow for an evening of women’s surfing. Patagonia surf ambassador Liz Clark leads things off with a slide show about the making of Tiffany Campbell and Andria Lessler’s film Dear & Yonder. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the challenges they encountered, and find out about the peripatetic lifestyle of Captain Liz Clark. Then comes the screening of Dear & Yonder, which documents the progression and breadth of women’s surfing today.You can view the trailer on our previous post about the movie.

    Daring Women United by the Sea
    A Slide Show with Liz Clark & Surf Film by Tiffany Campbell and Andria Lessler
    Saturday, July 18 at Great Pacific Iron Works
    7 - 7:30pm - Liz Clark slide show
    7:30 - 9pm - Dear & Yonder screening
    This event is free. Phone 805-643-6074 for more information.

    For those of you who don't live in the area, there's a new interview with Liz Clark up on Surfer Magazine's site. In it she gives a small preview of the slide show she has planned for Saturday, and shares news about an amazing surf trip she'll be going on with some other Patagonia surf ambassadors (hint: it will be a goofy-footer's dream team). Also, you can visit the Tin Shed and watch Liz Clark's Voyage which includes a short video by the makers of Dear & Yonder and a slide show of photos from Liz's time on a tiny Pacific atoll. And finally, you can go to Wend Magazine's site and check out all of Liz's blog posts from her time on Swell.

    Hope to see some of you at the event. Have a good weekend everybody.

    [Playtime aboard Swell. Photo: Jeff Johnson]

    Dirtbag Diaries: Three Eighths to Eternity

    Cormorant_logo The Dirtbag Diaries descend from the mountains today and shove off into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean with former Surfer's Journal associate editor Christian Beamish. As always, show host Fitz Cahall is here to set the stage:

    “The planks of my boat are three eighths of an inch thick. Three eighths – this is the distance between myself and the depths,” writes surfer and adventurer Christian Beamish. Two years ago, Beamish crafted an 18-foot-long sailboat in his San Clemente garage. His obsession with sailboat-assisted surfing began with small week-long voyages and evolved into a preposterous idea – sail the entire length of Baja looking for waves. It would be a solo mission. The proposed trip left his friends questioning his mental state and his mother in tears. It would require big, open-water crossings in rough seas, and in the end it would leave Beamish changed. How far would you go to find the physical and mental limits of human endurance? How raw does your soul have to get before you find peace?

    Audio_graphic_20px Listen to "Three Eighths to Eternity"
    (mp3 - right-click to download)

    Visit for links and more information on the music in today's podcast. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes and RSS, or connect with Fitz on Facebook and Twitter.

    Launching an Outdoor Career Against the Odds

    Trevor-van We’re pleased to share some good news today about a young friend who offers a rare bright spot in what has been a tough year for the outdoor industry. Trevor Clark picked an interesting time to start his outdoor adventure photography business – May of 2008. A lot has changed, for Trevor and for the economy, in the year since he first launched his venture.

    The stats from this past year’s economic fallout need not be revisited, though they make Trevor’s story all the more worth telling. He’s a young man with an uncanny knack for sparking inspiration through storytelling. While photos are his medium of choice, he’s more than capable when it comes to wielding his words. Take this introductory snippet from his new website:

    My adventure began in Curitiba, Brazil where I was born to an American mother and a father who called Australia and New Zealand his "homes." The two sides of my family were on two different continents, and my beginning was on a third. Going to see family meant big trips, with expedition-quality logistics for my mother, three siblings and I to make (and miss) Indiana-Jones-style plane connections. . . . I loved it. I loved running through airports clinging to

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    Tales of the Ventura River

    On Friday, we asked Ventura residents to Be a Steelhead Advocate, Report Illegal Fishing in the Ventura River. As a follow-up to that post we're pleased to share this 2007 video from the Matilija Coalition. It's pretty long but the stories within paint a vivid picture of what the river was like before factors like the Matilija Dam existed and southern steelhead were placed on the Endangered Species list. For those of you who live elsewhere, I think you'll find the video to be a neat slice-of-life from our little beach town -- and a good example for other dam-removal projects currently being debated around the country.

    [Video courtesy of the Matilija Coalition, via Ventura River Ecosystem. With thanks to Paul Jenkin and everyone featured in the video.]

    Be a Steelhead Advocate, Report Illegal Fishing in the Ventura River

    SB_Channel_Keeper_Stream_Team Friends, summer is here and once again we're grateful to have local watering holes for families and animals to enjoy. The Ventura River behind Patagonia HQ provides a few of these aquatic sanctuaries, but we must remember they're not hosts to humans alone. In 1997, southern steelhead were granted protection under the federal Endangered Species Act and their recovery in the Ventura River is still a great struggle. If you witness illegal fishing in the river, we urge you to call the Cal-TIP number at 888-334-2258 and report the incident.

    A unique form of rainbow trout, southern steelhead, spend most of their adult lives in the ocean, but spawn in freshwater streams and rivers. At one time, thousands of steelhead returned to the Ventura River every year, but their lifecycle was tragically interrupted by dams and water diversions, poor planning, urban development, pollution, droughts, and, sadly, ignorance. These impacts have decimated southern steelhead runs, and today only a few hundred of the iridescent beauties make their yearly spawning pilgrimage.

    [Patagonia employee Steve Wages, and his daughter Emily, received Santa Barbara Channel Keeper's Volunteers of the Year award in 2008 for their work with the Stream Team. Photo: Jim Little via "Testing the Waters."]

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    Freedom to Roam: A Rancher and an Environmentalist Search for Common Ground on Wolves (Part 2)


    Last week, in regards to the recent delisting of gray wolves as an endangered species and in conjunction with our Freedom to Roam campaign, we brought you Part 1 of an interview between NRDC’s Senior Wildlife Advocate Louisa Willcox and Montana rancher Becky Weed -- two individuals with two distinct points of view and a shared willingness to engage in constructive dialogue. Here's the second half of the interview. [Photo: Roy Toft, California Wolf Center]

    Q: How common is it to find ranchers who believe there is a way to protect wolves and their way of life?

    Becky Weed (rancher): ‘Seems like a simple question, but in fact no one has really good data on this. It is safe to say that many, many ranchers wish wolves had never come back and that wolves are yet another threat to a precarious way of life; that is certainly the dominant stereotype. But it is useful to remind ourselves that quite a few ranchers have already begun “living with wolves” since the reintroduction in the '90s. It has been difficult and has come at considerable cost in some situations, but some ranchers are climbing this learning curve in spite of themselves, and right now we have no systematic mechanism for monitoring that progress. Sometimes I fear the zeal of passionate enviros (and the inflammatory rhetoric that they are fed from distant fundraisers) blinds them to the embryonic progress that is so vital for a long-term conservation ethic that transcends rural-urban divides.

    It is also useful to remind ourselves that the sons and daughters of many of today’s ranchers are growing up amidst shifting paradigms of wildlife and agricultural perspectives. Many such young people have no desire to show disrespect for their parents’ traditions but they also know that they need to find their own way, and for some that means a new tolerance for carnivores. I can’t give you an exact figure on how many people are thinking that way, but several have visited our ranch, daring to explore the rancher/conservationist turf. The exact percentage almost doesn’t matter to me; these are the "early adopters," the innovators, the leaders. The numbers will come later – if we as a society do this right.

    Even though no one can answer your question precisely, I think we can say that the more  ranchers that are encouraged and supported concretely in their efforts to ranch alongside wolves, the more such ranchers there will be. To me this means that some lethal control will be part of the story, but it will not be the whole story. There may be some ranches, or some parts of ranches or grazing allotments where people conclude it doesn’t make sense to run livestock, but I and many wolf advocates do NOT favor simply running ranchers off the land. Such an oversimplified policy would be tantamount to cutting off our nose to spite our face. Ranchers, like wolves, live and work in communities and ecosystems. Thus the most strategic responses to wolf problems and benefits will also operate at that level.

    Louisa Willcox (NRDC): More common than you might think from reading the papers. I have met a number of ranchers who believe there is a way to protect both wolves and their way of life. But these ranchers often do not want to be publicly identified as being “pro-wolf” because of the potential for negative repercussions from their more conservative, anti-wolf/rancher colleagues. As long as hardliners like the Farm Bureau are in charge of the debate from the ranchers’ side, there is little incentive for the pro-wolf ranchers to engage. But thankfully, there are a number of tolerant ranchers out there. Without them, we would not have made as much progress as we have towards wolf recovery.

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    The Voodoo Bike

    By Craig Holloway

    P1020464 Sometime in the late '80s, my bike mechanic friend John finally agreed to sell me his 1972 British-made Raleigh bicycle. I handed him $150 dollars in cash and a cold, six-pack of beer. He cracked open two brews, handed one back to me, and we both took long swigs, saluting the voodoo bike. I asked John where the bike’s name came from and he had no idea. He did request that I bring the voodoo in for maintenance every now and then. We shook hands, and then I wheeled the faded red single-speed out the bike shop’s door toward Chicago’s lakefront.

    Editor's note: Today's story comes from yoga instructor, daily bike commuter and Patagonia editor, Craig Holloway.

    The voodoo is one of the last production bicycles made by Raleigh before it was sold to an Asian manufacturer. The bicycle’s most elegant feature is the headlamp post, with its engraved phoenix situated in front of the handlebars. Children notice the phoenix right away and like to rub its metal beak. The voodoo also features old-fashioned, cable-rod lever brakes, brazed-on pump pegs, and a nifty foldout basket attached to the rear fender. The frame’s geometry makes for an aristocratic upright ride, and eccentric viewing for drivers and passers-by.

    [The voodoo rests against a tree at the Patagonia campus. Ventura, California. All photos: Craig Holloway]

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    TSJ | POV - Dan Malloy & Dane Reynolds Board Swap

    It's the first day back after a long weekend and I'm on about pitch four of the email mountain. With that in mind, I'll keep today's post short and let our friends at The Surfer's Journal take the lead. I like this vid because it highlights two professional surfers from two generations, both of whom grew up surfing the breaks in and around Ventura. Locals will undoubtedly notice certain landmarks and those of you who live afar will get a glimpse at one of the beaches near Patagonia HQ.

    If any of you aren't on-board with The Surfer's Journal yet, please refer to The Undeniable Logic of Subscribing. For more video content from TSJ, check out their excellent DVD series.

    [Video: TSJ | POV - "Dan Malloy & Dane Reynolds Board Swap" from The Surfer's Journal on Vimeo].

    Invoking Summer with The Dirtbag Diaries

    The_Shorts_NBB Do you have a ritual or a tradition for welcoming in summer? Dirtbag Diaries host Fitz Cahall shares his on today's podcast. Here's Fitz:

    Up in the Northwest, we say that summer doesn’t actually start until July 4th. Right now, we’re experiencing our annual June gloom. So I thought it was time to invoke blue skies and warmer temps. A season’s worth of summits, single track and lounging on the riverbank is just around the corner. It’s time for me to do my part in the changing of the seasons.

    Audio_graphic_20px Listen to The Shorts -- Summer Invocation
    (mp3 - 7:00 - right-click to download)

    In between full-length episodes of The Dirtbag Diaries, listeners like you have the chance to narrate your own story on the show -- these are the Shorts. To submit your story for consideration, visit The Dirtbag Diaries and look for the Story Suggestions? link in the sidebar. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes and RSS, or connect with Fitz via Facebook and Twitter.

    Flag Happy Independence Day everyone. Hope you all have a great long weekend.

    [With thanks to New Belgium Brewing for supporting the show.]

    Dear & Yonder – Daring Stories of Ladies United by the Sea

    Coming off two premiere screenings in Florida and Texas, a new all-female surf film, Dear & Yonder, will make its Southern California debut tonight at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas -- site of The Present premiere not long ago. Directed by Tiffany Campbell and Andria Lessler, the film features a dynamic cast of ladies – including Patagonia ambassadors Belinda Peterson-Baggs and Liz Clark – who are connected by a spirit of adventure and love for the ocean. The hope is that the depth and beauty of the film will inspire viewers to bring something positive back to their respective communities and lineups. Hit up the Dear & Yonder site for the full list of tour dates. If you'd like another taste of what the movie will offer, visit the Tin Shed and check out Liz Clark's Voyage. Liz will also share a slide show at the Ventura screening on July 18th.

    [With thanks to Roxy, Woodshed Films and Surfing Magazine for supporting this film.]

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