Looking Sideways: 10 Things
Here are this week's ten things I thought were worth sharing.
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1. “Water, bikes and skateboards taught me everything good about myself, and to be in a place where I’m constantly told I'm not allowed those things is harrowing”.
This week’s guest article from Polly S on her experiences as a trans woman (above) garnered quite a response, so I thought I’d repost this important piece again today in case you missed it first time around.
2. The Big Sea Kickstarter is now live! Since my episode with Chris and Lewis aired, listeners have been asking how they can support this important project. Click this link to do just that.
3. Film-makers Chris, Lewis and Demi are heading out on the short tour of Finisterre stores in early March (that’s Finisterre founder Tom Kay shredding his local while wearing Yulex). I’m hosting the Brighton leg on March 1st - so hope to see you there. Snag your tickets here.
4. Speaking of my adopted home town, council cuts mean our vital lifeguard service is threatened. Click here to find out more and sign the petition.
5. The ascent of Sky Brown continues with her recent win at the skate World Champs. I’m really enjoying seeing the camaraderie among the whole Skateboard GB team as they navigate this new landscape together.
6. I’m off to Ventura and LA next week! I’m heading to Patagonia HQ for a few days, before heading to LA to record a couple of episodes and catch up with some old friends and yep I’m excited. Let me know if you have ideas for who I should try chat to while I’m over there.
7. In the meantime I’ve been getting in the mood with this recent Patagonia surf documentary about 25 years of FCD.
8. Congratulations to friend-of-the-show Elias Elhardt on Invisible Ground, the brilliant and thought-provoking new documentary he’s made with Xavier de le Rue which explores the nature of danger in the mountains, and what male vulnerability means in this context. Essential viewing.
9. Why I Love Oil, by Solitaire Townsend, the sustainability expert and founder. This confounding piece was not what I expected, and all the better for it.
10. A friend of mine just had a serious heart attack at a very young age, so Owen Tozer is fundraising to help his family while Jack recovers. Donate here!
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The Invisible Ground film is so good. Be great to get Xavier back again on the podcast, it’s clear his approach to freeriding has changed and be good to hear more on this.