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About graham.land

Graham Land is a writer who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, earning an MA in History from Malmö University in Sweden. Graham writes on a variety of topics including the environment, politics and history.

Beautiful beaches and great waves help make Portugal a top destination for travelers and surfers alike. Those who don’t actually surf the massive waves can still appreciate their raw beauty and power. The sound of the surf and the spectacle of magnificent waves in Portugal are phenomena to behold. A great place to witness these … Read More

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Back in November I mentioned Garrett McNamara’s amazing run on a 90ft (30m) wave in Portugal. Was it the biggest wave ever surfed? Who knows? It was the biggest caught on film, however, and most likely the largest wave ever surfed in Europe. So well done Garrett! Check out his record-breaking run in Nazare, Portugal … Read More

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Here are a few snippets of what the travel press is saying about the surf and tourism Mecca of Bali. The eco-conscious Mother Nature Network has chosen Bali as its destination of the week for eco tourism. Known as the “Island of the Gods,” Bali draws everyone from surfers and beach aficionados to young backpackers … Read More

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As the sport of surfing grows, so does its environmental impact. Surfing equipment made of non-biodegradable materials such as synthetic resin surfboards, neoprene wetsuits and petroleum-based surf wax are just some of the products used by surfers that can have a negative ecological footprint. Environmentally conscious surfing companies such as Envirosurfer are attempting to address … Read More

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In October I posted a couple of times about pro surfer and eco warrior James Pribram. You can read the posts here and here. Here is some more info on an important environmental project that Pribram is working on. Uluwatu, on the Bukit Peninsula, is known for its amazing cliff-top temple and as one of … Read More

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When I was 13 one of my favorite bands was JFA (Jodie Foster’s Army), a hardcore punk skater band from Arizona. I still think they were one of the best hardcore bands of the 80s, which by default means they were one of the best hardcore bands full stop. Their best record is a 7” … Read More

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about visiting the ‘genuine Bali’ – off the beaten tourist track, away from the pulsating night life and shopping, a fascinating paradise of traditional culture and natural wonder. The ‘real Bali’, if you like. An article in the Sydney Morning Herald delves deeper into where and how to … Read More

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On November 15th -16th, representatives from 9 surfing Meccas gathered in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain to plan a new economic surf network, which will include Ericeira, Portugal, Europe’s surfing capital. In these times of economic crisis, the business aspect of surfing is being looked to as a source of wealth and job creation for the 9 … Read More

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