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When most people think of heroes of the conservation movement they think of John Muir, David Brower, Gifford Pinchot or Teddy Roosevelt, often forgetting that President Obama is also a luminary of the conservation movement. Obama has in fact protected more water and land than any other president, a swath totaling millions of acres. Today,…

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How Skateboarding Is Transforming Young Zulu Villagers

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Hidden within rural Durban, South Africa in the Valley Of A Thousand Hills, a secret spot for young shredders is growing. Indigo Skate Camp is empowering the local Zulu villagers to learn and grow through the language of skateboarding and opening opportunities for them to experience what lies on the other side of the hill….

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Alva talks pool skating

Alva talks pool skating

The connection between surfing and skating over the past 30 years runs deep. Spanning from Tony Alva and the Z-Boys and on to yesterday’s Coastal Carnage at the US Open of Surfing, we continue to see the influence translated from concrete to water and vice versa.  This is a special week on Korduroy, ‘Concrete Week,’ where we…

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The Benefits of a University Exchange Program in New Zealand: Endless Surf

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Three American students headed down to New Zealand on a university exchange in Dunedin, a plan that really just seemed like an excuse for student visa and a 4 month surf trip exploring all that this wave rich coastline had to offer. Filmmaker, Sam Snell teamed up with the crew to document the adventure of…

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How a plant from Arizona is changing the face of Patagonia’s Wetsuits

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A recent New York Times feature explains how Patagonia’s newest line of eco-friendly wetsuits, the Yulex, have shifted the paradigm of an industry historically dominated by a fossil fuel based neoprene industry by simply introducing the guayule plant (Parthenium argentatum) and natural rubber from hevea trees into the supply chain. The guayule plant is a hardy relative…

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The Recipe For An Epic Day

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Ever considered the potential for an epic day? What would you do? Where would you go? And who would you bring? Look no further, Sherpas Cinema and The North Face teamed up for just this reason: to create the ultimate one day adventure. With any luck, this film will raise the bar of what’s possible…

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Matches or Lighter Fluid: Which Is Better for the Environment?

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A recent Q&A from the New York Times addresses a paradox every camper knows but few have likely considered in depth: Q. Is it environmentally better to use safety matches or a fuel-filled lighter to start a fire while camping? A. It might seem obvious that using a single paper or wooden match beats carrying…

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PATAGONIA INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST WETSUITS MADE OF NATURAL RUBBER

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SAY GOODBYE TO NEOPRENE! Last week, Patagonia introduced the world’s first and only neoprene-free wetsuits made with natural rubber from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council® certified by the Rainforest Alliance. And better yet, Patagonia is sharingthis groundbreaking innovation with other companies, hoping to create a shift toward cleaner and less harmful materials throughout the…

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