The Transparentsea Voyage

Happening tonight in Encinitas! The premiere of Justin Krumb and the Saltwater Collective’s latest activist surf movie “The Transparentsea Voyage.” The documentary highlights the efforts of a group of gifted athletes, musicians, celebrities and artists on a campaign aimed at focusing attention on coastal environmental issues. Experience the voyage from start to finish as the crew traces the southern migration of the California Grey & Blue Whale from Santa Barbara to San Diego in five sailing kayaks. The journey unfolds through the creation of song, as this “behind the music” look at focused activism reveals how an eclectic group of individuals makes a heartfelt connection to the California coastline through creativity and education.

The second California showing is tonight at La Paloma. Showtimes are 7:00 and 9:15pm, tickets are $15, $10  for kids 12 and under. To get a better idea of what to expect, we got in touch with surfer, musician and featured artist Shannon Sol Carroll for some details. But first, check out the trailer:

How did you come to be involved in this project?

We have been collaborating with S4C (Surfers for Cetaceans) since we participated in the paddle out at Taiji cove, Japan, in 2007. That’s when we wrote the title track to Justin’s previous film, “Minds in the Water.” We also caught up with the crew on the first Transparentsea Voyage between Byron Bay and Sydney in 2009. We had a great time jamming around the camp fire and surfing some secluded beaches so we put our hands up to be a part of the next one too.

What’s the connection between music and surfing? 

It depends on the individual, but for me it’s the similarity between the zones I get into. Both require you to tune into a state of flow, make continual millisecond decisions, respond to a fluid entity, follow your intuition and act in the moment without overthinking.

Have you been involved in other activist campaigns before? What’s important about this one?

Yes, we have been active in several campaigns and fund raisers over the years with S4C and Sea Shepherd. This one is particularly important to me because it highlights everyday people being active in their local zones. We are all about empowering individuals to act as part of a global movement to protect our seas. We also support grass roots organizations and work towards strengthening the resolve of ocean-minded people to defend our coastal ecosystems. The ongoing preservation and protection of our planet is the most important quest of our generation in my view. As Joni Mitchell says, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”

How has it been to tour the film? Any surprises?

It’s always great coming back to Cali, and this time I’m stoked that we’ve been able to explore more of Northern California. We began the tour in the Bay Area and we’re currently driving down the coast camping out all the way down. We saw lots of Hump back whales off the Big Sur coast, breaching constantly and herding fish with a technique called ‘bubble netting’ right off the rocks near Limekiln. Amazing!

What happens next for you guys?

We head home and then straight over to Margaret River for a two week tour of Western Australia which is one of our favorite places in the world. That place is absolutely loaded with incredible waves, wine and down to earth people.

For more on The Transparentsea Movie:

All SoCal Screenings:

Thursday, Aug. 21: La Paloma 7:00 & 9:15

Saturday, Aug. 23: Bird’s Surf Shed 7:00 & 9:15pm

Sunday, Aug. 24: Ocean Institute in Dana Point 5:30pm

*Photo by Robbie Dark

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