Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
-Thank you, Larry, for sharing.-
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Activities being planned include:
• Beach litter pick up
• Surfrider Foundation Coastal Georgia Low Country Chapter info
• City of Tybee Island Mayor’s paddle out• Copies of Surfing Magazine
• Information about Eastern Surfing Association Georgia District
• Free lessons and opportunities to use:
stand up paddle boards
*FREE Monster Energy Drink*
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR SPECIFIC EVENTS(check back frequently as new events are being added)8:30 Litter Pick Up (Supplies provided by Coastal Environmental Analysis)10:30 Paddle out with Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman12:00 Alternative Surfboard Contest (sponsored by Underground Boardworks)12:00 Ugliest Bathing Suits Contest (sponsored by Underground Boardworks)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
'The last half of June is usually one of the quietest portions of hurricane season. In the 14 years since the current active hurricane period began in 1995, only four tropical storms formed in the last half of June. None of those four storms since 1995 became a hurricane, and hurricanes are quite rare in June.
Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) have remained close to average over the tropical Atlantic between Africa and Central America this month .
These are the coolest SST anomalies we've seen since 1994. The strength of the Azores-Bermuda high has been near average over the past two weeks, driving near-average trade winds. Stronger-than-average trade winds were observed through most of the period November 2008 - May 2009, which helped cool the tropical Atlantic substantially. Strong winds mix up colder water from the depths and cause greater evaporative cooling. The latest 2-week run of the GFS model predicts continued average trade winds over the tropical Atlantic for the remainder of June, so expect the near-average SSTs to continue over the tropical Atlantic as we head into July.
Typically, June tropical storms form over the Gulf of Mexico, Western Caribbean, and Gulf Stream waters just offshore Florida, where water temperatures are warmest. SSTs are 26 - 28°C in these regions, which is about 0.5°C above average for this time of year.
June storms typically form when a cold front moves off the U.S. coast and stalls out, with the old frontal boundary serving as a focal point for development of a tropical disturbance.
African tropical waves, which serve as the instigators of about 85% of all major hurricanes, are usually too far south in June to trigger tropical storm formation. SSTs are too cold in June to allow storms to develop between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles Islands--there has only been once such development in the historical record--Ana of 1979, which coincidentally will be the name given to this year's first storm.'
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Of course, we all know that whatever happens, sooner or later , one way or another, we will come ashore. And when we do, there's nothing quite like a nice cup of tea. But to enjoy this moment of reflection and contentedness through a libation, one does not have to go through the ringer, in fact far better not to. The motivation to make a crossing, a descent or a circumnavigation can be as simple as an excuse for a fine cup of tea in fresh surroundings and a clear view.
So, go ahead. Load up your kayak, fill your flask and head out to another shore and take a moment for yourself.
'Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.' ~Thich Nat Hahn
Sunday, June 14, 2009
"Plant As If Life Depends On It"
presented by Linda Lamb, Director of Coastal Wildscapes.
As urban development increases in our area, native habitat is lost to lawns and exotic ornamental shrubs. Pesticides, fertilizer and scarce water are poured on to keep these plants alive in what to them is a hostile environment.
There is a way to mitigate the negative impact on our environment and our health...please attend our presentation on "gardening for biodiversity through conservation landscaping". Techniques which will help heal our landscapes will be discussed.
The meeting will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave, Savannah. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE OF LOCATION FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information call Beth @ 912-658-6136
Friday, June 12, 2009
Director of the Oregon Marine Board, Paul Donheffner, reported that paddleboarding has been gaining popularity. Traditionally they were used to surf in the ocean, but are now being used not only in the ocean beyond surfing areas but also in lakes and rivers.
aka Florida horse conch.
The Florida horse conch is the largest snail to be found in the American waters, sometimes reaching a length of two feet. It has ten whorls, and its shoulders bear large, low nodules. The operculum is a leathery brown color, the aperture is orange, and the animal itself is brick red in color. They are carnivores that feed on bivalves and other snails.
Florida horse conchs are used as food and are said to taste "peppery."
Thanks Mike for the positive id and all who wrote in with suggestions.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Lucas Theatre for the Arts
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival is a global film festival and conservation summit for underwater filmmakers and marine researchers. Presented by the BLUE Ocean Film Festival.
Thursday, June 11th
CRUDE- an elegant and gripping saga of oil. Where does it come from? When will it run out? Where is it driving us? This extraordinary documentary sweeps through the ages: from the birth of oil deep in the dinosaur-inhabited past, to its ascendancy as the indispensable ingredient of modern life. Now, as we crest the peak of production, Crude reveals a disturbing irony: the
For six weeks Jon Bowermaster and crew take on a remarkable journey of exploration in the Antarctic Peninsula by sea kayak observing first hand the evolution of this most remote place. With ice shelves impacted by climate change Antarctica is also experiencing another kind of impact, a boom in tourism, which has lead to nations squabbling over who has claims to what as the ice steadily disappears. This National Geographic-sponsored exploration is a one-of-a-kind look at Antarctica from a unique perspective - sea level. Film followed by filmmaker Q & A.
Saturday, June 13th
Michael Rutzen is on a quest. The world’s sharks are in grave danger and human ignorance and fear that are their greatest enemies. Michael is determined to open people’s eyes to their plight. Building on his deep connection with sharks, Michael has learned to communicate with them and has discovered their secret; sharks can be hypnotized. His mission sees him put his life on the line as we witness man and shark connect like they have never done before
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Just a day before the race, Stephen was out cruising along Butler in the Tybee bike lane (??) when, without warning, a car made a sudden left turn into the Ocean Plaza Hotel.
With a look of horror on his face and cat-like reflexes Stephen rolled across the hood and into the windshield.
"I'll have to call you back." were the last words of the driver before exiting her vehicle to check on young Stephen, now laying in the gutter surrounded by broken dreams...and a carbon fiber bicycle now in two halves.
Mr Lockwood was later released from Hospital with stitches and some jaw problems.
SC&K representative released the following statement..
"We are sorry to hear about this unfortunate accident and wish Stephen a full and speedy recovery. We would also like to congratulate him on his impact prevention techniques and ability to 'roll'. Well done mate !"
Sunday, June 7, 2009
LITTLE TYBEE CHALLENGE RACE RESULTS -
1st Javier Comelli 1.01.47 (best time for all LTC racers)
2nd Dave Toppi 1:12.23
Sea Kayak, Men Overall:
1st Carl Moore 1.06.49
2nd Nick Scoville 1.08.27
3rd Steve Braden 1.10.18
Sea Kayak, Women Overall:
1st Stephanie Brown 1.22.30
2nd Kay Hess 1.29.40
3rd Anna Butler 1.53.15
Sea Kayak, Men 50 & over:
1st Carl Moore 1.06.49
2nd Steve Braden 1.10.18
Sea Kayak, Women 50 & over:
1st Kay Hess 1.29.40
2nd Anna Butler 1.53.15
1st Terry & Casey Allen 1.32.56
2nd James & Ian Farrelly 1.44.13
TYBEE RIVER RACE RESULTS -
1st Pete Greene 0.46.31 (best time for River racers)
2nd William Allen 0.56.59
3rd Bill Beavers 0.58.36
Sea Kayak, Men Overall:
1st Luis Comelli 1.11.00
2nd Mark Budden 1.11.26
3rd Sean Eastman 1.14.18
Sea Kayak, Women Overall:
1st Caitlin Yeager 1.16.16
Sea Kayak, Men 50 & over:
1st Robert Osborn 1.00.46
1st Barry & Dinah Brock 0.56.20
2nd Mike & Becca Robinson 1.33.05
3rd Craig Harvey & Sonny Dixon 1.37.46
RACE ACROSS THE RIVER RACE RESULTS -
1st Joey Crook/Lighthouse Pizza
2nd Sean Judge/Brighter Day
3rd Laura Zulliger/Tybee Tightliners
Friday, June 5, 2009
If you want to get involved but, do not want to race there are several opportunities to help out. The Race Course needs several safety boaters. Paul Wolf will be at the helm of his motor boat at the half way point, but to prevent people from getting lost in the marsh and also assist with surf rescues on the front side, at least 5 kayakers are needed.
If you want to help out get in touch with Deb Kearney, the Marine Science Center or drop us a line. Alas, we will not be able to take part in this years event, only the 2nd time in 9 years. We normally defer business from this day because all our guides and ourselves are at the race. However, this year we will not be able to do this.
Good luck to all who take part. Over $15,000 was raised last year towards better education and preservation of our ocean environments.
Call the Tybee Island Marine Science Center at (912) 786-5917.