Sunday, May 9, 2021

Crystal Thornburg-Homcy Surf Advocate

 

Ocean Ambassador for Patagonia and the World

 


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Like outdoor clothing maker Patagonia, Crystal Thornburg-Homcy has always blazed a trail for herself. For the past 23-years, Thornburg-Homcy, a competitive water sports athlete and filmmaker, has been Patagonia’s Ocean Ambassador, helping to spread its environmental message.

An all-around ocean athlete, she’s in her element surfing, racing outrigger canoes, long-distance swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, and more. 


Born and raised in Hawaii, Thornburg-Homcy earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Fine Art from Chaminade University in Honolulu.

She produced and directed – with husband David Homcy – Beyond The Surface, a film about Ishita Malaviya, India’s first female surfer, which documents the ways surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity can bring hope and change for people and the planet.


Together, the couple surfs and travels around the world, filming their own and others’ stories about life, love and loss, including her personal story
Sliding Into The Light.


Thornburg-Homcy says,
“Surfing has taught me the art of impermanence. With each passing wave or new swell you observe your experience and learn from it and it creates you in that moment.”


Experiences and personal interactions are more important to her than things, an outlook in keeping with Patagonia’s goal to
combat commercialism and encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle.


Thornburg-Homcy and her husband also run the organic produce company Crave Greens and are involved in environmental groups including Conservacion Patagonia, Save Our Seas, Surfrider Foundation, Kokua Hawai’i Foundation, and The North Shore Community Land Trust.


SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel admire the passion she puts into everything she does and her commitment to making the world better for everyone.

Most at home in the water, Crystal Thornburg-Homcy says the ocean recharges her with the energy to give back to the environment: “Surfing means the world to me. It's my savior, my temple, my goddess, my guru, and my breath.”


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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Celebrate Arbor Day - 04.30.21

 

Plant a Tree for You and Me

 


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

While we're all basking in the glow of Earth Day there's a special way to honor Mother Earth that dates all the way back to April 10,1872 – the very first Arbor Day

 


Launched in Nebraska, prizes were given to individuals and counties in the state who planted the most trees. By the end of the day more than a million trees were planted! 

 


Spreading across the nation and to countries around the world, in 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Arbor Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Friday in April. 

 


Planting a tree is not only a gift to the planet, but to ourselves and future generations.

 


Trees provide beauty and shade. Natural habitat for wildlife. Food and medicines. Filter our air and guard against soil erosion.




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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Yesh! to Earth Day – 04.22.21

 

Mutts Go Green

 


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Mutts Earl and Mooch are on a green mission to protect the planet.

 


Patrick McDonnell's new book, Mutts Go Green: Earth Friendly Tips and Comic Strips, is out just in time for Earth Day (April 22nd).

 


Featuring everyone's favorite dog and cat duo, Earl and Mooch, the book is a special kids' collection – adults will love it, too! – of the popular comic strip, focusing on the environment, ecology, and animal education.

 


SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti couldn't wait to get this special book to see Earl and Mooch's latest adventures and all the ways we can protect the planet.

 


McDonnell’s advice for making the world a better place is simple: “Keep it kind, keep it clean, keep it wild, keep it green.”

 


McDonnell, who loves animals of all kinds, is a member of the board of directors of The Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals. His warmth and compassion come through in all his comic strips, books, and other artistic works.

 


A true advocate for the planet, McDonnell’s Mutts are the perfect champions for Mother Earth. 

 


Check out Mutts Go Green and find out what you can do to celebrate Earth Day and make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment.

 


SurfWriter Girls friend Barbara Ramsey and her BFF “mutt” Reba are on board. How about you?

 


Say “Yesh!” to Mother Earth!      

 


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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Spring Break Books by Lynne Cox


 Whale of a Tales for Groms and Adults, too!


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Going to school this year has been different from anything we've ever known. It's hard to think about Spring Break when we haven't even been in school. But we all still need something special and fun to do for ourselves on a relaxing spring day. 

These two books by world champion, open water swimmer Lynne Cox are perfect for your children...or the child in you.

 


So, find a comfy spot - in a hammock under a tree, on the deck looking over the sea, or your own secret special place...and enjoy these ocean getaways.

 


Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas, illustrated by Caldecott Medal Winner Brian Floca, is a School Library Journal Best Children's Book of the Year. Set in Christchurch, New Zealand, it's the story of a whale seal named Elizabeth who likes to bask in the sun - in the middle of the town's two-lane road - far from where she should be in the open sea.

 


Based on a true story told to Cox by two children in the town, Cox brings it to life for the rest of us, recounting Elizabeth's incredible journey up the Avon River and her search for a place to call her own.

 


SurfWriter Girls love the beauty of this story and its message of the meaning of home and family.

Grayson is the captivating bestseller of Cox's face-to-face encounter with a baby whale off the California coast when Cox was a teenager. Separated from its mother, the whale decides to follow Cox on her swim. But, if Cox can't find a way to reunite the missing mother and child, the baby whale could die.

 


Two tiny specks in the huge ocean swimming together while anxious bystanders watch from shore, it becomes an endurance test for both of them. And a question of if the mother whale will find them in time.

 A page-turner in the purest sense of the word, SurfWriter Girls know you will be caught up in this thrilling story.

 


So, put the schoolwork or housework aside for a while and let these wonderful for Spring Break books by Lynne Cox take you on two incredible, real-life adventures.   

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Swim for America! – Wear Purple for Fun!

 

Champion Swimmer Lynne Cox Brings People Together

 


 Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

If anyone can unite the country now, it’s world-famous long distance, open water swimmer Lynne Cox, who set records swimming the English Channel, and brought the world’s two superpowers together in peace on August 7, 1987, when she swam the Bering Strait from the U.S. to the Soviet Union. 

 

 

On November 4, 2020, the day after the Presidential Election, Cox invited some of her friends to join her in swimming in the ocean – wherever they were – as a way of coming together. And she asked them to wear something purple – a blend of red and blue – as a sign of unity…and to have fun.   

 


Some joined her in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA, and others took to the water from points around the world.  

 

 

Now, what started as a way to celebrate each other and Cox’s love of the ocean, has become a monthly Swim for America event on the fourth day of each month.



"The point is simply to have fun and do something together that brings us together in the ocean. People need happy fun times – especially now," Cox said.  

“It would be so cool if surfers would join us!” said Cox, extending them a personal invitation. She also hopes that athletes from other sports and non-athletes, too, will take the plunge.

 

 

Cox is asking people to take photos celebrating Swim for America and post them on her Facebook wall. Use #Swimforamerica.

 


Two years before Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ordered the Berlin Wall torn down, a young woman named Lynne Cox was already bringing the West and East together with her epic swim. Cox recalls, “nobody believed it could happen.”

 


But it did. And now Cox – a motivational speaker and author, who has completed over sixty challenging swims around the world – is ready to bring America together...with Swim For America.

 


 

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