quarta-feira, 10 de maio de 2017

"Destruam as ondas e não as praias" - O Fado da praia de Santa Bárbara

Os Açores são ricos pelas suas belezas naturais, "Destruam as ondas e não as praias que ainda estão semi-selvagens". Podiam muito bem deixar livre de construção a zona costeira da praia de Santa Bárbara e construir esses resorts do outro lado da estrada que passa paralela a esta praia.

sexta-feira, 28 de abril de 2017

Vai ser construído junto à Praia de Santa Bárbara um Hotel Resort de 260 camas e 70 bungalows no valor de 11 milhões de euros

"Destruam as ondas e não as praias"


"Um hotel  resort com capacidade para 260 camas em 70 bungalows, num investimento no valor de cerca de 11 milhões de euros, vai ser construído num terreno pertença da Câmara Municipal da Ribeira Grande, em frente à praia de Santa Bárbara e junto ao actual eco-resort, soube o ‘Correio dos Açores’.
A nova unidade hoteleira, propriedade de um grupo empresarial privado, foi ontem apresentada na Assembleia Municipal da Ribeira Grande por três promotores do investimento, Carlos Marques, Tiago Delgado e Gonçalo Boavida.
A Assembleia Municipal ouviu a explanação sobre o que vai ser o novo hotel resort que vai criar 60 postos de trabalho e autorizou a cedência do terreno da Câmara ao grupo privado.
O investimento vai ficar concluído no prazo de 24 meses.
Pela utilização do terreno camarário, o grupo privado assume o compromisso de deixar aberto ao público um parque de estacionamento para 200 lugares e criar no parque uma unidade de apoio ao surf.
O grupo empresarial dispõe na zona de outros dois terrenos com a configuração do terreno cedido pela Câmara, o que leva o Presidente da Câmara, Alexandre Gaudêncio a considerar este investimento “benéfico” para a economia local da Ribeira Grande numa altura em que o turismo está em franca expansão”.
Alexandre Gaudêncio está particulamente satisfeito com a dinâmica que o sector do turismo está a alcançar na Ribeira Grande, sobretudo, virado para o mar e tendo como produto turístico o surf, como também pelo aparecimento na cidade de pequenas unidades de alojamento local que criam posto de trabalho e levam os turistas a animar as ruas e o comércio local.
O autarca está empenhado em concluir a frente de mar da Ribeira Grande, num projecto que inclui a construção de uma nova ponte mais a Norte do que a actual para escoamento do trânsicto em direcção às praias e a Ponta Delgada e Lagoa e passeios para os locais circularem ao longo da beira mar tal como já o fazem hoje desde o complexo de piscinas."

terça-feira, 18 de abril de 2017

Hand Made

A portrait of Mark Rabbidge, a professional longboard surfer through the 80s who shaped many surfboards for champion surfers in the 80s/90s including his wife the 1990 world champ Pam Burridge Mark lives on the South Coast of NSW, Australia. He has always been connected to the ocean, and is constantly on the pursuit for uncrowded waves. His other passion is cars, and he builds them to suit his unique personality. Whether shaping a surfboard or building a car, the common thread is that they are always one of a kind.

HAND MADE from jonathan may on Vimeo.

terça-feira, 4 de abril de 2017

Longboarding Icon Belinda Baggs Might Be the Perfect Surf Mom

" Belinda Baggs is standing on the beach holding her son Rayson by the stretchy rubber of his wetsuit collar. He was struggling to slide into his suit, so mom’s using a little trick called gravity to get the job done. He bobs midair like a rock suspended in a sling shot before finally sinking into the suit. And in that moment, he’s superman – running down the beach like a madman with a cloud of sand at his heels as Ms. Belinda Baggs, an Australian beacon of logging elegance, trails a few paces behind. His energy is unmatched. But Bindy, as her friends call her, manages.
I will never forget the first image I saw of Belinda Baggs. It was a Surfer’s Journal cover shot by Dane Peterson – a little out of focus, speed-blurrish in all the right ways with Belinda perched elegantly on the nose of her board. Knees together, hips tilted at a forty five degrees to the horizon, and arms splayed just-so – the photo captures the trim and balance of a nose ride like nothing I’d ever seen. While at the Byron Surf Festival, we spent a few days with Belinda Baggs, a Newcastle native who once placed 3rd in the World Longboard Championships and has starred in many of Thomas Campbell’s films. In that time it became apparent that she navigates life as a mother and iconic-longboarder-turned-actual-Patagonia-employee (with a desk and everything) with similar aplomb.
“It’s such a great experience to be able to share the experience with a child,” says Baggs. “Being a surfing mom is really amazing. Sometimes tough. I guess it’s almost like an internal battle of like ‘Do I be really selfish and surf myself or do I take him surfing and let it go? Obviously, most of the time I choose to let it go and surf with him. And it brings a lot of calm and makes you go back to your roots of surfing, and remember when I learned and what it was all about, which was just having fun, being family, and enjoying the ocean.”
While Belinda Baggs says she doesn’t necessarily view herself as a leader in women’s surfing, it’s precisely her demure demeanor and palpable passion for being in the ocean – she’s also developed a nasty bodysurfing habit – that makes it so. Intentionally or not, as she balances Rayson (literally) on her back while juggling a 9’ 0” single-fin and a career that enables her to do the things she loves, she leads by example.
“I don’t really see surfing as gender specific,” says Baggs. “When I’m in the lineup, I just feel like I’m a surfer. I don’t want special hand outs because I’m a girl, and I don't expect to have waves taken off me because I’m a girl. I really don’t see myself different than any other mom or any other person that’s out there surfing or parenting. Once you cross that shore, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a see ear or whether your wealthy or whether you’re a mom, or how much money you make, or whether you’re a man or a woman, the ocean evens us all out." "
Longboarding Icon Belinda Baggs Might Be the Perfect Surf Mom from The Inertia on Vimeo.