The Little Things snowboarding film

the-little-thingsThe Little Things  is a snowboard film featuring the “stories of riders who are inspiring for their environmentally sustainable initiatives and lifestyles”.

They have carried out a successful crowd funding project and have two trailers available. The following update comes from the producers.

The film is an initiative taken on by professional snowboarder Marie-France Roy and directed by Filmmaker Darcy Turenne in which all the riders are bringing to life the importance of protecting and living in balance with our environment.

Riders include: Jeremy Jones, Gretchen Bleiler, Tamo Campos, Meghann O’Brien,  Marie-France Roy, Jonaven Moore, Mike Basich and many friends in the snowboard community.

Chasing powder around the globe as professional athletes, we get to see the effects of climate change first hand. Inevitably, we are aware that we all have a considerable footprint associated with the way we live in today’s society. Since it is a complex issue that can’t be resolved overnight, people often feel helpless and wonder how they can really make a difference. We believe that instead of preaching or pointing the finger at what people are doing wrong, we should focus on all The Little Things that people are doing right depending on their own assets and situations. Those simple and positive actions eventually influence our family, our friends, our children and essentially our political leaders to make the major changes that we need on a bigger scale.

This film is about riders who have adopted different lifestyles or have gone off the beaten path in order to promote change in their own unique and different ways. Not only is the whole Snow Sport industry at risk but most importantly the quality of life for all living species around the world since we all depend on our precious natural resources and a healthy-living environment.

The goal of this movie is to use snowboarding and the stories of proactive athletes as a vector to inspire positive change. Through their stories, we hope to showcase what each of them are doing personally to help secure the same lifestyle and quality of life that we have for the future generations.

Check out our blog on Tumblr here:

Our first Trailer on

Our second teaser featuring the project Creator Marie-France Roy:

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Patagonia Surfing Wet Suits Go Green

1105X622_M-WetsuitsThis video from the NY Times gives a good overview in about 4 minutes of Patagonia’s efforts to shift from using non-sustainable materials in their wetsuits.

Most wetsuits are currently made from neoprene (which is fossil fuel derived and non biodegradable). Patagonia is experimenting with using a new kind of bio-rubber derived from a plant.

You can find more about Patagonia’s wetsuits here.

Check here for earlier posts on Patagonia’s wetsuits.

Worn Wear: the stories we wear

banner-worn-wearPatagonia Torquay is hosting a film night featuring the film Worn Wear. It is:

“an exploration of quality – in the things we own and the lives we live. This short film takes you to an off-the-grid surf camp in Baja, Mexico; a family’s maple syrup harvest in Contoocook, New Hampshire; an organic farm in Ojai, California; and into the lives of a champion skier, a National Geographic photographer, and a legendary alpinist. It also features exclusive interviews with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard”.

The worn wear program is intended to be a celebration of the gear we already own.

August 2nd, from 6pm.

Bring a friend.

Patagonia. 116 Surfcoast Hwy, Torquay.

Please rsvp:

snowboarding Watsons Crags

the CragsAfter a slow start, the winter of 2014 is shaping up to be a great season.

This trip report comes from John Blankenstein who lives on the Far south Coast of NSW. John has been frequenting the mountains since he was 15, where he fell in love with the sport of snowboarding.

He has just returned from boarding the iconic Watsons Crags on the western face of the main range of the Snowy Mountains.

Watson Crags provide some serious and challenging terrain. John timed his trip to be able to experience perfect conditions.

The trip report is available here.

Worn Wear update

worn wearThis is a nice project: Patagonia’s Worn Wear project which celebrates old gear. Here is a recent update and short film.

Worn Wear Outtake: A Brave New Fleece
Directed by Keith and Lauren Malloy
Music by Terry Coffield

Worn Wear is an exploration of quality — in the things we own and the lives we live.

In this outtake from the full film, Nick Yardley talks about leaving his native Yorkshire, England; arriving wide-eyed in New England; and spending his first paycheck on a purple Patagonia® fleece.


Backcountry Ninjas

image_400sqHere’s some details on a newish clothing company based in the USA.

“Designed for hikers and adventurers everywhere.
Inspired through hiking the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails”.

In terms of the ethics and sustainability criteria, BC Ninjas say:

“The shirts are printed in Virginia.  They are made by Gildan and made in a few different countries.  We started with Gildan and hope to move to 100% American made in a year”.

There is a fair amount of environmental info on the Gilden website.

In support of outdoor opportunities for all, they donate 6% of proceeds to:
3% to the Pacific Crest Trail Association
3% to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
1% to FLOC For Love Of Children. Kevin from the Ninjas raised $10,000 for FLOC on his Pacific Crest Trail thru hike last year.

They also have a blog.

You can buy their tshirts and other clothing online.

Backcountry film festival showing – Melbourne

2014 season – Backcountry film festival


Now in its 9th year the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience through film.

The festival is now a pre winter event here in Australia, in its 4th season.

The Melbourne show for 2014 will be held on

Wednesday the 14th May

at Melbourne Uni (exact location soon). From 6.30pm, films start at 7pm.

Suggested donation: $8 conc & students/ $12 waged.

Co-hosted with Melbourne University Ski Club.

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The festival is run by not-for-profit hosts, and in Australia, all funds raised will support the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.

Facebook event page here: please feel free to invite your friends.

Full details here.