DC Skate Ramp @ 2012 Quicksilver Pro: Hossegor.

The 2012 Quicksilver Pro not only brought out all the surfing monsters from around the globe but also a mental octopus that dominated a DC sponsored, beachside skate ramp with the underwater art design by Steve Burk. The DC Ramp held various open sessions and a competition which was won by Basque skating legend Alain Goikoetxea. He took home a prize of 3000 euros.

The French Julien Benoliel from Marseille and Josef Scott Jatta (above), currently residing in skating hotspot; Barcelona, tied in second place.

SKATE SCENE @ Barcelona.

Malaga – Holy Week –

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St Patricks Day in DUBLIN

Dublin, March 17th, One Million Irish men and tourists from all over, were all dressed in green, ready to experience St Patrick’s Day, the Irish Way. The crisp cold tail of winter was warmed by an influx of green shirts, live music and stands selling; balloons, giant hats and Irish flags. Face painting stands offered shades of green, the Irish flag and the iconic ‘shamrock’ to feature on party-goer’s faces.

HISTORY: St Patrick was a priest that in the early 400s brought the Good news of Jesus Christ to Ireland. He was born in Scotland, had a Romano British father but at the age of 16 was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave. According to his record, while he was in captivity God told him in a dream to flee to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. In Britain he studied to be a priest and later in his life he returned to Ireland. St Patrick spent 30 years in the country that originally took his freedom from him, teaching Christianity and on March 17th 493 he died and St Patrick’s Day was born.

FACT: The three-leaf clover also known as the shamrock, it is what St Patrick used to describe the Christian concept of the trinity, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.

TODAY: St Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the globe with parades, music and a lot of beer, mainly in countries like the USA, Canada, Australia and only quite recently in Ireland. A religious feast was always celebrated in Ireland but it wasn’t until the 1970’s when pubs were aloud to stay open on St Patrick’s Day and in 1995 when the Irish government pushed the development of the parade with costumes, music and dance to drive tourism and show case Irish Culture to the rest of the world.

THIS YEAR the parade was nothing short of fantastic, with costumes, bands, dancers, performers with a huge variety of styles, my favourite being the steam-punk float and the strange feeling I had like I was attending Spanish Carnival.

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AnEducation

A friend once said to me a year abroad will teach you more than you will learn in a year at university. Three months was enough for me to see that my standard of living and consumerism wasn’t something to be strived for. It comes at a cost and the cost is the poverty of human beings in nieghbouring countries. It is something I have struggled with in the last year because it is hard to be immersed in a society which is dependant on the products that lock people, families, communities, cities and countries into poverty. I can’t give up my life here, it’s where I was born. We have oppurtunies here, we have education, infastructure and media. Furthermore, I like clothes, I like fashion, I like to eat, I like to enjoy my world away from the sweat and the clutter and confronting reality of need. In western society, there is no need, except to fulfill our desire for more.

My Education taught me how the way our society is set up is wrong.Our consumer society demands that we have everything and we have it cheap. The workers, people in nieghbouring countries, get paid less; so we can have it for less. It is how business works, minimal cost price and high turnover. Through competitive pricing in all sectors of western consumerism the labour costs are driven very low.

My Education has given me a reason to buy a product that isn’t a part of this system: fair trade. It ensures workers are paid enough to provide food, education, healthcare and housing for their family. I see ads for World Vision, Compassion and other amazing charities alike, I think about how much money our consumer society gives out in aid. Maybe if we re-thought our business practices we wouldn’t need to give away so much money because the problem wouldn’t be there in the first place.

My Education taught me that buying a products at prices that ensure workers are not getting paid a livable wage, is me supporting their poverty.

My Education was Cambodia.

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