The Origin of Paradise

The Origin of Paradise by Sarah Specker | Feb 21, 2018 | 0 comments Paradise, Heaven El Dorado, the Garden of Eden, Shangri-La, Utopia: all synonyms for a perfect place – either religious, political, ecological, economical, or all combined- that is considered to be highly desirable, exemplary, yet non-existent.     Planet earth is full of breathtakingly beautiful places that could almost be considered heaven on earth: almost because there always seems to be something just ‘not quite right’. Whether it’s garbage on a palm-fringed beach, violation of human rights in a democratic country or (ugly) graffiti on historical...

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Royal Surfing in England

Royal Surfing in England by Sarah Specker | Jan 17, 2018 | 0 comments There are very few countries in the world that speak as much to the imagination as England: part of the island of Great Britain, lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, for centuries this kingdom has been – and still is – a dominant (colonial) world power. And, as a true kingdom befits, it brought forth numerous world famous royalties: The Royal Family, King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit, David & Victoria Beckham, David Attenborough, Mister...

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JUNGLE BOOK – Welcome to Sri Lanka!

JUNGLE BOOK – Welcome to Sri Lanka! by Sarah Specker | Dec 4, 2017 | 0 comments Swinging from giant trees, sleeping with wild wolves, talking to animals and living in the jungle: who did NOT want to be Mowgli when growing up?  As you grow older, it becomes painfully clear this paradise only exists in childhood fantasies, not in our current everyday world. Or does it?  The first time I paddled out at an unknown surf spot in Sri Lanka, I was greeted by two sea turtles that were frolicking around in the surf, surrounded by an abundance...

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Living an “I CAN” Life in my 60’s!

Living an “I CAN” Life in my 60’s! by Susan Jones | Nov 14, 2017 | 0 comments My late husband and I met in the early 70’s and married in our early twenties. By then, we had already traveled significantly including the almost-mandatory 5-month hitchhike around Europe with our well-thumbed copy of Michener’s “The Drifters” as our guide. Even when we increased our family to include our two sons, traveling was always our thing. In Hawaii, when our first-born was only 6 months old, we met our Australian mirror images. They both worked for the airlines so visiting...

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THE OCEAN: A Magnificent Educator

THE OCEAN: A Magnificent Educator by Rhonda Weiss | Oct 17, 2017 | 0 comments Water is the basis of life. We need it, thirst for it, are inherently driven to be a part of it. My experience with the ocean began as recreational during my childhood.  Now as an adult, I find more and more that I seek answers from the waves, the movement and the power of this intense force of nature in our world. I have lofty goals. I want to change the status quo with regards to how our society deals with non-physically violent relationship...

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SWIMMERS EAR – DIY solutions while travelling abroad

SWIMMERS EAR – DIY solutions while travelling abroad by Sarah Specker | Sep 21, 2017 | 0 comments Whilst suffering from another ‘regular’ surf injury, this time a few broken ribs due to a very unpredictable gnarly shore break, it seems like the perfect moment to assess this particular topic. As a traveling doctor and water lover I have, inevitably, encountered or personally suffered from some (sometimes serious) medical incidents: usually, these happen in, well, not the best of places, often worsened by bad logistics and lack of medical supplies. By sharing some of my knowledge and experience I’m...

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Portuguese Perfection

Portuguese Perfection by Sarah Specker | Aug 8, 2017 | 0 comments Neanderthals, Celts, Visigoths, Romans, Moors, and the Spanish army all hold 1 thing in common: after arriving in Portugal, they all had no desire to leave. The Portuguese themselves, being exceptionally skilled seafaring folk, still joined in the race for colonial expansion, hoping to transform the small kingdom into an imperial power. Centuries later they realized that all you could ever wish for was right in their backyard.  The modern day (European) surfer will most likely acknowledge this: with 830 kilometers of coastline, a large variety of beach-...

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Warrior Training: Part 3

Warrior Training: Part 3 by Jessica Winkler | Jul 16, 2017 | 0 comments Slogan 55. Liberate yourself by examining and analyzing: Know your own mind with honesty and fearlessness. Analyzing our own mind can be a painful process. We often fill our days with so many activities we can barely breathe let alone find the time to think. As a kite surfer when I’m gliding across the crystal clear water in the warm sunlight where I live in Turks and Caicos I feel the quiet connection to my soul. (Ocean loving women often find their “me” time come...

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Medical Internship & Surfing South Africa

They say that Africa, like the Phil Collins song, has the invisible touch: it affects all your senses, gets under your skin and leaves you a changed (wo-)man. Whether it’s the red dirt, the endless horizon, the wildlife that still roams free on land or in the sea, the fantastic waves or the primitive tribes, nowhere will you be touched more by all this than in the furthest South corner of the continent. In the last year of my internships before graduating as a doctor, I was given the opportunity to work in a public hospital in Cape Town, one...

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