The Importance of a Good Fitting Kitesurfing Harnes 
Saturday, February 19, 2011, 04:41 PM - Kiting Surfing
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Does your harness ever feel more like a sports bra than part of your kiting equipment?

An ill fitting harness will hinder your riding, hamper your up-wind ability and make all those moves youíre dying to go for near impossible.

You should be able to lean into your harness at a comfortable 45 degree angle, enabling you to tilt your shoulders back, engage the rail of your board and edge up-wind effortlessly. So if you find yourself sitting on the toilet with a straight back (image above), itís time to check your harness size.

Waist harnesses are really the culprit here, not all of us ladies are the right shape for them. Yes, they are far cooler looking but if your riding is suffering there is no shame in returning to the seat harness.

To state the obvious, a Waist Harness should be around your waist; if you are looking down onto a spreader bar between your cleavage, your harness is too big or not done up tight enough.

Waist Harness

Seat Harness

A good way to tell if your harness is the right size or not, is that when it is done up to the point of not being able to breath, you should still have about an inch or so left to pull it in tighter (remember when it is wet it will give). However, if when done up to the max you are right on the end of the spreader bar, your harness is too big.

An old windsurfer once told me a good trick to getting your harness done up nice and tight is get it wet before you put it on! I live by this and it works a treat!

Your harness is an important part of your equipment; get it wrong and you will suffer endlessly, get it right and you will reap the benefits!

My clothes may be a Medium but my harness is an Extra Small...

Have a look around the beach next time youíre there; itís not just the ladies who are getting support in the wrong area from their harness!

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What do you see? 
Saturday, February 5, 2011, 03:37 AM - Environment, Kiting Surfing
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What do you see when you look at this image?

A lone kiter in paradise? Or the plastic wrapped around the driftwood?

Next time you are handed a plastic bag, think twice about where it may end up and hand it back.

Do your bit to keep the oceans free of plastic by visiting Onya's website and receive 16% discount with code Windy16.

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Monday, January 10, 2011, 11:41 AM - General, Environment
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In the UK, especially, we Love LUSH and are very proud of the products they produce.

But apart from all those wonderful products and smells there is a lot more to LUSH.

The video below from the How We Are Different section of their site gives you a great insight and some wonderful history (which I for one did not know until now):

Lush Cosmetics - A Lush Life, We Believe from Jack Constantine on Vimeo.

Take a look at their Green Policy video below, to give you an idea of what else they are up to:

And that's just the tip of the iceberg as they say, the company is full of great ideas, policies and forward thinking; if only all cosmentics companies could be so conscious...
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Getting Creative with Natures Waste 
Monday, September 13, 2010, 07:26 PM - General, Design
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I love drift wood! It has been on a journey, from leaving it's tree, through the ocean and back to land arriving on a beach. Each piece has it's own story to tell and is so wonderfully individual.

Where we live we have plenty of drift wood; the hill and mountain either side of Gokova Bay are covered in trees, mainly pine and it washes up at the beach ready for some imaginative use.

So after collecting rather a lot I went on an internet hunt and found the picture above by Bleu Nature.

A bit adventurous for Project No.1, so I started with a simple lamp for our stairwell.

And then finally my own version of the Bleu Nature lamp.

It took some time to put together as I had to collect more drift wood, this time more specifically pieces with a curve to help with the structure and shape of the ball.

To make this lamp I simply started at the top and with a glue gun worked down and round continually turning the lamp to ensure it was a circular as possible.

It is now proudly hanging in our lounge and throws the most beautiful shadows across the room.
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The Story of Stuff Project - The Story of Cosmetics 
Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 08:36 PM - Environment
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Annie Leonard does it again with another fantastically simple explanation of what is going on in the cosmetics industry.

This is more biased to the USA as the laws are different in Europe but it's still nice to know what all those long words on the back of the packaging are all about!

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