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Notes Tone Unturned
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The Great Wave off Kanagawa The Great Wave off Kanagawa, ca. 1829
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Surf Safety - Surf Travel - Learning to Surf - Surfing Law & Etiquette - Surfer Health - Wave Skis
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Surfing, BIG WAVES, Australia & Australiana, Surf Travel,
Surf Etiquette / Right of Way / Surf Law / Surf Rage, Surfing Culture & Psychology,
Water Safety & Rips, Learning to Surf & Surf Fitness,
Waveskis, Bodyboarding & Skimboarding, Bodysurfing
Weather, Oceanography, Earthquakes, Tsunamis
and Marine Biology, SHARK & CROCODILE ATTACK

 

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Some Surfing Health Issues ...
  • What's That You Said? Surfer's Ear? - after 20 San Diego winters the SurfShot Magazine articlewriter's ears are over 90% closed, and a recent study at the American Academy of Otolaryngology says that 40% of surfers suffer from external auditory exostosis -- also known as "surfer's ear" -- and the ailment is more likely to occur if you surf for long periods in wintery conditions. ... "Cold water surfers were six times more likely to have exostosis than those who surfed in predominantly warm water. If the bony growth continues it may result in total hearing loss, in which case surgery (canaloplasty) may be called on to restore hearing. Exostosis can also create another serious ear problem: it can hinder proper drainage of the ear canal, which can lead to very painful ear infections."

  • A study by Peninsula Health, Prevalence of external auditory canal exostoses in Australian surfboard riders confirms this finding: This study found that a male surfer who has surfed regularly for 20 years or more has a one in two chance of developing significant obstruction of the external ear canal resulting from exostoses. For females, the chance is three in seven. Cold-qwater swimmers are also at risk. Earplugs apparently aren't always enough to prevent the problem. Regular ocean-goers are urged to protect their ears from exposure to the cold with neoprene, headbands, hats and helmets.


  • SunSmart - a key education program of The Cancer Council Victoria with the aim to lead, co-ordinate, implement and evaluate action to minimise the human cost of skin cancer in Victoria. Provides information about sunburn and sun protection.
  • BUT ... Study shines light on possible MS cause (due to reduced levels of vitamin D) - research shows growing evidence of a link to sunlight and vitamin D, and the further people live from the equator the greater the rate of multiple sclerosis (MS).
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  • Sea Specs - Polarized, polycarbonate, lightweight, extreme sunglasses specifically designed for outdoor water sports

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AUSTRALIA - TRAVEL & CULTURE

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WEATHER - OCEANOGRAPHY - EARTHQUAKES - TSUNAMIS
WAVE POWER GENERATION


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  • The Pelamis Wave Energy Converter - "a semi-submerged, articulated structure composed of cylindrical sections linked by hinged joints. The wave-induced motion of these joints is resisted by hydraulic rams, which pump high-pressure oil through hydraulic motors via smoothing accumulators. The hydraulic motors drive electrical generators to produce electricity. Several devices can be connected together and linked to shore through a single seabed cable. Current production machines are 140m long and 3.5m in diameter with 3 power conversion modules per machine.  Each machine is rated at 750kW. The energy produced by Pelamis is dependent upon the conditions of the installation site.  Depending on the wave resource, machines will on average produce 25-40% of the full rated output over the course of a year. Each machine can provide sufficient power to meet the annual electricity demand of approximately 500 homes. (Pelamis Wave Power changed its name in September 2007. It was previously known as Ocean Power Delivery Ltd.)

  • Additional information about Pelamis (by furnacecompare.com) - including other companies in the wave energy business.

Pelamis prototype during sea trials


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MARINE BIOLOGY  &  SHARK / CROCODILE  FOOD CHAIN


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