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Oct 04, 2018

Adventure Uncovered Live Returns: October 13, 2018 at The Crystal, London.

Igniting the Passion for Social and Environmental Action. Bringing the adventure community together for an inspirational day of talks, panels, activities, film and photography.

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The Outdoor Journal

This year’s Adventure Uncovered Live includes a packed schedule from the industry’s leading and most progressive speakers, activists and brands including a National Geographic explorer, the co-founder of The Do-Lectures, plus The Thames ProjectGlobal Warming Images and Sail Britain. It’s an opportunity to learn from the trailblazers who are paving the way to a more sustainable future, the challenges they’ve faced and the victories they’ve achieved.

“Our event provides an inspirational platform to catalyse change,” says James Wight, Founder of Adventure Uncovered. “We encourage new narratives, thought provoking and difficult conversations, because only through breaking down barriers can real progress happen. That’s why we exist and we hope attendees leave feeling as passionate about the world we live in, as we do.”

HOW INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND NEW BUSINESS MODELS ARE TRANSFORMING THE OUTDOOR SECTOR.

In a keynote session, Andy Middleton, co-founder of TYF Adventure and Do-Lectures, will host a panel that discusses the latest steps being taken by the adventure industry to embed environmentally and socially sustainable practices across their organisations and products. This enables us to make the most sustainable choices when planning our next adventure.

“Experienced outdoor enthusiasts and explorers are smart about researching, caring for and knowing how to use the gear that their lives depend on” writes Middleton. “In the same way that a rope, axe or buoyancy aid protect us when we stumble, nature protects us where we stand and live. Never before has there been a need to protect our environment for the long term with the same diligence that we protect ourselves when exploring, learning and playing in wild places.” 

HOW ADVENTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE FRONTLINE CAN CREATE CATALYSTS FOR CHANGE.

Environmental Photographer Ashley Cooper will also be speaking at the event, and showcasing his powerful images (including the cover photo of this article). Ashley has travelled to the remotest reaches of every continent to document the impacts of climate change and the rise of renewable energy. This epic, thirteen-year journey set out to gather evidence of our changing climate and what humanity must do to save itself from destruction. Ashley moves from evidence gathering and documentation through to motivating climate action amongst global leaders (including Pope Francis, Al Gore and Chris Packham) via his award-winning book, “Images From a Warming Planet”.

Other talks and topics include ‘The Role of Film in Communicating Adventures with a Purpose’, ‘How Adventure and Photography on the Frontline Can Create a Catalyst for Change’, and ‘‘The Future of Adventure: What Trends Lie Behind the Corner?’.

The official charity partner for the event is The Running Charity, an organisation that uses running to improve the lives of 16-25 year-olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across the UK.

HOW YOU CAN TAKE PART.

Adventure Uncovered Live takes place on October 13, 2018 at The Crystal, London one of the world’s most sustainable events venues and home to the largest exhibition on the future of cities and sustainable development. (Complimentary access to the exhibition is also included for all attendees).

Standard tickets start from £30 and there is an option to join in a stand up paddleboard adventure and clean-up of the Thames the morning of the event. You can purchase you tickets here.

A drinks reception will also close the event giving attendees the opportunity to meet with the day’s speakers and connect with like-minded, adventurous people who care about making a positive difference to world we live in.

For more information, visit www.adventureuncoveredlive.com.

Cover Photo: Ashley Cooper

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Athletes & Explorers

Dec 05, 2018

Stephanie Gilmore’s 7th WSL World Title and a Wave of Attention that is Bigger than the Men’s

Three months after announcing equal pay for men and women, the World Surf League celebrates Stephanie Gilmore’s 7th World Title.

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WRITTEN BY

Brooke Hess

On September 5th, 2018, the World Surf League announced plans for equal pay in men and women’s surf competitions in the 2019 season. This announcement was a huge step forward, not only for women’s surfing, but for women’s sport in general. The WSL had set the standard for equal pay in athletics.

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) the WINNER of the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. Gilmore now wears the Jeep Leader Jersey after beating Lakey Peterson (USA) in the Final and takes over the Yellow Jersey from Peterson (USA). Photo: World Surf League.

This past year, the WSL had received negative feedback after a photo went viral of the Billabong Ballito Pro Junior Series male champion being paid twice as much as the female champion. Most social media users were upset with the pay disparity at the event, commenting on the photo as “blatant inequality” and “archaic discrimination”. However, some social media users argued in favor of the unequal payout. They argued that men’s athletics are viewed in the media more than women’s athletics, therefore bringing in more revenue, and justifying the pay disparity. A social media user commented on the Billabong Junior Series surf photo saying, “Surfing, like most sports is a predominantly male sport. More people watch the men’s surfing, more men surf than women.”

THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?

Many people would ask, do more people watch men’s surfing because it is actually more interesting? Or, do more people watch men’s surfing because that is what the media has always streamed, and thus, audiences are more accustomed to watching the men’s style as opposed to the women’s? Valeria Perasso at BBC News puts it well, “audiences will not get excited about women’s sport as it gets minimal exposure in the media, and the media would justify the lack of coverage by saying that female athletics do not generate enough audience engagement.” The same is true with other sports as well. Managing Director of the Women on Boards advocacy group, Fiona Hathorn, says, “Had our culture been used to seeing women rather than men playing rugby or football for generations, we would find the idea of men playing sports rather novel.”

NO LONGER A RELEVANT QUESTION?

If you head over to Google, use their News Search and type in “WSL Surf World Championship”, “2018 Surfing World Championship”, “Surf World Title WSL”, or anything along those lines, an article on Stephanie Gilmore and her 7th world title will be the first article to pop up. Every time. This means, not only are women now starting to get the pay they rightly deserve, but they are starting to get the media attention that goes along with it.

It was just last week, that Stephanie Gilmore won her 7th world championship title, proving to the world that women’s surfing deserves just as much attention, respect, and prize money as men’s surfing. She is now tied with Layne Beachley for the women’s world record of most surfing world titles.

With all this being said about the inequality between women’s and men’s athletics, the second half of 2018 has been a major year for progression of equality in women’s surfing. Women are now getting paid the same as men, and with Gilmore’s 7th world title win, she is also getting the same media attention as the men.

Hats off to Sophie Goldschmidt, the World Surf League’s new (and first female) CEO for pushing for equality!

Cover Photo: World Surf League

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