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The Power of Paddle: Dave Rastovich’s 350km Ocean Journey to Raise Awareness for Sea Bed Mining Issues.

via Surfer’s Village

 on December 1st 2012, David “Rasta” Rastovich paddled the final metres into Piha after a testing two-week, 350 km journey from Taranaki. The paddle was long, tough and treacherous. It pushed Rasta, one of the world’s greatest surfers, to new limits. But he’d made it.

The paddle was designed to draw attention to the work of KASM (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining – and the proposals in place for the entire West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. If it occurs, Rasta and many others believe the mining will result in environmental catastrophe. The collapse of the local fishing industry is likely, along with the total extinction of species such as the Maui’s Dolphin.

For surfers like Zen, who was born and raised at Piha, they face the possibility that the breaks they have ridden their entire lives and that have become internationally famous, inspiring others to travel and visit New Zealand, may be wiped out forever.

For more information on Rasta & his Surfer’s For Cetaceans Organization, visit

What is seabed mining? Learn about this environmental issue and get involved at



Sea Shepherd supporter Dave Rastovich, co-founder of Surfers for Cetaceans, Isabel Lucas and Hayden Panetteire lead a group of surfers and activists in a prayer circle in
memory of the dolphins slaughtered in Taiji Japan to show their respect to the thousands of dolphins that are annually slaughtered on the site and peacefully protest the Taiji dolphin drives.