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Titouan Bernicot / Moorea Coral Gardeners

/ Peux-tu te présenter rapidement et expliquer ton parcours ? Je m’appelle Titouan, j’ai 20 ans et je suis né sur un petit atoll, perdu au milieu de l’ocean pacifique,…

/ Peux-tu te présenter rapidement et expliquer ton parcours ?

Je m’appelle Titouan, j’ai 20 ans et je suis né sur un petit atoll, perdu au milieu de l’ocean pacifique, dans l’archipel des Tuamotu où mes parents possédaient une ferme perlière. Depuis que je suis tout petit, je passe la majeure partie de mon temps libre dans l’eau. L’Ocean et les récifs coralliens m’ont tout donné dans ma vie, les vagues que je surf, la nourriture que je mange et même l’oxygène que je respire. Il ont une place très importante dans ma perception des choses.

 

/ Selon Charles Darwin nous descendons du Singe, mais selon toi de quel animal descends tu ?

Je pense que, à la base, la vie vient de la mer, nous venons tous de l’ocean, c’est lui qui nous a créé. L’animal qui me fascine le plus est sans doute le requin, je me retrouve beaucoup en cette créature.

 

 

/ Quand et pourquoi t’es tu lancé dans l’aventure Moorea Coral Gardeners ?

Quel a été l’élément déclancheur ? L’Ocean est l’artiste des plus belles choses que j’ai pu observer dans ma vie. Mes amis de mon île Mo’orea et moi même avons eu la chance et le privilège de côtoyer les mystérieuses créatures habitent l’Océan et nous avons des moments magique gravés à jamais dans notre mémoire. Je pense que après avoir vécude telles rencontres, tu ne peux que développer un lien d’attachement fort avec ce milieu marin. En allant surfer ou encore pêcher, mes amis et moi avons constaté ces dernières années une véritable dégradation de notre héritage. En effet, les récifs, poumons de l’Ocean étaient entrain de blanchir puis mourrir. On pouvait pas rester uniquement spectateurs de cette catastrophe. C’est pour cela que j’ai inviter mes amis à me rejoindre dans cette aventures et nous avons, tous ensemble, créé Moorea Coral Gardeners.

 

/ Quelles sont vos principales actions ?

Notre Journey se décompose en 3 axes : Sensibilisation Nous organisons des conférences, tenons des stands lors de divers événements et intervenons dans les écoles. Nous pensons que la sensibilisation est la clé ! Restauration corallienne Nous collectons des coraux cassés par l’homme, nous les plaçons pendant une durée de trois semaines sur nos tables pépinière et les replantons à des endroits bien précis du lagon afin de donner une nouvelle vie au récif ! Nous avons des résultats très encourageant !! Recherche Nous avons un pôle de 7 scientifiques qui suivent de très près nos avancés et nous conseille afin d’améliorer nos techniques.

 

/ Peux tu nous expliquer l’importance des Coraux dans l’éco-système marin ?

Les coraux sont très importants pour l’éco-système marin. On peut assimiler les récifs coralliens à des forets aquatique ou encore aux poumons de nos océans. En effet, bien que les récifs coralliens ne représentent que moins d1% de la surface totale de nos océans, ils habitent près d’un quart de toutes les espèces marines répertoriées à ce jour. Il sont également une barrière de protection contre l’érosion pour les côtes, une richesse touristique et économique conséquente ou encore un garde manger pour les populations qui en dépende.

 

/ Ton constat sur l’état actuel des Océans ?

Il est difficile de se rendre compte de l’état actuel des océans car cela est difficile à observer pour beaucoup de personnes. Cela ne fait pas longtemps que je vis sur cette planète mais j’ai pu constaté un impact trèsperceptible au niveau de certaines espèces, dites indicatrices, comme les coraux. En effet, il y a certains spots où j’avais l’habitude de me baigner étant petit qui ont perdu leurs couleurs, la vie s’est éteint très rapidement à cause du réchauffement climatique, mais heureusement, ce n’est pas le cas encore partout sur île où j’habite. Il est encore temps d’agir ! La pêche intensive peut avoir des impacts très néfastes pour l’océan et mes amis pécheurs de mon île peuvent témoigner qu’il y a nettement moins de poisson qu’avant ! Bref, tout le monde sait que l’ocean est entrain de périr mais maintenant il faut que l’on trouve des alternatives et que l’on agisse tous ensemble car si l’océan disparait, c’est tout l’équilibre de notre planète qui sera boulversé !

Let’s make a difference in our oceans Now !

 

/ Quels sont les effets du réchauffement climatique sur la Polynésie Française ?

En Polynésie Française nous avons encore de la chance, nous avons des écosystèmes marins encore assez préservé. Nous avons le choix d’agir et d’anticiper pour limiter au maximum la disparition de ce trésors !

 

/ Quel est ta vision sur l’évolution de MCG et les projets futurs dans lequels tu veux t’investir ?

A termes, nous avons comme objectifs de créer un mouvement d’échelle mondiale pour agir face à la dégradation de l’Océan. Cela non pas par des actions moralisatrices, au contraire, nous voulons inspirer, inviter les personnes du monde entier à agir à nos côtés et devenir, comme nous, la voix de l’Océan ! La communication prend ici toute son importance !

 

/ Quels sont les activistes qui t’inspirent ?

Je remercie beaucoup mon père qui m’a ouvert les yeux sur le monde et surtout sur la beauté et la fragilité de la nature depuis que mon petit frère et moi sommes tout petits. Ainsi, j’ai trouvé mon inspiration en observant les créatures sous-marines interagir entre elles, elles ont réussi à trouvé un équilibre et à coexister, chaque espèces à son rôle à jouer et permet de maintenait cet équilibre. Les personnes comme Shark girl madison, Paul watson ou encore Rob stewart sont inspirants à mes yeux. Autant que les anciens polynésiens qui ont mis en place le Rahui (plan de préservation des ressources marines).

 

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CHEY ATARIA – 1st Maori pro skater

–  & DEF MFG founder Kia Ora! Can you present yourself in Maori? Yeah hum… Ko nik toku ingoa, ko Ngati Kahanunu te iwi. Usually, when you present yourself in…

–  & DEF MFG founder

Kia Ora! Can you present yourself in Maori?

Yeah hum… Ko nik toku ingoa, ko Ngati Kahanunu te iwi. Usually, when you present yourself in Māori, you start by your canoe, then your mountain, your river, tribe and finally your name. So yeah, when you say who you are in Maori and where you come from you go through the generation to the first person that land on this canoe.
Ko (name of your waka) te waka: My canoe is (name of your canoe)
Ko (name of your mountain) te maunga: My mountain is (name of your mountain)
Ko (name of your river) te awa: My river is (name of your river)
Ko (name of your tribe) te iwi: My tribe is (name of your tribe)
Ko (your name) ahau: I am (your name)

 

Did you learn Māori language at school or in your family?

Actually, I’ve learned Maori language cause I used to host two Maori TV show. The first one was called “sk8 to exist” and the other one was mix of skate, snowboarding, surfing and I was the skate presenter! It’s was cool cause it was a lot of travel around, going to small towns in NZ and interview the kids, do demos, good surfers and do stories of them.

In the 13th century, the first Māori voyaged from East Polynesia in large canoes to discover New Zealand. The Maori culture originated with these first voyagers 700 years ago. Everyone knows about the haka but there’s lots of things that we don’t know about … Could you tell us 3 things about Māori culture in NZ?

Yeah, the way the several tribes landed to NZ is interesting! Each canoe landed in different area and each area became the tribe, the “iwi” from this canoe. Then, the tribes started to grow and meet each other… So country had grown from this 7 canoes! Another thing is that in the Māori culture there’s no swear words, no curse words. Then, Māori had no written language, it’s has been transmitted by symbolic meanings in carving, weaving patterns panels designs telling stories and songs.

Do you have any spiritual habits in your day to day life or before a skate session?

Hum, not really. I believe in karma, so in any action I do I try to be thankful, to be nice. I think that your past affects your present, so you must be good, maybe I’m suffering from stuffs I did in the past… I kind of have still on the back of my head that if I do bad things it will come back… That’s my spiritual way of thinking! Then, for me skating is a sort of meditation. You try to clear your mind, your focus on how to do the trick! So, I would say no real spiritual practices before a skate session but while I skate.

According to Charles Darwin we come from the monkey but according to you from which animal do you come from?

Maybe the pig Haha. I remember, that was maybe 20 years ago, a friend did a test asking me which kind of animal I’m and I think that I was the pig! I think there is a kind of meaning behind the pig and Buddhism. But it’s not the pig closer from us than the monkey? Otherwise, I would say a Dauphin! They are super smart, and they are the only ones that have sex for pleasure Haha.

Can you tell us a little bit about the skate scene in NZ? What’s your vision of its evolution?

Skateboarding scene in NZ is pretty good, is small considering the size of NZ but it has lots of very talented people. Lot of then ends up go to Australia cause the scene is bigger and there’s more opportunities. It’s kind of hard cause here it’s so small so the economy and the market of skateboarding in NZ is even smaller but the level of skating is raising. We are based in the bottom of the earth … To make it you must be in the United States, so you have to kind of a migrate to there and try to make your name, break through into the scene. Regarding the evolution, if we look in the last 20 years, California use to be the epicentre of the scene but now with internet a lot more companies from different countries (Magenta, Palas, Polar for exemple) that are becoming quite big in the industry and hopefully DEF can be the representors of NZ. That’s the goal!

What pushed you to start your own brand DEF?

I started as been sponsored. I was pretty good, wining a lot of competitions, and I used to skate for few companies. At the time, like ten years ago, a friend of mine had started a clothing company in NZ called Huffer. He sponsored me and teaches me the way he was running his business. He gave me inspiration and I just decided I wanted to break off and do my own thing. I was promoting all theses other brands and I made a name, so I thought I could use that to promote and make a couple of team riders … It was kind of easy to get in!

Do you have any intentions to spread the brand overseas?

Yeah, this year was supposed to be the year I’m focussing to spread overseas! We have a couple of Australian stores that just opened, and I know a friend that get a shop in Japan so we gonna try to get the brand here as well and maybe next year we gonna try to have a store in Los Angeles!

To survive the species have to adapt to their environment (according to Charles Darwin) … we’re in a period with lot of changes: climate, technologies … does this awareness have some influence in your day to day choices?

I try to recycle and I’m kind of aware of the fact that we create lots of rubbish, so we switched recently the plastic bag we put the t shirts in. I think that the world is changing and maybe we’ll have to switch the model up and start to create locally but for now it’s in mind but its hard… When I first started I used to have the boards made in NZ and it was a point of difference but then his costs go to expensive, but the possibility is that we could go back to him in the future. We could be self-sufficient.

 

 

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AMBER CLYDE – Member of Girl Skate Crew NZ & OnBoard Skate School

One of the women working with Girls Skate Crew NZ & OnBoard Skate School, to change societal norms around girls in skateboarding! According to Charles Darwin we come from the…

One of the women working with Girls Skate Crew NZ & OnBoard Skate School, to change societal norms around girls in skateboarding!

According to Charles Darwin we come from the monkey but according to you from which animal do you come from?
I like to believe that we came from monkeys! But if I could chose an individual animal to think that I came from, I would probably say a Wolf. Just because I’m quiet, but can be loud. And shy, but can be outgoing. I’m also protective of my little girl like a wolf mama 😉

 

Since how long are you skateboarding? How did you start?
My dad used to use skateboards to move engines from car to car in his garage when I was younger, I used to sit there and watch him work on his cars. And one day I remember looking at the skateboard, and it had bright purple wheels. I started playing on the skateboard every now and again when I was 7, until when I was 9 and my uncle showed me a movie called Lords Of Dog Town. I remember watching them skate the bowls and thought it looked super rad! I begged my parents for a skateboard for almost 2 years when I my first deck when I was 11. A year later I was competing in competitions and kept skating until I was about 15. I stopped for 5 years, and started again when I was 20, 2 years after having my daughter.

 

What do you think about the media’s exposition of women in skateboard scene? what’s your vision about female skateboarding evolution?
I think the media is exposing female skaters a lot more than they used to! It’s awesome seeing skaters like Lacey Baker and Nora go pro. I still think there is a lot of sexualising involved, but it’s improving slowly. I hope we can all just look at each other as skaters! So no homophobia, transphobia, racism or sexualisation. No categories, just humans all enjoying the same passion!

 

To survive “species” have to adapt themselves to their environment… how do you adapt yourself to this male dominated sport and what would be your advice for a girl who want to be part of?

I’m a really shy person, so it’s taken me a long time to adapt to it. When a girl shows up to a skate park, all eyes usually go straight on them. People wanna see if they’re good, plus they’re not used to seeing girls down there. My advice for girls starting out is to just stand your ground! Most of the guys down there are super friendly, but you will come across the odd guy who will disrespect you in some form. But my advice is to stand up for yourself. Everyone deserves to be there just as much as each other.

 

Can you explain us the female skateboard programmes you’re running with Onboard Skate School? What are the different goals?
The programmes I’m running with Girls Skate NZ at the moment are a Beginners Class, Beginners over 18s class and Advanced girls class. I also do monthly meet ups at Various skateparks throughout Auckland as well. I run all of these classes down at the skatepark early on a Sunday morning. Occasionally we visit an indoor ramp that I have access to, but my main goal for the classes is to build the girls confidence in the environment of the park together

What’s the next project of the Girl Skate Crew NZ ?

 My next project with Girls Skate NZ is holding a female only skateboarding competition and showcase at Valonia Skatepark on the 21st of July.
Then this summer I will hopefully be starting a summer skate series. Which will be completions every weekend for about a month at different parks throughout Auckland.

 

How do you help young girls to gain confidence by skateboarding?
I like to think I help the young girls gain confidence by just sharing my experiences as a young female skater growing up, helping them with tricks whether it be advising them how I do it, or holding their hands so they get used to the movement of a trick. I also think it’s awesome seeing all the girls from my classes interact together and form friendships from sharing the same passion

 

Who are the female skateboarders that inspire you?
The female skateboarders that inspire me are definitely Georgina Mathews who is a female skater here in New Zealand! She just really throws herself in there and has the most awesome sense of humour. I also really love Nora Vasconcellos. She shows up all the boys and is another hilarious person.

 

According to you, what’s the best skate park in NZ?
In my opinion, the best skatepark in Auckland, is Valonia Skatepark in New Windsor. I heard it was not only designed by skateboarders, but built by them as well. In my opinion the bowl and all the copings on the park are flawless and it all just flows so nicely.

 

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