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Gordon Fontaine has been at it again, sneaking off to his lava camp and then nipping back in time to win a second place at the British Surfing championships, all wearing some very familiar sustainable apparel.
Man that guy is busy.... Now watch this
North of Nowhere
Over on the Emerald Isle, Shambles McGoldrick has been busy. Very busy...
Unfortunately for the office-dwelling people out there, he's been putting his shifts into seeking out epic heaving barrels that he shares with... no-one. They're all his.
Film warrior Peter Clyne decided to go up North of Nowhere, scope it out, capture the essence of what Shamble's search is all about and report back with some much needed inspiration: Get up, get out there and find your own slab of perfection!
A new world record...?
Just got an update from the chaps on the Coldest Journey Expedition, got us wondering if we might have to call Guinness...
Not for a beverage, but to get the history books change: Boys, you did it... the most Southerly organic cotton Rapanui hoody ever ever!
Rapanui is supporting the Coldest Journey, an expedition that aims to cross Antarctica in winter, considered the last great polar challenge. Originally led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the expedition team will be wearing Rapanui 100% organic cotton hoodies in their caboose. Find out more about the Coldest Journey here...
Free T-Shirt Giveaway
Want to get yourself a new t-shirt? Want it to be Rapanui? Want it for free??
Sounds good to us too! You can Follow or Tweet us on Twitter, or like our site on Facebook to be entered into a prize draw to get a free Rapanui t-shirt of your choice. What's more, if you do more than one of the entry actions, you will be entered into the competition again, so you will have even better odds of winning!
If this sounds as awesome to you as it does to us, then use the widget below to enter into the draw for your chance of winning a Rapanui t-shirt!
Rapanui Store 1:76
We have some awesome neighbours. Just across the road, Paul and his young boys have been indulging in a spot of the old model railway action, and sent us through their latest masterpiece.
It totally blew us away!
If you've been past Rapanui, you might have noticed we've got our own window displays with a massive motorised wind turbine, the skate ramp, and a mini train that zips along the window display. Our neighbours have taken their scale modelling to new levels though by replicating THE WHOLE SHOP on their train set over the road. Hornby Railway? Absolutely DOMINATING it.
The eagle-eyed followers may have noticed that when we get to this time of year, there's a little dip in Facebook comms, the newsletters have a few offers and we start to go all secretive... it can only mean one thing: The build up to a new collection. Things have been a bit high-tempo here with all that going on to be ready in time for May 1st ;) but when this little nugget of creativity flew round the office by email... well, there was no way we weren't going to take some time out, blog it, generally tell the world.
Guys, you made our day: top marks.
Sir Ranulph on Frostbite
Sir Ranulph Fiennes led a team of explorers to conquer the last great polar challenge: crossing Antarctica in winter. Their remarkable attempt aims to raise $10m for Seeing is Believing with match-funding from Standard Chartered, provide crucial scientific data and form the basis of an invaluable education programme.
But in Antarctica, the climate is so severe that taking off a glove to repair a broken ski binding, even if only for 30 seconds, can have very serious consequences. Like losing your fingers.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has already lost some of his fingers from frostbite from a previous expedition, but the recurrence of that kind of bad luck has led to him being forced to drop out of the expedition that he's heading up. The remaining five intend to continue on and Sir Ran. said at a press conference that he was "very frustrated" at being back in the UK six months before the Ice Team was even meant to finish the first winter traverse of Antarctica.
"I am not good at crying over spilt milk - or spilt fingers," he said. "It is extremely frustrating. I have been working on this full time and unpaid for five years."
Sir Ranulph told members of the press gathered at the Sofitel Hotel at Heathrow Airport that he would make the most of this unfortunate turn of events by putting his full attention to making sure the expedition succeeded in all of its aims.
"I am very pleased and proud of the team," he said.
The "intense science" programme, the education package and the aim to raise $10m for Seeing is Believing would continue unhindered by his premature return.
It is now more than a week ago since the incident occurred about 200km south of Crown Bay in Antarctica, and now back in the UK the extent of the frostbite was shown on the Coldest Journey Blog:
The Ice Team is currently heading towards the end of its fuel depot run, after which they will return to Crown Bay for the start of the traverse on March 21st:
As part of their sustainable kit plan, the team are wearing Rapanui Organic Cotton Zip sweats in their caboose.
Comic Relief Lady
If you just like Rapanui, you wear Rapanui, or you have a sticker on your car/skateboard/micro-scooter/zimmerframe that says Rapanui, we consider you family. That's what we mean when we talk about our Wolfpack.
News just in fresh from twitter says there's a lady on the telly representing our Save our Seas bamboo top to Keith Lemon. That's about as street-level as it gets and we'd like to honour her with a slot on the blog and 1000 wolfpack points, which can exchanged for something COOL like a pair of eco socks or summin-like-that.
More importantly, if you know Comic Relief Lady, or Keith Lemon, ask him to pass on a message from us ... "AWESSSSOOOOOMMMEEE!!"
New Mobile Site
Rapid postage, more designs and a faster, easier cart. You ask, we deliver. The same goes for mobile...
Based on your feedback our nerd department has come up with something rad: The first Rapanui mobile web shop & site. Now you have no excuses. Even if you're on the move you can be busy browsing through our range of eco fashion items, inspirational blogs (if I do say so myself) and the thumb-straining reams of information available on our catalogue of eco pages.
The lot, available on your phone in faster, easier to navigate style, with full cart functionality. If you're on your mob now, you should be here already (fingers crossed). Remember you can switch back to the full site at any time via the link at the bottom of every page. And if you're not getting redirected automagically, push this button:
http://m.rapanuiclothing.com Happy mobiling!
Whilst we were all out in the snow, our main man Gordon Fontaine was busy out in the waves at the Pier.
If you're stuck at work and want to crank up the jealousy, click this latest mini edit....
Not sure if a lot of people out there knew it, but 2011 was the international year of the forests. That meant that a lot of people were talking about forests and our futures.
We stumbled upon this video, Branching out for a Green Economy, which did a really good job of summarising the role of forests in our world. Best of all, it's narrated by Sir David Attenborough, so it must be good. It might be a year later than it was intended to be posted, but we still think it's great. Take a look!
Commissioned as UNEP's campaign film for the International Year of the Forest 2011, and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, this short film highlights the importance of living forests in mitigating climate change. It foregrounds the ecosystem services they provide and their potential role in the development of a sustainable green economy.
Produced and directed by Natasha Serlin, designed and animated by Shroomstudio.