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Tides Move Water And Life Along The Coasts-The Paddler’s Planet-SUP Radio

Christian Wagley and Leslie Kolovich at Meet and Greet WPFTP 2013We all notice the rise and fall of waterways with the tides, but what drives that motion and how does it affect our favorite places along the coast? Join Leslie and Christian for a good discussion about tides, this time on The Paddler’s Planet. Tides are a rising and falling of the sea caused by the combined effects of gravity from the moon and sun and the rotation of the Earth. As the planet rotates gravity pulls water toward the moon and creates a bulge on that side of the Earth and a corresponding dip in sea level behind it. Many coastal areas have two high and two low tides per day; other places, like along the U.S. Gulf coast, have one high and one low per day.Image from NOAA


The range of tides varies with the shape of the coast and the offshore bottom. Along the Chesapeake Bay tides may only range up and down about one and a half feet. But along the Georgia coast that range may be six feet or more, helping to create broad beaches and vast expanses of salt marsh.

Tidal Pool photo by NOAATides drive coastal ecology, with an incoming tide carrying tiny larvae of fish and invertebrates into marshes where they can take shelter and feed and grow. As tides recede, they pull decaying plant matter from marshes and carry that into bays, bringing nutrients to the coastal waters. On rocky coasts tide pools hold water at low tide, providing a refuge for animals that could otherwise dry-out and perish.

As paddlers we must be aware of tides. If paddling in a new area it’s especially important to check the tides ahead of time. Unprepared paddlers have been caught struggling against strong tidal currents or even left high and dry.

Low Tide photo by Pendragon 1998Learn more about how the movement of tides is vital to the health of our coastal waters, this week on The Paddler’s Planet.

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Interview With The Iconic Claire Bannerman-SUP Radio

Claire Bannerman at the 30A Radio Studio with John Rosenberg and Jennifer SteeleHey there!  This is Leslie Kolovich and I am honored to announce a new program for SUP Radio called, “Your Global Art Showcase with Claire Bannerman“.  Today I have the privilege to interview Claire in the studio.  Claire’s artful eye has been to just about every corner of the globe with the US Department of State as she and her late husband were part of the Diplomatic Security Service.  In this podcast Claire talks about her days in New York, Iran, Laos and Washington D.C.  studying art, visiting and working in fine art museums and becoming completely immersed with passion for the arts.  She has represented artists and has been the curator of many shows in places of Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers and Shahs.

 She calls home  right here along the Beaches of South Walton, the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida.   One cannot talk about the local art scene without Claire’s name emerging somewhere.  In my opinion, if your an artist and Claire Bannerman comments or asks you to be on her show, you will for sure have great success.  From Tallahassee to Pensacola Claire’s eye and hand for art has been a large part of the growing art movement in the panhandle.  Claire’s iconic voice has been heard on the local NPR radio station with a show called, “Art Talk” then to our local community radio station, 30A Radio with a show called, “Our Coastal Art Scene” which I am honored to say I was a part of bringing her to the mic in this quaint little studio back in 2008.  Claire Bannerman at the 30A Radio Studio with John Rosenberg and Jennifer Steele

Claire’s art connections around the world will bring this new show a flair like no other.  Ms. Claire Bannerman is the perfect fit for our Soulful, Uplifting Programming.

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Ryan Maloney Is Standing Up For Diabetes-SUP Radio

Ryan MaloneyHey there!  This is Leslie Kolovich, and joining me today is 14 year old Ryan Maloney from Carlsbad California.

At two years old Ryan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a chronic disease of the autoimmune system where the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin. Since his diagnosis, Ryan has had to monitor his blood glucose continuously and inject insulin multiple times every day to control his disease.
From an early age, Ryan turned this challenge into opportunity. Through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Ryan became a mentor to newly diagnosed kids in his hometown of Carlsbad, CA.  In 2009, Ryan was selected to be a delegate for Children’s Congress. He and his fellow delegates were guests of the President at the White House. Ryan and his fellow delegates lobbied the President, Congressmen and Senators to dedicate more resources to finding a cure for diabetes.
In January 2010 Ryan ran his first Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and now runs and trains for triathlons.  In 2012, Ryan competed for the first time in the Battle of the Paddle, the biggest stand up paddle (SUP) event in the U.S. Since then he has competed in over 25 SUP events, winning his age group in some and placing in many.  Ryan’s mission is to help as many other kids facing diabetes with a message “You can do anything you want to do if you eat healthy, get active, and check your blood sugars often”.  He has set up a Facebook page for kids to get informed, Ryan Maloney Athlete/Type 1 Diabetic.  He hopes someday he can work in the Stand Up Paddle industry, and perhaps be an Olympian.
Ryan Maloney Loves SUP SurfingIt was a pleasure talking with Ryan he truly has passion for life!  The event is Stand Up For Diabetes November 2 check out the Facebook page as you can be involved wherever you are paddling.  It’s not a race but a community paddle to show support for those impacted by diabetes.
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Artist Joan Vienot Debuts In Grayton Beach Florida-SUP Radio

Your Global Art Showcase with Claire Bannerman

Claire Bannerman and Joan Vienot


Claire Bannerman interviews Joan Vienot, who is preparing for her solo art exhibit at Grayt Gounds of Monet Monet in Grayton Beach, Florida.

After nearly 25 years of developing other businesses Joan Vienot has returned to her passion of producing art.  Like many people, Joan dedicated the first part of her adult life to paying the bills.  A local studio began offering weekly life drawing sessions about 4 years ago, and Joan, whose area of emphasis was life drawing when she earned her B.A. in fine art, found her Wednesday evenings booked for the next 3 years.  This year Joan shifted her focus to painting.

Vienot had been receiving email invitations from the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters for 8 years, and had always said he had wanted to do that someday.  In early 2013 she contracted with a coach, Saramae Dalferes, who asked Joan pointed questions to help her debunk her excuses for not painting.  With no excuses left, Joan made the commitment to join them, and 7 months later was asked to present her work at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet by owner Cheri Peebles and show coordinator Eileen West.  It will open November 2nd with a reception 5:00 to 8:00pm and extending through November 17, 2013.2013-0904 Grayt Grounds at Monet Monet

For more information about Joan’s work you can visit her website and blog at JoanVienot.com

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