Here you'll find a couple of stories from our most recent program.
Your International OCEAN FILM TOUR Team
In Bangladesh, it is highly unusual for girls to surf. Shobe Mehraz is doing it anyway. But she is still a long way from reaching her goal.
Cox’s Bazar, a coastal city in southern Bangladesh, is most widely known for having the longest sandy beachfront in the world. Everyday life for the community in this fishing port is influenced by their religious beliefs and the societal impact on the distribution of roles and power between men and women. In the film, we gain insight into what this means for a young girl like Shobe.
Shobe Mehraz from Bangladesh wants to start her girls-only surf club. You can support her in this endeavor via the JAAGO Foundation crowdfunding campaign.
- read more about the crowdfunding -
The Vendée Globe is considered the toughest single-handed regatta in the world. We talked to Boris about the race and its challenges.
Boris, you had already successfully circumnavigated the globe four times in a sailboat before taking part in the Vendée Globe in 2020/21. What was your strategy for this race?
I sailed rather cautiously. I didn't want to be adrift in the Southern Ocean with a broken mast or other major damage. I am not a do-or-die sportsman. Maybe sometimes that can lead to quicker success, but when it doesn't, you can end up like Kevin Escoffier whose boat broke right in half.
You were involved in his rescue operation. Had you ever experienced anything like that before?
No, never. This was the first time. And it was a really unsettling experience because I was confronted with how big and how fierce the ocean truly is.
Laurent Ballesta's photos provide a whole new perspective of the Mediterranean. We spoke with him about his passion and his expedition.
Laurent, you studied marine biology but are now also an underwater photographer. How did that come about?
I was always frustrated by the fact that, compared to other scientists, marine biologists can spend very little time doing research onsite—under the water. A botanist roams the woods for weeks at a time, but we're lucky if we can dive for an hour a day. By taking photos, I can in a sense extend my dive. I am able to examine the images later, zooming in to see things that I missed when I was underwater.
Your photos show places and creatures that many people will never see firsthand. Is it your intention to spread the word about the beauty of this endangered world?
Honestly, first and foremost, I want to do something that I enjoy. Still, I hope that through my work I'm creating awareness of these places...