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The Journey Begins

Relates to Surf and Travel

It is 1am and I am sitting in Heathrow airport for the first time in 12 years waiting for our flight to Brazil via Lisbon. Quite an exciting experience?. Heathrow has changed a lot since I was last here and was so surprised to see internet access (ok probably been the norm for quite a while) that I thought I should just post my delight!

Well since the seconds are ticking away at an extortionate pace I will leave it at that, besides to say that anticipation is high for the adventure that awaits us in the Amazonian jungle and our confrontation with the Pororoca?.

Oh, I should just say, slightly dismayed to discover I have to resort to single tab browsing in M$ explorer :(

Posted on Mar 07, 2005 at 01:45:06. [Comments for The Journey Begins- 0]

Surfing in the Jungle

Relates to Surfing

Exactly a week from now I will be lieing on a bed in the town of Arari on the southern rim of the Amazon rain forest, no doubt with the magnified sound of insects keeping my mind alert as the hour draws close for my first encounter with the Amazonian Pororoca.

We are travelling as a European team of six tidal bore surfers - three from the shores of the Severn here in Gloucestershire (Steve the Wizard, The Owl and myself) and three from the French Mascaret (Colas brothers - Yep and Fabrice, and Bruno 'no bend is too far' Boue). Our guide and host for the trip is Serginho Laus one of the pororoca pioneers and regular competitor on the Pororoca championship tour, who has himself set up surfing trips on the Mearim pororoca for travelling surfers. However this trip is special, being the first international gathering of tidal bores surfers from the three (alaska excluded) major river communities. Serg has visited France, Fab and Bruno have visited the Severn, and we have visited the Mascaret. Now we will congregate on the shore of the Mearim river, heralded to be the cleanest, hollowest and glassiest of all Pororocas with current expectations for a wave ranging from 1 to 3 metres in height travelling around 25 kilometres per hour. Just got to watch out for those nasty little critters in the water.

It has been a monster of a trip to plan, and massive thanks to Yep for putting out the call. But now the tickets are booked, the blood has been immunized and the training is complete. We just wait for poroc-poroc to roar?

Aerial view of the Mearim Pororoca. Courtesy Serginho Laus. Clean right hand wall waiting to be surfed. Courtesy Serginho Laus. A hollow section that may produce a standup barrel. Courtesy Serginho Laus. All photos courtesy Serginho Laus. They may not be reproduced.

And for anyone in the local area after a more sober tidal bore experience, look out for Inside Out in the west country next Monday (7th March) where Steve guides presenter Niki through her first attempt on the Severn bore. We will be hovering over the Atlantic at that time.

Posted on Mar 02, 2005 at 06:28:00. [Comments for Surfing in the Jungle- 0]

Back but only briefly

Relates to DOM Scripting and Firefox and Co, XForms

Just a quick whistle stop fly by. I found February fairly uninspiring in the blogging realm, with the usual regurgitation of old ideas in new guises escalating exponentially - but this may just be my lack of stimulation at the moment with considerable mundane workload in the inbox.

Nice to see XForms make an appearance in the Firefox nightlies at a time when the duel between the web forms camps heats up with the forthcoming release of Web Forms 2.0. I look forward to seeing XForms developed further in Firefox - start experimenting with XForms beyond the realm of XSmiles and FormPlayer.

Meanwhile Javascript has yet again been shunned with Joel Webber's damming article. While this appears to have raised a certain level of concern, it is a problem that was elucidated back in spring 2k4 in Richard Cornford's excellent javascript closures article. And the RAM munching truth demonstrated in Mihai Bazon's IE benchmarking tests. In script-powered applications I generally garbage clean event handlers and loose DOM references manually, but as the application gets more complex, keeping track of references becomes harder to manage. While I have only perused this briefly, Mark Wubben has come up with an interesting solution - the Event Cache script.

Beyond these, I have been enjoying a few visual memories of New Zealand these last few days via Bitflux. And just today I stumbled across another nomenclature proposed for XMLHTTPRequest and co - now we are expected to name it after a soap!!! Yes I do know my Greek mythology - just feeling a little cynical this morning. I really need to get away?

Posted on Mar 02, 2005 at 05:35:27.

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