Meet the brands: Laurie Nouchka




 

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Artist Laurie Nouchka creates limited edition drawings and paintings that lift her designs off the canvas onto her unique range of style focused and contemporary wearable works of art.

Embedded in the heart of London, she draws inspiration from the urban landscapes around her. She travels the world for inspiration, immersing herself in each and every city. In doing so she has developed a bold and unique approach to depicting her architectural subjects.

Infused with the expertise of fashion designers, her observational drawings of iconic buildings are translated into geometric and linear forms as repeated patterns across a range of carefully designed garments. The vibrant, abstracted prints reflect the dynamic scenes of the urban landscape offset by the functional, clean lines on the collection.

She has collaborated with Equinox gyms, Kings Cross and Farmer’s Daughter Hotel asthe artist in residence to create bespoke collections in response to their unique architectural story.

All pieces are proudly printed in the UK using Italian lycra and EUROJERSEY sensitive fabrics. They are made in Wimbledon, London, and stocked in the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, Dubai, Switzerland and China. (copied from google docs)


Laurie:

  • Grew up in a small town in Suffolk, but moved to London after university in 2004.
  • Swims and practises yoga everyday, has recently got into surfing.
  • Loved the idea of a famous landmark, ‘reaching up my leg’ and so came up with the idea for the leggings, wore them to yoga classes, gave a couple to some teachers and then the orders started rolling in.
  • Considers the body to be a moving piece of art. Her pieces are aimed at those who move.
  • Each collection is limited edition.
  • Wants the clothing to be practical but also a fashion statement. The crop tops can be worn with skirts and jeans, the leggings under blouses etc.

 

 

You can start rocking these amazing pieces right now! Purchase her work on the GVSCO site.

https://www.greatventuresurfco.com/collections/laurie-nouchka

 

All our artists are truly unique and amazing. Bringing them into the spotlight is our joy and pleasure, head over to site to find out more.

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DANKIE – South Africa *** Youp Schmit.

Here at GVSCO we are so fortunate and stoked to be working with some of the top atheletes in the world.

Youp Schmit encompasses what it mean to be a modern athlete, surfing and competing on the PWC World Tour and he has sent us this short documentary for all of us to enjoy:

 

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What an inspiration and proof that we can achieve our biggest dreams !!!

 

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Did you know that not only are we a blog

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#2minutebeachclean – The Mission to Save our Beaches!

We are honoured to be partnering with the #2minutebeachclean movement and selling their water bottles!

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#2minutebeachclean is an incredible movement run by The Beach Clean Network Limited who are an non-profit charity based here in the UK. They are standing up and taking action against marine litter and plastic pollution on beaches all across the globe.

Martin Dorey founded the charity back in 2009, but the social media phenomenon that is #2minutebeachclean began in the winter of 2013/14.  Since then it has exploded with support from beach and sea goers, wild life lovers and the general public all looking to make a difference in just 2 minutes of cleaning when they’re at the beach.

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This wonderful charity is funded by sponsorships from beach clean stations and sales of merchandise. This is where we step in!

If you watch #2minutebeachclean’s video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNGhAERqxLA) you will see that a staggering 38 Million plastic water bottles are thrown away in the UK each day. This is a simply mind blowing number of plastics that will take years and years to disappear, some may never even disappear. The negative impact this will have will be irreversible.

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This is why #2minutebeachclean are dutifully selling these reusable stainless steel water flasks.

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We, Great Venture Surf Company (GVSCo) have partnered with Martin and #2minutebeachclean and will be selling these brilliant water flask on our site here! We will also have them at our stall at The Mill Xmas Fair:

If you wish to follow #2minutebeachclean and perhaps even post you and your marine litter next time your down at the beach. You can follow their brilliant journey here:

Website: beachclean.net/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/2minutebeachclean/

Stay stoked!

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Surfing Norway – With Nick Corkill pt.3

And so we bring you the last instalment from Nick and his travels in Norway. It is always such a struggle for us when he sends in his pictures to decide which ones to pick, but we hope you have enjoyed them and we look forward to seeing what he has in store for us next!

DAY 5

We decided to go for a hike today. I say hike, It was a small mountain that we had to traverse with none of us having any real ‘mountain walking’ experience other than wearing North Face jackets and going to climbing walls ( I don’t even do that) but I think we did a good job! Even if Adam was dressed like he was going on a night-out and I had the worst sprained ankle I think I have ever had…. “Lets go for a little walk shall we? We’ll can surf later” …….. 9 kilometres and 1000 ft later we made it, apart from not being able to tweet or get a good latte at the summit I was pretty chuffed!

We didn’t surf….!

Later that evening my mate James from Bristol turned up with a friend at our lodge (as you do, just passing by in the Arctic) and joined us for dinner. Later that evening we had our first taste of the Northern Light’s which blew our MINDS!!!!! 6 lads running ( me hobbling) around a field shrieking with delight and annoying James into lending me his camera gear and to get some pictures! (He  had also basically brought a small ‘Jessops’ store with him!)

 

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DAY 6

Last day so Mee-Mee ( French surf instructor empress) took us to Kvalvika where the film ‘North Of The Sun’ was made. We hiked in, surfed, had a bonfire, hiked out, saw more northern lights (yawn) got back to the surf lodge (Unstad Arctic Surf Camp) where the camps owner, local shredder, Tommy had prepared a traditional Norwegian hot tub (outside)….the whole thing was very, very, VERY cool! ( bordering on ‘Hipster’ but no one has to know that..!)

 

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DAY 7

Our final day was another long day of travel back to Bristol

It was an incredible trip with some incredible people and given the chance I would go back in a heartbeat!

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Surfing Norway – With Nick Corkill pt.2

Nick’s journey continues with the second instalment of his blog from Norway. If you would like to read part one, you can find it here.

DAY 3

We decided to stay at Unstad again as its been pumping all day but still super windy and rainy! We had a morning surf north of the beach with faces of  about 15ft! The boys managed to get in a few barrels. Even a few double overheads and super chunky! BEAUTIFUL!

We got out after a few hours to have some lunch and then decided to try out the south of the beach ( the break here is named ‘garbage’!) I have never seen wind like it! The guys in the water said they couldn’t see anything on the take off because of spray!

I shot from the boot of the car, and felt like even that was going to roll away with the wind! The highlight was seeing a French girl, Mimi, paddling out on a FLOATY, no hood or gloves! BEAST! There were a couple of South Africans who also rocked up and I’ve never seen surfing like it, definitely pro standard! 

We had news that the wind was dying off to 20mph tomorrow which apparently is good?!?!  

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DAY 4

We headed up the coast to Delp to change it up a bit. The spot is north facing and needs a big west swell to get up there. The boys were lucky and had a westerly swell, 10ft@13seconds with a light southerly wind and we surfed here for around 3 hours. Oh and those Saffers that I mentioned, low and behold were there and not only that, one of them, Steve ‘stezzy’ Sawyer is ranked WSL 49th and SA longboarding Champion whilst the other, Shannon Ainsleigh is a pro-surf instructor/mentor and SHARK ATTACK survivor! The pair of them were absolute gems !

That evening we went and watch Steve play an acoustic set in a local bar which he nailed, obviously! ( not jealous much). I bought his CD for my mum…..!

 

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Surfing Norway – With Nick Corkill pt.1

Many of you who have been following our Great Venture Surf Co. blog for a while might know, we work with a network of talented photographers and bloggers and Nick Corkill just happens to be both!

A few months ago Nick told us he had been invited to go to Norway on a Surf and photography trip by Tim Nunn who is another talented  photographer and runs The Plastic Project . We were obviously incredibly keen to be kept up to date on every detail of this trip and Nick thankfully agreed! So we hope you enjoy his amazing story

DAY 1

The first day started off with a very early 3am start. The journey to Norway was not going to be a quick one! We flew from Bristol to London > London to Oslo > Oslo to Bodo and then a Ferry to Lofted. All in all taking a mighty 20 hours to reach our destination. The group consisted of Jamie Gatley; Nick Rees and Adam Parsons.

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DAY 2

We headed down to Unstad beach which is next to our lodge and the most consistent break in the region. It has South Westerly swell direction – cross/offshore wind – gusting 30-40mph, head and a half high. I entered the water from the rocks on the north side of the beach and surfed a right hand point break, breaking over shallow Kelp covered rocks. Surfing with a seal and a load of cormorants was a pretty special experience and surfing a beach the size of Croyde with only 4 of us was even better! It also rained all day!

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Keep y0ur eyes peeled for the second instalment from Nick

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Revolwe – Help Kickstart their Eco Dream!

We are incredibly lucky here at GVSCo. to work with some amazing people and brands. We are really happy to introduce the latest crew to join our community.
 Revolwe™ and why we are doing this;
We’ve been surfing and doing water sports our entire life and feel a strong connection to the ocean.
There’s no better feeling to paddle out for pumping waves with your closest mates.
To see the stoke on each others face and just be there, in that magic moment!
This is something we want to give to our future kids, to your kids and everyone elses.
To be able to do this we need to enlighten the importans to keep on recycling and use waste as a resource along with sustainable and eco-friendly materials and to prove that you can create performing products with those materials.
Unfortunately the ocean is one of the most polluted places on earth.
Only ≈5% of plastics are recycled effectively, ≈40% ends up in landfills and  ≈33% ends up in our oceans.
That is 8 million tonnes of plastic leaking out in the oceans every year, killing the marine life and polluting the waves we love!

That is why we want to create the best surf products for both you as a surfer and the environment, without sacrificing performance.

We are developing a few products at the moment but first up is our leash.
Which we are now taking pre-orders on at kickstarter ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/revolwe/revolwetm-sustainable-surf-leash )
In our leashes we don’t use Neoprene for the ankle cuff, instead we are using Yulex Pure™.
By using that we are reducing the co2 emitted in the polymer manufacturing process by up to 80% compared to conventional neoprene.
We are also using polyester made from certified 100% post-consumer PET bottles, every 500 gram of recycled polyester yarn used in our products reduces
raw material usage and energy consumption by up to 61000 BTU’s, this is equivalent of 2 liters of gasoline.
Revolwe stands for;
Recycle – Use waste as a resource
Evolution – Develop the future
We – We are all in this together
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10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean – By National Geographic.

Last week we  wrote a piece on the National Geographic and their work with The Pristine Sea Mission and Davidoff Cool Water. They are working together to try and help save the Oceans, reduce pollution and create funding and it is really great to see big companies like that doing their bit, but sometimes we want to know what we can do to help?

National Geographic, as ever, are on hand to help with this and have drawn up 10 simple changes we can all make to do our part.

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1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption

Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and bundle up or use a fan to avoid oversetting your thermostat.

2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices

Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.

3. Use Fewer Plastic Products

Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in nondisposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.

4. Help Take Care of the Beach

Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach cleanups.

5. Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life

Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), and shark products.

6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner

Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter, which can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish, and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, a practice that can introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.

7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean

Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near the coast, join up with a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home.

8. Influence Change in Your Community

Research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter.

9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly

Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you’re set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.

10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life

All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.

 

GVS Co. xx