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The Pull of the Ocean: Panel Conversation

Museum of Water

Fremantle Arts Centre, Sat 10 Feb, 3:00pm - 4:15pm

What is your relationship to the ocean? From glitter paths and catchment areas to deep sea swells and unknown territories, a swimmer, a sailor and a surfer come together to share their fear and passion for the ocean, the exhilarance of exploring the wilderness and the undeniable force that keeps drawing them in. 

Free, no registration required

Duration: 75 mins

Facilitator:Professor Erika J Techera (WA), Professor UWA Law School and UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia

Speakers: 
Tyson McEwan (WA) Pilbara born swimmer
Damon Hurst (WA) Surfer
John Longley (WA) Sailor & Chair of the Duyfken Foundation

The Pull of the Ocean is part of a series of events celebrating Museum of Water, an exhibition of publicly donated water and accompanying stories exhibited at Fremantle Arts Centre 7 Feb – 23 March 2018.

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About the speakers

Tyson McEwan (WA)
Tyson McEwan is a proud Aboriginal man, belonging to the Bardi people located near One Arm Point. Tyson has learnt the importance of the ocean not just the resources it provides but the spiritual connection it holds with his family. In particular, the shark or known as “Joodoo” is his Family totem. This means tyson has a cultural responsibility to look after and care for the shark. This can explains tyson’s heavy involvement in water sports as he’s a keen fisherman, Water polo player and has participated in surf club events in Geraldton. Overall, Tyson respects the ocean and the creatures who live in it. If you can’t find him at home or university, you’ll find him at the beach.

Damon Hurst (WA)
Damon Hurst learned to surf reef on Rottnest Island in 1974; a moment that lead to a lifetime of enquiry and inspiration. His surf-driven travels include Australia, Indonesia, South & North Africa, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, North & South America, Hawaii and a few other islands. In 2016 Damon produced artworks for and co-curated “Frontier Surfing” an immersive exhibition that explored elements of the human condition that drive pioneering surfers to the next level. Held at the Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC), with attendances of 17,000+; it is also one of the FAC’s most successful exhibitions.

John Longley (WA)
John Longley has been involved with sailing and the sea almost all of his life. He started sailing as a young boy in dinghies on the Swan River, graduating to ocean racing in Australia and later on in Europe and America, including the Transatlantic race. This lead to a long involvement with the America’s Cup, which saw him sailing as a crew member in five consecutive America’s Cup campaigns from 1974 to 1987. John is the Chair of the Duyfken Foundation that owns and operates the replica of the Duyfken, the ship that made the first recorded European landing on the Australian mainland in 1606. John has a keen interest in tourism and Chairs the Perth Regional Tourism Organisation.

Professor Erika J Techera (WA) Facilitator 
Professor Erika J Techera is an international and comparative environmental lawyer focusing on marine environmental governance. Her research explores marine protected areas, illegal fishing and marine pollution, as well as the conservation and management of marine species, reefs and maritime heritage. Erika has written more than 50 publications, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and was the 2016 Australian Law Awards ‘Academic of the Year’.