SHE’S well-known around these parts but Irish champion surfer Easkey Britton’s decision to become the first female surfer in Iran (complete with hijab swimwear) is to broadcast on French TV.The Rossnowlagh woman has surfed big waves from Donegal to Tahiti.But it was her trip a year ago to the Iranian town of Chabahar to go surfing there that has captured the imagination of documentary-maker Marion Poizeau. “Iran is not known as a surf destination, but experiencing a country through surf gives you a different perspective. It was a leap into the unknown, but I thought I’d give it a go,” said the 26-year-old.Local police and fishermen joined a huge crowd who had never seen the sport before.“Iran has a short swell window in the summer when the monsoons spin up and hit the southern coast and you get beach breaks,” she said.“The most incredible thing was being out in that landscape and being out in the water on your own. Everybody gathered around and they were all enormously curious and excited.” She was Ireland’s first female big wave surfer – and there’s plenty of those around the beach at home.“I couldn’t live without it. Being out in the sea, being part of a wave that only lasts a few moments, is like an addiction,” she added.The TV documentary about her trip to Iran will be broadcast on French TV at the end of the month.Let’s hope RTE, TV3 or TG4 show it here. DONEGAL SURFER’S IRANIAN ADVENTURE SET TO HIT FRENCH TV was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
“Your left, your left, your left, right, left!” Marching in perfect synchrony is the first thing every soldier must learn. Many recruits consider the exercise an annoying way to teach obedience, but drill sergeants say marching produces better soldiers by improving not just discipline, but also morale. According to a study published online today in Biology Letters, the drill sergeants may be right. The researchers started by making the male subjects walk 240 meters. They were randomly chosen to walk either at their own pace or in synchrony with another male. After that they were shown a “criminal”—a mug shot of an angry male face—and asked to fill out a survey about their feelings. As previous studies have shown, walking in synchrony made men slightly happier and more friendly toward their fellow marchers. But surprisingly, the synchronized marching also affected how the subjects perceived the physical attributes of the criminal. After marching, men judged their foes as smaller and weaker. So if you’re feeling intimidated, find a buddy and go marching. It really will boost your morale. As a bonus, if you have thousands of buddies willing to march, like these North Korean soldiers on parade, you’ll be a terrifying spectacle.