Getting Beyond Road Blocks in the Gym

It's in those last five seconds that I always want to quit. My muscles are exhausted. It's been a long day. I'd rather be reading a good book at home. It's hot. I'm thirsty. It goes on and on. And I used to quit. I stopped during the 5 second countdown. But not anymore. I was reading a career book by an incredible author and he randomly talked about how pushing through the last section of each interval (and consistently using heavier weights) is the most beneficial part of your workout. A time when you maximize your results and strengthen your mind.

I find it interesting how certain pieces of advice from the most unlikely sources can impact you. I've been doing this interval circuit training regiment for about 9 months now, and just recently I've started to see the biggest results. A trend which has only made me double down and see how far I can continually push myself.

As a quick sidetone, this super cool video about Sarah Gillette is quite inspirational. She's a great fitness trainer and has an incredible story. Enjoy!

Steve | Laguna Beach, California

To be honest, I don't know Steve. For all I know his name probably isn't Steve. But to the 3 separate rescue's he performed when lifeguards were nowhere to be seen, some might be calling him a hero. The first rescue was especially touch and go as a cleanup set lingered towards shore, breaking about 20 yards past the impact zone. While all the experienced bodyboarders and bodysurfers swam out to meet it, the tourists and inexperience beach goers sat still and subsequently went up and over the falls in a spot where they could no longer touch the bottom. Luckily, Steve was paying attention when the Laguna Beach lifeguard wasn't and made a swift rescue in-between sets. 

So what's the moral of the story? First, you need to pay attention to those around you. Even without formal lifeguard training, you can usually notice when someone is in over their head. For starters, look for those who are exerting to much energy for the situation and have a certain scared look in their eyes. Second, you can only help someone else if you're in a safe situation. What do I mean by this? On this afternoon, my friend and I were bodysurfing. Without a flotation device to extend to a potential rescue victim, we'd only be putting ourselves in extreme danger if things go south. Why? Because drowning victims will pull others down with them. But that doesn't mean you can't help signaling for help from lifeguards. 

Thanks to Steve, 3 people went home safely after a day in Laguna Beach, CA. Were each of these rescues on the verge of becoming drownings? It's possible. We'll never know. What I do know is that it's better to step up and help someone in danger than to sit back and watch them struggle to stay afloat. 




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Surf 2016 | Lands' End Sport Collection

Whether your summer is coming to close or just getting started; Lands' End has you covered. While us California kids are dreading the return to colder water temps within the next couple months, my friends in Hawaii will be in board shorts for the rest of the year. You could say I'm slightly jealous. Okay...really jealous!

For those looking for a classic pair of surf trunks with some modern flair, the Monterey Board Shorts are perfect for cruising on your longboard or lounging on the beach. I got the Evening Cobalt style and I love them. I'm even planning on wearing them to the farmer's market this morning!


But as the water temps begin to drop off as we head towards winter, Lands' End also added a wetsuit to their Surf Sport collection. This means you have no excuses for being cold this winter! They've got you covered. Featuring flat locked seam construction, Raglan sleeves and more, you'll appreciate the finer details that go into making a comfortable and function wetsuit! Priced at $189, it's quite the deal.

The simple truth is that not everyone can experience an endless summer. Luckily, Lands' End has you covered no matter where you go with their new surf sport collection. Enjoy!



Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach | August 4th 2016

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Owen Wright & Kita Alexander Are Expecting a Baby

Though not heavily publicized within the surf media, Owen Wright & Kita Alexander are expecting a baby together! Believe it or not, Owen Wright is not dating a surf or model. Rather a rockstar! Rita Alexander is a pop/indie artist who fits perfectly into the surf lifestyle and appears to be the perfect match for Owen Wright. While sources could not confirm when they officially started dating, they're relationship started gaining media attention earlier this year. Fast forward to this summer and Kita Alexander is pregnant. Congrats to Owen Wright & Kita Alexander!


SunZee Wearable Sunscreen Dispenser | Kickstarter Campaign

I'll be the first to admit that I struggle when it comes to the correct use of sunscreen. And I'm sure you've heard every excuse that I like to use. "The surf is just pumping and I don't want to paddle in." Or "Just a couple more waves and I'm going to call it a day." Perhaps "I'm going early in the morning and don't need sunscreen." Whatever it is, I rarely put on sunscreen and rarely re-apply.

The root of my "problem" really comes down to convenience. Luckily SunZee just launched a Kickstarter Campaign for all of us surfers who need to be better at using sunscreen correctly. SunZee is a watch like sporting accessory that acts as a sunscreen dispenser while you're on the go. It's been perfectly designed (in the works since 2013) and is sure to be a hit no matter what sport you play! Simply put, SunZee takes sunscreen out of the bag and onto your wrist for on-the-go use, keeping you protected for hours at a time.

For starter's it dispenses the perfect amount of sunscreen every time and the capsules are easily replaceable when you run out. Best of all, their sunscreen formula is SPF 40 and is water resistant! No more excuses! No more problems! Protect your skin and use SunZee to easily reapply sunscreen throughout the day without missing a beat.

Like many other surf products, SunZee is officially available on Kickstarter right now! That means the need your help to get things underway and are offering a variety of different opportunities! Let's talk details!

Delivery of each Kickstarter backer package is scheduled for December of this year and packages start at $1, $25 & $45+ depending on what you want to get in return! I'm a fan of the $45 package, which allows you to be one of the first to get your hands on the SunZee sunscreen dispenser! Does this sound like you? Act fast, cause there's only 200 spots for this level!

And to be honest, I have to applaud SunZee on already raising $30,000+ of their $50,000 goal with plenty of time left in their campaign! It's quite impressive and a testament of how excited everyone is about SunZee.

As for me, it doesn't look like I'll have any excuses for not applying or re-applying sunscreen in the near future. Luckily for me, this is a good problem to have! Hopefully, you'll jump on board too! Ready to learn more? Check out their video below & make sure to check out their Kickstarter campaign!

Top 3 Surfboard Racks

Perhaps the biggest challenge for surfers out of the water is storing an entire quiver of surfboards. While many view this as a second thought, it can be essential for keeping your boards safe when not in use and also for showing off your newest board. For myself, I always love a surfboard rack which is strong, well designed and is built with the finest materials possible, which is why I love Hawaiian Gun Rack. They offer a variety of products to fulfill all of your needs and today's I'll be discussing 3 of their most popular surfboard racks! New surfboards are way to expensive and beautiful to have stacked in a pile in your garage. Protect your boards and look great doing it...what more could you ask for!

Top 3 Surfboard Racks


Olo Surfboard Rack:
This surfboard rack is ideal for your classic (or vintage inspired) longboard with a large glassed on fin, as well as a more modern longboard shape. While you can't use it as a pull up bar to put the finishing touches on your beach body, it can hold boards up to 40 lbs. With adjustable pegs to control the angle at which your board is displayed, you get to decide whether you want to display your board with the fin or deck facing out. All in all, it's a fantastic option if you're shopping for a wood surfboard rack!

Top 3 Surfboard Racks


Vertical Surfboard Wall Rack:
If you're looking for a "museum style" surfboard display, then this stye surfboard rack might be familiar. And let's be honest, it'll turn your surfboard into a statement piece for your home decor. Much like the Olo Surfboard Rack, this vertical surfboard rack also comes with all of the required mounting hardware and can handle boards up to 40 lbs. As for where you'll display your favorite board in a vertical fashion, that's up to you!

Top 3 Surfboard Racks


Indoor/Outdoor Aluminum Paddle Board Rack:
If you're looking for a SUP rack that can be used inside or outside, then this is the rack for you. Made from are brushed aluminum for a ultra modern appearance, this rack is designed for years of continued use! It's important to note the rack's streamlined dimensions, that only extends 9 1/2 inches off the wall. Yes, that means it will fit on your sideyard or in garage without taking up to much space! Concerned about your boards safety? Consider locking it up with a surfboard/SUP locking system for additional piece of mind! The biggest complaint I hear from people when they buy a SUP board for cross training is that it's such a big item to store. Solve this problem once and for all with the Aluminum Paddle Board Rack from Hawaiian Gun Rack.

Top 3 Surfboard Racks


When it comes to surfboard and stand up paddle board storage, it's all about quality and design. Protect your boards by getting them off the ground and displayed on your walls. Trust me, a good surfboard rack is the best investment you can make for your surfboard. I personally love them because it puts my boards on display and keeps them looking great! The only question is...which one do you like best?

Top 3 Surfboard Racks

Top 3 Essential Surfing Accessories for 2016

When you buy a new car, you don't just buy a car. You're buying upgrades, add-on features and accessories to further customize your car. Things that make your new car perform better and better serve your needs. You're never just buying a "car".

Yet when we order a new surfboard, many opt to buy the bare basics. Cheap plastic fins, a bar of surf wax and (maybe) a leash. And why is that? Mainly because there often isn't a sales person to upsell you on everything you need to get the most out of your new board. Today, I'll be that sales person as we look at the top 3 essential surfing accessories for 2016 that you need to purchase.

First and foremost is protecting your new board. From the sun, from dust & dirt, and storage. It's funny how many people damage their boards outside of the water. Don't let this be you! Buy a surfboard sock to keep your board in pristine condition. Designed to shield your surfboard from potential dings and UV sunlight that turns your board yellow; it's an essential surfing accessory. It will also keep the wax from melting and dripping all of your car. Your new surfboard is an investment; protect it with a HoStevie Surfboard Sock.
HoStevie Surfboard Sock

Second, you need to stay safe while surfing which involves buying a leash. A good surfboard leash prevents long swims to the shoreline after wiping out to retrieve your board, reduces the risk of your board hitting someone else and (hopefully) keeps your board from hitting the pier or rocks unless you get super close. While you should never rely on a leash to keep your board close by if you're an unskilled swimmer; it is an essential surfing accessory for 2016!

HoStevie Surfboard Leash

Last but not least is a good pair of upgraded Honeycomb FCS or Future fins. For years, I didn't think good fins made a difference until I started experimenting. And let me tell you, they sure do improve your performance. The flex patterns, overall weight and drag resistance are all so important. I just installed a pair of fiberglass honeycomb surf fins on my new Simon Anderson surfboard and they are amazing. Not to mention the blue fins look great on my bright white surfboard. Don't mess around with cheap fins; the investment will be well worth it.

HoStevie Honeycomb Surfboard Fins

Just like buying a car, a new surfboard often requires some additional upgrades and accessories to keep you riding in style. While their are countless products and accessories currently on the market, these are my picks for the top 3 essential surfing accessories for 2016. Cheers!


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GrooveLife Silicone Rings | Full Review

Let's face it...traditional wedding rings don't particularly serve the active community very well. When you go to the gym you take it off for comfort. When you go surfing, you take it off to ensure you don't lose it. And when you jump in a sauna to relax after a long day, you take it off so you don't burn your finger. Let's face it, they just don't "fit" one's active lifestyle. Not to mention, the costs associated with wedding rings.

That's where GrooveLife Silicone Rings enters the picture. Made from ultra comfortable materials, they are secure and designed to stay put no matter what sport or lifestyle activity you're playing or participating in. They also look super cool and don't break the bank. Standout amongst your peers and choose Groove Rings.

Afraid of ordering a ring online and wondering if it will fit correctly? Don't! They have a couple of different DIY methods to make sure you get the right size & fit. And if something goes wrong, they'll send you a new one as part of their crazy good warranty program. No stress, no hassle, no risk! They are becoming increasingly more and more popular as their brand awareness continues to grow and I couldn't be happier to help promote their brand and message. Heck, even Philip Rivers (NFL Chargers Quarterback), wears a GrooveLife Ring. So join the best of the best and start shopping now! They come in 2 different styles: Groove Original and Groove Thin.

You might be wondering what sets GrooveLife Rings apart from their competitors...and I'll tell you. First and foremost, their patent pending design keeps air moving in and allows moisture out which is essential when wearing it all day. Each ring also has fewer mold lines since GrooveLife Rings are the first type of ring to be liquid injected.
In the 21st century, it's time for you to proudly show that you're happily married without being weighted down by an old school wedding ring. Most unique is their lifetime warranty. I was going to describe it myself, but they paint one heck of a picture: "You're free climbing El Cap and your ring rips off saving your finger. Maybe a little less intense, you tear it on the grocery cart while picking up tonights dinner. Either way we have you covered. If your Groove ever rips, stretches, tears even if you lose it or don't like your colors we will exchange or replace." Of course, it's also important to read all the details here!

Order your Groove Silicone Ring today!

Interview with Steve Watts at Slyde Handboards

I love Shark Tank and I love Slyde Handboards, so when the episode aired I was stoked! Did I mention they got a deal while on the show?!? Since then they been working hard to build their brand, company and future with the guidance and advice provided by Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher. Here's a behind the scenes interview with Slyde Handboards Owner, Steve Watts. Cheers!

You're in the SharkTank pitching your company and working for an investment, what was the overall experience like? 
Surprisingly, it was an an awesome experience. I didn't know what to expect going in, but the entire team at the Shark Tank were amazing. It was a huge decision to pitch Slyde in front of 6 million people, and possibly let a group of strangers rip you a new one and tear into a business you have spent the last 6 years building. Fortunately, in the end it turned out better than I could have ever dreamed. 

The one question I get asked a lot is "is it staged"? I have pitched to various investor groups and pitching to the Sharks is no different, apart from the cameras everywhere. There is no stopping once you walk into "the tank " and there is no turning back. We were in the tank for about 45 minutes and they edit it down to 10 or 15 minutes. Best way to describe is it is a bit like taking a 45 minute bungee jump, it's a huge rush. 

What was different than you expected from just watching the show on TV? 
There really isn't much difference from what you see on TV. apart from the fact that it is edited down to fit the timeline. The pitch we did lasted for around 45 minutes and you get drilled on just about every question under the sun, It felt like 5 minutes to me! Also you have to 100% on point with your answers and know your business back to front. This is where Angela is so much better than me she knew the numbers backwards. I can talk the passion behind the brand, but don't ask me the financials, which is why we work really well together. 

How has your company and/or your day to day job changed since getting an investment and making a deal on SharkTank? 
Not to sound to cliche but it changes everything. All of sudden your bank manager remembers your name. Both Ashton and Mark are awesome. Not only did they give us 200k for our passion, they support all the awesome stuff we have planned. The reach these guys have is mind-blowing, they play a different ball game all together, its actually very inspiring to be a part of. 

At the end of the day, everyone just wants to spend more time in the water...any memorable bodysurfing sessions lately? 
We have a distributor in Tahiti and a partnership with the Tahiti Waterman Tour. The Waterman Tour has 4 different handboarding events throughout the year that Slyde sponsors. We were lucky enough to be invited to compete in the May leg of the tour . We spent 5 days on Tahiti scoring perfect reef breaks, my favorite type of wave, it doesn't get much better than that. I've surfed some cool places around the world and Tahiti is up there with the best of them. The competition was huge with 69 contestants including the legend himself Mark Cunningham, who I competed against, unsuccessfully I might add. 

We also just sent two of our riders Augie Cunningham and Dylan Biggerstaff over to compete in the the third leg of the handboard competition in Tahiti. So we are looking forward to seeing how they enjoyed the experience. Our goal is to partner with the Tahiti Waterman Tour and to run the California competition where the winners will get tickets to the participate in the Tahiti Leg. We will be sending another 2 lucky riders over in August. 

On a completely different note, what has been inspiring you lately? Any new books, TV shows, Podcasts, Blogs, Art? 
On the personal side, Slyde has been full on for the last year, so getting any time to myself for reading or T.V is pretty rare and if I do it's to squeeze a surf in when I can. That being said, I do always make time for Sunday Game of Thrones sessions, best show ever. 

On a work level we are very lucky that Slyde allows us to to partake in some pretty awesome and inspiring stuff. The other weekend we teamed up with A Walk on Water a non profit who's goal is providing relief to families of children with special needs through surf therapy. We joined them at their last event up in Malibu, It was very humbling and inspiring to see this group of people helping kids and families with special needs. It was truly an amazing day and as myself and Angela are expecting soon it made the whole experience very special for us. 

What's next for Slyde Handboards? Any exciting stuff in the works? 
I already spilled the beans on working with the Tahiti Waterman Tour already where we will be running handboard competition here and over on the east coast and offering flight to Tahiti to compete in the Tahiti leg of the competition. Other than that we are will be bringing back an old favorite in the Phish board. We are also working hard on a few other awesome shapes for the 2017 summer sessions.



Slyde Handboards was also featured in the 2016 Summer Gear Guide!

The Ultimate Guide: 2016 GoPro Hero4 Silver Camera

It's only been a couple of short days, but I am loving my GoPro Hero4 Silver Camera! It's so much more advance than the prior models I've owned and the newest features make a lot of sense for surfers like you and I. From the software to the latest camera components, the latest GoPro's are really packing a punch. Below are a few of my favorite features and capabilities!

Capturing and framing the perfect shot while filming just got a lot easier thanks to the touchscreen display that now comes standard. This makes filming video footage a lot more predictable as you'll always be confident that you got that shot. You can also review all the footage you've shot or changes many of the settings using the touchscreen. This is quite likely my favorite feature within the GoPro Hero4 Silver Camera.

With the ability to capture blistering 30 frames per second, the HERO4 Silver helps you capture the moments you don’t want to miss. And trust me, with this speed you won't be missing much. This is perfect for surf photography when trying to capture all of the action from inside a barrel. Esspically when shooting in the shorebreak, which is one of my favorite things to do with my GoPro.

With new settings, you can also swing to the other side of the spectrum for shooting after dark and capture exposures up to 30 seconds in length for extremely dark settings such as camping or star gazing. 

I absolutely love Time Lapse videos and now you can easily create them without spending hours in the editing room. In Time Lapse Video mode, the camera captures a Time Lapse video automatically. How cool is that!!

For life's more unexpected moments, use the new QuikCapture mode to start  recording right away. It turns your GoPro into a one-button camera, allowing you to power on and start recording automatically with the press of a single button. This new software/camera capability means you'll never have to worry about missing an epic shot, no matter what life throws at you. 

As for today, I'll be filming the hike that I'm going to do later today as well as some fireworks tomorrow night as part of my 4th of July celebration! Stay tuned for some upcoming stories about the different accessories I use while filming and tips for getting Instagram worthy photos/video!


Coming Soon: GoPro Hero4 Surf Bundle

What I like about GoPro is how they continually work to improve the overall user experience from capture to publish. That's why I'm thrilled to be working with them to further promote their GoPro HERO4 Silver Surf Package. More than just a product review or article, I've got a challenge to complete. And much like summer homework, it's deadline is quickly approaching! Only this homework is going to be a blast! As for my job, I have to make a summer video edit strictly using their camera & software. That's right, no other apps, cameras or editing software. Mission accepted! Time to score some barrels, take some poundings in the shorebreak, do some hiking, cruise down PCH and much more! Along the way I'll be discussing my favorite GoPro accessories, tips for getting the best footage possible and maybe some sneak peak images as to what I've been up to. Don't worry, it's going to be sick! Any music soundtrack suggestions?

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Lifeguards Rescue Couple on Jetski at Wedge in Newport Beach
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Lifeguards Rescue Couple on Jetski at Wedge in Newport Beach

Updated Sunday, June 26th at 11:26am

The first video of this accident/rescue has surfaced online and the footage is terrifying. As I watched it for the first time, it felt surreal and much like a stunt of some sort. Perhaps it's the dramatic music or the idea of what is going to happen! They essentially drove the Jetski into the most dangerous part of The Wedge in Newport Beach and beached it on the rocks. They could have at least turned away from the Jetty! More so than when I originally broke this story, these 2 individuals should have died and it's a complete miracle that the lifeguards were able to rescue them. Like I said before, numerous people have died after being swept into the rocks and it's ultimately a very tricky place to be, even for the most experienced swimmers. Let alone 2 tourists who rented a jetski. Yikes!

Lifeguards are adding that without the lifejackets, the pair of Jetski riders may have drowned in the large surf. They went on to say that they had already been warned earlier in the day to stay away from  The Wedge and the large waves. I'd like to applaud these 2 for being the ultimate kooks for blatantly disregarding lifeguard orders and nearly killing themselves at arguably Orange County's most notorious and dangerous surf spot. Well done! 

*In the original story, it was reported that the female was driving by sources, but this video appears to show the male driving.




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Updated Sunday, June 26th at 7:20am

As The Wedge continues to break this morning with sets in the 8-12ft range, more and more photos and video footage of this rescue are being shared online. From the Jetski which is completely torn apart to the rescue itself, it's incredible that these 2 Jetski riders survived. Did I mention the other individuals in the water who were bodysurfing, bodyboarding & surfing? It's incredible to think that they didn't run over anyone while driving through the impact zone. While we often see JetSki's weaving in and out of big waves at places like Jaws and other big wave spots, it's important to note that those are trained lifeguards on extremely powerful JetSki's. Not tourists on a rental. As for video footage of them actual "riding" the wave, we've yet to see anything yet. But when we do, I'm sure it will end up on @KookSlams...

Additional Social Media Posts:
@johnmel_ and I had some fun at the wedge tonight
Where not to ride your seadoo..... @kook_of_the_day
I highly doubt the jet ski rental place said "hey go check out the wedge" 
Summer people are here!
This couple ran their jet ski full speed into the jetty at Wedge today
Stupidity at Wedge amazes me...
Wedge and jet skis don't mix...


Below is my favorite image thus far, showing a Newport Beach lifeguard watching as this whole event went down:

The Wedge Jetski Rescue
Photo Credit: @KevinMassery


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Let's face it, these 2 individuals are lucky to be alive tonight after attempting to ride a wave at The Wedge in Newport Beach during a major swell on a rental JetSki of some sort. Sources on the sand at the time of this event say the woman was the driver. I can only imagine what she was thinking as they traveled well within the impact zone. The video footage below shows a very tense situation as both the driver and passenger of the Jetski nearly get swept into the rocks. The same situation where numerous have died before. Luckily no sets came as Lifeguards reached them and pulled them to shore! Shoutout the the Newport Beach Lifeguards and other swimmers who participated in the rescue and for risking their own safety to make the rescue. The video footage and photos being posted online are crazy. As for the individuals on the JetSki, I'm not really sure what to say to you. Other than you need to start making smarter life decisions. At least they were wearing life jackets! Just glad everyone made it home safely.



For those thinking that they can "handle" The Wedge during a big swell. Think again! When the sets start rolling, there's no place to hide. And when it dishes out 8-10 wave sets, you're in for a beating that will take all your energy and leave you gasping for air no matter how experienced or in shape that you are. Here's video footage of a rescue that happened yesterday. Just watching it makes me nervous. The ocean is so so so powerful and you need to be extremely cautious in big surf. There's nothing wrong with deciding not to paddle out if you have any sort of hesitations. Be safe!

2016 Summer Gear Guide

Welcome to summer! You've made it! The time has come to pull out your collection of swim trunks, put your wetsuits in storage and head to the beach. Vitamin D is on trend and it's time to soak it up before it's gone. With this comes the need to restock on summer's most essential items. From new apparel to the most innovative skincare products to keep you looking great, I've got all the right product recommendations for this summer! So pour yourself a glass of ice cold lemonade (or Kombucha) and dig in! Enjoy!


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Newport Beach Shark Attack | May 29th 2016

Updated: 5/30/2016 @ 8:15am:
As of this morning, beaches to the North and South of Corona Del Mar continue to be closed to all swimmers as authorities continue to investigate the (possible) great white shark attack that occurred yesterday afternoon about 150 yards offshore.

No additional details have been provided as to the victim's condition, although it is believed to be a 40-50 year female long distance swimmer, who was rushed to the nearest trauma center and very likely that she underwent surgery in response to her injuries.

As the day progresses, Lifeguards are preparing to search the local beaches for the alleged shark who attacked in Corona Del Mar using both boats and helicopters in an effort to further their investigation.  Although overcast grey skies aren't helping the situation when it comes to visibility and the action of spotting a grey shark. and As for the holiday weekend, things might feel a little bit more sketchy today if you decided to venture into the water throughout many of Orange County's beaches.

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Updated: 5/29/2016 @ 7:53pm:
Unconfirmed sources are now reporting that the Newport Beach Shark Attack victim was most likely transported to Hoag Hospital, where she is talking to safety personnel right now. While I can't comment on her current medical status, this is a strong indicator that her injuries are not life threatening. Meanwhile, a news correspondent for CBS is describing the injuries as "significant" from those on the beach with "large bite marks to her torso and shoulder."

In addition, KNX 1070 is now reporting that this was a Great White Shark attach in the Newport Beach/Corona Del Mar area. Although, no Great White Sharkshark was spotted during the initial boat and aircraft search in Corona Del Mar or Newport Beach.

I'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available. Stay Tuned

In the news clip below, shout-out to the girl who says it was very frustrating cause now her kids can't go in the water. I'm so sorry your beach day got interrupted...NOT! We're talking about a great white shark attack and someone who is now in the hospital...




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If you are in Orange County and are planning on going surfing tomorrow, then stop reading this post immediately. Early reports are pointing to a shark attack happening somewhere between Corona Del Mar and the Newport Beach Harbor.

I was actually driving down PCH when this happened and made a comment about the helicopter hovering overhead in regards to maybe a shark sighting of some sort. Sure, enough my eire prediction was right. A woman swimming about 150 yards offshore was (allegedly) bit by a shark and was struggling to reach shore when she was assisted by lifeguards in one of their water patrol units. 

As for her injuries, she was suffering from heavy bleeding from her arm and shoulder; injuries consistent with a shark attack. Despite this, those involved seemed to be hesitant to confirm the animal that attack the swimmer. I don't like to jump to conclusions, but let's be frank about what took place. It was (most likely) a shark attack. This newport beach shark attack is the first reported incident of it's kind that I can remember in my lifetime and is a shock to many in the community. 

Even the lifeguards were keeping details under wrap by simply commenting, "I can't tell you. All I can say is there's blood out there somewhere in the water. We need everybody out of the water." Since the alleged shark attack at 4:15pm on May 29th 2016 in Corona Del Mar, no update has been provided as to the victims condition. All we know is that the beaches have been closed and will remain closed for the very popular holiday weekend. 


2016 Mastin Labs Lightroom Presets | Coming Soon

Despite the ever growing capabilities of digital camera's, the desire for film-like photos continues to drive the photography industry. It's a rare role reversal where we love the new, but miss the old. In a strange way though, technology is solving a problem that technology created. Meet Kirk Martin, the man behind Mastin Labs, which has developed some of the most realistic photo emulation presets available to photographers today.

No matter what your film preference is, they've got it:
Ilford HP5 – 35mm & Medium Format 
Ilford PanF – 35mm & Medium Format 
Ilford Delta 3200 – 35mm & Medium Format 

Portra 160 
Portra 400 
Portra 800 

Fuji 160NS 
Fuji 400H (Neutral) 
Fuji 400H (Blue)

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Like a powerful public relations agency, Kelly Slater is running a textbook campaign for promoting the Kelly Slater Wave Co. which was just sold to the World Surfing League. With new videos, limited information and a hope that we'll all be able to surf it in the near future; surfers around the world are now fixated on Kelly Slater. His wave pool is mesmerizing. And the world's best surfers can't get enough. Anyone ready for a road trip to Lemoore, California? WaveGarden sure seemed to have a headstart on the artificial wave industry, but they seem to be outpaced by Kelly Slater and his all-star team. 

Keep in mind that The Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California has only been in operational status since late 2015. As summer quickly approaches, I'm sure we'll see additional footage that makes it look even more inviting as the water and air temperatures continue to increase; a place where summer temperatures hover around 100F. Up next, The Kelly Slater Public Relations Firm. Time to start taking notes. Cheers.



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