Picture yourself sitting around a campfire with some friends after a long day, logging 13 miles while lugging everything you need on your back. You’re all cracking jokes and talking about life in general with some light tunes in the background to help set the mood. Sounds great, but a little far-fetched because most portable speakers aren’t practical to carry into the backcountry because they’re too heavy, break easily, and are hard to pack.
The Gear: FRESHeTECH All-Terrain Sound
The Breakdown: A lightweight, portable speaker, that packs a punch and is easy to take anywhere
What I’m digging:
For such a small speaker, the All-Terrain Sound can really play some loud tunes (be careful not to disturb those around you). The control buttons on the side are a cinch to use and I never have to pull my phone out of my pocket to change the song, volume, or answer a call. Yea–there’s a built-in mic so you can even talk on the phone. Pairing through Bluetooth is easy, so easy a not-so tech savvy person would think they had a chance at being the next Steve Jobs.
I really like the clip function, so I don’t have to pack this speaker away. I’ll clip it onto different parts of my backpack (shoulder strap, hip belt, gear loops) and play some music for my friends and I to enjoy on the trails. This thing has got a killer battery that lasts 12 hours and I’ll use it on multiple climbing, hiking, and surf trips without having to re-charge the battery.
What I’m missing:
My biggest complaint is the direction of the sound. With the speaker on top, the best quality of sound comes when the speaker’s pointed directly at me. Something that’s put this speaker over the top is if it had 360 sound.
A swivel clip would do wonders as well. Right now I feel a little constricted to where I can hang the All-Terrain Sound and I believe a swivel clip would open up the options of where I can hang this thing.
The All-Terrain Speaker is a great portable and rugged, Bluetooth, speaker out there for anyone that likes to keep their pack light wherever they go.
Buy the All-Terrain Sound Speaker here: $74.95, Amazon*
I was compensated for this review with an All-Terrain Speaker of my own, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own
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Before I get into the nitty gritty details of this topic, I think I should clarify what it means to have Priority to the wave, Drop In, and Drop In on Someone.
Generally someone has priority in the lineup* when they’re closest to the peak of the wave.
That’s when a surfer paddles for the wave, stands up, and drops down onto the face of the wave.
Drop In on Someone
This is when someone has priority to the wave or is already up and surfing on the wave and someone else paddles for and drops down onto the face of the wave to catch a ride.
Knowing this, whether or not you surf, you can begin to assume that dropping in on someone is one of the biggest jerk moves in surfing. Not only is it uncool, it’s also dangerous for both surfers and their boards–two surfers on the face of a wave yields a high probability of running into each other.
Photo: Adam Fricke Photography
Last week The Inertia published an article on whether or not it’s acceptable to drop in on someone. The author even interviewed some pro surfers and the general consensus was it’s morally and ethically wrong in surfing to drop in on someone, but sometimes it has to be done to teach a jerk a lesson.
I wanted to put a little twist on this and to do so, I created this flow chart to answer the burning and often debated question…
You can see that I believe all arrows point to NEVER no matter the situation. We can debate that some people need to be put in their place if they’re being a jerk, but since when has fighting fire with fire ever worked?
My parents always taught me to be a leader, blaze my own trail (using Leave No Trace methods of course ), and always do what’s right, even if it goes against what society’s doing. The right thing to do here is to never drop in on someone and if someone drops in on you, turn the other cheek and stay away from that kook.
Ultimately I think this question’s (When is it OK to Drop In on Someone?) best answered by the Golden Rule.
Do unto others what you would have them do unto you
No one in this world is better than the other and no one surfer has the right to drop in on another surfer to teach him/her a lesson. If someone blatantly drops in on you, stay away from that person. When a beginner drops in on you, kindly (keyword here) give them a heads up about priority and how it’s a jerk thing to drop in on someone.
When someone does drop in on you by accident and they apologize, by all means give forgiveness, no one’s perfect and accidents happen. If you happen to accidentally drop in on someone, go and apologize right away and make the situation right. Who knows, you may even make a new friend.
Lineups are becoming more and more crowded as more people begin to take up surfing and adopt the lifestyle. There might be less waves, but we’re all out in the water for the same reason–catch some waves and have some fun. Get out there, have some fun, and be the one in the water spreading the positive vibes.
No one enjoys being around a jerk
*This refers to the typical lineup in the water, not during a contest. The priority rule during a contest is always different than the one outlined above.
Throwing my final things into my duffle bag Friday morning, before work, I made sure I packed my headlamp with a red light setting–that worked.
Earlier in the week I had missed one of my runs and I needed to squeeze one more run in before the week was over to keep on track with my half-marathon training. Running on the beach at night seemed to be the best way to gather up some views of the night sky and beat the heat, but I needed that additional red light to light my way without potentially hurting baby sea turtles or mama turtles that were still nesting.
Photo: Raychel Putnam
For as long as I can remember my parents instilled in me to never shine lights on the beach during sea turtle nesting season (May 1-October 31) in Florida. The bright lights from condos, hotels, houses, headlamps, flashlights, etc. can scare the mama sea turtles looking to nest and lead them to nesting in less than ideal places after numerous “false crawls.”
When the baby sea turtles hatch, scientists believe there’s an innate instinct in the hatchlings that make them crawl toward the brightest light. Usually that bright light’s the moon reflecting off the ocean, but light inland can draw them inland where they die from dehydration or predators. Bright lights on the beach (flashlights and headlamps) can also scare baby sea turtles and delay their crawl to the ocean, making them easy prey.
The light from the moon and stars were more than sufficient to light my way down the beach and yet I still saw bright lights on the beach. I got closer and found people either unaware of this issue (or blatantly not caring) as they took a night stroll on the beach. There was even one group fishing in knee deep water with bright lights on.
I guess Shark Bite Capital of the World means nothing to them.
All I’m asking is that we take a little more caution on the beach at night. The moon and stars give off more than enough light on a clear night, but if it’s too cloudy, a red light’s the best light source. A red light casts a smaller light spectrum that’s less intrusive to sea turtles and marine animals alike.
Before you (or someone you know) goes on the beach at night, take a red light, or better yet, leave the light at home. You’ll be doing your job in being a caretaker of the land and preventing others from becoming demons of the land.
What are your suggestions to protect the population of sea turtles in Florida?
P.S. Sharing could bring greater awareness to sea turtles nesting and could help protect sea turtles in the future.
Note: I refer to the Florida sea turtles in this article since about 90% of sea turtle nesting occurs in Florida, according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
Walking down all the rows and columns of the Surf Expo Lifestyle section was daunting. There was so much to see and I put together a recap of the best of the best lifestyle brands Adam and I met with a couple weeks ago.
Recycled Canadian Maple Skateboard on your face? Proof Eyewear’s making that a “thing” in the eyewear industry. The frames on the sunglasses are made from recyclyed Canadian Maple Skateboards, so you can protect your eyes from the sun and help out the environment.
Check out the Skate Collection from $115
After a solid launch of the Outcross shoes, Chaco’s introducing the Outcross Evo collection in early 2015. There’s going to be 3 different versions of the Outcross Evo for men (Outcross Evo 3 is pictured), 4 for women, and a smattering of colors for kids. The different versions of the Outcross Evo combines breathable mesh with webbing to give you different options of ventilation across all the styles, a comfortable microfoam layer atop the polyurethane (PU) LUVSEAT (what Chaco’s known for), and a non-marking EcoTread outsole.
Chaco will release the Outcross Evo 2015 and they’ll start from $55 for kids styles and from $100 for adult styles
For as long as I can remeber the slogan for Sanuk has been something to the extent of–This is a Sandal, Not a Shoe. A new line of footwear that Sanuk’s introducing is their shoe collection and now Sanuk’s #neveruncomfortable in any of their footwear. I think the new shoe styles are pretty rad.
Check out the line of #neveruncomfortable Sanuk Shoes from $55
Sea Crystal Series
Summer seems to never end here in Florida and Hobie Polarized is keeping faces cool with their Sea Crystal Series of polarized sunglasses. Hobie Polarized took their Dogpatch, Woody, and (my favorite) The Wedge styles and gave their frames a new look with a mix of silver and crystal blue. You’re going to think it’s cool outside as you look through these ice blue lenses.
Checkout the Sea Crystal Series from $89.99
Pockets are just part of the everyday routine with Team Phun and they’re just getting better. The folks behind Team Phun are taking pocket designs to a whole new level of phun with their new line of pocket inspired tees, tanks, polos, and button downs. You’re going to have to keep your eyes peeled for the new stuff coming out real soon.
Check out the current Team Phun pocket designs from $17.99
I wouldn’t recommend drinking from this sandal, but I would recommend getting it if you want a sandal loaded with comfort. The folks at Freewaters designed the Tall Boy to be a thicker sandal to provide more cushion comfort to the person wearing it with sleek lines to give it a thinner look.
Freewaters will release the Tall Boy on January 15 from $48
What brands in the Surf Expo Lifestyle section caught your eye?
All photo skills shown courtesy of Adam Fricke Photography
Life seems to be moving pretty quick these days and I haven’t gotten personal lately and given a life update. I’ve also never done a Fitness Friday article before either and decided to kill two birds with one stone since most of it’s “fitness related” anyways, so here goes nothing!
I never thought I’d see the day that I say this–running has started to consume my life–and I bet a few of you are laughing and stoked to hear me say that. You might recall that I started running because I was picked by Nuun Hydration to run the 200 mile Hood to Coast Relay on one of their teams. I conquered Hood to Coast and now I actually like running.
On Wednesday I registered myself to run the Lighthouse Loop Half-Marathon in Port Orange, FL at the end of October and soon I should be registering to run the Mercedes Marathon in Alabama with some of my Hood to Coast teammates.
My training schedule for the Lighthouse Loop’s pretty simple. I’m running three days a week that consist of a short speed run, medium distance run, and a long distance run. Each week the medium and long distance runs increase in mileage. This week my long distance run was 6.4 miles, 4.4 of which were in the middle of a Florida monsoon, and next week I’m bumping that distance up to 7 miles.
I’ve quickly realized that I prefer evening/night runs and absolutely loathe morning runs. I want to be ready for the Lighthouse Loop Half-Marathon and I’m not skipping out on any runs. I guess I have to put on my big boy running shoes from time to time and go for a morning run.
The cycling/mountain biking has been a little stagnant these days. The mountain bike trails are too hot, buggy, and even washed away with all the rain we’ve been getting. With the half-marathon and marathon I have coming up, cycling’s been on the back burner. I strongly believe that the best way to get stronger at a sport is to do that sport more often, hence I’ve been running a lot.
I will say that I’ll be back on my bike soon and I’ve got a crazy goal set for myself in the early part of 2015 that involves cycling. More on that as the date approaches.
About two weeks before Hood to Coast, during my final training push, I had this brilliant idea to try this new diet/lifestyle called Weekday Veg. It’s exactly what it sounds like, Monday through Friday I eat nothing with a face, Saturday and Sunday I eat all the bacon and burgers I want.
The first week was a little rough and I ended putting a lot of extra stress on my body. Once my body got used to the new lifestyle and my training schedule was back to normal, I started liking weekday veg. So far that’s what I’ve been doing for almost a month and I’ve noticed some considerable differences in my eating habits overall, physique, climbing, and running.
I’ll share more about Weekday Veg. and why I decided to adopt this lifestyle in a later article.
Fall’s quickly approaching and the water’s going to get cold and I’ll have to start squirming into my wetsuit. Really not looking forward to wetsuit season, but it is what it is. The good news is the more consistent surf is during the Fall/Winter months and hopefully the weekends have some good swells roll through. Who knows, maybe I’ll surf so much this Fall/Winter that I’ll get a sweet neck and hand tan from my wetsuit.
This weekend also marks the start of the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) competition season. Adam’s trying out for the UCF Surf Team in the Longboard Division and I hope I’m not jinxing him when I say I’ve got full confidence in that kid making the competition team for the 3rd season. I mean the kid’s won the conference point title the past 2 seasons and has earned a trip to California to keep in NSSA National’s for the past 2 years.
Yea I still do that 2 nights a week. It’s been lots of gym climbing and I’m stoked to finally get outside and climb with some cooler temperatures. My first trip’s out to Texas for a bit of climbing and fun in October and my first BIG climbing trip of the season’s up to The Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Kyle and I are spending Thanksgiving up there and some friends are mostly going to join us for some sends as the date gets closer.
Any Fitness Friday shout outs you’d like to share?
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The Surf Expo Summer 2014 Show presented lots of surf and outdoor related gear that’s just been introduced to the market and gear that’s coming out soon. Here’s a quick recap of some of the gear Adam and I saw last weekend at the Surf Expo Summer 2014 Show.
After success with their first water proof, portable speaker, FRESHeTECH introduced the All-Terrain Sound speaker to the market. This versatile speaker clips onto your clothing (like a belt loop), strap on your backpack, beach chair, etc. There’s big speakers out there for the campsite, this speaker’s made for your hike to the campsite.
Buy the All-Terrain Sound: MSRP $79.95
GoPole has got to have some of the most versatile and functional third party GoPro mounts out there today. The mount on their Scenelapse is specifically designed for a GoPro and when this time-lapse device is wound up (like a kitchen timer) you can get 360 degree shots. You’ll even be able to attach it to their tripod mount (when it comes out, soon) and their grenade grip, allowing you to get videos from a different and more stable height.
Buy the Scenelapse: MSRP: $34.99
Big Turtle Shell
This speaker from Outdoor Tech really packs a punch, putting out 110 decibles with 360 degree crystal clear sound for up to 16 hours. Any blue tooth enabled device can play music from up to 30 feet away and the Big Turtle Shell’s massive battery can even charge your GoPro 7 times or your iPhone 3 times. This speaker’s sure to start and keep the party alive at any campsite, backyard BBQ, or pool party.
Buy the Big Turtle Shell: MSRP: $229.95
Knowing the current wind speed is a necessity for wind surfers, kite surfers, sailors, and anyone who likes to harness the wind to spur their passion for adventure. Vaavuud makes it easy to get accurate wind readings with their cup-anemometer that plugs into any smartphone and gets wind readings on the spot when paired with Android and iOS compatible app. The app also gives users global wind readings, making it easier to see where the wind is whipping and where it’s dead calm.
Buy the Mjolnir: MSRP: $40.00
The start of September brings the Surf Expo to Orlando, FL for 4 days of action from all the surf, skate, wind, and wake brands. The Surf Expo technically began on Wednesday with Board Demo Day, a chance for buyers to test out surf boards and paddle boards before they formally (I use that term VERY loosely) meet with the brands and shapers. On Saturday morning, Adam (my brother/photographer/videographer) and I will be making our third, short pilgrimage, to the Orange County Convention Center to meet with various lifestyle and tech brands in the surf industry. We’ll be getting the inside scoop on new products entering the market in 2015 and seeing some redesigns and upgrades of existing products.
Here’s a preview of who we’ll be meeting with and what we’ll be seeing:
A pair of sweet shades is a must in Florida. Proof Eyewear specializes in sustainable eyewear, their frames are made from either recycled skateboard decks, sustainably sourced wood, or a cotton based acetate. The 3 brothers from Idaho that started the company in 2010 have made it their mission to always give back. Since the company started, a portion of all sales have gone to tsunami relief projects in Japan, reforestation in Haiti, child soldier rehab in Africa, and their giving expanded in 2013 to building two eye clinics in India (where over 25% of the world’s blind population resides).
For years the go-to balance trainer in the Fricke household has been the Indo Board. We’ve gotten pretty good, or at least we think, at making up new tricks to challenge ourselves. We’re really looking forward to meeting with the owner and founder of Indo Board, who’s showing us what’s on the horizon for Indo Board, and maybe some new tricks to start practicing.
Getting a good picture or video with a GoPro, other than a selfie, on a wave is tough work without a hand grip. GoPole has been dominating the 3rd part GoPro accessory market and a professional athlete, like Jamie O’Brien, doesn’t hurt either. A little birdy told me they redesigned a couple of their compact hand grips that Jamie’s been using while surfing Pipeline, so I’m really looking forward to comparing them to the original versions.
This is just a preview of some of the brands we’ll be meeting with and we’re sure to stop by and gawk at whatever else catches our eye. Be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest and greatest updates.
Any brand/product you think we should pay special attention to at the Surf Expo? Tell us in the comment section below!
A couple weeks ago, you might recall that I shared my review of the Hobie Polarized Boneyard Sunglasses with you. Hobie Polarized saw how much I love my shades, so they wanted me to share a pair with you. Before I get to that giveaway, I want to share with you some history of the Hobie Polarized brand and give you a little insight into the technology of their sunglasses.
And if you’re just here for the giveaway, scroll to the bottom (it’s all good).
The Hobie brand dates all the way back to the 1950′s when Hobie Alter invented a surfboard for beach lifeguards. With Alter’s passion for innovation, he became one of the first to utilize a new polarized lens that were originally developed for pilots in WWII. If it’s good enough for the United State Military, it must be good enough for the ordinary U.S. citize–right?
Polarized Lens Technology
I’m sure most of us have used and seen the benefits of polarized lenses and if you haven’t, you’re really missing out. Polarized lenses significantly cuts down the on the glare that light produces. Living near the water all my life, I only thought it occurred when the light hit the water, but that’s false. Glare can occur when it hits snow, roads, sand, ice, water (of course) etc. So glare can pretty much show up anywhere. As light hits these surfaces it becomes more concentrated and makes it virtually impossible to see anything. Hobie Polarized lenses essentially works to filter out the glare and only transmit the light your eyes need to see.
A few years ago I managed to splash some water, that was highly concentrated with chlorine, into my eye and gave my eye a severe burn. The doctor said I needed to keep my eye out of the sun–tough to do when I was working at a camp all summer AND was the head lifeguard. I asked the doc. if I could keep working outside as long as I wore my sunglasses with polarized lenses and he said they’d work out perfect for me.
Not only do polarized lenses make it easier to see, they also protect your eyes. In case you were wondering, my eye is just fine.
Hydroclean Plus Lens Technology
Water spots annoy the crap out of me. That’s one reason I love my Boneyard sunglasses so much is that they don’t ever get water spots with the Hydroclean Plus Lenses. Without getting too technical, Hobie applies a series of hydrophobic and anti-reflective coatings to their lenses. The finished product is a lens that sheds water (like a rain jacket), reduces, dust and grime, and is easy to clean (the easiest lenses I’ve ever cleaned).
Hobie Polarized makes a quality and affordable pair of sunglasses. Most of their sunglasses are going to run you less than a Benjamin and I have a sweet pair provided by Hobie Polarized to give to one of you lucky folks.
Allow me to introduce to you The Wedge.
Remember last week how I mentioned the names of all their sunglasses have some sort of beach/surfing theme behind the name? The Wedge is one heavy beach break at New Port Beach, CA. With a good south swell you’ll find scores of body surfers, body boarders, and surfers in the lineup looking to get slammed by a 20+ foot wave in about two feet of water. You really need to see a video of this break, if you haven’t already.
The Wedge is a stylish pair of sunglasses that’d look great on the face of a lady or dude (in my opinion). With the black frames and shiny brown tortoise design on the side, you’ll have a functional pair of sunglasses that’ll look great with anything. The grey lenses are perfect in bright conditions anywhere, whether you’re on the beach, deep sea fishing, or just cruising around town.
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This post is in conjunction with the #trailtime topic of “FOOD” on Thursday July 17th. Follow the Trail Time hashtag and let’s have some fun talking about everyone’s favorite topic–food. Head on over to the Sierra Trading Post Social Hub to see even more tasty food posts.
A day at the beach really make me work up an appetite. Depending on the beach you go to, you might have to pack your own lunch, or you might luck out and either have a food truck on the beach or some restaurants nearby. Either way, my favorite food to chow down on at the beach is a tasty taco.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of items and foods that are functional. A taco’s very functional in the sense that you can load it up with all sorts of toppings like: meat, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, hot sauce. The possibilities are endless!
Suppose you make a taco that’s loaded with filling. There’s no way that you can possibly eat that sucker without making a mess. As long as you keep the mess contained to a plate or paper towel, just grab a few chips and start scooping. You basically get a great meal and some nachos on the side, without even paying extra for the nachos!
In case you don’t want to eat a taco, per say. All you would have to do is load up a tortilla, much like you would make a taco, make a bowl out of it or just don’t roll it up. Don’t be a cave man/woman. Have some manners and chow down with a fork and you’ve got yourself a taco salad.
One of my favorite recipes is taco in a bag. Open a bag of Frito’s and load it up with all your taco fillings. Once you’ve done that, shake it up really quick and start chowing down with a fork or spoon, your call.
Next time you’re planning a trip to the beach, channel your inner Hispanic and plan to grab some form of a taco or pack a couple tacos yourself. You’ll see firsthand how tacos at the beach make the world go round.
You just rode what you think is the best wave of your life. You’re paddling back to the line up, screaming yew! with a huge grin on your face. Your stoke is high and you’re ready to catch another wave, then you commit a cardinal sin of surfing.
The dude (or chick) sitting there looks at you and shakes their head to then look out to the horizon, scouting out their next wave. Finally you realize–
No One Cares That You Surf
It’s astonishing–I know. It took me a while to grasp this concept as well. Let’s think about this for a minute.
Did you really expect everyone in the lineup to virtually stop paddling and give up on catching the other waves in the set to watch you make a couple mediocre turns (you’re not on the ASP World Tour for a reason). You’re going to be heart broken if that’s the way you think because I’ve yet to see anyone do any of that.
The truth of the matter is that surfing’s a very selfish lifestyle (it’s not a sport) and surfers are very selfish human beings. We spend our time working at a job that allows us to take time off to travel to distant lands that produce waves for us to surf for a few mere seconds. While we’re at home, we’re checking the swell charts and planning our lives around the next swell to once again surf some waves for a few mere seconds. At times we even find that it’s worth is to sacrifice relationships to find our perfect wave.
To even have the slightest inclination that someone willing to spend thousands of dollars on a surf trip and sacrifice relationships is watching you surf is completely ludicrous. The fact is that they’re out in the lineup wanting to do the same thing as you, get away from the stresses of life and catch some waves. If someone by some chance does see your wave and pays you a compliment, a humble–thank you– is all that’s needed. Better yet, follow up that thank you with a–now it’s your turn to grab a wave–that’ll go a long wave with that person and others in the lineup.
Surfing’s about being at peace with oneself through being one with the wave. Hard to find that inner peace with some kook screaming–did you see that? The answer will almost always be–NO–because no one cares that you surf.
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