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September 30th, 2010 | By | 3,015 Comments

Snowboarding on a river!? Riversurfing Reinvented: Wakeboarders Raise the Bar

Extreme sports fanatics eat your hearts out…

Pro wakeboarder Nick Ennen and photographer Mike Yoshida take wakeboarding to the next level in this clip recently posted by FuelTV. A pulley system and rushing river make for an incredible new hybrid sport that resembles street skating or snowboarding more than it does the traditional line behind a boat archetype. Kudos to these guys for progressing the stagnant sport of river surfing from tired to treacherous.

So start rigging up those pulleys, get out there are grind some river rocks already. When you go “over the falls” now it won’t necessarily be a bad thing…

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September 23rd, 2010 | By | 1,262 Comments

Bug Hunting Season Nears for the California Spiny Lobster

For those of you getting excited for “Lobster’s Eve”, the date for this year’s Recreational Lobster season in California is set for Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 2010. What is “Lobster’s eve” you might ask? Well it is the time of the year when lobster divers –well seasoned & novices alike– come out of the woodwork and descend on the Pacific like hoards of  neoprene-clad army ants in search of those prized red crustaceans. At 12am midnight on “Lobster’s Eve”, you will find crowds of night divers hitting the water with flashlights, glowsticks, and all. Just off shore, you will also see tons of boats dropping anchor and many a hoop-net as the countdown comes to an end and all licensed fishermen are finally allowed to take their alloted amount of lobster.

The opening days are crucial because recreational fisherman are given only a week or so before commercial boats start reeling in their giant traps and thinning out the near shore populations. This is why the day before open season you will find lines of fishermen posted up at the local stores gathering their report cards, liscences and new gear. All are hoping to score as many “bugs” as they can before commercial fisherman start doing their job..

So what’s the big deal about lobster fishing? In a supermarket a 1-2 lb lobster fetches around $30 a piece…. So when a fisherman can take up to 7 of these per day, these bug hunters can have a feast fit for a king if they score the right spot and put in some time.

Don’t let this get you too excited though.. In the past Lobster’s Eve has lead some divers to abandon common sense and dive no matter what. Even with macking surf and poor visibility divers have tried for to go out and died. So if you do decide to go out looking for bugs, check the surf report beforehand and if there is surf don’t be that guy who thinks he’s the lobster king… you can and will drown.

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Lobsters Eve, 2009 – catch of the night: 11lb bug
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Need more info?
check out the California Fish and Game Website’s FAQ and click on the spot at says spiny lobster:
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/faq.asp

September 9th, 2010 | By | 2,821 Comments

SWELL GoPro Sessions – Part 1

The waves were flat this week in Southern California so Dave and Morgan checked out the local caves with mask, snorkel and a GoPro

Song:

Tame Impala – Half Full Glass of Wine

Buy the track off iTunes at
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tame-impala-ep/id312872130

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September 9th, 2010 | By | 4,723 Comments

Best Stingray Sting Treatment – Everything you need to know about Stingrays at the Beach

Stingrays are found all over the world and, while not all carry a stinger, it is good to know how to deal with the more infamous species in the unlucky chance that you are stung by a venomous ray. Below is everything you need to know about the identification, treatment, and prevention of this painful and often times mistreated sting.

Stingray

So first off, here’s how to check if you’ve been stung:

Look for a small “V” shaped cut on the top of the foot or ankle that is usually accompanied by intense pain and girl like screaming. Rays pack a pretty solid punch -so sharp, radiating pain will be a definite indicator that you didn’t just kick a submerged rock or reef. Cuts are almost always on the top of the foot since most swimmers accidently trample these defensive creatures resulting in a nasty venom filled whip across the foot.

How to treat the bloody Sting

First, if the patient is bleeding heaps, elevate the extremity and use direct pressure with gauze, cloth or a towel to stop the bleeding. Clean the laceration as you would with any other injury with sterile water and antiseptic. Most likely the cut will be minor compared to the sting, but don’t forget to throughly disinfect the wound as severe infection can easily occur.

To relieve the sting there are 2 things that help: pain killers and near boiling water.

In Hot Water

As strange as it sounds near boiling water is an easy and effective remedy to treat a sting. The hot water supposedly denatures the venom and neutralizes the pain when applied directly to the wound. A patient should submerge their injured paw into a well heated vat of water and leave it there for 30-90 minutes to feel any results. Make sure that the water you are using is hotter than your everyday bathwater, but not hot enough to burn the skin. Remember, you don’t want to worsen your mate’s injuries and turn their foot into a boiled cabbage, so only use water that is as hot as the person can handle.

While hot water is a great way to treat the sting, often times it is unavailable to the everyday beachgoer. If there is no nearby hotel, restaurant or home to boil you some water, pain killers are a good remedy to treat the pain in the meantime.

Pain Killers

Pain killers can work alone or in conjunction with hot water and will definitely be needed for those with a low pain tolerance. So if you run out of cement pills (to harden the f*** up) or can’t schwill  whiskey out the bottle then try over the counter meds to dull the pain. At the beach people can usually get a hold of these quicker than they can a pot of hot water, so if the patient isn’t allergic to any medication then read the warning labels/directions and give them the correct dosage. Note, if the patient is vomiting don’t try to feed them pills, this will only lead to choking or a chunder-y mishap.

IMPORTANT

If the patient looks unstable after being stung notify a nearby lifeguard, dial 911, or head straight to the hospital. Sometimes complications can occur and immediate medical attention may be required.

If you choose not to head to the doctor’s office, remember that physicians usually prescribe antibiotics for stings because the laceration can easily become infected. If you notice swelling, redness and tenderness around the injury, chances are that the stinger had some bacteria on it and you will definitely need prescribed meds.

Danger Stingray

How to Avoid being Stung

Ask a lifeguard or crusty ol’ local if there are any stingrays that frequent the area.  Some beaches don’t have any rays, while others are breeding grounds for these cartilaginous fishes.  Lifeguards and most beach regulars  should know the local environment pretty well and, if need be, can guide you to the best place to take a dip.

For areas that do have rays, look out for warmer water and smaller surf. When the water temps are pleasant and surf is flat, stingrays start to settle closer to the shore and are more prone to being stepped on. So if your beach looks like a lake and feels like a bath remember to shuffle your feet and not to stomp around clumsily in the surf. If you do the “Stingray Shuffle,” then the little sea creatures will feel the vibrations in the sand and should swim away and leave you unscathed.

Besides that luck plays a big role in being stung, so if stingrays give you the spooks make sure to bring your rabbit’s foot and lucky horseshoe with you next time you head out to the beach!

Top picture borrowed from: http://www.elasmodiver.com/Chasing_Rays_in_Baja_Article.htm