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

September 9th, 2010 | By | 5,378 Comments

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


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Hemp Surfboard Sweepstakes Winner: Joseph McConnell

September 8th, 2010 | By | 1,887 Comments

Joeseph McConnel Winner of the Kaimanu Hemp Surfboard
I hope they allow hemp on the Camp Pendelton Marine Base, because US Marine Helicopter Pilot, Joseph McConnell took the Hemp wrapped board back to his barracks. We almost gave up on him after three calls, and no answer, but it turns out this guy was flying secret missions in “The Frog”, one of those dual propeller choppers that buzz the Trestles line-up.
SWELL is stoked to hook up heroes like Joseph. If you see this guy out in O-Side give him a couple waves so he can get used to his new sled.

Joeseph McConnell on the FROG Helicopter

The Kaimanu Hemp surfboard was made by SLO Charger and friend of SWELL, Chad Kaimanu Jackson. Give our bro 10 stars on his free-surfing film here: http://innersection.tv/video/171 He’s an environmental engineer, improving the standards of the industry with his boards and clothing. Check his gear out at http://localclothes.com/. Vote for Chad’s video for good karma, you need it.

Bummed you didn’t win? Check out what swell is giving away now: http://boatsweeps.com/swell

Drink Beer, Live Longer?

September 7th, 2010 | By | 3,828 Comments

Have you seen this??

BEER DRINKERS

TIME magazine link: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2014332,00.html

A recent article in Time Magazine reports that after years of study involving scores of participants, researchers now believe that drinkers live longer than non-drinkers!

Much to everyone’s surprise and for reasons that are not entirely clear, the study found that those who abstain completely from alcohol have higher mortality rates than those who slug schooners with their mates!

So come on out and celebrate the news with us at this years OC Brew Ha Ha and it might just add some years to your life!

Remember that this study applies to social drinkers, so buy your tickets already and enjoy some of the best fermented beverages to keep the reaper at bay!

The OC Brew Ha Ha is next Saturday 9/11 at Hidden Valley Park in Irvine, Ca.

Not only will the event benefit fallen firefighters, but it will be a filthy fun saturday where you can win some gear and improve your longevity too. Save $$ on tickets using the discount code: swell brew at ocbrewfest.com

Not a believer yet? Then heed to the wisdom of Clemente Freud, “”If you resolve to give up drinking, you don’t actually live longer; it just seems longer.”

Party with SWELL at the OC Brew Ha Ha

SWELL SURFBOARD DEMO DAY Sept. 16, 2010. Try Before You Buy

September 2nd, 2010 | By | 1,507 Comments

The groms are back in school, which means its time to take back the line-up. So, while the rest of the socal surf world sits and watches the now top 30 WCT surfers at lower trestles, run down the beach to San Clemente State Park and test out the latest models from the best sharpers in the world.

SWELL.com is organizing this epic collective for any and all to sample. Feel free to just come hang out and try to snag some swag from the boys repping brands ranging from niche to gnarly.

Just another way that SWELL shows love to all who surf our site.
SWELL demo day 2010
Need we remind you that the WCT event will be running less than a mile away, so you never know what team riders may join the fun…

The who’s who:

RUSTY: The Rusty collective will be there waving the Rusty flag with some bad ass shred sleds to try out.

DHD: The DHD blokes will bring the whole board rack/etc with a plethora of boards to sample. Also Kirra’s very own Darren Handley the head honcho of “Darren Handley Designs” will be hanging out at the event. He shapes boards for both the Men’s and Women’s 2008, 2009 world champs Mick Fanning & Steph Gilmore. CHeck them out here: http://www.basesurfboards.com/brand/show/id/5

FIREWIRE: Chuy Reyna, frothing former California Pro surfer who is currently the marketing director at Firewire is bringing a truck load of boards (around 25). Everything from yer standard high performance short-board to yer retro style fish will be available to try out on the Firewire rack.

PLACEBO: Rick Hazard & Brad Kingsley (aka “BK”), the dudes that run the show at Placebo are bringing some cool hybrid boards to sample.

LOST: Trevor Traut (aka “Traut”) is bringing a bunch of boards to try out. There’ll be Rockets, there’ll be Scorchers, there’ll be sub-scorchers. So pretty much everything thing that absolutely shreds a San Clemente beachbreak to pieces

CATCH SURF: These things are bad ass! They’re super fun and you can flip any lifeguard off if he gives you shit for being within a blackball zone. The boys at Catch Surf are bringing a stack of these different models to try out (ones with fins & ones without). High tide peaks around 4pm that day, so expect a great demo when the lip hits the sand. Hopefull Bill “Beaker” Bryan will show off a bit.

INFINITY: The Boehne Bros are bringing their magic quiver of complete madness for all to try out. It’ll be an amazing quiver… I assure you.

T. PATTERSON: You’ll easily be able to spot Scotty & the T. Patt crew in the EZ up logo’d tent with a rack of their wide range shapes of ultimate shred sticks. Just look for the T. Patt tent and grab a stick

THALIA: Nick and the Thalia family will be there representing with some bomb ass retro boards to try out in the combers

CHEMISTRY: Will Smith (well known actor who played the character “J” in the movie Men & Black) & tip top shaper Jason Bennett will be there with their complete and utmost bombass quiver of boards that will make u feel like a complete ripper even if you aren’t.

FACTORY @ BASHAM’S: Maurice & the shaper’s alley gang will be there with their newly designed hybrid models to try out, like the Quad-a-lupe, and What the Fish!

DAKINE: The Dakine crew is gonna be there with all of their latest gear that you get to check out. From ultimate world travel bags, to the thinnest comp leash known to man. You might even go home with a couple.

BILLABONG: Wetsuits! Bong will show to give a special look at their latest and raddest wetsuits!

QUIKSILVER: Wetsuits! Quik will be there with suit to suit any water temp!

STRETCH: The Stretch guys will be heading out with an assortment of their signature boards for frolicking past the foamballs

Demo day is gonna be one of those days that sticks in yer mind forever. An experience that gives the kind of industry insight that will change your surfing forever (seriously you will learn tons about progressive equipment based on sound surfing philosophies).