I love to travel, experiencing new cultures, exploring unfamiliar terrain, and of course catching waves in some exotic location. Living in Oregon, one has to appreciate the novelty of surfing in a wetsuit. That being said, most of us also very much enjoy a lil’ break from our cocoon of 5 mil neoprene. That’s why when a friend asked me to accompany her on a Central American adventure to Panama and Costa Rica, I enthusiastically joined forces with her. When travelling there are lots of things to take into consideration, what to pack, language barriers, important documents, change in climate, water quality, where to stay etc etc etc. The “change of climate” category really struck a cord in my planning efforts.
See I live in Oregon out of necessity as much as I live here because it is near and dear to my heart.
On a fog draped Saturday morning, groms from all over the Pacific Northwest took to the waves at Devil’s Punchbowl State Park to compete in the Surfrider Foundation’s 5th annual Otter Rock and Roll competition. The competition was held by their Newport branch in honor of international Go Surfing Day. 67 competitors and over 200 spectators made it to the beach for this fun filled event including a beach clean-up with prizes for best trash art, biggest piece of trash and numerous other fun categories. The sun did make an appearance making for wonderful day of surf, sand, and smiles. The competitors put forth a great effort and most importantly it seemed a good time was had by all. The heat winners are as follows:
Contest Results: (1st,2nd,3rd respectively)
Child w/ parent: Brody Winger, Trevor Tice, Marley Snavely
12/under Girls: Savanaah Russo, Isabella Laurino, Sarina Watson-Lacey
12/under Boys: Jon Wright, Jonah Jarman, Kainoa Thumbell
13-15 Girls: Emily Thome, Greta Bishop, Maria Barten
13-15 Boys: Theo Hollen, Jesse Henton, Payton Timm
16-18 Girls: Kelsea DeFilippis, Autumn Bell, Bryonie Emery
16-18 Boys: Deklyn Wood, Laird Tuel, Travis Cockcroft
Best Beginner: Riley Coler, Hanah George, Kiger Johnson,
Congratulations to all the contenders and thank you to Newport Surfrider for putting on such a wonderful event! We look forward to joining you again next year!
- Waiting for Waves
- Tuck Stance
- Boogie Boarders Welcome
- Devil's Punchbowl Sign
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Ice. I immensely dislike snowboarding on ice. I traveled all the way to New Zealand last year and the first thing on my list to do upon arrival was snowboard. I paid to rent gear, and as I am totally spoiled on my gear from working in board shops for the last 6 years, this was extremely painful. Yes, I ended up with slightly soggy boots, that no matter how small you go down in size are STILL somehow too big, bindings from 1987, and a board that is cap construction. Then I headed to the front desk of my hostel and spent almost $200 on a lift ticket. I gritted my teeth and tried to look at the big picture: snowboarding in New Zealand! I geared up and headed to the hill. When I got there I was blown away by the lack of lines and amazing facilities, but there was sooooo much ice.
This, at home, would be no problem seeing as I have a Gnu board with the Magne-Traction that cuts through ice like nobody’s business. In Oregon ice is everywhere, but I have overcome it by riding my Gnu. It grips and holds turns in conditions that even the Titanic would go under in. Unfortunately for me this was NOT the board I had. I took 5 runs with no problems, but on my 6th run I took a turn on some of that dang ice stuff and my board flew out from under me. Don’t worry; I caught myself, with the back of my head. After cleaning up my yard sale and taking a couple more runs with a headache, I retired to the lodge for some delicious Chai. If you want a board that will help you perform in adverse conditions I highly suggest the Gnu B-Nice with Magne-Traction to kill the threat of ice and Banana Action for floating through pow; it really is a very diverse board. It’s great for an all-mountain rider, a park rat, and even a lady just starting to get her mountain legs under her. Gnu also makes all their boards in the U.S.A. So tell Jack Frost to get bent and ride a Gnu board, or bag it and hang out in the lodge, because New Zealand has the BEST Chai of any place I have been thus far.
We’ve always been very pleased to carry OluKai Sandals in our stores. They make a durable, comfortable product that always leaves our customers satisfied. We also greatly respect and love their commitment to giving back. This holiday season Olukai has partnered up with Project Save Our Surf and the New York Surfrider Chapter to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief. They donated $85,000 worth of shoes to victims and also helped with financial support.
“Everyone at OluKai has been deeply moved by the aftermath of Sandy,” said Cara Hockersmith, OluKai Project Lead for Sandy Relief Efforts. “We are grateful to be able to take local action with our partners Project Save Our Surf and New York Surfrider.”
OluKai’s giveback philosophy is a deep part of the brand’s DNA and marked by a continual commitment to partnering with organizations actively pursuing Mauka- and Makai-initiatives (protecting the land and ocean). Additionally, OluKai has built a legacy of support with meaningful events such as their annual Giveback Day, during which the company closes its doors and joins a local cause – such as Project Save Our Surf and Inside The Outdoors for wetlands and ocean conservation and StandUp for Kids to raise awareness and supplies for homeless and street kids in Orange County, CA.”
Support a wonderful company with a great mission this holiday season by giving a quality pair of footwear from Olukai.