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Sun Bum is Great if You’re a Ginger

Sun Bum Sun LotionI 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.
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Surfrider’s Otter Rock and Roll 2013

Otter Rock and Roll 2013 Surf Contest Lineup

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, the biggest piece of trash and numerous other fun categories. Continue reading

NW Women’s Surf Camps and Retreats

rotator_1For those of you who have had the pleasure of taking a surf lesson from Lexie Hallahan, you know she is the embodiment of sunshine.  Her positive demeanor and radiant smile make her a pleasure to be around, and her passion for surfing is unwavering.  She and her team at NW Women’s Surf Camps have been a part of the Cleanline family for over a decade.  With over 20 years of experience, their knowledge of the waters off the Oregon coast is unrivaled.  Lexie and her crew are now offering a once in a life time opportunity.

NW Women's Surf Camps

An amazing Kaui adventure:

“Imagine arriving on the lush, tropical island of Kauai with all of your needs and desires met!  Spectacular lodging at the Hanalei Bay House, Chef catered meals, van transportation, daily surf sessions with enthusiastic coaches, beach yoga, delightful local islanders sharing their Hawaiiana talents with you, a full day island journey with fabulous day catamaran snorkeling trip to the breathtaking Na Pali Coast and return island tour, Lomi Lomi massage at the renown Hanalei Day Spa and much more.  Join passionate women like yourself in our Kauai Bali Hai Surfing & Cultural Immersion Week Retreat!  April 23 to 29, 2013.  Space for 11 women.  For all details and online booking visit www.nwwomenssurfcamps.com.  Book by January 20th with a girlfriend and receive $250 off, book solo and receive $200 off Retreat’s cost!”

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OluKai Makes Donation to Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy

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. Continue reading

The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

On the Oregon coast we are not known for our sunny days.  It rains the majority of the year.  Oregonians are used to this.  A tell tale sign of a tourist is someone with an umbrella.  Rain gear most of the time consists of a hooded sweatshirt, which when going about one’s daily routine suffices just splendidly!  Another staple of Oregon culture is our affection for outdoor activity.  With beautiful natural playgrounds like The Gorge, Bend, Mt. Hood, and of course our Pacific Coast line it’s hard to let the constant threat of rain stop you from partaking in hiking, fishing, kayaking, and all the other things we Oregonians enjoy so much!  I don’t know if you have ever gone hiking in a hooded sweatshirt, but I have and even I, a native Oregonian (webbed toes and all) have decided a rain coat is very much a necessity.  When shopping for a rain coat I came across the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket.  It was suggested to me by many of my coworkers, and I see people wearing it everywhere.  I was already interested because I know Patagonia is a very environmentally conscious company, so I went for it and bought a Torrentshell.  I have never worn a jacket so much, I love it!  It keeps me dry without being bulky and obtrusive, and it has a flattering cut.  My favorite part is a built in pocket that you can shove the whole coat into and pack it easily (it’s the little things).  So if you live in a rainy environment, and are too stubborn to let it keep you indoors I highly suggest you get a Torrentshell Jacket.