Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Southern California

Southern California reminds me of the south of France, its temperate weather and cultural mix. This region has a mix of everything: world class surf spots like Black’s, Swamis, & Trestles, proximity to Mexico, night life in downtown San Diego and mountains like Big Bear. It is this diversity that makes it exciting for people who enjoy the outdoors.
What I enjoy the most is seeing fathers that surf with their kids. They are not only teaching a sport but transmitting a passion and a respect for what nature has to offer.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Watch the time in style

The spirit of Nixon was created by board sport community who desired quality with a graphical edge with functionality in the life of a surfer or board rider. The spirit now translates into more of a fashion forward, indie flaired design to appeal to others who do not necessarily relate to the lifestyle, but seek inspiration from the board riding culture's distinctive style.

While Nixon's namesake doesn't derive from the American president, it still relates to the attitude of the sixties when the spirit boundless, love was free, and a blatant rebellion against conformity were the decade's major themes.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Dog Whisperer

I am the dog whisperer and I can tell you that dogs speak French. Our dog Gwen is part basset hound and mutt which means she can have quite the stubborn attitude when she has not been exercised.
Leslie bought and read Cesar Milan’s book, “Cesar’s Way” that taught various techniques and lifestyle changes to manage the needs of dogs. One of the methods to help keep a dog calm and submissive was the use of a treadmill for additional exercise.
Leslie and I are both very busy people. We must work 50 hours a week and with the wedding coming up, our time has been stretched thin. When we can’t walk our dogs for an hour at a time, Leslie suggested buying a treadmill to supplement their exercise routine.
I didn’t believe her when she told me about the potential results. I have to admit, I was skeptical. After months of talking it over with her, we found a treadmill on Craigslist and decided to give it a go.
The first time I put her on the treadmill, she had a perplexed face and could not understand why it was moving under her paws. I tried to help her by moving a legs but that didn’t work. I looked like a big dummy.
It hit us when I stood in front of her and she walked towards me. Eureka! She’s got it! For good measure, we strapped her with a harness to the treadmill, so that she wouldn’t jump off and before we knew it, she was running on the treadmill with a big smile on her face.
Leslie always calls me her “Problem Solver”. The whole treadmill thing may not have been my idea, but she admits it was I who taught Gwen how to run on it. It’s great living with my three girls (Leslie, Gwen, and Peaches), but I have to tell you, when they are not well fed, exercised, and loved my life suddenly isn’t so wonderful!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Authentic, Surf Inspired: Reef

Reef was created in 1984 by two brothers from Argentina. Since then it has always blended the cool and casual attitude of the beach with a commitment to nurturing the lifestyle that follows.

The brand is widely known for its ads featuring beautiful women curves, but it is further defined by the elite class of Reef ambassadors that scour the globe in search of the best waves, surrounded by some of the most beautiful and remote places on the planet.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

It's all about Style: Anon

While most snowboard goggles brand are trying to compete with innovative lenses, Anon is pushing the style to new extreme.

They are using leather and different textiles on the frame to imitate zebra look and snake skin.

My wife has the Anon Majestic and they fit perfectly her little face, next winter you can bet I will get her the Anon Figment Zebra to add style to super comfortable goggles. She may not be the best in the snowpark but for sure she will have a unique style, and that is hot.