I posted a list on Citysearch of my go-to places for the surfing in Los Angeles experience.
Here she comes again… Gidget!
I might be late to the party discovering Remi Gaillard’s videos, but I just got forwarded one (thanks, Dad!) and he’s a hilarious prankster. Here he is attempting to surf. More of his video are on his site.
Refinery 29 featured the painted boards by designer Alexandra Cassaniti; I also like the board bag, vial necklaces filled with sand or compost, and bags.
Thanks to our pal Donna from Betty Belts for alerting us to this promotional video for a company that works with wool.–Stef McDonald
Sure, you know the Beach Boys. Maybe you know Dick Dale–or the Ventures. KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel lists the Top 5 Bands that Defined Surf Culture on the stations super-cool “5 Things” blog. You know this one, for sure.–Stef McDonald
The Mavericks surf contest always promises excitement. But spectators expect to witness the excitement from afar–close enough to see but, well, that’s close enough. A wave overtook spectators this past week and the several suffered broken bones and while others were bruised and battered. Scary.–Stef McDonald
I heard Kelly Slater interviewed on the radio about his new surf flick, “Ultimate Wave Tahiti.” Searching for the ultimate wave? That’s right–the endless (and endlessly fun) pursuit. So what makes this flick different than the last? 3D, for one (3D waves!). It’s also another vehicle for the world champion surfer to raise more awareness for protecting the sea and those waves we love to ride.–Stef McDonald
The Vintage Ad Browser site allows you to search for vintage advertisements and images from them. The one above came from a search of “surfing.”
This comes from a cool site that has 36o degree images. Be sure to click on “full screen” to see it in all its glory.–Stef McDonald
The New York Times has an article (thanks for pointing it out, Dad!) on the rising popularity of the alaia surfboard, a traditional Hawaiian longboard that is thick and wide and made of wood–with no fins. My arms hurt just thinking about paddling one, but I’m intrigued enough to want to try.
Our friend Peggy Hall, of “Yoga for Surfers” fame, emailed a tip on getting Downward Facing Dog just right. It’s the pose of poses for yoga devotees and worth mastering. Here’s her video on Down Dog 101.–Stef McDonald
Just learned that this is Teen Read Week. First thing I thought? Gidget. You’ve probably seen the movie with Sandra Dee or the TV show with Sally Field. I liked both, but the book is best.–Stef McDonald
Got the link to this story from our friend Donna of Betty Belts. She’s acquainted with a couple that had their wedding ceremony in the water–while on their surfboards. How cool is it that the bride wore a wetsuit and a veil?–Stef McDonald
Check out this video of surfing dogs on the LA Times website.
I began practicing yoga shortly before I learned to surf, when a friend told me it would help give me the upper body strength needed to paddle and push up on a surf board. And now I continue to practice because it makes my life better. This video is lovely. Watch it full screen for the full effect.
At one of Rebecca’s “Surf Like A Girl” days, where she teaches women to surf during a morning session, Peggy Hall was there to warm up the new surfer girls with stretches on the beach. Then I began practicing with Hall’s series of “Yoga For Surfers” DVDs (fyi, her yoga DVDs are good for anyone, not just surfers) and she’s offered us a lot of good tips to us. (A tip from Peggy on our website on stretch for paddling.)
In the last year, I began to experience back pain and a chiropractor pointed out what should have been obvious to me: I had terrible posture and years of slouching had hurt me. What could I do? More yoga and learn— finally—how to stand up straight. Pushing shoulders back? Not right. Seems like it should be simple, right? Those who practice yoga know how it’s done. Check out Hall’s video clip on perfect posture. I’m practicing….—Stef McDonald