Digital Trends recently put together a “how to” article for those interested in doing their own meme creation.
I was surfing YouTube and came across this video clip of a surfing iguana. I immediately assumed it would be of an iguana on a surfboard…but not quite. Still fun to watch, nonetheless.
It occurred to me that it might be fun to talk about surfing with exotic pets and animals. You may not know that you can own many different types of exotic and bizarre animals. Have you seen videos of surfing monkeys:
Have you heard about SoCal Surf Dogs?
Hmm….maybe I am getting ahead of myself. Have you heard of surfing with dogs?
Believe it or not, there are some crazy canines out there that enjoy surfing with their owners and by themselves! You can find profiles of each surfing dog and see awesome pics and videos of these talented, furry friends.
There are even tandem surfing pairs where two or more dogs surf on the same board at the same time. Most of the dogs are pretty good sized with medium to average builds. You will not see small dogs like a teacup pomeranian or maltipoo paddling out and riding a gnarly wave. Teacup pomeranians are too small…but that isn’t to say that small dogs can’t do it. There is a papillon called Spike that seems to perform fairly well along with pomsky puppies.
In San Diego, CA, they even offer dog surfing lessons at the Del Mar dog beach:
Classes cover surfing basics and are intended to get dogs comfortable in the water with a surf board in preparation for the contest.
So Cal Surf Dogs, a club for surfing dogs, is leading the classes, which are coordinated by the Rancho Santa Fe based animal center. San Diego Pet Training, which has helped with the lessons in past years, is overseeing safety and training.
The class is offered 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Aug. 24.
Each lesson is $45 per dog (along with human companion), including the required life vests and surf boards. Classes run about an hour and are limited to 10 dogs. Proceeds benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center.
Surfer Today has presented a list of what they consider to be the best surfing GIFs of all-time! Without question, there are some great ones on this list. In my humble opinion, there were quite a few that puzzled me.
What are your thoughts on this list?
An ingrown toenail can be quite painful to endure and experience during your normal day to day routine of life. Imagine how difficult and painful it must feel when you are a surfer and attempt to maintain your balance while maneuvering your board.
Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into your skin or when the nail curves and digs into your skin. This pain intensifies when you are required to place pressure on the impacted area as it basically forces the nail deeper into the skin tissue. Depending on how severe the toenail is embedded into your skin there are a couple of different treatment options.
1. Have the entire toenail permanently removed.
This is the most extreme option, but sometimes necessary for those who have repeatedly experienced ingrown toenails and the accompanying pain. It is also the most painful surgical option with the longest recovery time.
2. Partial permanent toenail removal.
During this type of ingrown toenail surgery, the doctor removes a sliver of the nail along the impacted side of the nail bed and then permanently kills the nail bed in that area so that the nail will never grow back in that sliver.
3. Complete toenail removal – non-permanent
In really bad cases, the doctor will simply pull the entire toenail out and let the body regrow it back and hope that fixes the problem.
4. Partial/non-permanent toenail removal
The doctor will take a sliver out — but leave the nail bed in tact so that the body can and will regrow the nail back.
Some ingrown toenails are genetic and some occur due to trauma. For example genetic toenail issues are probably best treated with permanent solutions. Banging your toe against a surfboard and thus leading to an ingrown toenail may be solved with a one time treatment option.
For more information about ingrown toenail surgical options, you should check out the following website: http://ingrowntoenailsurgery.info/
SF Chronicle: ’60s surfing shots finally get proper showing
From the SF Chronicle comes a super cool story about a surfer/photographer from the 60′s whose photos were sorta “rediscovered” and are being exhibited to the public for the first time.
In some of the 24 images, the focus is so sharp that you can see the edge of the board carving the curl and sending up sparks of white water. In others, it is so blurry you can feel the chaos and the cold. Nothing looks art-directed or affected. Windisch was a surfer first. That’s how he got his eye and his access.
The Madrone Art Bar is hosting the exhibit called “Bay Area Surf Photography of the 1960s by Fred Windisch”.
Windisch eventually moved to Mill Valley and made a living trimming trees. He was an old-school surfer who did not have health insurance, even when he had three kids and a dangerous occupation. When he finally got around to seeing a doctor for the abdominal pain he was suffering, it was too late. A gall bladder infection killed him at age 48, in 1994.
His widow, Helen, tried to get his work some exposure by partnering with a surf-movie producer in L.A. She shipped off what prints she had in a box, but nothing came of it, and prints were lost in transit.
“When I got back the pictures, I was so frustrated about losing a bunch of them that I said, ‘I don’t want to do anything with these pictures ever again,’ ” she says. “So I stuffed them somewhere and forgot about them for 20 years.”