Monday, April 2, 2018

PB&J Day

Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

#PeanutButterAndJellyDay

Mmmmm!!! A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is good any time...especially after a bodyboarding session!

  According to the National Day Calendar, the average American will have eaten more than 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate high school.  I'd be willing to bet that I'd eaten close to double the average by the time I was 18!  Like most kids, I loved PB&J sandwiches when I was growing up.  I always had a smile on my face when my parents or grandparents made me one.  As a young teenager, I practically lived on PB&J sandwiches. They were quick and easy. I could jam one or two (usually two) together, really quick, for lunch before rushing out the door to school for the day.

  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a favorite for bodyboarding sessions, too. It wasn't uncommon for me to throw a couple of sandwiches, a couple of bananas, and a couple of bottles of water in my board bag to take with me to the beach. I'd bodyboard for anywhere between 2-5 hours, take a short break to eat one of the PB&J sandwiches and a banana, wash it down with a bottle of water, and then hit the water for a second session. the other sandwich/banana/bottle of water would be consumed before packing up my gear and peddling home on my bike.  That would usually tide me over until I got home and could dive into a post-session meal.  Aside from being a quick meal or snack on the fly, I'm also known to make a PB&J sandwich after dinner and call it dessert.  Like I said, peanut butter and jelly is good any time!

  What's your favorite type of PB&J sandwich? Do you prefer your peanut butter smooth or chunky? Do you prefer strawberry or grape jelly?  Let me know in the comments section below...and, for the record, I prefer chunky peanut butter and strawberry jelly!  Whatever your preference may be, enjoy! Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson. I'll see you in the water...YEEEWWW!!!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

World Water Day

Happy World Water Day!

#WorldWaterDay

March 22nd is World Water Day and kicks off Earth Month 2018!

World Water Day was created to bring attention to Earth's most valuable resource, and to help ensure clean water sources for all of the world's inhabitants.  The first World Water Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.

For more information about World Water Day and Earth Month, please be sure to visit:

National Day Calendar: World Water Day

Clean Ocean Action

worldwaterday.org



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

National Write Your Story Day

Happy National Write Your Story Day!

#WriteYourStoryDay

What is your story? Write it down! Type it out!

  For as far back as I can recall, the expression, "Everyone has a story to tell," has been a part of my consciousness. It's something I always keep in mind not only for myself but for everyone I meet as well. I have always enjoyed writing. Short stories. Poetry. A film script (never published) when I was in high school. A book (never published) when I was 19. A fanzine that I published for 10 years (1994-2004). A "surf journal" that logged every one of my bodyboarding sessions for five years (1994-1999). Press releases. Magazine articles. This blog.

  I love chronicling the stories of other people, something I used to do in the underground music scene with my fanzine, External 732, and continue to do in the world of bodyboarding. Being able to sit down with someone, ask them questions, and listen to them tell their story is always fascinating for me.  It's a privilege to have the opportunity to sit and listen to a person talk about their life, where they come from, what they've experienced, who they are.

  Sometimes, it's easier to sit and listen to someone else tell the story of their life than it is to, personally, sit down and put pen to paper or start tapping away on your keyboard. At times, the hardest part is just getting started.  You may have a million thoughts buzzing around inside your head like a swarm of bees, but when it comes to sitting down and writing/typing it out you end up just staring at a blank page/screen. Once you clear that obstacle and get started, though, your thoughts generally tend to start flowing more freely.

  Well, today is National Write Your Story Day and I have a challenge for you. Take a moment, today, to sit down and write about yourself. Write about a life experience, a pleasant memory, a bodyboarding session that stands out in you mind, anything you choose. It doesn't need to be long, but who knows. Your story may very well start out as a couple of paragraphs and evolve into something much more like a short story or even a full-length book! You never know where your mind will take you...unless you let it!


Friday, March 9, 2018

STACT app

STACT app

#STACTapp

Dowload the STACT app today!

  The STACT app, developed by Boardscore Inc., provides comprehensive information for your favorite organizations, live scores from your favorite events, as well as in-depth statistics and profiles for your favorite athletes in the worlds of action sports...bodyboarding, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, mountain bike, and BMX!


In an APB World Tour press release, STACT app CEO Mike Jegat stated, "Whether you're an APB athlete or starting your career in local contests, you deserve to track your progress and have a profile in our app.  We want STACT to be a tool that inspires the next generation of top athletes to compete and reach their goals."


STACT is available on iOS and Android. Download for FREE!


For more information, please be sure to visit:

STACT app website

STACT app on Facebook

APB Press Release


Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day!

#InternationalWomensDay

2017 Women's Bodyboarding World Champion Joana Schenker on the July August 2017 cover of GQ Portugal.

  In honor of International Women's Day...a day that celebrates the social, cultural, political, economic, and athletic achievements and impact of women around the world...I figured now would be a perfect time to spotlight our current, defending women's bodyboarding world champion! Joana Schenker (Portugal) had a career year in 2017.  First, she was featured on the cover of GQ Portugal.  Then she went on to become National Champion, European Champion, and the first ever World Champion (in any wave riding sport) from Portugal! Along with being the 2017 APB Women's World Tour Champion, she is now a 4x Portuguese National Champion and a 4x ETB European Champion.

For more Information about Joana, please be sure to visit:

Joana Schenker Official Website 2018

APB Media: GQ Cover Girl- Joana!

The Inertia: Meet Joana Schenker Women's Bodyboarding World Champion

APB Media: Hail Queen Joana of Portugal


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

BoogLIFE

BoogLIFE: Manny Vargas is Creating Bodyboarding Podcasts


  In October 2017, Bodyboarding Legend and APB World Tour Commentary Host Manny Vargas launched BoogLIFE.  BoogLIFE is an online podcast that chronicles the history of bodyboarding as told by the people that lived it. Past, present, and future bodyboarding legends like Paul Roach, Jacob Romero, 6x World Champion Guilherme T├ómega, 2017 World Champion Iain Campbell, Tanner McDaniel, Tristan Roberts, 3x World Champion Jeff Hubbard, Ryan Hardy, Scotty Carter, Tom Morey, Cameron Steele, 3x World Champion Ben Player, Jay Reale, 4x Women's World Champion Stephanie Pettersen, Pat Caldwell, 1995 Women's World Champion Claudia Ferrari, the No Friends crew, and many more have contributed their stories to the burgeoning BoogLIFE archive!

  The BoogLIFE podcast is hosted by Patreon.   To access the BoogLIFE podcasts, sign up to become a BoogLIFE Patron. There are three different Patron Rewards packages...

ARICA Patron:
$1 USD per month
-4 brand new audio podcasts per month
-4 Manny V Chatter videos per month
-Access to Patron-only content
-Patron-only polls
-Tons of impromptu uploads

ITACOATIARA Patron:
$5 USD per month
-4 brand new audio podcasts per month
-4 interview videos per month
-4 Exclusive videos from the Manny V hard drives
-8 high resolution bodyboarding photos (no watermark, available for download)
-4 Manny V Chatter videos
-Access to Patron-only content
-Patron-only polls

TEAHUPOO Patron:
$10 USD per month
-Monthly 30-minute Google Hangout livestream
-Your name in the credits of every BoogLIFE video
-4 brand new audio podcasts per month
-4 Interview videos
-4 Exclusive videos from the Manny V hard drives
-8 high resolution bodyboarding photos (no watermark, available for download)
-4 Manny V Chatter videos
-Access to Patron-only content
-Patron-only polls


Become a BoogLIFE Patron today and dive into the full catalog of audio podcasts and more!

www.booglife.com is the place.




National Cereal Day

Happy National Cereal Day!

#NationalCerealDay


  MY LIFE AS A CEREAL KILLER:  I've always been notorious for eating cereal at any and all hours of the day; breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, late night munchies fix. I'm especially infamous for diving into a large bowl of cereal after a bodyboarding session and/or while sitting down to watch a bodyboarding video! As a teenager, I used to drive my mom bonkers with my cereal killing habit. I'd come home from a bodyboarding session, dump out an entire box of cereal into her largest salad mixing bowl, pour about half a gallon of milk over it, and devour it all while sitting in front of the TV watching a bodyboarding video. I can hear it in the back of my head now, my mom yelling from the kitchen. 'STEVEN!!! Did you eat that whole box of cereal?!? I just bought that! That wasn't just for you!' "Sorry, Mom. I was hungry."

  If you have read my previous food-related Bodyboarding 101 blogs, you've probably started to notice that, 'STEVEN!!! Did you eat all of the...(insert appropriate food name here)?' was a recurring expression during my grom years...LOL!!!  Even now, as a full-on adult in my 40's, I still have the tendency to dive into a bowl of cereal for everything from a quick breakfast to a late night snack...and, of course, after a bodyboarding session. Yes, every once in a while, I will still break out the "Large Bowl" but these day you're more likely to catch me eating Rice Chex with almond milk in a normal-sized cereal bowl rather than the super sugary breakfast cereals I used to kill by the boxful. Hmmm, all this talk of cereal is making me hungry. I think I'm going to hit the kitchen and grab a bowl...and then sit down to watch a bodyboarding video. Feel free to do likewise!  On that note, here's a clip of Spencer Skipper from Tom Boyle's classic 1997 bodyboarding video 'Cereal Killer'...enjoy...YEEEWW!!!