Wednesday, March 14, 2018

National Write Your Story Day

Happy National Write Your Story Day!


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




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!


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: 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

$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

$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! is the place.

National Cereal Day

Happy National Cereal Day!


  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!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

National Oreo Cookie Day

Happy National Oreo Cookie Day!


A COOKIE CONFESSION: I have always loved Oreo Cookies! When I was a little kid, my grandmother would sit me down at the dining room table with a plate of Oreos and a glass of milk. As a teenager, it wasn't uncommon for me to come home, after a bodyboarding session, and eat an entire package of Oreos...Hell, I can still hear my mom's voice in the back of my head yelling, 'STEVEN!!! Did you eat all the Oreos?!?'  Even as an adult, I usually have a small package of Oreos stashed in my backpack for road trips or curbing post-bodyboarding session munchies. They're one of my favorite cookies...well, those and Nutter Butters...but that's another blog for another day...LOL!!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

National Pistachio Day

Happy National Pistachio Day!


Mmmmm, pistachios! One of my favorite snacks.

  For as far back as I can remember, I have always loved eating pistachios! When I was a little kid, my grandmother would give me pistachios to snack on.  As a teenager, me and my friends would tear into a bag of pistachios after a bodyboarding session. As an adult, pistachios have always been one of my preferred road trip snacks.

According to a report from the US Food & Drug Administration, "Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin B6, copper, and manganese and a good source of protein, fiber, thiamine and phospherus."

Here are some interesting facts about pistachios:

- Pistachios arrived in the United States sometime in the 1880's, but have been cultivated in the Middle East since Biblical times.

- The Pistachio Tree grows to about 20 feet tall, needing very little rain but must have high heat.

- A new Pistachio Tree takes between 7 and 10 years to mature and bear fruit.

- California produces about 300 MILLION POUNDS of pistachios per year, accounting for roughly 98% of America's production.

For more fun facts about pistachios and more information about National Pistachio Day, please be sure to visit:

National Day Calendar: National Pistachio Day