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6 Musicians who are Also Board Junkies

There isn’t anything quite like some good tunes while you’re tearing up some waves, the slope or a halfpipe. The right soundtrack can only make a good line better, yet for some, merely throwing on their headphones before they get on their board isn’t quite enough. These are a rare breed, a hybrid of boarder and musician, who feel just as much at home shredding on a guitar as they do on a skate/snow/surfboard. Here are some of our favorites:

Justin Bieber
I know it’s fashionable to hate on the Biebz, but before you begin with your long list of complaints against this child star, keep in mind that he’s proven himself in both sold-out arenas and on his deck. Most recently, he earned some major cred from Tony Hawk, who admitted that Bieber was able to pull off a trick that he has never been able to: the inward hardflip.

Lil Wayne
Another person admired by Tony Hawk for his unlikely skating skills is Lil Wayne, one of the most prolific rappers ever. Despite being the male with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 in history, Lil Wayne still finds time to tear it up at his private skatepark in Miami. For only being in the game for a couple of years, he’s certainly come a long way as a skater, and this has earned him a spot as a playable character in the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.

Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson probably has the craziest story on this list. At 17, Johnson became the youngest surfer to ever be invited to the Pipeline Masters, but his pro career was shortlived. The next week saw him get seriously maimed after a wipeout, losing many of his teeth and requiring 150 stitches in his forehead. During his recovery time, he picked up his guitar and now, six albums later, Johnson has become an established member of the surf-rock canon.

Seal’s no stranger to heartbreak, and odds are he’s helped you through at least a few breakups as you sit in the shower, mouthing the words to ‘Kiss from a Rose’ (come on, I can’t be the only one who does this, right?). But when he’s not healing broken hearts, the famous R&B singer can be found , flying down the mountain—yup, you guessed it—like an eagle.

Shaun White
The flying tomato has a band—and it rocks. He may have ditched his famous red mop, but the professional skateboarder and Olympic snowboarder has rounded out his trifecta of board-related activities with Bad Things, his surf-rock band.

Matt Costa
Like Johnson, it was a bad spill early on in his professional skating career that turned Costa into a professional musician. After shattering his leg on a 10-stair set at age 19, Costa picked up his guitar and made a demo tape during his 18-month recovery. This attracted the attention of No Doubt’s guitarist, who offered to record Costa’s first album. Since then, Costa has put out a couple of records himself, in addition to playing with pro skater Danny Garcia.

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ODT Holiday Gift Guide: Under $60

Feeling a bit stumped on what to get who this year? Well here is a little something to help you out. Here are 11 Outdoor Tech products under $60 that will make whoever receives them love you for all eternity. Plus you will for sure be known as the best gift giver in the family, and that is almost as good as a gold medal.

  1. Los Cabos – $59.95OT1900-B-Los-Cabos-Airplane-InHand-LifestyleThe Los Cabos are all about attainable luxury with durable, low profile, and lightweight execution. The super slim shape and try folding ability allows Los Cabos to stay under the radar in the office, on the train, or avoiding those important BIG next step conversations with your girlfriend. A built in microphone gives you hands-free calling capability, and external controls means never taking your device from your pocket or backpack. look luxury in the eye and say, I got this, Los Cabos style, baby!
  2. The Tags – $59.95Tags3The Tags are wireless Bluetooth earbuds with deep bass and a tight look. Fashioned to hang like dog tags when not in use, they feature the same soft touch finish as many of the other products in the ODT line, so caressing them before bed just feels oh so right. Listen to music, skip tracks, control volume, and talk on the phone, all without taking your phone out of its special hiding place.
  3. The Adapt – $39.95OT6001-Adapt-Flannel-LifestyleThe Adapt makes anything that plugs into a 3.5 mm audio jack wireless. Listen to music untethered or talk on the phone with your old cans, thanks to the build in microphone. Clip it to the lapel of your sweater vest for a totally hands free experience. Manage the party playlist on your home stereo from your phone. Skip tracks, control volume, and take calls without ever having to touch your Bluetooth device. Your life is getting easier just reading this.
  4. The Buckshotbuckshot_alden_hand1200The Buckshot is an ultra portable, multi functional, rugged and water resistant, damn-good-looking speaker. It’s the sneakiest little speaker on the block, but it delivers sound like a sawed off 12 gauge and has a rugged, rubberized exterior that can take a good beating. With an included handlebar mount for your ride and a built in speakerphone, the Buckshot can take hands free calls from your therapist whenever, and wherever you may be.
  5. The Kodiak Mini – $24.95OT1700-B-EB-Kodiak-Mini-SkateparkThe Kodiak Mini is a rugged, portable power bank. This is one of your most trusted friends for when you’re in a bind and need your phone charged ASAP. This little guy packs quite the punch for when you need a backup.
  6. The Kodiak – $49.95OT1650-R-Kodiak-Plus-Camping-Tent-Charging-LifestyleThe Kodiak is the big brother to the Kodiak Mini. This ruggedized, rechargeable, shockproof and waterproof power-bank is a must. It holds hours of stored lightening to power your mobile devices. With 6000mAh of capacity and switchable 1.0 or 2.4-amp output, the Kodiak will charge pretty much any mobile device that plugs into a USB outlet. Yes, that includes tablets. Tap into stored energy and save your good time from a dead battery.
  7. The Wired CHIPS® – $39.95OT3830-Pouch-With-WiredChips2-Baldy-Lifestyle-2
    The Wired CHIPS® are a universal, wired-up helmet audio system for the Bluetooth-averse. Drop them into nearly any helmet or Made for CHIPS® accessory, and subject them to the horrors of the soundtrack. There’s no battery, so the Wired CHIPS® will keep up for as long as you (or your device) can last. One giant button controls all the sound without making you de-glove or pull out your player. These CHIPS® can be dropped in any dip, snow or chew can, and be just as tasty with sound.
  8. The CHIPS® Accessories – $19.95 (Below:CHIPS® Cuff Beanie)
    OT0042-Wired-Chips-Snow-Boreal-Lifestyle-9The CHIPS® accessories, which include the K-ROO pouch, the Wick-fit Headband, Wick-fit Beanie and Cuff Beanie, are made specifically for CHIPS® to be used in whatever activity you’ve decided to do for twenty minutes today. Whether you’re using them for active use or just kickin’ it, we’ve got you covered. For the Wick-fit collection, we use breathable material that works for both warm and cold blooded (like your stepmom) humans. The CHIPS® Cuff Beanie is like the toasty warm sweater that your grandma knitted last winter, and the K-ROO pouch makes almost any helmet (Snow, BMX, skate bike) audio compatible. OT3832-WickFit-Headband-Baldy-Lifestyle  Wick-fit HeadbandOT3831-WickFit-Beanie-Baldy-Lifestyle-CU Wick-fit BeanieOT3830-Chips-Kroo-Commuter-Phone-Busstop-LifestyleK-ROO Pouch


Now get to the site and start marking off those names on your Holiday checklist.

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8 Outdoor Office-Job Alternatives

If you’re tired of the desk-jockeying, 9-5 grind and find yourself longingly looking out the window (you know, the one that’s probably not near your desk), listen up. You have options! The call of the wild shouldn’t only have to be adhered to on weekends. Here are 8 jobs that’ll get you outside the office and back into nature while still earning you a paycheck.

OT_Blog_Featured_OfficeJobAlternatives_001Surf Instructor
This one’s for the water people with board skills. If you happen to live in a coastal, tourist destination city, this one’s easy to do (and even if you don’t, it’s not a bad excuse to pack up that car and finally cross off coast living from your bucket list). Learning to surf is a skill a lot of people dream of mastering or like to try for fun while on vacation, so if you live to surf and don’t mind teaching, this could be the gig for you. A lot of beachside cities have competitive surfing academies and camps, which tend to draw more residents and less tourists if you’re the type who would prefer teaching those with a bit more long-term dedication. Additionally, some coastal rental places combine instruction for multiple water sports including kayaking and paddle boarding, lending opportunities to lead a variety of activities and people who just want to get out and try something new.

OT_Blog_Featured_OfficeJobAlternatives_002Ski Resort Driver
Summer’s ending and cooler months are right around the corner, which means ski resorts around the country are looking for workers. If teaching isn’t your thing, resorts like those in Vail, Colorado are hiring bus drivers to caravan tourists up and down the mountain and around the area, with shifts between 5:30 am and 2:30 pm. Perks include a Resort Ski Pass for the season, so when you’re not getting paid, you can slice powder without putting a dent in your earnings.

OT_Blog_Featured_OfficeJobAlternatives_003Trail Builder
If you’ve got a heart for conservation and the soul of a backpacker, a career in trail building might be the place for you. Job responsibilities can vary between maintenance and restoration of heavily trafficked areas to building new structures such as bridges or throughways. Those who don’t like getting dirty or consider the occasional bout of poison ivy a badge of honor need not apply. Check out the Professional Trail Builders Association for openings across the country, or check in with your local ranger stations to see what kind of jobs may be available.

OT_Blog_Featured_OfficeJobAlternatives_004Gear Tester (Read: Extreme Snowboarders and Other Outdoor Warriors)
It’s not often, but from time to time job titles like Director of Toughness come along. Recently, Columbia Sportswear posted such a position, which would take applicants to some of the world’s most rugged locations to test out gear for snowboarding, mountain climbing and other various activities and document it via social media. If that doesn’t have “dream job” written all over it, I don’t know what does. As you can imagine, the two slots for Columbia’s gear testing toughness directors were filled pretty much instantly, but, don’t despair, there are plenty of other ways to try out a job like this. Hundreds of magazines, blogs and organizations such as Backpacking Magazine and Gear Institute offer opportunities to get out in nature, test out products and then write about it. The key is researching often and getting your foot in the door.

OT_Blog_Featured_OfficeJobAlternatives_005Sports Photographer/Filmmaker
Cover and attend pro-skating or winter sports events like the World Snowboard Tour Pro Series by becoming a sports photographer or filmmaker. This one may be a bit harder to break into, but one suggestion to get started is signing up for an adventure photography or filmmaking class like those found at Serac Adventure Film School. Another perhaps more financially attainable option is to start looking up professionals in your area and asking for some tips or the chance to shadow onsite. But, if you’re already involved in skating or another other extreme sports, investing in some good equipment and just going for it may be the way to go. Start submitting your work to outdoor blogs or outdoor film showings such as Boulder’s Adventure Film Festival.

OT_Blog_Featured_OfficeJobAlternatives_006Mountain Bike Adventure Guide
If you’re a seasoned outdoor cyclist or mountain biker you can become an adventure guide through REI’s Outdoor School, which features a range of sport-specific experiences for travellers. These REI Adventures feature destinations and outdoor experiences all over the world, from Machu Picchu and Costa Rica to Iceland and the Galapagos Islands. However, REI isn’t the only avenue. Travel and adventure companies all over are in need of experienced sports and outdoorsmen to help plan, coordinate and lead groups of adventurers.

OT_Blog_Featured_OfficeJobAlternatives_007“Fill In This Blank With Your Passion” Freelance Writer
Whatever your pleasure, passion or expertise, with the right set of skills and can’t-stop-won’t-stop attitude you can turn your interests into a lucrative freelance career. However, like most things worthy, this takes time to develop. Outdoor writer and photographer Aaron Teasdale was initially just a 24-year-old mountain bike adventurer who would write novella-length letters to his friends about his trips. Eventually he began submitting his stories to magazines and his freelance career began. Of the pursuit of passion Teasdale says, “Keep it up long enough, and you might even get asked to write about it.” I’d say don’t wait for the ask, just do it (but don’t forget to spellcheck).

OT_Blog_Featured_OfficeJobAlternatives_008BASE Jump Lead
This one’s for the dare devils and adrenaline junkies. Those looking to become BASE jump instructors can make up to $70,000, which isn’t too shabby when you consider you get to free fall for a living. There are academies and schools around the country that lead and instruct jumps. Maybe you’re already one of these fearless gravity-dancers, but if not, you can watch the National Geographic documentary on American mountaineer, wingsuit flyer and BASE jumper, Joby Ogwyn and his training to become a BASE jump athlete in just 60 days.

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These 4 Ladies Just Made History by Crushing the SLS Comp

We were totally stoked to hear that Street League Skateboarding announced the first ever women’s world championship last month. It was about time, because these ladies have been shredding for a while now and were long overdue for some big time comp recognition (not to mention a shot at $30k).

If you missed the championship on October 4, here are the top four women skaters who crushed the competition that you’ll need to keep an eye on in the coming years.

womens_propage_leticiaFirst Place: Leticia Bufoni
Maybe you know her as the gorgeous Brazilian skater who made more than a few jaws drop after her recent photo shoot for ESPN’s Body Issue. That was great and all, but have you seen the woman’s inward heel flip? Bufoni carried the day at the SLS Supercrown World Championship, scoring 22.8 after nailing an impressive 360 flip. She left Chicago with a well-deserved $30k and an $11,000 Nixon watch, all smiles after her historic win.

womens_propage_torresSecond Place: Vanessa Torres
It’s hard to argue when someone says Vanessa Torres is one of the most distinguished, not to mention versatile, skaters around these days. She made her X Games debut in 2003 and became the first woman to win a gold medal at the games— she took the street comp, a major victory in the first ever X Games to feature women. Her SLS appearance was stunning, and it’s safe to say that Torres slid into second place with her beautiful frontside boardslide.

womens_propage_smithThird Place: Alana Smith
When she was 12, Alana became the first female to land a McTwist in competition, which is ridiculously awesome. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Alana has always held her own when competing against the boys, so it probably comes as no surprise that she is the youngest X Games medalist ever. At only 15 years old, Alana is well on her way to becoming one of the top street skaters in the world.

womens_propage_bakerFourth Place: Lacey Baker
Lacey Baker has been kicking ass and taking names ever since her X Games debut in 2006, when she took third place in street at the age of 15. She’s come a long way since then, appearing in a ton of videos (her own video, Bombshell, is wild) and most recently took the street gold at the X Games in 2014.

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Get Outside!

Getting outside is definitely important, especially when you work a desk job. It’s so essential to break away from the routine and find your way to the nearest trail, or on a road trip to somewhere awesome. Take time to find the beauty in what the earth has naturally made so beautiful. Here are some images of my favorite place to get outside; Big Sur.

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IMG_7391  IMG_7392  IMG_7394  IMG_7376  IMG_7372  Two of the limekilns for which the park is named. Still standing since 1887.
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns Sate Park IMG_7375

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 McWay CoveIMG_7381

Now plan your next trip. Make some memories. Get outside!

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Five Four|Club


We recently had the pleasure of teaming up with our friends at Five Four|Club to make some magic happen. This company is rad on so many levels, but mostly just for being there when you need them to be. Five Four is a subscription based fashion site, that creates contemporary fashion for the modern man. (If Arcade Fire just popped into your head, don’t feel alone.) Founded in 2003, Five Four Club is the only men’s clothing subscription service to create and deliver original designs to their consumers. Built on the idea that a man should gain confidence from what they wear, the Club’s vertically integrated model ensures its members an original, versatile monthly collection. This idea seems to have worked as over 150,000 men in the US Canada and the UK have trusted Five Four to step in and liven up their look. Take a peak at how Five Four can transform you into the burly stud you always wanted to be.
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Five Four is really for the man that wants to look good, but doesn’t think of fashion as a top priority, or doesn’t have enough hours in the day to go on a shopping spree. They will provide trustworthy fashion decisions as well as reliable and dependable service.  With having in house designers, this also adds value as Five Four can cater specifically to the style and taste you so desire.

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Visit www.fivefourclub.com to learn more and take the style profile quiz.

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5 Jobs That Are Too Extreme For You

You may be the king of dark sliding and bull-flipping on the neighborhood half pipe or a weekend warrior queen on the waves, but for some, extreme is a 9 to 5 reality. From storm chasing to venom milking, if you think you’re extreme, these five occupations may make you rethink your definition of “living on the edge.”

Storm Chaser
Popularized by the Discovery Channel’s series Storm Chasers, the job actually falls under the broader, more accurate category of “Atmospheric and Space Scientist.” A few job requirements for these radical scientists include investigating atmospheric phenomena, interpreting meteorological data and developing equipment for collecting data. That’s just the backend bit; the exciting stuff involves tracking storms, traveling around in a van with a few other thrill-seeking scientists to find the storms at their source and then getting into the thick of their atmospheric insanity.

It most likely goes without saying that this job’s not for the faint of heart. In 2013, veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras, who previously hosted the Discovery Channel’s Storm Chaser series, along with his son Paul, died pursuing a massive Oklahoma tornado. Oklahoma patrollers heard them screaming over the radio scanner moments before the 165 mph tornado slammed into their vehicle, sucking Paul Samaras and colleague Paul Young out of the car. Tim Samaras was later found in the annihilated truck, still strapped in, but unfortunately not alive.

These are the guys in the movies who make the impossible seem totally probable and somehow survivable. Yet, this is one of the most dangerous professions out there. Most Hollywood actors and actresses have stunt doubles doing the crazy stuff, but Jackie Chan is known for performing almost all of his own stunts. In one 1985 flick, Chan is filmed in a mall chase scene leaping off a top floor to a pole and sliding down all while wrapped in Christmas lights, before finally crashing through a glass ceiling. The actor suffered first and second degree burns.

In 1977, stuntman Rick Sylvester almost didn’t make it out alive of his ski jump stunt for the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. After a downhill, high-speed chase, Sylvester took an insane leap; however, his parachute failed to engage due to a malfunction with one of  his skis. Somehow Sylvester survived the crash, much to the surprise—and relief—of the cast and crew.

Venom Milker
Replace udders with fangs and cows with snakes, and you pretty much get the idea of what this job entails. Snake milkers expertly remove venom from the fangs of a variety of snake species in order to create the anti-venom that saves people and pets from deadly bites. The procedures involves holding the snakes head and then encouraging it to bite into a latex “skin” over a container that collects the venom as it’s injected. A secondary assistant will hold the snake’s mouth open while a teammate places electrode stimulation on the snake’s head, forcing the venom glands to react.

Zoological institutes, research centers and hospitals all need venom milkers in order to keep anti-venom stocked for both study and life-saving applications; however, it does require a specialized degree in Herpetology (study of reptiles and amphibians) and means doing the tango with some of the most world’s most poisonous creatures. The well-known showman and milker Bill Haast (and owner of the Miami Serpentarium) survived around 172 snake bites, and in the process of his 60+ year career “only” lost his right index finger. Professional handlers Jamie Coots and George Hensley weren’t so lucky. Although, combined, they received about 409 bites before finally succumbing to one.

Everest Guide
Avalanches, altitude, sub-freezing temperatures and extreme weather are just a few of the reasons Everest is one of the most deadly ventures on the planet. The world’s tallest peak has been climbed by about 4,000 people since Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the summit in 1953, and more than 250 people have died in the process. Mount Everest Guide Norbu Sherpa was interviewed by the New York Times about his work as a guide: “Twenty years is the maximum time you can work in the high mountains. The work is very tough; it is only meant for the young.”

The guides are not only responsible for their safety, but the safety of those they are leading, as well as fixing gear and climbing ladders, guiding climbers through high altitude and cooking at base camps. Based on one annual fatality chart by Outside Online, Everest Guides had the highest mortality rate of any profession: 4,053 per 100,000 full-time equivalents. As a comparison, the death rate for miners was 25 per 100,000.

Commercial Fisherman
Unlike the leisurely type of fishing done on a Sunday afternoon, commercial fishing has long topped the charts as the most dangerous job on the planet. Think Perfect Storm with George Clooney. If you’ve ever seen Discovery’s Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” you’ve had a bit of an inside look at what commercial fishermen are up against. The unpredictability of the ocean, malfunctioning equipment and even the risk of the catch itself (imagine wrangling a swordfish weighing over 800 pounds) are just a few reason why commercial fishing is one of the most extreme professions out there. Alaska’s commercial fishing is so deadly, the government has enacted a series of targeted regulations aimed at increasing safety.

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6 Telling Signs That You’re A Skateboarder

Whatever your skateboarding story may be, there is one common thread among the pros and amateurs: passion. Here are the six beloved symptoms that you’re a skateboarder.

Wardrobe fails occur weekly.
You’re part of the bloody brigade, dirt titans, and team grass stains from not landing certain tricks. Fortunately, you know the difference between your good pair of Dickies and the ones that are fair game to skate in. Just be sure to wear a dark shirt every time, unless you’re a fan of the dingy, white tee look.

You have a high tolerance for pain.
Nothing screams “skateboarder” than the battle wounds you acquire from a crooked grind-gone-wrong or a bad fakie. Yet for some odd reason (to outsiders at least), you keep coming back for more.

You’re persistent.
Skateboarding is to be especially valued because it teaches you priceless qualities in life, such as tenacity. You won’t let the sun set until you successfully grind the longest rail you’ve ever seen. The tolerance means you’re more than likely to follow through in major decisions in life than to give up. Kudos to you!

“Stage fright” isn’t an issue.
All eyes are on you whether you’re simply skating the neighborhood pavement or showing off your frontside at a skatepark. There’s plenty of room for error, yet no room for shyness. So, you’re cool with channeling your inner Ryan Decenzo without fret.

You accept that you’ll have good and bad days.
which is another quality life lesson that ties in with persistence. Some days you’ll be ready to compete in the X Games (or so you think) and other days you’re left wondering if you even know how to do a basic kickflip. You win some, you lose some – it’s all about perspective. True skateboarders don’t accept perfection, yet they don’t allow off days to rob them of their happiness.

You LOVE skateboarding and its culture.
Skateboarding is more than mastering the art of the craft. It’s about the sport’s culture as well. This includes the music, the events, those awesome product tosses, the laidback peeps, the rich history, and every other cultural nook and cranny of skating. Just the thought of not having a skateboard in your life gives you a bad vibe.

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Spicy Guacamole Day!

In honor of spicy guacamole day, here is the tastiest guac recipe, from my kitchen to yours. I will warn you, my spicy tolerance is much higher than yours, I guarantee it. So if your taste buds are shy, lessen the ingredients as needed.


Here’s what you’ll need:

3 Large Avocados

2 firm medium tomatoes

1/2 red onion

1 cup of cilantro

1/4 Jalapeno pepper

1/4 Serrano Chili

2 garlic cloves

1 lime

Salt & Pepper to taste


You’ll wan’t to start by grabbing a bowl of sorts. Make sure it’s big enough so that you’re not dumping over ingredients half way through like I sometimes do.

Cut each avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop with a large spoon into your bowl. Now take a fork and lightly mash down the avocados. Personally, I love chunks of avocado in my guac but if you like it better smooth, mash away.

Once you have the avocado to the consistency you like, move on to chopping your tomatoes and onions. Just as I like my avocado, I like my tomatoes chunky too. Again this will be up to your preference, so if you don’t know, play it safe and dice both. I usually start with the tomato by cutting it in half, and then in half again, and then so on and so forth until it gets to the size you like. When you get to the onion, dice as you normally would. Everyone has different ways of dicing, so I won’t even display my obnoxious way. Once you are finshed cutting your tomato and onion, add it into your guac.

Next, take your bunch of cilantro and start tearing the leaves. I usually just run my pointer finger and thumb down the stem to remove them. Once you have a cup worth, throw that in as well.

Now for the hot stuff. This part is truly life or death because if you make this too hot, it will end up getting thrown away and no one likes wasting food. My suggestion to you,  add a little in at a time, taste as you go, and add more as needed. You can always move forward but you can never go backward. Firstly, the jalapeno. Cut your jalapeno down the center, and then again, until you only have 1/4 of it. Cut that 1/4 into tiny bits and add in a few little bits at a time. Do the same for the Serrano chili. Again, my tolerance is high, so for me 1/4 is perfect and I might even add more later.

Once you’re done with the hot stuff, move onto the garlic. You’ll want to mince your garlic if not make it into a paste. I have a ceramic plate grater at home for this, but if you do not, then mincing works just fine. Add in as desired. 2 cloves seems to be the best in this ratio.

We’re almost there. Lastly, add in your lime, and salt and pepper to taste. Once you have all this in the bowl together, stir stir stir, and enjoy!

Hopefully your mouth isn’t calling the fire department and your sitting somewhere chowing down. Good job if that’s the case.

pssst. Here’s a little secret. If you don’t finish all your guacamole, put a dash of water as a top layer, and when you want to eat it the next day it won’t be brown!

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6 Ways Skateboarding Gives Back To The Community

The ethos of skateboarding has always been one of comradery. It’s more than landing a trick, skate jams, X Games, and the other novelties associated with the sport. Along with the aforementioned, charities are also an integral part of skateboard culture. The world of skateboarding offers much good in the form of charitable foundations. This list of foundations only scratches the surfaces of the many charities launched by pro skateboarders and skate culture enthusiasts.

Their mission as a non-profit organization as stated on their site is to “use skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth, to create new opportunities and the potential for change.” Skateistan’s project sites include Kabul, Afghanistan, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The sites’ provide skateboard oriented education programs that feature classrooms and a skatepark. Girls are primarily excluded in participating in traditional sports specifically in Afghanistan and Cambodia. So, this foundation paves the way for girls (s60% of the Skateistan students are female youths) to engage in skateboarding.

Amigo Skate Cuba
It’s so easy to take for granted that most of us have skateboard shops or the tools to create our own boards sprinkled throughout the cities we live in. There are countries, such as Cuba, that have difficulty in obtaining skateboards or the necessary supplies to even create a board. Despite these snags, Cuba’s skate scene has been around since the ‘80s thanks to the skateboards left behind by Russian soldiers. ASC is self-funded and 100% volunteer based. After collecting both new and refurbished skateboards, these are redistributed to children in need. Their main prerogative is “to provide kids with an outlet to express themselves.” What better a way to showcase your creativity than through skateboarding?

Let It Flow
Founded by pro skater, Nyjah Huston, and his mother, Kelle, LIF is inspired by Nyjah and Kelle’s own experience of living without clean, running water. LIF’s first well was built in an Ethiopian village, Debra Brehan. That well now provides safe, clean water to 900 people. The safe water in turn helps a community to thrive since more time is then allocated for children to attend school. Also, individuals can grow food and sell the extra food for profit to grow a sustainable community. So far, wells have been established in not only Ethiopia, but Kenya and Chad as well.

Well pumps for first time in 8 YearsThis well had not worked in 8 years. Non of these kids have ever seen it work… until now! #waterisLIF

Posted by Let It Flow on Thursday, August 20, 2015



The A.skate Foundation
A.skate organizes autism friendly skateboard clinic environments to teach the basic skills of skateboarding to new and second-time participants. The beautiful thing about skateboarding is that it knows no boundaries and discriminates against no one. So, the establishment of A.skate aids in the skate culture movement by promoting autism awareness intertwined with that of skateboarding. Today approximately 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism, so ASF’s nationwide clinics, “Grants for Gear” for kids to purchase skateboard equipment, and the hosting of fundraisers helps society to embrace the aspects of autism that are challenging to understand while allowing these children a non-judgmental environment.

Income inequality is the major component of the “opportunity gap.” STOKED aims to break that barrier by inspiring struggling students to tap into their awesomeness and full potential by way of action sports – not limited to skateboarding. The STOKED program is very hands-on for youths in that mentors in NYC and LA – from marketing mavens to film directors – with a passion for action sports take teens on day trips outside the urban jungle to show them how to board.

Go Skateboarding Foundation
Every avid skateboarder knows the significance of June 21st every year. It’s the official – and global –holiday of skateboarding, Go Skateboarding Day. However, did you know there’s been a Go Skateboarding Foundation in action for over five years? Since 2005, GSF has provided educational programs, career building experiences, skate camp and college scholarships, along with the development of sustainable skateparks. By donating funds to this, you’re aiding in the growth of skateboarding and its positive impact on young skateboarders. Since its inception, thousands of dollars have been donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation and multiple scholarships to young skateboarders.

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