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Wetsuits & GoPros & Cruisers, oh my!

I had a little fun this past weekend when I set out to San Clemente beach to shoot some beautiful models, (who just so happen to be my friends) for our current giveaway. Babes on the beach with awesome summer gear, what more could you ask for? really. The shoot was probably more laughs then it was serious moments, but that just makes it that much more fun. So here you go, I present to you a little behind the scenes of what really happens during these ODT photo shoots. Enjoy. (wink face)











And that’s a wrap.


High Fives Foundation: Fives Fish Day 1&2

Day 1 was a success for the High Fives Foundation with getting everyone to the Big C4 Lodge in Twin Falls, MT. They headed out for a full day on the water and managed to get some awesome footage. Check it out below.

Check back in tomorrow for some more updates on the #fivesFish successes.


Photo & Video: Chris Barktowski / Generikal) for both video and photo

Pokemon Go and the Kodiak Mini

There are plenty of you out there that have joined the Pokemon Go revolution, and who have, I am sure, experienced a moment of tragedy when you noticed your phone was about to die. Going back home to recharge for a half hour or so is not only going to make you miss that battle you were just preparing for, but also miss all those Pokemon you could have caught that surely won’t be there when you get back. What if I told you that I had a solution? Well, read on and be forever grateful you did. Here are 5 reasons why you should get a Kodiak Mini for your Pokemon Go addiction.

The Kodiak Mini is the smallest power bank of the power bank family, but its got enough life in it to keep your phone charged to Pokemon Go battle completion. You wont have to worry about your battery getting low right when you come across a lure, or your phone going completely kaput when you finally catch the 3rd Eevee to complete your collection.

The Kodiak Mini also comes in many different colors. Including, but not limited to, red and blue. For all you red teamers and blue teamers out there, these are the perfect addition to your already color coded collection.

Another great thing about the Kodiak Mini is the size and shape. There are plenty of power banks out there but not all of them can fit in your pocket, or be held in your hand without it getting extremely annoying. There is nothing worse then walking all around town with your phone in one hand and a plastic cheeseburger in the other. The Kodiak Mini’s smooth outside layer and its thin shape are perfect for when you’re on the go.

The Mini is  also equipped with 2600mAh, which is enough to charge your phone fully more than once. With that said, keep it plugged into your phone as you roam the city, and you’ll be good to go for the entire day.

The very greatest thing about this little device is that it can charge more than just your phone. When you are taking a break from your Gotta Catch Em All mindset, you can use the Kodiak Mini to charge your iPad, tablet, camera, and pretty much anything else with a micro USB port. All for just$24.95. Nope, that’s no typo.

Alright, Pokemongers, click here if you want the Kodiak Mini. After reading this I can’t imagine you don’t.

Summer Must Haves

We are just about midway through summer and I am sure you are beginning to notice a few things you wish you had right about now; to enjoy it just that much more. You see, summer can be the best time of year; there is no school, no schedule (for some), and certainly no limits on what you can do. Unless cold weather is your thing, then there are limits. But I am not referencing you people right now. Here is a list of 8 summer must haves to guarantee you are the coolest one on the beach, in the pool, at the grocery store, and just about everywhere else.

  • FEEL THE BURN: The most important summer essential is something we cant stress enough to apply. Sunscreen should be the first thing you grab before heading out in the summer sun. Put it on! It’s MOY IMPORTANTE! Sun Bum’s 50 SPF moisturizing sunscreen lotion is the bomb.com. You can get some here.SunBum
  • MY EYES!: The next most important summer essential is sunglasses. Don’t ruin your eyes while you’re young, or old for that matter. Keep them covered, and with some good quality shades of course. Kinda like the super rad Polarized Elmore’s from VonZipper. donavon_frankenreiter_vonzipper_sin_elmore_sunglasses
  • FLOAT ON: Summer would not be complete without the new Turtle Shell 3.0. Although this might not be available until summer is technically over, if you are where we are, it’s still hot for some months to come. Jump in the water, blast your tunes, and let the music float on. Literally. OT2800-R-TurtleShell3-WetFront (1)
  • DRY OFF: There is nothing worse than a towel that doesn’t absorb water. When its time for you to hit the beach, pool, or take a picnic in the dew filled park, a Pendleton towel is what you’ll want to keep you dry. Also because they’re trendy right now. LOLZ Pendelton
  • FILL ‘ER UP!: Keep all your devices charged this summer with the Kodiak Plus. With enough juice to fill up your phone battery a few times over, or to charge two devices at once, this is definitely a must.OT1650-R-Kodiak-Plus-Sailboat-Gopro-iphone-Charging-Lifestyle
  • CAST AWAY: Don’t get stuck being the noodle floater at the pool party. WAH Wah wah. Get one of these lux floaties from Floatie Kings to fully enjoy the summer sun. Nothing can go wrong when you’ve got a giant donut supporting you. (or pizza, or swan, or pineapple, w/e)turtle3-productshot-rh-7
  • DEEP DIVE: Be sure to grab a Life Proof phone case before your watery adventures take place. We all know how important it is to show everyone on Instagram how much fun you’re having this summer. Don’t let a little water hinder your ability to take a good #selfie.LifeProof
  • SHADY BUSINESS: Sometimes an umbrella can spoil the idea of a day at the beach. Lugging this giant thing down, and up, 1000 steps is not the most appealing, trust me. Sometimes a hat will have to suffice. Check out Hemlock Hats for this problem. I stumbled across their Instagram the other day and they just so happen to be killing the sunhat game. #bringbackthepineappleexpressHemlockHats

Welp, that’s all I can think of for now. Until next summer I guess. Peace.



Dave Bachinsky: Prague Line

For the last 7 years I heard about both of these contests, and I was so hyped to finally get my ticket to the Czech Republic for the annual Grand Prix Beroun & Mystic Sk8cup event. 5,000 miles from home, I found a cobblestone-built paradise of a city to adventure through. We skated buildings that are from the 1400’s and then drove into the heart of the back country to the town of Beroun. We fished with sticks and saw bears on top of the peaks. It was wild.

Filip Polc: Bratislava City downhill Race

June 26th was a big day for ODT mountain bike contributor, Filip Polc, and his girlfriend Jana. They both set out for their race in Bratislava, located in Slovakia. They have been waiting for this day for a long time, as the race was cancelled the year prior. This year everything ran smoothly and they both had a great time; Filip placing 3rd. Check out the fun below.

If you want to see more images of the race, click here.

High Fives Foundation: The Wave 6

The High Fives Foundation returned to the warm waters of Maui for the High Five Wave 6. This time bringing 13 athletes, all living their lives after spinal cord injuries. This was the 6th surf camp for the #HighFivesAthletes since the very first one in 2010. Everyone had a blast, and the High Fives team put together a rad video so you can see the fun. Check it out.

If you want to know more about the event, check out their website. And if you want to see some awesome captures from the wave of a good time, click here.