Saturday, May 30, 2009

Healthy Eats in San Francisco

We have a new favorite in the healthy eats department: Outerlands in San Francisco. Our good friend, and early Surf Stronger enthusiast, Molly Tuttle, recently introduced staffers to the joint. It sits five blocks from the sand in San Francisco's Sunset District, features super fresh, home made grinds, and is run by a groovy couple who obviously really care about quality food and service. My lunch consisted of a simple grilled cheese sandwich (made with their wonderful home made bread) and an organic green salad with pears and pine nuts that was out of this world. An ice cold Lagunitas Pale Ale complimented the meal and warmed my body and mind. Perhaps one of the best things about the place is just how good it feels to just sit there. Heaps of natural wood and driftwood make up the majority of the decor, and the large open windows let in the salty ocean air.

We recommend Outerlands after your next surf, or next hang in the Sunset.

According to their web site:

"Outerlands is a gathering place for sea goers who seek warmth, shelter, food, and fellowship. it is a retreat from the saltwater chill, or a place to hang your hat after a long day's frolic in the sun. it is a home for art and music, enjoyed with unique offerings of local, organic food and drink, changing with the bounty of the seasons. this is a space built by the community of sea dwellers on the sandy fringes of san francisco: a cozy haven nestled amidst the vast landscape of ocean beach."

(All photos, courtesy of Molly Tuttle.)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Gone Surfin'

There used to be a time -- way back when, before Surfline, before 976-SURF, when on a Sunday morning, you just went surfin'. Today was one of those days. Sure there was an inkling of a south in the water, but that didn't even really matter. We were looking to break out, share some waves, share some jokes ... just go surfin'. We loaded up the truck, put up the "Gone Surfin'" shingle in our minds, and beat it on up the 1. We found some interesting wildlife, new trails and shared some good stories and jokes between frigid springtime waves. Far from perfect waves, but the perfect little adventure for a Sunday morning.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Train, Surf, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Part of our crew recently enjoyed a quick surf trip down to beautiful Nicaragua. While the surf was good, it wasn't pumping, per se. We surfed every day for eight straight days and got a good number of waves, but we also worked some great training into the trip. Before and in between surf sessions, training included, soft sand running (down and back along an unreal, desolate beach), TRX Suspension training, swimming and body surfing.

One marathon day looked something like this:

-Soft sand run to end of beach (15 minutes)
-Ten minute dirt trail hike to incredible peak / vista
-Soft sand run back (15 minutes)
-TRX power set
-Body surf sesh
-Two hour surf sesh
-Hammock sesh
-Hour and half evening surf sesh

Surfing and training in Nicaragua! Stoked. The only possible downside perhaps was that the evening Tonas went down a little too easy!

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Todd digging in.

Famous Nicaraguan off-shores!

Jason getting a little TRX workout in, and keeping an eye on the surf!

Pre-surf warm-up using the TRX.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Serena Wins at Cloud 9

Congrats are in order to Surf Stronger athlete, Serena Brooke on her recent first place win at the 3rd Siargao International Women's Surfing Contest in the Philippines. Way to go Sauce!

Locally Grown -- Support Locally Grown Food and Music

Our good friends, the Culver City Dub Collective (check the soundtrack on Surf Stronger 1 or 2), play a really groovy event June 20th in Ojai, California. For the uninitiated, CCDC features an "all-star cast of musicians that play a captivating blend of Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Cuban rhythms and West Coast bossa beats. It's an intoxicating breeze that rattles the brain in all the right places, a simmering soundtrack to a thousand road trips and hazy summer afternoons."

The festival also features, Mason Jennings, Quetzal with Perla Batalla.

According to the Food for Thought, "This year’s Locally Grown benefit concert will celebrate the diversity of our community, as well as continue our focus on environmental stewardship" announced Food For Thought president, Marty Fujita. "It also takes place on Saturday, June 20th at summer solstice, which is significant to us, since a big part of Food For Thought’s mission is to reconnect people to the natural cycles of the earth by eating seasonal, locally grown produce."

Saturday, June 20th, 2009 at Ojai’s Libbey Bowl from 5 to 10 pm

For more info and tix, see,