Back to school, on the smart side

1 Sep

Vacations are over, we had fun on the beach, BBQ everyday, made new friends, discovered new places… Basically we enjoyed our time off before the rat race starts again.
As we didn’t win the Powerball, we have to go back to the office and we better be ready.
Here’s what I always have with me to face the worst.

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. Extra battery for my iPhone, iPad and computer, the Sherpa 50 by GoalZero (powered by a solar panel!!)
. Jump Cable by Native Union, giving you a 30% boost and serving a a charging cable too
. Klean Kanteen bottle, to cut on using plastic
. Nunn tabs to stay hydrated during the work day
. Luminox watch, the brand of the Navy Seals (I switched to the textile bracelet to have it a bit funkier)
. A Bluetooth earpiece, the New Era by Jawbone (4 hours autonomy, super light)
. Tile, a bluetooth tag that helps me not to forget my stuff behind (in this case my wallet)
. Shine by Misfit to track my daily and night activity
. And my beloved Biscuit skate by Hamboards to land-surf to the office and back home (still practicing).
Have fun, work well and the next vacations are around the corner!

Do 2 things simultaneously!

25 Aug
Pocket size extra batt & cable

Pocket size extra batt & cable

Remember when your teacher told you to focus and do only one thing at a time?
The guys from Native Union didn’t listen and developed a really smart gadget called the JUMP cable.
The JUMP cable is a 2 in 1 device:
1. It’s a USB charging cable for your iPhone
2. It’s an extra battery for your iPhone that will charge itself while using the cable to charge your phone. When off the plug, it will give you an extra 30% boost.

Jump cable by Native Union  Jump cable by Native Union Jump cable by Native Union

The 3 little lights on the USB face will blink while charging. When the 3 lights are steady, the extra boost will be ready to deliver the 30% extra boost (one light means 33% batt charged, 2 lights 66%). Full charging time for the extra batt is about 1,5 hours.

The best of it is that it’s very compact (5x5cm) and lightweight (40gr) enough to fit in your coin pocket!

When done charging, just put the cords and plugs back in their spot and tuck it in your pocket.

Jump cable by Native UnionThe price is not that lightweight though with a $49,99 tag.

But I f you do the math, one iPhone cable $19 + one extra battery (small boost) $29,99 it’s an OK price. Worth trying!

PS: I would have like the possibility to hook it as a keyring, but that’s ok.
And a little notch to pull the plugs easily.

More infos
. Visit Native Union official website
. Follow @native_union
. Instagram nativeunion

This doctor is cold!

18 Aug
made of Coolcore

made of Coolcore

Now that your are familiar with the compression wrap made by DrCool and you can wrap like the best nurse in a 25 miles radius, let’s talk about the icy property of the DrCool!

DrCool wraps are different than the others, they are made with Coolcore‘s chemical-free cooling material.

Why is ice important when you just hurt yourself? Because the cold stops the inflammation and prevents or reduce the bruise.

So now, let’s wrap icy cold around the injury. What you need is water, a deep freezer and wait a bit for the freeze to start.
1. unwrap the strap
2. soak the wrap under the water
3. roll it back or lay is folded
4. put it in the freezer to freeze
5. take the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pot out and make some room for the wrap
6. wait 20 minutes if the wrap is rolled or 40 minutes if it’s folded

soak it

soak it

freeze it flat

freeze it folded

freeze it rolled

freeze it rolled

When you done eating, the wrap should be ready to sooth you. Wrap it around the injury and let it rest or keep going because you are done wearing ice pack on your sore muscles!

More infos
. Official DrCool website
. Like DrCool Facebook page
. Follow @drCoolwraps
. Instagram drcoolswraps
. Buy DrCool Virtual Soccer

PS:
. Warmth is used to drain and to bring oxygen/nutriment to reconstruct the injured tissue.
. the wraps are washable, UPF45

Thanks for your help: Jim, @chuckV, @jibfabre and @mrikichou

That’s the Yvolution!

11 Aug

Photo 13-03-2014 5 19 00 pmThat’s our evolution
When we are babies, we crawl then we stumble and rise to finally walk and run. That’s when we want to go faster and discover the tricycle and the bike …
With Y-volution, my little nephews discovered a whole new world.

Photo 14-03-2014 11 01 29 amLittleB, 5 years old boy, chose the Fliker B3 , littleE, 3 years and half girl, the Fliker B1 and I went for the Fliker C3.Yvolution
The Yvolution upgraded the regular one slate scooter to a v-shape 2 slates scooter with a hand break.
The front wheel works the same as a regular scooter but the 2 back wheels are “loose” and allow you “to fool around”.

The Fliker is great on flat and downhill, uphill will be more challenging physically.

Unfold the scooter, and screw the 2 big green buttons and here you go! You are ready!

Easy but heavy transport

Easy to transport, a bit heavy though

Unfold the scooter

Turn the screw to fasten

Turn both green screws to fasten

To start, just kick as with your regular scooter than shake your bootie (move your hip from one side to the other) to experience the speed, carve and slide. Take a bit of speed and here goes the 360 turn, lean on the handlebars and here goes the skidding!!! All in full safety with the handbreak!
With a bit of practice and sweat, you’ll master the beast.
The Fliker is great to do workout and works evenly on both legs (instead of the regular scooter), you’ll challenge you thighs, hips and abs and this is good. Great workout while having fun.

the front wheel

the front wheel

Yvolution Y Flicker C3 Carver Series

the handy handbrake

Yvolution Y Flicker C3 Carver Series

Ready to kick!

Meanwhile littleB and littleE are having fun with the B1 and B3.

More infosYvolution
. The official Yvolution for kids and grow ups website
. Like Yvolution Facebook page
. Follow @YvolutionWorld

I’m a Boba-head!

8 Aug

Boba Guys bubble tea What about you?
Remember Boba it’s the nickname of the Taiwainese bubble tea that I like so much.
Wherever I travel, I try to find a good bubble tea shop.
This time, while in San Francisco, I found the Boba Guys, but not only!
I also discovered the app called Order! Order is a spin off of the app Square.
Order will check out the nearby shops surrounding you and will give you the possibility to order from your couch whatever you want. It also tells you if the shop is opened, closed or will open soon as well as the delay to service your order.
Then you pay for your order (I registered my MasterCard in the app).
And when it’s ready to pick it up, just walk to the shop to grab your order.

Searching nearby shops

Searching for nearby shops

Boba Guys bubble tea Boba Guys bubble tea

Boba Guys bubble tea So far this app works if you are in NY or San Francisco.
Test it, it’s really cool, and if like me you don’t like to queue, you’ll be a regular user in no time!

Let’s go back to bubble tea now.
I used Order to … order my bubble tea from the Boba Guys.
I went for a green tea (brewed on demand) with almond milk, I added boba and extra almond jelly and asked for no sugar. Delicious!

PS: the bubble tea was great! I’ll be back!!

More info
. Download the Order app for iPhone
. Check the Boba Guys out on twitter @BobaGuys and on Instagram BobaGuys

This doctor is cool!

4 Aug

Photo 16-07-2014 10 19 38 pmYour knee is hurting since your weekly run?
You twisted your ankle during a soccer match?
Pain in the elbow after a tennis match against your former BFF? …

Basically you are in pain and you need help!

You already stole the pack of green peas in the fridge or a steak and tried to strap it to the wounded you.
It’s a little relief but it doesn’t look cool, isn’t efficient and also you taking the food outside the mouth of your kids!

Leave the fridge alone and now check out what the doctor, DrCool has to propose you!

DrCool invented the 1st wrap that combines cold and compression.
Let’s talk about the wraps and how to use it for compression and in the next article we will discover the cold …

You have 3 wraps: small ($24,99), medium ($29,99) and large ($34,99).
. The small works for the wrist, ankle, elbow
. The medium is perfect for knee, head, elbow
. The large will relieve you back, leg, …

I never been good at wrapping a wound but with this wrap it’s easy, anyone can wrap as a pro even if you are not a first-aid worker …
I did some exercises home to show you how to wrap.
The small wrap works for

Small wrap for the wrist

the wrist

Small wraps for the ankle

the ankle

Small wraps works for the elbow

the elbow

The medium wrap works for

DrCool Recovery

the knee

The large wrap works for

the leg

the leg

the thighs

the thigh

the back

the back

The great thing about those wraps is that you can wear them at home after you hurt yourself for immediate relieve of the pain but you can also wear them while practicing your sport for extra support!
Next time, we will explore the icy part of the DrCool wraps, stay tuned and give back the pack of green peas!

More infos
. Official DrCool website
. Like DrCool Facebook page
. Follow @drCoolwraps
. Instagram drcoolswraps
. Buy DrCool Virtual Soccer

Thanks for your help: Jim, @chuckV, @jibfabre and @mrikichou

I want to be a land-surfer!

28 Jul

HamboardsWhat is a land-surfer ? It’s a person who, because there’s no water around, surfs the concrete instead of the waves!
But there’s a BUT, the land-surfer needs a board. And that’s where he/she is lost in the forest of longboards. So many choices, so many wheels, shapes and boards …

Hamboards is THE reference when it comes to land-surfing and I asked some questions to the man behind the Pete Hamborg, HamboardsHamboards, THE Pete Hamborg to understand better the concept of land-surfing.

How you choose the wood ? The paint ? What is important for you when you start building a board ?

We chose the wood very carefully because of the size and span of the design of a Hamboard. It requires a uber dense wood.

Initially when we first came up with the concept after months and months of searching, find the right wood was so hard that I actually gave up the hope of ever finding what we needed. The wood we need is so difficult to find, it’s either in fine stranded carbonized bamboo or micro layered birch plywood. 

So with both wood and the paint from the very start, as a family, we have strived to have the design and the production of Hamboards be at that unique intersection of Skating, Surfing and Art. Hamboards

Coming from that perspective we carefully choose colors, tones, grain patterns, and designs that reflect that intersection.

The final coat of paint that has the deck grip texture is very important. We have pioneered the use of Ultra Violet light as a curing agent which is way better than gnarly airborne chemicals typical of our industry. It is the same, safe but complex and expensive technology, that your dentist uses to harden your filings. By the way…don’t forget to floss.

Why is barefoot land-surfing important ? Are you the only board to be rideable barefoot ? What’s the wood treatment to do so ?

Also barefoot

Also barefoot

We love to land-surf barefooted because of the direct responsive connection we feel when it is skin to board, just like when we surf in the ocean. But you don’t have to be barefoot to ride a Hamboard – we wear shoes or flip flops all the time.

We don’t recommend soccer cleats or golf spikes however on an occasional Thursday nite I wear a sequined pair of low heeled pumps — open or closed toed depending on the conditions. I hope to graduate to medium heels and eventually high heels. I’ll keep you advised on my progress …

what? Good to know!

Where is the nest ? Whe do you make the boards ?

All Hamboards are assembled in our shop in Huntington Beach by family members or our local Hamboardscrew. We are super fortunate to have a location near the ocean and close to our house. We also have nearby wood and paint shops here in Southern California help out with the production as well as local factories produce all our wheels.

For your info, if you are around the shop is opened from 12:00-5:00 pm, Mon-Fri (8606 Hamilton Ave. HB, CA 92646, tel: (714) 374-2200)

How did you give the name to each board ?

The naming of each board is a family involved process and everyone gives input. It always seems to revolve around the surf boards we ride or how we ride them.
. The Classic has the connection to the classic style of hanging ten and drop knee turning that riding a Classic Hamboard flows with.
. The Fish model looks and feels like the surfboards we ride and love that are know to surfers as “Fish”. . The Pinger is a nod to evocative 1970s surfboards know as “Winger Pintails” so we smashed the name together and spun it around and can came up with “Pinger”.
. Pescadito is Spanish for “Little Fish”. The Huntington Hop is a locally infamous surf maneuver.
. And The Biscuit is a take off on the name of a short carvy surfboard we ride.

On a bright day of July 18th 2014, a new baby board is born at Hamboards, the newbie is called Huntington Hop and is there to show the world how a normal sized Longboard skateboard should be made!Hamboards

Next review will be over my trial of the Biscuit. Yes! I will be a land-surfer!!
Be sure to read Land-surfing on a Biscuit

SKATING + SURFING + ART = HAMBOARDS

More infos on
. The official Hamboards website
. The official Hamboards Europe website
. Like Hamboards Facebook
. Like Hamboards Europe Facebook
. Instagram Hamboards and Hamboards_Europe
. Follow @Hamboards and @Hamboardseurope

Thank for your help: Pete, Gus, Don and Andre

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