Kaenon Calais Sunglasses

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If you’re a woman (or super-fab guy) pick up these glasses for yourself from Department of Goods for 50% off. If you’re just an average joe, score these for your wife, girlfriend, sister, mother, daughter…whoever. Department of Goods is a “members” website (so you have to give them your email though; based on my experience the screaming deals are well worth it.)

Why these glasses? Look at them. Also, Kaenon sunglasses are designed in Newport Beach and are one of he few brands not owned by the Luxxotica conglomerate. Their polarized lenses are world glass great for riding, paddling or sipping ‘Rita’s by the pool. Not into this style? Check out Kaenon’s other shades here. My wife has been rocking Kaenons since we first got into Stand Up Paddling (she bought them at the Battle of the Paddle. Loves them.

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I love new gear! I enjoy the whole process: internet research, testing, “visiting” it at the store, buying. I get amped up just walking into my garage to survey, organize and clean/pack gear when we’re getting ready to go out (a good amount of this excitement is knowing that my family and I are going to go out and make memories and set a good example for my daughter). But also, I just love gear.

Let’s face it though, most of us have limited gear budgets. Being a relatively young guy with a growing family, I am no exception. In order to feed your (and my) appetite for new gear, I am hoping to point you in the direction of some great deals every Saturday. It is NOT my goal to just point you to a deal website. It’s my intent to showcase some good deals on specific equipment that you can get out and use.

One quick note: I fully believe in shopping locally, living sustainably and supporting small businesses. However, I also live in the real world where this isn’t possible all of the time (for many different reasons). So it is my goal to link to small local shops, national chains and *gasp* internet deal/wholesale websites. I know there is a sub-set of people who believe that the latter are killing local businesses, but let’s try and be rational. Unless someone wants to mail me fat stacks of cash, then I will buy only from small local shops and pay full price!

Paddle Surf Warehouse – SUPCO 14′ Race Board

This is a great deal to get into a high-performance carbon race SUP with a new paddle. They also have the 12′-6″ on sale for $100 less (also includes paddle). Why is this a good deal? It is about $600 less than the original price and the paddle saves you another $200-300. Plus, the Rojas board is sweet looking. Also PSW and SUPCO are local OC businesses.

Rock n Road Monster Sale

Rock n Road, with four Orange County locations, is currently running its Monster Sale. There are some sweet deals to be had AND the sale runs until LABOR DAY (plenty of time to save your pennies. Get 20% off helmets, shoes and apparel or score yourself a Monster Deal on a new bike.

Go out and help the economy recover.

Have fun out there.

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As we all know, one of the major perks of living in Southern California is the opportunity for outdoor exercise all year.  We’ve all called our friends and family on the East Coast or in the Midwest to gloat about the temperature in January.  However, in order to take advantage of outdoor exercise opportunities most of us have to bike, run or walk are in twilight or nighttime hours.  Night workouts can be fun, exciting and dangerous; especially when it comes to seeing others and being seen after the sun goes down.  In order to put accidents in perspective; the following are some statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

 

  •  69 percent of pedestrian killed in 2009 were males.
    •  70 percent of pedestrian accidents occurred at night (4 p.m. – 4 a.m.).
  •  Almost three out of every four pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas (72 percent).
    •  The top four states for pedestrian fatalities are California, Florida, Texas, and New York. These four states make up 41 percent of pedestrian fatalities nationwide while only accounting for 5 percent of the total traffic fatalities across the country.
    •  Nearly one-half (48 percent) of all pedestrian fatalities occurred on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (16%, 17%, and 15% respectively).

 

The following are some tips for staying safe when running, biking running and walking at night.

  • Always cross at crosswalks.  Limited visibility (including drastically reduced peripheral visibility), glare and distractions, crossing mid-block is almost twice as likely to result in an accident.
  • Always wear reflective clothing. This ensures that others can see you clearly at night and reduces your chances of being hit.
  • Carry a light, wear a headlamp, put a light on your bike and put a lit collar on Fido. Always check to make sure you have fresh batteries or that your battery pack is fully charged.  This is especially important for pedestrians who don’t often carry lights on Multi-use paths.  Most people drastically over-estimate how visible they are.
  • Establish a route or variety of routes, stick to the route your taking, and tell someone where you’re going.
  • Always walk or run facing traffic, always ride your bike with traffic.  Note that bicycles are considered vehicles in California and should be ridden on roads or paths only, riding on the sidewalk can be dangerous, because drivers aren’t usually looking for fast moving bicycles.
  • Make eye contact with drivers while crossing the street or changing lanes.
  • Bring identification with you.  Include emergency contact information, blood type and allergies.

 

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