Nutritional advice for soft tissue injury treatment.

Hey Sentinels!

As promised, this week I will be talking a bit about inflammation and what to eat to speed up the healing process once this happens. The inflammation I focused my research on is known as chronic soft tissue inflammation. As this is a blog dedicated to action watersports, the information you are about to read is meant to be for ailments directly related to swimming, surfing, and chronic soft tissue injury treatment.

The inevitability of wear and tear…

There are other forms of CSTI in every sport imaginable. From golf to football, to baseball and bowling, and even curling. It’s a sad fact but wear and tear, age and consistent practice of any sport over a lifetime can eventually result in acquiring this condition.

And the only way to prevent it (and overcome it once you acquire it) is rest, eating right and, in more extreme cases, physiotherapy.

Please note that I am not an expert on the subject. The information I share with you here is a compilation of a couple of articles from reputable sources which briefly touch on the subject matter. It is by no means a guide you should follow to the letter. If you suffer from CSTI or any other similar condition, my suggestion is for you to consult your personal physician and get his or her expert opinion. With that been said, let’s get right into it…

What is chronic soft tissue inflammation?

Ever had a sprain? Silly question. We’ve all had them at some point in our lives. But think about it for a moment. Maybe it happened while you were running, or swimming without first warming up. Perhaps it happened during a nasty wipeout. Or, like some of the surfers that will be mentioned here, the sprain happened at one point while they were out in the water, during dawn-patrol, or a surf trip, or at their local break, and they didn’t find out about it until much later.

This is not unheard of.

The end result is always the same. It hurts like a hell and your activities, whatever they were, come to a complete stand-still for weeks at a time.

The road to recovery, in most cases, can be long and arduous. And if you don’t commit to it, you can have relapses in the most unexpected moments. Not good when competing at a swim meet or paddling out when it’s huge.

So what exactly are we exposed to when we go surfing for extended periods of time? 

According to Dr. Kimo Harpstrite, an orthopedist based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and himself an avid surfer, there are three basic incidents that he regularly deals with. As you can imagine, dealing with these kinds of injuries in a place like the Hawaiian islands are a common occurrence:

  • Torn rotator cuffs and ligaments are a dime a dozen in the islands. Dr. Harpstrite categorizes the most common injuries attributed to the following reasons:
  • “Surfers who “dunk” their boards to get through big waves can suffer separated or dislocated shoulders when the board pops to the surface.
  • Surfers are particularly vulnerable to medial collateral ligament tears, a result of pushing their weight forward on the board to gain speed.

When a wave hits them, the knee is forced inward, causing the MCL to tear,” he explains. “But because water tends to be forgiving, you don’t see many combined injuries, like ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears.”

So wait. Collateral ligament tears, anterior cruciate ligament tears? Whaat? Yeah, it’s new to me too. Easier to understand what Dr. Harpstrite is talking about with a visual aid, agreed? Here it is:

Medial Collateral Ligament injury:

ACL tear:

I suppose deep water tends to be more forgiving. Not so with reef.

Dr. Harpstrite explains:

“In the ER, you’ll see pelvic fractures, humerus and tibia fractures, knee dislocations and things like that from surfers being slammed on the reef,” he says. “In big, heavy surf, you name it, it can happen.”

Another sure sign of wear and tear is chronic rib separation, also known as surfers rib, where the muscles located in the ribcage are pulled. This condition is mostly diagnosed in beginner surfers but veterans are can also suffer from Surfer’s Rib.

The suggested treatment for this malady is therapy, consisting of heat, massages, specific stretches, and using one of those big bouncy balls. Opinions, I found, differ on treatment, but one thing that the GPs agreed on was the importance of rest and acceptance.

The idea of “settling down” doesn’t mix well with the active crowd. Rest, even if you get restless, is essential as it gives the inflammation a chance to “cool off.”

Eating right to get upright...

Another proven way to promote  CSTI treatment is eating food that is conducive to the healing process. I didn’t much believe this at first. But once I suffered my first serious injury in the water, a broken clavicle, I decided to open my mind to alternative ways to heal, other than surgically inserting steel nails and screws in my clavicle.

After while of researching options which I didn’t fully understand or agree with, I finally understood that changing my diet could greatly benefit my healing process. I also learned that western diet and lifestyle lends itself to a chronic inflammatory condition.

I started eating better. This REALLY helped with reducing inflammation and joint injuries. I was intrigued and began reading books and listening to health, fitness and nutrition podcasts. What I found resulted in a fundamental shift in my eating and nutrition habits.

See,  generally, when you start eating better you tend to eat more alkaline foods (vegetables and less sugar, white flour, and other processed foods). This will increase your yin which is essentially “cooling energy”, making you less prone to inflammatory conditions.

According to Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health:

“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects. Some of the foods that have been associated with an increased risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease are also associated with excess inflammation”.

Dr. Hu further adds:

“It’s not surprising since inflammation is an important underlying mechanism for the development of these diseases. Some of the food components or ingredients may have independent effects on inflammation over and above increased caloric intake”

So which foods should or shouldn’t we be eating?

Dos:

• Tomatoes
• Olive oil
• Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
• Nuts like almonds and walnuts
• Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines
• Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Don’ts:

• Refined carbohydrates such as white bread and pastries
• French fries and other fried foods
• Soda and other sugar-sweetened foods
• Red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
• Margarine, shortening, and lard
• Sweets, candy, cookies, etc.

Dr. Hu concludes with the following recommendation:

“To reduce levels of inflammation, aim for an overall healthy diet. If you’re looking for an eating plan that closely follows the
tenets of anti-inflammatory eating, consider the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils. In addition to lowering inflammation, a more natural, less processed diet can have noticeable effects on your physical and emotional health. A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases but also for improving mood and overall quality of life”.

For further details on 16 suggested foods which help avoid inflammation, you can read more about it here…

Expectations and realities… 

I think people expect their bodies to heal quickly.

This is normally true when the body is in good health. But what if it doesn’t heal?

What if a chronic condition is a result of that injury?

I know this can happen first hand. I have lower back lumbar pain and, out of nowhere, I have tweaked my lower back on three occasions. It’s painful and very frustrating. Rest, good eating (and meds) normally take care of it.

Having a chronic condition (one that comes back every so often when you least expect it) is a good sign that something is not right with your body. You then turn to diet, personal habits and, amazingly, sleeping patterns too, to find answers.

Diet is fundamental to your healing process.

Dismissing it will only lead you to a long road of pain and frustration. I used to think that I would surf well into my 50s and beyond. I found that, even though I am pretty healthy for my age, wear and tear are inevitable.

Practice and enjoyment of the action water sports we love so much can lead to injuries. By the extreme nature of our sport, these injuries are prone to happen more often and can be more painful, have much longer healing periods and can have much more serious consequences than when we were, say, 20 years old. Since then I have accepted that, as far as surfing is concerned, my activity has become substantially less extreme.

And that’s perfectly fine by me.

Time to try skydiving! (HA! Just kidding!)

Thank you for reading my article! As always, if you have found this information useful, please share it with someone you know who may also find it useful. Have an incredible week and be careful in the water!

Talk soon!

 

To plug or not to plug…Surfer’s Ear explained.

Hey Sentinels!

Summer’s finally here and it’s time to hit the beach or your local pool!

This week I would like to share a story with you that also tells of a condition that most people who spend considerable time in the water may very easily acquire. One is more common than the other, but if left untreated, both can seriously undermine water activities for the long term.

I’m referring to Swimmers Ear, and its more insidious cousin, Surfer’s Ear.

In the following article, I am going share with you my first experience with Swimmer’s Ear and how I was able to cure it. I am also including a brief explanation by Dr. Michael O’ Leary, from the Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, California, and EddieP (no last name) a surfer who tells his actual experience with Surfer’s Ear.

These videos will show you how you get both, what they are, and how to prevent and treat both conditions once you acquire them. I hope you find them useful and informative.

Let’s dive right in!

Remembering an old friend…

The Mexican Pipeline. Zicatela Beach. Puerto Escondido.

In our culture, this legendary beach break located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, has become one of the best and heaviest beach breaks in the world.

I’ve had the fortune of experiencing the power of this break first hand in four past visits to Puerto. And I vividly remember the first time I went out.

My high school friends and I arranged a 10-day stay. It was an experience, to say the least. And I recall that the day when I finally set foot on Playa Zicatela.

It really wasn’t that big out.

Mexpipe looked very makeable that day, even fun. The sun was out and the deep green sets just kept coming, barreling into hollow bliss. I remember hearing the sound of pressure made by the foam-spit rushing out of some larger sets. After making my very inexperienced analysis of the break (I was only 16 at the time), I entered the water and began to make my way to the take-off zone.

This took nearly all my energy but I finally made it.

On my way, I had been lucky avoiding some of the larger sets, and that was a relief. Seeing your first cavernous barrel this close is something you never forget.

Now past the impact zone, I waited for my wave. A few other surfers were out too, mostly the local crew, sprinkled with a few ex-pat surfers, and one wide-eyed 16-year-old kid, about to enter the big leagues.

I looked back at the beach. I had traveled sideways at least 20 meters from where I had started. WTF??

A moment of reckoning…

One of the locals, I remember, suddenly began paddling, fast and effortless, away from me. I turned around and the biggest set I had ever seen was closing in on us all. Everyone started paddling furiously toward it. We all made it, including me, but only just.

The explosion behind me was like nothing I had ever experienced before. It was massive.

And for a moment I was more scared than I had ever been before.

I realized I was completely in over my head. I paddled for a long time, climbing sets that could’ve been The One…who knows. All I knew for the next 30 minutes is that I wanted to get on a wave that would take me out and in the process, not kill me.

Fortunately, all the paddling I did helped settle my nerves. I recall getting into the rhythm of the incoming sets and the lulls that followed. Confidence returned, however slowly, and I actually began enjoying myself. I even began looking for a good wave to ride.

And as if on queue, a nice set, not as big as the others I had been avoiding, began closing in on us. I positioned myself perfectly and began paddling with all the energy I had left.

And then it happened.

I was riding the wave, facing the bottom section directly in front of me. It may have been too big of a wave, but to me, it felt huge. It sounds cliché, but it really did happen so fast. Before I knew it, I had made successfully down the face of the wave.

All instincts at the highest level ever, I think, were there, at that moment, and this led to the bottom-turn of a lifetime, allowing me to place myself and my board right in the sweet spot of the wave, the lip slowly forming into a barrel that ended up being the most exciting and scariest of my life.

The wave closed out.

And for a moment I was deep in a crystal chamber. Everything from there went in slow-motion camera from then on. Again, so cliché, but so true! The chandelier collapsed and I was swallowed up by the wave.

Into the dark…

The impact and turbulence were beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

My surf leash ripped violently away from my right foot. All I thought at that instant is “Oh shit…my board!”.

The energy at Zicatela beach is hard to describe. It’s deceptive. Probably why so many people get seriously hurt or worse. I  felt it now,  in every bone of my body. I slammed against the sand bottom (not much comfort…it’s like concrete mixed with sandpaper).

I now understood what other surfers meant when they said that wiping out in a large wave is like being inside a washing machine.

You are as far away from control as you can possibly be. Nature is now in control. You take the backseat on this one. If you fight it, you have a good chance of not making it out alive.

In the ensuing chaos and darkness, I recalled vaguely what I had read in some surfing magazine. Keep loose. Don’t fight it. When you touch bottom, push up as if your life depends on it. I did just that. And moments later, which seemed way, way too long, I resurfaced, breathing and filling my starved lungs with precious, beautiful air.

The whole experience sort of looked like this (but not this big…NEVER this big!):

As I regained my senses on the surface, all I recall was giving thanks that I had not being pounded by another wave again. As I swam back to the beach, I recall seeing my board, or at least the front end of it, floating about who knows how many meters in front of me.

The board had been cleanly snapped in two.

The rear of the board was later found, a few hundred yards down the beach.

Humbled…and wiser.

Rattled and exhausted, I finally reached the beach, sitting down on the sand, not caring about my broken board, which now lay useless, a few feet away from me, floating in and out of the water, as much, much smaller waves washed it in and out of the water. I sat there, breathing heavily, trying to catch my breath, with my head between my knees.

So this is what gnarly meant.

After a while I stood up, collecting my broken prize. I felt woozy and a sloshing sound in my left ear began to bother me. I tried getting it out but it was useless. Not giving it much thought, I made my way back to my hotel, sure it would get better with some rest.

As the afternoon progressed, the discomfort continued. I tried a couple of home remedies to get the water out of my ear. Nothing worked. Finally, I decided to ask one of the local crew how I could get rid of the water in my ear.

He mentioned something about Surfer’s Ear, but that it that wasn’t probably what I had since that condition is more frequent when surfing in cold water. No, what I had was Swimmer’s Ear. And that he had his fixed by blowing hot air into the ear with a hairdryer.

Thanking him, I went back to the hotel and asked for a hair dryer to the receptionist. I recall she looked at me funny. Remember I was only 16 at the time. But she eventually gave me the dryer.

I proceeded to my room and did what the local told me to do. A few minutes later, I no longer felt the ocean inside my ear.

It was amazing! Problem solved.

Swimmer’s Ear and Surfer’s Ear, cold and warm waters…

However, Surfer’s Ear was something that I had learned was much more serious and I was more grateful than ever for the warm waters of Mexico.

If you plan to spend a lot of your time in the water during this summer season, give yourself a few minutes to learn a bit about Swimmer’s Ear or, better yet, Surfer’s Ear. The later could very well ruin your summer fun.

Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent this from happening.

Below is a video from Dr. Michael O’Leary, from the Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, who explains very clearly the difference between Swimmer’s Ear and Surfer’s Ear, and how to treat both.

Following Dr. Oleary’s explanation, you will find another video by Eddie, one of many surfers who has suffered from Surfer’s Ear and his journey to cure his condition. Please note that Eddie will share a couple of images from his experience which you may find a bit disturbing.

But it’s all for the greater good. Here are both videos:

Earplugs everyone! Earplugs!! That’s the ticket.  Check this article by MagicSeaweed.com. You’ll find more great information about this condition. There are a couple of earplug reviews at the end of the article which may also prove useful.

Here are some of the better-known earplug brands:

Westone DefendEar
Tyr Silicone Molded Earplugs
Zoggs Aqua Plugs 
Surfplugs 

There is no reason why earplugs should be shunned or dismissed. Whatever your activity in the water, the fact remains that earplugs are the surest way to guarantee your ears’ health in the water during this summer and many other summers to come.

It’s all about prevention, as Dr. O’Leary and Eddie have recommended in their videos.

Be a responsible swimmer or surfer.

Take care of your body, especially your ears, over this summer season.

If you have found this post useful, please share your comments below. Also, if you know someone who could benefit from this information, please share it with him or her.

Thank you for reading!

Next week I will be talking a bit about nutrition and inflammation. Why we get it and what kind of food we should be eating to prevent this from happening.

Gotta look good at the beach! See you then!

4 resourcefulness examples to live by.

Hey Sentinels!

A long time ago, I watched a movie about a South-African boxer trying to make it into the international circuit. That alone could certainly stand as a very meritable goal. However, the fact that he was white and his trainer was black, and that they both pursued their dream during the height of apartheid in South Africa makes their story even more remarkable.

A true testament to courage, grit, determination, and resourcefulness.

For what is resourcefulness if not going beyond your natural skills and making the most of the resources you currently have at your disposal.

Listen to nature…

I don’t like boxing. Never have.

But I have enormous respect for anyone who decides to pursue the sport professionally. I am especially drawn to the creativity of some boxers to pull their limited resources together, in the majority of times, from very humble beginnings to mega-stardom, by not letting themselves be beaten down by lack of resources. This is one of four resourcefulness examples to live by.

Back to the movie.

I recall a thought that the boxer’s coach, an old and wise mentor, shared with his protege shortly before dying. It’s not textually accurate but it went something like this:

“…whenever you have doubts in your life, look to nature for the answers”.

It may not mean or resonate with most people. I get it. But then again, Sentinels are not like most people, right?

The message, in my case, did have a profound impact on my life.

It helped me gain clarity, allowing me to face some of life’s inevitable adverse situations with grace and humility. I was also lucky to realize this while living in one of the most naturally abundant places in Mexico: Riviera Maya. This beautiful stretch of sea, mangrove, and jungle had all the necessary elements for finding my answers.

It’s not my fault…it’s never my fault!

If you have been reading my posts for sometime time (thank you!), you probably know that lately, I have been facing emotional and economic challenges which have left me a bit perplexed and overwhelmed.

So, I did the predictable thing: I complained, pointing the finger at external reasons causing my misfortune, my excuses falling squarely on the lack of resources not available to me. You know the ones: got no money, no time for a second job, to late to go back to school, blaming them millennials for the audacity to think and do things differently…blah, blah, blah.

The internal discussion was harmful, to say the least. It also got very confusing, very fast. Overwhelm was getting the better of me. I felt I was slowly choking in doubts and fears. And then I remembered the message from the boxing coach, so long ago:

“… whenever you have doubts in your life, look to nature for the answers”.

I remember I spent the rest of the afternoon at a local beach, trying hard to listen to nature, letting her offer her wisdom.  And then, just as I was about to head back to my car, I had my answer. It happened so suddenly and with such clarity.

The ocean was calm, as it always is during May, I think it was, at the Riviera Maya. Waves lapped on the white-sand beaches of Puerto Morelos. I watched for a while as the waves came in and then receded.

And the then it came to me.

Like waves coming in and then receding,  external resources can just as easily swallow you up in a misguided sense of glory.

It’s not to say that it’s all bad. On the contrary. External resources are great and they do have a place in one’s personal journey, but here’s the thing: they are finite. They can provide a certain sense of security for a while.

But once depleted, resources can toss you out onto dry land leaving with you with nothing to show for.

It’s finally making sense!

Standing there, I now understood that, in the larger scheme of things, those resources were ephemeral and short-lived. Their tides depending on the comings and goings of circumstances and events.

I realized that they could also be great facilitators of excuses as to why we are not doing what we need to do to accomplish our goals and dreams.

I pondered further, recalling briefly my best friend’s son when he began to walk. As he was learning to walk, he would fall down over and over again, on his own. His natural persistence would eventually lead to the next stage of growth which was walking.

To his misfortune, he reached a time in his life that both my best friend and his wife began fostering a lack of self-responsibility and ownership to real-life situations.

Without realizing it, they began dismantling his natural resourcefulness, slowly taking away qualities like creativity, confidence, troubleshooting, self-esteem, pride and independent thinking.

And as if the universe wanted me to understand all of this in terms which I could better comprehend, it wisely sent me, as it often does,  a very clear and loud sign.

It came to me while driving home and listening to Tony Robbins (God bless him!) during one of his acclaimed Business Mastery conferences. To his electrified audience Tony said:

“Success is not about your resources. It’s about how resourceful you are with what you have”.

A-HA! moment anyone?

Coming out of a slumber…finally!

When you surround yourself with environments that encourage you to plan, strategize, prioritize, set goals, search for resources and track your development, you are on the fast track to learning resourcefulness.

These six skills are the building blocks which give us the ability to find and use available resources to achieve goals.

And that is exactly what happened to me.

Deciding to create Surfsentinel finally woke me from a deep slumber. And for the past 10 months, I have read, listened to, and engaged as much as my budget has allowed with thinkers and legitimate influencers in both the PD and long-form content marketing space, literally re-programming my mental and emotional hard-disk.

I have committed to feeding my mind with practical positivity as well as improving my mindset and productivity habits.

The only trouble was that my subconscious mind had been so full of crap for so long, I had to accept the fact that reprogramming it would take me at least as long, if not more, than all the time I had spent wasting away in the emotional and intellectual basement of my life.

So, are cognitive skills enough for being a resourceful person?

Outdoor activities for adults like going to Mars...
Elon Musk

I wondered and began researching biographical books about legendary entrepreneurs, people with an uncanny sense of resourcefulness such as Walt Disney, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Elon Musk. My research also included personalities from our surf culture, individuals who broke ground in the surfing world by applying to a great extent the six building blocks mentioned above (more about that in a moment).

I found out that to be resourceful, you must have the ability to process information emotionally as well as intellectually.

I also discovered that resourceful people are not only better at reaching their goals but also handle stress better.

So what makes resourcefulness such a priced skill to have?

I believe it has to do a lot with how you focus and invest that focal power.

In other words, people focus more on their limitations instead of taking advantage of their resources.

Follow their lead…

Going back to our tribe, take Taylor Knox, for instance.

Taylor Knox

At age 15, Taylor suffered a devastating back injury while skateboarding. Doctors found a damaged lumbar vertebra. Anybody who has experienced serious back injuries knows how painful and debilitating an injury of this sort can be.

Doctors told Taylor that surgery would be necessary for his recovery, but that probabilities to get back to surfing were minimal.

Knox underwent a very intensive rehabilitation which lasted six months, his body in a full body cast.

During this difficult period, Taylor decided to dig deep into his internal resources, visualizing from the hardship of his recovery the way he would surf again once back in the ocean he loved so much.

Incredibly, only months after returning to the water, Knox left the middle competition behind and returned to the top ranks of the NSSA Open Season.

In the end, his hard work, determination, and relentless pursuit to improve his surfing earned him an opportunity in the international spotlight. I

n February 1998, Knox would gain worldwide notoriety by dropping into a 52 – foot monster wave at Todos Santos during the Reef Big-Wave World Championships.

He became an overnight sensation and an international hero.

His blue-collar approach to surfing has also earned him the respect and admiration from his peers, recognizing him as the surfer’s surfer of the actual WSL. No mean feat.

A second great example of how a person can use personal judgment and intuition along with any available resources to achieve a goal that would otherwise prove to be impossible is Jay Moriarty.

Jay Moriarty

Jay became a surfing luminary at the early age of 15 when he became the youngest surfer ever to ride giant Mavericks.

Two years before that fateful day, Jay began a journey that would test his strength and stamina as well as stretch his spiritual and mental fortitude to the very limit.

Along with his mentor, Rick “Frosty” Hesson, Jay underwent a two-year training program designed by Hesson which included visualization, swim hundreds of miles, and paddling hundreds of hours in open ocean.

Hesson also included writing essays on various topics related to desire, visualization, mindset, etc. Moriarty also ran, rode his bike, sailed, fished and played volleyball.

Tragically, Jay left us too early, passing away during training while free diving in the Maldives. His legacy remains as an inspiration to all.

 

Bethany Hamilton

Last but certainly not least is Bethany Hamilton.

If anybody had a reason to hang their hat of excuses not to accomplish their dreams, it should have been Bethany.

Losing an arm to a 14-foot tiger shark is a life-changing event, the trauma, and sequels of such an event leaving deep, permanent scars on anyone.

Going back in the water would be the last thing anyone would ever imagine of doing.

Bethany is not such an individual.

After her harrowing experience,  losing 60 approximately 60 percent of her arm, she underwent several surgeries. Once stabilized, Bethany was released after a few days.  Bethany saw this incident as a unique opportunity to thrive, taking her apparent tragedy and turning it around completely in her favor. She became laser-focused on getting back in the water as soon as possible.

Facing her challenging condition, Bethany had to re-think her entire life strategy. Her resourcefulness came from the necessity to discard some old rules for the sake of experiencing something new and much more significant.

In my opinion, it is also quite possible that, among other things, she eventually arrived at the following conclusion:

The ability to determine and shape her future would also contribute to her lifelong happiness and success.

Bethany was determined to keep on surfing, so much so, in fact,  that shortly after her release, she won the Explor Women’s division at the 2005 NSSA National Championships. In 2007, undaunted, she began her career in the pro circuit.

That same year she released Heart of a Soul Surfer, a documentary which told her story before, during and after the shark attack. The documentary would be made into a movie later on called Soul Surfer, released in 2011.

Her achievements went well beyond professional surfing, also encouraging a healthy lifestyle and sharing her story through conferences and non-profit organizations like Friends of Bethany.

As social media became better known, Bethany also participated in several platforms, allowing her to acquire a very large following, yours truly included!

She has authored books like Body and Soul: A Girls Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life, published in 2014. Additionally, she was also involved in another documentary, Surfs Like a Girl.

Back in the water, she won first place at the Surf n Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro event in March 2014. Her most recent accomplishment was giving birth to her baby boy, Tobias on June 1, 2015.

Bethany is the truest example of never accepting your limitations and seeing every problem, difficulty, resistance, hurdle, and roadblock as an opportunity to grow and thrive.

Final thoughts…

We have all faced adverse situations in our lives at one point or another. When push comes to shove, life makes us discover what really works.

Like Bethany Hamilton, we try new ways to make things work when they don’t go our way.

Greatness at its most inspiring arrives when we come face-to-face with enormous odds. And resourcefulness is one of the cornerstones for achieving mastery in life.

Do you know anyone who has shown the abilities of a resourceful individual? What are the traits you think you could make your own to help you become more resourceful?

Please share your thoughts inside the comment box below. I answer all comments and I value your opinions very much

Thank you for reading! If you know someone who could benefit from this information, please share it with them. Thanks again!

Nail Art and Ocean Conservancy? You go girl!!

Ladies, ladies, ladies…this one’s for you!!

Ever thought of all the materials that go into making nail art? Never gave a second thought about this (as I rightly should!). HOWEVER…the video below is pretty awesome. I have a renewed sense of respect and appreciation for nail artists.

Even though Catherine Cronal is a novice (I have a hard time believing that!), it is pretty clear she is very skilled at her craft. She is also an advocate for finding ways to help the environment while doing her incredible art.

Below she shows how to make some amazing nail art while explaining ways on how to do do what she loves, sharing her views on environment and ocean conservancy. She also questions herself regarding best ways to recycle and dispose of nail polish, glitter, and plastic nails, which is just as well. Every bit helps!

Enjoy!

World Oceans Day was celebrated last Friday, June 8th. I thought this would be a good way to salute the amazing efforts being made by environmental heroes such as Sylvia Earle, Vandana Shiva, Isatou Ceesayand Sian Sykes.

To my fellow  Surfsentinel gents around the world, no worries!

Next week I will continue posting more manly articles for your viewing pleasure…but hey, my lady Sentinels also kick butt…so no surprises if you find similar articles in the future. You have been warned!

Happy Oceans Day 2018 everyone!