Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Laird Hamilton's 10 Rules for Eating a Healthy Diet

Big wave surfing legend Laird Hamilton gave Men's Health his 10 tips for eating right and staying in shape. Laird is also a big fan of yoga and working out as we have noted in this blog in the past.

Here are his tips (Mens Health)


Push Start - The Big Smooth


I like to begin the day at the blender with a smoothie. My favorite recipe contains five supplements that help me optimize my nutrition. A single tablespoon of Catie's Organic Greens, for instance, equals seven servings of green vegetables. I also add apple or cherry juice and frozen bananas and berries for a nice consistency. My morning smoothie gives my body a huge amount of nutrients, which are easily absorbed because liquids are easier to digest than solids. Less than an hour later, I'm ready for whatever activity is on the agenda.

Don't Graze

I don't like to eat unless I'm hungry. When I sit down to a meal, I want my body to be in a state of craving. Not eating until you're hungry means you're not snacking much, if at all.


Chew Slowly

All too often we take our food for granted. I'm always reminding myself to eat more consciously, to savor what I'm chewing. Nature has given us millions of unique flavors. Our job is to explore and appreciate them. It also makes you hyperaware of how much you're eating.


Eat Real Foods

Be wary of any food that has been created by humans rather than nature. The ingredients on the labels of processed foods, such as the average cracker or potato chip, are mind-boggling. If I don't know what it is, it's not going into my body.


Be Diverse

The food universe is vast, and in it there are hundreds of nutrients, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, bioflavonoids, phytochemicals--all kinds of elements. Each one provides something unique to our cells. That's why the more diverse your diet, the healthier you're going to be. Mix it up when you grocery shop. Don't just buy the same stuff every time.


Chew Slowly

All too often we take our food for granted. I'm always reminding myself to eat more consciously, to savor what I'm chewing. Nature has given us millions of unique flavors. Our job is to explore and appreciate them. It also makes you hyperaware of how much you're eating.


Eat Real Foods


Be wary of any food that has been created by humans rather than nature. The ingredients on the labels of processed foods, such as the average cracker or potato chip, are mind-boggling. If I don't know what it is, it's not going into my body.



Be Diverse


The food universe is vast, and in it there are hundreds of nutrients, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, bioflavonoids, phytochemicals--all kinds of elements. Each one provides something unique to our cells. That's why the more diverse your diet, the healthier you're going to be. Mix it up when you grocery shop. Don't just buy the same stuff every time.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Updated: Airline Surfboard Baggage Fees



We ran a story on this awhile back via CRSI twitter but the folks over at CR Surf have a good updated list of airline baggage fees for surfboards. Yikes!

Airlines Increase Fees for Boardbags
If you are thinking about bringing your favorite quiver on your next surf trip, these airlines have increased their fees for surfboards. Be sure to visit the airlines website before booking your flight so you know what to expect.

Luckily at CRSI surfing camps in Costa Rica, we have a full quiver of awesome surfboards. We also recommend that former students who are staying awhile in CR to buy a new board and then sell it back used and still save over what it would have cost to bring your own.

If you want this practice of overcharging to end, contact the airlines by mail and visit this site to sign their petition - http://www.surfers-against-airline-fees.com/


Air Pacific- $50 each way per surfboard bag leaving the U.S.

American Airlines - $150 each way (charge is per surfboard bag if neatly packed and under 50lbs) Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 50lbs will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes. Max 70 lbs and 126 inches

Continental - $100 each way for 2 surfboards , $400 each way for 3 surfboards, $700 each way for 4 surfboards)

Continental Airlines will accept one surfboard/wakeboard or one surfboard bag containing up to four boards per customer as checked baggage. Services charges (one way):

* 1 surfboard $100.00
* 1 surfboard bag containing up to two boards $100.00
* 1 surfboard bag containing up to three boards $400.00
* 1 surfboard bag containing up to four boards $700.00

This service charge is in addition to any excess baggage charges that may apply. The skeg/fin must be removed or well padded. The entire board must be encased in a suitable container to avoid scratching. Continental Airlines shall not be liable for damage to a surfboard/wakeboard. Excess Valuation may not be purchased for a surfboard/wakeboard. Surfboard/wakeboard and surfboard bags over 70lbs (32 kg) will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Note: On Continental Airlines flights, surfboards, surfboard bags or wakeboards over 115 inches (292 cm) in length will not be accepted as checked baggage. On Continental Express* or Continental Connection flights, surfboards, surfboard bags or wakeboards over 80 inches (203 cm) in length will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Copa- $75 to all destinations, excluding São Paulo and San Jose (SJO) which are charged only US $50 (two boards per bag)

Delta- $200 each way per surfboard bag - one board per bag ($100 each way to/from Brazil, $220 to Honolulu or Maui)


If the surfboard is not in a protective case, you must fill out a limited liability release before the surfboard will be accepted.
Surfboards are allowed one board per bag; additional boards in a bag will be charged, per board.
Surfboards over 70 lbs. will be charged the excess weight fee.
Between Honolulu and Maui, there is a 20 USD/CAD/EUR* fee.
Boogie boards smaller than or equal to 43 inches (107 cm) will be accepted as part of the free allowance.

Jet Blue- What is accepted: One surfboard per case; we recommend that surfboards travel in a hard-sided (rather than soft-sided) case to prevent damage. Domestic Flights: Surfboards are accepted on domestic flights for a fee of $50 per board each way and will count as one of your checked bags. International Flights: Customers will be charged a fee of $50 per board each way and will count as part of the checked baggage allowance. Surfboards are accepted to all destinations EXCEPT to/from Bermuda, *Santo Domingo and Santiago. *Please note: Surfboards ARE accepted on flights to/from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Southwest- $50 each way per surfboard bag

Spirit Airlines - A fee of $100 will apply each way for surfboards. A maximum of two surfboards will be accepted per case.

Taca- $125 each way per surfboard bag (max. 2 surfboards), $175 extra for additional surfboards ($100 between Miami and San Jose, Costa Rica)

United- Domestic $100 each way per surfboard, International $200 each way per surfboard

US Airways - Surfboards will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $100 per direction. One item of surfing equipment consists of 1 surfboard. When packaging a surfboard, keels and/or kedges must be removed or crated in such a manner so as to prevent damage to other baggage.



These airlines do not charge for boards: Sweet!

Singapore Airlines- No Charge for first 2 surfboards
Qantas – No charge
South African Airways- No charge
Air Emirates- No Charge

Complete article at
[CR Surf]