APRIL - MAY 2013 • ISSUE 4
South Florida Culture & Lifestyle
DaveL bringing art to life
Due South Brewing your local brewer
Bachaco • Brian Fox new breed of bmx Travel Panama • Treasure Hunting
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Loggerhead Sea Turtle Photograph by Ben Hicks
contents 08 | Current Events 10 | Feature Biz 12 | Sean Reyngoudt 16 | Due South Brewing 22 | Inside Marlins Park
31 | Current Quencher 32 | Centerfold 34 | Dave Lavernia
28 | Health & Fitness
26 | Kristen Sanders
38 | Bachaco 42 | The Sea Monsters 44 | Brian Fox 50 | Current Questions 51 | Girls Who Shred 53 | Fishing Report
62 | Issue 3 Release Party
63 | Tide Chart
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Girls Who Shred
56 | Travel: Panama
54 | Diving For Treasure
54 Artist: Dave Lavernia
the crew Publisher and Editor Dustin Wright
CFO (Chief Fun Officer) Danny Floyd
Special Thanks Sam Scott, Danny Floyd, Juan Carlos Agosto, Chris James, Tom Greene, Ben Hicks, Leon Legot, Nathan
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Nectar specializes in a variety of colors and lenses that will get you feeling and looking good. The comfortable and durable frames are lightweight and hold a color-hued lens that provides protection from both the sun and haters alike. One cool feature of their site is the fact that you can make a pair that has never been worn before. The “build your own” section lets you choose your very own design, and with over 150,000 variations, you’ve got options to say the least. Protection for your eyes at even the most radical moments? Yes, please. We agree that you should not have to worry about stuff like breaking your shades. Being worry free is priceless – same goes for looking good. When we came across a brand that did both, we had to give it our stamp of approval. Check them out at nectarsunglasses.com.
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just as much attention as his skills on a kiteboard and wakeboard. His resume includes a 1st place win at the Extremity Games wakeboarding competition for five consecutive years, another first place at the Islamorada Invitational Kiteboarding Competition, and has been the only amputee competitor in other kite and wake-boarding events. He’s often seen in his two main arenas: the Florida Keys with a kiteboard on windy days and in the cable parks in South Florida. Looking back, Reyngoudt said that moment when he saw his leg below the shin gone was the “most emotional feeling in my life. I had thoughts of what I was able to do before and now I was clueless on what to expect.” His transformation begins in May 2003, while working at a seafood district in the Florida Keys. Driven to a substation and placed inside an ambulance, his mind was racing. He knew his leg would be coming off. “My leg was completely mangled,” he said. “It crushed my foot all the way up to the ankle; there was no bone structure. All the skin was ripped off too, but I just hoped they would save it.” A 13-day hospital stay ensued, which included 2 surgeries. His left leg was amputated above the ankle, and skin grafts were placed on his right ankle to cover the missing skin. “After my first surgery, I looked down and knew my leg was gone. That felt like the world was over,” Reyngoudt recalled. “I didn’t know what to expect. I was depressed the whole time in the hospital, even with my friends and family there to support me.” He was released from the hospital, and after a brutal fight with a workers compensation firm, was fitted with the right prosthetic. “Before, I was fitted over 10 times for a prosthetic and still in pain, but when I was able to see the right guy, I was able to run out of his office,” he said. “And I hadn’t run in a year since that time. That’s when I knew that something was going to be possible.” Months later and with cameras clicking, he was on a wakeboard and learning how to compensate for his prosthetic. He later watched a good friend kiteboard, and was immediately hooked. Having never tried the sport, his learning curve was steep. “I knew I needed to progress, and my motivation was just wanting to go to events, meet people and prove to myself what I was actually capable of doing,” he said. After much training, he entered the Kitetricity Kiteboarding Central Florida Open Ocean DownWinder in 2009, which spans from Cocoa beach to Vero for 60 miles. “There’s been plenty of times I thought that I’d never be active,” he said, looking back on his accomplishments. “But my drive is to always push myself a little bit harder than everyone else does.” Not only was he the only amputee in the event - he was the only one who claimed first prize.
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“There's been plenty of times I thought that I'd never be active.”
He’s also the co-host of Discovery HD Theater’s “Catchin Air,” a television series dedicated to kiteboarding. The show’s episodes venture from the warm Florida Keys to the redwood forests of Oregon, to the cold waters of Alaska, and to the salt flats in Utah. Through these experiences, Reyngoudt’s emotional transformation came full circle. “I’ve dedicated my life to become a paraathlete,” he said. I’m focusing energy and time on helping others find a direction, whether that be water sports or land sports, and help them create that passion.” He does this by creating long term relationships with those he comes in contact with through contests or daily life. Years ago, his main focus was getting back on his feet, literally. Now, his vision is simple: “I want to show others that anything is possible.” If he continues with this message, para-atheletic action sports are in good hands.
did you arrive at starting Q: How a microbrewery? Mike Jurewicz: Well I was originally going to make wine because my wife was allergic to sulfites – and I wanted to make wine without them. So I went to a place that sells the stuff to make wine and beer – and the guy tells me “You don’t want to make wine – it takes too long – you ought to make beer.” I said “I don’t like beer,” and he said “Well then you haven’t had the right beer.” Before I thought beer was the yellow no flavor type stuff. So I tried some beers and sure enough there was some really good stuff out there. I had always been into cooking and owned a restaurant up there and that kinda’ thing – and the flavors you could make always fascinated me my whole life. So I said I would give it a shot and see what happened. I started tweaking the recipes and made some beer that I liked to drink, but at the end of the day my wife still couldn’t drink wine and she didn’t like beer either. So I said “I’m going to find something out there that she will drink.” It took a little while, but I eventually came up with the recipe for the Caramel Cream Ale. I brewed it probably over 100 different ways trying to get it dialed right for her. Finally we found this recipe – friends and family would come around and say “Man you can’t get anything like this in the store.” We started kickin’ around the idea of opening a brewery – we felt like we liked the beer that our friends and family liked, but your friends and family will tell you that you can sing too (laughs). So I said let’s see what happens. Next we started doing some festivals and ended up winning. Photo: Nathan Hamler
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did you come up with the Q: How name Due South Brewing? I’m from South Carolina originally. We really wanted to be in Florida and wanted the local thing to work, but we didn’t want to be restricted to South Florida. We wanted something that could be more regional – and if you look on a map of where I’m from in South Carolina and where I am now – I’m due south of that.
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Q: How long was that timeframe? About a year and a half. We finally got to where we were set up. It finally got to the point where it had to happen now, and we had already scheduled the grand opening. We got it open, went out to get a beer, and there was a Due South tap handle on it – that was pretty cool. You lay in bed night after night thinking “Holy shit, if I could just get that tap handle right there, I would just go to work and make beer.” Because we have a lot of fun
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making beer (smiles). Once we hit that point and had that tap handle, we were like “Alright – we’re good.”
Q: Was that the moment?
Yeah that was when we knew we were going to be alright. Just to get that one handle out there was it. The grand opening was a great time. We had about a thousand people waiting out front – they walked in to get some beer – and my whole CO2 system went down so the only thing I could pour was a stout. I was digging around looking for the CO2 and just started cutting lines to look for it. I finally found it – there was a connector with a hole that I could see through, but gas wouldn’t go through it. So we got that fixed got it going, everything was good, and had a lot of fun. It’s been one thing after the other. We have a lot of mechanical things going at once, so things are gonna break. You’re mostly janitor, kind of a mechanic, and a little bit of a brewer.
Due South named their fermentation tanks after Florida space crafts. Atlantis, Challenger, and Columbia.
Q: You are the brewmaster as well? Yep, I make every beer. James should be brewing by himself within a month. We have a new tank coming in (2,000 gallons). Because of that I need to have someone else help out, so that I have time to run the business.
did you guys make a deal with Q: When Brown Distributing? Actually right before we opened. I had been – with my restaurant in SC – on the retail side of it. So I knew the right questions to ask. I talked to other brewers just to see what their experiences were with Brown and I also spoke with the retailers. Brown is doing a great job with our brand, as well as craft beer in South Florida in general. They’re a great group of guys and we’re thrilled to be a part of what they’ve got goin’ on.
How has the rest of the craft beer community received Due South? The community – particularly within Florida – the guys from Bold City, Big Bear, Tequesta, and Cigar City – if I had a question when I was getting started, all it would take is a phone call. In effect, we’re kind of competition, but they would say “No man – here’s what you do.” Because they didn’t want me to fall down – we all want good beer – and we’re not even 10% of the market. If somebody says “I’ve never had craft beer before,” they come in here and drink a beer and say “Holy crap I didn’t know beer could taste like this.” Then we’ve sort of converted somebody – and the thing they’re going to do is walk out the door and say “What else is like that? I want more of that!” So in reality good beer helps everybody.
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Were you always athletic, even as a child? I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I was a National Champion in equestrian and cycling, World Champion in Cycling, All-American in triathlon, and Division 1 NCAA swimmer.
If not cycling, what did you think you would be doing when you grew up? I actually never thought about what I would be when I grew up, except I knew I would live happy and in someplace warm.
What would you say to young girls dreaming of being pro athletes one day? It’s harder than you think but it is very possible. Hard work, determination, sacrifice, focus- all possible and
World Champion Cyclist
How did you get into triathlon events and cycling? I went to college on a swimming scholarship,
equally if not more important as talent. The former are all characteristics you can learn, develop and train, but talent, you cannot. It takes both to be a pro athlete.
Any favorite fit foods? Peanut butter and sweet peas - but not together!
then made friends with some runners in my 20s and ran a marathon. I
Any guilty pleasures? I think I could live on
figured I had 2 of 3 sports of a triathlon pretty solid so I should get a bike
frozen yogurt, topped with chocolate sprinkles, berries
and give it a shot. Interestingly enough, the bike turned out to be my
best of the 3 sports, so far superior to the other three that bike racing was obviously where I belonged. A local shop gave me a spot on their local team. That was around 2001.
How much does your athleticism bleed over into other areas of your life? Being an athlete is not something that I can categorize, it’s just
How do you prep for a race/event?
who I am. How I think and everything I do has been
The sport of cycling is rarely about a single race. I often had seasons
impacted in some way by being an athlete.
of 80+ races, which is honestly too much. So the prep work starts in the off-season with a few weeks of good solid recovery on the couch; this is a necessity for the mind and the body. Training is typically built over months and will continue, even after the season begins. Once the season begins, I race many weeks or weekends in a row so many weeks are “the week before.” Recovery is truly the key to cycling success,
Would you consider yourself more of a competitor who enjoys the drive to win against others or a competitor constantly seeking to best her own records? I like to WIN.
because we race so often. Sleep, staying off your legs, compression, ice, and massage are all important.
If you could race anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? If I could race anyone anywhere
Do you have any rituals on race day?
it would be Tom Steinbacher, owner of Stradalli LLC.
I have a pretty specific routine from the time I wake up to the time I eat
I never really deviate much. The routine alleviates a lot of drama that
What is it about South Florida that makes it so amenable to sports such as cycling? The weather here is awesome for training.
would have been exacerbated by nervous energy. Although, two people
There are very few places where you can train on the
should never touch the salt shaker at the same time, it’s bad luck. So
bike outside all year around.
and what I eat to warm up (or not to warm up, depending on the race) and then post-race/recovery. I figured out what works for me and then
a request for “pass the salt” must always involve you sitting the salt shaker back down on the table, never placing it in someones hands. But
Any words to live by?
that’s not superstitious; every true cyclist knows that this is fact!
Do what makes you happy.
You own a car, not the road. Share it.
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Top Ten Triathlon Tips 1. Choose your event: Many think that triathlon means the “Ironman.” In south Florida you can find a sprint distance triathlon almost every weekend. A sprint distance triathlon usually consists of a quartermile swim, 10 mile bike and 5k run. 2. Get your gear: You don’t need a lot of equipment to try your first triathlon – some goggles, a borrowed bike and running shoes are all you need for your first event. 3. Have a plan: Keep it simple - three swims, three bikes and three runs per week are all the training you need. 4. Take advantage of resources: There are many resources available to help you on your way to becoming a triathlete. You can start with free online training plans and guides, or you can hire a coach to help you in a particular discipline or write a full training plan. 5. Do bricks: Bricks typically refer to doing two sports back-to-back and most commonly refer to a back-to-back bike to run. I recommend doing bricks as often as possible to prepare you for the transition between disciplines in a race. The “brick” is so named because your legs typically feel like bricks when you get off your bike and run! 6. Do a practice race: Don’t try to tackle the entire distance early in your training, but two weeks out from your event do the swim, bike and run distances for your event together. 7. Get your machine ready: Have your bike checked out at a local shop to make sure you have no worries on race day. Most shops will do a “safety check” for around $25.00 just to make sure your bike is safe and ready. 8. Know the course: The race website will have details about the swim, bike and run courses. Make sure you study them – you are responsible for knowing the course on race day so take the time to know and be comfortable with all aspects of your event. Most races also have a prerace meeting to go over event details. Attend this if you have any concerns! 9. Taper: Cut your training volume in half (or more) the week of the race. Many people try to cram training in because they feel unprepared during the week of the race, but you need to be confident that your training is behind you. Your body needs to rest and recover in the days leading up to the race. 10. Don’t try anything new on race day: your usual equipment the day of the race.
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As a native Floridian, David "DaveL" Lavernia has always been inspired by his tropical surroundings. His detailed linework is a style which he diligently spent years cultivating â€“ focusing on aquatic elements with vibrant colors and fluid compositions. DaveL works with several different mediums including acrylic, oil enamel, oil pastel, aerosol and mixed media. His compositions and use of color attracts and emits movement, allowing for a visual narrative to materialize.
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What made you pursue this style of art?
Since I was young, I’ve always enjoyed drawing. I picked up painting, got a job at a local surf shop in Miami (BC Surf & Sport). I would paint almost everyone’s griptape and/or surfboard easily over 1000 boards painted. My style started getting more refined during this time with the use of line work in any and all works.
When did you decide to make a career out of it?
I had always wanted to make a career out of my art but it wasn’t until the store shut down in January 2012 that I decided to make the decision. It was a blessing in disguise.
What gave you the inspiration to paint faces and integrate it into one piece of art? Recently, my friend Nik Martinez, a photographer located in Miami, asked me what I thought about painting a model to match one of my larger paintings. I immediately wanted to begin this project. It was beautiful to bring a natural element to create art. The outcome was unreal. I matched a friend Aileen in the detailed lines of one of my murals. It provided a meditative state of mind.
What was your biggest obstacle as an artist?
The biggest obstacle in my career was learning how to budget my time accordingly. Now I work on multiple projects daily. There is always something to create and that’s what truly makes me content.
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Your music has been described as Afro-Caribbean Roots Rock. Is this an accurate description, or can your sound even be categorized? It definitely must be the best way to describe the overall sound and band since that’s the main focus of our project, but in reality every song is different. Even when they lean more towards rock, they’re mostly influenced by Afro-Caribbean sounds like Reggae, Dancehall, and Cumbia.
What’s your take on the south Florida music scene? South Florida’s music scene is very vibrant compared to other cities, there’s always something going almost every day of the week. It’s a bit spread out considering the size of the region. There are more bands, more venues, and more South Florida bands are starting to hit the road. It can only improve if we all continue to work for it, doing the best from our end.
What is your favorite South Florida venue to play? What venue would you like to play in that you haven’t played in yet? While in Miami we love to play at The Stage, it feels great to be back there every single was amazing and that has been one of our favorite venues
What are your pre show routines? It depends on the show, the city, preparing
in South Florida so far…. it’d be great to be back there soon!
for a Bachaco show mostly consists of Rehearsals, Soundchecks,
We’d also like to play at Culture Room soon too, that’s a
Little Jams, Press Interviews, and socializing with our fans and
venue we’ve never played at.
friends; since every show is different there’s no specific routines or
time. Last show we did at Revolution Live with Gondwana
What would you say your major musical influences are that contributed to your style and sound? Reggae in general, in
dynamics other than having a great time always with an open mind and good energy.
particular Latin Reggae bands such as Los Pericos, Cultura
What band member gets everyone psyched before the show? We all share that role! Some of us in the band
Profetica, and Gondwana are what fueled the project in the
connect with different people in different ways. We each connect
beginning, and to date still play an important role. But each
with fans in different ways. We have all been very conscious about
member brings in their own flavor. Influences are very broad
the importance of involving our audience and fortunately we all do
from Reggae/Rock bands like Soja, Rebelution, Tribal Seeds
it proactively. Best at it? MATT, he’s Jamaican and everybody loves
to Jazz, to Rock, to Salsa, to Hip-Hop. I personally grew up in
dreads. Also, Mumbles and Alex run our street team so they’re also
the country side of Venezuela listening to Cumbia at family
great at getting new fans excited to come out to our shows.
events and neighborhood parties. Eventually I found myself Eminem, Bob Marley, Sean Paul, Korn, Limp Bizkit, System
Where do you like to hang after the show? If there’s time to hang out
of a Down, and Blink 182; around that same time is when I
after the show we usually just love being with our closest friends
discovered the Latin Reggae and Cumbia movements which
backstage, otherwise we somehow always manage to get a
eventually led me to Miami’s local music scene, to forming a
new friend in each city we visit and spend some time getting to
band that sounds the way we sound today.
know them; too many memories to recall them all but Philly, New
studying English while listening to mainstream stuff like
Orleans, Seattle, and so many more cool cities where we’ve been able to connect with our fans beyond the shows and it’s usually people that support us year after year.
Best memory as a band? Too many to name but making it across the Canada border to perform at the Victoria Ska Fest last year was phenomenal. We recently did a Key West Road Trip where we chartered our own bus an took our fans to a show at The Green Parrot in Key West; that was one of
What are your plans for your second album, and will it be different from your first? We’re actually in the middle of recording
our best shows ever in the past few months…. everyone was so engaged, the trip on the bus and the show where both epic!
that album right now and it will be along the same lines
Who would you like to thank for getting Bachaco to where you are today? The band deserves a lot of merit
genre-wise but the band is bigger now. We got 2 additional
for keeping strong even during the tough times; we did this almost
members since our last album (Farid on Guitar and JP on
by ourselves, we operate as an indie band but there have been
Sax) and we also got a new bass player (Mumbles). They’re
some people in our team throughout the time that have lent a
all really sick musicians recording on this album and
hand, specially Gustavo Fernandez from Delanuca Music Group,
together we have come up with a new sound for the band,
our first formal Rock & Roll coach, he was the one pushing us
more along the lines of other Reggae/Rock bands but with
to get on the road and that really impacted us as a band. Today
our own character, more positive and conscious music, a bit
we’re working with an amazing Publicist, Claudia Guevara and a
less Cumbia and more English language tracks for our fans
new manager, Paris Cabezas; to them we’re also very grateful for
in the U.S. and around the world.
leading the project in these past few months.
Remember the rockin’ 80’s and 90’s? Bleached big hair bands, 3 chords and a cloud of dust songs, scantily clad groupies galore, severe debauchery at every tour stop, an “excess is best” mentality? Yup, some of us have those memories, however cloudy and perhaps disconnected. But you have to admit, the music that came out during those 2 decades is unforgettable. And we all had a big time! A local band that helps rekindle those memories is The Sea Monsters. Not only can these guys rock, but their name is pretty sweet too. And they bring the surfer ‘tude along with them. We caught up with the boys recently and asked them to tell us the Sea Monster story. Here it is……… The band was formed by five neglected kids from a small, poor Florida town called Boca Raton. All we had in our lives was surfing and terrorizing the local towns people on our skateboards when there was no waves, which was all the time. We soon lived up to the reputation of being “The Sea Monsters”. After banging on pots n pans, drinkin booze, smokin’ and listening to Black Sabbath for long enough, the band surfaced.
Back in 2006, George Linger, Dennis Belanger and Jay Ghetsel had been jammin over at George’s house and invited two more bros over, Joey Lennon and BJ Tierney to start a band. Chris Gaynor soon followed. Joey, our lead singer came up with the name of the band. He said, “I woke up in the middle of the night from a dream bro and it came to me, we should call the band The Sea Monsters man” in his Jeff Spicoli voice while driving around in his vintage dune buggy. It was a name that fit the band since everyone was either a surfer or had a connection somehow with the ocean. The name still holds true today even with all the lineup changes over the years. There has been other key guys that put their heart & soul into this band too, like a psycho surfer and hard hitting drummer named Jean Lacerte along with Mark Vanduren, a “Clutch” influenced guitar player. Those guys elevated the band to a level that attracted some really talented
musicians who are with us now. Brandon “baby bucket head” Epling, a shredding guitar player who has studied Bucket Head, Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen is on lead guitar. Mark Ellis, who plays in a Rush tribute band with the bass player & singer from Yngwie Malmsteen’s band, is actually our drummer.
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How long have you been riding? Since I can remember really. I started racing BMX when I was 5-years-old.
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eeting Brian Fox will put you in a good mood. His
stoke for riding, and life in general, is infectious. In fact, you can’t help but get excited about bikes when you talk to him. You also get the feeling that this 18-year-old South Florida native is minutes away from busting onto the pro freestyle BMX scene. His biggest breakout moment to date came last year when he made it into the Trans Jam Finals in Greenville, NC. He registered as a junior rider, because he was only 17 at the time, and had plans to lay down some big tricks. Unfortunately his run was cut short unexpectedly. But he found a way to make the best out of the situation. Rather than end with a run he didn’t like, Brian scraped together some cash, re-entered the comp in the Expert Class and walked away with the win! BMX
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legend Dave Mira, who lives in outside Greenville, invited Brian to ride his private warehouse park after the comp. Since then Brian has put several more 1st place finishes under his belt. He competes regularly in the Florida BMX Skate Park Series and has caught the attention of local pro-rider Mike Spinner who has taken this impressive up
When did you switch from racing to freestyle? I quit racing after a few years. Then I started riding again 5 or 6 yrs ago. My parents paid for me to go to Woodward for two weeks in 2010, when I was 16.
Where was your first competition? Stonage Skate Park in Daytona Beach, FL, in 2011
How often do you compete?
and comer under this wing. We caught up with Brian in
A lot… a lot of contests. There is a FL BMX Skate Park Series and I compete in all of them.
“The Lab” so we could see for ourselves exactly what he’s
Do you have any rituals before a competition?
I always sit in a spot where I can see the whole park and get really quiet. I don’t talk to anyone. I just go through my run in my mind a million times making sure I know everything I’m going to do.
What was your worst crash? In December of 2012 I got knocked out for a minute or so and got a concussion. I was trying to backflip-turndown over a street gap in Boca (laughs).
Who is your favorite rider? I think Dane Searls is sick. He built some 65ft dirt jumps with Red Bull. But my favorite rider is probably Dennis Enarson.
Did anything noteworthy happen while you were there? Yeah, I won the mini-vert contest they put on at the end of the camp. Winning that comp got me invited to the Target MiniVert Finals and I placed 2nd.
Where’s your favorite place to chill? At my friend Frankie’s house… he’s got a bunch of ramps at his house. He got them from his church. They used to have a skate park there but they closed it down and gave my friend all the ramps. Now he has a whole skate park in his back yard.
Do you have any other hobbies? (Laughs) Does school count as a hobby? Seriously, I have no life outside of riding. I come home, pad
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up and go ride.
How did you like Woodward?
It’s the most amazing place on the planet! They have everything. All the ramps and jumps are kept in such good shape too.
What are your plans after you graduate? I’m going to Woodward! I’m hopefully going to work there. Mike Spinner vouched for me. After that me and my old-man are going to head out on a road trip.
What are your riding goals for 2013? I just learned double back-flips, so I definitely want to keep progressing. I want to put together a solid video edit to send to sponsors and I also want to make it to Mike Spinners Play Pro Contest.
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If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Jordana Depaula: If I could have any superpower, I would want to snap my fingers and teleport myself anywhere in the world. On rough days, I would love to snap my fingers and be laying on the beach in Tahiti. How great would life be without waiting in traffic, airport terminals, or wasting time travelling? Annilie Hastey: If I could have any superpower, I would love the ability to predict the NCAA March Madness Bracket outcome. Not only will I be one in a billion, but I would also have great bragging rights to all my friends! John Denison: I would want the superpower of influence. Would not have to fly or be strong. Could just influence those that are. Elle O’Brian: Being able to breathe underwater. I wouldn’t want to grow gills or anything, but just being able to swim down into the depths of reefs and glide along with the turtles and sharks would be an incredible experience. I could go surfing and get tumbled all I wanted without worrying about drowning. I could pass lifeguard tests no problem, or go diving with some friends and not even have to use a tank! April Holland: I would want to be like captain planet because he’s my hero. Liesl Kopp: If I could have any superpower.... I would have the ability to get ready Jetsons style. A little extra sleep in the morning, and you could shower 100 times a day, getting ready in an instant afterward. What’s better than that? Liz Guinessey: If I could choose any superpower I would want the ability to speak and understand any language, from English to Korean, from Russian to the Click language of the African Bushmen. Then I could travel anywhere in the world and be able to communicate and make friends with anyone I encountered!
omen these days are taking on the world one promotion, one raise, one title at a time; fearless, fantastic, but nevertheless, female. It’s not just the office they’re dominating, but the oceans, mountains and world of action sports. Right here in the waters of the Atlantic Current, you will find some of the East Coast’s strongest swimmers, paddleboarders, and surfers. Previously, outdoor action sports have been dominated by men. The few women fearless enough to participate have been thrown amongst the world of “macho” male sportsmanship. However, a new wave of female action sports girls has hit Florida shores, and she is very much her own woman. Perhaps, it is the rise in popularity of the paddle-board which has brought more women into the water. Unlike traditional surfing, it is less taxing on the body and compliments low impact strengthening fitness activities such as yoga. Regardless of what is bringing women of all ages to the outdoor action, the fact they are finally arriving is what should be celebrated. Taking women from boardrooms to boards has brought them into a new frame of physical and mental well-being that the warm waters and sunny weather of Florida allow.
A year ago, I made the move to South Florida. I, a British journalist working within the confines of London, had spent my life desperate to be outdoors and involved in action sports. In the Summer I would travel to surf in Costa Rica and France, while in Winter I would venture to snowboard the Alps and Canada. The city was where I worked, but not who I was; I struggled to find satisfaction in a life without physical activity, and when it existed, was male dominated. On my travels I had witnessed other women, like myself, no longer satisfied with sitting on the beach and watching the guys ‘shred.’ Girls should ‘shred’ I thought, better yet, women. I truly believed that every woman out there deserved to feel the freedom of life that I felt outdoors, and that getting back to the earth’s playgrounds brought a simple joy that perhaps we had lost in an overly cosmopolitan world amongst constant consumerism. Arriving in Florida, I noticed a world open up for women wanting to optimize their health through outdoor fitness; gone were gyms, and in were the outdoor yoga groups, fishing in the keys, and running along the sand. Ladies, women, girls, wherever you are, Girls Who Shred is here. Introducing ‘Girls Who Shred’ to The Atlantic Current, I will bring you stories, features, news, styles, and profiles on the world of women in outdoor action sports…not just in South Florida, but around the World. Loving life and living better is not just for men, it’s for all of us girls, ‘shredding’ one day at a time! Francesca Page Editor of GW Magazine www.girlswhomag.com
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Fishing Report By Tom Greene South Florida fishing in April and May is one of the better times of the year. The reason is the cold fronts normally will stop coming through and you have more understanding of the weather patterns. This time of year we will get more SSE winds and you will have calmer oceans and longer days to do more things. You have the ability to go out and catch snapper and grouper on the reefs, the top of the reef being 45 foot , and the inside reef being 60-90 feet deep and the outside 90-120. You can do similar to what the drift boats do and go out and drift, but the better fisherman anchor and chum and bring the fish to you. My recommendation is to fish around the tides; tide changes usually have no current, you want to fish right after tide change or right before tide change so you don’t have to go through a 2-hour cycle of having no current. The secret is, if you chum is laid out at the back of the boat and the current is continuing to flow you can pull fish in from a greater distance, but if the current stops, all the work you have done just stops; the chum stops, the fish stop feeding and they don’t continue up the chum line. The best way to chum is to grind chum in a chum bag of some sort, and use a premade metal basket that you put a lead in or attach a lead to the outside; you can drop your chum box right into the metal basket; you can drop it down 60-80 feet, shake it, bring it up 10 feet at a time, and you’ll bring your fish right to the back of the boat. Baits of choice for the yellowtails, mangroves, mutton, are fresh squid (strips), sardines, chucks of ballyhoo, and fresh bonito works also. You can use a spinning
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rod and reel, and when you get these yellowtails chummed up you take a very light sinker, or no sinker, and when the chum bag is at the top, throw your line in and pull off 30 hands of line and drop your bait at the same speed the chum is dropping out of your chum basket; if your line falls too fast they won’t eat it and if it floats high they won’t eat it, so you are letting your bait match the chum as it falls out of the chum basket. Another thing you can do is buy a minnow, one is a silver-side and one is a glass minnow. By using these 2 different kinds of baits you hand ladle them one at a time….…let the silver-side be your bait of choice, and I can catch yellow tails all day long---I did this situation on a TV show and there were 20 boats offshore where the dolphin were and we went in and pulled into the weed line and started a chum line and we started feeding them glass minnow chum and then silver sides---I got the dolphin so excited and in such a frenzy we filmed them coming up beside of the boat and eating the glass and silver side minnows right out of my hand!---the other boats were going nuts because they could not catch a fish. This works every day and has worked for years. Another thing that’s happening this time of year is snook season is going to open and all the bridges around here will have snook. The spillways will open because the rainy season is starting. I’m always here to answer questions and if you have guests coming into town and want to know where to fish, who to charter with, and who to fish with it costs you nothing and I can always give you the best advice. Another thing that happens this time of year, Lake Ida in Boca Delray is full of bass and they are biting along with some peacock bass, and Lake Okeechobee will be very good also. Finally, lately, we have had the best Dolphin bite in shallow (120-250 feet) water and the bite has been very good around any debris you might find. Fishing is good---this is our time of year.
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By: John C Fine
“It was finders keepers in those days, the late Bob ‘Frogfoot’ Weller smiled.
He was sitting at his desk in what he called the treasure room looking at his accumulated gold and silver coins. The loot from a lifetime of diving for treasure. Bob hefted a 9.4 pound gold disk and passed it to Bert Kilbride. Bert ran Kilbride’s Underwater Tours in the British Virgin Islands and owned Saba Rock where he lived with his wife Gayla. “I know where it is now,” Bert said. The men were reunited after a long lapse of time. When they first met Bert had fielded a project on the Island of Anegada to look for a Spanish galleon that dashed upon the 13-mile long reef and sank. Frogfoot was vacationing in the British Virgins and came out to Anegada to snorkel over some of the reefs. The men met briefly. They hadn’t seen each other in thirty years. Bert came up to visit me and I took him to see Bob Weller to get reacquainted. Both men were legends in their own time. Both are gone now yet their inspiration lives on. Bert died a month short of his 94th birthday, Frogfoot was into his 80s when he went over the bar. Each sought elusive Spanish galleons laden with treasure until the day they died. Their legacy is the legend dreams are made of. Frogfoot knew where the “Richest treasure yet unfound, on
land or sea,” is located off the harbor of Cartegena, Colombia. “The San Jose contains the richest treasure in the world. I know where it is,” Frogfoot said, not long before he died. “I know where to look for the galleon San Ignacio. We’ll get out there diving,” Bert told me the last time I saw him. Both men sought legendary lost treasure buried for centuries in the deep. Fortunes and aspirations sunk by war and storm during Spain’s conquest and exploitation of its American colonies. Many have sought sunken treasure with varying results. Some successfully work claims established by other treasure salvors like the late legendary Mel Fisher off Florida’s Atlantic Ocean coast between Ft. Pierce and St. Augustine. Mel joined Kip Wagner in the 50s and found the ocean floor was carpeted with gold coins, treasure from a Spanish fleet dashed upon reefs, shoals and shallows in a fierce hurricane in 1715. Those shipwrecks, and their scatter zones, continue to be worked, even today and extraordinary finds of jewelry, coins and artifacts made. Research has been the key to most successful underwater treasure discoveries. Mel Fisher only found the galleons Atocha and Santa Margarita when Spanish archive researcher Jack
Haskins tipped a fellow researcher, Eugene Lyons, off to a discovery among Spanish manuscripts in the Archive of the Indies in Seville. The key was a salvage master’s report that was sent out of Havana to recover treasure from the ships that were victims of a hurricane in 1622, some 40 miles south of Key West. Divers in the Florida Keys from Marathon to Key Largo have explored the wreckage of the 1733 treasure fleet that was also struck by a hurricane that dashed the vessels upon the reefs and shallows. An ocean lifeguard, Peter Leo, found the remains of a courier ship, San Miguel Archangel, in shallow water off Jupiter Beach where it sank. Peter Leo was swimming early one morning before assuming his duties in the lifeguard tower. He looked down and saw a black object underwater. He dove down with his swim goggles and found that an iron cannon had been uncovered by ocean waves. This began the lifeguard’s odyssey that resulted in discovery of thousands of coins and artifacts including a large silver bar, two gold bars and many gold disks and small ingots called finger bars, part of the San Miguel’s cargo of treasure. Treasure laws have changed since the days when Bob ‘Frogfoot’ Weller hitched his boat trailer to the car and drove down to the keys with a few buddies to hunt for sunken galleons. Permitted sites are owned and that ownership is related to early admiralty claims that were filed by salvage divers before a law was passed in 1988, that vested rights to submerged sites in state territorial waters to government. Even with laws that restrict haphazard salvage on submerged sea beds within three miles of a state’s territorial water, many people with detectors have lucked upon finds on beaches. With every hurricane, nor’easter and the fury of ocean storms, wind and waves throw treasure up on the beach from the scattered remains of galleons offshore. The law still allows metal detecting on public beaches. Federal and state parks are generally off-limits to metal detectorists without license or permission. Many enthusiasts volunteer as divers or work with permitees that have valid contracts with owners of salvage leases. Mel Fisher’s family recently transferred their rights to the salvage leases on the 1715 fleet. The new permittees continue to sub-contract with divers that pay $1,000 for a yearly lease. The State of Florida receives 20% of finds, the
remainder is split 50-50 with the lease-holder and the salvage operator or sub-contractor. Despite the fact that sites offshore of the beaches between Ft. Pierce and Sebastian, Florida have been worked for many years, treasure still turns up. A mother-daughter team, Bonnie and Jo Schubert, dive the shipwrecks off Ft. Pierce every season under sub-contract with the permittee. In 2010 Bonnie found a gold statue. The object is a Catholic religious ornament thought to be of a pelican mother revitalizing her offspring with her own blood. Symbolic allegory of Jesus’ death on the cross. While estimates of value for the 5 ½” statue are variously given, some expect it to bring almost $1 million when it is eventually sold at auction. Bonnie made her find in shallow water just offshore of Frederick Douglas beach. It was here that I detected, but couldn’t recover, signals in the sand at water’s edge long ago. A friend returned to the same beach and found a rare Guatemala fully dated silver ‘Ocho Reale’ or Piece of Eight that was estimated to be worth $2,500. Proof again that a site is never fully exploited, especially underwater and on beaches that change with storms and wave action. While laws and regulations have evolved in the U.S. and in many nations around the world, diving for treasure is still a grand adventure. Divers with permission continue to make extraordinary finds on the shores and underwater. Lakes and rivers are often the source of artifacts dumped in after battles or the result of capsized boats and ferries. Legendary divers like Bert Kilbride, Bob ‘Frogfoot’ Weller and Mel Fisher have left a legacy of dreams that contemporary salvage enthusiasts pursue. If there is a will then a way will be found to work underwater on shipwreck projects. Like ocean lifeguard Peter Leo, the dream of a lifetime can come true with the discovery of a long lost Spanish galleon.
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