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JUNE - JULY 2013 • ISSUE 5

Indonesia Trip of a Lifetime

Mike Rogers Fighting for Others

Sunfest 2013 FINS Weekend Where Music Meets Waterfront

Dolphins Give Back



to the atlantic current

Photo: Ben Hicks

In This Issue Summertime. For many, it’s the best time of the year. Longer days mean

All this, plus coverage of the Miami Dolphin FINS weekend, a feature story

more time on the beach, more time in the water, and more time just to

on Mike Rogers who has beat the odds several times to remain a great

hang out with your friends and family. New swimsuits and summer gear

skater, fishing with Tom Greene, a visit with FAU Athletic Director Patrick

to buy. Hot lazy days ending at your favorite watering hole, or huddled

Chun, and all of the other content you know and love.

around the grill filled with your fresh catch. Sunburns needing attention.

Last, we have a small favor to ask. We do our best to provide the kind of

Surfing buds returning from the best trip ever with unbelievable stories

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Welcome to Issue 5 of The Atlantic Current. Inside you will find everything

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contents 08 | Current Events

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11 | Summer Guide

Our guide will help you get the max out of your summer.

18 | Sunscreen Review

A guide to protecting your skin featuring some of our favorite brands

20 | Summer Recipe

Hit the kitchen to whip up some fresh Mahi with a mango salsa!


22 | Indo

Come aboard the surf trip of a lifetime with local photographer Ben Hicks

28 | Health & Fitness

Useful tidbits to stay fit and a smoothie recipe to quench your thirst!

40 | Mike Rogers

Pro skateboarder Mike Rogers and how he continues to fight for others!

32 | Sunfest

A recap of Sunfest 2013 if you didn’t make it this year

44 | Andrew Swan

Feature artist shows us how dots and scribbles can become intricate and beautiful pieces of art

46 | Fins Weekend


See what work our Miami Dolphins are doing off the field to make South Florida a better place for all of us


48 | Patrick Chun

Catch up with FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun

50 | Fishing

Check out some of the best catches of the Saltwater Shootout and get Tom Greene’s take on the bite this June and July

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current events 7 / Ruling Mercury Boston’s on the Beach

1 / Uproot Hootenanny The Backyard, Boynton Beach 3 / R3HAB w/ David Solano Revolution Live

8 / Fleetwood Mac BB&T Center

4 / Soul Asylum BB&T Center

8 / Rascal Flatts and Cassadee Pope Cruzan Amphitheatre

5 / Uproot Hootenanny Maguire’s Hill 16, Fort Lauderdale

14 / Big Sam’s Funky Nat at The Funky Biscuit

5 / Ghost Owl The Funky Biscuit

15 / Donavon Frankenreiter Culture Room 15 / Happy Together Tour Turtles, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mark Lindsay The Pavilion at Coconut Creek

9 - 10 / Beyonce’ BB&T Center

15 / The Resolvers Hollywood Arts Park, Hollywood, FL

12 / Damon Fowler Group Bamboo Room, Lake Worth 13 / Short Straw Pickers CD Release Party with Special Guests Uproot Hootenanny The Funky Biscuit

17 / Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience Cruzan Amphitheatre 18 / Grizzly Bear Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami Beach

17 - 20 / Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament

21 / Brass Evolution Boston’s on the Beach

19 - 20 / Dave Mathews Band Cruzan Amphitheatre

21 / Brad Paisley Cruzan Amphitheatre

21 / 311, Cypress Hill, G. Love and Special Sauce, and Sublime w/ Rome Cruzan Amphitheatre

26 / Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Bob Weir Cruzan Amphitheatre 28 / Halloween in June Nipper’s Sports Bar and Grill, Boca, 9p-1a 28 / Suenalo The Funky Biscuit 29 / Uproot Hootenanny Sullivan Park, Deerfield Beach 4pm-6pm 29 / Brotherly Love Productions Family Reunion at Spanish River Park, featuring 2 of Atlantic Current’s favorite bands, Uproot Hootenanny and The Resolvers!! Noon-8pm 29 / The Livesays Special Guests The Deadly Blank The Funky Biscuit




5 / Fall Out Boy The Fillmore Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami Beach

18 - 21 / The Funky Biscuit Anniversary Celebration with Crazy Fingers, The Resolvers, Jon Cleary, David Shelley & Bluestone and many more!

26 / Toad the Wet Sprocket Culture Room 27 / Vans Warped Tour Cruzan Amphitheatre 27 / The Psychedelic Furs Culture Room 31 / Black Sabbath Cruzan Amphitheatre

4th of July Celebrations Boston’s on the Beach Red, White and Blues Fest, July 1-July 4, Delray Beach Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Celebration Anglin’s Pier, 9pm Pompano Beach, main public beach, 9pm City of Deerfield Beach 4th of July Celebration Free concerts start at 1pm Miramar Regional Park, 7pm-9pm Ford of July 4th’ celebration, Fort Lauderdale Beach 12:30pm-9:30pm Miami Beach Celebration Ocean and 8th Street, 6:30pm-9:30pm City of Lake Worth, noon-9:30pm, Bryant Park Boynton Beach, 6:30-9:30pm, Independence Park Delray Beach, 2:30-9:00pm, Ocean and Atlantic Boca Raton, Sunset Cove Amphitheatre, Boca Raton


d ere cov u r yo f ou got yo s de ’ve e e t gui w ur o n e c e d in e ui ext ride scr N n er g o . u t m s u at r yo is a sum iter wh t fo rst Jup ide nd s fi s f a e to n r o r i b u a y tips lso eo we tes n is A d r e o i . o i u s t t s m o r p o In c hat ho nso pe e to ot s hic hw eci spo cip eg r w v e g ’ r y wit e e t tin id hie tas ew por dec oot ssu is a i m sup ou e s e y l Y! th uid ca elp NJO r in opi er g r E e t to h t ! m a da ays sum orks. L r an er d e the W m m hen sum sum Kitc hot his t e t s y fi the sta f on f o l coo

Photo: Ben Hicks Models: Jonathan Llampay and Gaby Betancourt

America Hat by Billabong Available at the Billabong Store

Sea Daze Boardshorts by Lost Available at 2nd St. Surf Shop

Hurley Phantom Sandals Available at BC Surf & Sport

Quiksilver Block Party Tank Available at BC Surf & Sport

Honda Ruckus Available at Boca Scooters


Rainbow Handmade Crochet Top Available at Mora in Deerfield Beach or

Olukai Haiku Elua Available at Board Room on Atlantic

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Hurley Hybrid Shorts w/ Nike Dri-Fit Available at BC Surf & Sport

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Olukai Nohea Mesh Available at Board Room on Atlantic

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Volcom Surf & Turf Hybrid Shorts Available at BC Surf & Sport


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sunscreen review

All sunscreens are available at BC Surf & Sport By Miyagi Torrealba As summer season approaches here in Florida, the importance of using sunscreen on a regular basis becomes more apparent. It is important to protect your skin, so that you can spend more time doing the things you love to do under the sun. We have taken the time to review a few of the sunscreens out in the market to better help you choose the one that fits your lifestyle. (This review is not sponsored by any of these brands, and it is solely based on our own research and opinions)

Zinka Face Stick SPF 50+ Zinka is one of the original action sports sunscreen companies still around today. They are well known for their colored zinc nose coats. For 25 years they have been formulating, testing and producing high quality sunscreens by adding zinc oxide and other non-chemical based ingredients to their formulas. They have recently launched a face stick that is very water resistant and provides protection at SPF 50. It is a no mess application (non greasy) and protects against UVA & UVB. If you are looking for chemical free sun protection, consider Zinka. Cost: $8.99 for .49 oz

Headhunter SPF 30 Clear White Lotion Headhunter’s heavy-duty white cream blends quickly into skin. It works well for both face and body sun protection. It offers protection against UVA & UVB rays at SPF 30, and it is recommended for people with fair skin or those spending prolonged times in the water. It is nongreasy, fragrance free, hypoallergenic and will not sting the eyes. Doug and Drew Littlemore of La Jolla California, who are longtime surfers, travelers, and lifeguards, launched Headhunter in 1989. They have always focused on developing products to meet the needs of surfers. Cost: $13.00 3 oz.

Salt Life Salt Life has recently released a new line of biodegradable and reefsafe sunscreens manufactured here in Florida. This broad-spectrum sun block lotion features natural ingredients like Rose Hip Oil, Aloe, Squalane and Vitamin E. It protects against UVA & UVB and provides protection at SPF 30. So if you are looking for an eco-friendly option this may be the one for you. Cost: $23 6 oz.

Vertra SPF 50 Translucent Face Stick Vertra Elemental Resistance was founded in 2004. They are committed to bringing skincare awareness to the attention of athletes that participate in action sports and other rigorous outdoor activities—being the most prone to suffer from sunburn, skin damage, photo-aging and in a lot of cases, skin cancer. Vertra is one of the few recognized by the Skin Cancer Foundation. The face stick is extremely water resistant; it remains visible on your skin even after hours in the water. It has both physical and chemical blockers for ultimate protection. So if you intend to be out under the sun for prolonged periods of time, or under wet conditions, this is the sunscreen for you. Cost: $22.00 .37 oz

Waterman’s SPF 55 Lotion Waterman’s Sunscreens are designed especially for watersports and humid conditions. They use unique Zero Migration formulas that never bleed in your eyes, make your hands slippery, wear off prematurely or negatively affect your performance. Every ingredient and attribute is individually chosen to provide the ultimate broad-spectrum protection without sacrifice. They use a Micronized Mineral Protection formula, which is insoluble, protects against the entire spectrum of UVA/UVB radiation, and will not break down over time. This makes it a good choice for endurance athletes and anyone who spends extended periods of time outdoors without the opportunity to reapply. Cost: $19.95 3.4 oz


Sun Bum Sunbum Sunscreen Spray offers UVA & UVB protection, it’s paraben free, PABA free (safe for kids), oil free (will not cause breakouts) hypoallergenic with vitamn E and also backed by the Skin Cancer Foundation. If you are on the go and are seeking a quick application, the spray makes it easy to get to all those hard to reach areas. Cost: $15.99 6oz. 19

Photos: Nathan Hamler

Blackened Mahi with Mango Salsa and Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges Ladies, want to win over that special dude? Guys, want to get out of the dog house? Here’s your answer – an awesome summer recipe of blackened Mahi topped with a fresh mango salsa and other goodies paired with sweet potatoes and your favorite veggies. To master this tasty meal, we called on Doreen Sager at Jupiter Kitchen Works and piled into her commercial kitchen. Not going to lie, the recipe seemed a bit intimidating, but after preparing it, we realized it was pretty simple and well worth the details. ENJOY! Blackened Mahi with Mango Salsa Fish: 4 Six ounce Mahi or other white fish ½ cup unsalted butter, melted Salsa: 2-3 mangoes, dice ¼ bunch chopped cilantro 1 jalapeno, chopped fine ¼ pineapple, small dice 1 lime, squeeze ½ red pepper, small dice Salt and white pepper Blackening Seasoning: 2 tbl ground paprika 1 tbl cayenne pepper 1 tbl onion powder 2 tsp salt ½ tsp white pepper ½ tsp black pepper ¼ tsp each of dried thyme, dried basil, dried oregano Instructions Salsa: Mix all salsa ingredients and toss well. Season with salt and pepper and then chill. Seasoning: In a small bowl, mix paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, salt, white pepper, black pepper, thyme, basil and oregano. Fish: Brush fillets on both sides with ¼ cup butter, and sprinkle evenly with the cayenne mixture. Drizzle one side of each fillet with ½ remaining butter.


In a large, heavy skillet (cast iron preferred) over high heat (smokin’!!), cook fish, butter side down, until blackened, 2-3 minutes. Turn fillets, drizzle with remaining butter and continue cooking until blackened and fish is easily flaked with a fork. If fish is thick finish in a preheated oven (375 degrees) for 2-3 minutes. Don’t overcook. Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges Makes 4-6 servings Ingredients 1 tsp coriander seeds ½ tsp fennel seeds ½ tsp dried oregano Red hot pepper flakes to taste 1 tsp kosher salt 2 lbs medium sweet potatoes 3 tbl vegetable oil Instructions Preheat oven to 425. Coarsely grind coriander, fennel, oregano, oregano and red pepper flakes in an electric grinder or mortar and pestle. Stir together spices and salt. Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1 inch wedges. Toss with oil and spices in a large roasting pan and roast 20 minutes. Turn wedges over and roast until tender, 15-20 minutes more . 21

Indo Trip of a Lifetime

Photography and words by Ben Hicks Edited by Scott Rempe

A wave-hunting trip to Indonesia is not for the faint of heart or for those who can’t handle an extended period of time on a plane! It takes more than a full day of air travel to get to the city of Padang, West Sumatra, which lies on the western edge of Indonesia. Once you are there you are agreeing to be self-sufficient. There is little civilization, and it is often very primitive with no quick or efficient way to get to a hospital or back to the west. For instance, if the Indo/Australian Plate sends a massive tsunami towards the coast while you’re there (like it did in 2010) you’re basically at the mercy of the gods. Lucky for us we would be on a 100ft yacht, not land, chasing the best waves the world has to offer. The plan was to spend 12 days on a boat exploring the different reefs and breaks that surround the Mentawai Islands that are along the coast of West Sumatra. We were expecting to surf two different (and epic) swells during our stay. Because of the cost and how remote this archipelago is, most surf trips to the Mentawais are planned around the chance of catching good waves off one swell in a 2-3 day window. We’re already off to a good start…

DAY 1 Our journey begins at Octane Surfboards in Pompano Beach, FL where I am headed to pickup Skip and Kane. I get there three hours before the first leg of our trans-continental flight is scheduled to lift eagerly into the airspace above Florida and no one is ready to leave. Nothing like tempting fate on an international flight! The crew decides to apply just the right amount of hustle and we manage to make it through customs at MIA international with a few minutes to spare. We meet up with Nader and Cliff at our gate and we’re off to Paris to make our first connecting flight. By the time we arrive in Padang the group has swelled to eight. This includes Tim the cook, Doug, Christian (an Australian who now lives in Bali) and Wes who came from Oregon. We are all exhausted. We head to port to board the Indies Trader 3. Indies Trader is a surf adventure charter company started by surf legend Martin Daly. Martin was the first Westerner to explore this part of the world with surfing in mind. He first came here over 30 years ago and has been here ever since. His boat, Indies Trader 3, is the ultimate surf charter vessel. A short tender boat ride from shore puts us on the Indies Trader 3--- just in time for dinner followed by tales of adventure and legendary waves from Captain Martin Daly himself. For the next 12 days this is our home.

DAY 2 We woke up, after a much-needed night of sleep, to a line up of

overhead sets! Wes, Christian and Doug all had to make the tricky

little warm up lefts. The crew was up before dawn and ready for

swim into shore to retrieve their boards after snapping leashes. I

their first session by daybreak. My job on

shot completely from the 17ft skiff today with

this trip is to be the photographer. I’m here

Martin. It’s difficult to describe what it’s like

to document this trip of a lifetime. Traveling

to photograph excellent surfers shredding

through 12 time zones with 50+ pounds of

Thunders while Martin Daly tells you stories

camera gear has its challenges. By the time

about how he spent a year surfing with Kelly

the crew sets out to surf the first session I’ve

Slater. You could say the first day of this trip

already managed to break one of my camera

was epic. We surfed two major sessions on

bodies. I have spares but it’s not an ideal

our first day. That night back in the boat the

way to start the trip. I take a minute to slip

crew is exhausted from effort and probably

a new camera into the waterproof housing

still a little tired from jet lag too. Tim the Cook

and head out in the skiff to shoot the first images of the trip.

fills our bellies and by 9:15 we’re all being rocked to sleep by the

Everyone catches waves but after a few hours the break becomes

gentle rapping of waves against the hull.

inconsistent and a few other boats filled with eager surfers have showed up. It was a great warm up but it’s time to move along.

DAYS 3 & 4

We reconvene in the boat and head south---directly into the green

Today we ate seared Mackerel for lunch. Calling it Sushi grade

room. We moor the boat at Thunders, a left breaking point, which

would be an understatement since it literally just came out of the

was handing out barrels to anyone on this day. Nader and the

Indian Ocean. But more about that later…

boys paddled out to an empty line up and traded off on the double 23

Late in the day yesterday a few boats showed up at Thunders so we picked up this morning and headed for emptier waters. The swell is mellowing out, but a mellow day in the Mentawais usually only means one thing. There is talk amongst the passing boats that a monster 8ft swell is a few days out. It’s a good thing I’m finally over my jetlag. We opt for some mellow lefts at Sharky’s today. The crew wants to conserve their strength for the coming storm. The light conditions let me shoot right in the line-up all day. There is an art to shooting in the water--- right where the waves break. Since all your attention is focused on the surfer, you have to learn to time it when the next wave is coming, without looking. Getting pounded by waves all day in shallow water is draining and can be dangerous at times but the results are epic. When conditions are lighter like they were on these two days it allows me to get really creative with my shots. Our cook, Tim, is a skilled fisherman. Which I guess is a good thing since we’re in the middle of the Indian Ocean. There aren’t exactly any supermarkets around to pull into and re-supply. He’s also pretty damn good with a boning knife. Each day we’ve been treated to fresh fish for lunch. Sometimes it comes in the form of sashimi. Today we ate perfectly seasoned seared Mackerel. We feel as though we are floating around in a 4-star restaurant. As the sun dipped lower in the sky and the Mackerel settled into our bellies, we headed out to find anchorage with a little less swell. We finally settled on a calm little nook a little bit south. Martin tells us there is a wave that breaks close to here and that’s where we’ll be surfing in the morning. The sun has fully disappeared behind the horizon now and I notice a pattern beginning to emerge. It’s barely 9:15 and everyone is sleeping. The books are closed on another epic day in the Indian Ocean.

DAY 5 I’m up just before sunrise and there is a decision to make. I can shoot the reef until the crew emerges from their quarters, or I can hop in the tin boat and head out to a tiny sandbar and try to capture some morning light. I opt for the sandbar but the clouds are weird and my efforts are frustrated. A quick look back at the Indies 3 and I can see the crew is up and milling around now. They’ll be in the water very soon so I make my way out of the channel. What looked small from the channel was actually a chest high right that peeled across crystal clear water on a shallow reef teaming with fish. I shoot from the tin while the guys trade off sets. Then it’s into the water with the fisheye for a few hours of shooting in the break. The water is shallow and at times I feel very mortal. By noon everyone’s tank is on empty and we head in to eat. After lunch everyone picks up a quick ten waves before the break starts and we decide to pack up and move on once again. We decide on a spot called Moots. It’s a long left at the end of an island. I shoot the crew for another hour or so, testing out a 500mm lens, before I decide that it’s my turn to catch a few waves. It was a short lived set as word came in that a break called McFrights was firing one island away. Nader, Christian, Wes and Doug caught barrels on a reef that basically ended up dry. More boards were lost, and more swims to shore were made. In the last light of day I linked up with Christian for an epic fish eye barrel shot. This has been the biggest day yet with three sessions shooting from the water and my own surf session to wrap up the day. Once again the sun dips, and we’re treated to another epic sunset and a gourmet dinner. Another great day comes to a close.

DAY 6 Today was a bit of house keeping. This is our first visit to land since we boarded the Indies Trader 3 almost a week ago. We touched land in the town of Siberut to pick up Steve, our 9th member. His ferry arrived and we scooped him up. We also picked up a local mechanic to sort out the outboards reverse gear. We then motored back out and he worked on the engine while we scored some fun conditions at Thunders and Lighthouse. Everyone scored some fun waves and of course we had another amazing sunset. We were all asleep by 9pm.



The coming of the swell… 8ft sets all day long and I forgot to pack my gills.

It’s a fact of surfing that as the tide gets higher the wave count generally

As I mentioned before, shooting from the line up can be nerve-wracking.

gets lower. Sometimes this happens shortly after the rest of the crew

Shooting from the line up in 8ft barreling swell on a shallow reef can be

wakes up and gets in the water. It pays to be the early bird! As the trip

downright dangerous. This story ends with a 4 wave 8ft set showing me

photographer, I surf before everyone else wakes up. This morning I had 10

who’s boss. The last laugh is mine because I got the shot!

straight waves to myself at Moots. Chest high and glassy! When it died we pulled up anchor and headed back to McFrights, which was consistently firing on this trip. Right off the bat a 6ft set caught us all off guard on the inside. Nader, Wes, Cliff, Skip, Kane and I all got bounced off the reef. Shaken but not deterred, we set out to claim the day’s waves. Nader snapped one if his boards on an early barrel. It’s bad edicate to leave your trash lying on other people’s beaches so we took the skiff to retrieve the other half of his board. 30ft or so up the sand, just past the initial line of towering Coconut Palms, we noticed a small tent and some gear nestled into the brush. We learned that the owners of the tent were there to harvest coconuts for the local populations on the neighboring islands. We tried to stay longer and learn more, but the biting flies had other plans. We quickly made our way back over the reef and into the tin.

McFrights was peeling barrels again, and Cliff and Christian were the

While we were ashore the wind had changed directions and McFrights

super heroes this morning while I shot from the tiny tin boat with my

was no longer the place to be. Martin suggested we head to Ship Wrecks,

70-200 lens. This was the last working camera body I had left. Cliffy won

so we pulled up anchor and went. A few paddled out but most were too

the heat and we moved on.

tired. We retired early, preparing for what Mother Nature had in store for us tomorrow!

A storm approached and we retreated all the way back to Lighthouse where Mother Nature was handing out some more 8ft sets. I hopped in

DAY 9, 10 & 11

the water with my flash housing to shoot until dark and, well, you know

I awoke to the chattering of large links of an anchor chain coming up

the rest…

through hawse pipe and sliding along the bow of the boat. Its 5:30 am and we are on the move. We know the swell is rising, and getting on it early will be our best chance at scoring! 25

Mother Nature comes through and we are right smack in the middle on the 2nd swell of our trip. I wind up taking at least 100-barrel shots today. Every wave is better than the last and we hop from break to break looking for the best conditions. Midway through the day I spot a small sandbar that would be perfect to shoot from. It’s no more than 30 X 15 yards and it will give me a chance to shoot with the wide angle. The highlight of the session was Steve digging into a solid set wave with a double rail grab and then side slipping a late drop. He could have lost it at any point during the maneuver. Hands down, this swell brought the best waves of the trip and the boat was full of stoked blokes! After a rough night in the channel we woke up, for the 2nd day in a row, to the best waves of the trip. The combination of big waves the day before and the rough seas induced insomnia through the night

Tips for Traveling to Indonesia

and it left everyone a little tired. We checked a few more

• Indonesia is vast! Covering close to 2,000,000 sq kilometers, it is

spots and ended the day with

the 15th largest country in the world by area (and the 4th largest

another gourmet dinner before

by population). So plan your budget and choose your destinations

settling down for another night

carefully. Each region has it’s own quirks and possibilities!

in paradise. • Familiarize yourself with local cultural customs. For instance,

DAY 12

the head is considered the most sacred part of the body and it is

We had more waves on this trip than we could have wished for. It’s worth

considered extremely rude to touch a person’s head in Indonesia. In

mentioning that there were no serious injuries (other than to the crew’s

this part of the world it is also considered very rude to touch or give

surfboards). That is impressive given the amount of shallow reef breaks that

anything with your left hand for sanitary reasons.

we surfed. Our last day of surfing was marked by rainy morning conditions and the last receding remnants of the previous days swell. Our surfing adventure is ostensibly over and Mother Nature made the decision to begin our trek back to civilization an easy one. It’s 11 hours back to mainland by boat. We head north and pass several breaks along the way and they’re all occupied by boats. A fresh batch of hopeful surfers has arrived. They’re looking for their own trip of a lifetime. We just watch and cruise past. All that remains for the 9 of us is to begin our long trip home and the long process of turning our adventures into memories.

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Photo: Leon Legot

Where music meets the waterfront. By Dustin Wright

As you pass through the gates, you immediately notice the change in energy. It felt like you left West Palm, and entered a new town – a town filled with world renowned artists, new rules, and good vibes. There were families with kids, people holding memories of the sixties, and a mixture of surfers, hard rockers and people who just appreciate a good time. “There are hipsters everywhere” one of the photographers commented to me. He seemed pretty intrigued by the number of girls wearing high-waisted shorts at Sunfest. You really have to agree with him.

Edward Shape & The Magnetic Zeros

What started out as rainfest, turned out to be Sunfest after all. Most of you have attended the event for years – put it on the calendar and pushed everything else aside to be sure that you could make it. Known for its great music and its appeal to a broad audience, this year’s event lived up to our expectations. As you settle in and scan the audience, you can see that the Sunfest fans include a lot of veterans who weren’t there for their first rodeo. They knew when to show up, when to leave, where to park and what to bring. They seem to understand the crowd dynamics of a festival. They understand the way that a walkway constantly forms next to you wherever you stand. They seem to know how to navigate through a crowd – some through it – some surfing over it. With that being said, the amateurs were in full affect as well. You could find them sleeping on the grass being nursed by their close friends, or having meltdowns followed by crying, hugging, and more partying. Day 1 of Sunfest started out with a great lineup. One of the most pleasant surprises of the festival was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. With 11 musicians on stage at once, it’s bound to be interesting. All 11 not only had microphones, but they could sing – good. They opened strong with 40 Day Dream, which immediately brought the crowd together. After the opening song, lead singer Alexander Ebert said “I don’t think we’ve ever been here. Thanks for havin’ us.” Their vibe and attire made you feel right at home – no pun intended. With only one button in use on his white shirt, Alex displayed a variety of dance moves that caused the audience to follow. Two drumsets were on stage, and both crafted solos at the same time. The band was definitely grooving. Alex even smacked himself in the face a couple times – looking to wake


Photo: Leon Legot

himself up a bit. A beach ball landed on stage, which he proceeded to soccer kick into the crowd. This guy’s definitely a character – and a talented one at that. While Alex is the front man, let’s not forget about the lovely Jade Castrinos – the voice that ties the knot that is Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Jade steps to the mic and says “Thanks for listening to us everybody – love you.” Her kind demeanor was on full display – and she transitions info Fiya Wata. In between songs, the crowd would shout “Home” – the hit song that the band is commonly known for. Alex said jokingly “We’ll get to Home. We hold it off to the end like every other band.” Quite frankly, I’m glad they did. This caused us to stay for the whole set – which turned out to be one of our favorite shows all week. From there, we walked over to the Ford Stage just in time to catch Today by The Smashing Pumpkins. It was a great way to end Day 1! We picked up on Friday with The Black Crowes. They jammed a little bit and definitely made things mellow. Both guitar players exchanged solos, and transitioned into She Talks to Angels. We left a little early to make sure we got a prime spot for the next show – The Offspring. One of the most energetic sets of the festival had to be The Offspring. The stage looked great, and their signature skull brought back memories for many in attendance. The band started out with You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid – igniting the crowd into a frenzy. You could tell a lot of people had been waiting for this. Lead singer Dexter Holland announced “If you haven’t illegally downloaded our latest record, you should definitely get it.” The next memorable moment came during Gone Away, when you could hear the entire crowd singing in perfect harmony with the band. Americana had the whole crowd clapping to

the beat as the band transitioned into one of their biggest hits. The collective chant of “Well f**k you!� was heard throughout the venue. Self Esteem came soon after, which brought the most crowd participation by far. These guys were a blast and definitely came to play!

Photos: Nathan Hamler

The Offspring

Slightly Stoopid Slightly Stoopid was the best I’ve ever heard them. Skunk smells filled the air and the band loved it of course. Kyle (bass/vocals) even sparked one and jumped into the crowd. He rejoined the band soon after and psyched the crowd with his reentrance. Slightly played some of their hits – and then came Closer to the Sun, one of their best songs live. An epic sax solo topped off a great jam. Their encore included one of their all time hits – No Cocaine. The band was on point and put on another great show. Sunfest added another element to the festival this year by bringing in Life In Color, formerly known as Dayglow. These guys put on quite a display – and performers Morgan Page and David Solano had the crowd going nuts. Life In Color is the self proclaimed “World’s Largest Paint Party.” Definitely the biggest one we’ve ever seen. I wasn’t too excited about this part of Sunfest, but after seeing Life In Color for the first time, I was converted.

Photos: Leon Legot

Life In Color

Reel Big Fish By the time Sunday came around, you could tell who had been to every day and who had not. I was definitely slowing down myself. The familiar sound of the Barenaked Ladies was heard as we walked into Sunfest for the final day. It had been some time since I heard those guys. We got to hear some of their hits like One Week, Call And Answer, and If I Had $1000000 – brought back memories to say the least. We started making our way to the FPL stage, and stopped to hear Jimmy Cliff play some good reggae jams. While the treck to the FPL stage was a bit long, there were tons of cool artists displaying their work along the way. We even ran into Andrew Swan, Issue 5’s featured artist. Finally, we arrived to see Reel Big Fish – in their usual awesome outfits. They instantly changed the vibe. RBF always puts on an upbeat and fun show – and who could forget their consecutive “Blues Endings!” 37

One of the highlights of Sunfest was the party barge. The whole crowd jumping to the DJ’s beat – it felt like the barge was going to collapse into the water. There was even a dance-off going on in the middle of the crowd – pretty classic moment. The walk back to the car was always interesting. Some people just didn’t know when to leave. The most unfortunate sight was a pair of Sperry’s sitting in front of a bench with nobody attached. As we got closer, we noticed a large pile of – well, you know – next to the lonely shoes. Gotta love Sunfest. All in all it was a great festival. I speak for many when I say that I can’t wait for next year’s lineup! We would like to give a special thanks to Melissa Sullivan for all of her hard work with media relations. Her efforts, along with all of those working behind the scenes, is what allowed us to provide some great photos for our readers. Also, big thanks to Leon Legot and Nathan Hamler for shooting the event!

Photo: Leon Legot

Fighting For Others Cash W. Lambert

Photo: Ray Zimmerman

After battling cancer twice, pro skateboarder Mike Rogers now fights for others’ lives. As he speaks with Steve Caballero at Ramp 48 in Ft. Lauderdale, Mike Rogers is smiling. After pushing the patch on his right eye down until it stuck firmly to his skin, he grabs a board and drops into the bowl. I’ve never seen someone smile so much before, but I’ve also never seen someone who survived two battles with cancer. If you know Rogers, you may think he’s smiling because he knows that whatever he faces in the future won’t be nearly as difficult as his past. It won’t be as cold as the doctor’s waiting rooms that he visited, as frustrating as watching friends playfully skate while he had to sit the sidelines, or as terrifying as undergoing a 17 hour surgery.

was more enhanced. I did a lot of skateboarding through feel. People can be too focused on the sight of things, but if you can focus on feeling and sight it makes skating and other things a lot easier.” For the next 25 years, Rogers pursued his passions. He was thankful and certain that cancer was a distant memory.

Déjà vu In 2003, a runny nose that only worsened with treatment sent Rogers to a specialist. “The doctor looked inside my nose and said ‘it looks like your tumor came back.’ I said there’s no way it can come back after 25 years, but they did a biopsy on the tumor and it came back as the same kind of cancer I had as a kid. It was the worst news you could ever get as a human being. You were going back to fight for your life again.” Rogers became his own biggest advocate for his recovery, knowing that the tumor needed to be removed. He didn’t feel comfortable with doctors who were foreign to the procedure in Miami, so he found a New York doctor well versed in the surgery. “That’s where I got my hope,” he said. “I knew they had done the procedure, and I knew I was in good hands, so my odds of recovery were pretty good.”

Whatever he faces in the future, it won’t be nearly as tough as his two battles with cancer. It simply can’t be.

Young, and Facing Disease “I was first diagnosed at 12 years old,” Rogers said. I went to the doctor thinking that I needed eyeglasses when I had a tumor behind my right eye.” Facing sarcoma cancer at such a young age, Rogers said that he couldn’t comprehend it. He just wanted to “get back to being a kid again.” He underwent 18 chemotherapy treatments, along with 30 treatments of radiation. The treatments began killing the cancer, but this didn’t touch his passion for skateboarding. No matter what happened, all he wanted to do was skate. Remission and gratefulness ensued. Doctors told Rogers that if his cancer didn’t come back within the next 7 years the likelihood of the disease coming back was a small percentage. He would possibly be cancer free for the rest of his life. Seven years later the cancer hadn’t returned, and he was free from its burden. “It was such a blessing not to worry about treatments,” he said. “It was all behind me so I was able to move forward.” Rogers returned to the normality of being young. His schedule revolved around school, work, skateboarding and surfing. The only fragments the cancer left was in his right eye. He began losing sight because of a cataract, and by the time he was in his 20’s he could only see light. But that didn’t keep him from skating and competing. “After you lose something on your body, your body is resilient and acclimates to the surroundings,” he said. “For me, my sense of feel

Photo: Stefan Judge

His surgery lasted 17 hours, but the physical therapy and recovery that would follow wasn’t nearly as important as his girlfriend’s opinion of him. “I woke up, and my girlfriend came in looked at me and said ‘oh it doesn’t look that bad.’ I knew then I had made it through the hardest part,” he said. “She was my rock throughout the entire process. To have someone who knew me and helped me get through it...she was the reason I’m here today; because of her.” 41

Aftershock “I’ve been asked this before, but the reason I was handed two bouts of cancer was to test my strength and for others to learn from it,” said Rogers. “People can learn from bad things happening, because good things come out of it.

Life’s a journey with bumps in the road - you just have to navigate over them the best way you can. I did the best I could, and now I get to share my story with the world and tell people in these situations that there is hope.” Looking back, Rogers said that he received nothing but friendly and supportive treatment. The warmth rubbed off him in a profound way. “In this world that we live in, there are people who go to school to help people like me and save other people’s lives,” he said. “I can’t take that stuff for granted. I have to do my part too.” His part began when he realized that he, along with many other cancer patients, couldn’t receive appropriate treatment locally, which causes a need to travel to clinics in other states, adding to the already hefty bill that cancer treatment creates. “While I was traveling back and forth to Florida seeing how much it costs for people who need to travel for cancer care, there aren’t lot of organizations that help those situations,” he said. That’s when Grind for Life, spearheaded by Rogers, began its outreach. The organization aims to pay for travel for as many cancer patients as possible. The organization has helped “hundreds” of people, and at a moments notice Rogers can give testimonials of people impacted just last week. “You just can’t put words into it,” he said. To be able to help people- that’s what we’re here for.”

A Cancer-Free Future If you’ve ever seen Rogers skate, your eyes will be magnetized to him, and if you’ve ever heard his story, your mind will be magnetized to him. Visiting skate parks all over the nation and for a cause, Rogers is a skating miracle, living proof that despite life’s treacherous valleys, incredible good is just around the bend.

Photo: Piero Capannini

“We all have bumps in the road,” Rogers said. “Each person is on his own journey, and we’re all in this together.” The future for Grind for Life is simple: “helping more and more people each year.” For Rogers, his future is “to never give up, to keep skateboarding, to give yourself to others and to make good decisions.” Stepping out of the bowl at Ramp 48, Rogers takes a second to watch another skater drop in. He knows that if he has to face another cold doctor’s waiting room, he’ll be ok. If he’s told that his life is in jeopardy again, he’ll be all right because he’s already endured his worst. But someone, somewhere across the nation hasn’t and is about to begin the battle. That person will soon look for help and call Grind for Life, and Mike Roger’s organization will deliver and impact the person’s life. Then another person will call, and another life will be impacted again and again.

Photo: Mike Goetz


That’s why Mike Rogers won’t stop smiling. Visit to learn more and find ways to help support this great cause.

Andrew Swan

Meet local artist Andrew Swan, who creates some magnificent pieces of art, featuring some of our all-time favorite musicians. We caught up with Andrew recently and learned about him and his incredible work. 44

Music clearly plays a central part in your work. What is the relationship and the significance of music to your artwork? I’ve been going to see live bands play since I was around 14yrs old and listening to music from day one. I have an older brother (Duncan) who was always bringing the latest Beatles, Stones, Small Faces, and Kinks records into the house so I had an early exposure to pop music. This all changed one day when Dunc brought “Deep Purple in Rock” home, this literally changed my take on music and opened the door to a whole new gender of music, which in turn guided me towards the blues. When you are drawing, what music do you listen to and why?

Where are you from and how did this environment help you to develop these unique practices of artwork?

Actually I rarely listen to music when I draw, I like absolute quite. What is your favorite piece thus far and why?

I’m originally from Barnsley, a small mining town in South Yorkshire, England. I now live in Delray Beach which is a very arts orientated community. This in itself helped me find my style and technique.

This can change by the hour, I have to say I was really pleased how the Billy Gibbons came out, with the colored pencils on black paper, but I also like the scribbled Neil Peart. That was my first attempt at a drummer.

What is “scribbelism” and “pointillism?”

Who most inspires you artistically?

“Pointillism” is an art form created from impressionism by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. It’s basically placing small distinct dots of color in patterns to make up a bigger picture. “Scribbelism” is literally creating an image just from simply scribbling using fine tipped marker pens (Sharpies)

Banksy, Norman Rockwell, Salvador Dali, and Mick Wilson.

How did you begin practicing this unique style? Originally, I just doodled on my desktop calendar at work. People commented on the doodles so I set about doing one big doodle on a calendar (Jimi Hendrix). I have a friend called Mick Wilson back home in Barnsley, who just so happens to be one of Britains top artists in the style of “Pointillism”. So, armed with a bunch of Sharpie pens, I set about my first serious venture into the World of art (four faces of Jimi).

The work is extremely detailed, how long does it take to create each piece? The colored pencil and Scribble usually take about the same time, 3 to 4 days, but the Pointillism can take between 40 hours and well over 300. I have one painting that took me 5 years to eventually finish. How do you stay focused for that long? I tend to work in short bursts, usually for about an hour, then off to the kitchen for tea and cookies. What is in the future for Andrew Swan? I have a couple of projects I’m working on that could change the direction I’m going in, but it’s too early to comment on, “Watch this space” To see more of Andrew’s work, visit his website 45

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Fins Weekend By Danny Floyd

On eight days during the NFL regular season, the Miami Dolphins, all 53 of them, put on their uniforms, strap on their helmets, and as a team play a game in front of tens of thousands of fans at Sun Life Stadium. As fans and residents of South Florida, we hope the game ends with a win. At the end of the game, we know the result. All we have to do is look at the scoreboard and know that one team wins and the other loses. There is another team in South Florida, made up of hundreds of supporters and volunteers. Their uniforms are business suits, jeans, work boots, and everything in between. Their game is played out in a different way, and it’s a game where everyone wins every day. The team: the Miami Dolphins Foundation. For the past 17 years, volunteers, supporters and individuals gather for 3 days of intense fun and fundraising. The event is called FINS weekend, and the money raised goes to fund the FINS Foundation and its charities for the coming year. This year’s event was held May 1618. More than 1500 people participated in a golf tournament, a fishing tournament and a grand gala held at the Miami Beach Marina. Best of all, over $700,000.00 was raised! The Atlantic Current caught up with two Dolphin Community Relation Executives, Ilona Wolpin and Jeff Peck , and asked them what their fundraiser means to the Miami and South Florida community, and how to get involved: How did the Miami Dolphin Foundation come about? Ilona: We started in 1995 as the fundraising arm of the Miami Dolphins to fund local charities, and it’s just one way we give back. Jeff: The Foundation started years ago with Mr. Huizenga. When Steve Ross bought the team he wanted to step up our involvement in South Florida and Miami, so the Foundation was created as a venue for the Dolphins to give back to the community. What types of initiatives does the Foundation support? Ilona: The four cornerstones of the Foundation are Education, Health, Volunteerism, and Youth Athletics. We participate in the Summer Reading Program, get involved in our local libraries and MiamiDade Public Schools, and do numerous team activities with schools throughout the year.


Give us some examples of the Foundation in action in the Miami community Jeff: We do homebuilding for returning War Veterans and after school reading program for Dade and Broward County Schools, and many other local charities. We have a very unique charity called Island Dolphin Care, for at-risk kids and developmentally challenged kids. We have them swim with Dolphins ----It really helps kids develop a bond and helps bring them out of their shells. How do our football players participate in Foundation initiatives? Ilona: Our players participate all year. Just recently, we took 100 kids to Dave and Busters and talked about healthy eating and exercising. We also paired up the kids with our players to play different games. Jeff: The players are amazing, and you know the media loves to cover the negative stories but we have a lot of players out in the community and they are very happy to participate. How can local companies and individuals get involved, either as a volunteer or financially? Ilona: We have many events with the Foundation and our fundraising events. We have an NFL auction site on the Miami Dolphins website to buy unique memorabilia that benefits the Foundation. We also have Dolphin license plates and a Special Teams Volunteer Program for those who would like to volunteer. Jeff: We have a great volunteer program sponsored by Chevrolet, several thousand people, and other corporations. FINS weekend is our biggest fundraising event and has gone on for 17 years, so to get involved contact the Miami Dolphins Foundation Office or our Community Relations Office, at 305-943-7200 FINS Weekend Dolphins Foundation Dolphins Office of Community Relations

The Current Team also caught up with a couple of community minded Dolphin players at the FINS event. These players were defensive end Jared Odrick and safety Reshad Jones.

What will you miss most about the offseason? Jared: The freedom to travel, to go different places and to see family and friends. Reshad: Just relax, chill with my family, things like that. What is your favorite postgame meal? Jared: Probably a ribeye at Steak 954. Reshad: Probably Benny Hanna’s---I’m a big rice eater. What’s on your playlist? Jared: For a game it’s different than just driving around and hanging out. You’ll find anything from The xx, Bat for Lashes, Kings of Leon, and Drake. Reshad: I got Jay-Z, T.I., and a lot of Future. If you could be a different Dolphin player for one day, who would it be, and why? Jared: I’d probably be Josh Samuta for the simple fact that if you know Josh, you know what I mean, the problem and the greatest thing about Josh Samuta is that Josh Samuta believes he is Josh Samuta (laughter). Reshad: I don’t know-----that’s a hard question! After a home game, you will find me hanging out at……. Jared: First my house, second at Steak 954, third probably somewhere getting a beverage---especially after a “W”. Reshad: I’ll be with my family, taking them out to eat, and then go back home and relax.

The Atlantic Current has a lot of athletes, pros and amateurs that read our magazine. As a professional athlete, what advice would you give them to stay at the top of their game? Jared: Find what you love about the sport you do and harp on it---take from the sport what you really love and make it yours. Reshad: Just go all out, keep working at your craft, keep working hard and achieve what you are trying to accomplish. Predictions for the upcoming season? Jared: Super! Great! Stupendous! Reshad: We have a tough schedule, I think the organization has made some big moves and we’re shooting for the playoffs and more. As a professional athlete, what role does community service play for you? Jared: It means a lot. Giving back to the community that supports us and seeing people who fill the stadium and watch the game, makes us feel great to be in a fortunate position being able to give back. It’s more than an obligation---it’s something you want to do. It’s very fulfilling. Reshad: It’s huge. Just being able to give back and let everybody know we are humble guys. Being able to reach out to people---it’s big.

Jared Odrick Defensive End

Ilona Wolpin and Jeff Peck celebrate the FINS Weekend with Dolphin Cheerleaders Photo: Anthony Djuren 47

One year ago, Patrick Chun joined FAU as Director of Athletics following a national search. Needless to say, with all the happenings at FAU, we know Patrick has been a busy guy. He worked in the athletic department at Ohio State for 15 years and he brought that experience to FAU. We caught up with Patrick to get some insight on his new gig and new life in sunny Soflo.

Ok Patrick, you have hit your one year anniversary as AD here at FAU. What has been your most pleasant surprise? How great the winter is in South Florida! What area or areas of FAU athletics has been identified as a big opportunity for improvement? Increasing overall revenue through ticket sales, fundraising and corporate sponsorships is our greatest opportunity for improvement. Many conferences are realigning and it has a lot of fans upset; many long time rivalries will fade away …..what is your read on this from both a fan’s perspective and business perspective? It’s the evolution of college sports. Change is inevitable. It’s unfortunate some of the long-time rivalries are going away. It’s the unintended consequence of change. From a business perspective, the cost of running a Division I athletics department continue to increase on an annual basis. All the schools leaving for new conferences are positioning themselves for the future as best as possible. Give us your take on FAU’s move into Conference USA and what that means for the team and the university.


Conference USA allows us a better opportunity of continued growth. The Florida Atlantic brand will reach into larger communities and into more television sets. We are a great fit for Conference USA. There is great commonality between institutions.

Have you found a favorite beach weekend hangout when you have some free time? We haven’t found an exact “spot” just yet. There are so many great options that we try to go to as many different places as possible.

What about tunes, what’s on your playlist? I am all over the board with my playlist. Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Tim McGraw, O.A.R, Barenaked Ladies, Andrea Bocelli, the list goes on and on. I enjoy great music.

Let’s shift gears-----tell us about your family and how they are acclimating to the beach life vs. life in the Midwest? We have been blessed to meet some great people. Our neighbors are kind and hospitable. Our oldest is in 2nd grade at A.D. Henderson and loves her teacher and classmates. For someone who grew up in Ohio, every day we get to go to the beach still feels like I’m on vacation!

What is one thing about Patrick Chun that most people don’t know about? My mother was a classically trained pianist. So she engrained in me a love of music. Because of her love of music, she had me play the violin at the age of 5. Unfortunately for her, my love of sports took over in middle school and she gave me the choice between sports and violin. The world of music is better off with the choice I made!

The Saltwater Shootout is the first leg in South Florida’s largest tournament trail - The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit. Teams travel from near and far to enjoy the festivities and take a chance at over $275,000 in cash and prizes.

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fishing report “Summertime, and the fishing is easy” Tom Greene If you have lived in south Florida for any length of time, and you like to fish, you have heard of Tom Greene. Tom, the owner of Custom Rod and Reel in Lighthouse Point, shares his wisdom on fishing in the summertime. Call Tom anytime for free advice, 954-781-5600. We are finally starting to get longer days and longer nights. The weather gets hotter, so you want to fish early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The best thing is that you have a wide variety of your choice of fish. For the guy that works all day, he can come home late in the afternoon and still use his boat and go offshore and look for dolphin, go fish the edge and catch a kingfish, or anchor on the reef and catch snapper and grouper---so a wide variety of fish late in the day. Recently we have seen an increase in the amount of dolphin; some larger fish up to 70 pounds have been caught, and a lot of schoolies. Also, in June and July, around a full moon, you’ll see a lot of blue marlin offshore. These can be caught by trolling artificial lures or natural baits such as ballyhoo and these fish will always be caught in the same area where schools of dolphin congregate. If you find a lot of dolphin, you will see blue marlin. I recall last June over 100 blue marlin were caught along the coast here. Also, with the summer rains we are getting now, snook fishing turns on and gets red hot. These fish will tend to migrate from the back canals to the inlets and on the beach and they will all go to the spillway---so go to your local spillway after a heavy rain, the locks will open automatically, you fish the downside current at the spillway and you can use a wide variety of baits; shads, bluegill and bream; just make sure your season is open and be aware of size limits. As these fish move out of the inlet they go to spawn. These fish will congregate in the surf and stay in certain areas for an extended period of time, and in the early morning or late afternoon you can get out and walk the beach----and when you find these fish you will also find lots of pilchards and sardines---so get a sabiki rig, catch lots of live bait, throw them in a bucket, and walk the bucket and cast live bait to the fish as you walk up the beach. I have customers who can catch 4 or 5 snook every afternoon, right on the beach in the surf. You can also cast artificial baits---you don’t cast way offshore because the snook are right along the beach in 4-5 feet of water right inside the bar and that’s where the bait is at so that’s where the fish are. Mixed in with the snook are tarpon, and you will see jacks and barracuda, ladyfish and occasionally blue fish. So tight lines and good fishing! Visit the Custom Rod and Reel website at 51

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