Skin and Hair

Hair SkinEvery winter my skin would feel dry and itchy, also I noticed my t shirts had yellowish stains around the arm pits.  In my travels to Europe on the public trains I smelled an obvious difference in body odor.  I daily used shampoo, soap, deodorant, cologne, because I was afraid I would smell bad and be unattractive to women.  I was also afraid I would be considered dirty and shunned if I didn't use these harsh cleansers.  I had heard plenty of talk growing up about how those people are gross.  The dry winter skin become so uncomfortable I was willing to consider alternatives.  This page is about my experience with putting products on my hair and skin and what I do now.


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How to Meditate

How to MeditateI think of meditation as a ladder or vehicle that takes me to a wonderful blissful enjoyable place.  On this page I talk about what meditation is, how I meditate, and why and when.  Meditation is also a foundation tool or place to build from.  Communication and relationships are easier.

Here is a previous post I wrote about Meditation. There are 6 videos in this tutorial.


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Barefoot

BarefootI went from wearing raised heel thick boots to walking and running barefoot.  On this page I explain what I did and why.  I had been wearing padded high top sneakers and boots for decades, when I tried to walk in minimalist shoes I was in pain and couldn't get very far.  I felt helpless and dependent on the shoe industry.

Here is a podcast episode about my journey from boots to barefoot.


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F-One SK8 Foil Review

F-one SK8 Review I surf foiled the F-one SK8 850 foil.  I was mostly testing to see how it handled wing tip piercing the surface, and how it performed in head high plus long period swell.

In this video I show what happens when the wing tip comes out, and compare the SK8 ride characteristics to the F-one Eagle, Seven Seas, and Phantom foils.

Also there are additional videos of a short wing foil session speed test, and another surf session in small gutless surf.


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How to Replace a Wing Bladder

How to Replace a BladderThis video I remove and then install 4 new bladders in a wingfoil inflatable wing.

A mostly straight forward job to replace a bladder, and there are several tricks or tips that can turn failure into success.

In this video series I replace a leading edge, center strut, and two side strut bladders of an 8 meter wing.


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What’s New – Short Reports of New, Different, Unique

What's NewThis page is dedicated to whatever new stuff we happen to be testing and working on.

When I have something to report I will post here and update the posting date, kind of a preview before a tutorial is ready.


I added 4 videos of the F-one Seven Seas 1200, reviewing this wing both surf and wing foiling. Available on the foil reviews page.


Jeff Clark's larger wing foil boards came in and I have 2 sessions on the 118L (5'10").  I am stoked to report that the extra volume is well placed and right away I noticed the improved stability over my 95L.  I am only 2 sessions on the Jeff Clark board, and yet schlogging was a pleasure, and touching down a non issue.  It's been so long since I have ridden higher volume boards that I forgot how nice it is to be able to touch down or even plane along the surface with no issues or pearling or sinking.  He only had 2 boards made and with the good feedback is working on having more boards made.  I am not a jumper so I don't know if this construction can stand that type of abuse, for my everyday surf style they are great.  Going into the light wind season I am so stoked to have a short stable board in my quiver.

One of the reasons this matters to me is that the 110-140L size board is what a lot of beginners and intermediate riders end up buying, and it's a huge benefit if these boards are stable to stand and schlog on.  In my opinion stability is priority one for a higher volume board, for me this was the single biggest factor that made wing foiling easier to learn.


I added 2 videos of no pump acceleration take offs, these are helpful with small high aspect foils, and when one cannot pump.  Can find the videos at the bottom of the small board knee start page.

Also added an update to weak side or switch foiling, 1 video on small body weight board and no pump take off.

I also added a video on how to flip over an 8 meter wing while sitting on a body weight board at the bottom of the wing handling page.


I demoed a full 2022 Cabrinha wing foil setup: wing, foil, and board.  The camera died before I got on foil so no foiling, I did make a video review of my short test on this gear on the foil reviews page.

Also I added some more videos on foot hooks and a mod a made to more securely attach a foot hook...


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The Mythical Tale of the Flying LyeRhus

TalesA mythical tale of the far far away land of Oussa with Sorcerers, Wizards, Lords, Emperors, LyeRhus, Merkins and more.

The yarn is spun in this video, with images of strange flying creatures.

Flying hither and yawn these winged ones move with the wind.

Some say they pose a grave danger others believe them to be lovable and harmless friends.

What are they really and how will the Merkins respond:

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Breathing

Recently I heard we can survive 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, and 3 minutes without air.  Given this reality it seems breathing is a bigger priority than food or water.  There is a lot of information out there about what to eat and where our food comes from, likewise the water bottle boom has been around for a while.  To me it makes sense to put as much if not more time and attention on our breath, how to breath, and what’s in our air.  I had been doing breathwork for years prior to 2020, and the recent phenomenon of demanding people wear something over their face and alter our natural breathing seemed beyond insane.

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