Outside Magazine’s Rip Current article !!!

Outside Magazine’s Rip Current article !!!

In last weeks blog we looked into author Chris Ahrens’s latest book Behold What Is Greater Than Thyself exciting stuff!!! This week Girls of Summer (Hot) — will appear next Thursday as this week breaking news —

Outside Magazine article entitled “Every Thing you Know About Surviving Rip Currents Is Wrong.”

It seems everyone is talking about surviving rip currents. Dr. Jamie Machanan weighs in as does Capt. Chris Brewster for the USLA and NOAA and others including yours truly in the comment (not to be confused with the comic section) online.

While the main topic is escaping rip currents strangely nothing is said about avoiding rip currents in the first place. Anyone who has been following the Willis Way knows the Willis brothers have been advocating how to avoid rip currents for decades.

In the comment section Capt. Brewster maintains the USLA and NOAA do offer advice on avoiding rip currents but strangely doesn’t say what that advice is! Also why isn’t this supposed advice posted on every guarded beach?

Outside Magazine’s article and the comments after are very well worth taking the time to read.

Take your time and please weigh in! Here’s a link that will take you just like a rip current to the Outside!!!

Anyone out there with any friends and family will also want to share so others can help spread accurate information and save lives— possible your own!!!

OK friends tune in next Thursday for YES the Girls Of Summer which promises to be HOT!!!

Chris Ahrens – Author – Surfer – Surfing Historian

Chris Ahrens – Author – Surfer – Surfing Historian

Chris Ahrens from California is a 60 plus year old author, soul surfer and expert surfing historian able to tell a Great story!!!

Credited with writing for every major hard-core surfing publication in the world, Ahrens uses his vast abilities and experience to transcend extraordinary life happenings into the written word for the “uninitiated” non-surfing world to understand.

Not since Drew Kampion has an author come along with the ability to vividly share in words the pure stoke of surfing, surfing culture, and the very soul of surfing itself!

Could it be that this weathered old soul surfer’s heart is so filled with love for life that he can’t stop spilling his guts in regards to the secret society known as surfing?

Actually get a copy of Ahrens’s latest book “Behold What Is Greater Than Thyself” and when you do let the salt crystals dry on you. Great read but even heavier is the connection of surfing and the human experience only Chris Ahrens can deliver.

One Love, see you next Thursday when the topic will be summer girls at the beach!!!!!!!

The San Diego county Fair in Del Mar, California

The San Diego county Fair in Del Mar, California

The San Diego county Fair

Last week we took a look into the movie “Alice Through the Looking Glass” this week we explore the 2016 San Diego county fair that just happens to be themed “Mad about the Fair” a tribute to Alice in Wonderland.

This years San Diego county fair will surely go down in history as one of the best if not the best ever. There is literally something for everybody of every age and a whole lot more than meets the eye!

If you’re into thrills and excitement there is certainly plenty of rides, games and activities to choose from. If your heart can take it you can bungee jump from a tower that looks to be 100 feet high!!! If free falling 100 feet isn’t your thing there is always the Ferris wheel located at the west end of the fair grounds. The spectacular view of the Del Mar beaches is more than worth the price of admission and the ride. For the best bang for your buck and stomach friendly, hands down ride the chair lift from one side of the fair to the other.

Beyond the rides are world class exhibits offering every thing from amazing wood work, shell collections, flowers and plants to precious gems and stones, expert needle point to rare collections of memorabilia and more. The craftsmanship in the woodworking exhibit is really amazing. You should see the hand crafted guitars, furniture and even a beautiful wood surfboard inlaid with wood turtles. Going into each exhibition is like visiting a different world-class museum.

There is an abundance of outstanding top-notch entertainment including Los Lonely boys who put on a show that wowed the crowd. Past and present superstars such as Michael McDonald and the band Switchfoot are also performing at this years’ fair along with hundreds of other lesser known but highly talented acts. Visitors to the fair who can’t make it to Hawaii this summer can enjoy Polynesian music and dancing. There is even a team of clowns roaming around on pogo stilts that put on a fantastic display of human athleticism.

Who can go to the fair and not get a corn dog and lemonade? Plenty of people including vegans, vegetarians and health nuts. Fortunately there are plenty of “healthy” food choices other than the corn dogs, cotton candy and deep fried Kool-Aid to choose from! And for the beer experts, a plethora of micro and specialty beers are available.

Beyond the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of the San Diego county fair are the countless people paid and volunteers who help make the fairgrounds safe, clean and FUN!!! Despite 10’s of thousands of fair visitors each day the fair remains safe and a great place to bring a family, friend or date. The fair draws a good crowd and the organizers continue to play a vital part in ensuring a good environment. Mad Hats off to the organizers, parking personal, information volunteers and security that put their time and effort into one of the greatest fairs on Earth — the San Diego (Del Mar Fair)!!!

Next Thursday we explore surf writer Chris Ahrens new book “Behold What is Greater than I” as well as learn a little about the man behind the stories.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

If your going to see one movie this summer go see “Alice Through the Looking Glass starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as Alice. This movie is all about love, truth, courage and the possible within impossible.

It turns out the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) isn’t all that mad after all. The Hatter you see just looks a little funny but there is nothing funny about the Hatters heart. His is a story you see of family misunderstandings, pain and finally healing and victory.

Alice fully grown turns out to be the personification of all the best and strongest female characteristics a woman could have. She’s brave, highly intelligent, loving and beyond loyal trusted leader. Alice at one point in the movie actually navigates a time device through a five hundred foot wave in the sea of time.

Perhaps Alice’s epic barrel ride on the five hundred foot wave in the sea of time is the largest wave ever to successfully be surfed on the silver screen. Alice is trying to get away from Time who is riding the same wave further back. As it happens Alice picks the right line and goes directly into the tube. Time mean while chooses the wrong line and wipes out literally. Not only does the audience get to watch Alice ride we also get to see Alice’s view. Woooooooooooooooow!!!!!!!

Thankful Thursday’s

Next Thursday find out all about the San Diego county fair, there’s more than meets the eye!!! Is it by chance this years theme is Alice in wonderland?

Look for a new blog from the Willis brothers every Thursday! 

Self-rescue the Willis Way officially taught on the East coast

All age groups, especially kids will be safer in the ocean this summer thanks to Sea Bright Ocean Rescue Chief Officer and Captain Michael Hudson of Monmouth, New Jersey and the Willis Way a proven effective method of self-rescue to survive rip currents.

The Willis Way is a time-tested method used by experienced surfers for hundreds of years to survive rip currents. Today surfers worldwide use this method to return safely to the shore with or without surfboards.

Simply stated ocean waves are natures escalator of energy headed to the shore. Rip currents are nature’s escalator of energy headed back out to sea. By identifying where the waves are and swimming towards them one can return to the shore with relative ease. This method is particularly useful for self-rescue where no life guards are present.

The Willis Way also teaches ocean goers how to avoid rip currents by advocating wading or swimming in front of the waves. As long as swimmers stay in front of the waves they will constantly be pushed back to shore. It’s when misguided swimmers go to the calm areas thinking it safer that trouble begins as this is generally where rip currents occur.

Veteran lifeguard of both the East and West coasts, Captain Hudson has worked as an ocean guard in San Diego on Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Imperial Beach and Solana Beach, along the way gaining experience and respect as a water safety expert.

Last year while eating a burrito and reading a free surf mag in an Encinitas Mexican joint Hudson saw the Willis Brothers theory on escaping from rip currents and agreed with the approach. “Amazed at how much sense it makes,” Captain Hudson began taking the necessary steps to integrate the life saving technique into his summer 2016 program. “Our junior lifeguard Nippers are going to use the Willis Way as their primary method for escaping rip currents

” I believe it to be 100% valid to teach this method to the general public because it is so applicable to the rules of hydrology. On an unguarded beach this method will save lives.” touts Captain Hudson. He will be training his lifeguards to refer to this theory when training junior lifeguards. “The only problem I see is that the standard panicked swimmer caught in a rip will not have the energy nor the mental fortitude to swim into breaking waves,” Hudson elaborated.

On guarded beaches Captain Hudson maintains the standard USLA rip escape theory is still applicable because it makes sense that guard will use the rip to get to the victim. in addition this original method teaches the victim to float and stay calm thus extending the time to get a lifeguard out to make a rescue. He applauds the Willis brothers’ theory and their effort to make the ocean a safer place for people all ages and abilities. Captain Hudson will be referring to the Willis Way method during the upcoming ocean lifeguard academy.

Making the objectives more safety oriented and frequently mentioning the constant practice of rip current and open water Self-Rescue techniques such as the Willis Way for all age groups are Captain Hudson’s goals for this summer.

Milton Willis and Michael Willis authors of the Willis Way to survive rip currents, are surfing and ocean safety experts currently based in San Diego California, dedicated to making the ocean safer for all ages and levels of ability, through simple, proven and easy to understand information.

Jr. Guards using the Willis Way to survive rip currents!

Kids in New Jersey will be safer in the ocean this summer thanks to Sea Bright Ocean Rescue Captain Michael Hudson.

Captain Hudson is a respected veteran lifeguard of both the East and West coasts and a proven experienced Water Safety expert.

In an effort to establish the finest Jr. Guard program in the nation Captain Hudson will be teaching Jr. guards the Willis Way to avoid and escape rip currents. “Our junior lifeguard Nippers are going to use the Willis Way as their primary method for escaping rip currents.”

More important than establishing the finest Jr. guard program in the nation is knowing the kids that participate in Captain Hudson’s Jr. guard program will be updated with simple, proven easy to understand rip current safety information the Willis Way.

“Please feel free to use our name, My name and department representation on your web site endorsing the Willis Way to survive rip currents.”

Anyone living anywhere near Sea Bright New Jersey with young kids interested in ocean activities would be wise to get in contact with Captain Hudson and sign up for his Jr. lifeguard Nippers !!!! In fact California kids could benefit also if they are in or can get to Sea Bright New Jersey and meet Captain Hudson themselves.

Sea Bright New Jersey Ocean Rescue Lifeguards

Link: http://www.seabrightnj.org/sbnj/Departments/Beach/Ocean%20Rescue%20Lifeguards/