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Happy 125th Birthday Duke Kahanamoku the Father of Surfing

It’s 6AM, the air has a breeze that sends a refreshing blast of clean through the car as I head to the shore with the windows down. Surfline says the break is around 4-ft, water is 68 degrees and offshore winds at a stand still. Pulling up to the shore line I sit and simply look out at the endless ocean over the pacific. There are only 5 or 6 people out on either side of the pier as the sun is starting to make its mark on the day.

For any water man – this time and this experience actually has a name. Dawn Patrol.

It’s one of two aspects in a 24 hour period where you can get some great waves before the day takes over.

Today marks a special day. It would be the 125th birthday for the father of modern surfing. The Duke played a special part in my time at the beach. Having the opportunity to live in both Huntington Beach and Maui, surfing and water life have been a big part of my personal constitution.

Happy birthday to Duke Kahanamoku.

Known as the Ambassador of Aloha, Kahanamoku traveled the world, bringing surfing to the likes of California, Australia and New Zealand over his lifetime. Aug. 24 marks what would’ve been Kahanamoku’s 125th birthday — he passed away in 1968.


On his native Hawaii, Kahanamoku was known for much more than just riding waves. He first built his reputation as a swimming champion, winning five Olympic medals over the course of his career. His success also enabled him to raise the profile of Hawaii’s true passion of surfing.


Kahanamoku was also elected the sheriff of his home county 13 times and starred in over a dozen movies. Most importantly, he is credited with helping the Hawaiian islands achieve statehood in 1959. Credit Time Magazine

A great piece on Duke from Big Island Television Below

Cheers & Aloha!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

Try New Things – Wave House San Diego

It is not simply about staying in your comfort zone. It is about pushing yourself to try new things. Today I spent some time at the Wave House in San Diego CA. They have the only man made barrel like this in the United States. So of course I had to do it.

Aside from my pride, shoulder and back – nothing else hurts and it was a hell of a time.

To think I am down 30 LBS, with 30 more to go. I will be back!


The Healthy Primate

It’s Time To Speak Out! Oppose New Offshore Drilling

Some of my favorite memories are at the beach with my family. From high school in Maui to trips to Southern California for extended weekends, the beach has been a great sanctuary. Recently there was a huge offshore oil line break in just miles from where our family has regularly visited for over 20 years. It has now compromised some of the most beautiful areas in California for beach goers, surfing and wild life.

The need to suck our natural resources dry has to be curbed. Especially at the expense of what it is doing and the effects it is having NOW! The details and actions are below. Please – PLEASE sign the petition and share this across your social media to drive more awareness of these destructive impacts.

“A burst pipeline released up to 101,000 gallons of crude at Refugio State Beach, with an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil flowing downhill from the spill site through a culvert, under the 101 Freeway and into the Pacific.

The pipeline released up to 101,000 gallons of crude, with an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil flowing downhill from the spill site through a culvert, under the 101 Freeway and into the Pacific.The spill has closed several miles of beaches on the Gaviota Coast while cleanup workers try to remove oil from the rocks, sand and the ocean surface.” (Source LA TIMES) 


What Can You Do? 


Sign the Nation Offshore Drill Petition – HERE

“For decades our coasts were protected from new offshore oil drilling. However, in 2008, President Bush and Congress lifted the federal moratorium on new offshore drilling making our nation’s ocean and coastlines vulnerable to the expansion of oil and gas development.

Even after the catastrophic effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and now, the recent spill in Santa Barbara, California, the federal government is planning to open up the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean to new offshore oil drilling in their next five-year drilling plan.

Please sign the petition and support our proactive efforts to urge the U.S. Government to restore a federal moratorium on new off-shore drilling sites, including reversing the recently passed legislation approving plans for new oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean.”(Source Surfrider) 

Thank you for supporting our beaches!



How Healthy is Your City: Top 50 Released

The American Fitness Index has recently released its 8th annual report. It’s a deeper look into the health and fitness levels across all 50 states. There are variables that are measured when coming up with a full grade and scoring system.

Many contributing data points are factored that lead to the calculations from personal to environmental.

Who took the top three spots?

Our nations capital topped the list for the second year in a row with a score of 79.6 out of 100 possible points earning the “Nations Fittest City”. Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Diego were strong contenders, rounding out the top three spots.

Each city is judged based on a set of triggers that include obesity, diabetes, rates of smoking and outdoor activity options. It’s one thing to rank the places that we live with a health factor, it’s actually a different ball game when you see how this data is used to drive state level policy and awareness.

The Anthem Foundation & ACSM share a joint vision dedicated to improving the health of our communities, not simply calling out poor areas for focus. Below is a link for a full 50 city break down.

50 cities

There is also a great report compiled for each state. You can click to your specific state and see the what areas they are focused on and areas they excel or fall flat. It’s a great way to see what each city is  doing to promote health.

State Level Reports Here 

What types of data and where does the data come from to build the ranking systems? 

  • Cities are defined by MSAs;
  • Personal health indicators, as well as community and environmental indicators, are included in the data report;
  • Data come from reputable sources, and scientific methodologies are used to ensure validity and reliability; • Unique areas of strength and opportunities for improvement are included for each MSA to help guide community action;
  • Data indicators are tracked and reported in five-year Data Trend Reports;
  • Materials, resources and connections to health promotion partners are provided by the AFI program to help cities improve their indicators; and
  • Local, state and national health promotion partners form a network to support collaborative program efforts.

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These sets of data and reports are a great step toward improving the health in our great country! Making little choices and changes can make a significant impact to our communities.

Where does your favorite city rank?  Click Here