Making New Cultural Waves in California and Beyond

As impressive as Orange County is in many regards, few people would consider this part of the state a cultural hotspot. However, these streets have seen the rise of many of the most important trends in music, food, and fashion for several decades. The young adults that came here in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s helped shape the tastes of an entire country. Even if they were originally drawn by the promise of world-class surfing or opportunities for year-round skateboard practice, their legacy actually lives on in the entrepreneurial spirit of Orange County.

The Sound of Southern California

Entertainment is big business in the OC. We have loads of clubs and concert venues; plenty of up and coming musical artists played house concerts here long before they got their big break. Innovators in many musical genres have come from Orange County and surrounding areas. Rap, hip hop, surf music, ska, pop, punk – countless innovators began their commercial success right here.

New California Cuisine

California’s unique climate makes it ideal for growing a fresh abundance of food throughout the year. This has provided chefs with an astonishing array of ingredients to experiment with. Furthermore, the many cultural influences that have shaped the population of this state have also provided an unending wealth of global flavors and culinary traditions. The result of this blending has been called California cuisine. In fact, any time you see these food innovations you are enjoying something that had its roots in California cooking:

  • Asian fusion
  • Asian street food
  • Health-conscious
  • Gluten-free
  • Local foods and the farm-to-table model

California cuisine and new California cuisine are distinguished by exceptionally fresh ingredients, often sourced as close to the restaurant kitchen as possible. Regional specialties such as avocado are likely to feature prominently in traditional California cooking; today many traditional Asian flavors such as spicy kimchee are being integrated into old favorites. Surprising and novel flavor combinations are a hallmark of California cuisine.

Culture Everywhere You Look

As a surfer, I know that taking calculated risks is a necessary part of success. This is a philosophy shared by many regional entrepreneurs. I think we are all the richer for their willingness to try new sounds, flavors, and styles.

California has so much to offer.
California has so much to offer.

4 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Winter


Winter – it brings up many negative connotations for people. Winter can be one of the hardest seasons for people to cope with for many diverse reasons. As someone who lives in Southern California, winters are not as harsh for me. The majority of the country, though does not have the same blessing as I do. Snow, freezing temperatures, strident winds and road hazards are a few examples of why people do not enjoy winter.

Embracing the cold is the guidance that I give many people. Staying positive can be difficult, but  it’s important to have this mindset. Winter can be something to look forward to; not pull away from. Here are four tips to help assure you have a healthy and happy winter!

1. Find the good in winter! There are so many positive things that take place in the winter. First off, all the major holidays take place in the months of November, December and January. Between Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, there are copious amounts of events that occur. Relish in the celebrations and time spent with your families. Besides all the entertainment, there are numerous winter-themed treats that arrive. Peppermint Mocha, Hot Toddies, Eggnog are just a few of the delectable treats that jump into my mind. Find whatever makes you elated and run with it.

2. Tailor your workout to the winter! When the temperatures drop and the wind is brutal, the last thing anyone wants to do is go outside to workout. It’s important to exercise in the winter as working out helps to raise endorphin levels and ensure you have a strong and healthy immune system. Harvard supports this idea and has written often about how a healthy lifestyle will boost your immune system. If it’s too cold outside for a run, keep a workout DVD on hand!

3. Ensure you are getting some sun! Vitamin D deficiency is something that affects many adults in the Northern Hemisphere. US News suggests that half of the population of the entire world is Vitamin D deficiency – which is a lot of people. As the sun’s rays become weaker in the winter, it’s important you make up for it. If it’s possible, stand outside for a couple minutes in the day to soak up those important sunrays. If it’s not possible for this to happen, talk to your doctor about a supplement to help in the meantime.

4. Don’t hibernate! It’s easy to fall into a habit of going home straight after work and staying in for a night of Netflix. It’s important to keep up the same social habits that you may have during the spring or the summer. Interacting with people is critical in keeping yourself happy and healthy during the winter. Use this time to do something you may have never thought of doing. Itching to start a book club? Looking for someone to start a wine club? Always wanted to try spinning? Find a buddy and try it out!
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Murky Surfing

The winter season brings with it winter storms. Despite California’s seemingly “perfect” weather, the state still gets slapped with some awful storms from time to time. This winter with the return of “El Niño” – a complex weather pattern that creates fluctuating temperatures, and high winds, resulting in fierce storms – has brought with it an array of problems to the California coastline. Power Outages, flooding, fallen trees, and even deaths were reported during the most recent ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) cycle. According to, beach goers and surfers are seeing some different effects however, as California coastlines are pumped with loads of dirty water.

According to Heal the Bay’s Senior Coastal Policy Manager Dana Murray, one inch of rain from a storm can translate into one billion gallons of runoff in LA County storm drains. Since so much surface area is covered by asphalt, large quantities of rainfall are not absorbed into the soil, but instead streamed right into municipal storm drains. Most of Southern California’s storm drains run into the ocean, draining billions of gallons of LA street water into the ocean. Yuck.

“Dirty water” running into the ocean is definitely a health hazard for surfers and beach goers in California. Since much of the runoff originates from streets and sidewalks, much of the dirty waters flowing from the region’s storm drains contain harmful pathogens, pollutants, and fecal bacteria. This pathogens can cause infectious diseases like Hepatitis, Salmonella, Shigellosis, E Coli., Enterococci, MRSA, Conjunctivitis, and others. Each of these is just as harmful as the other if not treated properly. Some, even with treatment, can be truly unpleasant. Therefore, in order to avoid future discomforts, you should take a few extra precautions before running into the water after a storm.

For starters, don’t surf in dirty water. Once the 72-hour warning goes into effect, heed that warning. Find the discipline to stay away from the water even if you’re a beach bum or surf aficionado. If you have any open wounds, it is ABSOLUTELY imperative that you stay out of the water.

Secondly, screen your surf turf. Be very selective of where you choose to surf and swim after a storm. Definitely avoid swimming in areas near storm drains and river mouths. Make sure the area you surf doesn’t seem too murky, and please, avoid taking gulps of bacteria soup while you’re in the water.

Finally, check yourself thoroughly after the fact. If even a few days have passed it’s better to be safe than sorry. First try to blow as much water from your sinuses as possible. Scrub and disinfect any cuts or abrasions with alcohol and anti-bacterial products. And lastly, shower and brush your teeth immediately (either at home or at the beach showers). Don’t forget to clean behind the ears !

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Kelly Slater Becomes A Hero As Monster Waves Hit Hawaii

It’s winter in Hawaii and the surfers are loving it. During the winter, Hawaii experiences enormous waves that head towards the north shore of Hawaii. This year’s winter sent over 40-foot waves for surfers to ride. Surfers from all over decided to head over to Waimea Bay to catch these gargantuan waves. Surfers such as Tom Dosland, Clark Kittle, Kelly Slater were around the festivities of surfers attempting to surf.

During all the surfing action, an Australian tourist Sarah White and her baby after a rogue wave swept them all the way to the street. Luckily the 43-year-old surfer Kelly Slater was denied action to surf happened to be around the area and was able to rescue Sarah White and her baby. Although, White sustained some cuts and bruises she and her baby made it out the water safe and secure.

Later that day, the husband of the two victims wrote on his Instagram saying, “So thankful the surf gods denied @kellyslater today cos [sic] for whatever reason he was right there to save my wife and kid who were swept across the road by a freak wave today”.

Kelly Slater just happened to be in the right area at the right time. Slater did mention, he was happy that he was able to save the mother and baby, but the lifeguards were not too far from the scene to contribute to the situation.

Lifeguard’s understand how risky it is for surfers during the winter time because of the intensive waves. One of the lifeguards of Waimea Bay mentioned surfers know how dangerous it is to go surfing with waves that high, but they still do it. Hawaii News Now reported, by the end of the day, the waves at Waimea Bay had grown so tall that lifeguards had to ride jet skis to help at minimum 25 surfers who weren’t able to paddle back to the beach themselves.

Being a surfer is about taking the risk, which means catching the biggest wave even though it’s not the safest thing to do. Surfing in the Winter, is the best time to catch waves taller than the typical waves you would surf in the summer.

Below, you can watch footage of the surfers catching the waves out at Waimea Bay.

The Best Winter Surf Spots In the World

When most people think of surfing we think about the summer, the sun, and the waves. But did you know the winter surfing season is just as big as the summer? The sometimes tough winter water conditions can be a challenge for even the most experienced surfer. Around the world surfers seek out the best winter waves near and far. Here are some of the best beaches to catch a winter wave.

Gold Coast

russell Wallace Gold coast

This Australian beach has some of the best waves in all of the nation. Known for its consistent waves, which generally are in the morning when the wind sails from east. The beach is known internationally by surfers and fans alike for hosting one of the Association of the Surfing Professional Tour. Considered a surfer’s paradise for waves that can be as high as one to two in a week and almost as high as four foot a month.

Hanalei Beach

Hanalei Beach Russell Wallace

This scenic two-mile beach in Hawaii is home to white sands and surrounded by mountains. This surfer’s favorite is some of the best winter surfing with a peak season for surfing starting in September and ending in May. The beach is so well-known in the winter time that world champion surfers and athletes call Hanalei home.

Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay Russell Wallace

Located in South Africa, Jeffreys beach goes from Cape Receife located east to Cape St Francis on the West. Not only is Jeffreys Bay one of the safest beaches in the world it also considered to be one of the world’s most famous surfing spots. The allure of the Bay is fast waves that new surfers and seasoned veteran surfers can enjoy. The waves in the winter can be as high as twelve feet, and the wind takes a swell in these colder months.

Rincon Bay

Rincon Bay Russell Wallace

Found in the Caribbean, the home of The 1968 World Surfing Championship is better known as the “Surfing Capital of the Caribbean.” Rincon Bay is made up of six beaches alongside the Anasco Bay. The beaches attract surfers from around the world for the chaotic Atlantic and soft, more gentle Caribbean waves that surfers have come to love.

Oceanside Harbor

Oceanside Harbor surfing

Located in Southern California in the middle of the SoCal Surfers heaven, Oceanside Harbor is one of the most well-known surf spots of SoCal. With favorable conditions that have the wind swelling from the North West, West, and South West, the beaches’ waves can break at a high as ten feet.

Tips For Being Healthy

russell Wallace healthy bodyYour health is a precious thing. You never know when it can take a turn for the worst. We can’t always control what life throws at us, we can help prevent the avoidable things. Following these simple ideas for good health can go a long way in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, inside and out.


You’ve heard it a hundred times, make sure you get enough sleep. How important is getting enough sleep? The one simple answer is that you’ll feel better. People tend to forget that they don’t sleep enough. Sometimes, if you aren’t quite feeling 100%,and aren’t sure why, a simple fix is that your body just wants more sleep. Plus, what feeling is better after a nice, long nights sleep?

Healthy Diet

Eating more fruits and vegetables is not only good for you in the inside, but on the outside as well. Health food can make you not only feel better but look better too. Try to cut down on fried foods, candy, alcohol, and cigarettes can be huge for your body in general. If you spend time on finding the right positive diet, you’ll steer your body into the right direction. Craving a candy bar? Try a fruit smoothie and feel just as satisfied and healthier!

Go Outside

What’s better than fresh air and a view that ends with the sky and not a ceiling? The wind on your face, the sun on your skin, and the wildlife you might encounter is unbeatable. Plus your body and senses will enjoy it too. Just taking a hike in the woods on a trail, and walking on a beach can be great for the mind and soul.


We do live in a face-paced, high action society, but just relaxing is like listening to your body in advance. Try to take an hour every day, maybe right before you go to bed to just relax. See your friends, read a book, do something that is relaxing and enjoyable for yourself. Your body will thank you.

Your Daily Routine

Knowing what you got to do and when do it. Your mind grow sused to the routine and it can go a long way. We are creatures of habit and getting yourself into rights ones, can mean a lot for mental health. But beyond the mental positives, it can help enhance your life by maximizing the amount of time you spend on things, and getting the most out of your time.

Be Creative

It doesn’t matter how you do it, just create. Explore parts of your mind that you didn’t think you could. Creation is part of the human experience. Look around you and see everything that we’ve created over history. This creativity is inside all of us and should be used by all of us too. Create one thing a day, and I can guarantee that you’ll feel great.