So I have been on a big kick lately, listening to the album "Lungs" from Florence and The Machine. What an awesome album. Here is a link to one of my favorite songs from the album, "Cosmic Love". Also getting into the Brandon Boyd solo effort, The Wild Trapeze and the new single "Runaway Train". Other solo efforts from Killers front man Brandon Flowers include the song "Crossfire". I like that tune as well. Let's see, other great stuff is the new Ray Lamontagne album, although I haven't listened to it through yet, it sounds pretty solid. More updates to come soon, including *gasp* the Balance EP released on itunes. For now, check some pictures from the last rock climbing session at Mount Woodson, my buddy Scott doing some climbing, and a sunset surf session at campgrounds in Carlsbad.
Last weekend was the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. It was a huge event, with skateboarding, bmx, surfing, live music, and tons of industry stores, reps, booths, you name it. It was a great time. I volunteered with the Christian Surfers group who was helping many different organizations do their thing. The Life Rolls On foundation was there, as well as the Living the Dream Foundation. Both of them are incredible groups doing great things for those with disabilities and cystic fibrosis. Action sports plays such a great role in the lifestyles of those involved with the organization. Surfing's positive effects on cystic fibrosis have been translated into medical treatments used by all who suffer from it! Check this out.
"Haager also was living proof that surfing helped CF patients breathe easier. Doctors determined that inhaling saltwater mist had a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs and allowed CF patients to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus. This discovery led researchers to develop a hypertonic saline solution, which CF patients around the world now inhale, mimicking a “surf session,” on a daily basis. The Pipeline events were created to herald this discovery."
Overall, it was a great experience. Check out some photos below of Rob Machado getting out of the water, an individual from Life Rolls On headed out for a surf, and Tom Curren perfoming at the Drifter movie premier.
Pursuing passions and appreciating the joys and blessings of life. I have been given so much, I'd like to use music as an avenue to give back.