Finding Balance on Land and Sea

 

 

Gina Bradley – aka Paddle Diva – and her so named stand up paddleboard school have become a Hamptons summer staple. For anyone wanting to get into into this popular sport, Paddle Diva offers lessons and guidance for paddlers of all levels. Gina herself has recently jumped into some new waters authoring, Paddle Diva: Ten Guiding Principles to Finding Balance on the Water and in Lifewith the foreword written by Gabby Reece and Laird Hamilton.

Broken down into 10 guiding principles and so titled chapters, such as Dig Deep, Enjoy the Ride, and Look Up — the book is not a how-to guide, but a translation of lessons learned on the water that apply to everyday life. Even I, an experienced paddler, had to draw upon those principles on an extremely windy and choppy day last spring with Gina on the Hudson River, where my primary goal was not to take a plunge into those murky waters. Gina and I sat down for a chat about the book post-paddle… Read More

 

The SOS Week of Wellness Giveaway!

 

 

We kicked off 2018 with January’s 31 Days of Wellness — a month long adventure which found your editor checking out all the most popular wellness trends at New York City’s hottest studios. Flotation Therapy, Infrared Saunas, Meditation, Salt Therapy and many more… now you can experience a week’s worth of some of my favorites!

To kickoff March, it’s the SOS Week of Wellness Giveaway and all you’ve got to do is sign up to enter for a chance to win this amazing package valued at over $750! Here’s what relaxing, rejuvenating and restorative treatments are awaiting that lucky winner:

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1. MNDFL | Video

Win a 3 month subscription to MNDFL Video! One of the biggest wellness trends of the last few years is meditation, and boutique studios such as MNDFL have brought the practice into a modern day setting as I discovered on Day 3. Now you can access their expert teachers at home and join the MNDFL community no matter where you are! Meditation is a practice that teaches us to focus our attention, calm our senses, and gain clarity — a much needed antidote to the stress and distractions we encounter in our daily lives. With classes varying in theme, time, and teacher – both new and old meditators will find many options to enjoy. Value $45 

2. INFINITY FLOAT

Win a 60-minute float session at INFINITY FLOAT, NYC’s premier luxury float suite for the “Sensory Deprivation Experience” which I visited on Day 4. This sleek and modern private float cabin is beautifully designed with glowing blue light and a star-lit ceiling to sooth and calm as you float effortlessly in a state of anti-gravity. Filled with over 1000 lbs. of magnesium sulfate, flotation therapy is like a giant Epsom Salt bath, which many athletes use as part of their sport recovery program. A rejuvenating experience for body and mind, get ready to float away into a state of deep relaxation. Value $125 Read More

 

Summer Reading

 

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From new bestsellers to old classics, hanging on the beach or

curled up on the porch, here is your sporty summer reading list for 2017! Baseball, football, basketball, tennis and more, we’ve got all your favorite sports covered with enticing reads — even if you’re not a sports fan.

 

THE CUBS WAY:

The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball

and Breaking the Curse

By Tom Verducci (2017)

 
After 108 years, it finally happened. This New York Times bestseller tells the tale of the 2016 Chicago Cubs and their transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball. With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst, Tom Verducci, reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team to break the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions.
 

PAPER LION: 

Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

By George Plimpton (1966)

 
The book for which perhaps George Plimpton was best known, Paper Lion set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpton recounts his experiences in talking his way into training camp with the Detroit Lions, practicing with the team, and taking snaps behind center. His breezy style captures the pressures and tensions rookies confront, the hijinks that pervade when sixty high-strung guys live together in close quarters, and a host of football rites and rituals. One of the funniest and most insightful books ever written on football, Paper Lion is a classic look at the gridiron game.

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The Sport Pages: Gorgeous Gift Books!

 

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As our final Gift of Sport guide of the season, we give the hot holiday sport themed books of 2016. From yoga to cycling to boxing, skiing, skateboarding and more, these gorgeous photography and illustrated books are the perfect addition to any coffee table.

 

 AMERICAN THOROUGHBRED

By Neil Latham

The monumental size of American Thoroughbred fits the grandeur of the subject matter. A slipcased limited edition, the book holds a collection of large-scale black and white photographs of America’s greatest thoroughbreds and represents a 3-year journey in which Latham fully immersed himself into the sport of horse racing. Convincing the most notable owners and trainers to let him photograph their multimillion-dollar racehorses, the project took him from the racetrack of Saratoga to the horse farms of Kentucky to the ranches of Southern California, where he photographed such thoroughbred legends as A.P. Indy, Curlin, Tapit, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta — as well as American Pharoah, 2015’s heralded Triple Crown winner. Just in time for the holidays, the buyer can receive an 8×10” silver gelatin print, handmade by the artist in his darkroom, by sending proof of purchase to info@neillatham.com.
 

 

THE ULTIMATE SKI BOOK

By Gabriella Le Breton, Foreword by Franz Klammer

The Ultimate Ski Book documents the story of skiing through the centuries, capturing the essence of the world’s most popular winter activity through spellbinding photography and inspiring text. From the first ski superstars and most memorable ski fashions; to the world’s best resorts and most prestigious chalets; to the favorite resorts and steepest runs — The Ultimate Ski Book encapsulates everything skiers love about the sport. Read More

 

Old Workout Clothes Wanted!

 

JILL MOSKOWITZ SIFTING THROUGH PILES OF OLD WORKOUT WEAR

Of all the things you can sell on eBay, used workout clothes are not something for which you would imagine there would be market.  As it turns out however, there is for both buyer and seller, and 26-year old Jill Moskowitz, aka “fitbuyer212“, has figured out a way to make a six figure income doing just that. She’ll give you cash on the spot for your old leggings and sportbras too!

2 years ago, tired of her dog walking job in New York City, Jill started looking for alternative ways to make money. A California native who had gone to college in the city, she had always sold stuff on eBay. She stared listing her old Lululemon pieces and found there was a market. Clearly resourceful, she figured other people were probably just donating or throwing away their old workout wear, and she could make it business out of it.

Jill began by putting flyers up offering money for used workout wear, and printed business cards which she handed out outside of fitness studios. It was a struggle at first to find sellers but once word of mouth spread that there was this girl who would give you cash on the spot for your old stuff, her business started to boom. Earning over $100,000 in her first year and on track to double it this year, she has clearly found a market. Read More

 

Shades of Fall

 
SMITH PIVLOCK OVERDRIVE

 

Recently debuted by Smith Optics is the Pivlock Overdrive, the full-frame version of their popular rimless Pivlock sunglasses. For those seeking a slimmer and more stylish high performance sport sunglass, the Overdrive is available in great duel toned color combos (we love the orange and slate gray!), mixing matte and gloss finishes.

Some of the key features of the Overdrive are the adjustable rubberized 2 position nose fit and 3 sets of lenses, easily changeable with an easy-open temple hinge system. The polycarbonate lenses offer sharp distortion free vision, are anti-fogging and block 100% of UV rays. The glasses are ergonomically designed to optimize integration with bike helmets and running hats, a trend we are seeing overall with sport sunglasses and goggles.

Running, biking, paddling… on the the road, trail or water… the Pivlock Overdrive is a formidable new player in the sport shade game.

 

Hood-Phones

 
HOODIEBUDDIE

 

This sweatshirt may look like your basic gray hoodie, but at the ends of the drawstrings are built-in headphones. The HoodieBuddie contains a standard headphone jack in the front pocket that is compatible with any mp3 player, iPhone or other mobile device. Plug it in and the audio travels through cables embedded within the sweatshirt to the headphones. Wires stay tucked away and tangle free, and you always have a set of headphones handy. Now while the sound may not be the most amazing, it’s not bad, and the convenience can’t be beat.

The HoodieBuddie comes in a wide variety of hip styles and colors, like High Low Burnout Wash and Mock Twist French Terry, for both guys and girls. Best of all it’s machine washable… headphones and all.

 

Fly Free

 

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First came the Nike Free, a super flexible, minimal running shoe, designed to support the foot’s natural movement during the stride. Introduced about 10 years ago, the shoe has become one of the biggest sellers in swoosh history among athletes and fashionistas alike.

Then came the Nike Flyknit about a year ago, available in both a race and training model, revered for its knit structure and resulting precision fit. While Track & Field superstar Allyson Felix may train in this shoe, it is the beautiful tapestry of the interwoven threads, that have established it as another winner among the fashion set.

Debuting next week, August 1 to be precise, is the eagerly anticipated combination of these two styles, merging into one as the Nike Free Flyknit. The shoe features the sole of the Free 5.0, combined with an extra elasticized Flyknit upper. While I haven’t seen the shoe yet, if the pictures do it justice, I have a feeling this one will become another favorite among runners and sneakerheads alike. Falling into both categories myself, I can’t wait to get my hands, or should I say feet, on a pair!

 
 

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