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Podcast Ep 57: Dr. Stu Farrimond and the Science of Cooking

In this episode we speak to an actual food scientist: Stuart “Dr. Stu” Farrimond, author of The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking. He offers his best tips and advice for how handle all of your cooking and food prep — based on science. Wondering how to know which knives are worth the investment? […]


In this episode we speak to an actual food scientist: Stuart “Dr. Stu” Farrimond, author of The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking. He offers his best tips and advice for how handle all of your cooking and food prep — based on science. Wondering how to know which knives are worth the investment? Hoping to cook a juicy turkey? Not sure if your eggs are fresh? We break all that down — and plenty more! 

Dr. Stu’s path to writing a book about food and cooking was an unusual one, to say the least. He started as a medical doctor, but after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and developed epilepsy, he was forced to leave what he thought was his life’s passion. The medical world’s loss became the teaching world’s gain as he discovered his knack for explaining tricky scientific ideas with non-jargony talk. From there he fell into his niche of food science research (including finding the best biscuit to dunk in a cup of tea!), which led to the book he is so proud of today.

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Some of our favorite quotes from this episode are …

Podcast Episode 57 Highlights With Dr. Stu

  • The best way to take care of eggs (hint — do NOT store them in the refrigerator door)
  • The best knives every cook should have on hand
  • Why he cooks pasta without oil in the water 
  • The real benefits of shopping organically and buying locally sourced foods
  • The science behind why some flavors work well with others — and why some don’t
  • Margo’s favorite recipe for the Perfect Eye of Round Roast
  • How to cool down your mouth when you eat something super spicy 
  • Tips for cooking holiday meat, like this citrus turkey brine (a favorite at Kristen’s Thanksgiving table every year)
  • Jenn’s obsession with sheet pan dinners and Ted Allen’s yummy kale salad recipe

Get the episode with Dr. Stu here or below!

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What are your favorite science facts about cooking and baking? Post about your experience in the comments below! Margo



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Podcast Ep 56: Dr. Josh Axe on Natural Health

Get ready for a super informative episode! Dr. Josh Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine, a clinical nutritionist, a chiropractic physician and best-selling author with a passion to help people get well by using food as medicine. He recently authored Eat Dirt and Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine and operates one of the world’s most visited […]


Get ready for a super informative episode! Dr. Josh Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine, a clinical nutritionist, a chiropractic physician and best-selling author with a passion to help people get well by using food as medicine. He recently authored Eat Dirt and Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine and operates one of the world’s most visited natural health websites at DrAxe.com.

We chatted with Dr. Axe about everything from functional medicine to adrenal fatigue to what his favorite essential oils are (hint — he never leaves home without his top pick!). Plus, he talks about his daily “spiritual triathlon,” favorite workouts and so much more.

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Some of our favorite quotes from this episode: 

Podcast Episode 56 Highlights With Dr. Josh Axe

  • The differences between traditional and functional medicine
  • The signs of adrenal fatigue and how to best treat it
  • How your food choices can affect your hormones
  • What causes a leaky gut and how it affects your overall health
  • His favorite essential oils and their different uses (and we share some of our favorites, too!)
  • Best practices for weight loss and the No. 1 food in which most people are deficient
  • The foods he keeps in his fridge and what he eats on a daily basis

Get the episode with with Dr. Axe here or below!

Get more info on our podcast here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode!

Have you ever tried functional medicine? —Margo

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Podcast Ep 53: Danielle LaPorte, Part 2

Photo: Catherine Just Hurrah! It’s time for the second part of our amazing interview with empowerment badass Danielle LaPorte (get Part 1 here!). We had such a great time and took down a million notes during our chat with Danielle that it only made sense to divide the interview into two different segments. And this second […]


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Hurrah! It’s time for the second part of our amazing interview with empowerment badass Danielle LaPorte (get Part 1 here!). We had such a great time and took down a million notes during our chat with Danielle that it only made sense to divide the interview into two different segments. And this second part is all about cultivating your creativity — and honoring your true inner self.

In this ep, we tell Danielle how much we love her truthbomb “Let it be easy” (or LIBE, as we like to say) and how it transformed the Fit Bottomed World. Also, we discuss the creative process she follows to get those truthbombs out to the world (she is a BIG fan of the Evernote app, by the way). Then we get into a subject all the FBGs love — music!

A few of our fave quotes from Danielle in this ep:

Podcast Episode 53 Highlights With Danielle LaPorte

  • The practical and magical ways she creates those beloved truthbombs
  • Her unique approach to remaining real on social media
  • How women can find (and honor) their true selves
  • What her creative process is like
  • How everything in life comes back to being a spiritual lesson
  • Learning how to say “no”
  • David Bowie Mondays and her musical spirit animal

Get the second half of our interview with Danielle LaPorte here!

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What kind of music do you listen to feel alive and creative? —Margo

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5 Questions With Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, the 2014 Fittest Woman on Earth (AKA winner of the CrossFit Games) and all around badass, is currently recovering from a recent shoulder injury — but using that time to help with a cause that’s near and dear to her heart. We recently got to talk to her about all of that, plus more, […]


Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, the 2014 Fittest Woman on Earth (AKA winner of the CrossFit Games) and all around badass, is currently recovering from a recent shoulder injury — but using that time to help with a cause that’s near and dear to her heart. We recently got to talk to her about all of that, plus more, in this quick (yet deep) rapid-fire interview, on behalf of Rehband and its awesome partnership with Barbells for Boobs (yep, you read that right).

FBG: Why was working with Rehband a good fit for you personally?

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet: I believe in safe and smart training so I can continue to achieve my goals. I trust the quality of Rehband’s products because they are medically classified and patented designs. I’m confident that they will allow me to protect my body so I can continue to train and perform, especially while I rehab my recent shoulder surgery. Rehband collaborates with athletes to develop products we need. Last year I worked together with their R&D team to produce a wrist sleeve based on an idea of mine!

Can you talk a little about their support of Barbells for Boobs and what that means to you?

One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and 7 percent will be under the age of 40. That’s why this October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), Rehband is taking a stand against these statistics by supporting Barbells for Boobs, an organization that mobilizes and empowers people to take action in breast cancer. Through their programs, Barbells for Boobs has impacted over 1,000,000 people and counting, in the form of access to procedures, navigation, connections and support. I’m a large advocate of the importance of physical strength as well as wellness — which means advocating for yourself by taking action over your own health. Through the purchase of pink Rx line products from Rehband (knee, calf, wrist and elbow sleeves) during the month of October, you can not only promote your own physical support, but also sponsor wellness empowerment for women across the country through Barbells for Boobs.

After being named the fittest woman on Earth in 2014 — which is a HUGE accomplishment — how do you continue to stay motivated?

I think that the true challenge is finding the best version of yourself, and any title or prize can’t stop the search to become that. It’s exciting to have rewards and motivation, but I think when your focus is on constant progress and your focus changes to something that has nothing to do with fame or money, true happiness comes through and true enjoyment of the journey also comes through.

What fitness/personal goals are you working towards now?

Becoming the best me! With my business, as a graduated chemical engineer, as a wife, as a daughter, as a sister and as an athlete. My goals right now are to go back to the CrossFit Games healthy and show what I am made of, to try to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo in weightlifting and to build my brand online.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about life? What’s the best piece of advice you can give?

Nothing is about you! That’s the best advice I got. We tend to think that the world is against or with us, or make story in our head about why something went a certain way, but the truth is that nothing is ever good or bad and it’s all about perspective. Stuck in traffic? Good, I got to practice my patience. Get injured? Good, I got a chance to learn to move even better, etc.

Now, we’ve heard some great gems of advice, but this one is fantastic, right?! SO, SO, SO true. —Jenn



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Podcast Ep 50: Liz Vaccariello, Editor-In-Chief of Parents Magazine

Get ready to meet a media maven who runs four magazines (four!) for the Meredith Parenting Network including Parents, Fit Pregnancy and Baby, Family Fun, and Parents Latina, is the mom to social media-savvy tweens, and somehow still finds time to fit in her workouts (whew!). Liz Vaccariello is a very busy woman who has […]


Get ready to meet a media maven who runs four magazines (four!) for the Meredith Parenting Network including Parents, Fit Pregnancy and Baby, Family Fun, and Parents Latina, is the mom to social media-savvy tweens, and somehow still finds time to fit in her workouts (whew!). Liz Vaccariello is a very busy woman who has learned some incredibly useful lessons that we can all use to make our lives healthy and happier.

Jenn and I were lucky enough to chat with Liz about her advice for new moms (sometimes you just have to leave the kitchen counters alone and take a nap!). We also discussed how she speaks about food and body image with her young daughters, plus how she manages to put out several magazines a month and keep her cool. (Big hint: hire amazing people who want your job!)

Some of our favorite quotes from this ep are …

Podcast Ep 50 Highlights With Liz Vaccariello

  • How she makes time for an intense work schedule, her family, and her own health. 
  • The best piece of advice she ever received about motherhood.
  • How to talk to kids about current events.
  • The challenges of raising her daughters in the age of social media (one of whom has her own YouTube channel).
  • Talking about health and fitness with your kids to set a positive example.
  • The need for sleep!
  • How she shares the parenting responsibilities with her husband.
  • Her “aha moments” regarding posting pictures of her kids on social media.

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Get the episode with Liz Vaccariello here!

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What is the best piece of parenting advice you ever received? Post them in the comments below!—Margo

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5 Minutes With World Champion Skier Mikaela Shiffrin

We love getting the real scoop on how elite athletes train and eat, so we were psyched when our pals at Barilla hooked us up with the opportunity to send a few questions over to alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin, 2017 World Champion and big time food lover. The 22-year-old had a heck of a […]


We love getting the real scoop on how elite athletes train and eat, so we were psyched when our pals at Barilla hooked us up with the opportunity to send a few questions over to alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin, 2017 World Champion and big time food lover.

The 22-year-old had a heck of a season, winning her first season title, earning the Overall Crystal Globe (oh, and by the way, she’s the fifth American and third woman ever to do this) — and this is all in addition to winning her third straight Slalom Gold Medal and earning a bright and shiny Silver in Giant Slalom at the 2017 World Championships. Shiffrin is gearing up for the 2017-18 season which, as you may have already deduced, will include the Olympics.

So how’s she preparing for what’s sure to be a big year? You know we asked her all about it!

What’s your fave workout to do off the slopes? Any moves you really love — or love to hate?

Mikaela Shiffrin: I sort of love to hate all of the moves that I ever have to do! I think my favorite workouts are generally the core workouts. The burn you get in your core is that immediate gratification — you can feel it and you know you’re getting stronger. I feel like my core is strong, my back is strong, and it just ties everything together.

What are your fave foods or recipes? Is anything off-limits?

MS: Nothing is really off-limits. I try to limit the sugar but I like to eat dessert so I don’t cut it out completely. My favorite go-to meal, especially when I’m racing, is a simple pasta dish with maybe some chicken and salad or some vegetables — broccoli or something like that. It’s super easy, and it’s flavored with butter and garlic and salt. It’s one of the only things I can eat before races when I’m really nervous, but it’s also one of my favorite meals outside of competition season.

Can you tell us about how your nutrition or training will change going into racing season?

MS: I try to keep my nutrition consistent — I don’t follow any diet programs. Going into the race season or the Olympics … there’s a theory of carb loading, which I sort of do. Before races, I might go a little heavier on the carbs and then after go a little lighter — just to get a little extra energy for the long race days. But there’s not a very big change in my nutrition program. Or even in my training — it’s just always about trying to make the most of any second I get on the snow, on my skis.

What are your top tips for someone who wants to improve their healthy lifestyle?

I think a lot of people say, “I want to get healthy, I’m gonna detox,” and — I don’t even know what detox means. I think it’s something like starving yourself for three days and only drinking smoothies, or tea, or something? I don’t know how you can do that. I feel you should take it step by step.

Like, I go through phases. I want dessert every night. I make cookies every night and I have dessert. And then I get to a point where I’m like, okay, it’s time for me to stop having cookies every night. You just take little steps. And then I’ll say, I’m going to stop having sugar three days a week. And then, all of a sudden, you’ve gone a week without sugar and it’s really easy to continue, and you don’t crave it.

How do people get it wrong when it comes to carbs?

MS: Some people say they want to cut out carbs, and, for an athlete like me, carbs are necessary. For the average person, [too many] carbs can be a really big bummer, but carbs are necessary for energy so you want to make sure you’re balancing that. You should find a couple of go-to recipes that are delicious and give you what you need. Like I said, go step by step — you don’t need to eat a whole bowl of pasta, but maybe you have an accompanying side dish along with your meat and your salad. It’s like finding loopholes to satisfy what you want and not cut it out all together. I LOVE food. I can’t imagine giving something up — even dessert, even in the name of ski racing. But I can find a compromise.

What are you most looking forward to with the upcoming season and getting back into competition mode?

MS: I’m just looking forward to getting back to racing. Our first race is at the end of October and it’s always a really exciting time. Everyone’s coming back together again, you see competitors you haven’t seen all summer. That first race of the season is always nerve racking because you don’t know where you stack up against everyone, but it’s really fun too. When I’m actually doing it, I’m really nervous and just wish it was summer again. But right now I’m looking forward to that!

We’re wishing Mikaela all the best in her upcoming race season — and in the kitchen, although it sounds like she doesn’t need our luck in either realm. But now, we’re curious — what are some of your favorite healthy pasta additions? —Kristen



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10 Minutes With CrossFit Star Brooke Wells

She’s 21 and your typical college student at Mizzou. Except she’s not. She just landed a major deal with Cellucor and is one of the hottest uprising stars in CrossFit. We mean, how many college students can legit say that they’re the sixth fittest person on the planet? Um, yeah. Say hello to Brooke Wells! A […]


She’s 21 and your typical college student at Mizzou. Except she’s not. She just landed a major deal with Cellucor and is one of the hottest uprising stars in CrossFit. We mean, how many college students can legit say that they’re the sixth fittest person on the planet? Um, yeah. Say hello to Brooke Wells!

A two-time individual CrossFit Games athlete, Wells won the 2015 Central Regional at age 19 in her first appearance. A year later, she took third in her region, but vaulted to the top of the Games with six top-five finishes and one event win. And today, we’re sharing our convo with her!

How did this partnership with Cellucor come about?

I used their products even before I was CrossFitting — I mean who doesn’t love C4? They had approached me and it was an opportunity I was so excited about! Not only do I really love their products, but after talking to the company I knew it was a company I wanted to be a part of.

What’s your favorite product of theirs?

It’s hard to choose a favorite … but probably the casein protein! I make that into a “pudding” every night and it’s the best tasting casein I have ever had and mixes really well. I also love their BCAAs and whey protein — they have so many amazing and different flavors.

Can you tell us a little about your nutrition plan and how/if it differs when you’re competing?

I follow macros! I eat mostly paleo (or, in other words, just real foods) I guess, with the exception of rice and oatmeal. I’m thankful to get my meals all from Paleo Power Meals. In competition, my carbohydrates just increase.

In your first Open, you finished in 1,232nd place. Last year, you finished ninth. How did you do that?! What changed?

I would say just many small changes over the year. I think each year I dial something in and all the little things just add up! This year, I have started working with a new coach, Ben Bergeron, which has significantly benefited my performance — best change yet! I also have started working with Working Against Gravity to dial in my nutrition. I am also much more focused and mentally prepared than any year before.

How do the other students at Mizzou treat you? Any funny stories there with getting recognized or people just realizing you’re a badass?

I just get treated normally — haha. It’s nothing like CrossFit events where everyone knows who I am. It’s actually always super random when I get “noticed.” Most of the time it’s not even students on campus; it will be places like the Mizzou Football games or events like that! But I have had multiple students in class say “Are you Brooke Wells?” Haha.

What’s your major and what are you plans after school?

Business, but I plan to train and continue my CrossFit career, just focusing on CrossFit, for as long as I can. Then I will use the business degree as backup, haha.

Do you have a manta or phrase that motivates you?

I’ve held on to “Stay focused.” Just because, to me, it means no matter what’s going on around you, what your friends are doing on the weekends, whether you feel exhausted and don’t want to train that day … stay focused on the end goal, which is the Games.

What’s one thing most people don’t realize about you?

Some people still don’t realize I have a twin, haha! I’ll post a picture with her and always get comments like “there’s two of you?!” Yes! Also, I am a FULL-TIME student. Not just taking a couple classes. It is very challenging and difficult to balance at some times. Especially with as much travel as I do. I’ll come back from a trip and my friends will literally say “Are you still enrolled?!” Haha, yes! I just make it work, and no, teachers are not helpful in the least bit.

Any advice for women who are reluctant to pick up the heavy weights at the gym?

Haha, don’t be intimidated! All my friends think they could never even lift a barbell but everyone starts somewhere!

No doubt that we’ll be watching and cheering for Brooke as this year’s CrossFit Games. What about you? —Jenn



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What You Can Learn from the First Woman to Complete This Extreme Race Series

Jax Mariash Koudele recently became the 2016 4 Deserts World Champion and the first woman ever to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam Plus, a series of five 250K (155 mile) races through the world’s most extreme terrain: the hottest (Sahara, Namibia), windiest (Gobi, China), driest (Atacama, Chile), and coldest (Antarctica) desserts in the world, plus […]


Jax Mariash Koudele recently became the 2016 4 Deserts World Champion and the first woman ever to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam Plus, a series of five 250K (155 mile) races through the world’s most extreme terrain: the hottest (Sahara, Namibia), windiest (Gobi, China), driest (Atacama, Chile), and coldest (Antarctica) desserts in the world, plus one location that changes every year. This year, that was in Sri Lanka. Each race lasts seven days and requires competitors to be self-sufficient, which means they carry all of their own gear in packs on their backs. The only assistance they get is water, serious medical attention if necessary, and a tent to share.

I got the chance to talk with Jax about her experience. Her story is unlike anything I’ve heard.

She’s been inspired by Wonder Woman since childhood, and she has a history of competing in races that are anything but average. Her experience in triathlons and a 50K led her to discover this more strenuous format. Then she was hooked. She placed second in her first race of this kind in Chile at the end of 2015. She decided to compete in the 2016 series after seeing how many people were excited on social media about what she’d done.

Jax Mariash Koudele

Winning is great,” she says, “but the biggest thrill I get or the biggest win is when I inspire people to get outside and move their bodies and explore. I feel like, somehow, if I’m inspiring them, I feel like I’m changing the world.”

To say she’s inspiring is an understatement. She shared some of her wisdom with me, and thankfully, it applies to more than endurance racing in the craziest conditions possible.

Five Things to Learn from Jax Mariash Koudele

1. “Thoughts are your future.” By that, she means all you have to do is think you can, and you can make anything happen.

Believe in yourself,” she says. “Don’t give up. Believe that you can go and do it. No one is judging you. Just go try, and see what happens. Most of the time, you’re going to be super successful and you’re going to be on cloud nine because you went out there and gave it a shot.”

2. Meditate. Jax makes time for herself during her busy days. “[Every day is] a dance of training, recovery, work, all day long,” she says. She says on a typical day, she wakes up at 4:30 a.m., works for the marketing company she started or the coffee company she started until 8, goes for a run, works until 12 or 1 p.m., spends time recovering, goes back to work, runs again, and goes to bed by 10 p.m. “That’s where I get the Wonder Woman title,”  she says of her hectic schedule. She also says a lot of people would give her the tagline “Can’t stop, won’t stop.”

Jax Mariash Koudele

3. Keep going. “So much of it’s mental,” she says of competing. On the first day of her first race of the 4 Deserts Grand Slam Plus series, which was in the Sri Lankan jungle, she vomited several times, fell in a hole, sprained her ankle, and nearly tore her ACL. And she finished the day second in the race.

“I have this one photo that I look back at in [Atacama,] Chile, Day 4. There were unexpected extremely cold temperatures. I was absolutely freezing. I felt borderline hypothermic. I couldn’t get myself going. I was in a funk. I had a 50-mile day [ahead],” she says. “You have to snap out of it. Pretend you’re warm. Believe you can do it. Manipulate your mind to get through it.”

4. Prioritize nutrition. Jax had to learn the science in nutrition and what her body needed to stay healthy during these extremely physically challenging experiences. She needed to have as much oxygen as possible in her muscles to enhance her performance, she says. She’s sponsored by the maker of a nutrient she relied on during her races. “Beet Performer makes beet juice with extra vitamins and minerals,” she says (she’s a spokesperson for the brand), and she drank it daily while competing. “You have to think of everything to develop your system to be superhuman to try to develop an edge.” 

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5. Recover. Jax says she wouldn’t have made it through her incredible accomplishment this year if it weren’t for rest. The final race, which was in Antarctica, ended two weeks ago, and she’s still exhausted. She hasn’t run since she’s been home. Now is her time to recover.

SO many great quotes and lessons in her experience, right? What resonated most with you? —Megan



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Surfing With Your Dog: Tips From a Pro

I’m always on the lookout for new, fun activities to try with my pups, and whenever I see pictures from the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition out in California, well … I find myself drooling with envy just a little bit. So, when the folks at Puppies Make Me Happy (yes, they sent me a couple of shirts […]


I’m always on the lookout for new, fun activities to try with my pups, and whenever I see pictures from the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition out in California, well … I find myself drooling with envy just a little bit.

So, when the folks at Puppies Make Me Happy (yes, they sent me a couple of shirts and they have become some of my favorite shirts ever) offered to put me in touch with Brian Downes, a surfer and dog owner who recently participated (and took second place!) in the Surf Dog competition, I was on it like a wahine on some heavy waves.

Q&A With Brian Downes and His Surfing Dog, Bakio

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FBG: How did you begin surfing with your dog?

BD: Bakio and I were both born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the beach is our favorite place to be. When he was a puppy we spent a ton of time at the beach, playing in tide pools and getting comfortable in the ocean. Surfing was just a natural progression in our journey of froth. Then we met the Puppies Make Me Happy dudes, and they sponsored our entry fee into the Surf City Surf Dogs contest in Huntington Beach.

FBG: Are there certain characteristics that indicate a dog might be a good (or terrible) surfing buddy?

BD: I met Baks at two days old. We have a super tight bond, and we have total trust in each other. Bakio will ride in my lap on a dirt bike, sit shotgun in the Polaris Razor, or hang paws off the nose of our longboard.

FBG: What is the most challenging part of surfing with a dog?

BD: Well, the most challenging part of surfing is having to be outlaws to surf!  Dogs are not allowed on the beach on LA County beaches. So, The Guy and I have to run across the beach, hit the water,  and get out to the lineup where we are free to enjoy the sun, swim and catch waves.

FBG: How about the most rewarding?  

BD: The ocean is our church. We give thanks, we smile and enjoy ourselves. My wife and I really love when Bakio is all worn out at the end of a long beach day!

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FBG: How do you make sure you and your dog stay safe out there?

BD: He wears a life jacket, but knowing how to read the ocean is everything. Waves are unpredictable and we do our best to avoid dangerous positions.

FBG: Can you offer a few tips for teaching your dog to surf?

BD: Your dog has to be comfortable with the water. If your dog isn’t having fun, stick to the throwing the ball. Starting on a SUP in calm water is a great way to get started!  Using a tennis ball is also a great way to get started.

Ever thought about surfing with your dog? For the record, I have this life jacket from Ruffwear for my dog, Rudi, and if we were ever to give it a try, she’d be in it the entire time (even though she’s probably a stronger swimmer than I am!). Kristen



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