at the us open of surfing


Monday Murals

Artist Sasha Barr recently completed an “immersive wall-to-floor installation ‘Cosmos’ for the Facebook Artist in Residence Program in Seattle, WA.  

 He sees this artwork as an opportunity to think beyond the every day, past the struggles of the world immediately around, and to the pure wonder of the unknown. 

You might recognize his art from the the bowl at the Vans US Open 2015 and US Open 2016 of Surfing

Photographs courtesy of FB and artist

Vans US Open 2017  |  DIY Buttons with Lizzie Armanto

We took a trip to the Vans US Open pop-up shop with Lizzie Armanto in search of the perfect piece to add some DIY flare. The winner? None other than the already adorable Funville Mini Backpack. Lizzie showed off her creativity (damn this girl can draw!) and her other hidden talent (Japanese!) while making custom buttons to add the perfect bit of flare to her backpack. Want to decorate your own backpack like Lizzie’s? Get the Funville Mini Backpack in stores or online

Photos 1, 9, and 10: Life Without Andy

anonymous asked:

Do you ever do complete tank cleans where you have to take Noodle out of the tank? If so, how do you catch her?

Normally I wouldn’t take noodle out of the tank for a cleaning. It stresses her out a lot and she’s really jumpy. (even if i had to do like a 90% waterchange for some reason i would probably leave her in there)

I have had to move her between tanks though and that involves a lot of trouble! (all of these pics were taken last time we moved)

firstly we have to get the eel out in the open. (noodle is almost always at least 70% hidden in a pipe or under a rock at anytime.)

basically, i have to take all of her pipes out of the tank. This is pretty simple until i get to the last pipe (the one she’s hiding in)

now to get her to leave that pipe i have to kinda scare her out. she will never leave it normally and trying to tempt her with food just makes her more bitey (plus i wouldn’t want to feed her before putting her in a bucket for a long car ride)

so i kinda pick the pipe up (eel inside) and take half of it out of the water and then gently shake it. This usually freaks her out enough that she swims out.

so now we have freaked out eel in a bare tank. 

so now’s time for the fun part. 

Left hand on that Large Fish Net

Right hand in that Eel Glove

and then we catch anger eel in the net and we hold her in the tank for a second

now we grab the net part above where the slimey angry squirmy spaghetti is. 

as shown here with this stock image of a person holding a bag of oranges. pretend the oranges are black and white and long and slimey and moving and have a vengeance.

*this step was added after the great carpet surf of ‘15

next, with the eel glove hand, we grab the oranges eel from the outside of the net and turn the net inside out to shove her through the smaller opening in the top of the bait bucket before she even gets to think about jumping. 

this is similar to the bait bucket i use. once the eel is in i tape the lid shut because she really likes to jump. if the journey is long i feed an air bubbler down through one of the holes to give her more oxygen. As a final touch i write 


all around the sides and top of the bucket. 

and that’s how you move an eel!

so i was thinking how much people seemed to overlook Lance listening to music in season 1 may or may not be because i always do the same and then this popped out. This takes place sometime during season two. (WC: 1208)

Keith lays down in bed, curling himself against Lance’s side, who is putting on Pidge’s headphones. He breathes in, relishing in the scent of pure Lance

They’re in “Lance’s” room, but in all honesty, it’s both of theirs. Their clothes are both here, they both sleep here, they both brush their teeth and shower here. It’s theirs, and that little word change has never made his heart flutter so often.

But there’s only one thing that Keith is really thinking about. The one thing he always thinks about before they go to bed.

“Hey, Lance?” says Keith, wrapping an arm around Lance’s bare waist.

Lance pauses mid-motion. “Yeah?”

“Why do you always wear those in bed?” asks Keith. He lifts his head, resting his chin on Lance’s chest to face him.

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318-BASKUALO [Basking-Squalidae]
-The Basking Pokemon
-Ability: Gluttony/Filter - Devourer(HA)*
-Dex: “This gentle pokemon usually floats adrift with its mouth always open to filter its microscopic food. They let themselves being draft by the current, using its tail and fins only to steer, so they can use more energy in dygesting all the food they eat daily.”

–>Evolves after learning Crunch<–

319-GLOTONINA [Gluttony-Tonina]
-The Ravenous Pokemon
-Ability: Gluttony/Filter-Devourer(HA)
-Dex: “This Pokemon roams the sea moved by its own hunger, always searching for enough food to satisfy its appetite. In its never-ending quest for food, this gigantic pokemon is said to attack fishing boats and low-flying hydroplanes, or even pokemon as big as BLANKRAKEN .”
    -Dragon Rush
    -Ice Fang

*All biting moves become super-effective regardless of type


Sneakers & Snacks: Golden Smoothie

The weather is heating up in Southern California, and this Golden Smoothie is the perfect way to cool down. We’re getting in the Vans US Open of Surfing spirit and hitting the beach with our Mineral Yellow US Open Sk8-Hi’s and smoothie in hand. Not only is the turmeric in our smoothie a nearly perfect Pantone match to our Sk8-Hi’s, but it’s loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits!

If you’re heading to the event in Huntington Beach, stop by our pop-up shop and check out the Vans US Open collection!

Golden Smoothie

½ cup coconut milk
1 banana
½ cup frozen mango
½ cup frozen pineapple
¼ tsp turmeric

Directions: Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.

Tip: Cut and freeze the fruit before making your smoothie for an extra cold thick result!


Enjoying our time on the sand at the Vans US Open. From Van Doren Village to the Huntington Beach Pier, we’re digging the eclectic styles and smiling faces. The heat is on as we head into the finals for surf, skate and BMX.

Photos: lifewithoutandy