Eating Right to Perform on Game Day – Best Surfer Breakfast

When it comes to game day for whatever sport you play, eating right plays an important role in performance.

Being a professional surfer, I usually wake up a few hours before the competition and head to the beach to prepare. Deciding what to put in my body before that first important heat of the day is a big part of my preparation for a successful event.

It varies how much I eat depending on when my heats run.. If I surf early in the morning I will keep it light with a small bowl of granola and some light fruit all mixed together with almond milk. This is my favorite go to!

Lately my addiction is frozen mangos and blueberries mixed with Ocean Ranch Wild Honey Sesame granola. Try it – you will be blown away!

Mangoes help alkalize the whole body and also improve digestion. Blueberries are known to boost your brain with their high levels of phenols so basically I’m going to out smart my competition.. haha! On top of super brain benefits, blueberries also aid in weight loss, have amazing skin benefits, and even promote heart health.  These tasty fruits are a perfect match with my favorite granola that is also a great source of calcium and iron!

If I don’t surf early and have a few hours before my first heat I will generally eat a bigger breakfast to get me through the morning. I usually eat something along the lines of some scrambled eggs with a piece of toast and a side of avocado and if available a side of homemade salsa! Avocado is a good source of healthy fat, the carbs from the bread fuel me through the day of surfing, and eggs give me the much needed protein!

After breakfast and my first heat of the day, I make sure to snack.

Bananas and apple slices are a great go-to. Bananas are great to eat around 15 minutes before you compete to give you the energy you need. They have a broad range of vitamins, phytonutrients, fiber and minerals! Apples are all around good for your health, they promote cancer prevention, intestinal health, heart disease prevention and they also help detoxify the body.

After a long day of surfing and hopefully coming up with the W, I cave and splurge on some great Mexican food! Nutritional value? Not so much, but hey we earned it right?

Enjoy, Cory Arrambide

November 08, 2017

Natural Disaster Charities Review 2017

So you want to donate your hard earned money to those needing assistance in the wake of the natural disasters the past few months? We do too, so we did a little research to make sure we knew where we were giving what we can. As a group of food-loving parents, surfers, travelers, and yogis, we want to be certain that we are doing the best we can for those experiencing the devastating effects from the recent natural disasters.


We found a few natural disaster relief organizations that you may or may not know and our team is supporting them on our own:


  1. Direct Relief – 100% of designated donations are ensured to be used towards expenses supporting the designated program or response. Direct Relief’s website and the donation process are user-friendly. Payment is simple with any major credit card and they even accept PayPal. Besides, Direct Relief’s Goleta Headquarters are just down Hwy 101 from Ocean Ranch’s Global Command Center.
  2. Waves for Water – Waves for Water is focused on providing drinking water. As a California food brand, we know the importance of quality ingredients, with water being the most valuable for our active lifestyles. They go beyond just donating to a program, adventurers can even join a ‘Courier Program’ to distribute water filters along their travels, great for those of us already planning our next surf trip.
  3. USVI Recovery – The U.S. Virgin Islands were hit hard by both Hurricane Irma and Maria. Irma, Category 5, lashed its 185 mph winds on St. John and then St. Thomas, leaving large parts of these resort islands uninhabitable, let alone ready for the upcoming tourist season. Just as soon as the rainbows were overhead on the islands, Hurricane Maria, roared through the Caribbean, this time causing more destruction on St. Croix. Each of these islands relies heavily on tourism to support their island economies, and the likelihood of a profitable tourist season is bleak this year.
  4. Operation USA – Operation USA is a Los Angeles based international aid organization operating without any government funding. By working with a hands-on mentality, Operation USA prides itself in being able to work as a “small ship that gets into the harbor where big ships can’t fit.” They are currently responding to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico.
  5. Team Rubicon – Team Rubicon was founded in 2010 as a dual-purpose relief agency. Veterans are given the opportunity to utilize their skills and talents with first responders to directly provide assistance in relief operations. Currently, they are working in Texas and Florida to help with Hurricane destruction. They also list all of their previous responses clearly on their website.


These are just a few of the many NGOs working to provide aid to the people that need it most right now. For many of us, day to day routine becomes so standard that it is easy to forget about what happens when disaster strikes, until it does. At Ocean Ranch, humanitarianism is alive and well (just like our tasty fig tree), and we encourage our friends around the world to help out with what they can.

When in doubt, be sure to check out Charity Navigator

They rate and rank major non-profits as a third-party source and is a great tool to make sure your hard-earned money is being donated where you want it.

October 12, 2017
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