In 2001, the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol Lifeguard In Training Program was launched. That first year, local lifeguards trained 20 kids in water safety and first aid skills. Nearly 20 years down the track and every summer more than 100 kids go through the program. The Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol covers a two-mile stretch of sand on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. They employ an upwards of 60 seasonal guards that both keep the...

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  Grom of the Week: Kevin Flaherty Name: Kevin Flaherty Age: 5 years old Hometown: Monmouth Beach, NJ School: Monmouth Beach School Support: My mom, dad and sisters, Casey and Amanda  Local Break: Little Monmouth Jetty Magic Board: Kevie Kev IG Account: @kevinshreds_ Quote: "Let's get barreled."  How do you stay so stoked? I am always stoked when I get to spend time with my dad, my sisters and my friends in the ocean! We play around with different boards and tricks and it's an...

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Grom of the Week: Sara Freyre Name: Sara Freyre Age: 12 years old Hometown: Costa Mesa/Newport Beach School: Capo Connections Support: My Family, DHD and Modom Local Break: Huntington Beach Pier and Newport Beach Magic Board: 5'2" DNA by DHD Surfboards IG Account: @Sara_freyre Quote: "So Yeah..."  How do you stay so stoked? I stay stoked by surfing all day with my friends and family. Who is in your Tribe? @sofiafreyre @tavapost @indiehoffman @zoeykaina @cruzfreyre @throw_rocks_at_boys Three words that describe you? Loving, happy and...

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GROM OF THE WEEK Name: Ben Brantell Age: 13 Years old Hometown: San Clemente, CA School: Shorecliffs Middle School Support: Dad, Mom, Family, Dark Seas, Spy Optics, Creatures of Leisure, Volte Wetsuits, Sun Diego Board Shop, Chris Borst Designs Local Break: T-Street, SC Pier and Lowers Nickname: Benny Boi Magic Board: TK 2, 5’ 7’’x17.375x2.1875 and Donald Brink 5’ 1’’ Assym Fish  IG Account: @benbrantell Quote: "You can never turn your back on the ocean." - Rip Torn Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/0pRha7qgWN8 How do you stay...

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Through the 2019 Stoke-O-Rama during the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, the Positive Vibe Warrior Foundation has had the privilege of teaming up with the Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation to help supply funds and pass the positivity along to a group of people that are doing incredible work to make our oceans a safer place.

On July 6, 2014, shortly after 5:00pm, at the end of a busy Fourth of July holiday weekend that saw the Newport Beach Lifeguard Department make nearly 600 rescues, 32-year-old Ben Carlson laid down his life to save a swimmer in distress.  For 15 years Carlson saved countless lives as a Newport guard. Every year the Newport Beach Lifeguard department rescues over 4,000 people. On the day Carlson lost his life, with a large south...

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