Zinka: Colorful Sunscreen Makes a Comeback,

Article reposted from Yahoo.
Christina Valhouli
August 13, 2015

When surfers talk about earning their stripes, they aren’t just talking about waves. One of the biggest sunscreen trends we’re seeing is surfers, athletes, celebs, and kids applying thick stripes of Zinkasunscreen on their faces. Think of it as colorful warrior stripes that are doing your face good too. The product contains zinc oxide to help protect against the sun’s damaging rays.

Zinka is definitely having a moment but this indie, California-based company has been around for 30 years. It was launched by Russ Freebury, who was inspired by memories of lifeguards wearing a thick coat of zinc oxide on their nose, but he made it cooler by introducing a colored product. Zinka peaked in the 80s — it was, after all, the decade of fluorescence. But when the 90’s and grunge rolled in, bright colors were no longer in vogue, so Zinka introduced clear formulas.

Flash forward to 2015, and bright colors are back in fashion, and zinc oxide is still one of the best sunscreen ingredients on the market as it acts like a physical barrier to the sun. Zinka’s colored nosecoat contains 25% zinc oxide and is water resistant and sweat proof for up to 80 minutes. It’s available in 12 colors, including pink, teal, orange and purple.

Dr. Will Kirby, an LA-based, board certified dermatologist, said that while “barrier protection” such as a hat and long sleeves offer some of the best defense against rays, “as a surfer, I’ll acknowledge that barrier protection isn’t always practical.”

“That’s why dermatologists recommend physical blocks, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide,” he explains. “They are water resistant, non-allergenic and non-irritating so even those with the most sensitive skin can use them. They also offer the broadest spectrum UVA and UVB reflector that is approved for use as a sunscreen by the FDA.”

Zinc oxide works, but Zinka makes it fun. The colored sticks help make great face art, which is also why they’re beloved by moms at the pool, as well as young-at-heart adults.

The eco-activist Livia Firth (wife of Colin) recently took to Instagram to profess her love of Zinka, and show off her pink and orange warrior stripes. She wrote, “Did I find the perfect recipe for being in the sun wrinkle-free although looking like a lunatic? Just discovered Zinka, which surfers in California use to stay in the sun all day.” Apryl DeLancey, a surfer and president of Social Age Media, says “I love Zinka because you can draw silly and colorful things on your face while protecting it from the sun.”


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DEPACTUS - where land meets sea

Florida native Rick Mellen journeys to where the land meets the sea in the Caribbean for his new sponsor, Depactus.


8 Hits with Austin Hair

Austin Hair makes some quick rounds at OWC in Orlando with 8 hits at the park. Enjoy!


Man Made Dream


Rick Mellen and Andrew Fletcher were on the search for just the right sandbar for this mysto refraction swell. Everyone had their eyes on Jupiter FL while the boys were on the hunt for something different, something unusual. They found just that. Amongst bulldozers and protruding pipe into the ocean, was a wave that was man made. Super fun, hollow and racy. With good vibes and clean water, this wave was more than what was anticipated. Enjoy.


Zinka Team Rider, Austin Hair talks about his wakeboard trip to Brazil...,,

I decided to take a trip a down to Brazil to escape the slightly colder weather we'd been having in Orlando and get a jump start on the season. Every time I come down to Brazil, I'm always happy I made the decision. This trip was no exception. I was greeted by the warmth of the Brazilian sun when I arrived early on Wednesday morning. Almost immediately we drove from the Sao Paulo airport to a beautiful lake called Igarata. Igarata is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, place to ride. It's never cold, windy, or crowded. Because of the way the mountains and hills surround the lake, you can always find completely flat water and great scenery. Of course one of the best things about coming down here is the people. Brazilians are so friendly, and the local riders have a huge passion for the sport. Its not difficult to fill up the boat with and chase boat with spectators each time I go out to ride. It's a great feeling to help them out with words of encouragement, and see their faces light up. The past week has been filled with great riding, great friends, and lot of fun. I don't think I'll ever move from America, but if I do Brazil makes a top candidate.


With the Snow Season quickly approaching, Zinka Team Rider Jared Goldberg shares about his recent Ski trip to Chile,,,

We nailed it! Chile's redemption Finally got some awesome training down in South America, and La Parva, Chile has redeemed itself. Not going to lie, it looked like this training camp was going to turn into a dryland training camp because it was looking bare as ever. We were originally going to be in Chile for a little over 3 weeks, starting in La Parva then moving to Portillo. Unfortunately Portillo was melting as fast as La Parva and wouldn't have been possible to train there that late in the ski season, so we went for 2 weeks(which was more than enough). Since it's winter time during our summers down in South America, it's quite funny when you can leave 95 degrees and end up getting snowed on a few days later. That's right, thank you mother nature, it started snowing 2 days after we got to La Parva. Had it not snowed, we would have barely gotten any speed training, if any training at all. Instead with the new low temperatures and 3-4inches of new snow to cover over all the old dirty snow, we had it epic. Six days of Downhill Training full length, thats almost unheard of and certainly the most DH I've ever trained in a row. Having an average of 5 runs a day at about a minute and a half each was not only an adrenaline rush, but also super constructive.

Following the large downhill block we went into Super-G and GS. The Super-G track was really good still, but got more and more boney from rocks starting to stick out, which made outside the track sketchy as the days progressed. The GS was difficult and took different approaches with the new radius (35's). You could easily tell when you went vibrating past a gate on the steeps that you had waited to long to start pressuring, or not hammered the shovel. It was the first time we trained steeps with the new skis and it will take a couple more runs to get dialed in Colorado, but I feel better and more confident on them every time I train. We finished the camp off with an epic few runs of slalom, just what I needed to get a feeling back and get the Head boots more dialed in. On another note, I've picked up two new sponsors so far this year. One is a Sunscreen company out of California you may all remember from the 80's, called Zinka. This stuff is sweet with any color you want for protecting your skin, and they also have clear Zink as well. The sun was harsh down in Chile and Zinka was the only way to keep myself protected. Also I have moved on to POC helmets and goggles for this coming season and I'm stoked. The goggles are really good, with awesome visibility. Also the helmet fits very well and can take a beating.

Since the season is about to get underway here in a few weeks I will start updating you all regularly, set a book mark and keep checking back.


Zinka Team Rider, Mick Rodgers talks about his trip to Noosa Festival of Surfing!,,,,

The Noosa Festival of Surfing is one of the world’s premiere longboard contests that has been running strong for the last 10 years, luring some of the best longboarders from around the globe. Noosa is famed for its multitude of perfect right hand point breaks stretching along its lush green coastline. This year was especially exceptional not only because the waves were pumping, but also that it happened to coincide with Joel Tudors Duct Tape Invitational. The Duct Tape is Joel’s top picks in his opinion of who really exemplifies proper longboarding today, and let me tell you it was quite the show. Perfect waist to chest high peelers with some of the top names from Alex Knost, Jared Mell, Tyler Warren, and some of the local stand out rippa shreddas Harrison Roach, Matt Cuddihy, and Thomas Bexon.

I was fortunate to make it over to Noosa Heads thanks to Zinka and experienced the best trip of my life. Two weeks of perfect waves, optimal weather, and friendly people. I’m definitely planning on returning next year and hope to have a repeat of this year’s excellent offering. Thanks again Zinka!
-Mick Rodgers


Zinka Team Rider and Olympic Athlete, Tim Hornsby, getting ready for his Race Tomorrow!

Hello from Eton Dorney. On Friday, I’ll be competing in the Kayak Single (K1) 200-meter heats. Last Monday, I was watched on TV as my girlfriend - U.S. Olympian Becky Holliday - placed 9th in the pole vault. The canoe/kayak athlete village is far away and I was unable to make the trip to Olympic Stadium, where the track and field events are held.

It was really cool watching her make the final. I know she was a little disappointed in what she got in the final. You take one step at a time and then you make the final and you want to win a medal. Obviously, people wouldn’t be here if that wasn’t their goal. So I think once she was in the final, she had her sights set on big things. But at the same time, I think her being in the final and coming in 9th in the world, that’s amazing. It was incredible. I’m really inspired by what she did.

I’ve never pole vaulted myself. I would love to, but I’m a little afraid of getting injured at this point. I have wanted to, but I have to be smart. As long as I’m still kayaking, I’m not sure if pole vaulting will be in my training.

I’ve also been able to watch the other canoe/kayak races. Norway’s Eirik Veras Larsen won the Gold medal for Men’s K1 1000-meters. It’s funny, I told Eirik’s wife in Florida that if Eirik [Veras Larsen] wins I’d buy her a teacup pig. And he won, so she came running up to me and told her I had to buy her a teacup pig. It’s like a really tiny pig. It was just a joke in Florida, we saw it on TV and thought it was really funny. Now I have to buy her a pig. I feel a little inclined to stay true to that promise.

When I’m not training on the water, I’m resting. When I’m trying to recover I lay in bed, watch TV and movies. I don’t go out and do a lot of stuff. I’m really pretty boring and lazy. I like to browse on the Internet for whatever I’m interested in at the time, like kite surfing. A lot of people get super hyped up and that’s their way of dealing with the pressure, producing more energy from that energy. I just like to be relaxed, keep doing the same things I’ve been doing all year, and that helps me to have that race I’m looking for.

The coverage is so good on TV, it’s not better than in person, but it’s pretty darn good. You get the good perspective with the cable on top, the cameras on the side and the guys in the water. It’s makes it much more of a spectator event. I think that’s what our sport needs to do to make it more popular, to provide that perspective so people can relate better. You can relate to the 100-meters in track because you know how fast that is and everybody can run. But you can’t relate to sitting in a kayak because most people haven’t done it. But putting it in perspective so people realize how fast it is and how difficult it is, I think that makes it really exciting.

The 200-meters is the shortest distance canoe/kayak race at the Olympics. There’s no real pacing like there would be in a 1000-meter race. But I can’t race it like it’s a 50 or 100[-meters], you’ll never make the whole distance. There is a little bit of thought on what you need to do. Everybody has their own strengths. Some guys get out in the start better, some guys carry their speed in the middle better, and some guys come home better.

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about the 200-meters as validating the last eight or 12 years in 30 seconds. But it’s just like any other day. It’s obviously a very special experience. I know I’m going to do the best that I can do at that time. And I know that I’ll do that. 

My race starts Friday morning at 9:30am in London (4:30am in Georgia). You can watch it live on or later on NBC at 10am and 11:45am.

Thanks for everything,