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    Sharkbanz and TOWER 26 - Listen "Be Race Ready" Podcast

    Sharkbanz and TOWER 26 - Listen

    This past month (July), Sharkbanz was honored by the invitation from triathlete training program, TOWER 26 to attend the group's weekly beach sessions in Santa Monica and to provide information about our shark deterrent products to their members. 

    TOWER 26 is one of the world's most respected and well-established swimming and triathlon training programs founded by legendary coach, Gerry Rodrigues. 

    Whether you are a beginner or seeking to be the world's best, their training programs are geared toward helping triathletes, at all levels, improve quickly through very targeted and proven training methods. 

    Our team can't say enough good things about Gerry, Jim and TOWER 26 as a program and group. We loved meeting its members and encourage anyone who is interested in improving their swimming or triathlon training to learn more at:

    http://tower26.com/

    Last week, Davis Mersereau, VP at Sharkbanz, sat down with Coach Gerry and USAT Certified Coach/Professional Triathlete, Jim Lubinski to further discuss Sharkbanz for open water swimmers and triathletes on their podcast 'Be Race Ready' Podcast - currently, the fastest growing triathlon/swimming podcast available. Seriously, what you learn from these podcasts is inspiring. 

    Enjoy! http://tower26.com/podcasts-2/

    "Be Race Ready" Podcast was created by go-to swim expert coach, Gerry Rodrigues, and USAT Certified Coach/Professional Triathlete, Jim Lubinski. These podcasts will help triathletes get the most return out of their swim preparation by covering all the essential topics and ingredients that are necessary to make triathletes better and safer swimmers. Through Gerry's countless years of coaching thousands of triathletes and Jim's racing/training/coaching experience, the two will take on all topics relevant to triathlon swimming.

    More Great White Sightings in SoCal

    More Great White Sightings in SoCal

    "9 sharks at Poche Beach, 11-footer at San Clemente Pier, aggressive shark at Lower Trestles, and beach closures continue. 

    Shark activity off southern Orange County’s coastline continues days after a woman was bitten off San Onofre State Beach.

    Nine 8-to-10-foot sharks have been spotted around Poche Beach in Dana Point; an 11-footer swam under the pier at San Clemente; two surfers were chased out of the water at Upper Trestles; and a shark was seen acting aggressively at Lower Trestles, according to reports.

    These sightings might be credited to more watchful eyes scanning the coast and an increased fear after a 36-year-old Vista woman was bitten in the right leg. Lifeguards, at least in San Clemente, aren’t taking any chances."

    - Laylan Connelly

    Read more of this article at The OC Register, found here.

    George Burgess explains recent bites in FL

    George Burgess explains recent bites in FL

    We really enjoyed Orlando NPR affiliate WMFE's recent interview with George Burgess who heads the International Shark Attack File. In this twenty minute interview, Burgess, Director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the University of Florida, explains why more people get bitten by sharks in Florida, and what decades of research has taught him about shark – human interaction.

    Have a listen here.

    Sharkbanz added by b8ta

    Sharkbanz added by b8ta

    Earlier this year we were approached by new-age tech retailer, b8ta, to showcase our product in their newly opened, Santa Monica Place location. Last month we launched with them to great success. If you're in Los Angeles, go check us out and tour the store. It's an entirely different retail experience - both from a seller and buyer perspective. 

    Via TechCrunch: 

    "b8ta, the retail store that sells trendy tech gadgets, recently raised a $7 million Series A round led by TriplePoint Capital with participation from Khosla Ventures, Fifth Wall Ventures, Macerich and Eniac Ventures. b8ta also received $8 million in debt funding and previously raised a $4.5 million seed round.

    b8ta launched its first store in Palo Alto last December. Since then, things have been going well, b8ta CEO Vibhu Norby told me.

    “We had a ton of traffic and sales,” Norby said. “People loved it. We expected to have this seasonal effect that retail stores typically see, but instead, from January onward until today, the traffic in the store has been going up and up and interest has been rising. We couldn’t be more pleased

    ...

    With b8ta, the goal is to get innovative products like the Gi Flybike, a folding electric bicycle, and Thync, a wearable for achieving mindfulness and boosting energy, into physical stores and enable people to have real, tactile experiences with them. Some of the most popular products include Wi-Fi router Eero, smart locks by August and Dash Robotics‘ DIY robots."

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