More than two years ago, we Kickstarted the Bang Wrangler.
Immediately, we discovered that there were boatloads (sometimes literally - teehee!) of women divers, kayakers, and general water lovers out there who had been looking for exactly this product. And there were even more who hadn't realized they needed it, but now can't live without it.
I signed up for the UCLA Health Playa Del Ray Sprint Triathlon just two months before the race day. My bike training consisted of my daily three mile commute to and from work and I was pretty good about getting out every day to do either a three mile run or swim workout, but it was pretty clear from the lackluster training regimen, that I wasn't going to be a top competitor. I set two goals for myself; 1) Finish without stopping and 2) finish in under two hours.
Race day was a bit intimidating. I thought there would be more novice participants like me, but everyone was decked-out and geared-up with all the top notch triathlon equipment. My 1960s 8-speed Raleigh bike was definitely showing its age and my surfing wetsuit was obviously more constricting than the thin, armless tri-suits. But I do have to say that I had the only headband around that could transition from water to land. I sported my Bangin' Red Bang Wrangler throughout the entire race and it stayed put like white on rice! Plus, I totally crushed my goals! I never stopped and finished in 1:39:11.
Now time for some pancakes.
The last few weeks, Ash and I have been spending our weekends traveling up and down the Southern California coast. We're telling people that it's for the important business of sharing The Bang Wrangler with dive and surf shops. And that's true - technically. We've now visited over 20 stores, and our headbands are for sale in 6 locations...with more to come! But growing the business isn't all we've been doing. We've had a LOT of fun along the way, and we wanted to share!
First I have to say that it's REALLY exciting for us that shop owners totally get why we created our product and want to share it with their customers. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we're thrilled to have so much support. Even more, though, we've really just enjoyed meeting some fantastic people. The shop owners, managers, and employees we've met on our little adventures are people who devote their days to helping others enjoy the ocean - providing them with the training, gear, and advice they need to explore that amazing blue world we love so much yet know so little about. They are not only running a business, they're bringing joy to our lives.
It's a beautiful thing, what these people do, and so we wanted to give them some love. Here are a few of the wonderful folks we've met:
David is the manager at Santa Barbara Aquatics. He was very patient with us, despite me almost knocking over ALL of his mannequins, domino style.
Andy runs Blue Water Hunter, also in SB. He obviously has some super fun toys laying around the shop, which we love. He also has LONG HAIR, which was very exciting for us. I mean, he just, like, GETS us...ya know?
John at Ocean Gear Scuba in Huntington Beach is a great guy, but we were really bummed that he wouldn't take a photo with us after making a purchase. You're breaking tradition, John!! We'll trick you into a photo one day. In the meantime, here's a pic of the shop.
Like I mentioned, we also have just been having a lot of fun on our trips. From watching paddleboarders in Santa Barbara to snorkeling La Jolla Cove to In 'n Out in Ventura to watching football with a bunch of Bills fans in Pacific Beach (yeah, who knew there were that many Bills fans in general, much less in San Diego??)....it's all been a blast. We are so lucky to be doing what we're doing, and we really appreciate the support from all of The Bang Wrangler's fans who've allowed us to make this happen.
Here are a few shots of our road trip fun:
Ready to roll!! 6:30am Sunday wake-up call...woof.
No California road trip is complete without In 'n Out
Let's go Buffalo! (Not really.)
La Jolla Cove snorkeling fun - bangs are fully wrangled and no hair is in our masks! Yay!
There's a leopard shark in this photo, I swear! See it? SEE IT!?
Sunset over Camp Pendleton. What a beautiful state we live in. <3 you, California.