Stingrays and Rays

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My family and I love to surf and play in the shallow water and waves in southern California. Sting rays and rays like the bat ray live in California.

When my dad and I paddle out and wait for waves to catch, we can see bat rays in about nine feet of water, swimming around.  In the shallow water, there is a species of stingray called the round stingray. Stingrays and rays are different.  Stingrays can sting but rays only have barbs and can’t sting.

We have heard about people getting stung every once and a while. My dad, brother, and I where surfing on a very small-wave day. My dad walked out to push my brother into a wave and then he said he thought something bit him on the toe and it hurt.  We kept surfing for about one hour and then we got back to our place and we realized he got stung.

The cure is hot water – as hot as you can handle.  The poison is a neurotoxin that can be fought off with hot water.  Because the poison had time to set in, he said it started to get worse. After about forty minutes in the hot water, he said it got better and there was no effect after that.

A few days later we were out surfing and I saw my mom carrying my sister into the beach.  I wondered what was wrong so I caught a wave into the beach.  My sister was crying and there was blood dripping from under her foot.  We knew she was stung, so we went up and put her foot in hot water.  She said it felt better right away and she is back to normal now.

Have you ever had any encounters like this in nature?












Brandon Semenuk

Brandon Semenuk is a professional mountain biker. He competes in big mountain bike competitions like Red Bull Rampage and Crankworks and the FMB (Freeride Mountain Bike) world mountain bike tour. Brandon is 26 years of age and six feet and one inch tall. He is very good at rally car racing and he has been sponsored for mountain biking since he was 7 years old. He is a pro at freeride, down hill and slopestyle but he started as a cross country rider when he was young.


Brandon uses the thinking trait to think about the speed he needs to hit jumps and how far he will go. If he goes too far he will over shoot the landing of the jump but if he doesn’t go far enough he will case (hit the back of the landing) the jump. Choosing the right line when mountain biking is very important because speed and endurance is on the line when racing.


Brandon is very industrious in mountain biking. He makes money and has a lot of fun mountain biking. He has a successful YouTube channel and has made a lot of great films about mountain biking and having fun doing cool things like street BMX riding. Brandon has a movie called Rad Company. It’s about him and his friends mountain biking and building jumps to ride.

Risk taking

Brandon Semenuk takes lots of risks when he is mountain biking like some of the Raw 100 second clips that are very professional looking descending down a crazy, slippery, dirty slope and big mountains. It must be scary going down huge drops and hitting huge jumps like Brandon does when he competes and free rides with his friends. Brandon took a big risk when he was 16 at Red Bull Rampage 2008 and he won. It was such a risk because of his young age.

I hope Brandon continues mountain biking, competing in big mountain competitions and be one of the worlds best mountain bikers.

Do you have a favourite mountain biker?




My Trip to Anza Borrego

A fallen rock in the Slot Canyon

Cholla cacti in the hot sun

My family and I drove out to Anza Borrego State Park in the Colorado Desert.  I don’t know why it’s called the Colorado Desert when it’s in California?

We left our place in Encinitas and we started driving.  We stopped in a small town called Julien for breakfast.  Julien is famous for its apple pie and has been a town since 1870.  We had some apple pie and then left for the desert.

When we got to Borrego Springs we stopped at a fun Visitor Center and we looked at some cool animal furs like cougars and bobcats.  We got to hold them and touch then carefully.  We asked where we could go for a hike and the Slot Canyon was suggested (picture on the top).

We walked down a sketchy slope and entered the canyon.  The canyon is a flash flood path during rain falls. It’s made of compressed dirt and sandstone. Some parts of the canyon look like they will fall any second and crush you. The canyon was about 20 meters deep in some spots. It was nice in the canyon because it’s was 32 degrees outside and it is shady in the canyon so you could get away from the blistering heat.

On the way home we stopped at a cool place on the side of the road where there were big rocks and cool cacti like this cholla cactus (picture on the bottom). We walked along the hot gray rocks and the dry grass watching for rattle snakes under the plants. When we got back to Encinitas it felt colder. Later that night we went out for Mexican food.  It was a fun day!

Have you ever been to the desert?


Snorkelling at La Jolla Cove

Splash! My family and I jump in the water to snorkel at La Jolla Cove  (la hoya) in Southern California, near San Diego. La Jolla Cove is famous for seals, sea lions and Garibaldi fish.  At La Jolla Cove you can see Garibaldi, sea bass, surf perch and lots of seals and sea lions.

My dad and I were swimming around and a seal jumped in the water and we watched it swim away from us.  In this picture you can see a beautiful bright orange Garibaldi fish swimming along the reef with the long eel grass waving in the tide. The Garibaldi is the state fish of California and it is protected in La Jolla Cove.

I will write more blog posts soon! What is the coolest fish you’ve ever seen?


Body Boarding on My First Day

Ipanema Beach surf alobos Life via Compfight


I’m in California now.  I love to bodyboard! Whenever I go to California body boarding and surfing are my favourite things to do because I get to paddle out and catch waves with my dad. I love when I catch a wave that’s really glassy and lasts a long time.

We wear wetsuits so we stay warm in the cool water. The waves are different every day. Sometimes they are huge but sometimes they’re small. I like the waves that are 5 to 6 feet tall and not too steep. Sometimes I catch a wave and I fall off and get sucked under the water. I’m always ok though.

My dad is a really good surfer. He catches the biggest wave in site and does big carves and turns.  Three years ago my dad  snapped a longboard and his short board in the same day. It was crazy!

I  swim out and use my GoPro to film my dad and my uncle surfing.  When I was a little kid my dad would pull me out to where the waves are breaking and he would push me into waves. I didn’t like it at first but I got used to it and it was pretty fun.  My dad is my hero and I look up to him.  I will be talking more about these topics during my three week holiday in California.


About Me

Hello everyone.   


My name is Evan.  I am 12 years old, in Grade 7 and I live in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. 


Some things I enjoy are… 

I love to mountain bike.  I go biking in the forest near my home and up my local mountain bike park.  I hit jumps and I love to ride flowy trials.  I also love to ski.  I like skiing powder and the terrain park.  I can 360 and ski backwards.  I started skiing when I was three and started to ski park last season.  Skiing is one of my favorite sports and I will hopefully ski all of my life.   

I love to travel to California and Hawaii.  I am going to California again this November.  I like California because I get to spend a lot of time with my family and go surfing.    

I like to explore Vancouver Island.  This summer I went camping at lots of different places like Gold River, Pachena Bay, and Cortes Island. 


Have a good day,