Surf life meets STAY AT HOME BECAUSE YOU’RE WELL holiday.

Surf life meets “STAY AT HOME BECAUSE YOU’RE WELL” Holiday.

This is what celebrating Stay At Home Because You’re Well Holiday looks like…

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Photo: Sloane/WSL.

Yes, this is an official annual holiday every November 30th.  What’s the point?  Well… to STOP!  Step away from the cell phone!  Forget about texts, emails, voicemails, snailmails!  Call out “well” from work for a day!  Take time to slow down, breathe.  Enjoy this thing called life for heaven’s sake!

Surfing is the best way to do just that!  In fact, maybe the definition of “holiday” should be considered through the eyes of our friends over the big pond.  Holiday = vacation.  Make it longer than just a day.

This article by Wandrful sums up pretty well how surfing is a great way to stay well in life.

Why surfing is good for the mind, body and soul

Surfing is definitely good for the mind, body and soul….here’s why!

LEARN PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE

Beautiful surfer woman surfing during summer vacation

Like any new skill or activity, you need to dedicate time to learn it. For most that aren’t born to surf, it does take that little bit longer. But the key is patience. Not only to learn how to surf a wave, but the patience to wait for that perfect wave to surf. Through surfing you will quickly learn the lesson of perseverance and the reward it can give.

GET FIT. GET STRONG. GET ACTIVE.

surfer silhouette during sunset

To put it simply, surfing is a full body workout. Now it’s not your everyday full body workout you get at the local gym from your ripped and visually appealing Personal Trainer J. This is a unique workout using muscle fibers you never knew existed. From paddling out past the wave break to the quick snap onto the board and balance, surfing is an all-round perfect blend of strength and cardio training.

BE ONE WITH YOURSELF AND NATURE

Surfer sunset

Sometimes life’s burdens can dump on you like the crashing waves on a sandy beach. Well, surfing can help you improve your mental health and give you a great outlet to relive stress and tension. Trust me, you will feel happier, more energetic, and more refreshed and composed. Why? Surfing brings you closer to nature…well right in it to be exact. There is nothing like floating in the ocean, feeling every little movement of the water while pondering about life’s sensational mysteries. It really does bring you closer to the earth and makes you think about what you can do to keep it a beautiful place for all.

EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF THE WORLD

Torquay beach - Australie

If you think about it…surfing is a great way to get traveling and visit some of the best places in the world. Surfing gets you exploring new surroundings, meeting fellow surfers and making more holiday moments you will cherish for years to come.

 

 

Surfing Florida History 3 Minute Video

Surfing Florida History 3 Minute Video.

Surfing Florida History 3 Minute Video.
Here’s a history lesson you’ll enjoy, check out this YouTube Surfing Florida History 3 Minute Video.

Surfing in Florida was happening way back in 1930’s. It was the surfing movies & magazines of the 60’s that brought this scene to the masses for America. By 1965, Florida had it’s own surfing magazine. Shortly thereafter, surf teams and clubs began to pop up. Bill Feinberg opened Oceanside Surfshop in Cocoa Beach, FL and the Florida surf world was off and making history.

Short boards hit the scene next. Surfers began stripping down their longboards which created the beginning of a shaping boom. To this day, our Space Coast area of Florida is known for their amazingly skillful shapers.

Among these current day shapers is Neil Hamilton at Low Key Surfboards located right off Tomahawk in Indian Harbor Beach, FL.  If you’re looking for a new board, give us a call, we can set you up! Artistically designed EPS/Epoxy boards are hand shaped at Low Key Surfboards from start to finish right here in the USA!

In case you didn’t know, we are fortunate enough to have a local surf museum right in our back yard!  Yep, the Florida Surf Museum, located in Cocoa Beach, FL preserves and documents the unique history and culture of East Coast surfing. Check out their events, exhibits and programs about the history and traditions of the local surfing community.

 

“Wear Something Gaudy Day” – Pro Surfer Matt Wilkinson’s Winning Wacky Wetsuit

“Wear Something Gaudy Day” – Pro Surfer Matt Wilkinson’s Winning Wacky Wetsuit.

Matt Wilkinson is Low Key Surfboard’s pick for Photo of the Day. We choose him because his photo is creatively fitting for today which happens to be “Wear Something Gaudy Day.” It’s also a fitting photo for October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

We’d like to credit Surfbang.com for this photo. You can check out their website for more wacky wetsuit choices of Matt’s. He’s quite the trend setter!

LA GRAVIERE, Hossegor/France (Wednesday, October 5, 2011) Matt Wilkinson (AUS) wearing his French styled boobs wetsuit. - For the first time this season, the complete ASP Top 34, are in attendance for Event No. 8 of 11, the Quiksilver Pro France, which will commenced with Round 1 this morning at 9am...With a number of surfers sidelined with various injuries in the opening seven events of this season, France will host the first full incarnation of the ASP Top 34 this year, and they enjoyed clean three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves on offer at the primary site of La Graviere this morning and throughout the day..."Waves have increased significantly today and we have rippable three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves pulsing through at Graviere this morning," Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. "Round 1 of competition will kick off at 9am and we intend to push right through the midday high tide. We'll continue to monitor conditions throughout the day, but Round 2 is on standby for a possible start this afternoon.".Three heats of Round Two were completed with the big upset of the day , the loss of Joel Parkinson to wildcard Ramzi Boukhiam for Morroco.. Photo: joliphotos.com

LA GRAVIERE, Hossegor/France (Wednesday, October 5, 2011) Matt Wilkinson (AUS) wearing his French styled boobs wetsuit. Quiksilver Pro France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you find it hard to appreciate Matt’s taste in wet suits, here’s a taste of his surfing skills.  Surely, you’ll be impressed by this video.

 

Let’s Go Mind Surfing & Improve Surfing Skills!

Let’s Go Mind Surfing & Improve Surfing Skills!

Woke up to a flat wave day?  Stuck at work?  Injury gotcha land locked?  No worries – go mind surfing.  Sounds crazy, eh?  Well, Kelly Slater does it!  Oh, so now it’s cool, right?

Let’s Go Mind Surfing & Improve Surfing Skills!

Mind surfing is the art of imaging yourself surfing a wave. It’s basically a brain rehearsal of surf maneuvers to improve surfing skills.

If you’re a bit intrigued by the concept of mind surfing now, check out this article in Surfer Today.

Need a new board to put this mind surfing rehearsal to use on the real deal?  Low Key Surfboards can help you out. All boards are 100% epoxy strong, light, buoyant and responsive. Give us a call. ‘Tis the season to “TREAT” yourself.  After all, Halloween is just a few weeks away!

Mind surfing: train your brain an rehearse your surf movements | Photo: Shutterstock

When we talk about health, we tend to focus on the anatomical structures, on the functioning of the human body. However, we rarely consider our brain – and what lies inside – as an organ that might (or might not) be fresh and vigorous.

Mind surfing is a non-religious experience. It has nothing to do with spiritual beliefs; it is rather a mental experience that allows surfers to “rehearse” actions and movements that we want to complete and achieve shortly.

“When I’m really tuned in, I can mind-surf. I can watch the waves from the beach and feel the movements of my body, which is kind of useful.” The words are from Kelly Slater, the greatest competitive athlete in the history of surfing, and one of the most successful sportsmen of all time.

Our brain controls everything. Our emotions, our actions, our decisions, our goals, and our thoughts. If we train it right, we can get it ready for when the time comes. And that moment can be a decisive wave of a heat, or one of the biggest and most challenging rides of our lives.

But it can also be useful for our daily surfing routine – a sharper cutback, a deeper tube ride, a faster take-off, or a fully-completed re-entry. As you progress on your mind surfing journey, you’ll also notice gradual improvements in your mood, memory, and stress levels.

Mind surfing works, and it’s a creativity tool, too. How many times have you dreamed about adding a subtle twist to a classic surfing maneuver? How often do you think of a difficult trick that was never tried before?

Mind surfing: a mental practice that will help become a better surfer | Photo: Shutterstock

Our subconscious mind is an incredible territory and leads us to self-discovery. When you mind surf, you explore skills that you thought you didn’t have. When you mind surf, you open the doors of imagination and make it a reality.

Mind surfing is nothing more than mental practice. It’s a self-inflicted brain stimulus that will result in a reflex action. It’s like transforming ideas into images, and then into real life movements. And that’s why it works fine with surfers.

So, if you’re ready to improve the control of your near-future impulses in the surf, and experience the ocean from a different perspective, let’s get it started. Here’s how to mind surf; here’s how to ride the waves of your brain:

1. Indulge yourself in a relaxing place;
2. Close your eyes, take several deep breaths and transport yourself into your favorite surf break;
3. Picture yourself paddling out and duck diving the first set waves;
4. Listen to the sound of the waves breaking behind you;
5. Feel the drops of water running down your face;
6. Let the first set of waves go by, and free yourself from anxiety;
7. Look 360 degrees around and then fix your eyes on the horizon line;
8. Slowly close your eyes and clear your mind;
9. Open your eyes and let your heart decide which wave to paddle for;
10. Surf the wave with your mind and soul;

When your mind gets in the wave, let it explore the details, the temperature of the water, and the muscle actions. The ride will slowly become more vivid, more real, and your body will naturally adapt to the flow.

Mind surfing requires a lot of regular practice, but when you get there, you’ll feel like you’ve reached nirvana. It’s a great sensation.

Need additional inspiration for your surfing life? Try our meditation program for surfers, and experience our yoga poses for wave riders.

 

 

 

 

Australian Teen Surfer & Dolphin Collide

Australian Teen Surfer & Dolphin Collide

Low Key Surfboards Video Pick of the Week!

Low Key Surfboards’ favorite video of the week is of a young wave rider and dolphin who meet by accident, catching them both by surprise.  Apparently, the surfer has a sore back, the dolphin a sore nose, and the surfboard a hole. Thankfully, only the surfboard was injured. Looks like this teen will need a Low Key Surfboard! We can hook him up with a new epoxy tough, hand shaped, custom surfboard with his choice of design.  If you are in need of your own new Longboard, Shortboard, Fish or Grom board check us out at Low Key Surfboards. Visit us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Here is the ABC News Report:

A teen surfer off of the coast of Western Australia was surprised when a dolphin jumped straight into the wave he was riding. The porpoise collided with his surfboard, apparently nose-first.

“I was in a bit of pain when the dolphin landed on me, I think I pulled my back out a bit. But I was mainly in shock because my leg wrap got caught around the dolphin,” Jed Gradisen, 13, said in a video for Team O’Neill, the brand and surf team that sponsors the young wave rider.

Gradisen said the dolphin seemed to be “really shocked, almost as shocked as I was.”

“Its nose went straight through the board,” he added. “That must have hurt a bit.”

Gradisen’s surfboard still has a hole from where the dolphin dove straight into it, but Gradisen said he isn’t upset.

“This experience hasn’t changed the way I see dolphins,” the teen said, “I like dolphins still as much.”

Surfing Spirit

Surfing: a magical journey into the unknown | Photo: Shutterstock

The endless search for the spirit of surfing is a magical journey. If you decide to take this train, it will change your lives and, in the end, it will make you a better surfer too.

It is not about the money, and it is not about the number of waves we catch in a single session. It is also not about the how good we are at surfing.

The spirit of surfing is somewhere in our minds and our hearts. It is something we feel, not something we say.

Have you ever ridden a wave with your eyes shut? Have you ever spent 30 seconds meditating while waiting for the next set? Have you ever shook hands with a fellow surfer while surfing the whitewater towards the beach? Have you ever felt stressed because you’re the only one out in the line-up that is not catching waves?

Surfing gives us hints about what’s right and wrong. It is not a matter of having rules written; it’s all about what makes us smile – when we were able to ride our first wave towards the beach, and when we exit the ocean looking back and thinking how devoted we are to “it.”

For a large minority of surfers, surfing is not a competitive sport. For a smaller group, surfing is not even a sport. And for a hardcore community, surfing is a religion, with strict rituals, sanctuaries, and celebrations.

However, we all agree on some points. And that is when we observe – and truly feel – the spirit of surfing. It is as clear as a glassy tropical surf break. “That is surfing,” we reflect.

Surfing: a sport, a religion, and a road to self-discovery | Photo: Shutterstock

The spirit of surfing is as ethereal as the concept suggests. But if there were to be such a thing as the soul and the essence of surfing, you would find it in small daily gestures:

1. Respect the ocean and marine life: without the sea, there wouldn’t be surfing. And remember that the place where you get joy is home to living creatures like yourself.

2. Respect your peers: remember that your fellow surfers are in the ocean with the same goal in mind: to have fun, and ride a few waves.

3. Respect all forms of wave riding: bodyboards, handboards, stand-up paddleboards, skimboards, surfboards, windsurf boards, kiteboards are all part of the same family. And they all share one thing in common: an uncontrollable passion for riding waves.

4. Respect the local culture and traditions: when we are home, we want foreigners to respect our habits and values. When you’re in exploration mode, be polite towards those who welcome you.

5. Share the waves: there’s nothing more exciting than watching two, three or four surfers drawing lines on a liquid wall. Yes, priorities are important in surfing, but sometimes we can all have fun together.

6. Share the stoke: if you’re a surfer, spread the spirit of aloha wherever you go. Invite those who have been touched by surfing to join you on a Saturday morning session. Be an inland ambassador for the values of surfing.

7. Protect the beach: the coastlines are surfing’s ultimate playgrounds. It all starts on the beach, on the fragile dunes, and on the warm beige sand. Don’t let plastics and organic waste take on the beaches of your favorite break. Challenge your local government to keep the beach clean all year round.

8. Follow surf etiquette: if we all behave in the line-up, we will all enjoy more quality waves. It is not a cliché; it is the reality. Make sure you revisit the surfers’ protocol from time to time.

9. Purchase eco-friendly and sustainable surf products: let’s be honest – surfing has not always been a friend of our world. But things are rapidly changing, and green practices and products are taking over. Try as much as you can to learn about the origin of the gear you buy. Opt for planet-friendly surfboards, wetsuits, and surf wear.

10. Teach someone how to surf: share your surf knowledge with a family relative or friend. He or she won’t forget the experience; you will have perpetuated the spirit of surfing.

Holy Low Key Surfboards Batman!

Holy Low Key Surfboards Batman!

Holy Low Key Surfboards Batman – today is officially Batman Day! Yep, it truly is Batman fans.

Let’s flashback to the epic era of the 1960’s. Batman came off the pages of the comic books into real life on the TV screen. Some fans believe the absolute best Joker story of all time is the “Surf’s Up, Joker’s Under” episode.  The Joker wants to become the “King of the surf & all the surfers. His plan is to win the hearts of Gotham City’s radical teens by challenging Batman to a surf-off. How can the Joker lose? His brain-swapping machine can steal the local kid’s surfing secrets and the Joker will become ruler the waves.

But…….what a minute, not so fast Mr. Joker. Batman has a LOW KEY SURFBOARD – that’s unbeatable! KAPOW, ZAP, BAM!!! 

If you don’t believe us, read more about the episode in the article The Sheer Radness Of ‘Surf’s Up, Joker’s Under’ (1967).

Have an awesome Batman Day!

#lowkeysurfboards

 

Water Safety Tips for Beginner Surfers

Water Safety Tips for Beginner Surfers

Water Safety Tips for Beginner Surfers.

Low Key Surfboards has some great beginner boards if you are a newbie to the amazing world of surfing. When you’re out there amidst our powerful and awesome Mother Nature, the issue of safety is HUGE!  Surfer Today Magazine has so many great articles and we thought we’d share this one on safety.  Read on…..

Taming the ocean’s power: important water safety tips for beginner surfers

Surf lessons: surf instructors should teach the basic rules of surf etiquette | Photo: Shutterstock

Surfing is an incredibly magnetic and exciting pastime. However, what most big wave videos don’t discuss are the potential dangers of the sport.

Veterans know that water safety is at the root of the hobby. One must be comfortable in the water and be aware of their surroundings. Here’s how to tame the ocean’s power when you’re a beginner surfer.

Learning how to respect the water and protect yourself will prolong your time in the water and years surfing.

Ride a Soft Top Board

The outer coverings of surfboards are made out of a hard plastic resin. The outside shell is very susceptible to damage, and if a rider is not careful, can attract an injury.

Novice riders are better off purchasing a beginner soft top board that will protect them from potential injury. It’s also a smarter purchase regarding how well the board resists damage.

A regular board can cost hundreds of dollars to repair as well as pose a threat to a surfer’s head, face, and body. Soft top boards are usually cheaper to purchase, or you can ask a surf shop if they sell used models.

Seek Small Crowds

Surfing is a community sport, and it will be difficult to find a spot with very few surfers. However, those who are new to the sport are more likely to feel comfortable in smaller crowds. It’s a much safer idea for all involved.

A beginner won’t have much control over their board, which makes it more likely they may surf into another. Similarly, some seasoned riders can be aggressive and are not always reasonable when it comes to the limited experience of others.

Surf smaller crowds until you feel comfortable enough to surf with a larger crowd.

Practice Out of the Water

Surfing is done in the water, but a lot of practice can take place on land. Aside from cardiovascular activity, stretching, and weight lifting, one can practice their pop up out of the water.

Popping up on one’s board can look easy to an outsider, but novice surfers quickly realize how important and relevant it is.

Popping up quickly with stable feet means the difference between riding a wave with familiarity or clumsily falling off your board. New surfers can practice their pop up on the sand or in the home.

Using tape, draw an outline of a surfboard along with the middle stringer on a floor. Practice making a paddling motion before popping up so your feet are aligned with the stringer of the board.

Beginner surfers: learning how to surf includes staying safe in the water | Photo: Shutterstock

Spend Time on the Board

Surfers usually take their board out when there’s surf. But those who are especially good, reserve time to be on top of their board regardless of conditions.

It’s important to get very familiar with one’s board to find the sweet spots regarding paddling and standing. For example, if you rest too low on your board, you will lack paddling power.

If you rest too high on your board, it’s likely that you’ll dip the nose in the water while paddling for a wave. Similarly, the board will respond differently depending on where a rider places their feet on top. Each board is unique like each rider’s habits and style.

Protect Yourself from Falling

All newcomers fall. Even those who are experienced fall off their boards. It’s not a question of if but when. Be prepared to safely jump off your board.

Don’t jump off your board headfirst into the water. Likewise, do not fall with your back facing the water. Even falling feet first can be hazardous depending on the depth and contour of the ocean floor.

Practice falling flat into the ocean with your hands out to protect your face, head, and body from potential harm.

When you’re coming up from under the water, place your hands on top of your head to protect it from your board or other elements in the water. Learn how to fall off your surfboard properly.

Go With a Friend

Go surfing with a friend. You can watch out for each other in the water as well as provide advice regarding pop ups, paddling, and obeying surfing etiquette.

For example, the surfer who is closest to the wave’s break has priority. Do not paddle into a wave that already has another rider on it.

Doing so only jeopardizes the safety of riders and can damage each rider’s board. As mentioned, find a spot with less of a crowd, where you can practice getting familiar with the ocean and your board.

If you’re learning how to surf, find someone with experience who is reminded of the practical safety measures which are second nature to him/her but that he/she must pass on.

Words by Lily Turner | Hanalei Surf School

Living the Surfing Lifestyle

Surfing: a religion, a lifestyle, an addiction | Photo: Shutterstock

Though the iconic illustration of a surfer is one of a peaceful individual living a simple life, the reality often requires some sacrifices and a lifestyle quite removed from that as viewed by non-surfers.

Actually, living a surfer’s lifestyle is not about how exactly you appear; the things you wear or simply getting a surfboard tucked under your arm. It is just about a mindset, commitment to the ocean and accepting the fact that almost everything needs to take second place the instant the waves start to roll in.

People who have fully committed themselves to surfing usually tend to do this in one of two ways – by relocating to the ocean and surfing at a devoted break day in and day out or by giving up the usual trappings of life and traveling the entire world in a continuous search for the perfect wave.

Either way, most people will likely find themselves having to live frugally with the intention to achieve their goal and, for a nomadic surfer, will have to accept living without most of the luxuries and benefits that are regarded as the norm.

This also includes relationships, possessions and all other things which are generally used to indicate security and stability.

A modern surfer is also a citizen of the world. He needs to know before he goes. Therefore, if you want to live the ultimate surfing life, tick the following boxes:

1. Know the ocean: learn what the wind is, and how it affects the ocean before it starts making waves;
2. Eat well: fast food is surfing’s worst enemy. Design your own diet, and include fruits in your daily habits;
4. Exercise your body: ask a professional to delineate a surf training program that can fit into your weekly agenda;
5. Study the weather charts: improve your surf forecasting knowledge, and anticipate the best swells;
6. Read surf books: it might sound strange, but surf literature will make you a better surfer;
7. Surf more: establish a surfing routine, and don’t let winter stop you from catching waves;
8. Don’t follow the flock: surfers tend to surf where other surfers are surfing – watch the waves, and make your assessment;
9. Travel and search new waves: plan a surf trip, build your own hierarchy of surf spots, and establish a personal wave quality scale;
10. Respect others: surfers think surfing is a spiritual, blessed sport, but they can be greedy and voracious when it comes to catching waves – showing respect is teaching respect;

Surfing: to become a fully devoted surfer, you need to travel, read books, study weather charts, and surf all year round | Photo: Shutterstock

Surfing often teaches us lessons about living life to the full. For instance, fear is normal. We’re only human. Undertaking something new, something you have not done before is frightening. Until you give it a try, at which point you are too occupied doing it to be afraid any longer.

If you think about surfing or dealing with anything new in life what’s the worst thing that can happen? A massive bruise on your thigh? A black eye? A chipped tooth?

Those things are a possibility but very much preferable to relaxing on the beach and just seeing everyone else have all the fun. Giving things a try and dealing with your fear will give you renewed courage in all aspects of your life as a surfer.

Any time you surf, you usually push the limits, attempt something new and make mistakes. When you experience a wipeout, it’s frightening – you’re pushed underwater, you can’t distinguish up from down, and you can’t locate exactly where your surfboard is.

But generally, you pop back up again and live to try again. Surfing is like life: when you experience setbacks, just get back again on your board and paddle back out to the break to get another go.

Relax: you’re going to have wipeouts, judge the wave wrong, make mistakes or get trapped on the wrong side of a big one. It’s tough, it hurts, but it definitely happens to everyone; it’s termed a learning curve.

For surfers who have decided to live outside of conventional lifestyles, surfing is not considered as a sport – it is a way of life and in some cases, possibly, a religion.

Even for some of those surfers involved in the competitive circuit, contests are seen as a means to finance their surfing addiction.

For those completely immersed in a surfing lifestyle, surfing is an addiction. It will forever be difficult to see a beach scene in a movie without figuring out the ocean in the background for waves; exotic, calm beach scenes suddenly appear unattractive mainly because there is no surf.

This is why… only a surfer knows the feeling.

Surf Smarter: Develop Efficient Paddling Skills

Surf Smarter: Develop Efficient Paddling Skills

Surfing, paddling out efficiently

 

Surf Smarter: Develop Efficient Paddling Skills. Let’s face it, the whole point of surfing is catching the wave. Don’t waste energy and tire yourself needlessly by working too hard on paddling out.  Here are some key points from a SurfScience article. Check out the full article for details.

Paddling Out Efficiently
Paddling out into the surf is one of the best feelings. However, don’t waste your strength on the paddle out, save it for the parts that count like catching the wave.

Paddling out is a necessary evil. If you do it smart, you can save up to 50% of your energy. Here are three tips to paddling efficiently:

1. Look for Channels: This tip alone can save you tons of energy and frustration. Surf Smarter: Develop Efficient Paddling Skills As waves go to shore they bring water in with them. That water needs to go back out to sea somewhere. Water always finds the path of least resistance. There are certain spots where the water is literally channeled back out to sea. These spots are usually deeper so the waves aren’t breaking in them. There is less resistance coming at you so it’s a good place to paddle out.

2. Don’t Extend Your Paddle Back: When the wave dies, get off of it. You want to spend all of your time surfing. Once it peters out, duck over the top and get back into position for the next wave.

3. Time the Sets: Every wave that you have to duck dive/turtle/push through will set you back a few feet. That is just what happens. If you can time the sets, you can catch the last wave of the first set and get out just under the first waves of the next set.

4. Paddle With Purpose: If you don’t paddle hard when its time to get out, you will greatly increase the amount you have to paddle. The slower you paddle, the more waves you will encounter. The more waves you encounter, the more you will get pushed back and the more paddling you will have to do.

 

 

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