Sunplay Blog

5 Ways to Avoid Swimmer’s Ear

Part of the magic of constantly being in the sun and surf during the summer can quickly get dampened (no pun intended) by getting swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear (or otitis externa) is caused when water gets trapped in the ear canal, resulting in a bacterial or fungal infection. Bacteria is always in our ear, but […]

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Webber Park Natural Pool Project Pushed Back

An exciting project—the nation’s first natural public pool set to be built in north Minneapolis—has been temporarily put on hold. Minnesota’s particularly cold 2013-14 winter and abnormally wet spring has literally dampened plans for the 28,000 square foot swimming area that was originally set to open this year. Project manager Cliff Swenson said of the […]

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Foods Young Swimmers Should Be Eating

Jill Castle, MS RDN, has come up with another comprehensive list of foods growing swimmers should be consciously incorporating into their diet. This is particularly prescient for teens and avid athletes who both have the demand of fueling their growing body while being able to compete at an elite level.  Castle gives us several good […]

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8 Ways to Make Your Pool More Energy Efficient

People may be deterred from investing in a pool at home because they worry about all of the costs to run it. The energy it takes to operate the pool pumps, heaters, and to keep it chemically balanced can seem like a huge drain on time and resources. Lucky for you, we know all the […]

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The Pool Noodle Inventor

You’ve probably never heard of Steve Hartman or know what a backer rod is. Hartman, the current CEO and president of Industrial Thermal Polymers in Toronto, Canada, (along with his father) turned the backer rod into something you most likely use every summer. The pool noodle. On a show produced by Kai Ryssdal on Marketplace called […]

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Zinka Nosecoat: Stay Sunburn Free With Style

Remember those scenes in movies or visits to the beach featuring bleach-haired lifeguards with sunblock rubbed on their nose, leaving a white residue on its bridge? Didn’t that seem like such a novelty in the 80s? It turns out, wearing a zinc oxide based nosecoat is not only popular nowadays, but can be beneficial for […]

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Testing Your Hot Tub Water

The best way to ensure your hot tub or spa’s longevity is to maintain proper water chemistry. Keeping the spa clean, the equipment in full working order, and the hot tub water balanced is a surefire to way extend its life and make for easy and constant usage. The best way to do that is […]

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“The Pool Master” Gets 2nd Season on Animal Planet

Did you know there’s an entire cable TV show about pool building? And this isn’t your typical luxury in-ground pool featurette. “The Pool Master” from Animal Planet is basically art. Piggybacking on the success of Animal Planet’s similarly constructed “Treehouse Masters,” “The Pool Master” was ordered for three initial episodes followed by a longer special […]

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Indie Feature: Carpool Deville

A pair of Canadian engineers are working to get a souped-up convertible to the Bonneville Salt Flats to try and capture a land speed record. But it wouldn’t be working to outpace the current land speed record of 760 MPH held by Andy Green. It would be putting the pedal to the metal in hopes […]

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SUP Winner Interviews: 2014 Payette River Games

When we visited the 2014 Payette River Games, we couldn’t help but check out some of the SUP victors in their moment of triumph. This meant piggybacking on the interview skills of Joe Carberry from SUP the Mag and we got some great clips worth sharing. Candice Appleby Interview – Payette River Games 2014 Candice […]

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