Thought of as a crusader of fitness, Brian McFadden is on a mission to share a lifestyle that incorporates food and fitness to live at your optimum level. His journey began 8 years ago studying as much as he could about sports performance and nutrition. It may have been his basketball background that motivated this mission with his participation in high school through college. After a series of concussions in the sport McFadden was forced to look elsewhere to fill his fitness void. “When my ability to play basketball at a high level was taken away I had to start my life over.  I had to adapt to a new life, and it was tough”, McFadden described.

What came next for McFadden could not have been better. He rose to the occasion and found a much more rewarding experience. “Fitness is not only my lifestyle, but I also love using it as a platform to help as many people as I can improve their lives through food and fitness”, said McFadden, and that his what he pushed for in the next stages of his life.

Today you can find McFadden as the head coach at CrossFit idog. He embodies their mantra of being passionate about growing, educating and enabling individuals to improve their mind, body and soul. Outside of the gym McFadden is busy working one on one with his clients by personalizing their fitness and nutrition plans. He stays busy contributing to his blog and creating new and exciting dishes. “Coming up with tasty, sometimes crazy recipes is so much fun” McFadden said.

Where McFadden really thrives is rising to the top in competition. With a history of placing 60th Overall in SoCal Region CrossFit Games Open in 2013 and placing 6th Overall in Open Class D Men’s Physique  NPC Iron Games he says, “My faith plays a huge role in my inspiration. I use the gifts I’ve been blessed with to serve others to help them live better lives”, said McFadden.

Be on the lookout for McFadden on the rise in men’s physique competitions and as a health and fitness coach changing lives for the better. Visit his blog http://www.itsbrianmcfadden.com/ for his take on fitness, nutrition and personal growth.

“I’m blessed to have to the opportunity to improve someone’s life through something that I love to do, says McFadden. Rise Bar is proud to support McFadden’s mission.

The family at Rise Bar recently had the opportunity to make a donation to Feed the Hungry, a global organization founded by Dr. Lester Summrall in 1987. We wanted to Rise to the Occasion and bring a smiling face to those who need it the most. Feed the Hungry has delivered more than $200 million of food and supplies to hungry, hurting people in 92 nations around the globe. The organization has provided local emergency support for events like the Oklahoma tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy off of the Atlantic coast. Primarily, Feed the Hungry is dedicated to truly saving lives all over the world by providing emergency food to hungry children and families around the world. For every dollar donated, 93¢ goes to program services. Thank you to our everyday heroes!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Be a hero this year and donate to help support those in need. For just $30 you can give “A box of Love” to a hungry family this year at http://www.feedthehungry.org/ .

 

 

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Yes, this Pro Longboarder’s name really is Mothershead. Troy Mothershead, raised in San Clemente, CA, now resides in Ventura, CA where he works for Patagonia—a company that produces organic outdoor clothing, gear, and sportswear. This spunky High Riser started surfing just as a hobby, growing up he aggressively pursued dreams of playing as an NLF star—playing baseball and basketball during the off-seasons. When he hit middle school Mothershead whimsically decided to join the surf team. It only took him until the end of freshman year in high school to ditch all sports to exclusively surf.

“I spent a lot of my early years surfing in contests,” Mothershead says, “They were fun, but definitely warped my ability to truly enjoy the feeling of surfing. You are tailoring maneuvers to fit a judging criteria, rather than simply doing what feels best. I’ve surfed in very few contests the last 3 years or so. Riding a wave is a crazy feeling, and in the last few years I feel like I’ve really learned how to fully enjoy that.” The ocean is both a mysterious and exciting place that sparks many emotions. When we asked Mothershead about his experiences out in the water he said, “The ability to project speed off the rail of a piece of foam covered in fiberglass, while riding a wave that has traveled thousands of miles to meet you is pretty special. I feel like it’s something you just have to try yourself.”

Surfing wise, Mothershead hasn’t lined up a ton of goals. He says, “I think I ditched those with the whole contest thing. I just want surfing to be something I do because it’s fun and enjoyable and feels good. I’m not so worried about winning contests anymore, or exposure, or filming, or what have you. Although I will always be stoked to be involved in those things, I just want to be as excited about surfing as the kid from Missouri who has never seen the ocean before.” Mothershead finds his inspiration mostly from those who take a different path. “I have a lot of respect for that,” he says, “and I pay surfing homage to any of my epic teammates from my early years.” The hope for adventure “in this rad world God created for us, and each days new opportunity to hang out with and love the people around me” is what motivates Mothershead to rise each day.

If given the chance to surf with anyone, alive or dead, Mothershead would choose his role model, Jesus, because, “he didn’t even need a board to stand on water.” When he’s not surfing, you can find Mothershead rock climbing, watching football, poorly fixing surfboards, attempting to read, or occasionally snowboarding and wakeboarding. Post-surf, you can find Mothershead munching at a place called the Farmer and the Cook in Ojai, CA, which serves locally farmed food, dining at a mind-blowing vegan restaurant called Mary’s Secret Garden in Ventura, CA, or chowing on a carne asada burrito from any of the wonderful Mexican restaurants in Ventura, CA.

Throughout his life, James Walsh has stayed active and passionate about keeping the high energy going in his athletic career. Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Walsh was an avid baseball player and surfer, and moved to Virginia Beach, VA at the start of high school. A moment he is most proud of is, “making the decision to join the United States Coast Guard in 1999. It set me on the path I am currently on today.”

After 4 years with the Coast Guard, Walsh found his way back to Southern California and “spent 2003-2005 surfing my brains out, skating pools, and getting up in the mountains to snow board” as often as could. He’s competed in endurance sports including triathlons, bike racing (mountain bike, cyclocross, road), and most recently turned to ultrarunning—something Walsh has always wanted to do. In triathlon, he was an age group Xterra World champion in 2008, won numerous 70.3’s, finished 3rd amateur at the 2011 Ironman Texas, and raced the Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2011. In the past year, Walsh raced a handful of 50k’s (winning 3), a couple 50 milers, and ran R2R2R (running across the Grand Canyon and back).

We asked Walsh what’s it like while running an ultra? “It’s fun! When things are going well it’s like I’m not thinking at all but when they are bad it’s all about problem solving and trying to figure out how to get back on track. The best part about trail racing is that even when it’s not your day you are still our running fun trails with good people.” He also said, “There are so many people out on the trails that inspire me, it’s one of the reasons I love the ultra trail running scene. It seems most people are out there and having fun. I doesn’t’ matter if they are going for the win or just trying to beat the cutoffs.”

In May 2013, Walsh experienced a life changing bike crash. He was hit by a car going 50mph and he broke his collar bone, 5 ribs, punctured a lung, and on top of that had a ton of road rash. Needless to say, the obstacle didn’t stop Walsh from rising. With the help of his running partner, Maggie, and his dog, Ruby, Walsh has been recovering well. “Maggie motivates me a lot. She’s tough, but also doesn’t take anything too seriously.”

Now a days, Walsh is back on the trails. Recently, he raced the Saddleback Mountain Goat Marathon and finished 2nd overall! “It’s the first race since returning to racing after my crash that I’ve started to feel “good”. So stoked.” The morning before a race Walsh usually starts his day with gluten-free toast and nut butter, but this time he changed it up a bit and kick started race day with the Sunflower Cinnamon Protein+ Bar. “It worked awesome! I didn’t’ feel full and had a great energy to start the day.”

A guilty pleasure/favorite post-race meal of Walsh’s consists of an IPA, a burger and fries, or pizza. You can find his race schedule on his blog: http://jameswalshracing.com/ ,taglined- blood, sweat, & beers.

by Rini Sampath

At Rise Bar, we’ve had the pleasure of speaking to some of the most talented
and passionate people on this planet. From surfers to runners, veterans to rock
climbers, the list of Rise Bar High Risers continues to grow along with our
company. Hank Gaskell, our latest and greatest selection, hails from a small
Hawaiian town called Hana, and is making serious waves in the surfing scene.
We’re happy to have had a chance to chat with him.

“From a young age I feel like the beach was my primary babysitter,” Gaskell
said. “My mom and dad, as well as a few of my friend’s parents would take us
surfing almost every day. I always loved it, and it just so happens that I got good
enough to have a career at it!”

His accomplishments range from winning the 2009 Xcel Pro to the Association of
Surfing Professionals (ASP) 3-Star Copa Quicksilver in El Salvador. He attributes
his successes to the influence of his family. He believes that the highlight of his
surfing career was winning the 3-Star.

“One of my best friends, Dege O’Connell was in the man on man final with me,”
Gaskell described. “After I won, Dege and another one of my best friends,
Makana Eleogram carried me up the beach, where my girl was waiting for me
with her pretty smile and a kiss.”

As much as Gaskell values his friends, he admires his family. His mother, in
particular, is his role model.

Gaskell said, “My mom is one of the best people I know, simply because of her
positive outlook on life. She doesn’t have a bad bone in her body and has
always been very loving and supportive of my sister and me.”

Besides surfing, Gaskell enjoys diving. When he’s not exploring beautiful reefs
and seeing whole new underwater worlds, Gaskell enjoys playing basketball,
tennis and practicing yoga. To complement his active lifestyle, Gaskell fuels up
on a diet of fresh fish, fruit and home-grown vegetables.

But he’s not always on the go. After all, every man needs a break. When we
asked him what his guilty pleasure is, he answered with a laugh, “Sometimes I
like to get a little lazy.”

We’re looking forward to seeing this small-town gem grow into an all-star athlete.

Dylan Gordon is a journalist. But he doesn’t need a reporter’s pen or notebooks to express his thoughts. He’s got a different tool to capture the world. Gordon is a photographer. He is a visual journalist — one who upholds the age-old cliché, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” He finds ways in which to paint the world in a new hue with every click, with every print and every frame. “The greatest thing about photography for me is that it allows me to continue to stay invested in all of my passions while involving another element that I am also passionate about,” Gordon said.

Gordon enjoys photographing surfers, climbers, adventurers and explorers. He’s a connoisseur of all things exciting in the world. He described his love for surf photography, explaining that though surfing is not a highly-sought after career, it is a rewarding one.

“I feel there is a lot of value behind telling the stories of these incredible people that choose to devote their lives to this sport and lifestyle,” Gordon said. “Its not as glorious of sport as it seems, but there lot of struggle, guts, passion and strength. I want to tell their stories and share their experiences.”

Though Gordon enjoys telling the stories of others, his own story is one worth hearing. He grew up on the central coast of California, spending most of his days competing in skateboarding events and working on his family’s ranch. But Gordon faced his greatest challenge in life when his father passed away in 2010. “It truly turned my motives around and his life taught me to utilize every opportunity to its furthest extent,” Gordon said.

Today, Gordon surrounds himself with supportive friends and family. “I am extremely fortunate to be able to call a lot of incredibly talented and motivated people my friends. They are constantly inspiring me to push myself,” Gordon said. Rise Bar is excited to keep creative minds like Dylan Gordon focused. With delicious flavors like Pineapple Macadamia Nut, it’s hard to go hungry in between exhausting shoots.

“It’s perfect for any time of the day or weather. Its also nice and light, so you don’t get that bogged down feeling after you eat one,” Gordon said. “You get just enough substance from one that it gets you back on your feet and ties you over till you eat the next one somewhere down the trail.” As Gordon continues to chase his dreams by capturing the moments where others fulfill their goals, we encourage others to live by his life motto: Live the life you love, love the life you live. Keep on rising.

Check out Dylan’s website at DylanGordon.com.

Happy Veterans Day! Recently Sergeant Humberto McLaren, from the deployed team at Fort Carson, CO, wrote to us at Rise Bar a while back asking if we could donate some bars to boost his spirits and those of his fellow troops serving out in Afghanistan. We gladly sent some bars to support our soldiers, and a month later we were excited to receive a thank you gift. As much as it made the Rise Bar family feel a little warm inside to make the donation, we couldn’t help but be even more appreciative of the response back. The soldiers of 68th CSSB expressed their gratitude with a heartfelt, handwritten note, a few pictures of the deployed soldiers, and their awesome battalion coin!

 

Did you know…

-Veterans Day, up until 1954, was called Armistice Day. Armistice Day was originally created to honor WWI Veterans.

 -In 2012, there were 21.8 million veterans living in the United States. More than 1.3 million have served in multiple wars (US Census Bureau).

-The very first “Unknown Soldier” was buried on November 11, 1921 at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. A tomb of an Unknown Soldier (unidentified) is typically a monument dedicated to all soldiers that were killed at war.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest
appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
 
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

At Rise Bar, we’ve had the pleasure of speaking to some of the most talented and passionate people on this planet. From surfers to runners, veterans to rock climbers, the list of Rise Bar High Risers continues to grow along with our company. Hank Gaskell, our latest and greatest selection, hails from a small Hawaiian town called Hana, and is making serious waves in the surfing scene. We’re happy to have had a chance to chat with him.

“From a young age I feel like the beach was my primary babysitter,” Gaskell said. “My mom and dad, as well as a few of my friend’s parents would take us surfing almost every day. I always loved it, and it just so happens that I got good enough to have a career at it!”

His accomplishments range from winning the 2009 Xcel Pro to the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 3-Star Copa Quicksilver in El Salvador. He attributes his successes to the influence of his family. He believes that the highlight of his surfing career was winning the 3-Star.

“One of my best friends, Dege O’Connell was in the man on man final with me,” Gaskell described. “After I won, Dege and another one of my best friends, Makana Eleogram carried me up the beach, where my girl was waiting for me with her pretty smile and a kiss.”

As much as Gaskell values his friends, he admires his family. His mother, in particular, is his role model. Gaskell said, “My mom is one of the best people I know, simply because of her positive outlook on life. She doesn’t have a bad bone in her body and has always been very loving and supportive of my sister and me.” Besides surfing, Gaskell enjoys diving. When he’s not exploring beautiful reefs and seeing whole new underwater worlds, Gaskell enjoys playing basketball, tennis and practicing yoga. To complement his active lifestyle, Gaskell fuels up on a diet of fresh fish, fruit and home-grown vegetables.

But he’s not always on the go. After all, every man needs a break. When we asked him what his guilty pleasure is, he answered with a laugh, “Sometimes I like to get a little lazy.” We’re looking forward to seeing this small-town gem grow into an all-star athlete.

 

Lucky for us we had a chance to sit down with the CEO of Rise Bar for a little Q&A.

What is your favorite part about working at Rise Bar?

I love the energy that everyone brings to Rise Bar.

Who is one of your greatest inspirations?

My parents.

Tell us something about the Rise Bar family that we can’t learn from the store shelves.

The amount of time and diligence that it takes to procure the best ingredients and manufacture our bars carefully.

How many Rise Bars do you eat a week?

Probably 5, I like to take 2 days off.

What is your favorite bar and why?

The Almond Honey protein bar, because of the simplicity of the ingredients while getting 20g of protein, there’s nothing else like it.

If you knew you wouldn’t fail, what would you do?

I would launch a complimentary business in South America or Europe.

What is your dream for Rise Bar?

The dream is to be twofold one to be available in markets in all 50 states and to keep adding the most talented and passionate people to our team.

Did you ever imagine yourself being a CEO of a nutrition bar company before launching Rise Bar?

I always wanted to run my own business, and I have always been into health and fitness. But, to say I thought I would be here 5 years ago, I’d be lying.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Any form of outdoor exercise, friends, family, and personal growth.

What is one of your mantras or what keeps you motivated?

Every day I tell myself to be courageous, loving, adventurous, and compassionate.