ALOHA, All of us at FINS want to wish you and your family a relaxing Independence Day WEEKEND! On July 4th, 1776 The United States adopted the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson. However, John Adams always thought celebrations should take place on July 2nd, the day it was voted in by the Continental Congress, so he never showed up to the festivities on the 4th. It is thought that, as early as 200 A.D., the Chinese had already stumbled upon a sort of natural firecracker: They would roast bamboo, which explodes with a bang when heated due to … Continue reading

ALOHA, DADS…are awesome – for so many reasons! For teaching us all the tricks. For parenting hacks. For sending the best texts. And, for always having our backs. Join FINS’ Fantasy Surf League! WIN BIG! (Can not be done on Mobil Site) Register FREE @ www.fantasysurfer.com. Once registered go to the “Clubs” tab and select “Public Clubs” Search ‘FINS Fantasy Surfer’ into the search bar Select “Join Club” under “Actions” and you are all set! How to Play Every player starts off with a $50,000,000 Salary Cap. Each surfer in the contest is worth a certain value. Create a team of surfers … Continue reading

Top O’ the Mornin’ to Ya, It’s that time of year again folks! Spring is upon us, trees are budding, birds are chirping, & Saint Patrick’s Day is here to ring it in! Whether you celebrate or not, FINS wishes you and your family a day full of luck, cheer, and happiness! (John McCarthy surfing @ The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland) Join FINS’ Fantasy Surf League! (Can not be done on Mobil Site) Register FREE @ www.fantasysurfer.com . Once registered go to the “Clubs” tab and select “Public Clubs” Enter ‘FINS Fantasy Surfer’ into the search bar and press “Search” Select … Continue reading

 Hello, FINS is Proud to Announce Our Second Season of Fantasy Surfing! The First Contest of the year starts March 10th on the Gold Coast of Australia. All 3 FINS Locations will be streaming the contests LIVE throughout the Season. Prizes Awarded for Highest Score of Each Contest. *Grand Prize* goes to the Player with the Most Points at the End of the Season. No Commitment Necessary and FREE to Enter. Periodic Special Offers and Discounts as well. How to Join (Can not be done on Mobil Site) Go to www.Fantasysurfer.com and Register. Once you are registered go to the … Continue reading

Did you know…. Valentine’s Day also means it’s the 13th Anniversary of FINS Bradley Beach! What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than sharing Nachos, Smoothies, and a Hawaii 5-0 with your sweetie? The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter signing it “from your Valentine.” Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in Medieval times. … Continue reading

Now that winter has finally caught up with us, we’re ready to take on our first Blizzard of the season!! – Winter Storm Jonas (no this is not a Jonas Brothers reunion tour) is supposed to come around Friday into Saturday and even possibly Sunday. – Did you know that the largest snow storm ever recorded was in Buffalo, NY with a record 6 feet of snow and 45mph winds!! – For a blizzard to form, warm air must rise over cold air. There’s two ways that this can occur. Winds pull cold air toward the equator from the poles … Continue reading

The Legend of St. Nick Born in Patara, a land that is part of present-day Turkey, circa 280 C.E., St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who helped the needy. After his death, the legend of his gift-giving grew. St. Nicholas transformed into the legendary character called Santa Claus, who brings Christmas presents to children around the world (biography.com). The name “Santa Claus” originally came from the Dutch version called Sint Nikolaas or Sinterklaas. The Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam (New York) brought this fun and lively tradition to America. In Greek, St. Nicholas is known as Hagios Nikolaos, Bishop of … Continue reading

We wish everyone a safe & happy Holiday. All of us @ FINS have much to be thankful for. Enjoy some Thanksgiving FUN FACTS Originally known as Macy’s Christmas Parade—to signify the launch of the Christmas shopping season—the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. 6 states—Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Indiana—account for nearly two-thirds of the 248 million turkeys that will be raised in the U.S. this year. ~46 million … Continue reading

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. On this day we commemorate all of the Veterans who served this country during war and peacetime. In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th. There are approximately 23.2 million military … Continue reading

Fall has descended upon us FINS-amigos with the slowly changing colors of the leaves, the pumpkins visible upon our neighbors doorsteps and crisp nights that oblige us to lounge in our snuggies. But, DID YOU KNOW! that the pumpkin was first named by the Greeks. They called this edible orange item “pepon,” which means “large melon.” DID YOU KNOW! tree leaves get their green color from chlorophyll, but, as the days shorten and the sun weakens so does the chlorophyll allowing the other color pigments that naturally reside in the leaves to show through like, orange and yellow. Red and … Continue reading