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Tony Carroll | Pro Wakeboarder

Tony Carroll | Pro Wakeboarder

Tony Carroll Wakeboarding
  • NAME // TONY CARROLL
  • AGE // 27
  • SPORT // PROFESSIONAL WAKEBOARDER
  • CITY // ORLANDO, FL

Living the Dream

Getting ready to shred

One fateful day 15 years ago, some kid in Tony Carroll’s class asked if he wanted to go to the

 lake – and the rest is history. Fast forward to today and Tony is now the kick-ass wakeboarder we all know and love. Originally a California native, he packed up and moved to Florida to get a place right on Clear Lake. Now Tony spends every chance he can get doing what he loves; either shredding his home lake with friends or traveling the world for competitions, meeting more awesome people along the way.  

jumping the wake

While Tony lives everyday with no regrets, probably the only thing he would change would be to somehow gain the ability to fly – since that would definitely make his life easier. Either way, he promises to keep getting better every single day, on or off the water. He lives his life with one philosophy; If you’re more fortunate than others, build a longer table instead of a taller fence. You can be sure there will always be a place at Tony’s table for you. You’ll just have to squeeze in somewhere between his friends, who flock to his house for Tony’s cooking after a long day hanging at the lake.

 

The Fuse Crew has already spent one day on the lake with Tony and his grilling skills. We have to say – we can’t wait for more. Welcome to the Fuse team Tony!

 

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How to Not Go Blind During the Solar Eclipse

How to Not Go Blind During the Solar Eclipse

In case you haven’t heard, it’s dangerous to stare directly at the sun.

On August 21st, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people across the Continental United States will be doing exactly what their mothers warned them not to do – staring directly at the sun. Staring at the sun on a normal day is fairly bad and can cause plenty of UV-related issues to your eyes. However, on the day of the “Great American Solar Eclipse”, the sunlight will be even more dangerous. Looking at a partial eclipse can literally burn the image into the back of your eye. Scary, right? Well, don’t worry – there is a safe way to view the eclipse! Check out some tips below:

 

  1. Plan Ahead
    Just head over to NASA and you can see the exact path the sun will be taking! Knowing the times can help you plan a party or viewing, know when to grab your glasses, and help you be prepared. For traveling, remember that crowds will be all heading toward totality so accurately plan for extra traffic; that way you aren’t stuck on the freeway during this one in a lifetime event.
  2. Solar Eclipse Glasses
    As much as we know you love your Fuse lenses, even our darkest lens (which is Fuse +Plus Glacier BTW) lets in around 8% of light. In contrast, eclipse viewing 
    glasses only let in about 0.003% of light as well as reducing radiation. These are specialty glasses that you absolutely need if you plan on looking up, even if you do not live in the path of totality. 
  3. Test Them!
    A lot of manufacturers know that Americans are jumping on the solar eclipse wagon and are unfortunately pumping out glasses without accurate testing and false ISO ratings. To ensure your glasses are safe, you can check out the American Astronomical Society’s list of reputable dealers here. When you put them on, they should be so dark that you can not see anything at all – no other light sources – until you look up at the sun.
  4. Keep Them On!
    If you live in the path of totality, you can take off your glasses ONLY during the totality phase of the eclipse. Even the slightest band of sunlight peeking through is still very dangerous to your eyes! Keep the glasses on until your vision is totally blacked out; then, you know it’s safe to take them off (but only for a minute or two).
  5. Save the Puppies! (Or Not)
    OK, I’ll admit the first thing I googled was whether or not my dog needs solar eclipse glasses. However, most pets should be good! It definitely wouldn’t hurt to affix them with a pair (and it would make for a cute picture). But, on a normal day how often do you stare at the sun? Probably zero times because it hurts. Our animals are the same way and they likely won’t know the difference between E-Day and any other day. I would just limit outside time, leave them at home while you’re at eclipse viewing parties, and keep the blinds shut.
  6. Be Camera Wary
    It is definitely a once in a lifetime experience that some people probably want a picture of. However, looking through cameras and binoculars, even with eclipse glasses on, concentrates and magnifies light – which is very dangerous. Many companies sell eclipse filters for your camera so you can eclipse-proof your equipment! You will need one if you plan on photographing this event. However, because of the distance, brightness, and many other factors it can be hard to get a good eclipse picture. Unless you are a professional, maybe just spend your time enjoying the eclipse instead of being frustrated behind the lens. 

We hope this helps you safely view the eclipse. We definitely aren’t eclipse experts; if you are interested in having the best eclipse experience possible, we recommend you go check out Eclipse-101 at NASA.gov. NASA has everything you’ll need to know and will even have a live stream of the eclipse on the 21st! 

 


Header Image from NASA.gov

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Busted! Common Myths About Sunglasses

Busted! Common Myths About Sunglasses

With summer in full swing, many will be or have been reaching for their favorite summer accessory – shades. However, there are a lot of misconceptions floating around about sunglasses. Of course, we know that you know better because you read our blog! So, this summer when you hear a naive sunglass-wearer utter a falsity about their sunglasses – you will know how to respond.

They say: “Darker Lenses offer more sun protection.”

You say: Wrong! Darker lenses offer the same UV protection as their lighter counterparts. Darker lenses can be more comfortable to wear, especially in bright light, since they significantly decrease the amount of light passing through the lens. This can work against you though if you do not make sure that you are buying sunglasses or lenses from a reputable dealer. Since your pupils are more dilated behind dark lenses, if your lenses do not have proper UV protection, harmful UV rays can flow right into your eyes.

 

They say: “Polarized lenses are better for your eyes than regular lenses.”

You say: Nah. If you don’t know what polarized lenses are, you can read up on them here. The short of it is that polarized lenses vastly improve comfort and clarity by blocking annoying glare and increasing contrast. While polarized lenses are definitely recommended due to this fact, they do actually offer the same amount of UV protection as their non-polarized counterparts.

 

They say: “Sun Damage to the eyes is temporary.”

You say: Not Always… Sometimes, some cases of eye sun damage can be temporary – like certain cases of snow blindness. However, most damage develops over time, over a lifetime of UV exposure, and becomes irreversible. Sun exposure contributes to macular degeneration, cataracts, and many other conditions.

 

They say: “I only need to wear sunglasses in summer when the sun is out.”

You say: Try again! Your eyes need protection year round. Yes, even on cloudy, rainy, blah days. Mornings and evenings have more reflected light that can make it straight into your eyes. Light bouncing off of snow is extra harmful. Wearing polarized lenses in the rain can actually help you see! Does that cover all of the excuses? You just have to check out your lenses’ Visual Light Transmission (or VLT) to make you’ll still be able to see out of your shades on those dark, gloomy days.

 

They say: “My child is fine without sunglasses.”

You say: Child abuse! (Just kidding please don’t say that). However, a very significant portion of UV damage can happen before a child is 18! Think about it – kids are outside SO much. Each time they go outside, the UV rays are working their way into their little eyeballs. You give your kid knee pads while he’s learning to ride a bike, why not throw some sunglasses on him too? A bonus is that the shatterproof polycarbonate lenses can help protect their face and eyes if their bike kicks up a few rocks along the way.

 

They say: “Sunglasses are sunglasses. Style or lens color doesn’t matter.”

You say: *Gasp* How dare you? Different styles and lens colors can have awesome benefits. For instance, wrap-style glasses are perfect for blocking sunlight at any angle while bike riding or playing sports. Different lens colors can then help up your game by increasing certain color contrasts. For instance, golfers often prefer amber-rose lenses, like our F30, and hunters look and perform sharp in yellow tinted lenses that can help enhance visibility in low-light conditions. By the way, Fuse has a ton of lens colors that you can test out and find out your favorite lens for all kinds of activities.

 

There you have it! A few common misconceptions about sunglasses, debunked. Now – when anyone starts muttering lies about UV protection, you’ll know what to say. Plus, we’re here to back you up whenever you need. Email us anytime at eyecontact@fuselenses.com

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Sunglasses are all about fashion… right?

Sunglasses are all about fashion… right?

 

Wrong!

Actually, I’m not sure if anyone really believes that sunglasses are only for fashion since everyone knows they serve another important purpose – protecting your eyes! However, I am sure that not many people really understand why you can get sunglasses with so many base tints. You can get a brown, green, grey, rose, yellow, and more! And, I’m happy to report – it isn’t just a marketing scheme.

Each of these tints help accentuate colors and create contrast in the world around you. So, at first when you try on a pair with a more copper tint, you may feel a little strange – like you’re viewing the world with a copper sheen. However, you should still be able to accurately recognize colors for what they are, and you should notice the increased contrast. This can help you gain an edge in many sports and outdoor activities, especially those in which you are traveling fast – where you may not be able to identify all the dips and dangers on your path.

As to which you tint should choose, I hate to say that it really is up to personal preference. If you haven’t tried any different tints out, do! A good starting point is looking at whether you’ll be on even or uneven terrain. Browns, roses, and yellows are suggested for athletes with uneven terrain. For instance, if you are a trail runner or cycle through the woods you may benefit from the increased contrast these lenses have to offer. If you are running, cycling, skateboarding, or even just walking fast on the even terrain of a road or sidewalk, a grey tint will work just fine and provide a nice, neutral view. This is also why most of our mirror lenses are on grey bases. This allows for maximum versatility, all while staying flashy. 
You can check out our lens colors here. If you need more help choosing the best tint for your activity, check out this blog post or you can always email our customer service team at eyecontact@fuselenses.com for help!  

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Grand Prix of St.Petersburg

Grand Prix of St.Petersburg

 

Fuse is back in the office for three short days before venturing back out to the 12 Hours of Sebring Race Event. Before we do that, we wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth, and to the awesome Chase from Kanga Marketing who just seemed to keep finding the mic and kept the crowd coming and going with awesome giveaways, contests, and some jokes.

We’ve done quite a few events now, but there’s just something about being in your own back yard. We loved seeing old friends, new fans, and especially those of you who were already sporting your very own pair of Fuse Lenses. Our Saturday night afterparty was a hit – no doubt thanks to the free beer, wings, and the awesome beats of The Time Travlrs (who – by the way – will also be breaking it down Friday night in Sebring)! In case you missed it, the Fuse famous Dr. Jay also stopped by – not to race, though – just to hang, as he was mentally preparing for his 12 hour run next weekend.

As always, thanks for the rad time. Looking forward to the next one!
(Good thing we won’t have to wait long) 🏎️💨 🏎️💨

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Driving in the Rain

Driving in the Rain


There is only one thing worse than driving, and that is driving in the rain. We’ve all been there – a few drops fall from the sky and suddenly everyone forgets how to drive. The windshield becomes smudged with rain and visibility is lowered (and is it just me, or does everyone forget they have a turn signal?). Well, there is one thing you can do to ease your driving-in-the-rain pain – wear sunglasses.

No, I’m not crazy – and not any old pair of sunglasses will work. Regular, tinted sunglasses simply darken the world around you. To help combat the effects of rain, only polarized sunglasses will do. This is because Polarized sunglasses do more than just darken your view and block UV. Polarized sunglasses kick glare’s butt! Glare is blinding, reflected light that gets bounced off surfaces into your eye, or in this case – light that gets scattered in the rain drops. The polarization helps to eliminate the blindness caused from glare, as well as help you see further in the rain.

**Don’t know if your lenses are polarized? Check out our polarization test!

However, beware of your tint. Unless it’s a quick sun shower, the sky typically turns to a gloomy grey. Wearing too dark of a tint in that condition would lower your visibility, making it more dangerous to drive – polarized lenses or not. The ideal driving tint for medium to low sunlight is going to be above 18%. That means that 18% or more of visible light passes through the lenses, and it is suitable for conditions below very bright sunlight. If you don’t own a Spectrophotometer to measure your lenses’ exact VLT (like most of us regular folks), just use your best judgement. If the world looks too dark though your sunglasses – it probably is. 
Finally – be smart. Rain or fog that is too heavy and affects visibility too much is unsafe to drive in – sunglasses or not. Pull over anytime conditions are too bad to drive! And, as always you can ask us any questions you may have about what lenses are suitable for any activity, driving included!

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3 Reasons to Use Sunglasses in the Winter

3 Reasons to Use Sunglasses in the Winter

 

With the colder days on their way, many people tend to hang up their favorite pair of sunglasses. It’s a common belief that sunglasses aren’t as important in winter. However, you might be surprised to learn that eye protection in the winter can be even more critical. There is certainly no chance Fuse will see any snow in sunny Florida, but this is for all our Fuse fans who are buried up in the Northern snow. Here are the top three reasons to wear sunglasses during winter:

1. For your Health

Did you know that snow reflects around 80 percent of UV light? This can make your favorite winter sports like snowboarding, ice skating, skiing, and snowman building (which I consider my favorite extreme sport) even more dangerous. We all know that our skin is an organ that can become sunburned from lengthy UV exposure, but so can our eyes! UV damage can cause intense pain, discomfort and even temporary vision loss known as snow blindness. You can even see the effects of prolonged UV exposure develop later in life in the form of lens and retina damage. The only way to protect your eyes is to wear a pair of UV protected lenses (a.k.a. sunglasses).

2. For your SanityWinter Bear

One of the most annoyingly obvious visual problems on bright days during snow season is blinding glare. Glare (or the light that is reflected off snow or other flat surfaces) is more intense and can even temporarily blind you or make objects in your vision appear to fade or disappear altogether. This is why not only regular sunglasses are so important for snow days, but also why upgrading to polarized lenses can make an even more important difference in your day! Polarized lenses not only kick glare’s butt, but also reduces eye strain and increases contrast, which makes everything look crisp and clear.

3. For your Safety

The most important feature to look for in winter sunglasses lies in the lenses. For winter sports, you always want to look for a Polycarbonate material. Unlike glass lenses that easily shatter, Polycarbonate is an impact resistant material that can take a hit! This means that you can now ask for that Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas with confidence, without someone telling you that “you’ll shoot your eye out!”

Luckily, Fuse Lenses offers optical grade Polycarbonate lenses that are always 100% UVA/B/C protected. This means that you can trust Fuse to protect your eyes not just in winter, but all year long. Check out our vast color selection and look cool while keeping warm this winter.

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Get the Best Drive

Get the Best Drive

 

Getting blinded by the sun while driving isn’t just annoying, but also can be very dangerous. But, did you know that driving with the wrong sunglasses could be just as dangerous? Here are the top 3 mistakes made when choosing the perfect pair, whether it’s for your daily commute or your next road trip:

3. They are the wrong tint

If you’re a girl who ” sees the world through rose-colored glasses” – we have some bad news for you. Fashion tints in blue, pink, green, and reds can be horrible for driving. These tints distort colors, which can be especially dangerous when driving since we rely on three very important colors to let us know when we can and can’t drive. (i.e red, yellow, green) The best tints for driving are going to be either grays or browns since these colors offer enhanced contrast or true color perception.

2. They are too dark

It is possible for your sunglasses to be too dark! *gasp* The darkest tints you can get fall somewhere around 3-8% Visual Light Transmission (VLT). While these super dark sunnies are great for bright, blinding light surrounding you (maybe on a boat in the ocean or standing in the middle of a snowy field), they are a little too excessive for driving. The darkest you should go in the car should be 8% VLT. This ensures you are combatting bright light, without compromising your vision. Check out the table here for recommended VLTs for driving conditions. You can always ask us if you have any questions about VLTs of our lenses!

1. They aren’t polarized

If your glasses aren’t polarized, they aren’t blocking glare – they are just darkening. This can mean that sun glare can still get you. For days when driving toward the sun is unavoidable, make sure your driving pair of glasses is polarized – that way it actually combats glare. If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out how polarized lenses work here.

 

So, there you go! If you find yourself making any of these driving faux-pas when it comes to sunglasses, just remember that you can buy both your every day, and your driving set of lenses from Fuse! It’s literally a snap to switch them out right before your daily commute.

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So Long for Now

So Long for Now

blogThis past weekend, Fuse Lenses officially wrapped up the last race of the Pirelli World Challenge at the Mazda Laguna Seca Racetrack in Salinas California. While this race marks the end of the season, we definitely went out with a bang.

For those who have been following the races, you may have seen a Fuse appearance in a small 10 by 10 booth – but that is a thing of the past. More space, more booth, and more wow is what we went for with the introduction of our new Fuse Booth set up. We had TVs playing all of our videos, custom lens cutting on the spot, a prize wheel with race-themed giveaways, and even our very own waffle bar.

The sick set up definitely called for one thing: an after party. So we did what we do best – grabbed a keg (or two), hired a DJ, and threw one last party of the season. We want to thank everyone who came out to the booth, spun our wheel, got new lenses, and partied it up with us. It’s been a great season, Dr. Jay!

 

 

Photography By: Blake Cortes // Kanga Marketing 

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Airventure Oshkosh

Airventure Oshkosh

The Fuse Crew is finally back on land and back in our home-state after attending EAA’s Airventure Oshkosh 2016 this past weekend. Fuse came to support two of the newest additions to the #FuseAthlete team roster: The Paradigm and Aeroshell Aerobatic teams.

Paradigm team

The Paradigm Aerobatic Team, the Oshkosh newbie, was definitely one of the highlights of the show! The team flew in the top pilots from across the globe to debut as the first ever Aerobatic Powered Paragliding team at Oshkosh! In fact, it was the first time ever that any crowd in the States has seen an aerobatic performance by PPG riders – and they pulled off their show without a hitch. The grace shown by the pilots made it look easy (it isn’t). But, if you happened to miss it, don’t worry – not only do these guys have a full documentary coming out on them, but their dynamic performance sealed their place in the show for years to come!

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The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team is a world famous formation flying team, and an Oshkosh regular. The classic power of the American made Texas T6 aircrafts was a sight to see. Plus, Aeroshell definitely helped the Fuse Crew end the weekend on the right note – a ride-along in the famous crafts. Our fearless owner, Brandon, even took over the controls for a bit. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience (but hopefully one we can re-live again next year!)

See the epic recap:

Thanks to:

David Martino Photography

Kanga Marketing

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Fun in the Summer

Fun in the Summer

Summer is here! Everyone is excited to start heading to the beach, going on boats, and inviting themselves to BBQs. But, how long until that excitement wears off and summer boredom sets in? Well, fear not! Keep boredom at bay with these alternative sports and activities perfect for spicing up your summer.

1. Zorbing – If you’ve ever dreamed of being wrapped up in something resembling bubble wrap and rolling down a giant hill – boy, have we got a surprise for you. All you need is to do is get your hands on a Zorb ball. If a few friends do the same, you can have yourself a Zorb race. Or, you could always Zorb Indiana Jones style.

Sepak Takraw

Photo from Sepaktakraw.org

 

2. Sepak Takraw – If the thought of either volleyball or soccer makes you think “been there, done that.” Have you ever thought of combining the two? Well, the good people of Asia certainly have. The sport is similar to the rules of volleyball, but the players are not allowed to use their hands. It often ends up a flurry of headbutts and expert kicks.

3. Quidditch – If there is a part of you that wishes the Harry Potter franchise never came to an end, this may be the sport for you. No, you don’t actually get to fly around on a broomstick. But, it is a fun way to forget you’re kind of exercising. There is even a Quidditch World Cup held every year in April.

 

Bike Polo

Photo from Noah Adams

 

4. Bike Polo – Do all of your friends have bikes, but no where to ride them to? Well, grab a mallet, ball, nets, and a portion of the street, and you will have your new favorite sport. It’s just as fun as regular polo, except bikes are way cheaper than raising horses.

 

Circle Rules Football

Photo from Josh Lee


5. Circle Rules Football – If you’re looking for another use for that giant yoga ball, look no further. Circle Rules Football is basically a fun twist on soccer. It is played on a circular field with two teams trying to conquer the erratically bouncing ball to score in opposite sides of the same goal.

Tough Mudder

Photo from thecollectivity


6.  Tough Mudder – There are hundreds of different runs and obstacle courses that have risen to popularity in the past years. Any of them is not only great exercise, but also an awesome way to kill time doing something fun during the summer. However, I also think if you are going to try one out, why not get covered in mud in the process?

 

 

 

 


I hope you will get out there and try one of these awesome activities this summer! If you’ve tried them, or have your own activity idea, leave a comment below! And, of course, what kind of Fuse Lenses employee would I be if I didn’t remind you that all outdoors activities require UV protection at all times!?! So, while you are out kicking boredom’s butt, keep glare at bay and your eyes safe by not forgetting your sunnies equipped with Fuse’s polarized, shatterproof lenses – perfect for any summer activity.

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Father’s Day Fishing

Father’s Day Fishing

Father’s day is coming up, and what better way to spend it with your kids than a little fishing trip? That is, until they get bored (or tired, or hungry, or have to pee) and become a temper tantrum with legs. Well, fear not, we have compiled a list of helpful tips for a successful, child-friendly fishing expedition.

 

  1. Location, location, location – it’s almost as important to realtors as it is to fishermen with kids. You want to pick a location that is easily accessible and has a restroom nearby. State parks often fit this criteria.
  2. A plentiful area is key. You want to make sure there is a good chance of landing a catch. Size does not matter.
  3. Leave the barbs at home. You want to use a small, barb-less hook paired with a bobber. The bobber will keep them entertained, even when no fish are biting.
  4. Catch your bait! Certainly not required – but very fun – you can opt to catch worms from the garden pre-trip. If digging around the dirt is not quite your style, purchase bait that appeals to a variety of fish. Waxworms usually do the trick.
  5. Don’t forget the essentials: sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses (with Fuse Lenses, of course), a hat, and wet wipes to wipe away the fish smell.

    Fishing

    Fishing can be a great learning experience

  6. Feed yourself, as well as the fish. Don’t forget to bring water and a few snacks to share for breaks between bites.
  7. Keep it short (we all know kids’ attention spans are). Don’t plan on staying more than an hour or two.
  8. Little hands need little poles. Get kid-sized equipment that will be easier for them to handle and create less frustration.
  9. Keep the focus on your little fishers. Leave your pole at home and instead focus on getting them a fish and using it as a learning experience. Show off your knowledge of catch-and-release practices or of bird and fish species.
  10. Have fun! No explanation necessary.

Remember if you are a first-time fisher, you need to acquire a fishing license! Fees vary from state to state, but in most places children under 16 are free. Let us know how it goes!

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