JD Beach has been one of Americas top motorcycle talents for quite a few years racing both in the AMA Pro Flat Track series and the AMA Pro Road Racing series. His incredible ability and awesome style in both facets of racing along with his incredibly likable personality has left him with quite the fan base.
That's why we've been supporting JD since we started Defy All Odds. Racing at a professional level in any sport is an amazing feat, racing at a professional level in multiple types and being one of the top competitors is tremendous. There truly is no stopping JD, so check out his signature line and support him in style!
Follow JD: @JDbeach95
We at Defy All Odds Apparel are fortunate enough to have connections with all kinds of incredibly talented individuals. In this case we got linked up with Larry Kosilla, owner of AMMO NYC and host of /DRIVE CLEAN on the /DRIVE YouTube Channel. Larry went through a complete paint restoration of the infamous F40 many of you have come quite fond of. Check out this video, if you're into detailing Larry is the guy to learn from. If you're not, well the first two minutes are some pretty cool shots of the car! Larry has a series of informational videos on the best ways to clean all different kinds of vehicles, even motorcycles! The video also made it's way on to car blog Jalopnik - http://drive.jalopnik.com/watch-a-cherished-ferrar…/+pgeorge Check it out!
For more info on Ammo NYC visit - http://www.ammonyc.com
Carson Fiske // 6 Years Old // Victorville, CA // Motocross Racer // Born With Amniotic Band Syndrome
Carson and his father Derek reached out to us at Defy All Odds in regards to sponsoring Carson. Once we heard his story and saw some photos/videos of him in action, he was a perfect fit for the message we are trying to illustrate for the world to see. This is Carson's story; get inspired! ( Words of Derek Fiske, Carson's father )
DAO: Tell us about Carson and his journey
DF: Carson was born without the lower half of his left arm. The medical term is called Amniotic Band Syndrome. Amniotic band constriction (also known as "amniotic band syndrome", "ADAM complex", "Amniotic band sequence", "Congenital constriction bands" and "Pseudoainhum") is a congenital disorder caused by entrapment of fetal parts (usually a limb or digits) in fibrous amniotic bands while in utero. Amniotic banding affects approximately 1 in 1,200 live births.
Carson was born in Apple Valley CA and is currently living in Victorville CA. Growing up he always had his own way of doing things. Just adapting without having to think about "how am I going to do this". From the time he was in his mother’s womb you could tell he loved Motorcycles. Every time we would go to a race or be around the sound of Motorcycles he would move around and seemed like he was super excited. Ever since I can remember all he wanted to do was make motorcycle sounds and watch and play with Motorcycles. He was never a normal kid wanting to watch cartoons or anything, just always asking me to put on Motorcycles on TV. He would watch the same Supercross race every day until the next race came on.
DAO: How did he get into motorcycles so young?
DF: His mother and I got him his first bicycle when he was 2 ½ years old. We let him ride it in the house in the kitchen around our kitchen table. He did that for hours and hours lap after lap. Then he got bored of that and started to try and go so fast that he would be doing 180 degree skid outs and 360s. Just after he was 3 we took off the training wheels and he never looked back. I always say that kid is more comfortable on 2 wheels than his own 2 feet. On his 5th birthday we got him his first motorcycle. It was a 2013 Honda 50. I bought it with training wheels and the very first words out of him mouth were “ Dad can you take these training wheels off”. He rode if for about a month with the training wheels then I went ahead and took them off. He did his first race series in April 2013 at Glen Helen and finished in 3rd. That’s when he fell in love with racing. After that Fall of 2013 we did a MotoxKidz series and Carson ended up in 1st place for the series. After that is when we realized he needed and was ready for a bigger faster bike and we ended up getting him a KTM for Christmas 2013.
DAO: What has been Carson's biggest challenge?
DF: One of the biggest challenges for Carson was as he was getting faster it was getting harder for him to just hold on. He holds on to the bike with his inner part of his elbow between his forearm and bicep. But anytime he would case a jump or a jolt forward his are would slip off. Finally we got in contact with IMG Motorsports James Hill and he was more than willing to help and come up with a bar mount that looks like a hand guard but that Carson can put his arm in and it would slip out. That was one of the biggest confidence boosters Carson had. After that the other challenge was stability on the bike. Not having the second hand to hold the bars made the bars kind of want to go where ever they wanted to go. I ended up calling Scott’s and they made a Stabilizer for the KTM 50’s. We have managed to come up with solutions for every challenge that presents itself so far and I am sure there will be more to come.
DAO: What is Carson's dream as a kid or a racer?
DF: Carson like other kids his age goals are to ride pro one day. I believe the biggest thing about him is the fact that he doesn’t look at himself as a 1 handed kid that rides dirt bikes. To him he is a 6 year old that rides dirt bikes and gets to hang out with all of his friends at the track. He is still a little too young to understand that what he is doing is so special.
DAO: What does "Defy All Odds" mean to Carson?
DF: When we asked him what Defy All Odds means to him he says what we have been teaching him all his life. Let nothing or no one stop you from what you want to do. You can do what everyone else can do and maybe even better. Carson is a very special kid but at the beginning My wife and I made a pack to never treat him any different than any other kid. Like I said before Carson doesn’t think he’s special because he can ride a dirt bike and he only has 1 hand; He thinks he is special because he goes out there, competes, and gives 100% with the other kids his age. He has a blast doing it.
DAO: Anyone Carson would like to thank?!
DF: Mom, Dad, Victorville Motorcycle Center, IMG Motorsports, Bell Helmets, Spy Optics, Factory Backing.
To learn more about Carson visit carsonfiske.com or follow him on Instagram @carsonfiske51
This year we went out on a limb and decided to take a Ferrari F40 down to H2Oi in Ocean City, Maryland. It was a little bit of a risk bringing such a high end car down but it was well worth the risk based on the exposure! H2Oi for those of you that don't know what H2Oi is, it started out as a week long gathering of German cars, mostly VW's and Audis. In years most recent it's transformed into basically a social gathering of thousands of various cars and people from all over the Eastern side of this continent. To get a full on look at exactly what this years H2Oi was about, check out Mike Koziel's amazing footage. Who would like to see us in 2015 some more surprises?
Anthony LaGorga // 19 Years Old // Pittsburgh, PA // Photographer // Cerebral Palsy (CP) Diagnosed
Anthony contacted us at Defy All Odds inquiring how to be a bigger part of the movement. After hearing his story and especially seeing his work, we were inspired. So, we brought him on board and now we are telling his story to you. Hopefully you feel the same way after reading; Inspired.
For some reason there's a lot of abandoned psychiatric centers in our area of New York. With that said there is also a lot of very rad scenery as well as graffiti in most of these places. So, we hiked through the woods of Poughkeepsie and ended up here. Take a watch, let us know what you think and pick up some goods!
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For those of you that don't know, October 1st-31st is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer in general is a really shitty thing and impacts each & every one of us or someone we love at some point in our lifetime. It is our goal in the very near future to drop a few items that are Cancer related and will help to support various foundations moving forward. We also hope that as a movement we can inspire, inform, and bring together you all to get through the odds.
Every form of Cancer is preventable to a certain extent not through a cure but through knowledge. Since it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month we figured we'd share some info/links about Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer prevention via our friends at keep-a-breast.org!
Cancer is the name of a large group of diseases in which abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way. In most cancers, this rapid cell growth eventually forms a potentially dangerous lump of cells, or tumor. Over time, cancer cells can invade other parts of the body and interrupt normal body function, and can ultimately lead to death. All cancers are named for the place in the body where the abnormal cell growth started.
Breast cancer is a group of cancerous, or , cells that originates in the tissue of the breast. Although men can get the disease, nearly all cases of breast cancer occur in women. After skin cancer, it is the most common form of cancer among women. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk).
Every woman can decrease her risk of breast cancer by leading a healthy lifestyle, avoiding common toxins that are linked to cancer, and making smart diet choices. Join The Keep A Breast Non Toxic Revolution to find out more!
It is important to recognize that some of the factors that increase a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer simply cannot be changed. These include:
The risk of breast cancer increases as women get older, although women under 30 can get the disease.
Some women inherit abnormal genes that increase their risk of breast cancer.
White woman are slightly more likely to get breast cancer than African-American women.
Women with dense breast tissue are more likely to get breast cancer than others.
Women who have had more menstrual cycles because they started menstruating early (before age 12) have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.
None of these natural risk factors should discourage anyone from making lifestyle choices that are proven to decrease the risk of breast cancer. In fact, they make it more important to practice prevention now! No matter what your age, race, breast characteristics or genetic history, you can work to prevent breast cancer. These prevention techniques fall into two categories: Your Body and Your House.
For more detailed information on the following strategies, visit the Keep A Breast Non Toxic Revolution (NTR) website.
How you treat your body, and what you put in and on it, are the foundation of breast cancer prevention. Here are the basics from our Pocket Prevention Guide:
Women who smoke or inhale passive smoke may increase their risk of breast cancer by as much as 60 percent.
Keep to a high fiber, low fat diet, and eat les red meat. Women who eat the most red meat have an 88 to 330 percent higher risk of breast cancer.
Just 30 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 times a week can lower your risk of breast cancer by 30 to 50 percent.
Your breasts play a vital role in childbirth, and breastfeeding can lower your risk of breast cancer. Breastfeeding reduces a woman’s total number of lifetime menstrual cycles, which lowers her risk of breast cancer.
You can also prevent breast cancer by being careful about the products you put on your body. Many makeup and beauty products contain chemicals linked to cancer. Make sure to check products’ “Ingredients” lists, not just the front of the label! Many products state that they are “Natural” but are not chemical free. In 2007, Kline and Company released the “Natural Personal Care: Competitive Brand Assessment and Ingredient Analysis” report, profiling 26 brands and finding that half of the brands positioned as “natural” actually contain mostly synthetic ingredients. So read closely and avoid these tongue twisters:
These are found in lotions, sunscreens and deodorant. They are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer. The skin absorbs this chemical group so well it has been found in most breast tumors! EEK! Check for “Paraben-Free” products.
These are found in nail polishes, air fresheners, detergents, cleaning products and more. Frequent exposure to this chemical, not frequently listed on labels, has been shown to cause explosion of breast tumor cells and makes anti-estrogen treatments, such as tamoxifen, less effective against tumors.
This is a byproduct of processing harsh chemicals to make them less harsh. It is considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Numerous studies link nitrosamines to cancer, and they are banned in the UK and Canada! They are also listed as possible human carcinogens by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and are on the California EPA Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. Enough Said!
Lead in your Lipstick? Aluminum in your deodorant? Can you imagine rubbing those ingredients on your body in pure form? Cancerous breast biopsies show higher accumulations of iron, nickel, chromium, zinc, cadmium, mercury and lead than non-cancerous biopsies. One metal that’s great for your body is iron! It’s necessary for blood oxygenation and is found in leafy greens.
Find out more at SafeCosemtics.org
Many of the products, materials and chemicals that many of us keep and use in our houses are linked to increased risk of breast cancer. Your body may be your temple, but your house is your home. Keep it safer with these tips and facts:
Did you know there are 17,000 petrochemicals that are approved for home use in cleaning products – and only about 30 percent have been tested for human and environmental safety?
Instead, use lemon, baking soda and vinegar to clean the house. Stay away from bleach! Use non-bleached toilet paper and tampons.
Can’t make your own? Then use non-toxic alternatives like Mrs. Myers, Seventh Generation, Method, Ecover, or BioKleen.
Plastics slowly leak chemicals into everything they touch. Try to avoid them as much as possible, and be safe when you can’t.
Never microwave your food in plastic containers.
Use stainless steel or aluminum water bottles.
Never drink out of a plastic water bottle that has been sitting in your car getting hot.
In May 2008, the FDA acknowledged that BISPHENOL A (BPA), a chemical used to make hard plastic, was detected in the urine of 93 percent of the population. BPA mimics estrogen and has been linked to breast cancer and early onset puberty in girls. Look for “BPA-free” on hard plastic drinking cups like sports water bottles, food storage containers or baby bottles.
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