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Letter from the Publishers

Sandra & Dan Olson

Life doesn’t always go as planned. You may start a journey, headed in one direction, and find yourself in a completely different place by the end of it. That is what happened for us this year. We started our WSSM Retreat Tour of the Americas in April of 2014, fully intending to return to Hawaii by September. But, it wasn’t meant to be.

EDITOR: Debbie L. Olson

CFO: John Dotson

GRAPHIC DESIGN: Renee Williams, Sandra Olson, MT Bourque

Thanks for being the greatest “Bean Counter“& CFO!

Twists and turns along the way, our path was redirected, and we found ourselves relocating to Puerto Rico, following another dream of ours... Opening up the very first WSSM Surf House! For years we had talked of doing so, and often scouted for land along the way as we journeyed through Peru, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and Puerto Rico, but the latter claimed our hearts. With a surf soaked coastline that is often called the “Hawaii of the Atlantic”, we found it to be very much like Hawaii in climate, friendlier in culture, and were drawn to the freedom and entrepreneurial spirit that is thriving here. And the waves? They’re fantastic!

WRITERS: Sandra Olson, Dan Olson, Tia Calvo, Michelle Olson, Rachel Kathleen Stallings, Carolyn Palma, Renee Williams, Amanda Rigney, Shelsea Brown, Teresa Hodge, Deborah Irvin, Zofia Karubin, Bethany P., Christina DiMari, M.T. Bourque, Holly Beck, Karissa Correa, Tracy Rubert, Roxy Saffaie, John Olson, Christina Frankel, Jenny Yoon, Morgan Hoesterey, Mary Osborne, Lindsay Schwarz, Gina Bradley

Crystal clear warm water washes away the office daily, as we cleanse and play in its purifying depths. Sea turtles often join us (just like in Hawaii), and rainbows fly high above us, reminding us that God is in control and blessing our path.

On our adventure through the Americas, in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua 2014

As we worked hard to get the new WSSM Surf House open, we also worked night and day to get this issue together... the biggest issue we’ve ever produced. Obviously, we like challenges! Taking it one day at a time, we’re thankful to be in our new surroundings, bringing you yet another issue of WSSM. One that’s filled with our experiences as we travelled with other stoked surfers throughout Central and South America, giving you a taste of what this Summer was like for us all. Couple that with a bevy of stories from other water chicas from around the globe, and you’ve got one adventure-packed travel issue! We hope you enjoy it, and kindly ask you to overlook any typos or mistakes you’re sure to find. This issue was put together on a 17” laptop vs. our normal (2) 24” crisp, clear, top-of-the-line monitors. Less-than ideal internet connections in El Salvador, Panama and Nicaragua made gathering all the content you’re reading a challenge, and editing it all? Well, due to time constraints-- we skipped that step, relieving Debbie of her usual task of reading hundreds of pages, over and over and over again--making sure it’s all perfect for you. You’re getting the real deal here... the good and the bad-- along with the best. We hope you enjoy this issue. See you in the lineup in our new home... Puerto Rico, at the WSSM Surf House!

Sandra & Dan Olson

PUBLISHERS:

WSSM STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS: Dan Olson, Tia Calvo, Daniel Kawasaki- Daniel K. Fine Arts, John Olson, Dave Gregerson- 20foot.com, Dale Basye - HologramVision. com, Gabriel Fernandez, M.T. Bourque, Carolyn Palma, Michelle Olson, Chrissy Swain, James Vybiral CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: WahineSurfer.net, PaulTopp.com, Teresa Hodge, GaryMsCreations.com, Shelsea Brown, leadingedgephotos.com, Jim Whitney, Aaron Nakamura, Daniel Russo, Christina Frankel, Wilber Bergado, Meghan Whitney, Cat Slatinsky, Alex Irvin, Darrell Wong, Justin Bastien, James Vybiral, Casey Rossi, Greg Chapman, N. Adams, Michael Rovnyak, Sean Davey, Buffy Archer, Chris Grant, Nick Sopczak, Rachel Tanner FASHION COORDINATORS: Sandra Olson, Mary Radcliffe HAIR & MAKEUP: Buffy Archer MODELS: Kaydi Archer, Kristina Anderson, Eduardo Santiago, Bryan Anderson I.T. DIRECTOR: Stan Olson I.T. MKG DIRECTOR: Joachim Hill-Grannec SEO DIRECTOR: John Palma EDITORIAL & PHOTO SUBMISSION: (regular mail) WOMENS SURF STYLE MAGAZINE 916 Birch St. #706, Honolulu, HI 96814 or ONLINE: www.womenssurfstyle.com Publisher reserves the right to edit all submissions for content/space purposes at their sole discretion. Upon receiving, all submitted materials become the property of WSSM with full reprint rights, and will not be returned. Please send copies of your originals. WSSM is published twice yearly. Distributor and advertising information can be obtained by visiting womenssurfstyle.com or by calling 808.383.8323 / Email: sandra@womenssurfstyl.com No portion of WSSM may be copied or reproduced in any way without written permission/consent of WSSM editor/publisher. Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. All surf photos submitted to, and seen in WSSM, are for content purposes only and remain the sole property of the individual photographers. Reproduction in any way is strictly forbidden. Contact info for photographers may be obtained by visiting their websites. Copyright 2003, WSSM Women’s Surf Style Magazine All rights reserved. Printed in Hong Kong.

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In This Issue LIFESTYLE 46

BEAUTY BOX | ASK ROXY Makeup tips & product reviews for surfers, from celebrity makeup artist, Roxy

48 50 52

Yoga

Spread Your Wings

Surfing Fitness 3 Moves to Increase Core Strength Poetic Expressions

The Beauty I See, Last Wave

SURF STOKED... live,

136 beach fashion Poetic Expressions 52 “28: Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30: Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

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Central America

RAILS & TALES

Surviving Mavericks

RAILS & TALES

Chicama, Peru: World’s Longest Left

RAILS & TALES

Panama: Land of Uncrowded Waves

RAILS & TALES

El Salvador’s Surf Soaked Coastline

Girls

of South Africa

On MY Island New Sandals My Surf

Journey

Exploring Board Shapes Surfing Saved

with eCtic Concepts

Yoga

Reader Submitted

Surf Pics

Traveling Central America

Playa Remanso, Nicaragua (70), Maderas y Olas, Nicaragua (76), Rancho Santana, Nicaragua (80), K59- El Salvador (84), El Mirador, Puerto Rico (90)

-- Proverbs 31:28-30 (NIV)

Traveling

breathe, surf

MY COMMUNITY 96 98

Centerfold Hottie

Bobby Levy

Meet the Designer

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Christina Cuccinello of Bellasol Boards (98), Lori Castro of Designed by the Sea (102)

Meet the Photographer Surviving

Gabeto Fernandez

Barb Whatley

SHE SURFS !

Christina Coffee (106), Lisa Mace (108), Valentina and the Resano Sisters (110), Donna Fortney (112), Amanda Marie Giberson (113), Paris Whittaker (114), Hannah Blevins (115), Michelle Des Bouillons (116)

SURF ART GALLERY

Rancho Santana,

Nicaragua

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MEET ARTISTS: Danielle Zirkelbach Fenwick (120), Charlene Ryan (122), Ashley “the Turtle’ Stalcar (123)

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CONTEST SCENE 124 126

NKF Rich Salick NSSA

Pro Am Surf Fest

2014

SUP COMMUNITY 130 132 133 134

SHE SUPS !

Tarryn Kyte

The Hardest Working Woman Stand Up Paddle Board SUP’n in

In SUP

Fins 101

Toronto

PRO - FILES 164 170 172 174 176

Meet the

SHAPER Photo: Kelsey Arnold

Bianca Buitendag Stephanie Gilmore Moana Jones

On Oahu’s North Shore

One to Watch

Nikki Van Dijk Ellie Jean Coffee

Other Goodies

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BEACH FASHION GUIDE Beach & City Fashion

WSSM Essentials 18 20 22 24 178 180

This Issue... ONLINE Voice of the Surfers Industry News

104 Surviving Photo: Manny Vargas

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WSSM Website Giveaways

Your Voice Being Heard!

Surf Industry News and Culture

Tradeshow Fever Surf Expo & MAGIC Surf Shop Directory Surfer Resources

Advertisers

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Sweetheart of South Africa

Aloha Surf School & Rentals Armitron BanxBlock Bikini Ready Chicama Surf Resort Chick Sticks Surfboards Christian Surfers Coffee Talk Cuscatlan Tours Da Flying Frog Advnetures Dana Surfboards Defensa Animal Rincon Duskii Dune Jewelry El Mirador Villa Exceed Wetsuits GoRincon.com Greg Chapman Photography Gregerson Photography

118 Honey Girl Waterwear 181 Indo Board 49 Just Bones Boardwear 88 K59 Surf Resort 19 LOVE SURF 103 Manny V Tours 74 Mar y Sol Beach House 99 OnIt Pro 10 Peppers 181 RV’s Ocean Sports 67 Siren Surf 17 Sprout Watches 25 Surf Expo 181 Surf-N-Sea 21 Sweet Waterwear 2, 61, 188 Sikk Shades by Eddie Bauer Jr. 99 Turquoise Mermaid 184 Vanish Spa 53 Wave Riding Vehicles 125, 186 WSSM Surf House


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troducing... in beautiful Puerto Rico

A Surfers Bed & Breakfast... WSSM Style! After 10 years of dreaming & planning... It’s finally HERE! The WSSM SURF HOUSE Learn more about the house, the surf breaks, and packages available at wssmsurfhouse.com

In January of 2005, we took off on our first exotic surf trip... to the remote island of Western Samoa. Surfing some of the heaviest waves of lives that rivaled our home breaks in Oahu, Hawaii, we were treated to an awesome week of incredible surf and relaxation at the Salani Surf Resort (pre-tsunami). It made the wheels in our heads start turning as we realized that someday, we wanted to open a surf resort for surfer girls! Being the only girl there that week was ok, but we knew that if the destination had been less “gnarly”, girls would be flocking to it. Years went by and we continued to explore coastline after coastline, looking for our perfect spot to begin building our dream surfer girl destination. In January of 2014, 10 years later, we discovered the surf-drenched coast of Puerto Rico. The “Hawaii of the Caribbean” as it’s often called, was the complete package for

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us. Very similar to Hawaii in climate and scenery, but with much more forgiving surf, we found a wave there for all levels of surfing, and it came without the hefty plane ticket cost that Hawaii demands. We returned in April 2014, to once again scope it out, and see if in fact, this could be the location of our very first WSSM Surf House. Again, we were blessed with great surf, friendly locals (that’s a nice change), and a warm and inviting climate. It was ON! After months of being on the road for our Central American retreat tour, we finally arrived “home” and the process of setting up began. Beds were purchased, organic cotton sheets bought, dishes, cutlery, hammocks, couches, TV’s, a surf vehicle, surfboards... the list stretched endlessly on in front of us, but we made it! On October 1st, 2014, we

CLICK & WIN

officially opened, and welcomed surfer girls to the very first WSSM Surf House! Offering comfortable and safe accommodations in a 3,500 sq. ft. house, we offer all-inclusive packages for the new-to-Puerto Rico surfer, as well as B&B options, for those that have been here before, and just need a room (WSSM style) to sleep in, and store their boards safely.

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Located just minutes from Aguadilla’s best surfing beaches: Bridges, Crashboat, Wilderness, and Surfers Beach, the WSSM Surf House accommodates up to 12 people comfortably. Beautifully decorated with surf art and WSSM memorabilia, we know you’ll love this jewel of the Caribbean and invite you to come stay at the WSSM Surf House!

BANXBLOCK ALL-NATURAL SUNSCREEN

Surfer tried and tested, mineral based and doctor created, reef safe sunscreen that is paraben free and contains no nano particles! Best part? IT WORKS!

SIKK SHADES BY EDDIE BAUER JR.

100% handmade In Italy, featuring impacto patented Flash Electric™ lenses – which outperforms standard polarized lenses. Backed by the famous Eddie Bauer name, these high quality shades truly are Sikk!

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WAX BUDDY

A scraper and comb with a cupped rail edge for maximum wax removal. Features a handle that provides incredible leverage. Made of 100% recycled materials!

FREE 3 NIGHT STAY at the WSSM SURF HOUSE Bed & Breakfast!

After a cozy nights sleep in complimentary accommodations, wake up to another beautiful day at the WSSM Surf House, and enjoy a continental breakfast, and hot coffee... ON THE HOUSE! Then you’re off to explore the island at your own pace, discovering the surf that makes Puerto Rico the “Surf capital of the Caribbean”!

LOVESURF SWIMWEAR & APPAREL

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oice of the Surfers

Heyyy WSSM! I have submitted a few photos in hopes that you will use them for your magazine! I am 26, originally from the gulf coast of Florida, but now live in Manahawkin NJ. We had some solid surf this past weekend (the photos are when it was the biggest), and some photos from the fun leftovers. Water temperature was in the mid 30’s. I also included a pretty cool pic from back in January when the air temps were below zero- you can see the ice forming on the brim of my hood. My local break is anywhere on Long Beach Island, NJ. I surf all year long in the bitter cold winters of NJ, but my favorite time of year to surf here is in the fall. I hope you enjoy the photos! Kali E. New Jersey, USA

WSSM: LOVE the photos! Look for them on page 68. Stay warm out there!

COPIES FROM 2006 “I was going through some old WSSM’ from 2006 that I picked up when in Hawaii, and reread some of the articles- written by you!!!! They are awesome and the reason why I saved the magazines. One was on fear and dropping in, and that is my favorite. You should reprint it... Really! The “fans” would love it (again for some, new for others). Barb W | California, USA

HOW DO WE GET LISTED? “Dear Sandra and Dan, My name is Elana and I live in Florida. I work for my mom, Mimi Munro, who owns Mimi Munro Surf Camps. We just received your Spring/Summer 2014 edition in our goody bags from Sisters of the Sea surf contest at the Jacksonville pier. As I was going through your awesome magazine I noticed your surfer resources directory. How can Mimimunrosurfs.com get added to the Florida section of your directory? We will love to be mentioned in your magazine. Also, thank you for sponsoring Sisters of Sea (contest). I have surfed that contest for years with my mom and now we get to surf it with my daughter. Valerie (contest director) said they had the most entries in the 16 years they have been putting it on, this time. I am so stoked on woman’s surfing!! Thank you,” Elana C. | Florida

WSSM: Great to hear from you, and I’m stoked you like the magazine ! It happens exactly as you have done... email us and ask us to include it! Look for it in this issue on page 80.

FELLOW ARTIST “I’ve been inspired to take art classes since last October and I love it all!

I had saved my little Local Honey ad card from this past January Surf Expo, because they were one of the “designers with a soul”. A couple of Sundays ago, I pulled it out and got inspired to make something, so I started laying layers of tissue paper and ground up red sandstone from our summer trip to Moab, Utah, into a layer of thick pasty gel medium on this 8x10 board. By 11pm that night, my Local Honey surfer girl mixed media study appeared! Keep creating!!! Surfsquatch | Florida

PRO SURFER BOARDS? “WSSM, From someone on the outside looking in, I’m curious what athletes do with all the boards they receive from their shapers. Certainly they don’t keep every board, so are they returned for destruction, or just thrown out? I’d give my right hand for one of Sally’s or Bianca’s boards, but I’m more than confident that will never happen. I think it would be awesome to redecorate my place with old pro boards.” Ashley Anne | Facebook

away to friends and good souls they meet, or break them to pieces in the surf, and some donate them to charity. We encouraged you to ask Bianca or Sally, and you did! Readers can find Sally’s answer to this question in our next issue!

SOUTH KOREA SURFERS “Hello WSSM! I thought you might dig my band’s new music video, the subject of which is Korean surf girls. Korean surf girls are a very unrecognized segment of Korean society (well, surfing in general is out here) and although you can see through the video that the waves are small in Korea, the surf culture has a strong heart and we wanted to show that in this video. We also wanted to show an alternative to the Korean standard of beauty (white skin, plastic surgery, etc). The video features 4 surf girls who are close friends and are very active in the surf community in Korea (one of them runs a surf shop and bar- which pops up in the video). Our band is called “Used Cassettes” and we make surfy rock n roll. We are expats living in S. Korea. We produced the video ourselves and sang this song in Korean (normally we sing in English, being from N. America and S. Africa) We would love to have your feedback and if you think it is a good fit for your site, magazine or even Facebook page then please let us know! Hope you enjoy the video - a slice of surf life in Korea” http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=RHDbvKT4dOo Ynnad A. / Used Cassettes | S.Korea

WSSM: Look for a story on these great surfer girls, in our next issue, and be sure to check out their music video. Surfer girls are the same around the world... fun, healthy and happy. Just the way it should be !

WSSM: “Great question! Some give them

SPEAK YOUR VOICE: Want to see your letter in WSSM? Log on to WomensSurfStyle.com, and click on CONTACT! Become a FAN at facebook.com/womenssurfstyle Share your surf stories, favorite surf spots & brands, what surfing is like in your area, or perhaps recommend a friend for a WSSM feature. We’d love to hear from you!

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DUNE Jewelry A unique keepsake, collectible jewelry line made with sterling silver and beach sand from your most cherished memories. Modern, beautiful accessories with meaning… these accessories allow you to hold onto that special memory for a lifetime! With thousands of sands in their Sandbank™ spanning all 7 continents, Dune Jewelry custom makes all orders out of their Boston, Massachusetts studio. Their Sandbank™ count keeps growing, almost weekly, thanks to customers sending in their own sand for their very own one-ofa-kind pieces, because the Sandartists™ only need a tiny bit (soda cap full) for most designs. Preserve your priceless memories (sand) in a necklace, earrings, bracelet, Sandbeads® that fit on all interchangeable bracelets, bangles, key chains, tie bars, wedding bands and more. www.dunejewelry.com

up with her on her quest for the World Title... sounds like she found it! Congrats to Sun Bum for supporting women’s surfing and signing this incredible surfer girl to their talented team!

CALIFORNIA NATUREL SKIN CARE

For health and environment conscious sun lovers, you’ll want to check out this incredible new line of skin care products, designed specifically for surfers, and boasting all natural ingredients. Based in Sausalito, California, this premium natural skin care uses the purest, most luxurious and effective ingredients found in nature... and they WORK! From face cleansers and

balancers, to moisturizers and sunscreen, WSSM was happy to test these while on the road this summer, and fell in love with their soft, luxurious, non-oily SPF30 sunscreen, that protected us for hours in the surf! Formulated with Glacial Oceanic Minerals and Zinc Oxide, it is also enriched with antioxidants from botanical sources such as Shea Butter, Pomegranate Extract and Marigold Flower Extract that increases skin-hydration, and protects it from environmental damage. We LOVE this brand... and you will to! www.californianaturel.com

supPOCKET

Designed to carry items such as water, snacks, flip-flops, rashguards and more, The supPOCKET makes it super convenient for paddlers to finally take essentials on-board with them, wherever their adventures take them. The supPOCKET attaches to a stand-up paddle board or longboard with four super-strong suction cups and can be attached and removed easily before, and after, each session. Made in the USA from quality, strong and durable materials, the zipper design keeps personal items securely on-board, and the stretchy net fabric expands to hold a surprising amount of items. www.suppockets.com

SUN BUM SIGNS MALIA MANUEL

Known for their impressive surf-tested sunscreens, Sun Bum is stoked to welcome pro surfer and athlete, Malia Manuel, to their team. Born in Kauai, Hawaii, this surfer girl entered the surf world at the age of two, and hasn’t stopped since. This determined woman needs a sunscreen that can keep

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THE PERFECT WAVE

A film about second chances, starring Scott Eastwood (Clint’s son). McCormack, in his travels to find the perfect wave, is a rebellious young surfer who impulsively decides to leave home and travel the world’s most exotic surf spots. Ian finds that living in the moment can have its thrills – including a romance with beautiful kindred soul Annabel (Rachel Hendrix of October Baby) – as well as its sacrifices. Following a horrific accident and near-death experience on the Island of Mauritius, Ian receives a glimpse into eternity that will change his life forever. This visuallystunning film, is shot in exotic locations –New Zealand, Bali, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the island of Mauritius. Don’t miss this one! www.walmart.com www.theperfectwave.co.za

SOFTSCIENCE

A few years ago two of the footwear industry’s most experienced executives, Scott Seamans a founder and chief designer of Crocs, and John Duerden former President and COO of Reebok, and a former CEO at Crocs, got together and set out to design shoes that would take comfort casual footwear design to a new level. “It’s clear that people like really comfortable shoes and will trade off some style factors to get great comfort. What we did with SoftScience is improve the technology to provide even more comfort, while adding more styling.” John says. “We liked the weave fabric and the fact that it was different. It’s breathable, light and combines well with casual lifestyles. Ideal for the beach and sand, these shoes can get wet and they dry very quickly, and our shoes are fully washable. Just toss the whole shoe, or just the removable insole, right in the washer... Then let them air dry!” Super lightweight and soft on your feet, look for new styles in 2015 including

more lace ups and the world’s most comfortable slipper... the Skiff!

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JUST BONES BOARDWEAR

Tired of your boardshorts not fitting right? Just Bones boardshorts™ has addressed this issue with their patented adjustable waist! While most boardshorts fall down due to the discrepancy between the waist

size and the length needed, JBB revolutionized them with full adjustability that is discretely hidden in a Velcro® flap at the waistband in the back. Originally designed for boys with waist sizes ranging from 21-30 inches, due to strong retail and consumer demand, Just Bones Boardwear™ has recently introduced lines for girls and men! Check out their awesome boardies that are featured in our Fashion guide (pg. 136) www.justbonesboardwear.com

BASIN BY DRYCASE

A new 20L waterproof backpack with suction cups by DryCase, the Basin, is perfect for securing all your belongings to your kayak or SUP board. It’s 100-percent waterproof and highly functional thanks to the two-way air-valve on the bottom. Simply roll down the top closure and secure it shut, then you can open the valve and squeeze out any captured air, or trap air inside so the pack will float. The valve even doubles as a draining tool if you want to fill it with ice and use the backpack as a portable cooler! www.drycase.com

LOVESURF

Look for this new brand on the scene for swimwear that stays PUT in the surf. Solving the never ending problem of swimwear that constantly needs adjusting in the surf, LOVESURF allows you to focus on your sport- and not your suit, while looking cute in the lineup! Made in the USA, and available in Diane’s Beachwear and other large retailers near you in 2015! www.lovesurf.com

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SURF EXPO

Orlando, Florida January & September Shows The Surf Expo is on the cutting edge of action sports, and is the longest running action sports trade show. Offering buyers, exhibitors, and media from across the U.S., Caribbean and around the world the opportunity to mingle, mix and network by offering a broad range of categories. Surf, Wake, SUP, Skate, Wind, Lifestyle, Swim, Boutique, Resort, Tech, Souvenir, Coastal Gift and Performance can all be found at the Surf Expo. 2,600+ brands, 7,000+ storefronts and over 26,000+ attendees makes this a very busy and productive show for all. Emerging brands will find the connection with new buyers from around the globe, invaluable to them as they grow their product base and learn “what the customer wants”. Established businesses benefit by meeting with their current buyers, showcasing the newest product lines- thus increasing their yearly sales. So whether you’re new to the fashion or action sports industry and are trying to break into it, or a brand that’s been in business for decades, everyone can benefit from this professional and trusted trade show environment. Learn more at www.surfexpo.com and be sure to sign up early to attend or exhibit at their January 2015 show!

MAGIC

Las Vegas, Nevada February & August Shows Dubbed “the world’s largest fashion marketplace, showcasing the latest in apparel, footwear, accessories and manufacturing”... MAGIC is where fashion happens! Over 60,000+ industry insiders flood this Las Vegas hot spot to shop and celebrate fashion. MAGIC’s 85 years of experience as the leading fashion trade show shines as bright as the Vegas strip, and offers a trusted and professional environment for both exhibitors and buyers alike. At MAGIC you’ll find 9 essential categories: Project (influencing fashion with forward thinking trends), WWDMAgic (womens), FN Platform (every shoe junkies dream show), Sourcing at Magic (find everything you need to develop your brand here), ENK Vegas (an exclusive, women’s only fashion event), Mens, POOL (unconventional and fresh items for the boutique market), WSA at MAGIC (fast fashion footwear) and The Tents (a high-end contemporary marketplace). As a buyer, you’ll discover more brands and cutting edge products than you can dream of! This three day show will leave you inspired and excited to grow your brand and store presence, by giving your customers the latest and greatest that the fashion industry offers. Learn more at www.magiconline. com, and don’t forget to register for their upcoming February 2015 show! 24 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

Trade shows are essential to a growing business, for a multitude of reasons, but with the most important being brand exposure to buyers worldwide, feedback- you learn which are your most popular products and why, and of course, order writing! WSSM attends two trade shows annually, that we feel help us stay in touch with emerging trends from brand leaders, as well as meet new faces on the scene that are poised to make their entrance, and overall industry health.



RAILS & TALES . . . California

Surviving

Mavericks By Jenna Connolly | Photo: Brandon Summers

Imagine the roar of the surf, pounding like a freight train in your ears. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of salt water forcing your exhausted body underwater. The turbulent washing machine motion tossing your body back and forth like a rag doll. Then, finally, touching the ocean loor and feeling immense despair that you were going to die and not realize your dreams. For those of you that are not familiar with Mavericks, Mavericks is a world-renowned surf spot that is known for its monstrous waves and treacherous surf. Mavericks is located on the northern California coast between Santa Cruz and San Francisco (north of Half Moon Bay). Most professional surfers will not surf it because of the danger and only a handful of women surfers have successfully surfed in these conditions. Mavericks is a legend for big wave surfing. When I tell people about my Mavericks surfing experience, the first this that they say is, “Why?” The answer to that question is probably quite similar to why someone wants to climb Mt. Everest or sail around the world. My reasons for surfing Mavericks were the following: test my limits (could I handle the physical and mental 1 Tochallenges?) a sense of mastery in successfully surfing one of 2 Tothegain most difficult big wave surf spots in the world 3 To prove something to myself 4 To see if I could…

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. My quest was no different. I knew that preparation was the key to my success. As I look back on my Mavericks experience, I’d been preparing for that day (consciously and subconsciously) since I was a small child. My preparation was divided into the following steps: Swimming, surfing, training, bravery, preparing for the wild card? Swimming was the easy part for me. I learned to swim when I was 5 years old. I swam competitively and played water polo through my high school years. I was a lifeguard and was certified in EMT and CPR. All this translated to “being comfortable in the water”, which is critical when you face the sheer volume of water at Mavericks. I was also comfortable with my surfing skills. I learned to surf in Hawaii and surfed regularly in southern California while I was growing up and in northern California, where I attended and graduated from UC Santa Cruz. During my years surfing, I had experienced a variety of surf conditions and water breaks to feel confident in my abilities. Training played an important role when I was preparing to surf Mavericks. My training was focused on breathing, swimming,

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surfing, and eating healthy. I would practice holding my breath for a few seconds longer every day, knowing that I would need to stay focused, try to relax, and reserve my oxygen supply if I went under that magnitude of water. Most of the surf related deaths at Mavericks are the result of drowning. Focusing on my physical and mental training played an important role in my preparation. Bravery played an important role in my preparation process. I grew up learning to be tough and resilient by playing with my older brother and his friends. I was definitely a tomboy. I am a daredevil and calculated risk taker by nature which enabled me to go through with my quest. My last area of preparation focused on what I call the “‘wild cards”. These are unforeseen circumstances that may occur. The “what if” scenarios. “What if I am dragged underwater and become disoriented to the point that I cannot navigate correctly”. “What if I get in trouble and can no longer hold my breath?” Believe me, there are a lot of “what if’s”. In order to successfully prepare for the “what if” scenarios, I envisioned my success and each step that I would take to make my quest successful. After watching the weather and surf reports to determine the right conditions, the big day finally came. A friend and I drove to Mavericks. He brought his camera and documented the event. As far as my emotional state was concerned, I was experiencing both nerves and a sense of excitement that I was actually going through with this. The waves were huge! I paddled for nearly 45 minutes to position myself for the first wave. The roar of the ocean sounded like a freight train. My senses became keen. I was operating on high alert. When the first wave came, I ditched my board and swam under to avoid the extreme turbulence. I dropped into the next wave and it felt like I was moving in slow motion. I didn’t want to look down so I kept focused on where I was going. I successfully surfed the next 3 waves and my confidence began building. Upon catching my 5th wave, I felt immediate remorse. I entered a little late and caught the shoulder of the wave. I heard a “thump” and headed straight down. I turned right to avoid the white wash, felt the spray on my head. The barrel collapsed and I felt pain in my ribs and chest as I was being dragged underwater. I felt a pain in my ankle from my leash and then the leash snapped, releasing me from my board. I was experiencing turbulence like being in a washing machine.


I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder. I immediately tried to calm myself so that I would not lose my remaining oxygen too quickly. I knew that I was in trouble and began to swim when the current released me.

my back. I felt dazed, tired, and confused.

Then, I hit the ocean loor. I was disoriented and had swam the wrong way. I was literally in “deep trouble” and had hit ‘rock bottom”.

My experience at Mavericks was a humbling one. Mother Nature is truly a force to be reckoned with. Many of my “what ifs” did occur. The worse being the “what if I wiped out, became disoriented, hit the ocean loor, and was low on oxygen”. What do I do? You find a way to survive – that is what you do.

I experienced an overwhelming sense of deep sadness. I had failed and I was going to die. I thought of all the things that I would never be able to do. I could give in to my sadness and sense of overwhelming hopelessness and die in a watery grave. I’d be another statistic and victim of Mavericks. Or, I could give it one more try and find a way to survive. I reached MY tipping point. I chose to live. I would not give up. I pushed through my fear of failing and dying and decided to give it all that I could. I wanted to survive. I wanted to live! I began to swim away from the ocean loor. I can’t remember making it to the surface. All that I knew is that I was loating on

After gathering my wits, I located my board and slowly paddled back to shore (with one arm). My friend popped my shoulder back into place.

From my experience, I learned the following:  I am stronger than I thought. When placed in a life or death situation, I dug deep. I faced death and I survived.  Preparation is the key to success. Make calculated risks based upon your abilities. You can’t always anticipate the unexpected, but prepare the best you can, given the scenario.  Fear is often magnified in our own mind. Don’t let fear hold you back.  Appreciate life and live your life to the fullest.

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RAILS & TALES . . . Peru

Stop #1

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Chicama, Peru... Land of the Longest Left on Earth Photos by Tia Calvo

We awoke to sunlight streaming in, and ocean breezes blowing. Ahhh... Paradise! Propped up on an elbow, I check the morning conditions from our oceanfront room at Chicama Surf Resort, the host of our WSSM Surf Retreat. The surf remains small this morning, despite hopes of a swell as predicted, but just being in this magical place where the desert stretches in all directions before merging with the sea, makes even small surf seem inviting.

After a buffet breakfast, hot coffee and fresh juices, we bust out our laptops and get caught up on work as we await the arrival of our guests. Ding, ding... the gate bell sounds & the Levy family is finally here, along with Tia, our lovely photographer from Australia, who is currently living in Peru. Fabio shows them around the resort, showcasing their multiple hot tubs, steam rooms, sauna, pools, gym and massage center, as well as the board room, where they free offer wash & dry service for your wetsuit! We enjoy a leisurely lunch, then walk to the nearby town to purchase water by the gallons... after all, we ARE in a desert, and it just sucks the liquid right out of you! After purchasing water from a quaint store, we all load into Motokarts, and enjoy a fun and breezy ride back to the resort. Quickly donning our wetsuits, we give our names to the boat captain, Percy, who then marks us all with a wristband, so he knows which of us in the lineup he should pick up for tow-back service in the Chicama Surf Resort zodiac. Down the mountain we go, passing jellyfish bigger than dinner plates that have washed up on shore. They’re almost prehistoric size! Thankful for our suits that will protect us from them and the frigid water, an hour a half flies by quickly as we take turns trading waves at the Point, with Percy picking us up after our rides and dropping us back off at the lineup. Not only a great boat driver, he also filmed us from the zodiac with his GoPro, as we slide down the line towards him. Growing too cold to catch more waves, we call it a night and head for the hot tub overlooking the cliff and the break below, jumping in while still in our wetsuits. Ahhhh.... A delicious 3 course meal is served as we talk surf stories, sharks, and our shared “love” of SUP’s in the lineup. Sleep begins to set in, so we retire for the night after reserving a van the next day to take us all to Pacasmayo, a break that is an hour further North, where we are told it is catching the swell a little better. Morning dawns and we’re all excited to get going. Miguel, the resort manager had lined up a nice van and driver for us, and we were off to explore Pacasmayo, another of Peru’s famous waves. Upon arrival, we see that they were right. The swell IS better here, so we eagerly wiggle into wetsuits, allowing Valeh to snap away on her camera capturing it all for their memories, as Tia treks off down the beach to get a better view of the lineup and sets up her camera. What seemed like a sketchy paddle out really wasn’t that bad, and we all arrived safely at the lineup, after navigating a rouge rock that would randomly appear when the bigger sets sucked the water back. Making sure we were all aware of it, we traded wave after wave with the locals, who were also tearing it up at the peak. Not as friendly of a break for longboarders, Bob and Sydney still managed to catch quite a few waves and enjoyed themselves, as Bobby and Dan edged each other deeper and deeper on the take-off on their shortboards. Wave-filled and happy, we returned to shore and headed back to Chicama Surf Resort. Another pin on the surf map was complete. Check! The next day was a mellow day, spent hanging around the resort. Morning showed a 28 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

Chicama Surf Resort


The world’s LONGEST left We made it to Pacasmayo!

Bob and Valeh... True love!

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Chicama, Peru... Land of the Longest Left on Earth Photos by Tia Calvo

“Dan and Sandra, Thank you so much for the experience of a lifetime in Chicama, Peru. Visiting Peru, I didn’t know what to expect, and you made it into the best trip I have ever been on. From the moment my family and I stepped off the bus, we were greeted like family by you and the staff of the Chicama Surf Resort. It felt like we had already been friends forever. Every day of the next week was planned with action packed, fun adventures with you and Tia Calvo, our amazing photographer and new friend who joined us on the trip. We surfed every day together and had a blast, and were always greeted back at the Chicama Surf Resort with amazing service and a beautiful, authentic meal. Miguel Vegas, the manager of the resort always put a smile on everyone’s faces whenever we were with him. Also, it was a real privilege to be included in the surf outreach with Share The Stoke Foundation, which opened our eyes to how truly international the joy of surfing is, and introduced us to many new friends of the local Chicama community. Overall, this was a trip of a lifetime filled with amazing adventures, good laughs, and fun waves. Thank you Sandra and Dan for making this truly amazing experience happen. I hope to travel with you again soon!” - Bobby Levy slight increase in swell, so we loaded into the zodiac and headed for the Cape, that is tucked just out of sight around the cliffs to the South. Upon arrival though, we discovered that it was flat, indicating that the Cape worked better on a lower tide. Tia had convinced Miguel to allow her to ride in the boat with the captain and shoot, something normally not allowed. But with just our group surfing this morning, he had graciously allowed it, offering us the opportunity to get shots from an angle not normally seen at Chicama, as we threw shakas at Tia and Junior as we surfed towards the boat. THANKS Miguel! You’re the best! For almost two hours, we were the only ones out, so the vibe was super happy and full of laughter. After soaking in the hot tub and a leisurely lunch, we went to town again for more water, and then took a Motokart back to the resort. Our driver was particularly funny. A man of about 50 years of age, who as soon as we got it, CRANKED up the Latin tunes super loud and we boogied our way back home, waving to the locals and laughing. After a short nap, Bob, Bobby and me decided the Cape was worth a second look, so slipping into wetsuits, we braved the elements and headed out. The previous evening, the Levy family had taken an evening walk up the desert cliffs and were impressed with the Cape’s conditions at that time of day, and hoped it would be that way again. They were correct, the Cape was working! With a somewhat sketchy takeoff near some very rough rocks that jutted out, there were overhead drops to be had, with workable sections over a sandy bottom. It was an excellent way to close out our third day in Chicama. With enough power in the wave to keep us satisfied until the new swell approached on Friday, we were some happy surfers returning for a delicious dinner! After hot showers, we all hung out in the large, comfy dining room while Tia edited photos, and Dan worked on videos from the day for our social media channels. The 30 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

Headed out for our first surf session at Chicama The ancient city of Chan Chan


Nothing like soaking in the hottub at Chicama Surf Resort after an incredible session

The WSSM family: Dan Olson, Bobby Levy, Bob Levy, Valeh Levy, Sydney Levy, Sandra Olson

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RAILS & TALES . . . Peru Levy family chatted together by the fireplace, and checked out Tia’s and Dan’s work. Meanwhile, Miguel and I met with Carley from the Peace Corps and the founder of the Chicama Girls Surf Team, along with Joan Bergman, Lena, and Kelly Kingston, founder of the Share the Stoke Foundation. We were planning for the upcoming surf festival and give-back day for the children of Peru, and then sorted through the massive amounts of donated school supplies, t-shirts designed by Valeh Levy, and wetsuits. With over 100 wetsuits donated, we were going to be able to get a LOT of kids in the water in the coming months! Thank you, to everyone that donated these suits! They needed them here in Peru. Morning came bright and early, and we were excited! We were headed to Huanchaco, a wave we had heard was ALMOST as fun as Chicama! The current there isn’t as bad as in Chicama, so we wouldn’t be needing a zodiac to tow us back to the lineup, and we were especially honored to have Miguel as our tour guide for the day, as he knows the town of Huanchaco very well, and was going to show us around. After an hour and fifteen minute drive, with Miguel giving us the history of Peru and all the little things we would never have known had we driven ourselves, we arrived at a perfectly glassy, and welcoming Huanchaco. After the brisk winds at Chicama the previous days, we had found empty, glassy, overhead peaks pealing down the beach, and were stoked! Three hours flew by WAY to quickly as we hooted each other into some of the most powerful peaks we’d experienced thus far on the trip. Once the tide changed and they became less frequent, it signaled it was time to get some lunch and then head to the ruins of Chan Chan. This ancient city was at one time, the largest city in all of Peru. Now decimated and hardly noticeable from a distance, we marvelled at the ways in which this huge city was constructed! Back in the day, to avoid getting lost within the high walls, you simply had to follow the birds etched in them- in the direction they were headed, which would lead you out of the city. Large wells within the city made it impenetrable to enemy forces, and it was fascinating to hear about the rituals and sacrifices they had once practiced. Morbidly fascinating, that is.

Chicama, Peru... Land of the Longest Left on Earth

Photos by Tia Calvo

The next day, we knew would be special. It was time to give back to the local community, with the help of Share the Stoke Foundation, who had graciously donated 10 surfboards for the community, and the Chicama Girls Surf Team, who would be helping us all direct the local kids during the beach cleanup-- BEFORE giving them free surf lessons, which they were especially looking forward to. Over 75 kids showed up, and we were off to clean up the beach! Glass, rubber, and plastic went into large garbage bags, as the kids were taught what was “real trash” and what was biodegradable, and why they should take care of their beaches, after which they excitedly formed a large circle as Junior instructed them on how to pop-up correctly. After a few practice pop-ups, they then headed to the water’s edge. After a night of careful planning, we were pleased to see that we had this down to a system! Bob, Valeh and Junior, along with Dan and Bobby headed into the water to give lessons, while the rest of us instructed the children when it was their turn, and which instructor to go out to, and Tia was on shore capturing video and photos of it all. After a few waves each, the kids would run back to shore and line up again for another turn. After several turns each, they got too cold to go out again, so we headed back up the beach where Miguel had been keeping everyone else entertained on the loudspeaker with music and his very funny sense of humour, and enjoyed a beach bbq, donated by the Chicama Surf Resort. Tired and happy, we will all cherish the smiles and good times we all enjoyed with the children of Peru that day. The next day was spent in anticipation of the incoming swell, as we frolicked in small waves once again. Though the Levy family, from Florida, said they had already enjoyed the longest waves of their lives... we told them to hang tight. Chicama hadn’t blessed us yet with the waves that have made her famous. Stories of rides till your legs burn tantalized them, and we fell asleep that night, praying for REAL Chicama surf.

Right on schedule, with the rising tide came the waves of our dreams! Well overhead and firing line after line of perfect pealing sets, Tia joined us in the water for our last session of the trip, and for the very best waves!

Due to the powerful current , when it gets to this size, you often don’t see your friends much, other than cheering them on from the zodiac as you pass them screaming down the line, as it races you back to the lineup for another thrill ride. But it was thrilling enough, when you were on the inside after a wave and while waiting for the zodiac to come get you, to see the Levy family, trading waves with each other, dropping into massive bombs (Bobby even got a stand-up barrel with both arms outstretched overhead, right in front of me!), making section after section after section, carving deep turns and racing back up to the top, only to drop in again and again, then popping out of it with arms extended and hoots you could hear from a mile away! The smiles on their faces and excited surf stoke said it all. They had truly experienced the Chicama they had heard and dreamed of, and could officially say with conviction, that they had surfed the world’s LONGEST left, and gotten the longest waves of their lives! Long live Chicama! Special thanks to the Chicama Surf Resort, for making our WSSM retreat so special, and taking such good care of us. To book your stay at the very BEST resort in Chicama, with all the luxuries and waves you can dream of, visit them at www.ChicamaSurf.com, and tell them WSSM sent you! They’ll treat you like family! F

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An ancient well in the city of Chan Chan

“I believe the key to a good surf trip is the company you keep, and I couldn’t have been more blessed. The Levy family were so much fun, always laughing, full of surf stoke and bringing nothing but good vibes. It was incredible to spend time with a whole surfing family, who were able to have their vacation together sharing amazing waves in such an interesting new country. On our last day at Chicama the waves were firing. I jumped out of bed at the crack of dawn and ran down the point, board in arm, for a sneaky morning session. Our team spent the day surfing wave after wave down the bay, smiling from ear to ear, arms like noodles. Bobby caught a wave that we timed to be a few minutes long, it was absolutely unreal. After our legs completely gave out we returned to the hotel to soak in the much needed hot tub, watching the big red sun setting across the perfect lines.” - Tia Calvo / WSSM Photographer


Sydney... and Dan?

Valeh gets ready to set this surfer girl free

Bobby, longboarding... SUCH a pleasure to watch

Bob and his protege Nightfall at Chicama Surf Resort

One of the many Motokarts in Chicama

Giving back, with Share the Stoke Foundation and the Chicama Girls Surf Team

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RAILS & TALES . . . Panama

Dinnertime at Morro Negrito

Kaydi, the 1st winner of the hot pink fins from Fins Unlimted!

Carolyn brought a variety of chocolate bars that we devoured nightly

Sandra, Kristin, Carolyn and Kerry return to the boat from Snickers

Austin, showing his skills on his longboard at Snickers

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Stop #2

on the WSSM Retreat Tour of the Americas

Sandra “flying” at Elijahs

Panama...

The Land of Uncrowded Waves Photos by Gabeto Fernandez

Panama is one of those places most people know very little about. Other than the famous Canal, what else is there? Is it still dangerous? Is the surf there any good? Does anyone speak English? These are just some of the many questions we get asked about Panama, and ones we ourselves were asking when we were exploring the idea of going there. After visiting it a few years back, we discovered it is a land shrouded in mystery, yet boasting some of the best, uncrowded waves any surfer could dream of! Is it safe? That’s a matter of opinion, and of course, dependent on where you go, who you’re with, and how you dress. But overall, YES! English isn’t widely spoken, but most locals are happy to try, and are very helpful when you’re in need. Panamanians are a friendly people, and generally speaking, very kind. After reading our article in WSSM, several readers expressed interest in going to the surf-drenched coast we wrote about, so when we organized our WSSM Surf Retreat Tour in 2014, we knew this was a MUST on the list! Returning retreat guests, Carolyn Palma, Kerry McDonald, Kristin Wetzel, Buffy and Kaydi Archer, and their newest travel companion- Austin Hollingshead, joined the WSSM crew on our epic adventure, ready to travel into the heart of the jungle. After meeting up in busy Panama City, we spent the night at a beautiful hotel, in anticipation of our midnight bus to the province of David, where Morro Negrito Surf Camp was located.

Hanging out at the hammocks overlooking Emilys, in-between sessions

One thing you’ll quickly learn while in Panama, is that often, NOTHING works out as planned. Any negotiations or contracts you’ve signed are likely to be re-negotiated, against your will, upon arrival, once there’s nothing you can do about it- or you’ll be left stranded. If you can roll with the punches, as our super easygoing crew was, then you’re going to have a great time, just going with the flow. That first bus ride was a small taste of what was ahead for us, when it comes to the distrustful side of Panama. We had prepaid our camp host for a 40 person luxury (party) bus so we could stretch out during the overnight, 6 hour ride to the camp, but instead were furnished with a small van that barely held us, much less our luggage, which the driver expressed surprise at, and asked us if we really wanted to take it all with us! Seriously? Rotten bungee cords snapped as they loaded our plethora of boards on the rooftop, and hotel staff giggled and laughed as they watched the charade unfold. This was EXACTLY why we ordered, paid for, and confirmed our luxury bus, so our boards could ride safely inside... and what they promised. We demanded they further secure them with ratchet straps, or we weren’t leaving the city. Begrudgingly, they FINALLY complied, and we were on our way! Whew! Panama is not one of those places that you go to for the accommodations or service, as they’re often old, dirty, and haven’t been updated in the last (25+) years, and you’re likely to get a disgruntled attitude when asking for electricity to charge your laptop or cameras (at Morro Negrito). Upon our arrival, the camp that was previously run quite well by Steve Thompson, the owner, was now run by his ex-wife, who we could clearly see was no surfer, and thus, had fallen into disrepair. Sadly, it turns out the reviews we had read online, WERE true, after all. The once rustic, but comfy rooms were now seriously lacking in comfort. The screens were torn and flapping, allowing the never ending colonies of hornets and wasps to enter the room and check you out (how hard is it to knock the nests down and fumigate the wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 35


RAILS & TALES . . . Panama

The solitude in Panama is one of its greatest gifts to your soul

Kaydi donated her board to local girl, Iris, who desperately needed one. What a sweetheart!

Party boat!! Off to Leftovers, and to scout for dolphins along the way!

Sandra watches as Kristin shreds down the line, and Kerry gets a front row seat to the action Dan, catching the outside sets at Leftovers with the big boys

Kaydi, perfecting her big-wave riding skills at Snickers, which was HEAVING!

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Sandra at Leftovers, having the time of her life


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Panama...

The Land of Uncrowded Waves

Off through the jungle in search of monkeys and waterfalls The jungle does CRAZY things to you... unless you’re our 5yr old guide

Photos by Gabeto Fernandez

common areas?), and the fans (listed on their website) that had previously offered a smidgen of breeze to cool you from the hot air, were all gone. The heat was sweltering during the day, so our only relief was to get in the water. Which was WHY we were here anyway, so we took advantage! We were here for the WAVES, and the waves at Morro Negrito, are epic. Truly epic. With the right swell, you will surf till your arms fall off, and then head back to camp where you’ll find food in delicious abundance so that you can refuel, and do it all over again. Their location is also perfect, with a fun little point break, Emily’s, directly in front of the camp, that makes cheering for your friend’s waves, or getting great photographs, easy. Another thing Morro Negrito gets right, is their boat captains. Second to NONE, these guys are the BEST! Irvin and Eric are helpful, courteous, and quick to take you wherever you want to go with enthusiasm. They’ll give you accurate advice on wave quality for the day, what spot is breaking best for the direction of the swell, as well as timing it JUST RIGHT to get your photographers to the beautiful beaches in between the wave sets on the pangas (boats), so they can capture the day’s adventures. They’ll often sit in the lineup with you, so you know where you should be, but don’t snag your waves... which is ALWAYS nice. GREAT guys! From punchy beach breaks like our favorite- Snickers and Elijah’s (perfect for beginners or small wave lovers) , to deep-water, rolling monsters of waves like Leftovers that make your heart pound into your throat as it heaves, to the Point- a barrelling wave that on the right swell keeps the camps most enthused adrenalin junkies busy all day, to the always funEmily’s, out in front of the camp... Morro Negrito offers almost a dozen waves of all sizes, shapes and experience levels. Couple that with nonexistent crowds (your group will often be the only ones at camp), and you’re in surfer HEAVEN! The week flew by quickly as we surfed several times a day, ate in abundance, explored the jungle and mangroves in search of waterfalls, monkeys and crocodiles, and told surf stories around the bonfire. Panama is one of the most remote and beautiful place on earth, and is truly good for the soul. Upon departure, once again, Panama’s trustless nemesis struck again, as the owners of Morro Negrito changed our agreement with them, and threatened to hold our group hostage, if we did not turn over our photos from the trip. We had previously agreed to do so, but needed to edit them first, converting them from RAW format so any computer could open them, which would take us hours and hours! But no, they said we couldn’t be trusted to send them (trust issues?) and wouldn’t listen to reason, so after their threats, we indeed gave them the RAW files, and will see if they ever figure out a way to use them. We then took the 20 minute boat ride back to the mainland, where we agreed to never, ever return to their camp. Never in all our days of visiting foreign countries , resorts or camps, have we EVER encountered such animosity, or changes to written contract. Their response to our shock at the situation was “well, you’re in Panama now, far from home, so get used to it” hardly suffices, and is unforgivable. Owner to owner, they should know better, and value their guests experiences more. The good times we had were tainted with their actions, and in good conscience, we cannot recommend anyone go there. However, to fulfill our contract with them, we included them in this article, and here is their contact info, so you can decide for yourself, whether or not to stay with them. Visit them at: www.morronegrito.travel The waves and scenery are absolutely INCREDIBLE in Panama, so in the future, we will be staying at Steve Thompson’s new camp that offers a rustic experience on a pristine and beautiful nearby beach. His simple accommodations (with fans in every bungalow), also offers access to all the same, incredible surf breaks we’ve grown to love. (www.panamasurfcamp.com) Until then, goodbye, awesome Panama... we can’t wait to visit you again! wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 37


RAILS & TALES . . . Panama

Surf stoked at Elijas: Carolyn, Kristin and Sandra Brave Buffy decides it’s GoPro time at Elijas

The WSSM family: Irvin (boat captain), Dan, Sandra, Carolyn, Kerry, Kristin, Kaydi & Austin

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Thank you to our WSSM Retreat Tour sponsors: Caroline Rocha (carolinerocha.com), Fins Unlimited (finsunlimited.com), Sikk Shades by Eddie Bauer Jr. (sikkshades.com)

Just ONE of the several dozen yoga poses Kristin blessed us with on this trip


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Panama...

The Land of Uncrowded Waves

Photos by Gabeto Fernandez

A Rose Among Thorns By Kaydi Archer

“Being the only girl in a lineup can be intimidating. Surfing has come off as a “man’s sport” for many years., but women are progressively taking over the world of surfing, one wave at a time.

Surfer girls, Kaydi, Carolyn, Kerry and Kristin

Women’s Surf Style Magazine has given me opportunities beyond belief. Surfing with Dan and Sandra in El Salvador was a turning point in my skill level. It was the first time I had been out in 15-20 feet waves, but having the comfort and support of this amazing couple has made a world of difference. I paddled out into a group of locals at the point, not knowing what the El Salvadorians would think of a young girl at their break. It was a pleasant surprise when the men treated me as just another friend in the water. The whole Volcom Brazil team was surfing their at the same time also. Talk about intimidating! The surfers talked to me, and gave me the confidence and encouragement necessary to ride the monstrous waves of El Cuco, El Salvador. After being so impressed with the first retreat, and boost of confidence, I decided to follow the WSSM crew again, this time, into the depths of Panama. The remote location and sizable swell prediction of the breaks we were to visit made this trip too enticing to pass up. Like before, the experienced crew led us to various uncrowded breaks, so remote that only the local natives knew about, and I surfed among the company of men that realized that we’re all here for the same reason: the love of the sport. Once returning to my local breaks in Florida, there is a level of confidence that has followed. The feeling you have, sitting in a lineup of men, and realizing that you have probably surfed and seen bigger and badder waves than they could ever imagine, gives you a feeling of inner strength and accomplishment that I owe to WSSM for the opportunity to travel with them. I am truly blessed to have been given these opportunities to come this far and acquire such awesome sponsors as; Boobie Shack Hawaii, Costa Bikinis, Simbi Haiti, Sonic Surboards, SunBum Sunscreen, Villon Clothing, and a proud volunteer of Surfers for Autism. The ocean is a playground for everyone, it doesn’t discriminate, and neither should we.

Our hardworking men: Irvin (boat captain) & Gabriel (photographer)

Now with the opening of the new WSSM surf house in Puerto Rico, home of a few of my favorite breaks, it’s safe to say that they will be seeing a lot more of me!” F Our beautiful “Rose” (Kaydi) cheered on by her supportive “Thorn” (Austin) at Emilys

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RAILS & TALES . . . El Salvador

Stop #3

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The Surf Soaked Coastline of

El Salvador... Photos by Gabeto Fernandez

As we brought the WSSM Retreat Tour of the Americas 2014 to a close this summer, we knew our last stop needed to be somewhere spectacular. So we returned to one of our favorite Central American countries... El Salvador! The East side, home to the surf break, Las Flores, was the home of our first annual women’s surf retreat, but we wanted to change things up a bit, offering our guests a new look at the awesome waves and culture that makes El Salvador truly unique. We booked a charming Salvadorean casa located just a 10 minute walk from our favorite break in the country... Sunzal!

One of the most relaxing pools we’ve ever enjoyed... at Casa Sunzal. A real treat to be in after a surf session!

Casa Sunzal, a cozy 3 bedroom. 3 bathroom Salvadorean home was situated near the rivermouth, but on the El Tunco side, so it was close to everything we loved. Eateries, shopping, pupuserias only steps from the house (a yummy Salvadorean food consisting of masa filled with beans, cheese, and chicken or beef, then pan fried on an open air stove, and topped with coleslaw and a tomato based sauce... YUMMY!), nightlife, and surfboard rentals, making it easy for our guests that did not bring their own boards, to rent one. The two-story design of the casa overlooking the beautifully landscaped yard and charming swimming pool, enabled us to check the conditions of the water each morning- and when it looked glassy and clean- almost every morning, we were out the door in a flash, to grab some waves before the crowds showed up. Now catching Sunzal without crowds is almost impossible, but due to the many takeoff spots available, if you’re aggressive enough to snag a few waves as soon as you get out, everyone will pretty much leave you an open peak after that, and you’ll get your waves. Sunzal is a right-hand point break that is so gentle and easy to surf, it can hold size of over 15 feet easily! Long carvable walls await you, with the opportunity for turn after turn after turn, before spitting you into the channel where you’re slowly drawn back out to the lineup. This is indeed, our favorite wave in El Salvador, because almost ALL levels of surfers will feel comfortable here, with the point rewarding the more advanced surfers with steeper drops that then peel into workable shoulders.

Casa Sunzal is fully stocked and ready for you! Sleeps up to 9 comfortably, with A/C in each bedroom

Our girls surfed here for 2 days before we decided it was time to go experience the other charms this country offers. Cuscatlan Tours was the answer, and we were excited when they arrived at 7am to pick us all up and begin our full day of adventure. The A/C’d van was comfy and cool as we left for our first stop-- the Juayana Cascades, a BEAUTIFUL waterfall that was easily accessible. After a short 1200 meter hike down a groomed trail, we were greeted with water gushing down the side of the mountain and into a crystal clear pool below, before slipping over the edge and tumbling downward once again to the cliffs below.

Foosball anyone?

Gabriel was the first one into the water, quickly followed by Dana and Karen, who splashed and swam their way to the waterfall, standing on its ledges and letting the water thunder over them. It looked too good to resist, so we quickly joined them, taking in the fresh clean water, rejuvenating us for our second adventure... the canopy tour! El Salvador has several zip lines (canopies) to choose from, but due to the close proximity to Juayana Cascades and our other upcoming activities, Acanepa Canopy Tour was our host. With 12 zip lines to enjoy, we weaved 40 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

The master bedroom at Casa Sunzal


Casa Sunzal

Delicious pupusas are made fresh daily just a short walk from Casa Sunzal

Karen & Sandra make their way across the rocky beach to Sunzal Point

Dan hits the lip at Sunzal

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RAILS & TALES . . . El Salvador

Stop #3

on the WSSM Retreat Tour of the Americas

The Surf Soaked Coastline of

El Salvador... Photos by Gabeto Fernandez

and swung our way through the forest, enjoying the epic views of distant volcanoes and foliage drenched valleys below us.

Waiting for our dune buggies to arrive

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Jardin de Celeste (Celestial Garden), a unique and beautiful outdoor restaurant that used to host the coffee bean pickers overnight before roads were readily available throughout the country. We then travelled on to our next stop-- and one we’d been looking forward to all day... the Apaneca Aventura buggy tour! None of us had ever driven a dune buggy before, so we eagerly hopped in, donned our safety glasses (it can get muddy this time of year) and we were off, weaving our way up the mountains in search of ancient volcanic lakes. Rocky unpaved trails, ledges, steep cliffs and bumps made it a challenge to drive, and made it all that more exciting for us. What a rush! Muscles sore from previous days of double surf sessions combined with the bounce of the dune buggies had us all looking forward to our last stop... the Santa Teresa Hot Springs. Now these hot springs are no ordinary springs, where you sit in raw mud, almost like a watering hole, and breathe in the sulfur normally found in hot springs. Quite the contrary. This was a deluxe experience for all of us, as we delved into the hottest of the pools to choose from, near the bar and restaurant overlooking all the other beautifully landscaped cascading pools below.

One of the most amazing waterfalls we’ve ever been to... the Juayana Cascades

The water smelled fresh- not of sulfur, and warmed us to the core as we soaked, did headstands, and explored the other nearby pools. The manicured grounds combined with specialty stonework and gigantic natural rocks in the pools were a nice compliment to the boutique-style bathrooms and showering facilities... This was the perfect way to end our day. The next day we left bright and early for an exploration along the west coast, in search of waves. El Zonte had some morning sickness on it, so we then headed on to K59 and K61, where the tide wasn’t quite high enough to make it workable. So we hopped back in the van once again, and headed further north to see George at Mizata Surf Resort, who was our lunch stop and chill-out zone for the day as well as our late morning surf session. Upon arrival, the surf was on the rise, so we hurried to the beach break and charged into some solid, and somewhat bumpy surf, before heading back to the resort for George’s famous 4-napkin burgers and fish tacos, a juicy and rewarding treat we’d been looking forward to. The next morning, we again piled into the van, and this time, headed East to the world class surf break, Las Flores. This right hand point break is a great wave for almost all levels of surfing, depending on the swell size, and once again, it did not disappoint. After checking in at the conveniently located Atlakamani Surf resort, perched on the hill above Las Flores, we grabbed our boards and headed down the hill to enjoy some surf that was surprisingly empty of the usual surf crowd! Thank God for the World Cup that was keeping most of the surfers in front of the TV instead of in the waves! We had met up with Chilean surfer, Paula, and her husband Sebastian, who graciously watched their son while Paula joined us in the waves. With only our group out for over an hour, we traded wave after wave, rooting each other on, and hooting with excitement as we each charged down the line. Lunch was eaten at Atlakamani with delight and a nap was seriously in order after our long session, after which we woke up, and ran down for one more hour of waves before sunset. What a perfect day! More surf, more eating, luxurious massages for the girls from the very talented Irma Estrada of The Relax Spot, and our week was complete. It was time to return to reality, and head for the airport. Wave drenched and surf stoked... we looked forward to seeing each other again in the waves someday soon. Goodbye El Salvador... Until next time!  Stay at Casa Sunzal and enjoy this beautiful home, close to some of the world’s best waves! www.homeaway.co.uk/p509819vb  Book an amazing massage with Irma Estrada-Silva by emailing her at therelaxspot@gmail.com, or learn more online at www.ElRelaxSpot.com  Enjoy an adventure filled day with the BEST tour guide company in El Salvador... Cuscatlan Tours! With safe, professional, door-to-door service, we highly recommend them, and know you won’t be disappointed! www.cuscatlantours.com 42 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

Dana awards the hot pink (Fins Unlimited) fins to Karen for pushing herself out in the gigantic surf that day

Lunch at Jardin de Celeste


Dune buggies are a BLAST and a must-do on your trip to El Salvador. Check out Apaneca Aventura Buggy Tours

Santa Teresa Hot Springs... LUXURY!

The charming town of El Tunco is a short walk from Casa Sunzal

Karen swings through the trees during our Acanepa Canopy Tour

Thank you to our WSSM Retreat Tour sponsors: Caroline Rocha (carolinerocha.com), Fins Unlimited (finsunlimited.com), Sikk Shades by Eddie Bauer Jr. (sikkshades.com)

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RAILS & TALES . . . El Salvador

BIG Sunday By Karen Monteagudo

I arrived in El Salvador on Saturday afternoon, met the gang, had lunch, and then went into town in search of a board to rent. I longboard, so that is what I was in search of. I didn’t think it would be such a mission, but it was. The first place we went to had lots of longboards, but pretty much every single one had been broken in half and was repaired, but waterlogged. The board I finally found was not broken --but had a huge hole on the tail from the rope they used to attach the leash, unmatching fins that didn’t quite fit right, and a few cracks.

Stop #3

on the WSSM Retreat Tour of the Americas Chilean surfer, Paula, at Las Flores

After some doctoring up -- thanks Sandra and Dan! -- I was ready for my first surf. We paddled out to Sunzal that afternoon. The waves were about overhead. I was a bit nervous, it being my first time surfing there and the waves being a decent size. It was also a bit crowded. I stayed near the channel and Sandra kept calling me over, closer to the peak. I hesitantly moved closer. After a while of prodding -- thanks again, Sandra! -- I finally caught my first wave. Success! Not too scary after all. I caught about six more waves after that. I was very happy for my first day. Lo and behold, the next day was much bigger. Dana and I paddled out. Getting through the shorebreak was a mission... It was easily double overheard and bigger, and all the best surfers were out. The sets were coming in pretty consistently. Needless to say, I stayed as close to the channel as possible. Being on a longboard, I didn’t want to get caught inside when the sets came through. Dana kept calling me over closer to the shoulder. I kept nodding my head: not today!

Sandra at Sunzal... sometimes sharing waves gets creative in a crowd

I spent about 85% of the time paddling out to get over the waves, and every time I made it over one wave, there was an even bigger one behind it. “Keep paddling,” I told myself. My heart was beating out of my chest. I made it over all of them that day. Gabriel even got some pictures of me paddling out and over. It was really cool being out there and watching all the guys catching the set waves at the peak from close up. It was probably one of the biggest days I’ve ever been out in. I ended up only catching one wave that day, but I was just proud of myself for being out there. A day I’ll never forget. At the end, getting back on the beach through the shorebreak proved to be the biggest challenge that day. Dana actually ended up breaking her beautiful board trying to get out, and back on shore. Such a bummer after such an epic day. I guess that explains all the broken long boards for rent. Just one of many great days in El Salvador!! Thanks to a great crew -- Sandra, Dana, Gabriel, and Dan. It was an unforgettable trip.” F Karen, Dan & Sandra at Sunzal beach

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Casa Sunzal... the perfect beach house!

Dana mourns her (new) broken board at Sunzal


Dana, Karen, Sandra & Dan at Las Flores

Dan on an outside set at Sunzal

Dana heads out to Mizata Point

Karen at Sunzal... ready for some epic waves!

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LIFESTYLE . . . Living Beautiful

BEAUTY Fashion and Celebrity Makeup Artist Roxy

hand selects some of her favorite makeup and skin products perfect on land or in the water. Email her your questions at: roxy@roxylook.com or on social media @roxylook Photo: Ashley Barrett | ashley-barrett.com

Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon “This gorgeous gel pencil made with plant based ingredients, feels like a liquid liner with its effortless gliding application but allows you time before setting to feather and smudge. Love that. Tugging and tearing at your eyelid is a thing of the past with this liner in your makeup arsenal. Once it sets in, it has hours of budge-proof, smudgeproof and melt-proof staying power. Leave it to the French to create an awesome makeup product that is both smooth and strong at the same time.”

TARTE Amazonian Clay Volumizing Brow & Hair Powder

“This genius product from Tarte is one of my new secret weapons. Not only does it make it so much easy to have naturally full and youthful looking brows but it also camouflages roots and fills in a thinning hairline. Tarte’s magic ingredient, Amazonian clay as well as mineral pigments are infused into this powder to help keep natural oils balanced and secures the pigment to the fibers of your hair so its staying power is superb. “Naturally” with all of those qualities, its no surprise this would become one of my new favorite products.” www.tartecosmetics.com

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“Just 10 minutes is all you need with this star product from Murad to look like you’re fresh out of the spa. After just one application your complexion will be brighter, firmer and hydrated. This peel is packed with Vitamin C to help reverse environmental aging caused by sun and smog, as well as reverse hyper pigmentation, The Glycolic Acid in it exfoliates and smooths your skin while enhancing luminosity and firmness. Products that give instant gratification like this one are instant keepers to me.” www.murad.com

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation

“This ultra-hydrating foundation is a hybrid genius. It starts as a mineral based cream foundation that transforms into liquid when applied to your skin. With 60% water being encapsulated into its formula it melts into your skin flawlessly and stays in perfect place for all day or night wear. “No makeup, makeup” is heavily in fashion and with this incredible foundation as your base, you will glowing in style.” www.kohgendocosmetics.com

Physician’s Formula 100% Natural Origin CC Curl+Care Mascara

Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Serum

“This naturally formulated antiwrinkle, firming and lifting action serum is your skins new best friend. With Black Pine polyphenols infused in it, your skin will grow its firmness, elasticity and clarity with every application. I love to apply this before foundation to help give off a dewy glow to the skin. Your complexion will have a bonding experience and not want to part with this serum after the first application. Its love at first try!” www.korres.com 46 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

“Finding a mascara that lives up to my high expectations is huge for me and Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin CC Curl + Care mascara meets them and delivers them in an all natural formula! I love the recyclable Sculpting brush which gives great volume, definition and curl, all at the same time. Your lashes feel conditioned with every swipe and never get dry or flaky. This mascara is both talented and healthy, a winning combination. I never leave home without it.” www.physiciansformula.com


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LIFESTYLE . . . Daily Fitness Extended Triangle Pose Variation (Utthita Trikonasana) By Zofia Karubin Certified Yoga Instructor

Surfing and paddling develops the lats–latissimus dorsi muscles in the back, also known as “wings”.

YOGA

Spread Your Wings

1) Spinal Twist: Ground yourself in standing pose, relax your arms out, roll your shoulders up and down, and turn your torso and head to the left and right, as your arms gently swing back and forth, while you breathe in and out. 2) Side Stretch: Inhale, gently reach up with your arms up over your head and hands together, then slowly stretch the arms and torso to the left and right, while breathing in and out. 3) Forward Bend: From a standing position, first inhale and stretch the arms up and over your head, then slowly breathe out and bend forward reaching the arms down, and relaxing down, keeping the knees slightly bent, head down, neck relaxed, feel the breath. When you’re ready, lift up and roll up slowly as you inhale and again ground yourself in standing pose.

REMEMBER: F Breathe deeply and stay relaxed.

F Be very gentle and loving with your body.

F Don’t force or strain in any way.

(Check with your health care provider before doing this or any exercise program)

F Stretches legs, hips, back, shoulders, arms, and lats aka “wings”

F Strengthens neck, spine, thighs,

knees, ankles, feet, and toes

F Massages abdominal and pelvic organs, and expands the lungs

The wings, as well as all the other beautiful muscles that get worked out when you are surfing, exercising, and having fun, need to be stretched out before and after exertion to improve circulation, prevent any issues, and to keep the whole body in good shape. Surfing and yoga are well known for keeping the body limber, strong, and balanced. Practicing yoga helps bring more peace and calm to the body and mind by going within, so we can become more in tune with our intuition, heart, and soul.

F WARM UP & COOL DOWN Always warm up gently by grounding yourself in standing pose.

BENEFITS:

F Improves circulation, equilibrium, and creates inner peace

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Begin in an easy triangle, place the feet far apart with the surfboard in front of you, slide it into position on its side. Both feet pointing to the left, press the heels into the ground. Inhale, lift your right arm up over the head and gaze up at your right hand.

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Next, exhale into a deeper stretch as you reach both arms over to the left. Keep the torso straight, bending from the hips, lengthen the spine while breathing deeply.

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When you’re ready, gently lift the right arm straight up to the Malibu, California sky, as you go even deeper into the stretch while breathing in and out. Aligning yourself by gently bringing the hips forward and upper body back, elongate the torso, extending from the tailbone thru to the crown of your head, feel the stretch in your legs, while looking out at the horizon, and keep breathing deeply. Return slowly to standing position and repeat on the other side, each time going deeper and deeper into the stretch, without any force or strain, don’t go past the point of pleasurable pain. Relax into each pose and remain there for as long as comfortable, while breathing deeply. Namaste -- My inner light bows to your inner light. F Paradise Cove Malibu, ParadiseCalifornia Cove,

Zofia is a certified yoga instructor who resides in Los Angeles, CA where she’s been teaching yoga for over 15 years, and practicing yoga since childhood with her mother who is also a yoga teacher. Learn at your own pace how to incorporate yoga into your busy lifestyle through the online collage of Zofia’s yoga routines from previous issues of WSSM. Go to www.womenssurfstyle.com/zofia.html Outfit by Sweet Waterwear www.sweetwaterwear.com | Photos by: OnIt Pro LLC (OnItPro.com or facebook/onit.pro) 48 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm



LIFESTYLE . . . Daily Fitness

3

Exercises to help you with your surfing, to improve core strength and help with power and stability

F EQUIPMENT

NEEDED

Yoga Mat (optional) Medicine Ball Dumbbell F PERFORM...

15 repetitions per exercise 3 sets (in sequence) of all 3 exercises

Surfing

F FITNESS By Ally Gallagher | Toned Fit N Healthy Training | @fitnessangel

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Surfer Get-Ups

A) Start by lying on the ground, with a dumbbell on each side of your body. Holding a dumbell in ONE hand, get up without using your other hand. B) Once you are up, raise

the dumbbell above your head, fully extending your arm.

C) Return back to start-

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ing position, and repeat, with the dumbell in your other hand. Repeat for a total of 12 reps per (dumbell) arm.

Medicine Ball Walking Lunges with Rotation

A) Start in a standing position with your medicine ball at waist level (you can also use a watermelon if you do not have one). Feet should be together, shoulders back, and your chin up. B) Step forward into a lunge position and slowly rotate your torso while holding the ball at arms length. Rotate to the same side as your forward leg. (If your right leg is forward then you rotate to the right)

C) Return to starting position then repeat on the other side, for 12 reps per side.

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Surfer Burpees

A) Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder width apart. Lower your body into a squat position placing your hands on the ground in front of you. B) Kick your legs out behind you into a push-up position, keeping your hips up.

C) Bring your legs back into

your body and jump up into a surfer’s stance, then do three squat jumps (beginners only do 1 jump squat). Make sure your shoulders are back and your chin is up.

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LIFESTYLE . . . Poetic Expressions

The Beauty I See By Scott Cuttre

Countless scenes have attempted to capture nature’s divine aesthetics paintings and photos merely imitate what feels truly kinetic

so transparent the envy of those choosing to sit and stare

My life’s calling provides daily views that perpetually resonate some take these moments for granted but for me they’ll never depreciate While others sit stoic in wonderment and gaze compelled as I am, my focus is overpowered by waves The difference between myself and spectators derives from a fever within during reflection they’ll watch me walk past with a cord to my shin Faces of curiosity take glances at what I can’t live without they’ll stay puzzled, unknowing why this love has no doubt To be blessed with these moments doesn’t come cheap beautiful times in this light are spent while others lay asleep Feverishly dressing, silent thoughts resemble a prayer

An abundance of emotions permeate my body when sand hits my feet the only time in this life when my thoughts feel somewhat complete With my focus in place several equations begin to get solved excitement changing to fear hoping this time my skills have evolved Once all assessments are made, I stop for a moment and breath slowing down all my thoughts while absorbing the scent of the breeze I then make my ascent following a path taken so many a time a paddle known, still uncertain, I make my unpredictable climb Like the waves my emotions are constantly changing each session differs from the last, resulting in either trepidation or elation Finding my way to the lineup many different personalities lay behold I stay to myself, selfishly wanting all this time to my own

Obeying the laws others before me have set I rely on my instincts, making sure I don’t wind up in someone’s debt Fulfilled, I decide it’s time to withdraw I can’t help but focus on lost efforts that lead to unfavorable falls When I exit sudden sadness begins to creep in realizing as I retreat, nothing will match the feeling of where I’ve just been Where do I go when this wonderment goes away with nothing left for me just static makes my mind go astray Humbling moments to each session provokes an understanding and peace clutching so tightly to this skill that provides my only release A change to this way of life would bring nothing but sorrow observing this beauty leaves me with hope for tomorrow

Last Wave by Scott Cuttre

There cannot be a lapse that will result in a fall the moment of all effort I’ll clearly recall An agreement with myself when I started this mission I’ve stayed true to this pledge, refusing to back off a tradition To understand what it means abiding by this rule acts as pride within, allowing the deepest devotion to be fueled Where I think this belief stems is the stretch of ocean I come from starving for a consistent platform

at times, making my spirit go numb However the session is going, this last try must stand out for myself and for those watching I can’t leave the slightest of doubt But this credo goes deeper with all that’s at stake this possibly could be the last ride to leave in my wake So if decided this will be the end of my time in this place my rails and my fins will act as footprints of my life to be traced

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Nothing taken for granted, leaving my soul in this last culmination the final act of a life, hoping to leave more than a minor quotation Still there needs to be joy in this one final battle not only for the session but to quiet this time’s endless rattle One must have lived lavish to feel entitled to this grand manifestation am I asking too much of my life’s greatest sensation



Surf Stoked . . .

Girls of SOUTH AFRICA

Photos by: Greg Chapman

Kommetjie, CapeTown Tanika Hoffman

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Gina Smith Emma Smith

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Surf Stoked . . .

Zoe Smith

Girls of SOUTH AFRICA

Dolphins at Jbay

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Tanika Hoffman Emma Smith

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Surf Stoked . . .

Faye Zoetmulder Emma Smith

Girls of SOUTH AFRICA Photos by: Greg Chapman

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J bay Crystal Hulett

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Surf Stoked . . .

On My Island By Teresa M. Williams, Killeen, TX

I’m ready to run away to a nice, pretty, tropical island somewhere…

want to and we have THE BEST conversations. We never get tired of our friendships and the wonderful times we share, because I love my friends dearly and want to be with them all the time, and they with me... but not too much, because after all, we all need our space. Thus, perhaps back to the hammock I mentioned ….

where the skies are always blue, with just the slightest whiffs of shapely white clouds, to offset the heavenly blue vision. The temperature is a constant 82 degrees, no humidity to speak of, and a slight southern breeze, but not enough to make me want a windbreaker, since I usually get a little chilled. My island is fully stocked with all the Mexican food my stomach can handle, and an endless well of frozen margaritas (or on the rocks if I get a hankerin’ for a change). I have my surboard with me and decent sized waves, a hammock, and palm trees nearby for when I am so tired from surfing or so full from tex-mex and margaritas, that I can take my little siesta.

On my island, there is no Alzheimer’s, no dementia, no cancer. In fact, no illness of any kind. I don’t need sunscreen to shield me from the harmful UV rays of the sun, because as I mentioned, there is no cancer, no melanoma, no other “phomas or nomas” that are hard to pronounce. I have a gorgeous tan year-round and the coolest bathing suits to cover my perfectly shaped healthy body.

On my island, there are no worries of layoffs, because there are no jobs. There are no jobs because I own the piece of beach I dubbed as mine (well, heck, I own the whole island, so who cares about a piece of the beach?). No need for a house since I sleep under the palm trees and the stars in a hammock, so no mortgage or utility bills to consume my checking account. No need for checking accounts or money since the island is stocked endlessly, thanks to God and to my dreams. On my island, my ENTIRE family is there, including my nieces, nephews, and in-laws, well most of them. Mom and Dad are there; both of them alive and well and forever living in their mid-40s or 50s, when they both were vibrant, full of life, and healthy in mind and body. Of course, if they are younger, and since I can be at whatever age I like, I choose to be of an age old enough to NOW appreciate them fully as great and loving parents. On my island, I have a few select, well-chosen friends. They know who they are. I can stay up late and talk with them whenever I

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On my island, I can surf when I want, eat when I want, sleep when I want, and talk when I want. There are no need for clocks because I am not worried about time. I have plenty of it. I am not worried about having to BE somewhere at a certain time. I don’t have to worry about being late for work, since I don’t have a job to race off to (okay, I already said that). I don’t have to worry about being late for a doctor’s appointment because I am consistently healthy, so there is no need for a doctor on my island. In fact, I don’t HAVE any appointments at all. My time is my own; it is no one else’s. I can choose what I want to do with my time, rather than someone else dictating it for me. On my island is where I want to be. So after I have surfed, eaten, talked and slept to my heart’s content, I can start all over again... and in no particular order…. Wanna join me? If you’re reading this, then you are one of the select few, well-chosen friends that I mentioned. Your wives, husbands, and partners are also welcome on my island. BUT, this is definitely one of those invites that I DO NOT want you to pass on to others. It is my island, my dream, my rules… See you soon. No reservation required… F


New Sandals By Molly Goforth

Last week my sandals died. I mean totally died. They needed to go into the trash, not even Goodwill. These sandals were more than just shoes for me. They were a diary storing 14 years of memories. Good memories and even some bad memories, but they were a symbol of my life before children. They took me to Costa Rica for the first time out of many, many trips. They protected my toes while travelling up and down the Baja peninsula. They lapped against my heels during days of boredom in college classes and slapped against my heels on tests that were too intense and which I should have studied more for. I went to bars and countless Jimmy Buffet concerts wearing these sandals. I was wearing these sandals when I met my future husband. The stories that these sandals could tell are endless, these sandals could have been my best friend. I’ve always heard that life doesn’t really start until you have children. I never really thought this was true since I’ve had an incredibly blessed life before having 2 kids. My son is almost 8 months old and my daughter is 2½, and I am looking through rose colored glassed with different eyes these days. I thought I knew everything; I had amazing friends, I had traveled

to exotic places, ran wild on the beach, earned my Masters, and ran my own business. I never knew how my life would lip/lop upside down and I would give everything I had to my children. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for it. It’s just a realization that I’ve had since having kids. I used to surf all the time; I haven’t surfed in 2 years. 2 years! That’s insane for me. Instead I’m a Stroller Striding Momma (who loves it). I love getting out with other moms and kids and creating a healthy lifestyle for my family. It is ironic that my sandals died this past week and I had to get a new pair, a new pair of sandals that need to be worn in and shaped to my foot. I woke up yesterday morning, having been in my new home for 1 year to the day, thinking about my life. It’s completely different than my previous chapter of life. I hang out with mommies and talk about our kiddos. I live within a 5 mile radius of my house with no future exotic travel plans. I dream about my Baja days and long for them. I will get them back, but not just yet. New sandals are uncomfortable but they get quit cozy the longer you wear them. They will be my next chapter in life. I had no idea what one child would be like. I got comfortable with her, and then along came my son. It’s been a wild ride but I am starting to get comfortable being a mother of two. I can’t wait to see what the next 14 years of these sandals hold for me. I feel like my life is just starting, in a new town, in a new house, with an amazing husband, two incredible kids and one unique dog. Here’s to a new pair of sandals and the struggles of wearing them in! F

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Surf Stoked . . .

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My Surf JOURNEY

Photo by: Kiersa Brenner

By Kiersa Brenner

I surfed four countries in a six month time span by happenstance as a beginner surfer. Here is how it transpired! Inspiration can come out of the blue and it can become an obsession until you attain your goals. My simple goal was to learn to surf. Little did I know it would take me to different countries and allow me to meet lifelong friends along my journey. I put my intention out into the universe and let it all unfold naturally. And less than a year later, here I am, a woman who has surfed four countries in the time span of six months. It all started when I traveled to Hawaii to spend a relaxing vacation away from the cold and blustery Chicago winter of 2013. I was there ten days and I was so busy hiking, trying local cuisine and exploring, that I didn’t make time to learn to surf. While there, I discovered Clark Little Surfing Photography which gave me the chills when I looked at his photography and read his story. ”I must learn and see what it is like for myself!” I thought. I got on the plane to go home and I made a promise to come back to learn to surf. I didn’t know how it was going to happen, but the promise was made. All of the adventure I would soon experience in such a short period of time was unknown.

Country #1: Oahu Hawaii, USA. Surf Breaks: Pops, Flies, Canoes, Queens Fast forward 4 months, I learned I was going out to Las Vegas for a sales trip. I immediately started to Google surf retreats surrounding those dates. I didn’t find anything for months. One day, the Women’s Surf Style Magazine surf retreat popped up on Google! I immediately emailed Sandra, the owner of WSSM, for details. Within a few weeks, I had booked my light and I was ready to go. On the retreat I met a group of great women from all walks of life and varied backgrounds that I would not have had the opportunity to meet in any other setting. 62 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

There were women who were very accomplished surfers, as well as beginners. They offered their surfing technique, advice, and support. The feeling of standing up on the board and catching a wave the first time was like gliding on water. There is nothing like being on the water under double rainbows glowing. The warm sun beaming through the clouds was very welcoming early in the morning while we surfed at Pops. The shore looked so far away and when I rode 100 yards or more to the beach, I was stoked!

Country #2: Rincon, Puerto Rico. Surf Breaks: Parking Lots, Playa Jobos, and Domes After a wonderful time in Hawaii, WSSM’s next retreat was in Rincon, Puerto Rico. One of the girls from the Hawaii retreat, Kristen, asked if I was going to go. My quick response was, ‘Not this soon!’ However, as luck would have it, I had a last minute work trip in Florida surrounding the same dates and was able to ly to Rincon for five days to surf with Sandra, Dan, Kristen, and Gabriel. It was an unexpected fun reunion with WSSM. I continued to work on my surfing technique.

Country #3. Bucerias, MX on the Bahia de Banderas Break: La Lancha, which means ‘the boat’ (It’s no coincidence that I’m a sailor as well!) It is a local surf spot where only those with surboards are allowed through the gate checkpoint. A few months later, I was scheduled to be in Bucerias MX on the Bahia de Banderas with my parents. As the date approached, I decided to dip my toe in the water and look for a surf shop with a private surf guide. I found Coral Reef Surf Shop with a guide named Miguel Sinclair. It turned out I was being taught by the 2nd place winner in Long Boarding in Mexico at the 2013 National Surfing Games held in Northern Baja, California. What a treat it was to be taught by such an accomplished and humble surfer. There were a lot of stingrays in the beach break where we went. He cautioned me to be aware the rays were there, but not to let it absorb my thoughts. Otherwise, I would not be able to keep a clear head to catch a proper wave. There were also pelicans in the line up, which was reassuring to me there was nothing under the water to worry about. Miguel was pushing me into some four foot waves, which seemed like a ten foot wall paddling out as they started to feather at the top of the wave. “Now pop up!” he directed. I felt the wave launch my surboard as I popped up and dropped down the face of a four foot wave. I turned down into it and rode it to shore. Miguel shouted from the line-up, “Kiersa! NOW, we are surfing!!” There were three ten year old girls cheering me on, jumping up and down, and screaming with excitement. I jumped off my board right next to them to give them a high five and they jumped my board


and played on it. I could only understand a few words here and there, because they were speaking so fast in Spanish. However, the universal language of excitement and love of surfing was evident. It doesn’t matter where you are there is always someone to cheer you on at just the right time. It keeps you motivated to paddle back out past the breaking waves and catch another amazing wave. It was the most amazing feeling! After I had completed a few great days with Miguel, I was relaxing with my parents on the balcony of the beachfront condo when I received a message that my friend, Amanda Schmitz, was curious to see when I would be headed to Costa Rica for her surf camp with Chica Surf Adventures. I had met her in Hawaii on the WSSM trip five months prior and she was there to witness my first wave in Waikiki and she has become a great friend. I didn’t have any solid plans to go to Costa, but as I stood there I thought, ‘This is the time to go if I’m going to do it. “I looked at my mom and said, “When I get home to Chicago I’m booking a light to Costa Rica to see Amanda.” Nine days later I was on a light for another surf adventure!

Country #4 - Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Surf Breaks: Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa I arrived to meet Amanda and another girl, Alex, who I also had met on WSSM’s retreat in Hawaii. It was the greatest feeling to get off the puddle jumper to Santa Teresa and see both those ‘chicas’ and welcomed with big hugs. The women on her retreat were just as fantastic! We had a wonderful time surfing in the waves on the beach breaks. We even had surfing for the longest wave contests. There were a lot of laughs on the waves and the camaraderie was instant between us. One of the ladies, Tracy, happens to live in Chicago and we frequently go to dinner or sailing on Lake Michigan to

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Mentally, surfing has solidified my confidence in myself to stay grounded and listen to my own intuition. When you are out there in the line up, only YOU know when you are ready to catch a wave. Sometimes, the wave catches you by surprise and you are forced to take it and it turns out to be the best wave you catch all day. I hope this is an inspiration to all new surfers to join WSSM on one of their beginner surf retreats. You never know where it will lead you! You will meet great people and develop great friendships along the way that you may not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet. I’m grateful to have met and have these friendships to share new surfing adventures and surf stories. All you need to do it take the first step and let the rest roll with the tides. All in all, surfing is now a part of my life and is a necessity for my soul, as it expands my mind to thrive on only positive vibes. Think about what you want to experience in life and make it happen. To my delight, when I went to Hawaii with Sandra and Dan little did I know I was going to be surfing so much. Where will my next stop be? Maybe Panama, Nicaragua, the Caribbean or the South Pacific. I am not sure yet, but you can follow my surf and sailing adventures on Twitter @knotsochi and my website: www.thewavesofempowerment.com There I will continue to carry the inspiration Sandra and Dan have given me to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone by exploring new surf breaks. Thank you WSSM for leading me down this path to life long surf stoke! F

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Surf Stoked . . .

Exploring Board Shapes with

eCtic Concepts By Sasha Leitner

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I have been a short boarder for just about 20 years. I pick a board I like, I buy it and then I surf it till it’s so water logged and sun damaged I have to get a new one. My quiver is pretty extensive, but my knowledge of shapes and volume of boards is elementary to nonexistent. With the recent rebirth of shaper exploration of surboard shapes, the surboard market has been inundated with a low of crazy looking surboards, leaving the knowledge-less surfer scratching their head wondering which new board to add to their quiver. In my quest for a new summer swell board, I spent some time with eCtic Concepts shaper/owner, Dale Walker, to pick his brain about which of his innovative shapes would best fit my style of surfing and the waves I frequent on a daily basis. British shaper, Dale Walker, has been innovating and pushing the envelope in board design for the past 17 years. He resides in-between Cornwall, UK where he shapes out of his home, and Honolulu, Hawaii where he works out of Eric Arakawa’s shaping bay in Wailua. Dale takes classic shapes like the Mini Simmons and single fin longboards, and adds extreme channels and funky tail shapes to his boards, creating fun new designs that have been spreading around the global surf community. Collaborating with artists around the world, eCtic Concepts works with up and coming talent giving them a platform to display their art. eCtic Concepts massive global following on social media is how this surfer girl found Dale walker and his epic works of art. The Freakoid is one of Dale’s strangest looking boards. With a diamond nose and lift onto the edges, giving it 50/50 rails and a big hull so it does not nose dive, the Freakoid’s unusual shape still has the momentum to make the lat sections of a wave. Chrissy Jardine, an avid Ala Moana Bowls surfer in Hawaii, has one of these funky looking boards. 5’2” x 21.5” wide and 2.5” volume, Chrissy loves her Freakoid. The tail has sharpened rails with a big channel that gives it drive making this board ideal for fast waves like Bowls. Chrissy insists the board has improved her surfing 100%. “I’ve been surfing for years and I felt like I had hit a plateau in my surfing. Since I’ve been rocking the Freakoid I’m making it into so many more waves, and lying down the line and making sections I never would have made on my previous board- a 5’11” twin fin. Every time I take out my board, people in the lineup comment on how fast it is! I love my Freakoid, it’s perfect for Bowls!” Watching Chrissy easily make the drop, ly down the line, cutting back and throwing water, she makes the Freakoid’s unique shape totally functional for fast barrelling waves. Dale’s next creation he is amped to tell me about is his Sea Plug. This is a shape he came up with after 6 months of surfing Oahu’s south shore. He brings me to Hawaiian South Shore, on Ward Ave to show me a few different sizes that the store has available. “It’s a diamond tail, diamond nose Mini Simmons inluenced board. I’ve been working on Mini Simmons style boards since 2008, and the Sea Plug is highly maneuverable new version of a Mini Simmons.” Dale explains how the Sea Plug has more liters in it, so it has more loat then an average short board. He shows me a 5’0” x 19.5” wide, and 2.5” thick board, then shows me the same style board, but a 6’2” x 23” wide x 3” (serious volume) board. The shorter one looks like it would be super easy to paddle for me, or the bigger one for a guy that’s 6ft and built. The board looks like a perfect board for Hawaii 64 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

surf spots like 3’s, or Full Point. “There is 53 liters of foam in this 6’2” board! Depending on height and weight, since the amount of foam is so high, an average surfer who would never typically grab a board so short, could easily paddle and get up on the board. The form makes it paddle like a longboard but the 50/50 rails make it perform like a short board.”

The Sede Vacante (meaning “when the Pope steps down” in Latin) was a board Mr. Walker had originally shaped for his home town of Cornwall, UK. A perfect board for all around conditions, it has been thoroughly tested in European surf, Ireland, France, UK, and has been taken to Indo and now Hawaii. “The board is a perfect all around board. 5’10” x 21.5” wide and 2.5” volume, with its pulled in rounded tail- a thumbprint shape tail with a displaced hull. The rails are sharper in the tail with a single channel running from the foot into the V in the tail. The sharp 50/50 rails hide the volume of the board and let the rider still have the high performance of a short board.” Dale tells me he thinks this may be the perfect fit for me and my quiver. It looks like a mini longboard, so I’m a bit hesitant since I have been surfing traditional short boards for the better part of my surfing career. He insists the 5’10” would suit my surfing style, and the board would have the same volume as the 7’0” in my current quiver. I decided to trust the master craftsman, and I ordered the 5’10”. That was step one in my process of customizing my own board. Since eCtic Concepts is working out of Arakawa’s on the North shore, there is a wide array of things I can choose from to personalize my board even more. They offer resin tints of any color that one could think of, or sprays to add a personal touch to your board. Dale has a whole troop of talented artists he collaborates with, so I had a plethora of artwork to choose from for the bottom of my board if I wanted to transform my already artistic board into a canvas for an up-and-coming artist. Being a huge art fan, I decided on a killer “Japaname” looking design from California artist, Katie Reidy. (rarigrafix.carbonmade.com). Such an amazing concept for board art! When it arrived... I’m beyond stoked on my board! It’s a perfect fit for my style of riding and the south shore Oahu waves that I frequent. Dale Walker has an amazing ability to match the board he shapes with the riders ability and style in a short amount of time of speaking with them. Dale is an experimental shaper who is not afraid to push the boundaries of the traditional surf board. He combines body boards with Mini Simmons, makes foam Aleas, and glassed bodyboards. He even dabbles in recycled material hand planes for body surfing! This amazing British shaper has opened my eyes to a whole new world of surf board shapes and I am definitely going to keep an eye on all of his new creations and hopefully expand my quiver more with his new inventions. F



Surf Stoked . . .

SURFING Saved Yoga

Not doing yoga used to make me feel super guilty. Here’s the thing - when something saves your life, you feel pretty indebted to it, like you owe it or something. You also feel like if you stop doing it, then the life-saving might come undone...

By Surf Yogi

Back story: I’m a hardcore runner with a serious injury. I’m also anorexic. Begrudgingly, I take a yoga class because I’m going stir crazy not moving my body. I expect to be bored and highly “under-exercised.” Instead, I’m humbled by the difficulty of these seemingly innocuous poses. And, not gonna lie, it feels freakin’ decadent to stretch and move my body like this. A large part of my illness is denying myself any pleasure or ease, so this first touch with yoga is way more earth shattering for me than it might seem. I go back. Over time, I become a total convert. I hunger for the inspirational words. Yoga becomes my refuge. I do a teacher training. I get so obsessed with yoga that I become that annoying person that answers every question with “yoga” and starts every sentence with “yoga.” I even start a yoga podcast. My life changes. Or, more truthfully: yoga changes my life. Yoga is a life simulator, a sandbox/playground where you explore and develop the skills you need for life in a safe and playful way - coping skills like staying with pain, becoming curious instead of afraid, becoming detached from things that would otherwise jerk your feelings around, listening to yourself, finding joy, etc. Ultimately yoga frees me from a super destructive eating disorder I have been battling 66 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

for years. Kind of a big deal. Like, literally the pivotal moment in my entire life up to now. And yet, after a while, I notice myself beginning to take runs as “counter-poses” to yoga, since during a run I can just let my brain and body be, instead of contorting them like in yoga. Yoga begins to feel very cerebral and obligatory. There’s such pressure associated with being a “good” yogi. I feel anxious when I lose my balance in tree pose. I feel guilty when I don’t make progress towards handstand. I feel like an imposter when my mind isn’t totally present during my practice. I begin to get annoyed at the whole yoga “vibe.” I want to be able to cuss and eat gluten and not feel like a traitor. Round about now, I decide I want to start surfing. I’ve actually been thinking about it ever since I moved to SoCal. It only makes sense. Actually, it makes sense on so many levels that I basically can’t NOT surf. 1) I want to surf to conquer my fear of the ocean. That’s reason enough right there. 2) I live RIGHT on the water - most surfers would kill for that. 3) I desperately need something new and challenging in my life. 4) Besides... the ocean is super healing and uplifting. 5) PLUS, I have friends willing to teach me. I stop doing yoga completely. I feel guilty, call myself a “fair-weather friend” (meaning I only practice yoga when life is sucky, and drop it

when life is good). Yet life is good. Actually, life is great without yoga! Yoga used to be so critical... and now it’s not? I’m confused. Moreover, I’m scared - I’m scared that dropping yoga means my quality of life will plummet and I’ll rejoin the unenlightened masses who, gasp, “don’t have a practice.” Maybe my eating disorder will come back...? My first month surfing, I literally fight panic attacks every time I go out and the whole situation seems hopeless. But I persevere, because in yoga there is a concept called “tapas” which basically translates to discipline and commitment. Showing up even when you don’t want to. Having faith that by holding space for your practice, even on your weakest days you’re getting a little bit stronger. I find myself getting really angry with the waves and with myself. They obviously have it out for me; the white water is so hateful. I find myself telling myself stories about how I’ll never get better. And then one day, I realize my fear of the ocean has been eclipsed by my fear of failure. And the fact that I am no longer battling white hot terror whilst staring out at the water, explodes inside me with such a shock that in the aftermath of this realization, I feel new. Completely changed. And with this radical

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Surf Stoked . . . Nicaragua

Playa Remanso,

Traveling Nicaragua

Central America

By Sandra Olson

When surfing Central America, you’ll find a bevy of accommodations and surfing beaches to fit any budget and skill level. From quaint beach houses, to luxury condos, to rustic wooden houses tucked up among the Howler monkey filled trees up in the hills overlooking the ocean, to all-inclusive surf resorts. This summer, we explored the coastlines of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, getting an inside look on what these surf-drenched countries offer surfers. Here are some of our favorites..

Tucked away less than 50 yards from Playa Remansos, the #1 beginner-intermediate surf break in Nicaragua, lies a quaint little 2 bedroom casa called Mar y Sol. This was our new “office” while staying in Nicaragua in between WSSM surf retreats this summer in Central America, and we could not have been more stoked with it!

the sounds of birds chirping in the nearby trees. After pouring a cup of hot Nicaraguan coffee, we would then stroll to the beach to check the surf. With epic views of the playa, surrounded by cliffs that protect this bay from a lot of wind, shell collecting, strolling the beach, or dipping in for a surf session became our morning routine. Perfection!

Casa Mar y Sol has a charming mix of traditional Nicaraguan style wood and bamboo detailing inside the house, with A/C in the master bedroom, vaulted ceilings, and colorfully painted walls of golds, reds and turquoise. It was the little details of this casa and the color scheme that delighted our senses as well as brightened the month we resided here, as we enjoyed hot water (a luxury in Central America), two bathrooms, and a FULLY stocked outdoor kitchen that boasted big wooden windows that swung outward, opening it up to the daily breezes. The only thing we needed to do was make a quick trip to the grocery store to stock up on food, and we were then set to enjoy a relaxing summer.

One of the things that makes this location so special is how close it is to good surf. Remansos is a gentle and beautiful beach break that breaks both left and right, with a sandy bottom that massages your feet as you walk your board out. An old dead tree located on the left side of the bay marks the lineup, making it easy to judge how far out to sit, and if you like the bigger sets, then there’s an excellent left that connects multiple sections, linking your ride nearly three quarters of the bay on the right swell.

Each morning we awoke to sunlight streaming in the windows and

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Shuttles from the nearby town of San Juan Del Sur usually begin arriving anytime between 9-11am, depending on the tides, and stay until 4:30pm, so you almost always have the entire beach and surf to yourself for a few hours each morning, and then again an hour or


Dan at Playa Coco, a beautiful beach break only 20 minutes to the South of Mar y Sol beach house Photo: Gabeto Fernandez

Mar y Sol Beach house Playa Remanso, Nicaragua Dan enjoying an afternoon coffee in the comfortable hammocks in the spacious outdoor lounge area

Remanso Bay at sunset

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more before sunset. The only two little beach bars there also open bright and early, or at least begin jamming their tunes, so you’re often serenaded as you enjoy your morning surf session.

This summer, the TV show, Survivor, was filming, and had closed several of the popular beaches to the South of San Juan Del Sur, so many surfers that would have normally visited Hermosa or Tamarind, were forced to surf the other breaks- including Remansos, which often made it crowded during the peak hours of the day. When it got too crowded, we would retreat back to Casa Mar y Sol, make some sandwiches, and spend hours listening to our favorite tunes on the awesome surround sound system, while swinging in hammocks in the outdoor living area, or enjoying one of the many comfy couches or chairs and catching up on work. Weeks lew by here, as we enjoyed swell after epic swell, from knee high ripples to several foot overhead sets. Pastor Dave, the founder of the Christian Surfers Nicaragua chapter, became one of our best

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surf buddies in the water. We discovered that the three of us shared a love for the deep water, heart pounding left, that would call us all the way to the outside (past the dead tree that marked the normal lineup) , that surprisingly most of the local groms ignored for the smaller, snappier - inside waves that break directly in front of the beachside bars. Hours were spent talking about everything from surfing, life, religion, future plans, more surfing... and more surfing! Pastor Dave is one of the most STOKED surfers we’ve ever met, with such a BIG heart for the people in this community that he and his wife now call home. You can learn more about the CS Nicaragua chapter by visiting them on facebook. As we moved on to Panama, our next retreat destination, and then to Puerto Rico later in the year to set up the very first WSSM Surf House, we knew that we would miss our surf buddy, Pastor Dave, the gentle and always fun waves of Remansos, and the cute little beach house, Mar y Sol, that was our home sweet home for the summer of 2014. Rent the affordable and charming Casa Mar y Sol for your next surf vacation, by visiting vrbo.com/342667 F


Mar y Sol beach house is cozy, comfy, and oh-so-close to the beach. At night, the outdoor lounge area comes alive with party lights and an incredible sound system, while you prepare dinner in the attached, open air kitchen

Photo: Gabeto Fernandez

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Surf Stoked . . . Nicaragua

Maderas y Olas,

Traveling Nicaragua

Central America

By Sandra Olson

Tucked away among the tree tops, lies a quaint wooden house, appropriately named, Maderas (woods) y Olas (waves). After finding this charming house on San Juan Del Sur Vacation Rentals, I contacted Tony, the property manager, to inquire about availability and access to surf. He was quick to reply, and within a few days, the place was ours!

While visiting Nicaragua, there are several ways you can enjoy the surf. If you’re an out-of-touch diva that feels the need to rub elbows with TV stars like Jeff Probst- of Survivor, then Pelican Eyes is probably the best place for you. But if you’re open to new adventures and sympathetic to the culture of third world countries, and want to support them, then finding a nice beach house will be the PERFECT choice, and you’ll enjoy yourself tremendously, living a simple life. Maderas y Olas is not a fancy place, but it is very well equipped, maintained, and the location is awesome! Within a 10 minute walk to playa Majagual, or Marsella for swimming or snorkelling, and Playa Maderas, one of the best surfing beaches in southern Nicaragua, double surf sessions daily is to be expected, and you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from it. This beautiful beach offers several peaks to choose from, that can be wedgy and fast, or gently rolling, depending on the crowd. And it does get crowded! Dawn patrols will be your best bet here, as well as being a proficient surfer, unafraid to take your waves. Just like anywhere else in the world, once you do,

the locals back off, and will share their jewels with you. At this same beach you’ll also find several places to eat at, though they’re a bit pricey, if you budget them in, you’re going to enjoy epic sunsets and tasty grinds, day after day. After being on the road for several months, budget WAS a big deal for us, so we loved that Maderas y Olas’ kitchen was fully stocked with everything (except food) that we needed to prepare meals! Conveniently located only 20 minutes from San Juan Del Sur, stocking up on groceries was easy, and a quick trip to town was often an excuse to mix amongst the many ex-pats and locals that crawl the streets, while you shop for handmade Nicaraguan treasures. From hammocks, to machetes, to intricately detailed wooden bowls and household items... San Juan Del Sur offers a relaxing and safe atmosphere for exploration.

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Night time found us out on our spacious balcony, where we enjoyed double-wide hammocks, chairs, and a GREAT internet connection

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Maderas y Olas is a cozy, two bedroom, two bath casa, with on-site manager, and close to some of the best surf in southern Nicaragua... Playa Maderas! Spend evenings on the spacious balcony and hammocks

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(rare in Central America) that we used to catch up with friends and family back home, watch surf movies, and listen good music. Nothing like listening to the Howler monkeys swinging in the trees- calling to their mates, while The Crystal Method lays down some sick beats! A nice mix of new and old world.

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A nearby adventure we enjoyed was Da Flying Frog Adventure Tours, where we got a personal tour from the manager, Baldo. By horseback we travelled to the ancient hieroglyphics, where Baldo gave us his interpretation of their meanings, since to date, no one has been able to officially document them. We then galloped uphill to take in the view of San Juan Del Sur nestled on the coastline of the Pacific. After another 20 minutes, we arrived at our next adventure... Rappelling down a 150foot cliff! None of us had ever done this, so with hearts pounding, we each slowly made our way down the cliff, carefully following Baldo’s instructions on where to place our feet, and how to release the tension in our ropes. It was an exciting experience! We then ended the adventure with their canopy tour... a zipline over coffee fields, ravines, and the occasional cowboy herding his cattle. Super fun! Book your adventure with Da Flying Frog Adventure tours

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by visiting www.dalyingfrog.com Another hidden gem we enjoyed, was an evening at Munchies Bluues, a small pizzeria located just minutes walk from Maderas y Olas. You wouldn’t even know it existed if you didn’t drive by it at night, when white lights strung in the trees alert you to its location and the small dirt parking lot. Run by Sergio, a quaint, Italian man who makes only 40 pies per night, and opens only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Sergio blasts old rock tunes from his computer while he twirls dough in the air, and dances little jigs while making delicious pizza concoctions in his open aired kitchen and traditional brick oven. Economic at only $8-$10 per pie, and with no waitress on staff, Sergio asks you to tally up your pizzas and the drinks that you pull from the refrigerator, and let him know how much you owe him at the end of the night. Funny, but it works! If you want to experience this tasty gem of Nicaragua, be sure to call ahead for reservations (and the number of pizzas you’ll be ordering) at 00505 8814 8530. FYI, one pie per person and you’ll walk away satisfied! After spending a month at Maderas y Olas, it’s comfort engulfed us, and it really began to feel like home. The two bedroom and two baths, made it easy to share with Tio Pa’tio (Uncle Pat) who is the KING of dawn patrolling, and the A/C was a nice blessing to escape the summer heat. We recommend this casa to anyone wanted a true Nicaraguan experience, and close to great surf! Book Maderas y Olas for your next surf vacation, by visiting www.vrbo.com/237311 F


Dan rappels his way down 150ft cliff at Da Flying Frog Adventures

Dinner at Munchies Bluues Photo by: Pat Williams Gabeto, taking some well deserved time off to zip-line at Da Flying Frog Adventures

Dan & Gabeto... ready for PIZZA!

Photos: Gabeto Fernandez

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Surf Stoked . . . Nicaragua

Rancho Santana,

Traveling Nicaragua

Central America

By Sandra Olson Photos courtesy of Rancho Santana

As you’ve been reading, there are many ways to explore Nicaragua. From backpacking hostels, to beach houses, to cute little wooden houses perched high in the hills overlooking the ocean. But there is another way to explore Nicaragua and it’s famous surf-drenched coastline... and it is in absolute LUXURY!

In that case, you’d want to head over to Rancho Santana, a resort style ranch that offers gigantic, beautifully decorated private mansions for groups as large as 20+, as well as smaller bungalow style accommodations, to high-end condos that front the beach... and a little bit of everything in between! Accommodations for every budget, style and taste... But they all have one thing in common. They’re REALLY, REALLY NICE! Rancho Santana is a private ranch that was built in 1997, and consists of 2,700 acres, 2 miles of coastline, and 5 beaches. They have a beautiful ocean view clubhouse that is open to guests, adjacent their picturesque pool overlooking Santana surf break, that offers a comfortable lounge area for reading, a pool table, full bar, and a decadent restaurant that serves exquisite cuisine, made from locally produced organic sources. Not only is it presented beautifully, they’ve also taken seriously the task of supporting the local communities, while educating them.

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Isabelle Delfosse, the Surf Center Manager, explains. “One of the great things about Rancho Santana is that we’ve built strong relationships with local fisherman and farmers for our resources”. The ranch boasts a food and beverage program that not only employs, but educates hundreds of local staff members on the importance of integrity and responsibility in agricultural development - and that figure continues to rise as Rancho Santana’s farm program has expanded to include producing eggs from free range chickens as well as grass fed beef”. So when they say from farm to table, they mean it! You can’t get any fresher or more organic that that. When renting a casa, mansion or condo at Rancho Santana, one of the nice things they offer is a grocery service (from this very same food & beverage program). Let them know what you’ll need, and it will be ready and waiting for you upon arrival. Easy!

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Rancho Santana,

Traveling Nicaragua

Central America

Same thing applies to surfing... need a surf guide or transportation to the breaks? They offer that too, and employ local surfers that know the waves and conditions the best. Lenny was our guide during our stay, and didn’t blink an eye when we asked him to pick us up at our condo at 4:30 each morning, so we could be paddling out as the sun first peeked over the horizon. After a short 10 minute drive through the vast ranch, we would walk the beach to Panga Drops in almost darkness, barely able to make out the whitewater of incoming sets. We were there FIRST every morning, and Lenny’s bright smile and accommodating service was unprecedented... as were the EPIC waves. The surf here fires (gently) and it was all we could do to leave it each day to refuel on shore. Rancho Santana offers access to several world class waves, for all levels. Playa Santana is located directly in front of the clubhouse, restaurant and condos, and is a fun beach break. Panga Drops and Colorados- both world class breaks that every surfer should visit, is

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just a short drive away, and totally worth it, as is Popoyo, another really fun right and left-hand reef break. Boat trips can be arranged to other surf spots like Lance’s Left, Playgrounds, Manzanillas, and others. Can’t surf anymore? On-site yoga is available in a serene setting, as well as a massage by the sea, horseback rides through the ranch, guided walking tours, gorgeous sunsets, stargazing, and so much more. Once you arrive at Rancho Santana, you really don’t need a thing... they have it all there for you! Forgot something? Toiletries, groceries, munchies? Head to the small store on property that has a surprising variety of essentials and luxuries. Snap a board or leash? Need a surboard rental? Surf lessons? They offer all of that too, on-site! Rancho Santana really is a one-stop, anything you need, luxurious surf destination. Your hardest decision will be WHICH house, mansion, casita or condo you want to stay in ... and how long you get to stay, before returning to reality. Check them out... it will change the way you see Nicaragua! www.ranchosantana.com and contact them with any questions you have or to make a reservation at reservations@ranchosantana.com F


Massages and yoga available Photos courtesy of Rancho Santana

Rancho Santana Clubhouse Photos: Pat Williams

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Surf Stoked . . . El Salvador

K59 Surf Resort,

Traveling El Salvador

Central America

By Sandra Olson

When you say you’re headed to El Salvador, K59 is often at the top of the list of breaks to surf. But due to its somewhat exclusive location, reputation for formidable waves, and also that it’s hard to get to, unless you’re staying at one of the few resorts located there, most surfers won’t get the chance.

You’ll see several boats of guys landing when the swell gets epic, but morning hours are yours to enjoy, and once the boats leave-- beautiful sunsets and glassy waves abound. We knew we had to sample this amazing break, that during winter (summer in the US), gets intense! Stories of 25foot waves and a killer current coupled with smashing, heavy barrels, will make even the bravest surfers’ heart lutter when seen in person. Upon arrival at K59 Surf Resort, we had just completed a week of 3 hour, 2x daily surf sessions with our retreat guests, so when Edgard, the owner, informed us of the MASSIVE impending swell, our arms begged us to take safety in the comfortable and quiet rooms at the resort for some much needed down time. Decorated in calming colors, K59’s high quality beds, linens and soft towels were a comfort to us, as we let our bodies heal from the previous weeks intensity.

He was right! The swell got beyond massive... So big in fact, that the quiet bay was completely closing out. During the 3 day swell, guests that would normally be surfing (including us) at the resort would gather, watching the power of the ocean grind against the reef, as only 3 local surfers ventured into its venomous peaks during all 3 days. Venturing out one at a time on different days, we would bet whether they would make it out, and one after the other, they were driven back to shore within 2 sets, not even breaking the crest of the inside. With no rip to take them to the peak, the intensity of the ocean barred them from their goal, returning them to shore, shaking their heads, and standing, gazing in disbelief that they were denied. Edgard warned everyone of the power, and you know that when the OWNER tells you HE isn’t even paddling out because the conditions were so intense, you better listen.

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Surfing in Luxu

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Simple and comfortable rooms

Time to paddle out! One of two pools available at K59 Surf Resort Photo: Gabeto Fernandez

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K59 Surf Resort,

Traveling El Salvador

Central America

Instead, we got a really good massage (schedule one, you’ll love it!) and relaxed in absolute comfort at one of their beautiful pools that is perched on the cliffs edge so that you can watch the waves peel by as you soak in its coolness. We enjoyed the simple, delicious mealsincluding banana pancakes, chicken and avocado burritos, homemade spaghetti that was surprisingly decadent, pupusas and a variety of other yummy foods. I am a bit of a coffee-holic, and they quickly learned to keep a hot pot of it ready for me all day. Love them! The World Cup was on, so we would cheer our teams on, as we were interrupted by the occasional gigantic set that would cause us to exclaim... “Did you see that set! It’s getting bigger!”. The swell eventually subsided, and we paddled out to add this iconic wave to our surf map. Even at a smaller size, it still packs a powerful

punch, and we had a blast for the next few days! I can see how if you surfed this wave for a few years, you could really get it dialed in like Edgard has, and know exactly where to take off from, to catch an incredible barrel! January, we hear, is a great time to surf this wave, as more sand gets pushed up on the beach, making it easier to surf and mellowing the wave a bit. We look forward to returning to K59 one day, relaxing on its private beach, exploring the beautiful caves and other nearby surf breaks like K61. Many thanks to Edgard and his excellent staff, for providing such a relaxing environment that truly caters to surfers. No wonder they’ve been in business for almost 15 years... they know what surfers want! Learn more at www.k59surftours.com

Details like this make K59 Surf Resort a pleasure to stay at!

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Grab a cup of coffee, and head to the palapa to check the surf

Lounge in the pool and watch the sets roll by... Photo: K59 Surf Resort

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Community Hawaii Rico Surf Stoked . .. .. .Puerto

El Mirador villa,

Traveling Puerto Rico

Central America

By Sandra Olson | Photos: Gabeto Fernandez

Puerto Rico is an often overlooked gem in Central America, but as a territory of the U.S., it offers the security and comfort that Americans are used to when it comes to traffic, highway signs and markings, restaurants , fast food and shopping, yet offers the carefree freedom of Central America that we also crave. It’s quirkiness is what makes it different, as it’s not uncommon to see a pizza truck or roadside food stand serving up Puerto Rico favorites next door to a Chili’s or a Sams Club, and horses in the back of pickup trucks taking in the view as they’re being transported. But, unlike its neighboring countries, finding medical care and travel essentials is fairly easy, which makes it an attractive and safe destination.

Often dubbed the “surf capital of the Caribbean”, it offers more surf breaks than you can count, and a water temperature that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. From punchy beach breaks to reef breaks, to slow rolling carvable walls, Puerto Rico is a surf destination that should be on every surfers list! With multiple coasts offering a variety of waves, the northern coast is famous for Jobos, a fast, right-hand point break that peels off the rock outcropping, and forms walls that will have the more technical surfers snapping turns that will blow your mind. And yes, it gets crowded. It also offers an inside section, with a soft sandy bottom, that is perfect for learning to surf. Simply walk your board back to the (inside) lineup, and you’re ready for another whitewater ride! While there aren’t many home or hotel rentals in this area, a day trip to the northern coast to surf Jobos, Middles, or Secret Spot, is definitely worth the short drive.

The North-West coast (Aguadilla area) is famous for surf that is more sheltered from the wind than the Jobos area, as well as BIG wave surfing when it’s in season. It also catches the wrap from the North swells, making it a favorable destination for those looking for less crowded surf. Wilderness, Surfers Beach, Crashboat and Bridges are some of the more famous spots that are suitable for all levels of surfing, but you’ll also find barrel-grinding breaks in between these more mellow gems such as Gas Chambers, that are tucked along the coastline. Due to the variety of these consistent surf breaks and close proximity to the Aguadilla airport (Rafael Hernandez International), surfers will find Aguadilla a solid choice for uncrowded surf, dining, and lodging. Aguadilla is also where you’ll find the new WSSM Surf House, offering bed & breakfast options, as well as all-inclusive surf trips (www.wssmsurhouse.com)

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Michelle Olson learns to surf in the easy waves at (inside) Jobos

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El Mirador villa,

Traveling Puerto Rico

Central

Head further West, and you’ll be in the heart of the surfing capital... world famous Rincon! Reminiscent of the North shore of Oahu 40 years ago, vehicles loaded with surfers and boards dot the roads, small eateries entice you, and surf break after surf break makes it a tantalizing drive as you determine your surf destination for each day. Maria’s is a beautiful and popular wave that you HAVE to surf if you’re on this side of PR. While it does get crowded, it offers several takeoff points which will help you score waves. Tres Palmas is famous for GIGANTIC surf on big swells, and Domes-- our personal favorite-- is a super fun right hand point break that is close to shore, and offers long workable walls on the right swell, as well as the occasional barrel. Now... where to stay? There are LOTS of lodging options in Rincon, so finding a place isn’t too hard. It all depends on your budget, and which break you want to be closest to.

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We were lucky enough to score a reservation at El Mirador Villa, a beautiful two story, two unit villa, located in the Puntas area of Rincon. From their spacious balconies, you can watch whales jumping and spectacular sunsets over Desecheo island, as well as enjoy amenities such as air-conditioning, wi-fi, cable, and a surround

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By Sandra Olson

sound stereo system. Located within walking distance to several great beaches like Pools, Sandys, and Parking Lots, El Mirador Villa is also very close to many restaurants and nightlife, making it a perfect choice for those wanting quiet accommodations- with access to vacation essentials and attractions. What we enjoyed about this casa was that there was no need to eat out every meal because El Mirador Villa offers a fully stocked kitchen. Cooking your own meals here after a quick visit to the grocery store is a breeze, and you’ll love the view as you sit outside on the deck, watching the sets peal by below on a good swell. Rent the entire villa for your large groups, or just half, and you’re in for a great night’s sleep, comfortable accommodations and quick access to some of the best surf breaks in Rincon! Learn more about El Mirador Villa by visiting www.elmiradorpr.com Overall, Puerto Rico is a convenient and close surf destination for Americans because dollars are their monetary system, no passport is required- therefore no customs checks, and English is widely spoken. It is very surfer-friendly, with most car rental companies in the Aguadilla area offering surf racks, and will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. So next time you’re making exotic surf trip plans, check out the freedom and safety that Puerto Rico offers, and enjoy it’s warm tropical waters and super fun surf. You won’t be disappointed! F


The view at El Mirador Villa

El Mirador Villa in Rincon

Cooking at El Mirador Villa is a pleasure in this beautiful kitchen

Outside terrace in the upper unit

Comfortable accommodations at El Mirador Villa await you

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SURFING Saved Yoga

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success under my belt, little by little, I begin to relax into surfing. I begin to let go when the waves roll me. I begin to try to start totally fresh with every wave. I begin to try to find space and calmness in the rush of catching a wave. I begin to alchemize my apprehension into anticipation every morning. Surfing becomes my place where I play, where I dance with fear, where I practice living. Where I find my edge and peer over it. Where I desire and lust and get grumpy and frustrated and cold and excitable and FEEL things. Where the water engages me, gets me to stop thinking about meaningless things. Stuff like if so and so likes me and what my next meal will be... it just makes me scream with all of my heart: it is so beautiful out here. Yoga reappears - only as surfing’s humble support staff. I go back to my physical practice for the sole purpose of getting stronger for surfing. And I feel guilty all over again - this time for relegating yoga to the base role of fitness - after all, it’s so much more than that. It saved my life! Yet here I am, cheating on yoga. I have dropped yoga for surfing. And all of a sudden I realize, I totally have been doing yoga the whole time! Surfing is my yoga. #mindblown (No, actually not, because deep down I knew this, but just had to articulate it in a way that would pacify my analytical self. Hence this exposition.) Moreover, my life is my yoga. I’ve done what yoga instructors all tell you to do at the end of class - to take your yoga “off the mat” and into your life. I’m actually practicing yoga like a boss when I’m surfing. The whole reason I’m surfing in the first place is because of my ninja yoga training! Without tapas, I would have quit after my first time out. Without all of my practice on the mat, I would never have had the patience or the wisdom to “get” surfing. I never would have had the mental capacity to lean into my fear and even, strangely, begin to enjoy it. Surfing now fulfills the need that yoga once did - it’s a life simulator and a place of sweetness and replenishment for me - it is the “mat” that resonates most deeply with me now. Being outside. The lifeblood in the waves. An awakening, a rebirth. A place to conquer my fears and grow deep. Surfing is a different kind of practice, less tidy and sweet. It’s wild and scary, and quite frankly, super addictive. It is healing. Playing on the waves is the ultimate, a reminder of the power and deliciousness of the universe. Surfing is also a continuation of the work that yoga started. It is moving further down the path of living life with love, not fear, with openness, not blindness. I still do “traditional” asana yoga - I do it to create space and release tension that builds through other more repetitive and aggressive motions, like paddling and running. I no longer feel guilty and like a “bad yogi” if I don’t do an asana practice for a long time, though. And I no longer feel guilty if my asana practice is purely a physical exercise, and nothing “deeper.” These days, my yoga is found in the meditations I do in my car. The way I hold space for my loved ones. The way I lean into fears and residual eating disorder cravings and anxieties. The way I see a wealth of beauty and grace around me. The way I keep surfing. The way I weave my sanity through the waves. I practice on a daily basis. I am a yogi - good or bad has no meaning here - there is only yogi or not. And I am. Out of all the things I learned from surfing, it taught me this truth that I’m writing down now, this truth that has dispelled all my anxieties about how I’ve been “treating” yoga. I don’t need to “do” yoga. And the yoga I do doesn’t need to “look” a certain way. We all have our own path, and we all have an ever-changing dynamic identity that is constantly presenting new challenges, new needs, new desires. Anytime we self identify with a label or a quality, we run the risk of dragging that static characteristic along with us long after we’ve evolved. I need to let my old idea of yoga go. My identity as a certain kind of yogi - let it go. Yoga has changed my life, no question. It literally made surfing possible for me (and a thousand more things). However, now my practice has moved - off the mat and down my path - wherever that leads, who knows. And I have surfing to thank for showing me this. Surfing saved my yoga - or more accurately, shone the light on it in just the right way. What else will the waves show me? Gettin’ my wetsuit - and gonna go find out! F

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El Mirador Villa Rincon, PR

www.elmiradorpr.com elmirador@yahoo.com 201-401-9180

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a clothing brand that is based out of Australia. I really love their style, and they are just awesome people. Definitely go check them out if you get the chance. Favorite quote: ”Live life to the fullest!”

Sponsors: I currently ride for Rhythm, which is

mute grab alley-oop. I’ve seen one of the local professionals from my town, Evan Geiselman, do one of those at the inlet one morning and it was incredible.

Countries Surfed: I really like the frontside

backs on heavy end sections.

Favorite Maneuver: I really like doing lay-

I’ve been riding Orion Surfboards, shaped by Greg Geiselman for the past 3 or so years, and they have all been fantastic. I currently am riding my 5’3 shortboard, and now a 5’4 double wing shortboard that I really like for my homebreak. I also enjoy longboarding, and my longboard is a 9’0 shaped by another great Floridian shaper named Stu Sharpe. Countries Surfed: I have surfed in various countries around the Northern and Southern hemisphere including, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Peru. Favorite Wave: My favorite type of wave would have to be a punchy beach break that breaks and bowls up on shallow sand. And luckily, when the inlet gets good, sometimes it breaks just like that.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Age: 15 Years Surfing: 10 Home Break: The Inlet,

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Community . . . Industry

MEET the Designer

A Christina Cuccinello with

of BellaSol Boards By: Tiffany Evers, Editor of The NSB Observer Photos by: Kelsey Arnold

letters. So, I dropped the “u” and it became BellaSol. A lot of people have different interpretations on what the name means to them, but to me, it will always mean “beautiful soul.”

Q: Where are you from, Christina? A: I am originally from New Jersey; born and raised in north Jersey for 18 years. My dad’s job transferred him to the Tampa area. I finished out high school in Florida and then eventually went to college at Saint Leo University. Q: What did you study in college? A: I was only there for a hot minute. What I learned was that college wasn’t for me. I promised my parents I would go and I did have a great time while I was there, but I saw palm trees, blue skies and a beach nearby, and I was just more interested in that. I did about a year and a half of college and decided to go to massage therapy school. I always knew that I wanted to be a massage therapist. Massage is one of those things where you can put your own touch to it. No pun intended. It had a more creative outlet for me and was really a great stepping-stone to get to where I am today. Q: Are you still doing massage therapy? A: Yes, I have been working at The Spa at Riverview for 7 years now. People always ask me why I still do massage and not BellaSol full time, and the answer is so easy. I gain so much creativity through doing massage. When I go to work every day, I sit in a room with dim lights, candles lit with soft music playing. It is so therapeutic for me. Here I am giving a therapeutic massage to somebody and I can just disconnect. It’s almost like a meditation, to be able to disconnect from the world and get so clairvoyant with your thoughts and then to be able to come back to reality and write down all my ideas. By the time I get home I am so ready to start working on my designs. Q: What brought you to New Smyrna Beach? A: My first job out of massage school was at The Grand Floridian Spa. I learned so much about customer service, how to treat people, how to talk to people, how to have self-discipline. I really learned my craft there. So, I worked with a girl there who started dating a guy in New Smyrna and we would come over whenever we could. I was introduced to this whole new world, and the surfing culture. There was such a cool vibe when you came to New Smyrna, with all these artistic people. I had the opportunity to start working at The Spa and I made the move. Q: When did you start BellaSol, and how did you come up with the name? A: In 2004. It all started as a name on a T-shirt. I was selling clothes out of the trunk of my car to people I was pitching the idea to. The name? All right, you’re going to laugh, and this is just honesty. I wanted to come up with something that I could relate to. I am 100 percent Italian and the name Bella was very popular, and I loved the word soul. I just love people who are soulful. That’s when you have real grit to you. So, I went to the mall to get the name embroidered on a hat, but I couldn’t because it had too many letters! I only had $10 and the guy would only give me eight 98 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

Q: How did you make the transition from T-shirts to surf boards? A: I got a phone call from a surf shop in Daytona. They were interested in carrying my artwork and shirts and wanted to set up a whole BellaSol area in their shop. It was a great opportunity for me. I started working with the owner, creating designs for him to use on hard goods, like surf boards, stand-up paddleboards and skate boards. In return he mentored me on how to run the business side of buying and selling boards and creating designs for mass production. I did that for two years. Q: How did you learn graphic design? A: I am self-taught. You take a pencil and you keep doing it and doing it, until you figure it out. Then it is almost like muscle memory. Trust me the eraser is my best friend. By no means am I an expert. I am just self-taught. I didn’t go to business school, so I don’t have any business education behind me. I didn’t go to art school; I have never taken an art class in my life. I was just so intrigued with art and learning how to get my drawings on shirts. I wanted to understand the whole process.Those things are what I think about all day long. How it looks, how it makes you feel, how it is laid out. Q: How did you sell your boards when you first started? A: Online. It is www.BellaSolBoards.com. We ship all over the United States and we offer free local pick-up. If you want to drive over here, or if you live here, you don’t pay shipping. Q: What merchandise is available on your website? A: All the different style of boards. You’ve got fishes, funshapes, soft-tops, epoxy and longboards. Now we have this great line of bamboo sunglasses that float in the water. When I am in the water, I want to wear my sunglasses, but I’m not going to take out a pair that I love and risk the chance of having them wash off of me. They are perfect for anyone who is active in the water. Q: What sets your line apart from all the others out there? A: When people think about BellaSol, I want them to know we are fun, we are a great product and we are, most importantly, affordable. That’s because I cut costs and work on a very lean budget. That’s my recipe. I cut out the costs by doing almost everything myself. I design the art, I create the designs, I do the marketing materials, I am the sales rep and I am somewhat of an accountant. I have to be very aware of that bottom dollar. That is why I can offer my boards at the rates I do. Also, it is important to know we are a line for beginners. If you ever wanted to learn how to surf, we are the product for you. We are a family oriented brand that wants to get you a quality board at an affordable rate. F Learn more or purchase... www.BellaSolBoards.com


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MEET the Photographer

Gabeto Fernandez Age: 39 | Years shooting: 13 | Hometown: Cali, Colombia COUNTRIES PHOTOGRAPHED: Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Austria, France, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Nicaragua GALLERY: Fernandez Photography & Arts Gallery, 100 N Cooper St, New Smyrna Beach, Florida WEBSITE: gabetofernandez.com

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it was taken at the Winter Jam Fest in Daytona Beach, 2010. I took it with my fish eye lens. It is a simple picture, but brings back a lot memories of when I backpacked through Europe for a couple of months by myself. I got invited to a party in the middle of the woods in Germany. “The Surf Shack” taken in Playa The purpose of the party was to collect money for a trip to Dominical, Costa Rica in 2008. It’s a Spain. Somehow the party was the same day as my 22nd special picture because it was the first time I got a picture published in my life. Also, it is the picture that birthday and I ended up traveling back to Munich in this I sell the most at my gallery and at art shows. It’s just orange 1970 VW Bus with 3 friends. We had an awesome so rewarding to see people that get my pictures and time camping and sleeping in this bus that was older than me, but was still running perfectly. It took us 2 days to reach display them in their homes. our destination, but the memories are unforgettable. Most people that buy that picture get it as a gift for a family member or a friend that loves VW Buses or had one in the past. It is just about bringing back memories. “Rusty”

Q: You’ve travelled the world with WSSM, spending countless hours under the hot sun, capturing some of our best surf sessions, travel experiences, and making hundreds of surfer girls happy over the years with their pictures. Tell us how you discovered this passion of photography? A: I remember being like 8 or 9 years old and grabbing any camera that was left unattended around my house or at my grandparents house. I just wanted to look through that viewfinder and capture the moment. I remember playing a lot with a Polaroid camera that my older sister got for Christmas one time. I really started paying more attention and getting the bug for photography when I went on an exchange program to Germany at age 16. I backpacked around Europe for a few months with a few friends. I was fascinated taking pictures with a point and shoot film camera of all the historic buildings, churches and sites that I had learned about through my history class back in Colombia. That experience also opened my eyes to a different world and to all the different cultures that get mixed together in the Old Continent. Q: What locations have you photographed around the world, and are there any that stand out in memory as your favorite destinations or experiences? 100 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

it was taken in a small town call El Cuco, in El Salvador in 2011. I took that picture after a whole day of shooting surfing, as we went to explore the streets and life of the town. I liked it because it was not staged. It just happened after a car went by on a dirty road and all the dust went up in the air. The light was just magical at that moment. It also gave me a third place at the Art Fiesta Jury Show in 2012 in New Smyrna Beach.

“Biking Girl at El Cuco”

A: One of the places I enjoy shooting the most is Costa Rica. I have been there at least 7 times in the last 10 years. It reminds me of being in Colombia. I enjoy shooting the surf over there, the waves are so consistent and you always meet friendly surfers. People are so nice, the food is wonderful, and there is a lot to see and to shoot over there. What I like the most is that you just rent a car and go, like on a safari, all over the Pacific coast. I shoot from surfers to volcanoes, from hummingbirds to breathtaking sunsets, from butterflies to wild life. Basically it is a photographic paradise. In 2011 I did a story about a group of surfers girls around Hermosa Beach that left everything behind for the dream to surf good waves every day in warm water. I presented the pictures to WSSM and you guys gave me 8 pages to tell the story. It was the first time that I shot and wrote my own article. I have always had a passion for photo journalism. Q: What do you enjoy shooting the most? A: I shoot everything: surfing, landscapes, family portraits, weddings, soccer, skateboarding, etc. But if you unleash me in New York City or any big, congested city in the world, I just have a blast walking around from 7 am till dark with my camera in hand. Street photography gives me a lot of adrenaline and peace at the same time. You don’t know what’s going


to happen or what people or “characters” are you going to meet on the way. One time I sat for 3 hours at Union Square, put the camera on the ground and took over 1000 pictures below peoples knees. It was like a different world and so many stories happened in those hours. Some people were just staring at me like, what is this guy doing with the camera on the floor. I just smiled. I was in peace. From that experience came an idea for a book where I just put the camera on the ground, and all pictures are from the knees down to the ground. Hopefully I will have it ready in a couple of years. Q: As a world traveler, you’ve taken some amazing photos that you’ve brought back to your gallery in New Smyrna Beach, and turned into impressive works of art. Tell us about your gallery? A: I opened The Fernandez Photography & Arts Gallery in 2012. I just wanted to have a space to display and sell my work. At the gallery you can find all my photography. Most of the pictures are landscapes from New Smyrna Beach and also landscapes from all the trips through Central America. People tell me that when looking at my pictures, they feel relaxed, happy and find serenity. I photograph life, and for me life is positive, vibrant and happy. I also work with a few local artists that do paintings and different styles of artwork. I always like to have new artists at the gallery. The main idea is to support the local community and the gallery can be a venue to show their work to the public. I also have an eco-friendly jewelry line. For the last 12 years I have been working with families and friends from Colombia that create unique and beautiful jewelry made from seeds, gourds, coconuts, orange peels, flower petals, bamboo, etc. Everything is fair trade, because I work directly with the crafters and they set up their own price. It is rewarding being able to help families down there that use their hands as a way to make a living and support their families. One of my future goals is to have different products based on my photographs, like coffee mugs, t-shirts, lamps, etc. Last year I started making a calendar of New Smyrna Beach. This year I also made one with pictures from my trips through Central America. Right now I’m working on the 2015 calendar. Another of my goals is to start a camera club and also a “Tertulia” night where people that have learned Spanish, but do not have a way to put it to practice, can meet at the gallery and have a conversation in Spanish. Q: Are you involved in any community outreaches or sponsorships you’d like to share with us? A: I have been involved with the local Parks and Recreation department volunteering as a soccer coach for the last 3 years. My kids started playing the sport and what better way to be with them that training and teaching them and the other kids that want to have some fun and maybe one day become professional soccer players. During the summer I work in the mornings at Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy where I take pictures of the kids journeys learning how to surf. It is an amazing experience and rewarding at the same time where parents come to you and tell you how grateful they are for me being there capturing their children memories. Q: Do you offer private photoshoots or work on special projects? A: I am available for surf trips to anywhere you want to go. I have gone with group of surfers to Panama, Costa Rica and now getting ready to go to Puerto Rico to shoot a couple of surfer chicas from Boston. I am a native Spanish speaker, so I am a good guide and translator anywhere in Central and South America. Q: Is there a special quote that keeps you inspires you in life and photography? A: “Conquer new heights, follow your heart, explore new horizons, dare to dream”. I believe in living life to the fullest. Always keep a positive attitude, be humble, never stop dreaming. Whatever you do, do it with passion and you will succeed. F

Book, purchase, learn more...

Facebook pages: Fernandez Art Gallery, Secretsurf007, Latinsoulcreations Website: gabetofernandez.com Reach me for bookings at: Email: fernandezphotoandarts@yahoo.com Cell: 386-295-5254

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Community . . . Industry

MEET the Designer

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Q: Are you a surfer, Lori? A: The beach and everything about it is my passion. I grew up near Huntington Beach, CA (better known as Surf City USA), and I practically lived on the sand every summer. I suppose if you count body surfing and Boogie boarding, you could say that I caught the “surf bug” at about 9 or 10 years old. My true first surf experience however, was a trip of a lifetime! My husband and I took went on a surf/yoga retreat to Maui for my 50th birthday. We were hooked the minute we paddled out in those beautiful warm, tropical waters. We learned on 11 ft. soft tops but graduated to 9 ft. Surf Tech Boards. After coming home to Northern California, we just had to continue on with our newest sport. After donning full wetsuits due to our much colder oceans and purchasing our boards, we have made Cowell’s Beach and New Brighton Beach near Santa Cruz, California our go to surf spots. We have now added SUP and SUP Yoga, two sports I am absolutely hooked on! Q: You’re obviously a talented jewelry designer. Tell us how you discovered this passion, and who/what inspires your designs? A: My other passion, designing Seaglass jewelry, stems directly from that same trip to Hawaii. I learned through that experience that if you are passionate about something, grab hold and go for it. My love of seaglass comes from those childhood days on the beaches of Southern California, collecting shards of seaglass and saving them in jars. After seeing some seaglass earrings in Hawaii I knew then and there that this was something I just had to do. Mixing my love of the ocean, it’s treasures and the love of unique one-of-a-kind jewelry has now become a business appropriately named Designed By The Sea. I retired from a 32 year career in the medical/dental field and am now able to devote my time completely to this love of the sea. When you can say a day “at the office” is a day at the beach, what more can you ask for? Q: At what age did you become interested in fashion? A: I grew up inside an upholstery shop of my grandparents. My Godmother owned a dressmaking shop that I loved to visit, and mom owned a sewing machine. Later when I was a teenager, I used the knowledge of my familiar surroundings to sew my own clothes. Later I felt the need to learn the techniques of making patterns and enrolled in courses to study fashion design and sewing. I worked for a while with pieces of hand-painted clothing, which were very popular with my clientele, they had a Caribbean style and with a lot of color. Then, inspired by the birth of my daughter and my passion for the waves in the sea, I began to express the beauty of design in the making of bathing suits. In this new facet, I worked with love and quality materials to design bathing suits that I could use while surfing. Q: Share with us your top 3 favorite designs of all time, and what makes these so special? A: Choosing just 3 favorites is tough. I would have to say first and foremost is a very rare red and yellow wave wrapped pendant. Two of the most rare colors of seaglass are red and yellow, to find a piece with both colors, I thought that I had found the “holy grail”! It is simply stunning on 102 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

Designed by the Sea a curved silver neckwire. It will always remind me of that very special day on the beach when it was found. The second one is one I call “Oceans of Teal Cuff Bracelet. These cuff bracelets are so versatile and can be worn from day wear to beachwear to evening wear. These cuffs are one of my top sellers and anything in this beautiful tropical teal seaglass is a must have for any seaglass lover. The third favorite would have to be a necklace that I call Beach Bum Bliss. It pretty much says it all. Beautiful seaglass wrapped in a wave of sterling with a “Beach Bum” sun and surfboard charm. When I wear this piece it just takes me to my favorite place in the world…the beach. Q: Do you use special stones, or other jewelry mediums that you feel make you stand out in the jewelry industry, and how do they relate to surfing or the beach? A: Every piece of seaglass used in my designs is exactly as I found it on the beach. I do not alter it in any way, and this is why each piece is so unique. They truly become a oneof-a-kind design. I have created some unusual techniques in sterling silver wire wrapping and this combined with the characteristics of each individual piece of seaglass creates some very special pieces. Of course just the fact that all of my “inventory” comes straight from “Mother Ocean”, brings everything I do right back to Surfing/SUP and my absolute love and respect of the beach. Q: What does the future hold for you? A: As long as the beaches and our oceans continue to produce these beautiful “trash to treasure” pieces of seaglass, I will continue to roam the sands and design jewelry. I truly feel so blessed to be able to make this my new career. I appreciate this chance you have given my to share my jewelry designs in your very special magazine. F Learn more or purchase...

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Community . . . My Story

Surviving By Barb Whatley

Are you kidding me? I wasn’t prepared for the tsunami-like wave barreling down on me. It was really big and seemed to pop up out of nowhere, heading straight towards me. There was no way to avoid it, I was going to get hit – period – and I sure did get hit. But not by a wave this time, I was hit by breast cancer.

Throughout the process, my husband of 31 years and three sons (all surfers), plus family and friends, were very supportive and vital to my recovery. Some allowed me to ramble-on endlessly while others were “one and done, you’re good to go”. Both perspectives were valued and needed. I posted regularly on Facebook and welcomed the humor, prayers, and wisdom offered. In particular, my husband was awesome. He never made me feel ashamed about what was happening and the significant impact it had on the family. I’m forever grateful and humbled by his kindness. Surfing forces you to be in the moment and live it – to face your fears, conquer them and move on. These are the same qualities needed to get through cancer treatments. It’s curious, but I didn’t realize how important surfing was to me until it was gone for awhile. The thrill of catching a wave, hooting and hollering, morning surf sessions, dolphins – I love it all!

I was fortunate; all my procedures went well, including ovaries and tubes One year ago, I heard those stunning words, “you have breast cancer”. removed after chemo ended. About 6 months after diagnosis, I started What? Me? No way! I take care of myself. I was an active, healthy,middlesurfing again during the 2013 holiday season, and my hair started growing age woman, with great family and friends, getting annual check-ups and too – chemo curls, but I’ll take them. These were the best gifts ever! mammograms - and I surf. My initial reaction was complete shock. I cried So where am I now? One year later, I’m happy, healthy, surfing, and like a baby from fear and self-pity – truly gut-wrenching moments. There adjusting to my “new normal” existence, including was no lump or any visible signs. Nothing. It was only recently getting nipple tattoos! Yikes! I’m pro-active a mammogram that detected this aggressive growth. about life and eating better, including my favorite I was so scared and didn’t want to die – not yet! I still flavonoids, chocolate chips. The fear of recurrence have more life to live and waves to surf. Surfing forces you to is quite real but not a dominating factor anymore. If It seemed surreal that I was now the 1 in 8 women be in the moment and I need help, I’ll get it. For the next five years, I have who get breast cancer. And like the ocean, cancer quarterly checkups with my Oncologist–definitely live it – to face your doesn’t care if you are ready or not. It will take you stressful, but important post-treatment monitoring. fears, conquer them and consume you, and the best you can do is go with There is life after cancer and it can be great! I made the flow, surrender to the process, and hope for a and move on. These it! I survived! happy ending. are the same qualities My current plan is to “pay it forward” and use my After the diagnosis, the next few weeks were a flurry experiences to help others who will walk this same needed to get through of doctor appointments, tests, insurance approvals, path someday. I’m also thankful for knowing some and other medical activities. My life was in turmoil. cancer treatments. truly amazing people who have triumphed over their I surfed as much as possible for the physical and own challenges and inspired me. They are my heroes. spiritual connection the ocean provided. It felt good. Thank you! While in the line-up, I freely shared my story with Please be mindful of your own journey in life and on the water, the highs others, and heard their stories, too. There was no judgment on the water, and lows, the good and bad, the joy and the pain. Stay positive, make just support, inspiration, and hope. good choices, live with purpose, be grateful- it truly matters. We all have My final pathology was Stage 1, Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), not a story to tell with many chapters to write. in my lymph, and not metastasized. It was a small fast-growing cancer Cheers to my “salty sistas” for health, happiness, and the joy of surfing. caught early, but TNBC is the “bad” one and difficult to treat with limited It’s all good! F options. Because of that fact, my amazing team of doctors recommended aggressive treatments to ensure the best long-term outcome. I was ready to fight for my life. I can do this! Surgery was in June of 2013. I had a bilateral mastectomy (both girls gone) with immediate breast reconstruction (implants inserted underneath pectorals). This was a big deal and a true game-changer. A few weeks after surgery, four chemotherapy treatments began over three months. Chemo scared me, but it wasn’t as bad as I imagined. It reminded me of getting “freaked out” by a big wave, then dropping in anyway and realizing it was fine, scary but fine. One of the worst parts about chemo was going bald. All my hair fell out within two days. This was brutal, and another gigantic hit to my womanhood and ego. However, soon I accepted my temporary baldness (with cute hats) and trusted the chemo drugs to work their magic. My life depended on this and I fully cooperated.

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Community . . .

She Surfs

Christina Coffee also enjoy going into the shops as well to see the boards and clothing for sale and to hang out with the great people that work at them. In New Smyrna, almost every person in the water is encouraging and helpful. There are the older longboards who are there at the crack of dawn each morning and they cheer you on for every wave you catch. Then there’s the younger shortboarders who rip it up. Once you establish a friendship with them they are some of the most awesome people you could possibly know and they do an wonderful job at getting you pumped for every wave that’s coming your way.

Growing up....

When I was growing up my dad would go to the beach every morning to surf. I got my first foam board when I was seven and I gave surfing a try for about month or so, but the surf stoke just didn’t hit me. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school when I became totally obsessed. I hung out with a group of kids who randomly decided to start surfing in the middle of winter. I had no board and no wetsuit, but I made due by using my dads wetsuit and board. His suit didn’t fit and the board was in bad shape, but after going out a couple of times I couldn’t stop. We would go out everyday even though it was freezing and I would have a riot every time. Once my dad saw how stoked I was about surfing he brought home a 7’4” Orion fun shape for me and invested in a girls wetsuit. After riding that board for all of summer I started to move towards shorter boards. I went from the Orion to a 7’2” Town & Country to a 6’4” to a 6’2” until finally I graduated high school. My family friend had been telling me for a long time that he was going to buy me my first new board for graduation. I went to Mad Dog surf shop in Daytona Beach and talked to the shaper who helped me figure out what kind of board would work best for me. I ended up with the most unbelievable lime green 6’0” swallow tale anyone could ask for. I rode it all that winter and into the spring until one day I went to a beach clean up for Ron John with my surf team. I didn’t bring a board with me and I asked to ride my friends’ board which was 5’7” and super thin. I loved how fast it was and how simple it was to maneuver on the waves. After that I talked to my dad about it and he decided to shape me two boards. He made me a 5’7” and a 5’5”. The 5’5” was perfect. I rode that board for about another 3 months until he surprised me with a blue 5’4”. It’s the board I’m currently riding and I’m absolutely in love with it. It’s super light weight, very fast, and has a five fin set up. I’m so grateful my dad had it made for me. The fact that my family supports me so much with this amazing sport makes it even more worth it. I recently received a 5’4” Hayden Hypto Krypto. I have yet to ride it, but the second we have some waves here in Florida I’m going to take it out as soon as possible. It looks like a super fun board and I see people ridding them all the time. Lets hope it’s as amazing as it looks!

Surf culture... in New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna is a tiny beach town that has the most relaxing vibes and is full of smiling faces on every street. Everyone knows everyone, so it’s almost like we’re a giant family. New Smyrna’s sense of community is very strong and you feel safe and at home everywhere you go. Growing up in New Smyrna, whether or not you surf, surf culture plays a huge role in everybody’s lives. When simply walking around town you’ll overhear people asking how the waves were and if they made it out there that morning. People are always reminiscing about how awesome the waves were last week and how flat it’s been ever since. It’s an amazing town and I’m so lucky to have had the privilege of growing up here. Whenever I have guests coming to visit, I always make sure to take them to the many surf shops we have around town such as QuickSilver, Ripcurl, and Red Dog. I 106 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

One part of surf culture in New Smyrna that I would like to see change is the number of women in the water. Even when I first started surfing to the present, the amount of men easily outnumber the amount of women. For every 25 guys there are about two women. It’s quite a male dominated sport where I live, so I’d like to see some more girls surfing down at the inlet to show what we’ve got! It’s nice to see other girls out there. I always make an effort to paddle over to them to say hello and get to know them and hopefully see them out there again. At the inlet the number of shortboarders typically outnumber the longboarders unless the waves are pretty small, but just because the waves are smaller it doesn’t mean that it’s not just as fun! I enjoy both longboarding and shortboarding, but I prefer shortboarding because I enjoy being able to throw my board around on the waves. Also, the speed on a shortboard is exhilarating and exciting. When we have solid surf get ready for a paddle battle if you plan on surfing at the inlet. My dad always makes comments about how it has become so much more busy in the water down there, but even I’ve noticed a drastic increase in the amount of people present in the water over the past couple of years. The New Smyrna inlet seems to be becoming the “cool” spot to come. Though it’s a bummer to have to scrap for waves, it’s exciting to get to meet many new people from all over Florida and the rest of the world. New Smyrna surf culture is exactly what you’d expect of a little surf town in Florida, and I couldn’t love it more.

If I had a special power, it would be...

Unlimited energy! I feel like there’s not enough time in the day for me to accomplish all the things I wish to do! With unlimited energy I wouldn’t require sleep, so I’d have time for all sorts of activities. I like to be active and have something to keep me busy, so with unlimited energy I would be able to take care all that needs to be done and more. I’d be able to surf all day and complete all the chores that need to be done at night. Also with unlimited energy I’d be able to surf forever without becoming tired, which would be so awesome.

Best surf travel tip...

PROTECT YOUR BOARDS!!! When I went to California with my surf team, my dad insisted I wrap my board in cardboard and tape it all together with cut up pool noodles to make sure it wouldn’t get damaged during transportation. I thought he was out of his mind and being overly protective of the board. Boy was I so extremely wrong… Upon arriving to California my team and I all hopped in our rental car to get to our house. We assumed there were no issues and unloaded everything once we reached our home for the week. We all ripped out our shortboards from their board bags and rushed down to Trestles. There were no problems and nothing to worry about... or so we thought. Well, the day before the contest our longboarder on the team decided to go practice longboarding that day instead of riding his shortboard. He unzipped the bag and I helped him slide the board out of the bag, when all of a sudden I hear one of our team members say, “Has the nose of your board always looked like that?” We thought he was joking until we all took a moment to look at the nose. It had been completely smashed to pieces. It was almost as if the people shipping the board tried to rip it in half like a piece of paper. We were all shocked the board could become that dam-


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aged even though it was in a board bag and wrapped in cushions. Luckily we were able to duck tape the nose for the day of the contest, but we had to leave the board in California because it wasn’t worth the cost to fly it home and have it repaired. I’ll never question anyone again for being overly protective when it comes to caring for their board on a surf trip. Thank goodness my dad has gone on plenty of trips and knows the best ways to ensure a board will make it there in one piece. So long story short, protect your boards!

another technical position at a news station or production company. I love working with cameras and computers especially when it comes to editing footage. Using Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier is such an enjoyable activity for me. I see myself sticking with this career path throughout my lifetime because it is something I really enjoy being a part of.

My other hobbies include...

I always say I would like to work for a news station, but it would be my all time dream to work for a company that broadcasts surf contests online for viewers at home. I can’t even imagine how amazing it must be to be able to travel the world and have my career coincide with my love of surfing. Hopefully I will be able to work my way up and be able to achieve this dream. With enough hard work anything is possible.

Besides surfing, I have a couple of hobbies that are a huge part of my life. When the waves are flat I always take out my Carver skateboard so I can practice surfing on land. I love being able to carve around town and discovering newly paved roads or hills. I’m often stopped and asked how I’m making my board go without having to put my foot down and I’ll explain to them how the front truck works. It’s always funny to watch people often stare or hoot as I race past them. I guess they don’t expect to see a tiny surfer girl flying down the street when they hear the scratching of my tires against the pavement. The Carver has helped improve my surfing tremendously. The way it is able to simulate carving on a wave is remarkable and the fact that I don’t have to put my foot down is mind-blowing. I’m in love with my Taylor Know board and all my surf friends flip out and beg to ride it when they come over. Recently I’ve been watching videos of people ripping it up on Carvers and I’ve been trying to mimic some of their moves to help progress my surfing even further. I’m very lucky to have the privilege of owning one of their amazing boards. I’m also a dancer. I was on a high kick dance team for four years in high school and we won national championships in both 2010 and 2011. Though we were a high kick team, hip hop was our favorite style of dance and when it came time for football peep rallies the whole school knew they had to come to see our killer performances. Since graduating high school I have still continued dancing with many new friends from my university and at dance classes around Orlando. It’s a great way to express myself and it’s amazing exercise. I greatly enjoy it because I had to work extremely hard to become a skilled dancer. It’s a talent I was not born with so I feel proud to share my hard work with everyone when I perform. Also I believe that dance has really helped shape my surfing as well. I feel that it adds a gracefulness to my style. My dad always tells me I look like I’m dancing when I’m on a wave and it really shows in some of my photos.

Occupation and future plans...

As of now I’m a Radio / Television major at the University of Central Florida. I’m working towards becoming and editor, camera operator, or

AT A GLANCE:

 Slippers or high heels: Vans! They are the perfect shoes for skating or just walking around. There’s so many different styles, designs, and colors it’s impossible to not find a pair you’re in love with. I have a bit of a Vans addiction, but can you blame me? They are, hands-down, the most amazing shoe on the planet.  Favorite guy surfer: I have two favorite guy surfers. One is Gabriel Medina and the other is John John Florence. They are such amazing surfers. My dad and I always talk about how John John is going to be the next Slater, and how Gabriel is extremely intelligent when it comes to winning his heats by strategizing and how he can land the craziest of airs. They both do all their maneuvers with such ease and are very humble about their incredible ability. They are inspirational to watch and make me want to get in the water every time I watch them surf.  MAC or PC: MAC’s forever. I used to use a PC back in middle school and the start of high school, but once I got serious with editing videos I quickly switched to using a MAC. Though it’s possible to use a PC for editing, I believe MAC’s are more professional and properly built for completing such tasks.  Favorite fast food: Chipotle!!! It’s delicious and nutritious! I care a lot about what I eat and I’m very into purchasing organic foods, so Chipotle is the perfect restaurant for me to go to. Also, if it was possible I would live off of Hispanic food and guacamole. It’s all so delicious it makes my mouth water every time I just think about it.  Favorite quote: “Do things right the first time so you don’t have to redo it” – Kelly Conway (my high school dance quote) F wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 107


Community . . . I am a surfer

She Surfs Lisa Mace

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am often blessed with special individuals through my surf photography. Lisa Mace is one of them! Lisa is 24 years old and from Cape Town, South Africa and a natural talent in the surf. She is a dedicated, hardworking, individual and makes the most of any opportunity that may come her way. Lisa has been a major inluence on my surf photography, as she always wanted to shoot and better her pictures. She showed me its possible to work hard and still have fun and as a result we have had our share of published work when she was a junior. She is a wonderful inspiring human that I’m blessed to have as a good friend. Surfing has played a significant role in her life. Surfing has filled her with confidence and taught her there is no substitute for hard work in achieving ones goal. Lisa is currently training in the legal profession and without surfing she may have struggled to fulfill her exceptional potential. Lisa is proof that one can love surfing and still follow her dreams and achieve balance in life. - Greg Chapman | Photographer

In the beginning...

Lisa began surfing at the age of 11 at Strand, a small town just outside of Cape Town, South Africa, but before surfing, Lisa was a passionate horse rider. When she was not at horse riding, she was sitting on the beach watch108 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

ing her twin brother in the surf. She did not enjoy just sitting there and watching her brother have all the fun and with people questioning why she was not out there too, she decided to give it a try when the opportunity arose. That opportunity came when her brother got a new board. Armed with her brothers old board and an oversized, bright purple second hand wetsuit, Lisa took too the waves. Just 3 months later Lisa tried her hand at competitive surfing when she competed in the South African Grommet games. Lisa’s competitive nature coupled with the indescribable stoked that surfing brings, had opened a door to a new world of possibilities and opportunity. Lisa’s fondest surfing memory of her early surfing years, is when she was 12 years old and her dad took two years leave. Dad would take Lisa and her brother to the beach at 5:30am for a before school surf. She remembers getting to school all wet and salty and soon as school was finished, Dad was there with a packed lunch to take them back to the beach.

A competitive junior...

Lisa made the South African junior team at the age of 14, just 3 years into her surfing life. She surfed in the U/18 division at the 2004 world junior games held in California. It was around this time that her family decided to move to Kommetjie, a small village in the Cape peninsula’s deep south. Kommetjie is the epicenter of Surfing in Cape Town and the move was designed to give Lisa and her brother maximum surf time in a more competitive environment. Lisa was now able to walk to one of the most consistent and fun waves in Cape Town from her new home, which was a big advantage, and convince. Lisa quickly became an established face in the line-up and her quiet, down to earth nature made her well liked among her peers and she was making lots of new friends. Not only was her surfing improving but also she was growing in confidence as a person. After moving to Kommetjie, Lisa became a regular member of the regional surf team (Western Province) and competed in the national junior cham-


pionships on many occasions. Her best result at the national junior surfing championships was a 3rd place in the U/18 division in 2005 and 2006. She enjoyed success on the local contest scene with noteworthy results in 2004 where she placed 1st in the U/14 division and 2nd in the U/16 division at the Roxy surf jam in Cape st Francis. In 2008 she placed 1st in the Roxy surf Jam in Kommetjie in the U/18 division. Also in 2008 Lisa and her brother placed 1st in their U/18 divisions at the Future stars surf challenge in Kommetjie. She loved competing and is a natural competitor, and surfing the junior contests are fond memories, but for her, the best part was traveling to the events. Those long road trips through the beautiful countryside were a special time for her and her family.

University life...

Not only is Lisa a natural surf talent, she is a highly intelligent and hard working individual. In 2009 Lisa went off to University to study law at Stellenbosch University in the Cape wine lands. Although being a dedicated student and enjoying the challenges of a diverse subject like law, Lisa was still passionate about surfing. She immediately joined the University surfing club and made the surfing team with ease. During her first year, Lisa finally got a much deserved national surfing title when she won the SA University surfing championships at Cape St. Francis. Lisa managed to maintain her exceptionally high standards in the classroom and her love for surfing throughout her student days. She served the surfing club as vice chairperson for 2 years and was the public relations officer for 1 year. She loved being involved with the surfing club. The social and team aspect coupled with surf trips and contests was the perfect counter balance to her hectic classroom duties.

Post university and working life...

Straight out of University, Lisa joined a law firm in Cape Town and started training as a lawyer. Surfing has now been reduced to weekends, holidays and on leave days as she focuses on her new career and attempts to build a positive long-term reputation in legal circles. She finds the team spirit of her new environment much like that of a surf team and her experiences in those various surf teams have enabled her to quickly adapt to her new surroundings. Another comparison she draws between surfing and working in Law is the rush she gets when about to appear in court. She says “its just like surfing, you never know what is going to happen every wave is different, in court it’s the same”. Along with working hard and servicing her clients in the best possible way, Lisa is also vice chairperson for Cape Town Candidate Attorneys Association, a non profit organization for candidate attorneys in a social environment that raises money for charity.

In the future...

Lisa, now 24, will be admitted as an attorney in February. She will still love to travel and surf in different parts of the world and experience new cultures and continue to have fun with surfing. In her non-surfing time, she likes to keep healthy and fit with running, gym time, and hiking, high on the agenda. She loves to spend time with her family as family is important to her and she is well aware of the sacrifices, support and opportunities she has been given. So in a nutshell, how has surfing influenced her life to date? “Surfing taught me early how to work hard for a goal. It has also taught me how to deal with life’s pressures and stresses, it has had a major positive influence on my life so far” F

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nspiration isn’t hard to find in a place like Nicaragua where the waves are always glassy, green foliage frames every scene, and people adapt and low with nature in a beautiful rhythm. If you take a surf trip there, you are likely to see a girl fearlessly slashing up and down the face of waves that appear to be double over-her-head. If you paddle out, you will be amazed to realize the charger is a ten-yearold grommet surfing better than most of the guys in the line-up. She will probably be smiling wide because the waves are pumping, and will even laugh after getting thrashed around by the whitewater of a set.

My path crossed Valentina’s in Nicaragua when she was three and her mom was pregnant with Candi. Valentina’s mom, Berry, and I became friends volunteering together with our mutual friend Dawn Gray-Moraga leading Sunday school classes and art classes for the local kids in Las Salinas. Valentina’s big blue eyes and sun-bleached hair contrasted with all the other kids’ mocha eyes and skin, yet she seamlessly blended in playing and speaking with them in Spanish. I admired Berry’s strong and free spirit, and I learned much from this Spanish woman. She was smart and resourceful; raising her family in the jungle with her husband, Manual Resano, a big wave surfer from Argentina. We often took the kids to the beach to play soccer and to surf with them, and Valentina spent every moment in the water. I spent a year in Nicaragua and saw the family often and even met Candi after she was born. After I left Nicaragua, I learned that Berry was going to have another child, and that it was going to be a girl as well. As the youngest of three girls, I was excited for them and couldn’t wait to meet their third. After being away from Nicaragua for a few years I returned arriving in time for a sunset session with one of my best friends, Maite, who lives in 110 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

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Popoyo. Friends of Maite’s, a girl from Japan, one from Argentina, and I walked to the river-mouth carrying our boards and chattering excitedly. The right rolled along, and I flew among the other mermaids from all different seas of the world. We surfed, encouraged each other, and laughed together. We shared party waves, and then Valentina and Candi showed up. Now the girls were 6 and 8, and I watched as they skillfully read and selected waves, paddled into them, and duck-dived their short-boards. Their dad, Manuel, even had the youngest, Maxima, 3, on a longboard tandem surfing. Awestruck and proud, I watched the girls surf, and I couldn’t pull my attention away to hunt for a wave to ride myself. Inspiration overwhelmed my soggy bones as I watched them flow with the surf, and the horizon faded into tones of salmon, pink, and amber. A year or so later I was in Mexico on a surf trip when I noticed two familiar grommets slashing some lefts and a man on a longboard with a small girl. Immediately, I was thrilled to have a surprise reunion with the Resanos. They camped in a large tent, and the girls raved about the Mexican surf. Once again, the girls impressed me with their high level of surfing. They executed polished turns typically made by mature, seasoned surfers, yet later on when we circled around a crackling bonfire these surfers were the small girls I remembered, kids, playing with my makeshift bongo drum and fallen coconuts. Later that same year, we met again in Bocas de Toro. On their way to Bocas, the family stopped in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica where the girls charged Salsa Brava. Joy and fearlessness radiated from the girls as they recounted their sessions in Costa Rica and in Bocas. We sat in the lively main street of Bocas where tourists, locals, children, dogs, and vendors of colorful items and delicious snacks mingled in the night. Instead of saying goodbye I wanted to join the family in their surf excursions, yet I knew that somehow I was a part of them. Since we first met, the family has fascinated


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and inspired me, and at this rate their progress is a promise. They’ve also picked up some great sponsors, including Volcom, All Ocean, Future and Popoyo Ding Repair. Valentina has gained due recognition in competitions this past spring and has some to look forward to. Here she writes about her life over the past few months:

“Recently I have been up to many fun things, but mostly contests. It started out on a contest which I was really motivated for because it was at my home beach, Popoyo. The contest started April 11 and ended April 13. I came in first on open women division and then second in the under 14 division. The weekend after that I went over to Costa Rica for the Volcom “Totally Crustaceous Tour” qualifiers. I was very excited because if I came in first or second I could go to California. I came in second in squids (under 10 both girls and boys). I was very pleased at that result. The contest marathon was not over, so the next weekend I went to Santa Teresa for the 5th stop of the Costa Rican circuit which was April 25- 26. We surfed at a beach break and the waves were huge. With a lot of effort, I came in first in the division of under 12 girls. I won a brand-new customized, all ocean, surf board. There was still no time to relax, because May 7 I left for California. It was a very difficult competition because out of 30 kids I was the only girl. There I noticed that I still had a lot to learn. I had three days to look around in California. So I went to Lower Trestles, and had a great session there. I am sponsored by Volcom, so after my session I went to Volcom to get some items. My final session I surfed at Huntington. I was back at home on May 14, but then a day later I needed to head back to Costa Rica for the 6th stop of the circuit on May 15-16 in Jaco. It was a very fun contest because I got to be with my friends, and my uncle coached me. I came in first place in the girls under 12 division. Finally back home, I have seen more improvements in my surfing and am looking forward to the future. My next contest will be the 7th stop of the Costa Rican circuit. By mid-June if I win, I will be the champion of the Costa Rican circuit with all firsts! By the end of July I will compete in the final contest of the Costa Rican circuit. August will be the final stop of the Nicaraguan circuit, and so far I have gotten first in two out of three contests. It’s going to feel good to just free surf till the next competition season!” F

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When did you learn how to surf? I learned how to surf I when was about 10 to 12 months old. What is your favorite thing about surfing? My favorite part about surfing is everything, even wiping out. Who are your favorite people to surf with? I like surfing with my friends and family, it would be a dream come true to surf with a pro. Where is your favorite surf spot? My favorite surf spot is Popoyo because it’s where I always surf, and I know alot about it. If you could go anywhere in the world to surf where would it be and why? I would really love to go to Indonesia because there are great waves and easy barrels. What is your favorite food? I like a lot of different kinds of food, I’ll eat practically anything. If a story was written about you, what would you like it to be about? I would like to be in a story about somebody who did all they could to succeed in something, and accomplished it. Photos by Greg Chapman wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 111


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Donna rockin’ her Calavera Swimwear Photos: Chris Kinsel, Kinsel Photo

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Donna Fortney pillows and board bags !!

How did you become a surfer? I didn’t grow up surfing, nor near the

beach - didn’t become a regular beachgoer until moving to my current home when I got married. I made the choice to try surfing when my boys were learning and it became evident quite quickly that it was their passion. I made the decision NOT to sit and watch on the beach, but to get into the water myself! I took numerous lessons and surfed every chance I could on vacation.

Did your break preference change as you got better? I like soft beach

breaks - rights are my favorite. My absolute favorite wave is Avellanas in Costa Rica! I go once a year and I am always guaranteed a great surf session there. In NJ, I try to stay away from the crowds, staying off the peaks and picking up the leftovers... I’m not picky.

3 people who inspire you the most? My children, Cooper and Keaton-

they inspire me to stay young, active and to be the best person I can be.

What are some of your “high hopes” for your future? For my sons to be happy and successful in life, doing what they love to do, with who they love. For me and my husband to retire soon and spend our days traveling, surfing and creating and giving back to the communities and organizations we love! What’s in your current quiver? I have 2 custom shaped boards. A fun-shape 7’8” Wooster that I had made in Costa Rica, a 6’8” Mahady gumball pink - nicknamed “Chicklet” because we called it the “old lady shortboard”. It was my first try at a shorter board and I loved it, but now I ride a hand me down from my husband, a 6’4”T. Patterson X-File - he convinced me I could ride it, and took it to Costa Rica with me this past trip, and I totally committed to this board and now LOVE it! (and he’s not getting it back) What is the surf culture like where you live? I’ve come across some many great people and I have never had a problem in the line-up. I also know my place, however, and I do not try to surf in spots or in conditions that do not match up with my ability. There are more women than you would expect in the line-up and I love it! Usually other surfers are very friendly and offer a smile and encouragement. Besides surfing, what hobbies do you find the MOST pleasure in?

I like to snowboard, and have recently taken up skateboarding to help with my surf training. I’ve also been creating things from re-purposed t-shirts. I’ve redecorated our son’s bathroom with a shower curtain and valance created from old surf tees in a patchwork. Now onto tote bags, 112 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

What is your occupation? I am an Early Childhood professional for the past 25+ years. Since I was young I have always wanted to be a teacher. I have taught in preschool and kindergarten settings, summer camps and for the past 15 years I am Director of a local Early Childhood School at the Atlantis Prep School. What is the biggest wave you’ve ridden, and how big do you plan on going in the future? I went out to a secret spot in Costa Rica with my in-

structor. It was 5-6 and I got a few waves and felt so exhilarated. I actually thought it was bigger! My comfort zone is really anything up to 4 feet.

Do you have any sponsors? I ride for myself and fund myself, although I am a Calavera Swimwear Brand Ambassador. Also, Barewires in Spring Lake NJ is our home core surf shop. They support my whole family and have been wonderful to us! I am busy finding sponsors for my sons, who I think are awesome, and also for their high school surf team. F

Fill in the Blanks ... My favorite surf buddy is___ my husband Joe and 2 boys If $$ was no option, I would___ retire and move my family to a little cottage beachfront in Playa Grande Costa Rica! A charity/foundation/group I love is___ the Manasquan High School Surf Team! I am president of the parents group which is school supported, but not funded. The team is almost 100% funded through fund-raising, sponsorships and grants. This team was established in 2003 and is the best ever right now. Its a co-ed group of surfers that are very successful on the east coast - and we travel with the team every year (that we qualify) for the NSSA Interscholastic Championships in California. This year we had the best result yet, making a final and 2 of the surfers having standout performances (including my son, Cooper) This is a great group of surfers and coaches that are all passionate about what they do and are all committed to keeping this team alive. It’s a lot of work, and we virtually work year round on it, but we love it. I’ll have at least 8 years of involvement as my older son will graduate, just as my younger son enters. When I’m stressed I___ get outside and get physical! (beach run, bike ride or SURF), or just take a bath!

Happiness is___ surfing with my family, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!


GROWING UP.... Funny thing is, I use to

be afraid of the ocean. Then when I was 9 my parents bought me my first surfboard. I taught myself everyday with no help. I didn’t really get into surfing until I was about 15, when I met Kayley and Ashley, my best friends. I would surf everyday with them. We were inseparable! No matter how big or how small the waves were, we always went out and had a good time. Whether it was surfing or being at the beach, we spent almost every day of our lives together. They both were longboarders and always gave me a hard time when I brought out my 5’6. After a few years, they finally convinced me to buy a longboard. I forgot to say thank you along the way… Because if it wasn’t for them, I’m not sure I’d be the longboarder I am today. Ever since then I have been riding nothing smaller then 9’0. While I was transitioning from shortboarding to longboarding, I started to discover what type of waves I preferred to ride on my longboard. I started surfing a local spot called Matanzas Inlet. It’s a really long left or right depending on winds and swell. It truly is a longboarder’s dream wave on the right day. Once I got a job that started paying well, I fell in love with traveling around the world to surf different types of waves. There’s nothing like a glassy California day... As I grow older, the one thing I admire the most would have to be trust. Whether it’s your parents, best friend, lover, society, and even the world... You don’t know everyone out there, but trust is making an exchange with someone when you do not have full knowledge about them, their intent and the things they are offering to you. The people I have put my trust into have made me a better person and hopefully I have somehow impacted their lives as well. The more people you can trust the better the environment you can create for yourself and the life around you.

MY SURFING LIFE.... When it comes to surf travel I’ve learned to travel

light! No matter where in the world I go and no matter how long the trip, I only travel with a backpack. You’d be surprised how little you actually need. Last year I took the biggest trip of my life with a good friend. One day before work we made a spontaneous decision to just buy one-way plane tickets to Bali. We had no plans at that exact moment and weren’t scheduled to leave for about 4 months. We worked everyday and even double shifts just to save. Until the day we left, we worked on planning the trip, like where we would stay and what we

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wanted to do while we were there. We stayed in Bali for about 2 weeks. Then we ventured to Fiji and visited the Yasawa Islands. We then hopped a plane to Hawaii to stay with a friend. It’s good to have friends in beautiful places! After about 40 days of traveling and 13 flights later, we made it home. We got to surf in some of the most beautiful places around the world and none of that would have happened if we didn’t just go for it. It will all work itself out. When I’m not surfing I am usually working as a waitress at a restaurant in my home town called Mango Mangos Caribbean Bar and Grill. I have been there for a few years now and although it isn’t much of a career path it’s gotten me where I wanted to go. There’s not very many places you can finish surfing and head right to work, plus they haven’t fired me yet for taking so many surf trips. Flexibility is key! When I have free time, I love to go look for shark’s teeth. I have found over a thousand, I must have some kind of gift for it! There’s a beach a few miles away where I usually find up to 60 or more in an hour or so. You can say I’m addicted. When it comes to winning a contest that meant something to me, it would have to be the Roxy Pro longboard division at the Easter Surf Fest in Cocoa Beach, Fl. I made it through 2 days of heats to the finals on the 3rd day. I had to beg the judges to run my heat first because I had to get to work back in St. Augustine, FL, which was 2 hours away. They ended up working with me, and running it earlier. Just so happens, I won!! It was my first pro longboard contest I won, along with my first big prize money win of $1200 big ones. A great contest that I will never forget.

MY SPONSORS.... Aqua East Surf Shop has always supplied me with the

gear I needed for traveling and contests. Spy Optics has always been a great sponsor ever since I picked them up a few years ago. My newest sponsor, Akela Surf Co. from Montreal, Canada produces a more retro line that includes high waisted bathing suit bottoms and one-piece swimwear. They also create amazing fins, skateboards, surfboards and wetsuits. You can check out their website at www.akelasurf.com. I don’t want to pick up brands just because everyone has them, I want sponsors that represent what kind of surfer I am and the style that I am into.

FILL IN THE BLANKS....

In my lifetime, I’d like to see ___ as much of the world as I can. I’ve always wanted to ___ see the oceans without trash in them. If I had a special power it would be___ to be able to breath underwa-

ter. That way, I would never be scared of surfing any wave that I thought was too big. And what woman wouldn’t want to be a mermaid?

I’ve learned that___ doing what you love, not what society thinks you should be doing, is one of the most important elements to maintaining contentment in life. I love the smell of___ bonfires. You’re not really a surfer unless___ you have pterygiums in both your eyes like me. Just kidding, you don’t want them. TRUST ME, THEY ARE HORRIBLE!

When I was little, I loved to___ not have to worry about a job, bills or the pressures from society. F

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Paris Whittaker As has occurred over the decades at most beaches, a crop of fresh, home grown talent emerges to challenge the old guard. Connor O’Leary is currently one of the top male surfers and is earning his stripes on the ASP World Qualifying Series. Despite the formation of an all girls surfing club in the 1962, female surfing in Cronulla has remained under the radar. Recently a fun loving, natural footer has risen to the top of the junior girls ranks in New South Wales and may just be one of the area’s future champions.

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ronulla, located just over 30 minutes south of Sydney began its modern life as a sleepy coastal tourist town, with its beach as the main attraction- even in the 1880s. Surfboard riding was not encouraged in the early days because of the perceived danger it posed to bathers, but that all changed in the summer of 1914 with a visit to Cronulla by Duke Kahanamoko. The Duke demonstrated the art of boardriding, on a solid wood board in a big swell and created a sensation. In 1956 Cronulla locals experienced another spectacle, this time by a group of Californian surfers riding shorter, lighter Malibu boards with fins. The Californians surfed at Cronulla Point and put on a great show just as the Duke had done 40 years earlier. This in turn, led to the development of surfboard riding clubs in the 1960s. The first was Cronulla, and its female counterpart, the Kurranulla Wahines. To this day these clubs have a strong membership of committed local surfers and have nurtured some of Australia’s best surfers. The area boasts an array of waves for all ability levels and in 2008 was declared a National Surfing Reserve. From fun sand bottom beach breaks to world class thundering reefs like Shark Island, Cronulla can entertain beginners to top professionals. With the establishment of the ASP World Tour, every grommet wanted to be a world champion. Local surfers such as Mark Occhilupo, Jim Banks, Garry Green, Richard Marsh, Phil MacDonald and Kirk Flintoff have all made the top tier in the world. Occy, who won the ASP World title in 1999, remains one of Cronulla’s favorite surfing sons.

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Paris Whittaker is one of those kids that gets so excited each morning wondering what the waves will be like. In Australia they call them “frothing grommets”. When talking with Paris it is apparent that she has a good understanding of the sport that The Duke introduced to her local break. Paris identifies; “Sometimes the conditions can let you down and each day can bring different challenges in the lineup. It can be really frustrating, demanding, cold and scary sometimes, but I love it. There are many amazing experiences, like when dolphins swim past, the colors in each sunrise, or the feeling you get when you nail a difficult maneuver”. Paris is also developing into a talented competition surfer and is currently competing in junior events as well as on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior series. When talking to Paris about competitive surfing she told us that: “Competition can be really demanding and you have to learn to cope with disappointment. It’s hard putting time and effort into travelling to an event and then not performing to the level you had hoped... but that’s what life is often like. When you’re down you need to pick yourself up and try again. In surfing, like it is in life, every wipeout might be followed by the best wave you have ever ridden”. Helping Paris on her way are a number of sponsors including local surfboard manufacturers, Force 9 Surfboards. Sam Tehan has been shaping Paris’ boards for the past 4 years and is constantly tweaking designs as Paris improves. He has been super impressed with her dedication and commitment to the sport. You can keep up-to-date on Paris’ progress via instagram @pariswhittaker and on her website at www.pariswhittaker@optusnet.com.au F


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“The Jolyn brand caters to active females of all ages who want to train in gear that W is fun, functional, and affordable. Female surfers like Hannah demand functional swim wear that stays put while training and competing. Hannah’s fun and fearless attitude pairs perfectly with our bright and durable bikinis. We wouldn’t be here today without the support of our loyal customers and we will continue to shape future athletic fashions trends for stud athletes like Hannah!” - Jolyn Clothing

Since we last featured Hannah Blevins, life has been really busy for her. She has become quite the world traveler and has really excelled in the sport of surfing.

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But her surf travel wasn’t slowing down. In September she headed to OBX (Outer Banks, NC) for Easterns, then in October- the Atlantic Surfing Federation Championships, the ASF in Sebastian Inlet, then she was off to New Jersey for the Surfing America Prime. Not ready to stop, she then took off to California, after making the Rip Curl Grom Search Finals, which landed her a spot in Nationals! It’ll be exciting to see where her winter lands her this year. Looking ahead, Hannah has also been nominated for the ESA All Star Team for the coming 2015 season, and we wish her luck!

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After that awesome trip she set out for Costa Rica again to train with her coach, Frieda, in March. Then in June she spent the month in California for the US Surf Championships and NSSA nationals. It didn’t end there. She was invited to spend part of the summer in Nicaragua and then headed back to Costa Rica in August for more training with Frieda! Whew! That’s a lot of frequent flyer miles!

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She started out last September in 2013 with a training trip to see her coach, Frieda Zamba, then headed off to Easterns, after which she spent the winter in Puerto Rico. Upon coming home a few weeks, she then won the grom trip of a lifetime... The opportunity to go to Hawaii with Volcom, to watch the Pipe Pro! While there, she surfed all the top spots and rubbed elbows with her idols, from Coco Ho to John John To Kelly. Flhi Girlz TV even did a cute video of her visit, which you can check out on youtube ( http://youtu.be/0p5Se-BMD4s ).

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After winning 2013/2014 district champ for ESA (Eastern Surfing Association), and the district longboard champ for NSSA (while also placing 2nd in shortboard), she made it to finals for the ESA 2014 South East regionals, and the finals at the NSSA East Coast Championships. She also placed 2nd in the 2014 ASF Championships (12U division), earning her 1 of only 4 invites for the US Surf Championships and NSSA Nationals. She also recently won the 50th annual Cocoa Beach Easter Fest girls and the NKF (National Kidney Foundation) 29th annual surf classic. She’s been busy!

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But, she’s not just involved in contests. Hannah has also been active in community events like her favorite, Surfers for Autism, and has worked with Waves for Water. Her list of great sponsors include DSR, Cobian Footwear, Jolyn Clothing, Sun Bum, Dakine, Sick Trix, Prissy Tomboy Athletics, Team Phun, Black Flys, Squirtini Bikini, Aqua East Surf shop, Town and Country Surf Boards, and Diamond Surfboards out of California. Overall Hannah says “surfing is my passion, it has enabled me to travel and most importantly, build friendships and connections that hopefully inspire and empower girls and people of other cultures to pursue sports and a healthy lifestyle, and provide that message of hope to young people.” F

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Community . . . I am a surfer Michelle on lap #621, making her way back to the start line to have another dig, another wave, and one more blue salt bath

Cool as a cat, calm and collected as a lat day at sea and always wearing that natural good vibe, smirky smile she has... Pretty much sums Ms. Michelle des Bouillons in a nut shell... Or in this case a wet river...

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ailing from the beautiful bronzed beaches of Recreio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is 24 year old Michelle des Bouillons.

Coming from a family of five, with two older siblings and her dad, Jean Noel, who is a world renown surfboard shaper shaping under the label of “JN Surfboards”, Michelle was bound to be at the beach and become a surfer or some type of beach babe with her whole family surrounding themselves by the sands and sea. She grew up living a surf lifestyle to the fullest. Starting at the age of eight, you could find Michelle down at the local beach getting pushed into waves by her father. It wasn’t long after that when Michelle was influenced and motivated by her friends to start competing on the Brazilian National Circuit, where in her best year on tour, she placed 4th.

Here’s Ms. Bouillons clocking back into work at this wedgey beachbreak we found.. Afterwards Michelle decided we didn’t need to surf anywhere else but here!

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Michelle’s favorite lil playground... All framed up and ready to work with us...

Around the age of nineteen Michelle decided not to follow the WQS, but to attend University instead, where she now has a degree in audio and visual production. Her years at University seems to have paid off as Michelle has formed her own production company, House Studios, where she works as a photographic model. Producing her own TV show on a very popular national network/channel in Brazil called “CHANNEL OFF”, she works documenting and being a part of the surf lifestyle, both in and out of the water throughout her homeland of Brazil. Michelle has developed a living and lifestyle around what she loves to do. Travel, searching for and surfing new waves, engaging in new cultures and the traditions of foreigners, and being a part of any and everything she can. It’s not only a way of life, but a job as well… Which is, I guess, LIVING THE DREAM! F wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 117




SURF ART & MUSIC . . . I am an Artist

“It’s About Time”

“Drifter”

Re-Connecting with Surf Artist

Danielle Zirkelbach Fenwick

Years ago, Danielle bravely shared with WSSM, her story of triumph over Bulimia, while moving on from potential soccer star to successful surfer, and how she forged her way into the art world, by releasing her passion and soul into her beloved art. Time has passed, and we’ve often wondered... What has she been up to lately? Is she still painting? Has she continued on her path to health, wellness and happiness?

Tell us about the last 5 years, Danielle. What you’ve been up to, and how your life has been blessed? The last 5 years of my life have been a roller coaster of blessings and learning lessons. I am lucky enough to live on one of the most beautiful, and soulful islands in the world. I have this idea about the Big Island that became the proving grounds of my life. Arriving on the Big Island I had very little material possessions, maybe a surfboard and a suitcase of clothing, but had tons of emotional hang ups. Nightmares that I hid from most of the world, and sadness was holding me back and keeping me from doing great things with my talents and dreams. All the good ideas I had for my life were quickly sinking day by day UNTIL I moved to Hawaii. Over the last 5 years, my love for art became a thriving career, my surfing became a little more than going straight, and I was blessed to meet and marry the man I was made for, and with him surf the waves I dream about all my life.

me face it, in such a violent and ugly way that I thought I wouldn’t make it here. But when all hell broke loose I realized how well I knew myself and my truths. That alone was the only thing that would save me. In a time when I faced judgment from a town that didn’t know me well... I KNEW MY TRUTH, then all the negativity around me melted away. You can’t live on this island and be haunted by the nightmares you stow away from yourself and delay fixing. Hidden issues quickly come to light by this “raw human connection” with the spirit that exists here. It’s a relationship with the land, the ocean, the sunsets, and the beauty of this island that keep you honest and make you realize that life is beautiful. That every moment is wasted doing anything but rejoicing in your life, and seeing how perfect life is when you have the courage to deal with the things that hold you back. This island either takes hold of you lovingly and shakes your stowaways out of you and asks you to fix it, then blesses your pathway OR spits you right off the island should you choose to re-stow those issues and not better your life from its teaching opportunities. It’s almost as if the island gets really angry that she wasted time caring about you should you ignore her and fix your life. OR she is honored that she picked you, as you take her lessons and make beautiful things to share with the world.

Yet the most amazing thing I have done in the past 5 years, and actually in all of my life was face my fears and giving up my grip of control and just let the island teach me.

You have to have a strong open mind, a capable body, and positive spirit to connect with your own truths no matter what people choose to think of you. If someone believes a lie, they are called to face it. If someone believes a lie and judges you for it, they create war in their heart.

This lead me to my husband, my dog, and to the most beautiful days of my life. This island took all the nightmares of my life and made

I live my life on that fact, in a way that I didn’t growing up. If someone tells me something about someone I don’t know, or based on per-

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sonal experience, I’ll hear it. BUT until I meet them and gather my own information based on truth and experience, will I then figure out if I want that person in my life or not. And if not, there is no judgment, it’s just what’s good for each other’s life. SIMPLE AS THAT! It’s nothing that I swallow and worry about. It’s actually hilarious to me that there was a time in my life where peoples beliefs or lies about me hurt my feelings and gave it space in my heart to exist. NEVER AGAIN. Negativity exists, but learning from it and letting it go of it, ESPECIALLY if it is not true, is the key to life. As I found a relationship with God, life, my truth, land, ocean, spirit, and beauty of this island, I lost any attachment to truly caring about what any person thinks of me and how I am ranked in their illusion of “worth”. The best blessing, and the greatest achievement of my life is knowing myself. Working as hard as possible on my dreams and responsibilities, and only giving space in my heart to people who think out of love, act out of courage, and are the “underdogs” of the world, thus becoming the dark horses of their life. ALL WARS ARE WON IN THE HEART! You’ve released some MIND BLOWING, surreal surf art into the world, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before! What inspires you to paint like this, and does it come easily and quickly? Painting ideas flow in and out of my mind on a second to second base. I think all the time “that would be a great painting” and just like that, it’s gone. But every week or two I get ideas that I revisit time and time again, so when I get the idea more than once and it’s speaking to me to be created, I make it. As far as the paintings themselves, they are created quickly! Once I get going I can’t stop and I have to share with the world the message that was given me to give. I am realizing that I am an artist/surfer that must prove to the world, and to serve the underdogs pushing their limits to live their , that regardless of what limits are placed on us... ANYTHING IS possibly. I’m 30, I’m a women, I’ve only been surfing


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for 6.5 years, I’ve only been competing for 3 of those years, I don’t have support from big companies, I’m starting off behind the game, I was so dyslexic that I wasn’t even suppose to pass middle school, and lastly I was favored to be a “nothing” by people who were “GREAT MASTERS” of their talents. Yet I’m hell bent on being a good, well rounded surfer, and one hell of an artist, only in the game to help inspire the minds that start the race last, or underprivileged to give it all they got. AND THEY CAN do what they dream. With a powerful mind I was able to develop and do the opposite of all I was told I couldn’t do. When everyone was laughing at me I found fire to do it... so my art is my voice. In school I was a “awful artist” and “lacked natural talent” so now I just take that and use it for motivation. My art is made for the minds that find it and can use it for fuel. So when I get an idea I can’t wait to bust it out and say “This painting is for the underdogs! We are authentic people of the underdog movement and are the most powerful dreamers of all time! We have nothing to lose and everything to gain... we will achieve greatness, and no one can stop us.” There has only been a time or two when I’ve had a clear image of what I wanted to create, but the message changed as I changed in a positive way, and discover how to overcome it. That process caused me to get hung up on a painting and not know what to do next or how to finish it. I put those paintings far away and didn’t look at them for a few weeks, and then my mind was clear and I knew what I needed to say with the painting and it was all good. I’ve actually created something that has never been done before. It came to me in a dream, but with lots of failed attempts finally brought it to life. It’s a series of Two Sided paintings that interact with each-other from front to back when a customized lighting installation is activated. You can see it in action on my site. WWW.DANIELLEZIRK.com It’s been a huge hit and people all over the world are contacting me to do showings of it, so that for me, is amazing. It came to me by dream one night and when I woke up I went

“Connected By Sea”

to work for three days on it, until I couldn’t work anymore... Your surfing has also skyrocketed! Congratulations on your recent wins!! Thanks! I have been competing in the Hawaii Island Qualifying Series, where I got four- first place finishes, and two seconds. I was invited to surf the State Championships at Ala Moana Bowls last year, and I got some lucky waves and ended up winning and having the honor of being Hawaii Island State Champion. I then went to the Surfing America’s National Championships in Huntington Beach, CA, where I finished 4th in the Nation. That was a HUGE learning curve in my surfing. I went there with a small board, and ended up buying a wetsuit while I was there that added weight, which killed the function of my board. I learned that knowing your equipment is serious!!! It can make or break you, and this time I had a situation where I wanted to learn more about what my equipment was like, on and off island. I know I’m up for the challenge and will do better next time! As far as my surfing “career” I don’t really have one. Sadly, women’s surfing seems to be... um... what’s the right word to say without offending people here... Not a priority I guess. Not so important. Nothing has changed. Getting a sponsor seems to be based on who you know, who’s brother or father you are, and how much money you have to send yourself around the world to see if your worthy. I’m 30, I haven’t been surfing long, my brother is a professional soccer player and father is the hardest working man alive, but to the surf world, I have nothing to offer them. HOWEVER, in my old age, and starting late in the game I have some tricks up my sleeve and have things coming up that might change the game up a bit. I have the opportunity to surf side by side with the best surfers in the world who challenge me, and give me encouragement to follow my dreams while telling the surf industry to get lost. My husband, who is a legendary surfer, coaches my surfing and has made everything I am doing now possible. He’s my everything in surfing, on land, and in art!!!!

Also, there are people out there who support women, and acknowledge how hard women are ripping. I have the blessings of being sponsored by LTD Optics, Kona Boys Surf Shop, San Lorenzo Bikinis, and shaper- John Parks out of Oahu, that’s building a magical custom for women’s surfing! He’s amazing and open to making the best board for the job. And let’s not forget the powerful pages of WSSM who keeps the spirit of girls who surf and rip, that get no other recognition, alive!!!!!! Next step, use my art to allow me to attend more contests and be the old lady to make a difference! In closing, if there was one thing you wanted our readers to know about you, or be inspired by, what would that be? DREAM BIG, GO BIG, AND DON’T LET ANYONE STOP YOU! Take criticism like a champ, let it get to you, but find a way to turn negativity into positive creative power. USE what little you have, leave your safety nets at home, be risky, grow your own style, take time to build your life, not just your art. Be loving to yourself, BE LOVING TO OTHERS! People usually don’t like what is different, and in my experience with moving away from the only home I ever knew, 14,000 miles across the ocean to Hawaii, being a girl, being a girl who surfs, being a girl who surfs and is white, isn’t really something people warm right up to here. BUT I just took it one day at a time and on the days it irked me to no end, I went on long intense runs alongside the ocean, and would always end up with the realization that I would be the first to change their minds about judgments, prejudice, and negativity. I will never allow negativity to bring me down, distract, or deter me on my journey. Today I can stand with my head high knowing the people in my life are true, that I’m true to myself, to those who accept me, and that I have earned what I have. I don’t have to name drop the biggest names in the surf world, or in the art world, or in any world to be respected, I am doing this on my own. That power, used in a positive way, is limitless… find it, use it, love it. F wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 121


SURF ART & MUSIC . . . I am an Artist

Charlene Ryan

IN THE BEGINNING I learned to surf around the age of 17 while in high school. I would always watch my friends in the water and wish I could do the same sport. So, one day when no one was looking, I rented a board and practiced alone until I finally stood up and rode my first wave! I was naturally hooked. Since then I’ve been able to continue off and on as much as possible depending upon where I was stationed at the time. There isn’t much surf in Afghanistan. Haha!

I can’t say I ever “discovered” my passion of art. It has always presented itself in some form as far back as I can remember. My art style inspirations are well known favorites like Heather Brown, Colleen Wilcox and the ever talented Drew Brophy. I can only hope to be as good as these amazing talents one day soon! Growing up, my parents have always been supportive of anything I ever attempted, with the exception of the red crayon JAWS scene on the inside of my closet when I was 5, or the floor to ceiling collage of Transworld Skate and Surfer magazine cutouts as a teen. HAHA! We were scraping tape off of the walls forever when it was time to move.

“Dream Session”

MY OTHER ART MEDIUMS Oh gosh, let’s see. Wooden fence planks, flower pots, stationary, walls, and I love refurbishing old furniture! TOP 3 FAVORITE PIECES I have so many I love, but can say that “Dream Session” is one, because of the colors and the way it make me feel when I look at it. “Calling me Home” is another, because since my husband and I have been stationed in Texas I’ve found myself to be incredibly homesick for the Crystal Coast. Our history with pirates and fishing is so fascinating to me. Every time I go home to visit I breathe a sigh of relief and soak in the salt air. Our lighthouses are mystical and tell so many stories! This particular painting features Cape Hatteras Lighthouse singing a sailing ship to safety during the night in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Last, but certainly not least is “Share the Shores’ I adore this painting because it was inspired by the Karen Beasley Rescue and Rehabilitation on Topsail Island North Carolina. They are a wonderful organization that helps injured and sick sea turtles on our NC coasts. I painted this one to raise money for their efforts and to raise awareness that the beaches and seas are not ours to claim. Each organism has a place in the ecosystem and it is up to us to share the resources responsibly. MY ART STYLE I would describe my art as surf art with a traditional coastal feel and a little bit of crazy! I just paint what I feel and sometimes just make it up as I go.

“Calling Me Home”

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Currently I’m preparing for my big move to Oahu, so any fund-raising I’m involved in, is just donating proceeds of sold paintings to turtle hospitals and anti shark finning groups. FUTURE PLANS Hangin Fin™ is my logo business name and I foresee an insanely bright future! I can’t wait to finally get settled in one place so I can grow roots! The overall grand scheme is to open as a surf shop in the very near future. The idea I’m almost finished designing, is to carry the major surf/skate brands of boards, apparel, and accessories, along with a sitting area to enjoy walls of great local artists ‘work. The outdoor area is going to feature a skate park and concessions with live music and contests. The skate park will be named after my sweet baby brother Chris, who lost his life in Afghanistan (July 5th 2007). He was an avid skater and surfer so you can bet his photos will be featured in murals. I can’t wait! CONTACT, LEARN MORE, PURCHASE www.etsy.com/shop/hanginfin (for original paintings, ball caps, etc.) www.society6.com/hanginfin (for prints, beach bags, clocks, cell phone cases) Any piece I feature on Etsy can be turned into just about any item you desire! I’m also available for commissioned paintings! Please email me at hanginfin@yahoo.com with questions! F 122 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

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Ashley "the Turtle” Stalcar

IN THE BEGINNING My first time surfing happened when I was 16 on the island of Oahu. My saint of a Grandmother took my cousin and me on a vacation that changed my life. Only a couple days into our trip, we decided we wanted to try surfing. We paddled out like awkward turtles on big, tanker longboards to Queens and Canoes surf spots. After a lot of paddling and a couple of pushes due to untrained arms, we were riding waves! Since that day a lot has changed. Over the years I have moved to Oahu and even dropped down to a 6’3” shortboard. It has become a huge source of happiness to me, and I have my grandmother to thank!

“Wave Mesh”

I can’t pinpoint exactly when my passion for art began but it is something that has been with me since I can remember. From coloring books to choosing every art class Photo: Dnaile K Fine Arts throughout school. I am inspired by my surroundings; both positive and negative vibes, and I find expression through creating art. Surfing, music, being in the woods, hiking, family and emotions are some of the things I am inspired by, but the biggest one is COLOR! Throughout my life my mom and dad have been extremely supportive of all my passions including art. At a young age they encouraged my brother and I to express ourselves through art... on walls, literally! As a kid my parents gave us the freedom to color, draw, paint, etc., all over the basement walls of the house. Having this type of freedom made art even more exciting and needless to say as a kid it was like a dream come true! I still think about how amazing that was to have parents like that. My mom, dad, brother, cousin, and grandma all display my art in their homes. It’s a overwhelming feeling that it is enjoyed by my family and others.

“Vivid Sessions”

MY OTHER ART MEDIUMS Besides my wall art, I express artistic passion by finding different shapes of shells, broken and whole, and create different things such as turtles or flowers with the shells. I also consider surfing as an art and passion of mine that I enjoy as much as I can. TOP 4 FAVORITE PIECES “Big Wave Color” expresses all of the energy color brings to the ocean. “Tubular” represents the movement of a barrel in abstract form. Because surfing is awesome. “Zesty” offers the same vibe as Tubular, but is expressed with more color. “Wave Mesh” is an abstract of wave design. “Vivid Sessions” I wanted to use a lot of color to represent the beautiful movement of the ocean and the surfers play the part of showing that it gets pretty wild out there. MY ART STYLE My favorite thing about art is that it can be anything. It’s about what the eye of the beholder sees, the perception of the art by viewer and artist, almost like communication. My style of art broken down would be more on the abstract side with hidden and sometimes obvious form. I use acrylic paint, but get very playful with elements. Freedom of color plays a big role when I am creating paintings.

“Tubular” “Zesty

FUTURE PLANS In the future I plan on doing my best to share my art with others through festivals, custom work, galleries, and maybe even on surfboards! It is a passion I enjoy and will continue to do. To share it with people that appreciate it, gives me motivation and happiness. Aside from doing art in my outdoor studio, I plan on practicing my other passion, surfing. Both art and surf are things to forever progress at and learn from every session. CONTACT, LEARN MORE, PURCHASE I do sell paintings and create custom pieces. Contact me by email at: astalcar@gmail.com Or facebook: Turtle’s Perspective Art F wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 123


CONTEST SCENE . . . Florida

NKF

Rich Salick

Photos by Jimi Colon, Uluwatu Surf Photography

Pro-Am Surf Fest By Savanna Pitard

Cocoa Beach, Florida (August 29- Sept. 1, 2014)

Not many girls can say that they can surf in a competition, volunteer and save lives at the same time, but the female competitors at the NKF Rich Salick Pro-Am Surf Fest have been doing it for over 25 years. This year marked the 29th year of the National Kidney Foundation’s Rich Salick Pro-Am Surfing Festival. Women surfers such as Melody DeCarlo, Debbie Walker, Savannah Bradley, and Rebecca Austin have been competing in the NKF Rich Salick Surf festival for years now, some of the ladies since the start of the event and all for the same reason, to help those in need. Three years ago the Surf Fest was renamed to honor the founder of the event, professional surfer and 3 time kidney recipient Rich Salick. It is Rich’s kind ways and passion for helping others that draw women surfers to the event to compete, volunteer, and help raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation of Florida. The Surf Fest has raised over 4 million dollars for kidney patients in Florida since the start of the event in 1976. This is crucial as kidney disease affects more individuals than prostate and breast cancer combined. Volunteer and dear friends of Rich Salick, Melody DeCarlo and Sharon Wolfe, began competing in the event since its inception. “Rich was such a special person with so much to give it was only natural that we supported what he believed in and the cause behind it” claims East Coast Hall of Famer, Sharon Wolfe. It was with the help of these ladies that the Surf Fest was able to grow into one of the largest charitable surfing competitions in the world. Women surfers from all over the world have been coming to Cocoa Photo by Wayne Fusco Photography

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Beach to surf in the competition and raise money for patients with kidney disease. Winning the NKF Surf Fest is a milestone for young surfers wishing to improve their skills and add a renowned event to their resumes. Barbados’ Chelsea Tauche, the current Eastern Surf Female Surfer of the Year, travels to Cocoa Beach to compete and dominate the professional side of the NKF Surf Fest. This year Cocoa Beach’s own Caroline Marks claimed the Women’s Professional division at the National Kidney Foundation Rich Salick Surf Fest. Past champion Savannah Bradley claims that, “The NKF is an event to always look forward to every year.” She always enjoys the opportunity to compete for the prizes and, “Raise money and awareness for the NKF.” Not only do the professional winners receive a nice check, but they are also awarded with artwork from sponsors Chris Woloszak and the Wyland Galleries valued at over $5,000. Caroline Marks received a Mako Shark created by Chris that was almost as tall as she is at this year’s awards ceremony. The amateur side of the competition is almost more competitive than the Womens Pro with 10 different divisions ranging from the 9 and under Super Menehunes all the way up to the Womens Grandmasters and Open SUP. Rebecca Austin has competed on the amateur side and volunteered for NKF Surf Fest for over 12 years now and is inspired by Rich and Phil Salick to “give to others all in the name of having fun.” It is unanimous that the ladies of the NKF Surf Fest keep coming back year after year to compete, all in the spirit of giving back. The 2015 Surf Fest will take place Labor Day Weekend and is expected to be even larger and raise more money than ever before. F



CONTEST SCENE . . . California

NSSA 2014 By Brisa Hennessey Photos by Gregerson

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (June 26 - July 3)

The NSSA is a non-profit organization that promotes surfing for youth and academics. It’s great for the kids to be in the ocean and at the same time have a motivation to do well in school. Two amazing, passionate, and giving women, Bobbi Lee and Janice Aragon, have run this contest for years and years and have helped to make so many kids feel good about themselves and their dreams. Every year in June, the NSSA Nationals take place at the famous Huntington Beach in California, where frothing groms from around the nation come to compete. This year we were stoked as there were some pretty good waves all week and we had some of the best HB sessions! It’s always amazing to watch and learn from the level of surfing and the shows put on by so many of the talented young surfers. F WINNERS: Open Women: Caroline Marks Open Girls: Brisa Hennessy Explorer Women: Brisa Hennessy Explorer Girls: Brisa Hennessy Rookie of the Year: Zoe McDougall Most Inspirational Surfer: Brisa Hennessy

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CONTEST SCENE . . . California

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Moana Jones


NSSA 2014 Photos by Gregerson

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SUP STOKED . . .

Cape Town, South Africa

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SUP STOKED . . .

The Hamptons

The

Hardest Working Woman in

SUP

When Gina Bradley first stepped on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) in 2005, she wasn’t sure the sport was for her. But after a few sessions, when she felt she was paddling proficiently, she started to take friends out SUPing with her, and that’s when the light bulb went off in her head. She knew that women, when provided with the right board and access to proper instruction, would LOVE the sport. We caught up with this pioneer in women’s SUP to ask her about the industry, her business, and how she’s growing her business into a global brand. You launched Paddle Diva in 2009 – how did you get started? After hours spent taking guests out paddling and getting feedback on the lessons, I decided to start my own business. I started fast and small -- made business cards and car magnets and I was open and ready for business, managing with four SUP boards and the help of a dear friend. How has your business grown in the past five years and what have you done to make that happen? Paddle Diva has grown exponentially over the last five years. Each year I wonder if I’ll be able to top the previous summer, but now I have eight instructors and a shop manager and dozens of boards! The most important thing I have done is to learn to step away, empower my staff, and try to cultivate the brand and business. It’s taken a tremendous amount of personal work on my part, and I feel I’ve grown to be a better manager and role model in the process. I’m now exploring opportunities to expand Paddle Diva to additional locations, both within my local region and internationally.

outwear! Back in 2009, I designed and developed my own board, specifically for women, called “The Diva.” it was smaller, lighter, and easier to handle than the heavy SUP boards that were produced with men in mind. Now boards come in so many shapes and sizes, and it can be overwhelming to choose what type of board to buy! What to wear for SUP in all weather is our most commonly asked question, and having the proper gear is key to having a truly enjoyable experience. Thanks to many emerging brands, our clients now have appropriate SUP outerwear and accessories. From bathing suits, to sun guards and rash guards, to dry suits – there’s plenty of great stuff on the market for paddlers. What’s your pet peeve when it comes to the public’s perception of the sport? My biggest concern is that the notion that because it’s easy to learn

there is no need for instruction. SUP is a sport that requires more than just standing on the board and making it go. There are so many variables to take into consideration: currents, waves, weather forecasts. Instruction is important to learn the basics and gain an understanding of what to do in varying conditions. We are fully accredited through the ASI, a globally-recognized membership organization, and we teach to their standards. Our lessons are safe, but also fun and adventurous! We also offer SUP Yoga, Fitness Paddles, Adventure Paddles and Downwind Paddles for the segment of the market who already knows how to SUP and wants more! Where do you see SUP going in the next five years? As it becomes more mainstream,I think we’ll see a steady growth in SUP – it may even become a driving force in the watersports industry. Racing and competitions for SUP are super fun! But I don’t see a clear future for them. It’s a chore to transport your board and gear, the races themselves can be gruelling if the conditions are not perfect, and after a few hours or so, it gets really tiring. I’ve hung up my race paddle,but I do join races in the open divisions and often find myself in the back helping and encouraging the stragglers. Where does SUP surfing fit into your business and what do you think of it for women? I love SUP Surfing, but it took me years to master it, and learn how to do it safely. SUP surfing is great fun, but it is so important to respect the other surfers on the water. For the most part, I do not promote or teach extensively in the ocean. There are so many lat bays and waterways that are safer and easier to get to, and since I like a short learning curve for my students, that is where you will find me. F

What innovation(s) do you think are most important to the SUP industry? The two most important innovations in the SUP industry have been lighter boards and better and more attractive

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Stand Up

Paddle Board

FINS 101 By Amanda Rigney | Photo: Siren / SirenSurf.com

Looking to get the most out of your SUP? Don’t overlook your fin… Whether you are a competitive paddler or just SUPing for fun, chances are that you know a fair share about the latest boards and paddles. But how much do you know about your fin? The SUP fin is probably the least understood tool you have in your bag of paddling tricks, and like any tool, knowing how and when to use a specific type of fin is the key to achieving your best results. Sure, your board comes with a stock fin— but there are a lot of good reasons to upgrade. It only takes a couple of go-outs to realize that a satisfying paddling experience on any board boils down to good rail-to-rail (or roll) stability, the ability to stay on course (known as tracking), and most of all, speed. If you’ve been paddling for a while, it’s likely you’ve already come to the conclusion that a typical surfboard fin does not make a very good SUP fin. Unless you are surfing or catching open-ocean swell, SUP fins operate at much slower speeds which require very different considerations in order to achieve positive performance results. And while surboard fins are designed to easily change course in order to better maneuver in waves, SUP fins require just the opposite in order to prevent the board from paddling in a zigzag path. So unless you are surfing your SUP, let go of the idea that a fin is just a fin: There are surboards fins and there are SUP fins, and the two are very different animals. It’s actually pretty easy to get an idea of the general performance character of a fin by looking at a couple of key physical attributes. Surface area is an easy one: when comparing two fins, just ask yourself, “which one takes up more space?” Depth is an obvious one too, and usually specified by the fin manufacturer – it is simply a measure of the vertical distance from the base of the fin to the top of the fin. Generally speaking, more depth and surface area equate to better rail-to-rail, or roll, stability. Rake refers to the degree to which the leading edge at the tip of the fin sweeps back from leading edge at the base of the fin. Like the

fins on a rocket, more rake equates to better directional stability, known as tracking. Now that you’ve got an idea about what elements make a fin tick, let’s figure out how to make those elements work for you in the water. The main goal for a beginning paddler is to control the board’s “tipsiness”, technically referred to as roll. The right type of fin can make a big difference in enhancing roll stability.

The best tracking fins are always the most swept-back, and therefore a lot shorter, which sacrifices roll stability. Shorter fins do have their advantages, though: reduced fin depth keeps you from hitting rocks while a sweptback profile easily glides over weeds without catching and creating unnecessary drag.

This weed-shedding ability is perfect for latwater, lake and downwind ocean paddlers, where conditions often include aquatic grasses and kelp that would stall a deeper, more upright fin. While novice and intermediate paddlers will benefit the most from a forgiving SUP fin, even the most advanced, iron-core paddlers value good roll and tracking stability – after all, making course corrections or fighting a tippy board forces you to waste energy that should be devoted to enjoying the water.

Generally, the bigger the fin, the better it will be at keeping you, and your board, upright. Anything over 9” in depth will begin to give you the effect you’re after, but the best novice fins are in the 10”-11” range, with lots of surface area. This way, as the board tips from one rail to the other, the water itself pushes against the extreme surface area of the fin to keep the board stable. But there is a twist to the “surface area equals stability” rule of thumb: the greatest amount of stability comes from putting lots of surface area at the tip of the fin. This will make your board feel less tippy so you can stay high and dry with minimal effort. So what’s the downside to using a bigger fin? Drag. Bigger fins are more stable, but also have more wetted surface area which makes them slower. One way to compensate for this is to use proven foil shapes (the lateral cross-sectional shape of the fin) that can optimize the hydrodynamic efficiency of the fin. As your balance and core strength improve, you will be better able to stay upright on your own, relying less and less on an oversized fin. By this time, you will likely be thinking about the details of your paddling technique, like how to paddle as much as possible on one side of the board before having to transition the paddle to the other side. This is where a fin with good tracking stability comes into play.

So you’re probably thinking, “what if I want a fin that tracks well and is really stable?” By combining the right amount of surface area with the right depth and enough sweep, SUP fin designers have been able to build fins that are a good fit for any ability in a given set of paddling conditions. And that’s where your sense of adventure comes into play – Everyone has a unique paddling style, so you really have to demo as many SUP fins as you can. Don’t get stuck on one fin design or another. The reality is that you will need a different fin for different conditions if you want to maximize your performance. When conditions are rough, swap out that sleek, shallow speed fin for something with plenty of depth and surface area – you just may find that your “slowest” fin becomes your best performer if it means you aren’t wasting energy keeping your board upright. Now that you’ve decided to explore the benefits of an SUP fin tuned to your paddling style and equipment, where do you begin? Luckily, there are plenty of great fins available on the market. Whatever your ability, and whatever conditions you prefer to paddle in, there is sure to be an SUP fin that will enhance the performance of your board, make paddling more enjoyable, and take your game to the next level. You just have to get out there and find it.... And that’s the best part. F wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 133


SUP STOKED . . .

Canada

SUP’n in Toronto You have to enjoy the summer months in Toronto... we don’t get many of them, so bridging surfing with SUP lets you enjoy your summer to the max.

The SUPGirlz Surf & SUP weekly series of classes and group paddles are a way to relax from your day, get more nature in your life, and train for surf during the summer months. SUPGirlz has been helping grow a population of confident paddlers in the Toronto beaches since 2007, and now has a successful time also teaching surfing on the paddleboards. With only 3 months of summer and lots of beautiful lakes and rivers in Ontario to explore, paddleboarding is a great way to maximize your happiness in nature during the summer, while exercising and being warmed in the sun with beautiful views. Each week the same class meets to paddle, chat, and exercise in ways to help them get ready for the waves. Some will go on to surfing in the lakes around Toronto (Lake Ontario, Erie, Superior) during the fall and winter months, while some wait to go to warm water spots in the future to paddleboard or surf. Spending time on the SUP boards during the summer helps focus on ways to think

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about how to handle the boards differently on the water. During lat, non-windy weeks we get to just be funny and bring out hula hoops or high heels. Other weeks we work on pivot turns, going faster, pop ups, and falling off the back of the board and getting back on quickly. The girls get to learn about safety and get tips from experienced surfers, SUPsurfers and lake surfers, even though some of those that attend classes are already surfers. SUP is the perfect cross training for surfing. We get a good mix of experience levels and help everyone enjoy their time and get closer to their goals. Things are not always easy in classes; we have our challenges being located on Lake Ontario, such as the winds that pick up and change directions quickly. We give lessons that help people in different conditions so that they are prepared for changes out on the lake and can enjoy it in conditions of less than 15 knots of wind. Learning to use the paddle correctly for a strong fast stroke is helpful in maintaining balance and safety. Learning to surf on the lakes when its disorganized with wind-made waves is also great practice for easier, cleaner waves in other spots or on the oceans. Making friends is fun, and often leads to new

by Janna Van Hoof surf and SUP buddies for future trips, and so is surfing and feeling a part of something empowering. Being tied to the water is often the best part for some; just loating and breathing. Others like to really challenge themselves a little bit more each day. “Learning to paddle confidently and moving around on the water on the SUP boards was the highlight of my summer. I feel it changed how I see the city, nature, and myself for the better. I have already been surfing now and love it. I didn’t ever think you could surf here in Toronto, but you can, and now I want to travel to other spots to surf. Paddleboarding is awesome and I think everyone should go for a good lesson. I’m happier and healthier with my new found love of SUP. “ SUPGirlz client - Tania F SUPGirlz offers a range of experienced SUP fitness teachers and different classes or socials on the boards. Learn more by visiting www.supgirlz.com, or jet over to Ecuador, where some of the same staff can be found during the winter, offering SUP surf and yoga retreats (+veggie café) on some nice beach breaks in a chill surf town on the coast. www.lovelifeadventures.com



PHOTOS BY:

Gabeto Fernandez HAIR & MAKEUP: Buffy Archer MODELS: Kristina Anderson Kaydi Archer Eduardo Santiago Bryan Anderson FASHION COORDINATOR: Mary Radcliffe FASHION DIRECTORS Sandra Olson, Dan Olson

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Wilderness Kaydi

Shirt & Tank: Elan (clothingobsession.com | elan-usa.com) Watch: Armitron (armitron.com) Necklace: (short) Calypso Studios (calypsostudiosinc.com) Necklace: (long) Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309)

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Morning Session Kristina Shirt & Hoodie: The Turquoise Mermaid (theturquoisemermaid.com) Sunglasses: “Breakers� by Peppers (peppersusa.com) Watch: Sprout - Eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com) Leggings: Iron Fist Athletic (ironfistathletic.com) Shoes: CaliMojos (CaliMojos.com) Surfboard: BellaSol (bellasolboards.com)

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Surf Check Kaydi (above left)

Bikini: Local Honey (localhoneydesigns.com) Surfboard: Keoki Surfboards (keokisurfboards.com) Leash: Sticky Bumps / Day Glo (stickybumps.com)

Kristina (above right) Bikini: Mi Ola (mi-ola.com)

Surfboard: BellaSol (bellasolboards.com)

Young Love Eduardo (left)

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Kaydi (right)

Shirt: “You, Me and the Sea” by Rhythm (rhythmlivin.com) Shorts: Just Bones Boardwear (justbonesboardwear.com) Sunglasses: “High Steppin” by Peppers (peppersusa.com) Watch: Sprout - Eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com) Cuff & Necklace: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Shoes: “Yoga Slinged Up” by Sanuk (sanuk.com)

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Morning Stroll Kristina

Shawl: Elan (clothingobsession.com, elan-usa.com) Sunglasses: “La La Land Blue Lam LTD Edition“ by Soda Sunglasses (sodasunglasses.com) Necklace & Cuff: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Hat: “Scrunchie in Turquoise“ by Wallaroo Hat Company (wallaroohats.com) Leggings: Peace & Om (peaceandom.com) Shoes: “Limoncello” by Nomad (nomadfootwear.com)

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Beach Day Kristina (right)

Bikini: Dkoko (dkoko.com) Sunglasses: “Vancouver” by Peppers (peppersusa.com) Necklace: (compass) Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Necklace: (seaglass) Znet Shows (znetshows.com) Camera: GoPro (gopro.com) Camera Pole: GoPro camera extender by Xshot (xshot.com)

Frosty

Collar: Handmade dog collar by Buena Onda (thebuenaonda.com)

Kaydi

(left)

Bikini: Makena Surfwear (makenasurfwear.com) Sunglasses: “High Steppin” by Peppers (peppersusa.com) Necklace & Bracelets: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Watch: Sprout - eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com) Portable Speaker: Splash Shower Tunes by FRESHeTECH. Take it anywhere- waterproof, bluetooth shower speaker! (freshetech.com) Surfboard: Bellasol (bellasolboards.com) Beach Bag & Towels: Lagu - sand repellent beach towels and bags (lagu.com.au | qamay.com)

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fashion Beach Day Kristina (left)

Bikini: Mi Ola (mi-ola.com) Surfboard: Bellasol (bellasolboards.com) Watch: Armitron (armitron.com)

Kaydi

(right)

Bikini: Rhythm (rhythmlivin.com) Bracelets: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Surfboard: Bellasol (bellasolboards.com)

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Beach Cowgirl Kaydi

Shirt: “I choose happy” by Bashful Bliss (bashfulbliss.com) Necklace: “I love coffee” by Bashful Bliss (bashfulbliss.com) Boardshorts: Featuring an adjustable waist, by Just Bones Boardwear (justbonesboardwear.com) Watch: Armitron (armitron.com) Sunglasses: “La La Land Flouro Yellow LTD Edition” by Soda Sunglasses (sodasunglasses.com) Hat: “Tahiti Cowboy” by Wallaroo Hat Company (wallaroohats.com) Boots: “Sundance” by Nomad (nomadfootwear.com) Surfboard: Keoki Surfboards (keokisurfboards.com)

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Beach Essentials Bryan (left)

Shirt: Citizen Ciao (citizenciao.com) Boardshorts: US Apparel (omnisalesinc.com/usapparel.html) Sunglasses: “Vancouver” by Peppers (peppersusa.com) Watch: Armitron (armitron.com) Shoes: Iron Fist (ironfistclothing.com)

Eduardo (right)

Shirt: Citizen Ciao (citizenciao.com) Boardshorts: Featuring an adjustable waist, by Just Bones Boardwear (justbonesboardwear.com) Watch: Sprout (sproutwatches.com) Sunglasses: Hobie (hobiepolarized.com) Portable Speaker: Water, weather, and dust proof, ALL-Terrain Sound goes anywhere you do. Waterproof, bluetooth speaker by FRESHeTECH (freshetech.com) Backpack: “20L Amphibian Weather Defense Backpack” by Outdoor Products. Features a watertight, roll top seal. (outdoorproducts.com)

Surfer Dude Eduardo (left)

Necklace: “Sandbar” The original beach sand jewelry company. Handmade with sand from your favorite beach. By Dune Jewelry (dunejewelry.com) Boardshorts: “Window Pane” featuring an adjustable waist, by Just Bones Boardwear (justbonesboardwear.com) Surfboard: Keoki Surfboards (keokisurfboards.com)

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fashion Rasta Kaydi

Dress: Hand crocheted by Columbian artisans. By Buena Onda (thebuenaonda.com) Bra: Coobie Bra (coobiebra.com) Watch: Sprout - Eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com) Hat: “Tahitian Cowboy� by Wallaroo Hat Company (wallaroohats.com) Garter: The garter with pockets that holds as much as your purse! By GirlyGoGarter (girlygogarter.com)

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Surf-Love Bryan

Shirt & Shorts: US Apparel (omnisalesinc.com/usapparel.html) Watch: Armitron (armitron.com)

Kristina

Shirt: Prawno (prawnoapparel.com) Shorts: Lagaci (lagaci.com) Watch: Sprout - Eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com) Slippers: Freewaters (freewaters.com) Surfboard: Wave Riding Vehicles (waveridingvehicles.com)

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By the Sea Kaydi

Dress: Lagaci (lagaci.com) Necklace & Bracelets: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Boots: “Sundance” by Nomad (nomadfootwear.com)

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Ocean Stroll Kristina

Jacket: B Swim (bswim.com) Sports Bra: Coobie Bra (coobiebra.com) Shorts: Lagaci (lagaci.com) Necklace & Earrings: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Sunglasses: “The Avenue” by Soda Sunglasses (sodasunglasses.com) Headphones: Yurbuds- a unique “locking” system headphone that keeps up with your active lifestyle! (yurbuds.com)

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The View Eduardo

Shirt: Iron Fist Athletic (ironfistathletic.com) Fedora: Peter Grimm (petergrimm.com) Watch: Armitron (armitron.com) Shorts: US Apparel (omnisalesinc.com/usapparel.html) Shoes: Iron Fist (ironfistclothing.com)

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Surfer Girl Kaydi

Bikini: Sensi Graves - swimwear for surfer girls (sensigravesbikinis.com) Necklace: Calypso Studios (calypsostudiosinc.com) Watch: Sprout - Eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com) Ring: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Surfboard: Chick Sticks (chicksticksbylola.com) Fins: Fins Unlimited (finsunlimited.com)

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Yoga Indo Board YOGIS Kristina (below left)

Tank: Just Bones Boardwear (justbonesboardwear.com) Sports Bra & Leggings: Iron Fist Athletic (ironfistathletic.com) Watch: Armitron (armitron.com) Bracelets: Calypso Studios (calypsostudiosinc.com) Shoes: LUV Footwear (luvfootwear.com)

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Kaydi

(below right)

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Indo Yoga Board: Indo Yoga Board by Indo Board. Strengthen, tighten, and tone while you replicate SUP yoga- on land, on the Indo Yoga Board. Get in better shape for surfing! (indoboard.com)

Kristina

Tank: Lagaci (lagaci.com) Sports Bra: Iron Fist Athletic (ironfistathletic.com) Leggings: Peace & Om (peaceandom.com) Watch: Sprout - eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com) Bracelets: Calypso Studios (calypsostudiosinc.com)

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Color Splash Kaydi (left)

Sports Bra: Coobie Bra (coobiebra.com) Sunglasses: “La La Land Flouro Yellow LTD Edition” by Soda Sunglasses (sodasunglasses.com) Necklaces: “God’s Girl” by Bashful Bliss (bashfulbliss.com) Headphones: Yurbuds- a unique “locking” system headphone that keeps up with your active lifestyle! (yurbuds.com) Boardshorts: Just Bones Boardwear (justbonesboardwear.com) Watch: Sprout - eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com) Shoes: Iron Fist (ironfistclothing.com) Beach Towel: Lagu - sand repellent beach towel (lagu.com.au | qamay.com)

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Miss Cupcake Kaydi (left)

Bikini: B Swim (bswim.com) Headband: Bani Bands (banibands.com) Necklace: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Cuff: Hand painted leather cuff with Swarovski crystal elements, and snap closure by Caroline Rocha (carolinerocha.com) Watch: Sprout - eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com)

Cruise’n Kaydi (right)

Bikini & Party Pants: B Swim (bswim.com) Hat: Wallaroo Hat Company (wallaroohats.com) Necklace & Bracelet: Handmade organic jewelry by Marlie Collection (marliecollection.com) Ring: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309) Watch: Armitron (armitron.com)

Kaydi

(below)

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Paradise Kaydi

Shirt: “Paradise” by Citizen Ciao (citizenciao.com) Skirt: “Maui Skirt” by Juli And Fred (juliandfred.com) Watch: Sprout - eco friendly timepieces (sproutwatches.com) Beanie: Peter Grimm (petergrimm.com) Boots: Nomad (nomadfootwear.com)

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Leggings: Peace & Om (peaceandom.com) Necklace, Earrings & Cuff: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com, 1-800-722-2309) Sparkle Cuff: Hand painted leather cuff with Swarovski crystal elements and snap closure by Caroline Rocha. (carolinerocha.com)

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Tiger Stripes Kaydi

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beach Bomber Kaydi

Sweater: Elan (clothingobsession.com elan-usa.com) Necklace: Peace & Om (peaceandom.com) Earrings: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com, 1-800-722-2309) Sparkle Cuff: Hand painted leather cuff with Swarovski crystal elements and snap closure by Caroline Rocha. (carolinerocha.com) Shoes: “Glamour Top in Gold� by Zaxy (zaxyusa.com)

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Bikini: “Black & White Gingham Gilda” by Unique Vintage (unique-vintage.com) Cuff: Soft, fuzzy wrist warmers by Oofkas (oofkas.com) Ring: Trendy Jewels (trendyjewels.com 1-800-722-2309)

At Dusk Kaydi (below)

Top: “Windy Top” by Juli And Fred (juliandfred.com) Necklace & Bracelet: “Island” The original beach sand jewelry company. Handmade with sand from your favorite beach. By Dune Jewelry. (dunejewelry.com) Shoes: “Morgan” by Nomad (nomadfootwear.com)

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Oh NO! Kaydi (right)


beach Factory Kaydi

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AGE: 20 YEARS SURFING: Approximately 13 YEARS AS A PRO SURFER: 3 FAVORITE SURF BREAK: Mentawai Islands, Indonesia FAVORITE BOARD SHAPE: Rookie Model by Channel Island Shapes HOMEBREAK: Victoria Bay, South Africa SPONSORS: Roxy and Channel Islands!

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PRO-FILES

Featuring...

Bianca

Buitendag

Love is everything. The reason the universe was created. Love is the purpose of our lives. God is the perfect example of love. It looks at us with compassion in our shortcomings. Love sets you free from fear. Love is what true beauty looks like. To love is my biggest ambition.

Photo by Greg Chapman

Who taught you to surf and do you still surf with them? To be very honest, I cannot remember much of my life at the age of seven. Most of the memories I do have are from photos that hang in our house and stories told by my parents and family. There are certain glimpses that I can recall however. I remember catching fish in the rock pools, and building sand castles on the beach, since my parents were always out surfing. My brothers and I finally built up the courage to test the water, and it was my father that pushed me into my first wave as a child. He introduced me to something that I now regard as one of my biggest loves, the ocean. Where do you currently live and why have you chosen it as home? I live out of a suitcase! We are constantly on an itinerary, changing time zones every two weeks on average. But the place that I would call ‘home’, not that I am there much at all, would be the little coastal town of Victoria Bay, close to the most Southern tip of Africa. Yes, it is very far off the map, but its culture and people are what has shaped and influenced me the most out of all the places in wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 165


Featuring...

Bianca

Buitendag

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the world. Who has been your “helping hand”? The most important people to include in your life, in my opinion, are people who would support you no matter what you decide to do. In that case, my parents are probably the greatest by a long stretch. I have had the privilege of growing up in a very supportive home, surrounded by people who are proud of who I am and not what I achieve. As a little girl, did you always dream of being a pro surfer? Strangely enough, the answer is no! I grew up surfing every day, but the chance of a skinny, white-haired, freckled little girl from a little town in South Africa to make it to the top 17 female surfers in the world seemed close to impossible. The perfect people and opportunities crossed my path at the perfect time. When I look back now, I realize that there must have been a higher hand on my life. A hand that has a particular plan. When did you get your first sponsor? I sent a profile to Roxy, and they sent me a box of clothes through the post, so heavy that I couldn’t carry it into the house. I was 12 at the time, and am still sponsored by the same company 8 years down the time line. As a kid, was surfing your absolute passion, something you had to do every day? Or were there other things you really enjoyed that have carried over into your older years? I enjoyed all sports. I had provincial colors in 5 sports besides surfing before I was 16. But there was a sense of freedom in surfing, an excuse to adventure, every time you cross from sand to saltwater, you have no idea what to expect. You do not have to conform to a field, pool, platform, or track. You learn to read and thrive off of the unpredictability of the ocean. Did you find that your surfing helped or hindered your ability to study hard in school? And what advice do you have for young girls that are currently in school that hope to become pro surfers one day? I definitely had to make sacrifices. Some days I would have to go to school so early the sun hadn’t come up yet, and leave only once the sun had set, because of math, science and accountancy extra classes before and after school in order to catch up on the work I had missed while competing internationally. My parents were strict on academics, and saw it as a priority. I had the ability to learn quickly, but it did not come without hard work. I was the only one dragging heavy algebra textbooks all across the world, doing as much as I could on the plane, staying up late to finish, recording lectures, copying notes and missing events for exams. I am studying a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting Management at the moment while traveling. So my advice would be that you shouldn’t underestimate what you are capable of. In my native language we have a saying “Where there is a want (ambition), there is always a way.”

Lifestyle photo: Brent Hill & Nicole Suttle Surfing photo by Greg Chapman

PRO-FILES

A lot of kids these days, especially in Hawaii, are homeschooling so that they have more flexible schedules and are able to surf more. What are your thoughts on this? I went to a public school with children from all walks of life, race and circumstances. At school, education goes beyond what is written in a textbook. You learn about people, how to work with them, how to treat them, how to lead them, how to lift an opinion, how to deal with authority, you learn respect, you learn to struggle and prove yourself amongst 2000 others, you make memories and friendships that last a lifetime. For that, there is a lot that I would and have sacrificed. Going to school also made me want to surf more than someone that had all day to do it. I would count down the minutes for the bell to ring, and use every opportunity to get in the water. But most importantly, school gave wSSm | womenssurfstyle.com | 167


me perspective. Some children at school’s parents couldn’t even afford to give them a sandwich for lunch, and I would come back from a trip be upset about a result or complain about homesickness while some children around me didn’t even have a home to go to. When you draw a stacked heat up against seasoned professionals, how do you deal with the pressure, and does it make you more determined? Or do you dread surfing against the very best? The top 17 women in the world compete against each other for 10 months on end, so I surf against the best the whole year round. It does influence me to a certain degree, but I would not be where I am now if I allowed names to intimidate me. Even the best make mistakes, even the best are just people going through the same struggles as you and I. How’s the tour been going for you so far? Are you particularly happy with any contests’ results, or just a great season overall? I have been on tour for 2 years, and I feel like a lot of it is still new. I am trying to find my groove, and seem to get more comfortable with every contest. I have one of my best friends on tour with me as well, and my coach is like a brother to me, which makes everything a lot more enjoyable. I am particularly happy with all the opportunities that cross my path. I do not think I have the words to describe to you how blessed I am. I still don’t really have the capability to comprehend it myself. Do you stick to a strict diet while on tour? I always used to eat whatever I could get my hands on. Being really active leaves you in a state of constant hunger. I have been observing what the other girls on tour are doing, and I have realized that there definitely is awareness of diet. So I am eagerly learning, trying not to eat any processed food, but at the same time not letting a strict diet ruin the simple pleasures there are in life. There can only be 1-- #1 at the end of each contest. How do you stay focused and driven, when a contest or wave conditions simply don’t go your way? This goes deep. This goes beyond disappointment. Let me try to explain myself. Ever since the first contest, there has always been this pressure to perform. You have a lot of attention and confidence when you are getting results, and it all fades away and leaves you empty when you don’t. When you do over 15 contests in a year, performance becomes your identity. It is what you measure yourself on, to such a degree that when you lose, you don’t only doubt your performance but you doubt yourself as a person. This can hurt. You even start believing that others only love you when you perform. I felt the consequences of this lie on my first year of tour. But knowing the truth, something that I discovered when I was 17 years old, has been the best thing that has happened in my life. The truth is that God loves us unconditionally, without requirements, with tears of compassion in His eyes, without judgment, without restriction. The truth is that God loves us outrageously. I have found my identity, my refuge, my comfort, my joy, my peace and my life in that love. And everything that remains is just an expression of this love that continues to fascinate me as I discover its depths. Rock stars go through withdrawal after leaving the stage. Singers- one day, will no longer be able to sing. How do you think leaving life on tour effect you? In my opinion, singers will always be able to sing, and never lose their love for music and all that it brings. In the same way surfers will not easily lose their love and attachment to the ocean. But there is a point where you are unable to make a career out of it anymore. At that point it would be difficult to give up, because like all things, there

is a certain fear of the unknown. But I must add that you will not be the same after it. One can not have the same opinions, experiences, ambitions and appreciations after you have travelled for over 10 years of your life. Traveling changes the way you see things. Where a year ago, I would have answered the question “what would you like to do in your life” with a “probably study, work, marry, have 2.4 children, retire” I now answer it with “start a successful business, open an self-sustainable orphanage, live in Malawi, not fall into the trap of accumulation, live with an awe, appreciation and expression of the love of God all the days of my life.” My journey as a professional athlete is only the beginning, a stepping-stone for even better things that lie ahead. Life is obviously about more than just surfing. What other areas have you found fulfillment in, and why, and how often are you realistically able to do them? There is a God-made void placed in every single person that exists. During our lifetime, we try to fill it with everything we get our hands on, it could be money, relationships, material possessions, substances, or like me to a certain degree, achievements. Although they are all satisfying, that satisfaction is temporal. From what I have experienced, the only thing that would continually be fulfilling is the One who created that very void. There has to be days that you just don’t feel like surfing. On those days, would you rather curl up with a good book and cup of coffee? Or take a run? Cook? Hang out with friends? I would probably pick up a carpool of friends and look for new adventures, with good music and honest discussions, encourage each other on new ambitions. I enjoy doing anything in water, anything out of my comfort, and anything with a bit of an adrenaline rush. What character qualities do you feel are most important for women, and how can they be cultivated? Love and virtue. Qualities that speak the loudest without using a single word. What do you feel are two of your strengths, as well as two of your weaknesses, and how are you working on both of them? I am going to share weakness, because it would be a lie if I said I didn’t have any. My biggest weakness is probably fear. Not physical fear that you experience when you stand at the edge of a cliff, those fears are easy to conquer; rather fear of not knowing what is going to happen, fear of being known but not loved, fear of being purposeless. Fortunately, there is a life-changing truth that “Perfect love casts out all fear.” And the only one that could love us perfectly is God, since everything he does is driven by an unconditional love. So by knowing the love and character of God, all these fears are overcome. What does LOVE mean to you? Love is everything. The reason the universe was created. Love is the purpose of our lives. God is the perfect example of love. It looks at us with compassion in our shortcomings. Love sets you free from fear. Love is what true beauty looks like. To love is my biggest ambition. What does SUCCESS mean to you? Success to me is living in freedom. To be one who is unattached to the world. One who lives and loves generously, giving instead of taking. “She is clothed with dignity and strength, and laughs without fear of the future.” That is how I want to be remembered. Favorite quote? “What does a man benefit if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?” F

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SURF SHOP DIRECTORY | WSSM OAHU

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Ballistic Board Co............................................................ 258-8393 Barnfields Raging Isle Surf & Cycle ..........................637-7797 Blue Hawaii Surf (Ala Moana)........................................... 947-9988 Blue Hawaii Surf ............................................................ 845-9300 Blue Hawaii Surf (Pearlridge) ........................................... 488-8811 Blue Planet Surf Shop (WSSM sold here) 596-7755 Boardriders Club Hawaii (International Marketplace) ........... 921-2794 Boardriders Club Hawaii (Waikiki) .................................... 926-5800 Classic Surfboards ...........................................................735-3594 Diamond Head Surfboards (WSSM sold here) ....... ..................................................................... 691-9599 Downing Hawaii .............................................................737-9696 Drift Surf LLC .................................................................941-6699 Edge Board Works.........................................................847-3154 GoNUTS .........................................................................926-3367 Hale Nalu Surf Company..................................................696-5897 Hans Hedemann Surf Schools ...................................... 447-6755 Hawaiian Southshore Outlet ...........................................597-9055 Hawaiian Watersports (Kailua) .......................................262-5483 Hawaiian Watersports (Diamond Head) .......................739-5483 Island Glass Surfboards .................................................. 457-9919 Inter-Island Surf Shop.....................................................945-2982 Jon B. Mar Surfboards ...................................................277-0800 Kimo’s Surf Hut ............................................................262-1644 Koa Board Sports .........................................................923-0189 Local Motion: Ala Moana ........................................................ 979-7873 Hawaii Kai.............................................................. 396-7873 Windward Mall .................................................... 263-7873 Waikele Outlet Center...................................... 668-7873 Hawaii Kai .......................................................... 396-7873 Minami Surf......................................................................637-9994 Modex Surfboards Hawaii ..............................................421-7517 North Shore Boardriders Club ....................................... 637-5026 OffDaLip.com Inc. ..........................................................396-8676 Pang Dennis Hawaiian Surf Designs & Hawaiian Paddle Boards ..................................... 638-7339 Planet Surf .................................................................... 637-5002 Rush Jay ....................................................................... 596-0580 Russ K Makaha Quiksilver Boardriders Club ................. 951-7876 Quiksilver (Waikiki) ....................................................... 921-2794 RIPCURL (Ala Moana Center) .................................... 943-2490 RIPCURL (Kalakaua Ave) ............................................ 922-2330 RV’s Ocean Used Surfboard ....................................... 348-0441 Sera’s Surf & Shore Ala Moana Center.................... 949-7828 Strong Current Surf Design ...................................... 637-3410 Surfboard Factory Outlet Hawaii.................................. 543-2145 Surf Garage (WSSM Sold Here).............. 951-1173 Surf ’N’ Sea (WSSM Sold Here) ................ 637-9887 Surf News Network Hawaii ....................................... 593-2170 Town & Country Surf Shop: ......................................... 733-5699 Uptown Pearlridge ........................................ 484-5499 Tropical Rush Surf Co. ............................................... 637-8886 Wave Riding Vehicles................................................... 637-2020 Wet Feet ....................................................................... 373-7873 XCEL Wetsuits Hawaii: Honolulu / Ward Center ......................................... 596-7441 Haleiwa................................................................... 637-3248

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Action Sports Maui ..................................................... 871-5857 Boardriders Club (Kihei) ................................................. 667-7978 Boardriders Club (Wailaha) ................................................ 891-1503 Boardriders Club (Whalers Village) ................................... 661-3505 Billabong (Lahaina) ..................................................... 667-1840 Da Beach House Maui: Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea ........................... 986-8279 Kihei Kalama Village ..................................... 891-1234 Hawaiian Island Surf & Sport ..........................................871-4981 Hawaiian Surfworks.........................................................242-1431 Hi-Tech Surf Sports ....................................................... 877-2111 Honolua Surf Co. (toll-free).......................................... 466-6582 1000 Limahana Pl., Lahaina ......................... 667-9781 845 Front St. ................................................. 667-1863 Whalers Village............................................... 661-5455 Honolua Underground ................................................ 661-5722 Kazuma Surfboards Hawaii......................................... 575-7510 Local Motion: Lahaina Gateway ........................................ 871-7873 178 | womenssurfstyle.com | wSSm

1819 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei ................................ 879-7873 Ka`ahumanu Shopping Center/Kahului......... 661-7873 M. Miura Store ............................................................ 822-4401 Maui Surfboards .......................................................... 264-2648 Maui Tropix, Kihei ............................................................ 879-6868 Maui Tropix, Kahului ..................................................... 871-8726 Maui Tropix, Lahaina .................................................... 661-9296 Maui Windsurf Co. ........................................................ 877-4816 Neil Pryde Maui.............................................................. 877-7443 Ole Surfboards ............................................................ 661-3459 Outrageous Surf ............................................................ 669-1400 Pakaloha Bikinis (Lahaina) .............................................. 661-6088 Pakaloha Bikinis (Paia) .................................................... 579-8882 Sailboards Maui .......................................................... 579-8432 Second Wind (WSSM sold here)................ 877-7467 Shapers ......................................................................... 877-7873 Surf Dog Maui ............................................................. 250-7873 Timpone Hawaii ............................................................. 575-2649 Valley Isle Surfboards................................................... 244-5230 West Maui Cycles.......................................................... 661-9005 West Maui Sports & Fishing Supply .......................... 661-6252

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Hawaii (area code 808) . . . . . . . . . . . .

Aloha Surf Lessons ..................................................... 639-8614 Deja Vu Surfwear ............................................................ 822-4401 Hanalei Surf Co. Backdoor ............................................... 826-1900 Hanalei Surf Co. Paddler ............................................... 826-8797 Quiksilver Kai Kane Surf Shop .................................... 826-5594 Quiksilver (Poipu) ........................................................... 742-8088 Kauai Water Ski & Surf Co. ......................................... 822-3574 Nukumoi Surf Co. ....................................................... 742-8019 M. Miura Store ............................................................... 245-2174 Poipu Surf ..................................................................... 742-8797 Progressive Expressions.............................................. 742-6041 Rex Kauai....................................................................... 828-1141 Tamba Surf Co. ........................................................... 823-6942 Wellman Surfboards...................................................... 338-0888

BIG ISLAND

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Hawaii (area code 808) . . . . . . . . . . . .

Big Island Surf Co.......................................................... 959-2472 Honolulu Surf Co: Waikoloa................................................................. 886-1019 Kona....................................................................... 329-1001 Jeff Hunt Surfboards LLC............................................. 965-2322 Kona Boy’s Inc.............................................................. 328-7234 Kona Boy’s (Captian Cook) ........................................... 329-3245 Local Style..................................................................... 959-6121 Miller’s Surf and Sport................................................. 326-1771 Orchid Land Surfshop................................................... 935-1533 Pacific Vibrations........................................................... 329-4140 World Core Surf Shop................................................... 329-8825

CALIFORNIA

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Aqua Surf Shop: Sloat Blvd.......................................................... 415-242-9283 Haight St. .......................................................... 415-876-2782 Cowells Beach N Bikini Surf Shop....................... 831-427-2355 Mavericks Surf Shop .............................................. 650-560-8088 O’Neill’s: 41st Ave. ........................................................... 831-475-4151 Cooper St. .......................................................... 831-469-4377 400 Beach St. ..................................................... 831-459-9230 Pacific Wave ........................................................... 831-458-9283

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

Clout Women & Surf Shop ................................. 310-457-1511 E.T. Surf / Just Longboards ... 310-379-7660 | 310-376-8847 Horizons West Surf Shop ..................................... 310-392-1122 Malibu Surf Shack .................................................... 310-456-8508 Ocean Echo Sportswear....................................... 310-823-5850 Players SurfBoards................................................ 310-545-9626 Spyder ..................................................................... 310-374-8276 SpyderII .................................................................. 310-374-2494 Surf Concepts........................................................ 310-545-7397 Ventura Surf Shop ................................................. 805-643-1062

WaveFront Surf Shop ............................................ 805-652-2201 ZJ Boarding House................................................ 310-392-5646 Zuma Jay Surfboards ............................................ 310-456-8044

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Action Beach Surf Shop ...................................... 760-722-7101 Active Ride Shop ................................................. 909-592-0661 Alternative Surf ..................................................... 562-277-4719 Becker Surfboards (Pier Ave) ............................. 310-374-7626 Becker Surf (Malibu) ............................................. 310-456-7155 Bruce Jones Surfboards........................................ 562-592-2314 Bunker Surf Shop ................................................... 858-488-7412 Catalyst Surf Shop................................................... 949-492-5721 CBS Board Shop .................................................. 949-455-0237 Cheap Rentals No.2 .............................................. 800-941-7761 Chuck Dent Surfboards ...................................... 714-960-2882 Clairemont Surf Shop ............................................ 858-292-1153 Dan Taylor Surfboards ........................................... 949-642-1316 Dive N Surf ............................................................. 310-372-8423 Elyzium Surf & Skate............................................ 619-460-0797 Emerald City Surf n Sport ..................................... 619-435-6677 Endless Summer Surf Shop ................................. 858-488-8983 Dan Taylor Surfboards ........................................... 949-642-1316 Dive N Surf ............................................................ 310-372-8423 Greenroom Surf Shop ............................................ 619-226-1311 Girl In The Curl (womens surf shop) ........................... 949-661-4475 Hansen Surfboards................................................ 760-753-6595 Harbour Surfboards ............................................... 562-430-5614 HB Wahine (womens surf shop) .................................. 714-330-3350 Herbie Fletcher Surf Shop ...................................... 949-492-5721 Hobie (Dana Point) ..................................................... 949-496-2366 Hobie (Laguna Beach) ............................................... 949-497-3304 Hobie (Corona Del Mar) ................................................ 949-706-8090 Hobie (San Clemente/El Camino) .................................... 949-542-3355 Hobie (San Clemente/Avenida Del Mar) .......................... 949-542-3400 HSS Billabong (womens surf shop) .......................... 714-374-6266 Huntington Surf & Sport (Pierside)........................... 714-841-4000 Huntington Surf & Sport (Warner)............................... 714-846-0181 Huntington Surf & Sport (Bella Terra)........................... 714-890-0800 Icons of Surf ........................................................... 949-429-7133 Inflight Surf and Sail ........................................... 562-493-3661 Island Surf ............................................................... 619-435-1527 Jacks Surfboards (Hunt. Beach) ............................... 714-536-4516 Jacks Surfboards (Newport) ..................................... 949-673-2300 Jacks Surfboards (Dana Point) ................................. 949-276-8080 Jacks Surfboards (Hermosa Beach) ............................ 310-374-7873 Jacks Surfboards (Corona Del Mar) .......................... 949-718-0001 Jacks Surfboards (Irvine) ........................................... 949-242-7020 Jack’s GIRLS (Hunt. Beach) ..................................... 714-536-2563 Jack’s KIDS (Hunt. Beach) ........................................... 714-536-4516 K5 Oceanside ......................................................... 760-754-1982 K5 Encinitas ............................................................. 760-436-6613 K5 Poway ................................................................ 858-679-6822 Kane Garden .......................................................... 619-405-3189 Katin Surf Shop ..................................................... 562-592-2052 Killer Dana Surf Shop........................................... 949-489-8380 La Jolla Surf Shop ................................................ 858-361-4957 La Jolla Surf Systems.............................................. 858-456-2777 Line Up Surfboards .............................................. 714-842-1648 Liquid Foundation Surfboards ............................ 858-488-3260 Longboard Grotto Surf Shop ................................ 760-634-1920 Mission Surf............................................................. 858-483-8837 Mitchs Surf Shop ........................ 858-459-5933 / 858-481-1354 Ocean Beach Surf Shop........................................ 619-225-0674 Ocean Girl (womens surf shop) ................................ 858-456-9283 Ocean View Board Sports ..................................... 818-541-9127 Offshore Surf Shop................................................ 760-729-4934 Old Town Surf Co................................................ 619-299-9207 O’Neill (flagship store)................................................ 714.635.0424 Pacific Beach Surf Shop (Promenade)...................... 858-373-1138 Pacific Beach Surf Shop (Grand).............................. 858-270-2466 Pacific Beach Surf Shop (Boardwalk).......................... 858-270-1695 Pacific Drive Surf Shop....................................... 858-270-3361 Palapa Surf Shop................................................... 619-224-2715 Pesce Surfboards ................................................... 310-999-5379 Pier Surf.................................................................. 310-372-2012 Plumeria Surfboards.............................................. 714-878-0900 Pride Surf Skate & Snow...................................... 619-222-1575 Rip Curl (3rd St.) .................................................. 310-656-2875 Rip Curl (San Clemente) ......................................... 949-498-4920 Raw Skin Surf n’ Sport .......................................... 760-434-1122 Rockin Figs Surfboards ....................................... 714-536-1058


WSSM | SURF SHOP DIRECTORY Rockys Surf Shop.................................................. 619-223-4460 Rusty Surfboards ................................................. 858-551-0262 Safari Surf & Sport ................................................. 818-349-9283 Safari Surf School.................................................. 858-488-2334 Salty Sports .......................................................... 310-532-1781 San Diego Surfing Academy .............................. 760-230-1474 SoftCore Surfboards............................................... 916-663-0611 Soul Performance .................................................. 310-370-1428 South Coast Wahines (womens surf shop).................. 858-273-7600 South Coast Ocean Beach...................................... 619-223-7017 South Coast Longboards ........................................... 619-223-8808 South Coast Pacific Beach ................................... 858-483-7660 Sun Diego Surf & Sport (Carlsbad) ........................... 760-607-1220 Sun Diego Surf & Sport (Wavehouse Mission) .......... 858-866-0108 Sun Diego Surf & Sport (Fashion Valley) ................... 619-268-2295 Sun Diego Surf & Sport (Westfield Plaza Bonita) ....... 619-399-7959 Sun Diego Surf & Sport (Solana Beach) ................... 858-523-1733 Sun Diego Surf & Sport (Westfield UTC) ................... 858-452-2963 Sun Diego Surf & Sport (Westfiled Pkwy) ................... 619-441-5213 Sun Diego Surf & Sport (Westfield North County) ........ 760-743-4133 Surf Club................................................................. 858-483-4854 Surf Hut .................................................................. 619-575-7873 Surf Ride Board Shop .............. 760-433-4020 | 858-755-0858 Surf Savvy School ................................................. 858-459-4790 Surfboards by Kennedy ........................................ 818-225-1999 Surfside Sports (WSSM Sold Here) ... 949-675-2855 SurfNStuff.com ..................................................... 727-643-9395 Thalia Street Surf Shop ........................................ 949-497-3292 The Rusty Boardhouse........................................ 858-551-0262 Toes on the Nose (Laguna Beach) ............................. 949-494-4988 Toes on the Nose (Adventure Hyatt@Hyatt Regency) .... 714-845-4638 Val Surf (Woodland Hills) ............................................ 818-225-8177 Val Surf (Valley Village)............................................... 818-769-6977 Val Surf (Pasadena)................................................... 626-796-0668 Val Surf (Valencia) ..................................................... 661-222-7288 Val Surf (Thousand Oaks) ........................................... 805-497-1166 Valley Surf & Skate................................................ 818-892-5566 Vanguard Surf And Skate ..................................... 310-373-2501 Waterlines Unlimited................................................ 858-449-0402 Wavelines ................................................................858-675-9696 WindanSea Surf Shop .......................................... 858-488-9374 Witts Carlsbad Pipelines...................................... 760-729-4423

FLORIDA

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Aqua East Surf Shop (Neptune Beach/St. Augustine) 904-246-2550 Blue Sky Surf Shop ............................................ 904-824-2734 Clean Ocean Surf Company................................... 904-247-3810 Driftwood Sun and Surf ........................................ 904-321-2188 Fluid Surf Shop..................................................... 850-244-3554 Girl Next Door Surf Shop (womens surf shop) ........... 904-461-1441 Innerlight Surf and Skate: Pensacola Beach ...................................... 850-934-9004 Pensacola ................................................. 850-434-6743 Gulf Breeze................................................ 850-932-5134 Gulf Shores ............................................... 251-948-4222 Mr. Surfs Surf Shop .............................................. 850-235-2702 Outer Limitz Surf and Skate ................................ 904-260-2320 Pipeline Surf Shop ................................................. 904-277-3717 Pit Surf Shop ...................................................... 904-471-4700 Quiksilver Retail..................................................... 904-363-8898 Sunrise Surf Shop .................................................. 904-241-0822 Surf Station (St. Augustine)..................................... 904-471-9463 Surf Station II (Crescent Beach)................................ 904-461-5395

CENTRAL FLORIDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Balsa Bill Surf Shop.............................................. 321-779-8580 Catalyst (Melbourne) ............................................... 321-728-2960 Catalyst (Orlando) .................................................... 407-380-7427 Catalyst (San Clemente) .......................................... 949-492-5721 Catalyst (Deerfield) .................................................. 954-725-1499 Cocoa Beach Surf Company ....... 321-799-9930 | 321-799-9921 Longboard House ................................................. 321-951-8001 Mad Dog Surf Shop ................................................ 386-761-5999 Maui Nix Surf Shop: (635 N. Atlantic Ave) ...................................... 386.253.1234 (250 N. Atlantic Ave) ................................ 386.253.9099 (1700 W. Intl. Speedway) ......................... 386.254.5099 (Coconut Grove) ........................................ 305.444.6919 MTB Surf Emporium ........................................... 321-777-3685 Nekton Surf Shop ................................................ 727-593-8292 Red Dog Surf Shop.............................................. 386-423-8532

Safari Surf School.................................................. 386-299-3609 SALTY DOG SURF SHOP: (S. Atlantic Ave.) .................................... 386-253-2755 International Speedway Blvd ................. 386-258-0457 N. Atlantic Ave ....................................... 386-673-5277 Spectrum Surf Shop ............................................. 321-768-7873 South Beach Dive & Surf Center ........................... 305-673-5900 Suncoast Surf Shop .............................................. 727-367-2483 USW Surf Shop .................... 321-725-1333 | 321-953-4879 ZWAVE SURF SHOP .................................. 386-439-WAVE(9283)

SOUTHERN FLORIDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

B.C. Surf and Sport...................... 305-715-9912 | 954-564-0202 Boca Surf and Sail................................................ 561-394-8818 Catch-a-Wave Surf and Skate.............................. 305-569-0339 Epic Surf Shop....................................................... 561-272-2052 Impact Zone.......................................................... 305-374-6528 Groundswell Surf Shop ...................................... 561-622-7878 Island Water Sports ............................................ 954-427-4929 Island Water Sports ............................................ 561-588-1728 Juno Surf Shop.............................. 561-626-3569 | 561-575-6649 Maui Nix Surf Shop (Biscayne Blvd.) ........................................ 305-692-9191 (Ft. Lauderdale) ......................................... 954-522-5255 (Destin) ........................................................ 850.269.1234 Nomad Surf Shop ................................................ 561-272-2882 Ocean Magic Surf Shop .................................... 561-744-8925 SALTY DOG SURF SHOP: Panama City Beach ......................................... 850-230-3430 Surf Central ...................................................... 772-283-9002 Surf World- Pompano ........................................... 954-545-7873 Viking Surf Sup (Ft. Lauderdale).............................. 954-321-9277

MARYLAND

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Malibu’s Surf Shop (Ocean City)................................ 410-289-3000

NEW JERSEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7th Street Surf Shop.............................................. 609-398-7070 Brave New World: Ocean Port Ave .............................................732-842-6767 Point Pleasant ............... 732-899-8220 | 732-892-8220 Toms River ................................................... 732-505-3600 Eastern Lines Surf Shop (Belmar) ...................... 732-681-6405 Freedom Surf ........................................................ 609-494-6554 GoingOFFSurf.com Heritage Surf and Sport: Sea Isle City .................................................. 609-263-3033 OceanCity ...................................................... 609-398-6390 Vetnnor Ave. ................................................. 609-823-3331 Inlet Outlet ............................................................. 732-223-5842 OG Surf & Skate ..................................................... 732-869-1001 Primal Surf Shop .................................................. 609-264-1999 Right Coast Surf Shop ......................................... 732-854-9300 Ron Jon Surf Shop ............................................... 609-494-8844 Spellbinders (Main St) .......................................... 732-531-SURF SheBeSurfin (womens surf shop) ............................... 609-967-3110 Summer Sun Surf Shop ......................................... 609-884-3422 Surf Unlimited “The Complete Surf Shop”.............. 609-494-3555

NORTH CAROLINA

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KITTY HAWK / KILL DEVIL HILLS / NAGS HEAD

17th Street Surf Shop ............................................ 252-441-1797 Cavalier Surf Shop ............................................... 252-441-7349 Coastal Edge .......................................................... 252-449-5560 Kitty Hawk Sports Inc. ........................................... 252-441-6800 Nolte Surfboards .................................................... 252-491-2590 Outer Banks Boarding Co. ..................................... 252-441-1939 Pit Surf Hang Out .................................................. 252-480-3128 Secret Spot Surf Shop ............................................ 252-441-4030 Wave Riding Vehicles .............................................. 252-261-7952 Whalebone Surf Shop ............................................ 252-441-6747

SOUTH CAROLINA

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Berts Surf Shop................................................... 843-272-7458 Eternal Waves Surf Shop..................................... 843-839-1239 North Shore Surf Shop.......................................... 843-280-5071 Pipeline Surf Shop................................................. 843-626-8945 Sydney Surf Company........................................... 843-839-4845 Village Surf Shop...................................................... 843-651-6396 Wallerbears Surf Shop.......................................... 843-238-4079 Wave Surf & Sport.................................................. 843-235-8902

PUERTO RICO

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Aquatica Dive & Surf .............................................. 787.890.6071 Costazul Surf Shop ................................................. 787.722.0991 Desecheo Surf and Dive Shop.............................. 787.823.0390 El Rincon Surf Shop ............................................ 787.890.3108 Green Room Boardsports ..................................... 787.685.5225 Hang Loose Surf Shop ........................................ 787.560.0181 Hotwavz Surf Shop ............................................. 787.823.3942 La 8 Surf ............................................................... 787.723.9808 La Selva Surf Shop .............................................. 787.889.6205 Playero Surf Shop ................................................. 787.723.2242 Mar Azul Surf Shop ............................................ 787.823.5692 Surf Zone Surf Shop ............................................ 787.890.5080 Tres Palmas Surf Shop ........................................ 787.728.3377 Verde Azul ............................................................. 787.951.5702 Wave Riding Vehicles ............................................ 787.669.3480 West Coast Surf Shop ......................................... 939.358.1800

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Surf City Surf Shop ............................................... 910-256-2265 Sweetwater Surf Shop ......................................... 910-256-3821 Wallerbears Surf Shop ................... 704-341-3414 | 704-369-7873

WILMINGTON / CAROLINA BEACH

Aussie Island Surf Shop ..................................... 910-256-5454 Bert’s Surf Shop ........................... 910-392-4501 | 910-458-9047 Hot Wax Surf Shop .............................................. 910-791-9283 Island Kite And Surf ............................................. 910-458-7005 Pride Surf Shop ..................................................... 910-799-7811

SURF CITY

On Shore Surf Shop ............................................... 910-328-2232 Bert’s Surf Shop .................................................... 910-328-1010 Spinnaker Surf & Sport ...................................... 910-328-2311

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SURFER RESOURCES DIRECTORY | WSSM SURF LESSONS / CAMP OAHU, Hawaii - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - April Grover’s Surf School ................................... 808.561.7142 www.surflessonhawaii.com Girls Who Surf ....................................................... 808.371.8917 www.girlswhosurf.com Loco Boyz Surf School ......................................... 808.739.5588 www.locoboyzsurf.com Hawaiian Surf Adventures………………............... 808.396.2324 www.hawaiiansurfadventure.com SURFCLINICS.com by Nancy Emerson .............. 808-294-5544 Sunset Suzy Surf School ..................................... 808-781-2692 www.sunsetsuzy.com Hawaii Surf Retreat ............................................... 808.636.7873 www.hawaiisurfretreat.com

MAUI, Hawaii - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Maui Waveriders .................................................... 808.875.4761 www.maiwaveriders.com Girls Gone Surfing ................................................ 808.280.0103 www.girlsgonesurfing.net Big Kahuna Surf Adventures ............................... 808-875-6395 Maui Surfergirls .................................................... 808-280-8165 www.mauisurfergirls.com

KAUAI, Hawaii - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Garden Island Surf School ................................... 808.652.4841 www.gardenislandsurfschool.com

Kauai Surf School ................................................. 808.651.6032 www.kauaisurfschool.com Learn to Surf........................................................... 808.826.7612

BIG ISLAND, Hawaii - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors........................ 808.324-0442 Kona Beach Boys.................................................. 808.326-7686 Ocean Eco Tours................................................... 808.324-7873

CALIFORNIA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE NEXT WAVE - Progressive Surf Coaching Southern California ......................... Toll Free - 877 NXT WAVE www.nextwaveusa.com R&R THERAPY AND SURF INSTRUCTION Specializing in Children with Special Needs ..... 818-787-6889 Costa Azul Surf Lessons (Laguna Beach, CA) www.costaazul.net ................................................ 949-497-1423 Surf Lessons With Katie ....................................... 310.962.7873 www.surflessonswithkatie.com

FLORIDA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Florida Surf Lesson............................................... 561.625.5375 www.floridasurflessons.com Central Florida Surf School ............................... 1.877.366.7873 www.surfschoolcamp.com EZride Surf School................................................ 954.803.7988 www.ezridesurfschool.com Surf Guy Surf School ......................1-866-SURFGUY(787-3489) www.surfguyssurf.com Mimi Munro Surf Camps ....................................... 386.672.5600 www.mimimunrosurfs.com

NORTH CAROLINA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Wrightsville Beach Surf Camp & Lessons ......... 910-256-7873 www.wbsurfcamp.com

SOUTH CAROLINA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Folly Surfing Lessons (Folly Beach) .................. 842-588-9145 www.follybeach.com

Soul Surfers Surf Camp (Mt. Pleasant) ............... 843-881-6700 www.soulsurfers.net Surf The Earth (Pawleys Island, SC) ................ 1-800-864-6752 www.surf-the-earth.com

MARYLAND - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sommers Surf Lessons ....................................... 410-251-8583 www.sommerssurf.com

MASSACHUSETTS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Surfari Sup & Surf ............................................ 1-978-704-9051 www.supsurfari.com Little Overhead Surf Lessons (Eastham) .......... 508-240-1455 www.littleoverhead.com

AUSTRALIA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Surf Easy Surf Lessons ....................................... 07 5525 6818 www.surfeasy.com.au

CANADA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Surf Sister Surf School ..................................... 1.877.724.7873 www.surfsister.com

SUPGirlz ..................................................................................... www.supgirlz.com

ECUADOR - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Love Life Adventures.................................................................. www.lovelifeadventures.com

EL SALVADOR - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Explore El Salvador explorelsalvador.com

SunZal Surf Tours ............................................... 407.745.1524 www.sunzal.com

SURFBOARD REPAIR OAHU, HAWAII:

The Ding Kings Hawaii ............. 808-391-7483 | 808-923-0067 Edge Board Works ............................................... 808-847-3154 RV’s Ocean Sports ............................................... 808-732-7137 Surf Garage ........................................................... 808-951-1173

MAUI, HAWAII:

Ron’s Board Repair ..................... 808-283-6462 / 808-575-7447 Maui Ding Repair................................................... 808-572-6636

KAUAI, HAWAII:

Dr Ding’s Westside Surf Shop ............................. 808-335-3805 Akamai Surf-Lihue................................................. 808-632-0797

CALIFORNIA:

Hourglass Manufacturing Inc............................... 714-894-0050 Ding King Surfboard Repair ................................. 760.753.0316

FLORIDA:

TEXAS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Blue Room.............................................................. 850-235-0401 Surf Station............................................................ 904-471-9463

South Padre Island Kiteboarding Surf Lessons.... 956-772-1098 www.southpadreislandkiteboarding.com

SURF/PHOTOGRAPHER

Galveston Beach Bums Surf Lessons ................. 409-515-0587 www.galvestonsurflessons.com

C.M. Olivieri | WavesGoneWild.com (California)

Island Native Surf House Surf Lessons ................ 956-772-7100 www.islandnativesurf.com

NEW JERSEY - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7th Street Surf Shop Surf Lessons ...................... 609-391-1700 www.7thstreetsurfshop.com

VIRGINIA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Titus Surf School ................................................. 870-370-SURF www.titus-international.com

Aaron Nakamura | HawaiiRedDragonPhotography.com Chrissy Swain | allseaingeye.com (Puerto Rico) On instagram: @chrissyswainphotography Dave Gregerson | 20Foot.com (California, Intl) Dale Basye HologramVision.com (California) Elliott Wong | WahineSurfer.net (Hawaii) Gabriel Fernandez | SecretSurf007.com (Florida, Intl)

Hotline Surf Camp - Virginia Beach ...................... 757-428-6703 www.hotlinesurfboardz.com

Gary Miyata | GaryMsCreations.com (Hawaii, Intl)

Surf & Adventure Surf Lessons & Camp Virginia Beach ....................................................... 757-721-6210 Norfolk .................................................................. 757-321-9551 www.surfadventure.com

Joem Costez | SurferPix.com (Hawaii, Intl)

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Nicole Sanchez | BehindTheLensMaui.com (Hawaii) Paul Topp | PaulTopp.com (Hawaii - Intl) Spike | SpikeRaymond.com (Hawaii - Intl)

SURF REPORTS CALIFORNIA: Santa Cruz: 831-475-2275 Huntington Beach: 714-536-9303 DELAWARE: Fenwick: 302-539-5800 FLORIDA: North East Coast www.911surfreport.com (2 x daily PHOTO surf report) Jacksonville Beach (904) 828-4848 Jacksonville Beach (904) 241-1019 Jacksonville (904) 241-0933 Jacksonville (904) 249-4452 St. Augustine (904) 824-9855 St. Augustine (904) 471-1122 Central East Coast FL East Coast 976-7873 976-SURF Titusville (321) 383-0165 Cocoa Beach (321) 728-8118 ext. 2030, (321) 799-8888 ext. 3 Cocoa Beach (321) 868-8967 Cocoa Beach (321) 783-6440 Cocoa Beach (321) 784-2400 Satellite Beach (321) 773-0428 Indialantic (321) ALL-SURF (255-7873) Melbourne Beach (321) 768-7601 South East Coast Stewart (561) 287-7806 West Palm Beach (561) 744-8805 Palm Beach (561) 832-9299 Northern Gulf Coast Pensacola Beach (904) 432-3566 Ft Walton Beach (904) 244-2223 Central Gulf Coast Clearwater (813) 442-3227 Madeira Beach (813) 383-SURF (383-7873) Indian Rocks Beach (727) 596-WAXX (596-9299) Treasure Island (813) 363-SURF (363-7873) St. George Island (850) 553-6236 St. Teresa Beach (850) 697-8330 Southern Gulf Coast Gulf Coast FL (941) 778-WAVE (778-9283) Sarasota 1(800) 953-SURF (953-7873), (941) 346-SURF Ft. Walton Beach (941) 778-1001 Holmes Beach (941) 779-0000 Lido Key (941) 472-0004 HAWAII O’AHU: 808-596-SURF OAHU : 808-637-RUSH MAUI: 808-572-7873 KAUAI: 808-241-7873 BIG ISLAND: 808- 324-7874 NEW JERSEY Sea Bright: 732-842-4024 Belmar: 732-681-6405 Ocean City: 732-531-1028 Ocean City: 609-398-7070 Ocean City: 609-298-6390 Ocean City: 609-823-3331 Ocean City: 609-399-8399 NORTH CAROLINA Clearwater/Wrightsville Beach: (910) 256-8184 SOUTH CAROLINA Folly beach: (843) 588-2261 VIRGINIA Virginia beach: (757) 428-1877


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