Photo shoot with Crena Watson

New Boxing Gloves!

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I was so so happy to receive my new boxing gear this morning! I’ve never had my own pair of gloves before :-). Thanks LA Boxing, and thanks to Corey who is the best boxing inspiration ever, I’m so stoked. I love boxing because it’s a high intensity, full body workout that keeps you moving the whole time. It’s such a great training tool for your surfing. I try to add at least 4 hours of boxing to my weekly training, and it’s probably my favourite part of my routine (apart from the surfing!!). It provides a full cardio work-out for the whole body, and really helps to increase agility and coordination, tone muscles and greater your all round fitness. All of these things are great for your surfing. More than that, it’s super fun and almost addictive. The hitting and punching is a great way to get out tension and an awesome stress reliever. If you haven’t tried it, then I highly recommend it! An hour an a half class is a great way to end the day and defiantly means that you will get a good nights sleep!

Two weeks off….

Firstly I want to apologise for my lack of blogging in the last few days. I have been so busy at work and getting through this week that I haven’t managed to find a moment, but I now have two weeks – two WHOLE weeks – of free time! The Rica surf camps have been really successful and we are having such fun with all of the clients teaching them how to surf and showing off our favourite bits of Costa Rica. Now however, with this two weeks off I have some time to concentrate on my own surfing and my own training, and I am SO excited about it. Yesterday I surfed a total of 7 hours, and I have never felt better! I am checking the swell at the moment to see where to head next to catch some surf, and it looks like there is a small swell hitting in the Caribbean. This means Salsa Brava should be breaking :-). I’m going to get on top of all of my emails and work this morning, pack my bags, and Nancy and I will drive over there this afternoon for a couple of days. I can’t wait. Free time never felt so good! x

Copa Quiksilver: 4th date of the National Surfing Circuit, Dominical

This weekend we all packed up and headed to Dominical for the 4th event of this years Costa Rican surf circuit. The forecast had predicted big waves, and that is defiantly what we got! The conditions were really tricky, with big closeout sets and really strong currents. The heats felt more like trying to survive than trying to win haha. I have never paddled so hard for so long in my life throughout heats; after 15 minutes I was destroyed! In my first heat we actually got dragged down so far by the current when we were paddling out that we had to get out and run back down the beach to where the contest area was and start again – gnarly! I made a note to myself at that point that I need to start running training – it was SO HARD! The semi final was probably the hardest heat of all. The tide was pretty low and the waves were breaking really heavily, I was nervous just to paddle out let alone be thinking about the contest haha. There was a lot of mental preparation involved thats for sure. When the conditions are like that, you can’t let fear get in because thats when mistakes start happening. You need to prepare yourself and be ready for anything. I tell myself, You are brave, You are confident, You are strong, and I put on the most crazy surf tune ever as loud as I can in my ears and run out there with everything that I’ve got! In that heat I was actually the only girl to make it out back and catch some of the bigger waves – so that made me feel good. Everything is in the mental preparation (and the breathing haha)!
It was a great weekend, and the vibes throughout the contest were really awesome and Dominical was a super fun place to hang out. I ended up taking 2nd place, which is a great result for me and keeps me up there high in the ranking. I’m super stoked! I want to say thank you to everyone who was there – all of the surfers, the staff, the federation and the people that came to watch. Having such a great crowd and good people around made the whole experience such a pleasure and so enjoyable. I would also like to thank my sponsors Calavera Swimwear, A3 Energy, Manual, and Decarbonated Sports for all the support this year and helping me get to where I am. Congratulations to Nataly Bernold who took first place, she is such an inspiration and an outstanding surfer. Also big up to ALL of the groms who surfed the contest, the conditions were extremely hard but they still went out there and teared it up with no fear – really really impressive, nice work!
There are three more events in this circuit now, so I will be training hard and looking to get more good results. Thanks to everyone for all of the support and kind comments!

Beach Life….

4th contest of the Costa Rican Circuit – Dominical

This weekend is the fourth contest of the Costa Rican National circuit in Dominical. I have had a really busy (but awesome!!) Rica Surf camp this week, so once again I feel slightly underprepared for the contest, but I’m still excited. The forecast looks like the waves are going to be HUGE! Hahaha. Dominical is known for its big open barrels and fast waves, so I must say I am a little bit nervous about what to expect when I get there. Magicseaweed is predicting 5.5 feet at 18 seconds (which translates to probably double over-head). As is with contests though, everyone has to go out there and surf the same conditions, so if it is absolutely massive, at least you are paddling out there with four other girls! I don’t actually mind big waves too much, but I am praying that its not completely unmanageable. I am driving down there with a friend of mine tonight, we’re leaving in about an hour. The contest starts at 7am tomorrow morning, so we will have to wait and see what it brings! Fingers crossed, and stay posted for results 🙂

Here a a few photos that my friend Danielle sent me from the last contest, thanks girl!

This weeks top 5 healthy Smoothies and Juices!

I am a huge fan of making and drinking smoothies and juices; I have at least one a day! If you are anything like me and suck at eating your veggies and fruit, this is a great way to get your 5 a day without having to force feed yourself vegetables haha. Here are a few of my favourite recipes of the week which are super tasty and full of goodness. All you need are the right ingredients, a decent blender, ice and water. They make a great energising snack, accompany any meal, or are great for pre and apres surf regeneration…. Here are my top 5 🙂

Pre-Surf Energy: Banana, pineapple, mango, avocado. (Grab a handful of almonds with this and you’ll be surfing for hours!)

Iron Booster: Orange juice, carrot, spinach, beetroot, parsley. (Lemon grass is a great iron rich additive if you have it)

Apres surf/Protein boost: Banana, orange juice, soy protein powder

Skin, Hair and complexion: Avocado, spinach, banana, tbsp coconut oil, natural yoghurt. (If you have it, add spirulina to this mix which is filled with antioxidants)

Refreshing and light: Pineapple, parsley, cucumber, celery, orange

You can add honey as sweetener to any of the above!

These kind of juices are a fantastic way to get all your vitamin and mineral servings an easy, quick, simple glass. Plus they will make you feel amazing 🙂

Tony Bear shaping my new board: Part 1

Here is the first part of a short video I made of my new board being shaped :-). I got to hang out with Tony in the shaping room while he shaped and glassed. I learnt so much and and am now addicted to the smell of resin hahaha, sooo good. It’s really cool to experience and be a part of board shaping. There are so many different components involved and so much precision – so many decisions to be made! We should never underestimate the amount of work that goes into every single one of our surfboards. Pura Vida Tony and thank youuuu! x

Calavera Girls trying to skimboard….

Hahahahaha I was looking through some old things and LOOK WHAT I FOUND! This is Anna and I testing the first round of Calavera suits over a year ago…The suits were great, the skim boarding was defiantly not….If you fancy a laugh, watch the video 🙂

A couple of surfing tips and random things I learnt this week!

1. Don’t throw sticks for dogs you don’t know on the beach while warming up for surfing, because they might come back and annoyingly bark at you for the next 20 minutes while your trying to stretch.
2. Always paddle out towards the set, even if it looks huge, never paddle in to the beach! 99% of the time you will take less of a beating and may make it over! (The other 1% does hurt bad though haha).
3. Don’t drive to a contest throughout the night when competing the following day, because you’ll be really tired and won’t be able to perform properly.
4. Don’t moisturise the night before surfing or the morning before, because you will be very slippery and will slip off your board!
5. TOUCH THE WATER ON YOUR BOTTOM TURN! Backside and front side. It helps you compress your back leg and will make your turns more vertical.
6. Surfing is the best cure for a hangover – even 20 minutes in the water will make you feel much better 🙂
7. Stay hydrated with electrolytes! Your energy levels will be so much higher. My favourites are agua de pipa (coconut water) and gatorade.
8. Listen to your favourite tunes before you go for a surf to get you pumped up!
9. Don’t assume that where the busiest spot in the water is the best. Other people have probably just made that assumption. Avoid the crowd!
10. Paddle for every wave like you mean it. The harder you paddle, the quicker you will get into the wave. Never half paddle and pull out – because a lot of the time you will end up going over the falls haha. Be confident, paddle hard and catch all the waves you want!