Monthly Archives: June 2012

Stand Up Paddle

So today the waves were so small, I thought it may be a perfect day to try and catch a wave on the stand up paddle (SUP). My friend Juli Schulz and I took the boards up to Malibu. Right off the bat we saw a ray, it was beautiful. Then the dolphin brothers and sisters or mama and babies or all of the above. After a long paddle, I tried and tried to no avail to catch a wave. This being my third time on a SUP. Determined, I finally caught one. There was another guy on it I was so excited yelling, “I caught it, I caught it.” until I fell on my butt. Laughing so hard when I realized it was Sam George, I turned to him and said “That was the first wave I ever caught on a SUP!” He said “I am glad I was able to ride it with you then.” The funny part is when I first started surfing, I used to run into him checking waves up and down the coast. Once I told him I was just starting and he said “Stick with it.” So I did that was probably about 10 years ago. I stuck with it, now I’m starting over. He was right there to cheer me on again, so positive. Thanks Sam, all smiles!

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Make Your Own Energy Drinks

Our good friend, Peggy Hall, tells us how to make our own energy drinks with all natural products. Now that is something us surfer girls can get behind!  Watch the video on America Now.

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Dolphin Love

I can’t help it, I am a sucker for dolphins.  In Southern California, we are blessed that a few pods swim by us surfers every now and then, and I get equally excited each and every time I see them.  Outdoor Magazine featured this video of Pacific white-sided dolphins who are trying to evade some killer whales in Hyacinthe Bay, British Columbia. Ah, the beauty of nature in action.

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Surf Board Rescue

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Photo taken in Santa Monica, CA.

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Go Skateboarding Day!

Every June 21 is Go Skateboarding Day, so grab your skateboard and get out there! Wanna get ready for next year but not sure were to start? Pick up a copy of my book, “Skater Girl: A Girl’s Guide to Skateboarding” from Amazon

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Celebrating International Surf Day

The first day of summer should be a holiday, right? Surfrider presents International Surfing Day on the first day of the summer solstice by hosting beach clean-ups and paddle-outs and we love to participate.

This year, Surfrider brilliantly made the effort of having International Surfing Day declared an official holiday in California. A resolution was approved by the California Assembly that states, in part: “Whereas, Now in its eighth year, International Surf Day has grown to over 200 separate events in over 25 different countries; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly recognizes June 20, 2012, as International Surf Day in the state…” Woot!

Even better, Surfrider CEO Jim Moriarty penned a letter for surfers to use in trying to get an approved day off from work. Hmmmm, maybe next year. At least I got to celebrate this morning, when Rebecca and I joined the Surfrider clean-up in Santa Monica before a quick surf.

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GoPro Surf Camera: We Want One!

Alana Blanchard and Monyca Byrne shred it up in this video from GoPro. We want the camera, but more importantly we want to surf like these girls!

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