Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Water Effect

The Water Effect is a water conservation movement mobilizing a younger generation of people to address urgent water issues. The movement’s aim is to cut daily water use in half by creating positive water habits through ten simple solutions.  Check out this short but important message from world-renowned surfer and environmentalist, Rob Machado.

The Water Effect is an endeavor created by Orange County non-profit, The Ecology Center, and Inside the Outdoors, an environmental education organization administered by the Orange County Department of Education. The campaign is partly funded by The Municipal Water District of Orange County, who has pledged support for three years. Other supporters include surf brand, Hurley, and the Rob Machado Foundation, who will help to spread awareness through videos, promotions, and prizes.



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Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

JuniorsKaui Hart Hemmings (The Descendants) released a new young adult book this month entitled Juniors.  In the story, the main character, Lea Lane, is a junior in high-school who has just moved back to Hawaii from California with her actress mother. They are invited to move into the guest house on the estate of an uber-rich family friend. The Wests, whose grounds they are staying on, have a beautiful daughter the same age as Lea and a gorgeous older brother who is a senior. The father, in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s, and the slightly manic mother add to the mixed emotions Lea feels while navigating life at her high school, Punahou, and her new home. In Juniors, Lea finds out who she truly is amid the backdrop of sand, surf, and swaying palms.

Juniors is a fun summer (or anytime) read that flies along at a good pace and explores issues of gender, socioeconomic, and identity roles. Surfer girls of all ages will enjoy.

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Be as Kind as the Ocean is Deep

Quincy_Davis_Open_Laydown_FrontThis fall, professional surfer Quincy Davis is partnering with CustomInk to take a stand against bullying. To show her support for CustomInk’s 2015 Be Good to Each Other bullying prevention campaign, Quincy designed a custom t-shirt, which is being sold on – all proceeds will be donated to PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center.

“I’m so excited to support CustomInk’s Be Good to Each Other campaign – it supports such a great cause. I truly believe in the simple, yet incredible power of kindness, and my t-shirt design reflects that.  All profits from the sales of my shirt will benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which offers tools and resources to promote kindness and inclusion in communities nationwide.  I’m proud to take stand in support of bullying prevention!” – Quincy Davis

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Working with a Surf Coach

It was time. With a full time job and a toddler, I get out to surf much less than I would like. Less time in the water, means that while I wasn’t getting any worse, I certainly wasn’t getting any better–my surfing had definitely plateaued.  Even though I am rounding the corner of 40, and could certainly just be happy with my skills as they are, there are still some things I want to be able to do. First and foremost, I need to be able to do a proper duck-dive. I blame my lacking skills in this department on the size of my boards. I mostly longboard or ride a hybrid board, neither of which are duck-dive-able, and the shortboard I ride is rather fat and a little to buoyant for my weight. I also want to be able to do more powerful turns. My friend and I were sitting out in the water the other day and we were fantasizing about hiring a surf coach.  We needed someone to push us out of our comfort zone and help us improve. My husband definitely has skills out in the water, but as he knows well, there is little I like less in this world than taking critiques on my surfing from him. There was one guy I had in mind. I knew he did some coaching and he is certainly an excellent surfer, but I didn’t have his contact information. As chance would have it, I ran into him at the beach the other day, gathered my courage and asked him if he was interested in coaching me.

Cut to our first session. Thankfully, the waves were decent and right in my comfort zone. We paddled out and of course I wanted to do my best. I caught a wave right away, and paddled back eager to hear his thoughts. After a few more, he encouraged me to lift my shoulders  up. I believe, and don’t quote me, but he compared me to Gumby. We caught a lot of waves that morning, him ripping 360s and hitting the lip, and me trying to lift my arms up without looking like a total spaz. He continutally gave me feedback and we worked on my duck-diving (I was secretly happy when he agreed the board was a little too big for me to push under water). I will be practicing all my new moves until our next session. Let’s hope this old dog can learn some new tricks.

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Here’s to breaking glassy waves gals!

It has been a long road but thanks to surfers like Lisa Andersen and Layne Beachley and many before. Going all the way back to surfing queens in Hawaii-paving the way, on today’s pro-circuit women and girls are seeing better or more equal prize money. This Swatch/Hurley Pro at Trestles 2015 the women will win equal prize money to their male counterparts for surfing the same waves. Woot Woot! Thank you for listening ASP! Read article here.

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by | September 11, 2015 · 3:59 am

India’s First Surfer Girl

Check out this heartwarming short documentary from Storytellers for Good and Brown Girl Surf on Ishita Malaviya. Ishita became India’s first surfer girl when she defied stereotypes by hopping on a surfboard and riding the waves.

Named in honor of Polynesia’s first female surfers, Brown Girl Surf is dedicated to fostering a diverse, alternative women’s surf community in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.

Storytellers for Good is a team of producers and videographers who promote goodness and inspire greatness  through the art of storytelling.


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