So the week went…

The week went OK! Not great, but OK. I got to surf and practice yoga up until Monday, and then by Tuesday the surf was FLAT! Mondays surf was awesome though…three people in the water and great waves!

I decided to do other cardio workouts instead trying to keep momentum. I finally got to surf again on Friday morning which was crowded and ok surf, still not great.

I did however pick up a bunch of trash in and out of the surf water Friday…which was gross…pick up your trash people!

Anyway, tomorrow starts another week of surfing for me and I’m super excited for it!

First day recap: Surfing and Yoga/Cardio

Today was a successful yet exhausting day. Mainly because yesterday I thought it would be a good idea to run a couple of miles, so I woke up sore and tired.

Getting up at 4:45 to catch a swell is an art form. I personally love surfing early AM because it’s not as crowded and I get a full day, however it’s hard to wake up sometimes. That was this morning. BUT, I pushed myself and and got ready for the water.

When I arrived at the beach, I greeted my surf buddy and we entered the water. Now, we have been going through a heat wave so actually the water wasn’t very cold. That’s always a welcome surprise for an ocean that’s usually 58 degrees Fahrenheit.

The waves were small but steep, and soon after 6:30 am, started to get very congested. We surfed for about an hour and a half then decided we had enough for the day. We both did more paddling than actually surfing but it’s a good workout.

Tired and salty, I arrived home and showered. Sitting on the couch it was a daunting idea to practice yoga in the afternoon. I decided to give myself a few hours of rest, get some work done and relax.

All throughout my hours of rest I kept trying to motivate myself to practice yoga later in the day.

I am proud to say it actually worked and I did a 45 minute yoga session and a 20 minute cardio session.

Today was exhausting but I’m excited for the waves tomorrow!

6 days of workouts…starting tomorrow

It is officially Summer! Best time of the year for me! I love how it stays lighter later and I can surf longer.

Tomorrow starts a challenge with a buddy of mine to surf and practice yoga for six days in a row. The challenge is surf in the mornings, yoga in the afternoons.

Of course, I’m going to document it here. We decided on just six days to see if its even possible to do this much working out in a row and keep down full time jobs.

More to come

Also, thank you so so much to craftysurf.com for my Florida surfer swag!!!

A full week of surfing

Photo Credit: Robert Milici

I have been recovering from World Oceans Day at work, so I wanted to catch everyone up on my full week of surfing 🤙

Now that’s it’s easier for me than ever before to surf then go to work, I have been taking full advantage of my good fortune.

A couple of weeks ago, low tide and waves were particularly good each AM, so I made it out each morning.

I know there is a lot of talk about how ocean is good for you, but I did find an overall difference surfing everyday. I was happier, I was stronger and overall felt great.

I guess there is something to this “Vitamin Sea” thing afterall

So I took a little break…

So I took a little impromptu break. Between Logjam! 2018 and my new job…I have just been swamped lately.

Good news is that I have been surfing a bunch! Part of that is dedication on my part but also part is my jobs location. I’m lucky enough now to work in Santa Cruz so basically I can surf whenever.

My next goal is competing in the Women on Waves contest, so I will be keeping daily journals on my progress.

Oh, and I had my first encounter with a water photographer. You can find him on IG @wanderingsurfer. Heres my pic below

It’s good to be back!!!

Countdown to Logjam!2018

So it’s been a crazy couple of months between new jobs and my surf association.

For those of you who dont know, I’m part of the Big Stick Surfing Association. Every year in April, we produce an “old boards, no cords” surfing contest called Logjam!. It’s been in the same place, Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, for the last 35 years.

We are in the home stretch…two more weeks. The moment we have been working for for 10 months.

We have all the pieces now: the posters, shirts, vendors and surfers! I’m totally stoked for this years event!

Readers, if you are interested, follow @bigsticksurfing on IG and you will see awesome surf pics from our surf community and maybe even some surfing pics taken by me 🙂

Kumihimo Japanese Braiding

Since my last post, I have still been working on my carved surfboards. I even added tiny fins to my creations, however my carved surfboards still needed a cord.

Luckily and gratefully, craftysurf.com provided me a solution: Kumihimo Japanese Braiding.

This braiding is a form of loom jewelry, and can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be.

I have been doing a simple 8 strand cord, but have also been experimenting with 4 strands.

I’m keeping my post short and sweet this holiday weekend!

Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Shaping Surfboard Necklaces

The recent weather has been cold, rainy and very little surf. In order to keep my passion for surfing going, my husband and I started woodworking. We started making surfboard necklaces inspired by my Koa necklace I bought in Hawaii. We also have experimented with rings, fish hooks and anchors.

Here is a pic of a surfboard necklace I hand shaped.

I then added a wood stain on the surfboard. I chose a more natural stain to just bring out the wood grain.

I’m excited to show you what type of cord I have been working on, once it’s done. I have been taught by the very talented blogger craftysurf.com.

Last Meridian Lip Balm and Surf Balm

* I was not paid to endorse these products. All thoughts and comments are my own.

You all know that I am now an avid surfer and yogi. Well, surfing and practicing yoga in colder weather just does so much damage to your lips and skin. Lately, I have been dealing with dry, cracking and even bleeding lips with no relief. I have also been dealing with dry skin, and even with all the moisturizers and sunscreen, still dry and cracking.

Finally, I found natural and organic products from Last Meridian that has been healing my lips and skin. It’s made locally (to me) in Santa Cruz. I tried their Northern Kiss Lip Balm and Surf Balm.

What I love about the Northern Kiss lip balm is it’s made from Beeswax, Cocoa butter Cocoa powder, Sweet almond oil, Local Raw Honey, Spruce essential oil, and Peppermint essential oil. All of these products mixed together smells great but also feels great on my achy lips. It’s been healing all of my issues, and I couldn’t be happier.

I also started using Last Meridian Surf Balm for actually everyday use. It’s an SPF 30, and I find the balm is more soothing to my skin and also has a hydrating quality. I have to wear SPF everyday, and even under makeup. It’s great for under any foundations or powders, and it’s not oily.

I’m absolutely in love! For more information on Last Meridian products click here

Petroglyphs

Visiting the Big Island brought a lot of Hawaiian history to my attention. First piece of history we saw were the Kailoka Petroglyph Fields. Actually, we were staying in a condo right on the fields, so it was easy to walk to. These fields were all over the place, and there was even a 32 mile horse trail filled with petroglyphs.

I enjoyed figuring out what the pictures represented and walking in the volcanic ash. It was totally like walking on another planet!

Happy Saturday readers!