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Weak waves, running for miles and Labor Day weekend

This past week has been incredibly flat! But when you are trying to train, you have to go out anyway. Seriously, the only thing that improves surfing is more surfing.

All in all it was a good surfing week, little crowds, 2-3ft zippy waves and 2.5 hours per session ๐Ÿ˜

Then, I decided to go for a run on Saturday. See, my husband has officially lost 75 pounds and to keep us motivated we do these little challenges. Whether its miles running, intensity minutes or number of workouts, these challenges are all in good fun.

Well, since I have been surfing so much my running has taken a back seat, so Saturday I decided to run. And I kept running for 5 miles.

Now, I havent run 5 miles in about a year, so afterwards I was sore, tight, and sleepy. The only thing that is making me feel better is yoga ๐Ÿ˜

I’m not sure if running and surfing are a good combination. Followers, what other exercises to you do to accompany surfing?

Valentine’s Day

So surfing can be a very selfish sport. I mean, I check the surf report multiple times a day, adjust my schedule to tides and pretty much obsess about my next surf session.

So I found this meme today I wanted to share with everyone from hotswell.com

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Surfing on a Sunday with Elephant Seals

It’s very rare that I surf the weekends anymore, mainly because the beaches are so crowded. This particular weekend I had to surf because the huge XXL swell was easing, and we have rain forecasted most of the week.

My group of surfer buddies went out a little earlier than low tide, just to get into position. After paddling and catching some mushy waves (or trying to), I was just frustrated in the area of the ocean my group was sitting in. I decided to paddle more towards the cliff, hanging out with another surfer.

We took turns on the shoulder of the wave, then all of a sudden this huge elephant seal came out of nowhere! If you aren’t sure what elephant seals look like, see the pic below. Picture courtesy of National Geographic

He/she was huge, and seemed to be following us. My new surfer friend and I decided to immediately exit the water to let the Elephant Seal pass. Strangely enough, he/she never really left. The Elephant Seal moved from the shore, to a rock, then back to shore. These are always good reminders as I am a guest in the sea.

Finally, when the waves started to break did the Elephant Seal go back out to sea. Readers, I would love to know what is your weirdest animal encounter?

Saturday Yoga

I’m getting ready for a pretty big surf session tomorrow, so I felt that today yoga would be a great way to relax and stretch out my aching muscles

Since I have been setting up more home practice than anything, I decided to dedicate a place in my living room for my mat. I thought this would be a nice place, especially with the sunlight.

Btw, I know my yoga mat is completely worn out, but I love it so much I really can’t part with it.

Today, I focused on more of a “warm vinyaas flow” to keep the heart rate up and stretch out my leg muscles. Today consisted of a lot of chaturangas, planks, and half moon poses. I also did some pop ups just to keep it fresh.

Happy Saturday!

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

To Surf With or Without Bootiesย 

So, as most of you know, I’m a Santa Cruz surfer, which means the water is about 50 -58 degrees. A wetsuit is a must because of things like hypothermia. What are not always used are booties and gloves, your feet and hands might get cold but nothing extreme will happen. 

So the other day, while I was doing some yoga stretches and dry pop ups it dawned on me; I can feel every part of my foot. I haven’t surfed without booties in Santa Cruz in a long time, and my booties tend to be extra thick and padded. Great for ankle support, but not great for feeling your feet.

So, today was a surfing day. The swell was fantastic! 5-6 feet and most beaches, long period swell ans chunky powerful waves. We’re gonna get hit with an XXL swell by end of the weekend (maybe even Mavericks will happen next week). With the weather 65 degrees, I decided to go without booties. I wanted to see if it hurts or helps my surfing ability. 

Guess what? Totally did better without the booties. Of course the water was freezing, but I could really turn into the wave. And not to mention after surfing my feet were freezing! Guess that’s why Uggs were invented ๐Ÿ˜

~Namaste 

Scrappy Surfing Yogi 

Welcome to the home gym

About three months ago, we bought a weight machine and an elliptical machine. Our reasoning was since my husband and I both work from home, having a home gym would be less than monthly gym memberships and we don’t have to leave to work out.

It did take us a while to set up, since we had to do some extreme cardboard box removing, but it is finally all done. I honestly don’t use the weight machine, I like free weights, but I have been using the elliptical on a regular basis.

My favorite thing of our home gym is the tv my husband installed. Now really no excuse not to exercise.

My workout lately has consisted of cardio or hill workouts and watching surf movies on the regular. As for yoga, I practice inside the house because the garage floor is concrete and that hurts in yoga practice.

Readers, do you like to watch tv or listen to music while working out?

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

The Night Before Christmas

Well, this holiday didn’t really go as planned. My husband and I were supposed to be on our way to the mountains, but since our puppy got sick, we stayed at home. At least, she is doing much better!

We decided to redo our holiday plans by relaxing at home, cooking and baking holiday food, and we treated ourselves to some holiday shopping. 

Yesterday, I was treated to a holiday surprise from craftysurf.com! See the pic below ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ

I love surfing Santa’s this time of year!

Wishing all my readers a very happy holiday! 

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Movie Marathons

Every since I was little, my mom and I would have movie marathons. These were the days before “binge watching” was popular. Our movie marathons were usually actor based; John Cusack and Anthony Edwards were always at the top of the list, but needless to say, my love of movies started young. I guess that’s also why I got my B.A. in film and video technology, but that’s another story for another day.

Now, there is nothing wrong with holiday movies. I already watched all the ones I wanted to; Home Alone, Scrooged, Gremlins (yes, it’s an x-mas movie) and Christmas Vacation. Since I ran through the holiday movies, I decided to have a surfing movie marathon.

Now, not all the movies I would classify as “works of art” but fun to watch at least. I started with my go to favorites Blue Crush and Chasing Mavericks. Blue Crush is awesomely bad, but the female surfers are fantastic. Oh, and I might have watched Blue Crush 2 as well ๐Ÿ˜

Chasing Mavericks is another favorite. It was actually filmed in Santa Cruz, where I surf, and it is a biopic of Jay Moriarty and Frosty Hesson. I always find is amusing to watch movies about locations I am familiar with. Fun fact: I actually met Frosty Hesson about a year ago surfing Pleasure Point…cool ain’t it?!

After these two movies, I decided to watch a movie I had never seen. I watched The Endless Summer by Bruce Brown. Amazon put it on Prime since he died, so I figured as a surfer I should know this movie. What I found so fascinating about it was Bruce Brown was shooting surf footage just like people capture on their GoPros now. Pretty revolutionary for a 1966 film maker.

I finished my marathon with Point Break, the original with Keanu Reeves. Another awesomely bad movie, but fun at the same time.

What types of movies do you like to marathon?

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Last week in Review

In my previous post, I wrote that last week I was going to get back into the swing of my routine, and I very much did.

I started on Monday, surfing at a spot I hadn’t surfed in quite a few months. It tends to be a more intermediate spot in the Winter, and I was excited to see what my new Locus Surfboard was made of. It was on Monday that I took the longest and biggest wave of my life, and the board did fantastic! She is so fast, I love it! The pic below doesn’t do the waves that day justice, but it does show how nice the waves were.

I also knew after that epic ride, my ankle had enough for the day. I could feel it instantly start to swell within my bootie, but it was worth it.

On Tuesday, my ankle still was a little swollen so I decided to try out my balance board to strengthen some ankle support. Also, the wave report for Wednesday was going to be good, so I wanted to rest before a long surf session.

Wednesday came and along with it came excitement. My ankle was feeling better, my wetsuit was clean and the forecast was around 70 degrees. I usually arrive at the beach before the tide drops in order to get get the best spot in the lineup, and I happened to snap a picture of what the waves looked like at higher tide. I was beyond excited! 

I surfed for hours in perfect tide conditions. I had some great rides and some not great rides, but I always love learning what a new board is made of. Its always fun for me to try new pop up styles and new foot positions in conditions like this.

After surfing for hours, yet again my ankle had enough. I knew I needed some yoga in general, so I did about and hour of a yoga session at home.

The rest of the week was full of holidays celebrations with the family, and unfortunately taking care of our sick dog Kokoa. 

She’s doing a lot better now after a vet visit, some antibiotics and a lot of sleep.

I’m excited to start this week of surfing again. Surf conditions will be smaller but it’s always good to just paddle. I also have a couple of yoga sessions planned. Should be a very productive week.

As always you can follow me on Instagram at ScrappySurfingYogi ๐Ÿ˜

~Namaste

ScrappySurfingYogi

Breaking In a New Surfboard

I have a pretty big birthday coming up in February, and to mark the occasion, I was gifted a custom made surfboard by Locus Surfboards. I have know about Locus Surfboards for about a year now, and what I was drawn to was that the shaper, Tyler Hopkins, is local to Santa Cruz, hand crafts the boards himself, and uses all eco materials. Since this is my first custom board, I didn’t know what to expect, and I didn’t know the process. All I really knew is that I wanted a high performance longboard. So after talking to the shaper, I was invited to the shop to start designing my birthday board.

Being in a board shaper’s shop was a dream come true. To see all the boards in progress, the colors, and the fins, I was in heaven.  We talked about my board for about two hours. I decided on a 9’1″ high performance longboard with a 2 +1 fin set up. I added some specialities to this board as well. I have a custom wood stringer, two contours, and glass in fins. That’s right, glassed-in fins. I never thought I would try glassed in fins, but they are made from old paint brushes and are iridescent, so I felt it would make a birthday board look special. The board is also extremely light weight, which is nice to walk around beach with.

After patiently waiting for about ten weeks, my board was done and ready to pick up. Of course, when I picked it up, I was also sick with a cold so my maiden voyage had to wait a week. It was a long week of waiting.

My first surf session with the board happened on a pretty good wave day for a new board. The average height was 3-4 feet, so I decided to go to a local sandbar since I didn’t want to take a chance with a new board and rocky reef.

The first paddle on a new board is always memorable. Once I was on the board, the aerodynamic shape paddled beautifully through the ocean. I only had to wait for about 3 minutes before an amazing 4 foot wave came my way. Here was my chance, the first wave caught by the new board. I went for it, and I instantly felt the contours of the board and the fins glide perfectly through the water. I caught the wave with ease, popped up instantly, and was riding my first wave on my amazing custom board.

I caught every wave that day, and I never experienced a glide like I do on my custom board. The glassed-in fins definitely make a difference in my opinion, and I’m absolutely in love. Oh, and my board has golden flecks, which is super fun.

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi