101 Best Australian Beaches book

Ola Nina recently chatted with co-author and pioneer surf conservationalist Brad Farmer about his and professor Andy Short’s latest book, 101 Best Australian Beaches.

https://i1.wp.com/media2.apnonline.com.au/img/media/images/2012/11/08/9-1568121-twe081112norries_fct1024x630x139_t460.jpg

The two men travelled to every one of Australia’s 11,761 beaches over a 14 year period  to decipher what beaches would make the cut.

To develop a final list, the authors had to step away from their surfing souls and incorporate a list of beaches that everyone could relate to.
After years of research, Brad and Andy accumulated a collection of intellectual and social engagement with Australian communities which allowed them to look at and judge each beach in an entirely different way.
Brad describes the research as a long process but one that has been a worthwhile exercise.
“At the end of the day you can’t please everyone,” Mr Farmer said.
“We had to separate ourselves from our surfing souls and look at them through everyone’s point of view. “For example, we even looked at beaches and swimming holes in the Northern Territory and how Aboriginal communities engaged with beaches up there and in other parts of the country. 
“We looked at beaches as not just a surf zone but a place where people like to walk the dog, have a swim, meditate, find solace, bird watch or engage with marine activities.”
Brad describes the book as a “smorgasbord of beaches” for Australians and visitors, which encompasses 101 alphabetically listed beaches, with detailed information and beautiful photos.
101BeachesJacket2Print.indd
One interesting aspect of the book is that Crescent Head’s beach was the only beach named as a personal favourite by both authors in their top 10 lists.
“Does it make it Australia’s best beach? Well based on the fact that two authors who went into separate rooms and came out agreeing on only one, I’ll leave it up to you,” Brad said.
“To me, Crescent is like an artist has painted a canvas of the perfect visual.
“It just embodies everything an Australian beach should be and it retains its magic because the locals continue to look after it.”
Professor Short has dedicated his life to the study of coastal geomorphology and is considered a beach expert, while Mr Farmer’s life has been shaped by the surfing industry, as the co-writer of the first Surfing Guide to Australia (1985) and the founder of the Australian Surfrider Foundation as well as National Ocean Care Day. 
Mr Farmer said the idea for the book came about after both authors realised they had come up with a gimmick. 
“There was nothing like it out there and we thought it was time in the development of this nation that we have a national conversation of what beaches mean to us,” he said.“We felt that we were the two most authoritative people to come up with a list, we’ve travelled the Australian coastline since the 1960s.”For more information and to purchase the book visit: www.101bestbeaches.com
Or you can like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/101BestBeaches

Carly Chivers – Soul Surfer

Carly Chivers is a 26-year-old surfer and yoga instructor living in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua. Although she was born in landlocked Winnipeg, Carly has been living and surfing in Nicaragua for two years.

733985_10152721566030293_1748052942_nShe currently works as a yoga teacher and a surf guide for the local surf lodge and runs yoga retreats with Papaya Wellness. I caught up with her at the local internet-café to have a smoothie and talk about living the dream in this little costal town.

217537_449973875085935_692335034_n
“I came here on a surf trip. I was planning on living in Costa Rica and teaching yoga for a few months but I started my surfing trip here. Playa Gigante was that place that I’ve always been looking for, it’s still really raw and untouched. Since I got here, I just haven’t been able to leave.”

Carly loves to surf and although she’s softly spoken, she speaks with heartfelt enthusiasm when she talks about her home break. One of her favorite things about her new home is the waves along the stretch of beach known to locals as Playa Amarillo (which means Yellow Beach in Spanish).

561208_490866267629548_1515132742_n

“Surfing at Amarillio, is just so beautiful. When I think about all the incredible sunset surfs I’ve had there and paddling around the point in the evening when the water is all lit up with phosphorous. It’s like, ‘where am I’?’ This place is magical.”

Carly learned to surf 6 years ago. Whilst in-between semesters at college. She traveled to Europe where she learnt how to surf on the Algarve coastline in Portugal.

547402_490866597629515_2018692286_n

“As soon as I started I fell in love with it. After that I kept traveling south. I stayed on the coast and surfed everyday. I spent a month in Morocco just surfing and experiencing this new passion.”

Growing up in Winnipeg, her college was in a small town 2 hours away.

“It was completely landlocked and in the middle of the prairies. My parents used to take us to the ocean on holiday and I always had this love affair. I would cry when we left.”

Her love affair with the ocean was what inspired her to paddle out for the first time in Portugal.

522060_492086917507483_1713388721_n
“I stood up the first wave I ever caught and it was the most incredible thing in the world, I didn’t even stand up for the rest of the day. But I kept trying. There’s nothing else like it.”

These days Carly surfs everyday. Whether she is taking clients on surf trips to the beautiful breaks surrounding Playa Gigante, or just paddling out on her day off she is living her dream of being one with the ocean.

“Ever since I started surfing I’ve felt that it’s a lot like meditation. You’re on the wave and you are literally being moved by nature. You are connected and present. Surfing is a blissful form of meditation – there’s no time for inner struggle during surfing. It’s a totally unique feeling.”

556008_10152721564360293_1400844564_n

Carly likes to meditate and use her yoga practice to learn more about herself and her place in the world. Surfing  also helps her get in touch with her focus.

“It’s finding those things that offer you that sense of peace and connectedness that is really important.”

528377_10152721561955293_752672605_n

It’s no wonder that after attending her first yoga class with her mum at 13, Carly is now a qualified yoga instructor. Together she and her friend India run Papaya Wellness, a yoga, health and wellness retreat in Playa Gigante (you can find out more about it here).

IMG_9089fx-1024x682

Carly laughs about what her parents think of her living in rural Nicaragua.

“They love it, they are really proud of me because I’ve always had this dream of starting a wellness business and now we are actually doing it. I’m feeling happy and fulfilled and they are happy for me, but they are also like, “Nicaragua?”

After talking with Carly, you get a sense of her huge heart and her passion for health and wellness. She has a beautiful energy and when you take one of her yoga classes you leave feeling refreshed and empowered. She’s not only a positive influence on the town of Gigante, but spreads a great vibe to everyone she meets.

It is with great pleasure that I can announce – Carly is going to be contributing to Ola Niña, giving us health, wellness and surfing tips when she can! Welcome Carly and we can’t wait to spend more time with you. 🙂

If you’d like to find out more about Carly and Papaya Wellness, you can check out their website: www.papayawellness.com

By Carmen Angerer

Natural treatment for beautiful hair

Is your hair looking a little battered and dry from all that saltwater and sun? Then why not try our natural DIY hair treatment.

This hair recipe is designed for all you ocean loving people out there and we guarantee it will add moisture to your hair and revitalise those salty, dry locks.

Ingredients:

1 egg

2 tablespoons of coconut oil (We reccommend you use an Organic, Virgin Coconut Oi)

2 tablespoons of sesame oil

What to do:
Mix both oils together into a large bowl and set aside. Shampoo your hair and rinse out thoroughly then towel dry.

Warm a small amount of the oil mixture in the microwave or on the stove. Apply the beaten egg to the oil mixture and add to your hair. Take your time and comb it through the hair making sure that it is well coated. Cover the hair with a warm towel and leave in for about 30 minutes.

Rinse hair and use a gentle shampoo to thoroughly rinse the oil mixture out.

Image

Homemade Muesli

Are you a bit over having porridge or toast for breakfast? instead of opting for a cereal with a high sugar content, why not try our simple and delicious homemade muesli. It will take you 10 minutes to make, will last weeks in a container or glass jar and the best thing is you know exactly whats in it!

You will need:
1 small bag of rolled oats
Nuts of your choice (I like to use almonds, sultanas, walnuts, sunflower seeds)
Cut almonds and walnuts in half
A bottle or jar of Honey
About 10 Dates (add more if you like)
1/2 cup of coconut oil
Baking paper

What to do:
Preheat oven to 175c. Using a fairly deep and long baking tray, spread enough baking paper to cover the bottom of the tray. Pour the bag of oats onto the paper and spread them out. Scatter all the nuts onto the oats and using a spoon combine the mixture well. Cut the dates up into small pieces and scatter throughout mixture. Pour the coconut oil throughout the mixture and drizzle enough honey over the mixture until most of the top layer is covered. Using a spoon, mix all the ingredients once again before putting into the oven. After five minutes stir the mixture again and pop back into the oven for a further three minutes or so. Let the muesli cool and then serve with natural yogurt, cinnamon and either shredded apple or some strawberries. YUMMO! Enjoy!

Super Speedy Fried Rice

Photo from Taste.com

Photo from Taste.com

Fried Rice is a favourite go-to recipe. I’ve put down a basic recipe here but feel free to use whatever vegetables you like. If you are vegetarian, lightly fried tofu is a great replacement for the bacon and egg. I like to add any left over veggies as well to mix it up!

You Will Need:

.2 teaspoons vegetable oil
.
3 rashers shortcut rindless bacon, chopped
.
4 green onions, finely sliced
.
1 cup frozen peas, corn and capsicum
.
1 egg, lightly beaten
.
450g packet long-grain white rice in 2 1/2 minutes, uncooked
.
1 tablespoon ABC kecap manis

How To Make:

Step 1 – Add rice and water to a pot and cook until el dente. Drain.

Step 2 – Heat oil in a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Swirl to coat. Add bacon and onion. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until bacon is golden and crisp.

Step 3 – 
Add peas, corn and capsicum. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Add egg. Stir-fry for 1 minute or until egg is cooked. Add rice and kecap manis. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Spoon into bowls.

Serve and enjoy!

India Reinartz – Wellness Tips

Our resident Yogi, India Reinartz, has some awesome tips to help keep you healthy, happy and wise. IMG_1077fx-1024x682
India’s Top 5 Tips for Overall Wellness:

1) drink lots of water – drink as much as you can!

2) Keep your attitude positive – don’t let negative energy bring you down.

3) Live on the edge and get a little crazy – we all need to let our hair down and keeping your lifestyle balanced is key!

4) Eat a balanced diet, don’t skip meals. Learn to understand what your body needs to eat for nourishment.

photo 4
5) Take rest and use your creative energy in whatever way you can. Feed your mind with wonderful stimulation and your positivity will flow!

2018_10152993945365293_604393440_n
We hope you’ve enjoyed these 5 fabulous tips by India! You can read more of India’s surfing and lifestyle tips by staying tuned to Ola and keeping an eye on India’s website: www.papayawellness.com

Getting to know: Tarnea O’Meara

Sunshine Coast shredder Tarnea O’Meara may only be 19 years old but she is already turning heads out in the line up with her mature and impressive style.

The young, blonde bombshell has a passion for the outdoors, but her favourtie things to do are hiking  mountains and surfing solid waves in Australia and exotic destinations overseas. Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 9.14.29 PM

She’s got a happy-go-lucky attitude and loves nothing more than the coastline she calls home.

Tarnea recently spoke with Ola Nina to explain what it is about surfing she just can’t get enough of….

Q & A with Tarnea

How long have you been surfing for?
Three years

What age did you start?
I started surfing when I was 16. Before that, my dad tried to put me on a board when I was young but I didn’t like it. Now I can’t get enough of it!

What do you love about it?
I love the feeling it gives you, whether you get the best barrel, or make the best turn, you are always stoked for the people you are with or the wave you just got. It’s a sport that changes every day you can never surf the same wave so it keeps you on your toes ready for the next one. It’s also my form of exercise instead of paying for the gym, I’ll go surfing!

Do you have any sponsors at the moment or have you been approached by any?
Right now I am with a small clothing company called Rue Stiic and a health food and information company called Changing Habits. But I am always seeking out sponsors to help me and for me to help them. It’s always nice to have that extra support from them, every little bit counts.

225841_206945842671809_100000691852103_632126_569903_nWhere are your favourite places to surf?
Anywhere where there’s not a crowd but if I had to choose, Durranbah, Canggu, Ulluwatu and home. There is nothing like surfing at home along the coast line like the Noosa Points all the way to Wurtulla.

What board are you riding?
I’m riding Hammo (Dane Hamilton) surfboards right now and I love them. Dane really helps me with my boards and what’s right for me. They range from a 5’5 to 5’7.

Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 9.15.04 PM

Do you have any other hobbies other than surfing?
Food if that counts, scuba diving, music, dancing (not the class or choreographed type), being weird and snowboarding. If I’m not near a beach, I’m up in the mountains.

IMG_8078
Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 6.02.01 PM

By Lauren White

Yoga and Surf Retreats in Nicaragua!

If you are thinking about making a surf trip, we highly recommed the sunny shores of Nicaragua in Central America. We travelled to Playa Gigante and found some incredible waves and some even more wonderful people.

Image

Our lovely friends at Papaya Wellness have some incredible retreats available, if you want to get away, eat healthy, surf and practice yoga everyday.

Image

Their all inclusive retreats will immerse you in mindful, recharging yoga and challenge you in the epic Nicaraguan surf. They’ve done all the work in the beautiful coastal town, to ensure that you will have nothing to worry about except having the most relaxing, healthy, fun and inspiring vacation!

Image

They offer all inclusive retreats to accommodate your needs for relaxation, rejuvenation and enjoyment, including airport transport, healthy detoxing meals, and a variety of yoga classes and surf sessions to keep you motivated and fulfilled. Papaya Wellness will take care of you for 7 days, with no worries!

Image

Papaya Wellness  also runs a variety of community projects that you can get involved in. They also have a regular yoga and fitness class schedule, so even if you don’t make a retreat, you can always surf and practice yoga in your own time!

Image

 As far as we are concerned, these retreats are 10/10. The location, the incredibly delicious healthy meals and the wonderful team at Papaya Wellness, make these retreats extra special.

Whether you are looking to improve your surfing, your yoga practice or both, you will leave rejuvenated and feeling empowered.

You can find out more and check out the upcoming retreats at their website: www.papayawellness.com

Teriyaki Tofu Salad

Teriyaki Tofu Salad –
This delicious recipe is a healthy dinner option and tastes amazing!

Photo from Taste.com

Photo from Taste.com

You Will Need:
1 tablespoon kecap manis

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 (250g) medium carrots, peeled, cut into matchsticks

200g Japanese-style teriyaki tofu, thinly sliced

1 cup beansprouts, trimmed

3 green onions, thinly sliced

80g baby Asian salad greens

2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

To Make:
Step 1 – Whisk the soy sauce and kecap manis together in a jug.


Step 2 – Combine carrot, tofu, beansprouts, onion and salad greens in a bowl. Drizzle with kecap manis mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve, eat and enjoy!

Surf Fitness Tips

Our resident surfer babe from Nicaragua (India Reinartz) shares some of her key tips to staying surf fit and healthy! 

1098380_10153078984335293_1717358000_n

India’s 5 Tips for surf fitness:

1)   Cardio – interval cardio training will help with fast reaction time.

2)   Core strength – great moves are the plank pose, oblique and abs work outs and pilates!

bridge 2

3)   Flexibility – overall, it’ll help with your movement in the water and will help you prevent injuries.

photo 3(2)

4)   Continue swimming when you aren’t surfing to help with cross training to help maintain your paddle power.

5) Swim under water laps to maintain good lung control and help you keep calm under pressure.

You can read more about India and her amazing surf/wellness retreats in Nicaragua, in her interview!