India Reinartz – Duck Dive Diva

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As a surfer and yoga instructor, India Rineartz is passionate about health and wellness. She’s going to be joining us on Ola Niña to share her tips on how we can live, eat and surf better.

I met India in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua where she lives and works as a yoga instructor. As we discuss her home, she smiles:

“Playa Gigante is a gorgeous little fishing village, surrounded by jungle and close to lots of waves. It’s a third world country and there are always issues that come with that, but I love it here.”

It is here, in this beautiful setting, that India and her friend Carly started their wellness center, Papaya Wellness, 2 years ago.  As well as running regular yoga classes and yoga/surf retreats, the girls spend time working with the local community.

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“We educate the local women on health and exercise. We run fitness and yoga classes weekly, which are free of cost. We run health workshops a few times a year to educate the village women about balanced diets using healthy local produce”.

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India believes that education is the best way for local women and their children to maintain good health in years to come.

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“What we learn mentally and physically manifests in our lives and our health. We use this to help improve their lives and the lives of their families.”

After living in Nicaragua for 5 years, India has seen a lot of change.

“We’re living here. It’s a mutual thing, we are friends with the locals, we give to each other it’s the only way to make growth sustainable here and give local women more opportunities.”

When she isn’t teaching yoga or motivating the local ladies in a cross fit class, India is surfing.

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“My favorite break here is Colorado’s (a chunky beach break) because it’s constantly challenging me. It’s always pitching me over the falls no matter how confident I am. It’s very humbling”.

Despite being known as one of Playa Gigante’s best female surfers, India didn’t grow up surfing. She was born in Jamaica and later moved with her parents to Canada, where she grew up and went to school. She caught her first wave at the age of 15.

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“It was at Chesterman’s beach out in Tofino, on the West Coast of British Colombia. I was wearing a 5ml wetsuit. My uncle lent me his old school 10ft bomby board (it was 80’s splash retro colored). It was built for Waikiki outer surf breaks. I would haul that board around with me on local buses, in taxis, anywhere I could get them to let me.”

“The first time I paddled out it felt natural, it was exciting and challenging and I was hooked straight away. I stood up and I was hooked.”

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“At first I surfed by myself, my parents would take me down and wait on the beach for me. Then I was taught by this total babe, who was 10 years older than me, his name was Adam and I had a crazy crush on him.”

“After that, I would surf the south island, close to Victoria every weekend, with some for my best girl friends. We had little surfer girl posse, we called ourselves the Blue Crushing It Team. [Laughs]”.

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Part of the reason India now teaches yoga is because she feels that surfing and yoga create a similar peace of mind.

“I got into yoga, not necessarily to teach, but to get away and learn about myself, my body and my journey. I found it helps me reflect, it’s a different experience to surfing but ultimately it’s same energy. It’s really positive and after I finish my practice I feel strong, focused and grounded. “

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It’s also the reason she now runs her own wellness center.

“Because I love what I do, I put my energy into teaching people. The focus yoga and surfing give me, helps me move forward with my goal of bringing people a transformative experience at Papaya Wellness.”

When it comes to how she feels right now, India is a bundle of positivity. Her love of surfing, yoga and health have given her focus to keep creating positive change in rural Nicaragua through the things she loves.

“I feel charged, able, empowered and motivated as a single woman creating a sustainable business here. I want local women to be a part of the process. It feels right and it feels real. I feel alive because I know I’m creating change for the better.”

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Apart from being a ripping surfer and a yoga goddess, India is just generally an enjoyable person to be around. We hope you enjoy her input into Ola Niña and that you can one day make it to Nicaragua to surf with her and the other women at Playa Gigante!

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Beautiful Bikinis

We can’t get enough of these cute Baku bikinis. Baku is run by brother and sister, Dax and Tamara Bykerk who are also the designers behind the successful label.

We love one pieces because they don’t fall off in the surf!

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Gorgeous bright colours!

Apricot, pistachio and cranberry quinoa porridge!

This recipe is delicious, filled with vitamins and will keep you full until lunchtime. What more could you want from a breakfast?

Photography: Cath Muscat

You will need:

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed, drained (until clear water runs through)

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/3 cup pistachio kernels, coarsely chopped

Honey, to serve

Steps:

  • Mix quinoa and 4 cups cold water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in milk, apricot and cranberries. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until quinoa is no longer hard. Stir in sugar.
  • Spoon porridge into bowls. Sprinkle with pistachios. Drizzle with honey. Serve.

 
Recipe by: Lucy Nunes

Radiance Tea

Do you love tea? Our delicious Radiance Tea will make your day.

Radiance Tea
Dried dandelion (2 teaspoons)
Mint (1 handful)
1 Lemon

Boil the water and fill a tea pot. Add dandelion, lemon juice and a a handful of shredded mint leaves. Leave to stand for 3 mins. Add lemon slices to serve.

Health Benefits
Dandelion and Lemon are used for detoxifying the body and help restore your inner glow. Mint is rich in Vitamins A and C and contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2. It also adds a fresh flavour and smells delicious. Herbal tea is also good for rehydration.

Billabong All Girls Surf Camp with Surfista Travels Summer 2012 by Steph Jarina

Billabong Surf Day in the Phillippines!

Surfista Travels Siargao, Philippines

As I was browsing through the internet, mainly on Facebook, I came across a photo with a huge “Learn to Surf” sign on it. At first I wasn’t interested, I mean, who has the time, right? But then I always seem to find it on my newsfeed somehow. Out of plain curiosity, I clicked on the photo and took down the details of this all-girls’ surf camp that was set to take place in San Juan, La Union.

My first time to ever “catch” a wave and balance on a surf board was also in San Juan, La Union, last May 2011. A few months after that, I booked a ticket to Siargao just to, well, surf. But it did not push through because I decided to join the rat race instead. At that time, I was obviously unaware of what I missed. So when the Billabong All-Girl’s Surf Camp…

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The Definition of a Surfer

Mum’s and surfing or better yet, Mum’s who surf. 🙂

Any surfer will tell you riding waves may be the act of surfing but being a surfer has many meanings. I am not the same surfer I was when I was 12 when I got my first board and I won’t die being the surfer I am today.

I’m back in NY after a lengthy North America tour and a high school friend wanted to get some surfing pictures of her and her 10 month old daughter. It was hard for me to prep myself conceptually for this photo shoot only because the elements would be greater then the surfing (lighting, angles, distance, crying babies). I decided that early morning light would be the best, an East Coast summer sunrise has this crisp almost blinding light that seems to skim across surface of the ocean and I knew it would add to the youthfulness of this shoot.

Now my friend…

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Green smoothie

Juicy Juice. We love home made juices!

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I love juices and smoothies, so I thought I would combine them. After watching the rawfooddamily youtube videos I have been inspired to make a smoothie/juice similar to the one this family have everyday!! It’s sooo yummy, I feel so full of energy after I have one and it’s packed with nutrients and minerals!!! 

I have no strict recipe that I follow, just depends what I have in the fridge, but this is basically it.

Ingredients:

3 stalks kale (curly leaf)

3 stalks celery – no leaves

1/3 cucumber, skin removed

3-4 stalks/leaves silverbeet

1/3 carrot

1- 1  1/2 orange , peeled and cut into quarters

1 tsp size piece of ginger – skin removed

1-2 bananas

1/2-1 cup fresh baby spinach or normal spinach, washed

large handful of parsley

Method:

Juice the kale, celery, carrot, silverbeet, cucumber, parsley, orange and ginger in juicer.

Strain all through a sive into a blender

Tip out half

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Making your very own smoothie

Great Smoothie recipe! Mmmmm perfect for an early morning snack!

Med School Never Ends

The word smoothie has its roots in the fruit based drinks made by Hippies in the 60s, at least according to Wikipedia. I started making my own a month or two after I started taking protein supplements. Despite fancy names like French Vanilla, they.don’t.taste.fantastic. I also realised I didn’t have a lot of fresh foods in my diet, so it seemed natural to mix the two into a post-workout evening meal.

[UPDATE : I read an article on men’s health that says, post workout, you want the protein to reach your blood stream fast. Article on BodyBuilding.com suggests you do something like this before your workout as a source of energy, reducing the chance of your body using protein (and muscle) as a source of energy during workouts and focus less on post-workout carbs.]

Here’s how I make mine.

  1. Ingredients
    A banana, a pear, a small bunch…

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