Yoga for Surfers – Do it at home!

Keeping surf fit is tough, especially when working and being away from the ocean. They say nothing keeps you fit like getting out there. But we think surf yoga is a pretty good way to stay in shape when you can’t go for a paddle.

Check out old mate Peggy’s Yoga for Surfers. It takes less than 5 minutes! Use it as a pre-surf stretch or as a part of your daily routine.

Get motivated!

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The first female surfer in Iran

Irishwoman Easkey Britton has made waves, surfing in Iran.

When she climbed onto a surfboard on a beach in Iran, the whole of the local village turned out to watch and I’m sure they were impressed. Easkey is the five time Irish surf champion and is a natural in the water.

“They were just so friendly and so curious – they hadn’t seen surfing before,” she said.

You can see Easkey and her journey in a new documentary about being the first woman to surf in the Islamic country.

Initially, she and filmmaker Marion Poizeau were unsure of their reception in the country.

As they got on with their surfing in the sea close to Chabahar, southern Iran, last September, a police car pulled up and they became more concerned.

But there was no need.

“The police were just checking we were okay. They were worried about the rocks on the beach and whether we knew about them.”

Easkey – named after a famous surf break off the west coast of Ireland – is passionate about the ocean.

“I have been fortunate, I was born into surfing. There is no other experience like it for me,” she explained.

Easkey travelled to southern Iran last September.

“We headed off to this Islamic Republic as two women looking for waves,” she said.

It seemed a little bizarre and they had a few preconceptions that were quickly squashed.

“The moment we landed, people were incredibly welcoming and Iran has an amazing heritage. Yes, as women we had to have our heads covered and it was incredibly hot.”

The other issue was one of respect for the local culture and rules.

“I bought a lycra hijab which had not been designed for the surf. But it covered me,” explained Easkey.

“The water was so hot … but it was certainly no place for bikinis and board surfing.”

Now Easkey wants to bring her love of surfing across the world, to cultures where women do not normally get the opportunity to enjoy the sport

We think this is an awesome achievement and applaud Easkey in her goal to give more women a chance to experience the joy of surfing. We look forward to hearing more about her travels.

Read more about Easkey’s story on the BBC News. Or check out the documentary!

If you have surfed in any unusual places we’d love to hear about them! Send us your stories and pictures. 🙂

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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Easy Vegetarian Lunches

Delicious and healthy vegetarian lunches, mmmm perfect for after a surf!

Exhilarated Living

A question I get all the time from non-vegetarians is “what the f*** do you eat?!?” (maybe in a less dramatic way, ha).

So here is a couple quick and easy vegetarian lunches that can be eaten at home or taken to work/school! Who says vegetarian food has to take lots of prep? There are pleeeenty of delicious easy vegetarian lunches you can throw together yourself.

  1. Avocado sandwich. Avocado’s are pretty filling, which is why avocado sandwiches make a pretty hearty meal. Take some hearty bread or pita bread, throw on avocado, tomato, onions, sprouts, cheese, and ranch.
  2. Veggie Wrap. This can be filling as well, depending on what you put on it. You can throw together pretty much anything you have on hand including hummus, greens, sprouts, peppers, onions, avocado, cheese, etc. Anything works!
  3. Huge salad. This can take more prep work on your part, but…

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