Crew Catch-Up: Indo Adventures

Bali Bliss and Surfing Sumbawa

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Sumbawa Sunset

Never one to stay put for long, SaltyLips’ India and her dream-chasing partner in crime, Carly, set off on an Indo adventure for work, play and most importantly surf! Taking their business, Papaya Wellness, on the road for a Bali Bliss retreat, to spread their passion for surf, yoga, adventure, and all round healthy living. They managed to squeeze in some solo surf time in Sumbawa to kick the trip off, hunting for birthday barrels to celebrate India’s 30th! Continue reading

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Feature: Meet Carly Chivers

Surf, Smiles and Sun Salutations

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Breathing Space

Whilst visiting SaltyLips’s India in her Nicaraguan home, Playa Gigante, I was lucky enough to meet Carly, the second half of India’s yoga-surf business, Papaya Wellness. A creative and inspiring soul, always smiling and full of positivity, Carly is an advocate for womens’s empowerment and health and actively works with the community of Playa Gigante to promote  these messages.

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Cruising in Canada

Summer West Coast Style

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View from the lip …

Temporarily leaving the fun waves and easy living of her Nicaraguan habitat, India has returned to her Canadian home for the summer.

“I’m home to get reconnected with the surf and yoga culture here, make some new friends and promote Papaya Wellness. The aim is to build some fresh business relationships, get things ready to expand and prepare for the addition of more destinations for our surf and yoga retreat map.” – India Continue reading

Pumping Waves and New Friends

Playa Gigante Sessions

Yoga time!

India’s yoga time!

The surf has been pumping in India’s little piece of paradise that she calls home, Playa Gigante, Nicaragua. With huge waves, light off shore breezes, the conditions have been pretty much perfect for the advanced surfer. Even with the crowds to contend with there have been plenty of waves to go round. With a lot of new people moving through the town, India has made some great new surfer girlfriends to get out their & play in the ocean with . Taking up Zumba in her free time, she is now contemplating adding this to her repertoire of teaching skills. Continue reading

Surf, Yoga, Play

Playa Gigante, Nicaragua

India ripping!

India ripping!

With a life that’s better than most people’s vacations, India is never short of stories of surf and fun times from her home in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua. Running her Papaya Wellness yoga retreats, holding raw chocolate workshops, helping the local community, playing in the sea on flat days and most importantly surfing, this chica knows how to live dream.  Thanks for making us all smile India. Continue reading

South Nicaragua

Semana Santa, sun-scorched walks & surfing closeouts!

Girl Time

Girl Time

First stop on the three month trip was the beautiful South Nicaragua, where I met Rosary and we caught up with SaltyLip’s crew member India. We stayed in a vibrant little fishing village surrounded by some of Nicaragua’s best beach & point breaks…the perfect first stop for the trip. Apart from the mildly excessive drinking on my part in the first week during Semana Santa (Easter), it was more like a fitness bootcamp….over two hours a day walking to and from the surf breaks, yoga, and India’s amazing healthy cooking and mind blowing smoothies. Continue reading

The Trip

Central America & Mexico

Beachie playtime

Beachie playtime.

After nearly four years working in London, I cannot explain the excitement I felt about doing this trip…itchy feet is an understatement. Three months in Central America and Mexico…unadulterated surf, sun and beach side living! Having spent two weeks in El Salvador in October, it cemented the notion that this was the next trip I would do. Not easy living like a lot of Indonesia, it offered a totally different experience, and some insane waves. Continue reading