Feature: Meet Skye Ventura

A Surfers Journey

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Surf Love

I met the inspirational Sydney-born Skye in the more tranquil, much less chaotic corner of Mexico’s Puerto Escondido, La Punta Zicatela. She radiated happiness and her positivity and zest for life was mesmerising. A travelling surfer, with a child, making all her dreams come true, all at once. But it was the stories of how she came to be there that really blew my mind. The Cancer, the self-healing, her spiritual and surf-filled journey and becoming a mother against all odds. Continue reading

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Feature: Meet Kat Charles

Soul Surfing and Creative Living

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Lady Sliders

Surfer, photographer, explorer, artist, musician, creator, environmental activist…is there anything this little lady can’t turn her hand to?

This creative creature hailing from the depths of WA bounced onto my radar during my first trip to Morocco many moons ago. Kat was there working as a surf guide and soon took me under her wing and educated me on the many sketchy rock-offs found along Morocco’s wave rich coastline. Her extreme frothability was infectious and I jumped at the chance to go back and hang out with her when the season quietened down, giving us more time to explore. Continue reading

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

Hossegor Dwelling

Sunsets, Surfs and Settling In

SaltyLips Surf Sarah Desmet Salty LipsOur bubbly Belgian surfer Sarah really is proof that if you put your mind to it, you can follow your dreams and build a life anywhere you wish. After years on the road, Sarah spent the summer of 2012 hard at work offering massage treatments to the clientele of St Tropez, but it just wasn’t the lifestyle for her. Missing the waves and surf lifestyle she moved to Hossegor at the end of the season … and she never looked back. Continue reading

Feature: Surfest

Power, Punts and Passion

Malia Manuel Surfest Final . Photo: Nathan Bloemers

Malia Manuel

During my stay here in Australia I was lucky enough to attend Newcastle’s iconic annual Surfest…and it was a good one! With two 6-Star WQS events, the men’s Burton Toyota Pro and the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic, Surfest certainly attracted some of the best of the surfing world. After being crowned Surfest 2013 Champion, Joel Parkinson returned to defend his title along with the likes of WCT’s Adriano De Souza. as well as World Tour hopefuls and Merewether local hero’s Ryan Callinan and Jake Sylvester. And the women…well we were in for a treat with 11 out of 17 of the WCT’s women attending, only a slight disappointment with Sally Fitzgibbons dropping out last minute due to an injury. Continue reading

Mexico Sessions: Heading North

Floggings, Floods and Federals

Rosary taking it on...

Rosary taking it on…

Leaving me to my slightly less heart-in-mouth waves further south, Rosary set off on her journey, two overnight buses north, with the promise of the big heavy beachies that Mexico is famous for. Setting up her tent, her home for the next two months, Rosary settled in to her new spot. I was only a little ashamed that I had ditched my tent and opted for an $8 a night room after she left, but I was craving some creature comforts. Continue reading