Feature: Meet Thea McDonald-Lee

Talking Story

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Drawing Lines

There are times when the female surf-travel community seems so incredibly tiny, where six degrees of separation appear to dwindle down to an insubstantial one degree. My chance encounter with Thea in South West France was yet another perfect example of this. I was on one of my channel hops over to France to surf and catch up with friends, when Thea and I crossed paths in a bustling French bar down a little cobbled street in Biarritz. Thea was staying with SaltyLip’s Sarah, while she was following the Womens World Tour to Hossegor for the Roxy Pro, as a writer for Australia’s Surf Magazine, Tracks. An incredible achievement, to become a published writer in the surf media, an even bigger accomplishment being of the female variety in such a male dominated industry. Continue reading

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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

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

Feature: Meet Alena Ehrenbold

Land Locked Living to World Wave Wanderings

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Beneath the Surface

Fearless, entrepreneurial and passionate are three words that really embody professional Swiss surfer, Alena Ehrenbold. Yes, I did say Swiss! Hailing from the landlocked country that is Switzerland, Alena lives and works in the city that shares it’s banks and name with Lake Lucerne. Nestled between Switzerland’s famous mountainous peaks, this would not seem like a probable breeding ground for talented surfers, but that never stopped Alena. Continue reading

Indo Second Home

Chasing Waves and Waterfalls

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Getting Some Shade

Stop three, for the last few months of Rosary’s 2014 Indo trip, was back to a place close to her heart; her home away from home.

Rosary caught up with some of her favourite humans, surfed some much loved waves and met some new legends along the way. One of which was West Oz ripper Shannon McGowan who provided endless laughs in the line-up. And of course the “Team Hawaii and NZ” crew who ventured to a near by waterfall for a flat-day-fun daytrip!

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Feature: Meet Carmen Kershaw

Barrels, Beatings and Broken Bones

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Quick Pit Stop

Intrepid explorer and surf seeking nomad, Carmen has dedicated her life to the search for waves and isn’t afraid of “roughing it in return for a few barrels”. Originally from Canada, Carmen has been on the road for 10 years and this open-ended ticket to ride is nowhere close to being traded in. Currently living in Margaret River with her husband and best friend, Rick Kershaw, their life consists of saving-up and travelling together to different surf destinations all over the world. Continue reading

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