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

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Interview: Courtney Conlogue

SaltyLips talk health, fitness and surfing with Pro Surfer Courtney Conlogue

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Courtney Conlogue

Californian surfer Courtney Conlogue exploded onto the world stage in 2011 as a rookie on the World Tour and made her mark right from the outset concluding the year in 8th position. Building on her successes year-on-year, Courtney made her first real bid for the title in 2013, finishing with a comfortable 4th in the world rankings, cementing her well-earned place in the surfing elite. Continue reading

Feature: Surfest

Power, Punts and Passion

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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