Archive for the ‘SURF’ Category

February 25th, 2012 | By | 2,969 Comments


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I love Costa Rica! My days consists of surfing the glassy beaches and hiking through the lush rainforest, while squeezing in yoga sessions at School of the World. As for the evenings, my girlfriends and I explore the amazing restaurants in the town of Jaco, with some dancing at the local bars. Costa Rica is beachy, casual, and the weather is always warm and tropical. So when going out at night, I am keeping my outfits comfortable and feminine. Here are some must haves if you are heading for a night out in a beach town: a flowy dress that layers nicely over a bikini, wedges or strappy sandals, maxi skirts, cropped tanks paired with denim cut off shorts, and a small cross body bag.
These are amongst my favorite from Swell:

1. Jen’s Pirate Booty Goddess Gauze Dress
2. 6 Shore Road Kuna Beaded Kaftan
3. Billabong Peecemaker Tank
4. Minkpink The Sequel Slash Shorts
5. Swell Flamenco Maxi Skirt
6. BC Scowl Wedge
7. Volcom A List Sandal
8. Rip Curl Hotel Fesitival Bag

Check out my room at School of the World!
It like a tree house in a mini rainforest. The Asian Zen décor complete with bamboo walls, waterfall,
and artwork was the perfect backdrop. This is really an amazing place to unwind

Instructor Shannon teaching Yoga at SOTW

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February 23rd, 2012 | By | 4,785 Comments

Costa Rica Surf Trip: Part 3 Surfing Playa Hermosa (and the best bikinis to do it in) + WIN

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I had the chance to surf Playa Hermosa at sunset with School of the World instructor Carlos. Playa Hermosa is beautiful: black sand beaches, glassy clear blue water with a temperature of 80 degrees, lush green palm trees, and an occasional army of pelicans flying overhead. Carlos is an amazing shortboarder and gave me great one on one lessons on improving my surfing skills. Since I already have some experience surfing, he taught me how to spot the perfect wave and when to pop up on my board while reading the tide and understanding the ocean.

Watching the sunset at Playa Hermosa while riding some waves

I have to admit though, the best part was testing out some of my new favorite bikini purchases for the season! So girls, if you are planning to surf some place tropical, I recommend first hand these bikini options that stay in place but that are still feminine and stylish.

Read on for best bikinis to surf in + more pics from my trip… (more…)

February 23rd, 2012 | By | 2,582 Comments

Follow The Light -Apply for a $5K Surf Photography Grant

Attention Surf Photographers! The Follow The Light Foundation is now accepting applications for the 7th annual $5,000 grant in memory of legendary surf photographer Larry “Flame” Moore.

The grant recognizes and celebrates promising photographers with the vision and dedication that honors Flame’s legacy.  He was a mentor, pioneer and editor of SURFING magazine for over 30 years.  We have seen finalists from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and FTLF encourages anyone with a passion for surf photography to enter.

SWELL proudly sponsors the seventh straight year of this exciting showcase that always wows the high-profile attendees . The ceremony takes place during the US Open of Surfing, attracting captains of the surf industry seeking young talent for their brands and magazines.

Past winners of the grant continue to inspire and prosper. 2011 recipient Duncan McFarlane is now a staff photographer for SURFING Magazine. Recipients Morgan Maassen and Todd Glaser are SURFER staffers and considered among the surf world’s freshest eyes.  2007 winner Matt Clark is a professional photographer based in New York, specializing in fine art surf, travel and documentary photography.

Winners (L to R) Todd Glasser, Duncan Macfarland and Morgan Maasen

Matt Kurvin, the 2011 SWELL People’s Choice Award winner is now widely published in Surfline, SWELL’s Catalog, ESPN, Fuel TV and more. Listen to how becoming a FTLF finalist fast-tracked his career here.

The application period ends April 13.  You must be present to accept your award on the evening when emceed Aaron Chang presents the portfolios from each finalist. For information about applying for the Follow The Light Foundation, visit

Check out winners and more from last year’s awards ceremony here


February 17th, 2012 | By | 2,828 Comments

Costa Rica Surf Trip: Part 2 Packing Essentials for a Costa Rica Surf Trip

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I got some great packing tips from Natazha (from School of the World) for my upcoming trip to Costa Rica. Constantly flying to different countries and cities for her modeling jobs, here is what she had to say of her 10 must haves:

“When packing for a surf trip, I like to pack things that are light, comfortable, and multi-functional.”
- Natazha

Read on for Natazha’s packing list… (more…)