A Slice of Life: Meditation Gardens

August 31st, 2014 | By | No Comments

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I’ve grown up surfing at the famous Swamis, known for its reeling rights, beautiful cliffs, and of course – the Self Realization Fellowship (hence the name, Swamis). The SRF welcomes people of any religion, faith, or belief system to walk through the Encinitas temple’s beautiful meditation garden. The garden is intended to be a place where guests can cleanse their minds of stress and worry, while taking the time to sit and enjoy some peaceful self-reflection. Plus, there’s a pretty great view of Swamis and Boneyards – just in case you want to check the surf while meditating.
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DIY: Macrame Back Bikini Top

August 30th, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

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As summer comes to an end you undoubtedly have one bikini that sun, salt water, chlorine and sand have taken their toll on. Before you toss it, make sure there isn’t something you could use for a DIY hack.
Is it a sporty style? Learn how to turn it into a crop top HERE
A slide triangle? Save the bottom string and follow the how-to below to make a crochet back bikini using another, less-traveled top…

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SWELL Moments of Hurricane Marie Matt O'Brien Captures Mysto Moments of Rarely Firing Surf Spots

August 28th, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Some so-called novelty waves turned epic on the day of the decade, and while everyone was shooting Newport, Matt O’Brien shot the spots that very rarely see a 9 ft swell at 17 seconds.  Enjoy these unique perspectives of SWELL surfscapes (more…)

#SWELLivin

August 28th, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

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You’ve heard the sayings, when life gives you lemons…make lemonade, a lemonade vodka, gin & tonic, lemon bars, (usually it’s something food or beverage related). Well one of the single best mood lifters for me, is surfing. Maybe not at Malibu with 600 people on a weekend when there is a swell, but most of the time, it makes me feel better, puts things into perspective, is a stress relief, calms me down, makes me smile, and is my go to happy pill. In fact when I am feeling down, (or like lemons are belong chucked at me from all angles) 98% of the time it’s because I haven’t been in the water enough.

So I say, the next time life gives you lemons, squeeze one of them in your hair, and go for a surf.

Maybe you’ll even score some free highlights. More likely from the sun and saltwater though, since the lemon juice will probably rinse off when you hop in the water.
- Guest Blogger, Rebekah Steen