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Surfing, PTSD and Trauma… The Ocean Can Save Your Life

By |2018-04-19T15:25:52+00:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Fitness & wellbeing, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In large, mental illness is stigmatized, misunderstood, and goes mostly untreated, but surf-scientists have found that hanging ten could be a healthy way to manage symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression.  Also read our review of  the documentary Resurface, a moving story about a suicidal veteran who found surfing just in time to save his life. [...]

Learn To Surf As An Adult – You Can Do It!

By |2018-02-18T01:38:59+00:00February 18th, 2018|Categories: Absolute beginners, General, Live your passion, Surf better|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve always been envious of people who learned to surf as a kid; there are so many benefits to learning young. Kids are light, really light, meaning they can take more waves than everyone else, and manoeuvre around on a one or two foot wave in a way that most people can only dream of. And [...]

Start A Surf Guesthouse!

By |2018-01-23T04:04:26+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: General, Live your passion, Wanderlust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Contributed by Darcie, La Onda Guesthouse In 2016, my boyfriend Jasper and I moved to Ericeira (Portugal). We found a neglected villa on the internet and decided to turn it into a modern guesthouse. After 10 months of rebuilding we opened our doors in the summer of 2017: Olá Onda Guesthouse in Ericeira. The idea of [...]

Moving to Biarritz to Follow My Dreams

By |2017-11-18T22:59:31+00:00November 18th, 2017|Categories: General, Ladies, Live your passion, Wanderlust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was a rainy afternoon when I was looking for my next mission in life. Initially, I was looking to start a Masters degree when I came across the advertisement. An internship for 6 months in the Basque Country, in the South of France. My heart started to race, it was a sign. After falling in [...]

Can We Talk About… The Fear?

By |2017-11-07T13:22:57+00:00November 5th, 2017|Categories: Absolute beginners, Fitness & wellbeing, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I love surfing! But the ocean scares me! Here’s how I’m learning to mitigate the fear, so I can keep doing what I love... After my first surf lesson, 2 years ago, I was hooked, hard.  It became all I thought about, all I read about, all I wanted to do, and all I wanted to [...]

Surfing North Island – New Zealand

By |2017-11-05T20:12:58+00:00November 5th, 2017|Categories: Wanderlust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New Zealand’s North Island The North Island of New Zealand is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes you’re ever likely to see. Quite literally, there is a unique view around every bend, and with all that coastline there are plenty of high quality surf breaks. I spent 5 months covering every corner of this [...]

Surf Couples, Surf Dating – How Surfing Strengthens Relationships

By |2017-11-05T20:02:43+00:00October 21st, 2017|Categories: Fitness & wellbeing, General, Live your passion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sunrise at High Tide It’s no doubt that couples that play together stay together, well at least most of the time. Physical activity and play can be the cornerstone of a healthy relationship. Sports like surfing get the muscles pumping, lungs breathing, and energy moving. With warm bodies and neurons firing, its no surprise to hear [...]

“Resurface” : Movie Review

By |2017-09-11T17:53:31+00:00September 11th, 2017|Categories: Must haves|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you ever get discouraged when you’re out surfing, you need to watch this quick documentary.  If you ever what it is about the ocean that keeps pulling you back wipeout after wipeout, you need to watch Resurface.  If you ever need proof that surfing can change lives, watch this movie. I had several friends tell [...]

How to stop being a landlocked surfer and move to the coast

By |2017-04-26T13:51:21+00:00March 27th, 2017|Categories: Live your passion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Google and social media feature wistful (and very true) stories of people who quit their jobs and moved to paradise. For a landlocked surfer who craves the ocean air and rideable waves, paradise equates to being closer to the surf. From couples travelling the world in vans, to burnt-out high flyers who swapped a suit for a [...]

How surfing can improve your mental health

By |2017-04-26T14:11:39+00:00March 27th, 2017|Categories: Fitness & wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |

There’s people out there that start surfing to tick something off their bucket list. Or to get physically fit, or because a friend or family member has talked them into it. But others do it for more therapeutic reasons. Because they’ve found themselves in a dark place, struggle to cope with daily life or because they’re [...]