Jun
30

Loving Lost in Bali: Mt. Agung Sunrise Trekking Part 2

Bright and early (very early) we set out for the sunrise hike up Mt. Agung. We met at the base of Temple Besakih where we met our tour guides and began our ascent up the mountain.

Sunrise Hike to Mt. Agung

Climbing through the dense jungle of Besakiah and up 1,500 sets of stairs was an early indicator of how steep the trek up the mountain would prove to be.

Our rock climbing skills were put to the test, as parts of the hike looked more similar to rock climbing than to hiking. With only a headlamp to guide the way, we were cautious for loose rocks and slippery mud as one wrong step could lead to disaster!

Sunrise Hike to Mt. Agung

Hiking for three hours straight, we finally made it above the clouds! Stopping for a much-needed break, we soaked in the incredible view of the full moon while we rehydrated and refueled while watching the clouds hypnotically float through the sky.

Realizing that we were only halfway up the mountain, the sun was already rising and we wouldn’t reach the peak in time for sunrise, we decided to change our plans and set up an impromptu campsite to enjoy a warm fire and a much needed cup of coffee.

Sunrise Hike to Mt. Agung

Sunrise Hike to Mt. Agung

We spent some time warming up near the campfire and we each shared some funny stories about a few close calls during the climb up.

As dawn approached, we began our descent down the mountain. We took our time heading down as conditions had quickly changed. The beautiful cloud cover now caused the grounds to become wet and slippery.

Sunrise Hike to Mt. Agung

Making it back to the bottom safely was a bittersweet moment. Exhausted but proud of just how far we managed to climb, we were excited for a few simple pleasures – a full breakfast, a fresh cup of coffee and the promise of not having to hike anything more than the path to our beds!

Sunrise Hike to Mt. Agung

Jun
30

Loving Lost in Bali: Rosy’s Mt. Agung Backpack Essentials

Properly prepping for a hike is a necessity and while fueling your body with the right nutrition to get you though the day is important, being prepared with the right gear to get you through the day is just as vital.

Here’s a sneak peek inside Rosy’s backpack as she prepares for the hike to Mt. Agung.

Rosy's Backpack Essentials

1. Backpack: Pick a backpack that’s not too big or too small. We suggest something lightweight that has zippers for easy access to all of your essentials.

2. Fresh local fruit: Nothing satisfies like a good banana or apple! Plus natural sugars are a great way to keep up your energy levels on long hikes!

3. Good pair of sunnies: Don’t be fooled by cloudy conditions! You always need to pack a pair of sunnies to protect your eyes!

4. Hat: Provides extra protection from the sun and the elements. Never leave home without one!

5. Hydration tablets and natural energy blocks: An extra way to keep your body hydrated and energized to help prevent muscle fatigue and dehydration.

6. Favorite bikini:  You never know if you’ll find a body of water to jump in to cool off so we always pack a bikini…just in case!

Most importantly, don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water! Staying hydrated before a long hike is just as important as drinking water during the hike!

Jun
29

Loving Lost in Bali: Mt. Agung Sunrise Trekking Part 1

Mt. Agung, Bali

Welcome to Mt. Agung, the tallest and holiest mountain on the island of Bali at 9,944 feet above sea level! Famous for it’s picturesque sunrise vantage points and breathtaking panoramic views across the entire island of Bali, we couldn’t help but sign up for the full moon mountain hike to see for ourselves.

Bamboo Indah, Bali

To prepare ourselves for the challenging day ahead, we took the afternoon to physically and mentally prepare with an afternoon yoga session in the Minang house at Bamboo Indah. Overlooking Ubud’s rice terraces, this was the perfect place to mentally prepare for the exciting journey ahead.

Bamboo Indah, Bali

Yoga Session at Bamboo Indah, Bali

Rosy Hodge, Kelia Moniz, Lee-Ann Curren and Bruna Schmitz enjoyed a private lesson from a local yogi, complemented with a stunning visual of bright green leaves and the soft sounds of chirping birds in the background.

Yoga Session at Bamboo Indah, Bali

Yoga Session at Bamboo Indah

Yoga Session at Bamboo Indah

Inspired by our surroundings and wearing our favorite ROXY Outdoor Fitness gear we felt our mind, body and spirit renewed and energized for the early morning adventure ahead.

Stay tuned for Part 2, as we trek up Mt. Agung!

Jun
26

Meet the YKPA Kids of Bali, and be inspired by their spirit

YKPA Kids Bali

Giving back and getting involved with the local community during Bali’s Big Eco Weekend has been an incredible experience! Even better, connecting with the communities we visit is always the icing on the cake.

Inspired to continue giving back to the Bali community, we discovered the story of YKPA kids through some of the items they sell locally. YKPA “Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak” is making an impact by offering opportunities, giving loving support, education, health care, and skills for disadvantaged children.

Kelia Moniz, Rosy Hodge, Bruna Schmitz, LeeAnn Curren and Sally Fitzgibbons spent an afternoon getting to know the kids and learning about the organization.

YKPA Kids Bali

YKPA Kids Bali

As we toured the home, a group of kids were practicing some of their dancing. Initially shy, they showed us their moves- a beautiful mix of contemporary and traditional Balinese dancing.

YKPA Kids Bali

It wasn’t long before they were pulling the Roxy team up for a few lessons!

YKPA Kids Bali

YKPA Kids Bali

YKPA Kids Bali

Laughing at our lack of rhythm for the Balinese style, the kids took over the dance floor with another choreographed performance.

With the dance lessons over, the kids took us out into their courtyard. Communication wasn’t easy with the language barrier but laughter and a soccer ball were the perfect tools for translation.

YKPA Kids Bali

It was a special afternoon, to spend time with the children who have so little when it comes to possessions but so much when it comes to passion and spirit.  We enjoyed all of the laughter we shared and won’t forget this day in Bali.

For more information about the YKPA Kids or to make a donation please visit: http://ykpa.org/

Jun
24

Take a Peak Inside Our Beach Bag!

ROXY Beach Bag Collection

There is nowhere to be but the beach this summer! These are our 9 must-haves that we’re carrying in our beach bags this season!

1. Our Favorite Beach Bag: The Fine Day Bag can carry you from dawn patrol to drinks at dusk with enough room for a towel, book and a change of clothes.

2.  Super Soft Beach Towel: You’ll want to wrap up your whole body in the Swept Away Towel. Perfect for lounging by the pool or drying off after a surf.

3. Colorful Flip Flops: The Tahiti Sandal is always a top-selling style and for good reason.  Soft rubber soles paired with an EVA outsole for stability and an arch support provides cushy comfort for your toes.

4. Straw Beach Hat: Sun protection never looked so stylish! The Shady Days hat will give you that ever-so-chill boho chic vibe with its oversize brim and seashell detailing.

5. Stylish Sunnies: A new update on the popular oversized shade style, the Twiggy sunglasses offer 100% UV sun protection and shatter resistant lenses.

6. The Perfect Bikini: Feel like a surf? Or laps in the pool? Or just want to layer a loose tank over a cute swim top?  The Surf Essentials Criss Cross Surfer Top and Bikini Bottoms have got you covered for any summer activity you’ve got planned!

7. The Ultimate Beach Blanket: Oversized to bring you from the bed to the beach, our Beach Blankets are a perfect solution for picnics, get-togethers with girlfriends and cozying up for an epic sunset.

8. Versatile Coverup: Need a solution those long summer days that quickly turn into a night out on the town?  We got you covered.  Literally.

9. Beach Shorts: Add some color to your sun-kissed skin.  Our favorite style this season, the Oceanside Print Shorts are a must-have for any trip to the shore.

Still need more ideas?  Check out our beach bag and beach gear pages for even more options.  And don’t forget the sunscreen!

Jun
24

Bali’s Big Eco Weekend: Open Lineups at the Uluwatu Surf Challenge

Both surfers and non-surfers alike know this iconic surf break. Affectionately referred to as ‘Ulu’s’…the waves here are some of the best in the world.

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

The Uluwatu Challenge was introduced into the Bali’s Big Eco Weekend two years ago, with Quiksilver and the Uluwatu Boardriders Club joining forces to raise money for environmental and beach clean-up programs in Bali.

For  a $180 entry fee, 32 lucky surfers paddled out and competed against Roxy team riders Bruna Schmitz, Rosy Hodge, 2x World Longboarding Champ Kelia Moniz along with Quiksilver legends Mark Richards, Matt Hoy, Jake Paterson, Craig Anderson and current World Tour surfer Freddy Patacchia.

This was the first time in the event’s history that members of the Roxy team had competed. Ready to have some fun and put on a good show, Rosy, Kelia and Bruna suited up (and by that, we mean bikinis)!

Blessed with pristine conditions, the anticipation to surf the uncrowded breaks was electric! Rosy headed out in one of the first heats of the day and soaked up the rare combination of great swell and the choice of any wave she wanted.

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

Bruna ripped! Clearly having heaps of fun, she gave the crowd plenty to cheer about throughout the day.

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

It’s been a while since the Uluwatu crowd had seen a five on a longboard. 2x World Long Boarding Champ Kelia Moniz styled her way through the inside, giving the crowd a taste of her unique and effortless style.

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

Spending plenty of nose time on her board, the crowd loved every wave Kelia caught (as you could hear from the roar of applause coming from the cliff top).

Quickly becoming crowd favorites, Kelia and Bruna took it up a notch in their second heat and jumped on a wave together.

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

In the last heat of the day, and with the last light, Rosy enjoyed a session most surfers would only dream of. She grabbed a few more long lefts before the sun melted over the Indian Ocean.

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

As the event wrapped up and the newly crowned Ulu’s champ, Freddy P. accepted his award, the Roxy and Quiksilver champs mingled and recounted the day’s waves. Quiksilver surfing legends gave the highlights of their day to the Roxy team, sharing the stoke of a great day in the water, and excited for the prospect of next year’s competition!

Bali Big Eco Weekend-Uluwatu Challenge

Jun
23

Bali’s Big Eco Weekend: Educating, Protecting & Conserving Bali’s Beaches…One Sea Turtle at a Time!

Roxy and Quiksilver team riders and legends kicked off Bali’s Big Eco Weekend with ateam signing at Legian Beach. A huge crowd gathered for the chance to meet their heroes and grab an autograph and a photo or two. The team loved sharing the mutual stoke from the fans! Plenty of smiles all round!

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Getting ready for the beach clean up, we rolled up our sleeves and joined the dedicated clean up crew of local community members and visitors to help clean up Legian Beach.

With non-degradable waste as the by-product of not just the local environment, but also from the rapidly growing population of Indonesia, raising awareness of the alarming issue was the driving force of the weekend.

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Despite picking up trash, we still managed to look stylish, as clearly demonstrated by Bruna!

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

As the cleanup efforts were tallied, we joined the crowd and headed to the presentation. We were welcomed by a traditional band and beautiful Balinese dancers, the excitement drawing people in as they came in from the surf. Given a brief presentation of the initiatives beginnings, we all pledged to continue the clean up efforts in Bali and to take the message home to share with others.

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

As the formalities finished up, the Bali Sea Turtle Society announced it was time for the turtle release! Over 1,000 hatchlings were ready to be released into the ocean.

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

 Rosy, Sally, Kelia and Bruna each gave their turtles a few words of encouragement before setting them off into the wild, hoping they would not only survive but come back to Bali’s beaches to mate in the future.

It was a great moment to share as we watched the tiny turtles make their way towards the water then swept into the ocean to begin their new life!

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

As the day drew to a close, competitors of the Uluwatu Challenge were invited to partake in a Balinese Hindu ceremony.

Dressed in traditional sarongs, we took our place on the sand as the blessing was given by the local temple priest. Showered with sacred water and blessed with the customary rice placed on the forehead for good fortune, we watched the sun set over the ocean.

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Jun
19

On June 20th, The Conditions will be Perfect on Every Beach

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That’s because today, June 20th, is International Surfing Day, and Roxy is supporting the Surfrider Foundation to spread the word and share the stoke.

Which means we’re asking surfers and non-surfers alike to head to their favorite beach to surf, participate in beach clean up, or just hang out and enjoy the weather.

And to sweeten the deal, Roxy is donating $10 from every boardshort and swim piece sold today to our selected charity, Kind Surf.* Because good karma swells. And the oceans belong to everyone.

Kind Surf is an international non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged kids through the practice of surfing and environmental education. Kind Surf, Quiksilver and Roxy will be hosting a beach day today for disadvantaged kids in Valencia, Spain at Port Saplaya beach who would otherwise not have an opportunity to enjoy International Surfing Day.

Kind Surf

Our Bali Big Eco Weekend event kicks off today as well, which will include beach cleanup efforts, a sea turtle release and the Uluwatu Challenge.

Surfrider Foundation is hosting over 150 events across the globe to enable every person to give back to their local beach or favorite surf break. Find an International Surfing Day event near you.

To stay informed on International Surfing Day updates from our athletes across the globe, follow the #ISD14 hashtag on social media as well as Roxy on Instagram and Twitter.

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International Surfing Day 2014

* Purchases must be made on www.roxy.com on June 20, 2014 between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., local time, and applies only to select styles. The total amount donated will not exceed a maximum of $10,000 U.S. dollars.

Jun
19

Get Ready for Bali’s Big Eco Weekend!

We believe that every ROXY woman wants to do her part to help protect and care for the environment on and off the beach. The Quiksilver and ROXY family has teamed up with Coca-Cola and Garuda International to host a weekend dedicated to educating the public about the environmental challenges facing Bali and how we can work together globally to protect our beaches both near and far.

Bali Big Eco Weekend

This year, Bali’s Big Eco weekend will be held at Legian beach with environmental and beach activities for everyone.  Since 2008, the Bali beach clean-up program has employed a crew of 75 locals who help keep Bali’s beaches clean everyday—from the Kuta, Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Seminyak, and Legian beaches. Due to the efforts of volunteers and the local community, over 24 million tons of trash has been collected and 80,000 sea turtle eggs have been protected!

Bali Big Eco Weekend

Our team riders Sally Fitzgibbons, Kelia Moniz, Bruna Schmitz and Rosy Hodge will be joining us in Bali, helping us clean up the beaches and educating the public about the environmental challenges facing Bali. 

Tune in to Facebook, Twitter & Instagram this weekend to see what we’re doing each day and what you can do to help keep Bali’s beaches clean! #KeepBaliClean

Jun
18

Salt Hair, Don’t Care: DIY Sea Salt Spray for Beach Hair All Year Long

We’re no strangers to the beautiful salty locks we get after a surf session or a day spent at the beach. Whether you live a couple of blocks or a couple hundred miles away from the beach, here’s our DIY to achieving salty locks year-round.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-One 8 oz. (or larger) spray bottle

-Measuring cups

-Sea salt

-Coconut oil

-Aloe vera gel

-Scented essential oil of your choice

ROXY Salt Hair DIY Ingredients

Fill the spray bottle with 1 cup (8 oz.) of the lukewarm water. Mix 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel into the warm water. Give the spray bottle a good shake to make sure all of the ingredients mix together! Add a couple of drops of your choice of the scented essential oil of your choice (we love a hint of lemon for summer!)

Salt Hair DIY Ingredients

Give your hair a few spritzes of the salt spray and let it air-dry. Use your fingers to scrunch your hair for texture. Spray and repeat as needed!

Disclaimer: To get ideal surfer hair like Lisa Andersen (below), go surfing!

ROXY Salt Hair DIY