Jun
26

Katie McLean dares herself and takes her next adventure to El Salvador

Roxy's Katie McLean #LetTheSeaSetYouFree

A self proclaimed ‘connoisseur of right point breaks’, likely embedded in Katie McLean by her birthplace, Santa Barbara, Ca., had her eyeing El Salvador’s similar surf setup all her life. On June 1st (Katie’s birthday!) she fueled her constant wanderlust and finally made the journey to what the natives call Cuscatlán, The Land of Jewels.

early morning stretches for #ROXYOutdoorFitness ambassador Katie McLean in El Salvador

Our Roxy Let The Sea Set You Free winner struck gold, scoring the opening south swell of the summer. For two weeks, 4 boys, 4 girls, and I traveled between the pristine, tropical East of Las Flores and the ‘Wild West’ of La Libertad where the city sits right on the shore.

Katie surfed at the edge of a floral jungle resting on a sparkling black sand beach, trekked to the opening of an untouched valley covered with cows, barefooted through a city to surf an urchin-infested rocky point peeling off a cemetery, and boated to an empty barreling break up the immaculate coast.

#LetTheSeaSetYouFree winner Katie McLean's quiver collection in El Salvador

El Salvador’s air was hot, humid, and electric and the water was warmer than any pool. She basically lived in here Roxy bikinis and Roxy Outdoor Fitness shorts and sports bras. While traveling, I keep up my fitness routine by spending just 10 minutes a day doing pilates and yoga.

#ROXYOutdoorFitness ambassador Katie McLean loves trail running in El Salvador

As a huge fan of trail running, Katie reveled at the chance to run through the lush terrains of Central America. She ran through thundering downpours in a rainforest blooming with mangoes to waterfalls where they leapt off into cascading swimming pools.

#ROXYOutdoorFitness goes to El Salvador with adventurer and #LetTheSeaSetYouFree winner Katie McLean

An adventure wouldn’t be complete without seeing some sights, doing some shopping, and learning about the local culture. The group explored tiny town squares, never-ending tent markets, beachfront huts, and piers selling shrimp ceviche and buckets of fresh caught fish.

El Salvador adventures with Roxy's Katie McLean

Roxy's Katie McLean taes a daring adventure to El Salvador #DAREYOURSELF #LetTheSeaSetYouFree

Only 20 years out of a brutal civil war, a country plagued by poverty, gang violence, and drastic natural disasters, El Salvador’s history of danger kept Katie on my toes.

Katie McLean dares herself and immerses herself in El Salvador's rich culture #DAREYOURSELF

Katie’s heart was opened by the kindness of the country’s people; They were intrigued by visitors and excited to show their waves, way of life, and most importantly, Pupusas (El Salvador’s signature dish).

Katie McLean puts her own spin on the classic El Salvadorian dish, Pupusas! #LetTheSeaSetYouFree

Katie McLean ROXY #LetTheSeaSetYouFree

During the last lightning-filled nights and stormy days, Katie drew in her journal and helped a local artist paint a mural at AST Surf Hotel. Katie believes ‘Connecting and sharing your passions wherever you go is what makes travel memorable.’

Roxy's Katie McLean #LetTheSeaSetYouFree

In Katie’s words, “I dared myself to explore El Salvador’s untamed beauty, and was rewarded. I’ve returned home refreshed, inspired, and ready for my next adventure.” #DAREYOURSELF

 

 

 

Apr
17

Let The Sea Set You Free finalist Ishita Malaviya films Beyond The Surface

ROXY Let The Sea Set You Free Finalist Ishita with her Roxy surfboard in India

Last year’s Roxy Let The Sea Set You Free finalist & India’s first female surfer Ishita Malaviya has already taught numerous young girls surfing at her surf school – The Shaka Surf Club. She’s taking her dreams of inspiring women in her community a step further and is currently busy filming for the documentary film project #BeyondTheSurface. The film is set to depict Ishita and a group of talented young women creating change and bringing hope to the local community and people around the world. Together the group is traveling and documenting the ways in which surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity and a bit of determination can spark hope for those suffering and without a voice.

Ishita is a daring young woman continuing to inspire us to dream big like she did during the Let the Sea Set You Free contest.

Ishita Malaviya

We cannot wait to see this film and hope that it inspire you to get out there are #DAREYOURSELF.

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Photo credit: Crystal Thornburg-Homcy 

 

Dec
24

Aloha & Mele Kalikimaka from our Let The Sea Set You Free Winners

We set off to the beautiful island of Oahu to meet up with Roxy Let The Sea Set You Free winners Katie McLean, Emilie Layla Lovaine & Madison Setiawan for their second life-changing adventure.

Day 1 Recap: In day 1 of their adventure, Roxy team riders Kelia MonizBruna Schmitz and Monyca Byrne-Wickey greeted Let The Sea Set You Free winners Katie McLean, Emilie Layla Lovaine and Madison Setiawan on the beaches of Waikiki with a traditional Hawaiian welcome, followed by special VIP movie screening of “The Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau”.

Day 2 Recap: With sunscreen and bikinis in tow the 3 winners went down to the sandy beaches of Waikiki to soak up some sun, SUP and do a little shopping. Can you guess what they stocked up on? Bikinis—an essential for their Hawaiian Island excursions!

Day 3 Recap: After a late-night arrival into the North Shore, the girls surfed Chuns Reef, enjoyed a delicious Acai Bowl prepared by Katie McLean and took part in the Eddie Aikau Opening Ceremony at Waimea Bay.

Day 4 Recap: On day 4 of their Hawaiian island adventures, the 3 winners and Roxy team headed to the Eastside of the North Shore where they were greeted by an outrigger canoe fully equipped with SUPs and a poke bowl lunch.

Day 5 Recap: On day 5, the Let The Sea Set You Free winners meet up with the Lisa Andersen Champ Camp crew with 4x World Champion Lisa Andersen and Roxy team rider Rosy Hodge. In between sessions Katie McLean lead the camp with a yoga lesson followed by a delicious Hawaiian BBQ lunch and ukulele session.

Day 6 Recap: From pastry tasting, jewelry making and sunset surfing…day 6 was filled with nothing short of an adventure. The day began with a trip to Ted’s bakery where the 3 winners enjoyed some of Hawaii’s best baked treats. After a delicious morning treat the group headed to Pipeline to meet up with Mia Russi of “Washed Up Jewelry” to make their own beach-inspired jewelry.

Day 7 Recap: Cloudy skies & choppy waters didn’t stop the Let The Sea Set You Free winners and Roxy team riders from setting out on an adventure on their last day in Oahu. They ended the day with a sunset surf—the perfect last night on the North Shore.

Nov
01

Hometown visit with Let the Sea Set You Free Winner Katie McLean

Between teaching classes at her local yoga studio, running her own art gallery and surfing the best swells, we caught up with Let the Sea Set You Free winner, Katie McLean at her humble abode in Santa Barbara, CA where we treated her to a box full of Winter’s best including new favorites: The Elm Sweater (perfectly cropped!) and the Golden Hill jacket (one of Kelia’s personal favs as well).

Steps away from the sand and the best local surf spot in Santa Barbara is the residence of Let the Sea Set You Free winner, Katie McLean. In a warehouse turned home Katie’s residence sits in the heart of Funkzone, where a creative community of shapers, artists and surfers reside.  Between touring her art gallery, snacking on some of her home grown tomatoes from her rooftop garden and following her around to her favorite local spots, made us want to permanently crash on her couch.

As we listened to Katie’s latest travels to Mexico, we couldn’t help but notice the huge collection of vintage and thrift store finds. We were particularly drawn to her collection of vintage swimsuits hanging in her closet.

As we wandered around her home, admiring everything from a handmade dream catcher dangling from the skylight over her bed to the hues of pinks and turquoise that colored the walls, it’s no wonder Katie’s space inspires her as much as it inspires us.

Head downstairs to check out her gallery, Latitude—which is actually attached to her home! From murals to wine bottle artwork to her work as a graphic artist, you have to ask yourself, is there anything this girl can’t create? Did we mention there’s a surfing museum and Mermaid vintage shop right next door?

Stay tuned! Katie McLean will be blogging about her adventures in Mexico next.

SEA the other inspiring Let the Sea Set You Free entries and tell us who you admire most!

Sep
17

Let The Sea Set You Free Winner Katie McLean tours Roxy HQ & Fall Haul

Fall back in style with Roxy and shop the best of back to school. Go behind the scenes of Roxy Headquarters and get a full style haul with our Let The Sea Set You Free winner Katie McLean @KatieGypsyeye of Santa Barbara, CA.

Before setting off on her first life-changing adventure with Roxy to Biarritz, France for the Roxy Pro, Katie picked up a whole new wardrobe, packed her bags, and met up with fellow winners’ Madison Setiawan of Bali, and Emilie Layla Lovaine of Wales.

What’d she pack for her adventures abroad? Tons of bikinis, hats for coverage, and some easy shorts (we love the sun skippers).


When shopping for back to school we suggest choosing colors and patterns that work well together and sticking to those. That way everything looks great together with little effort.

The next stop for the lucky Let The Sea Set You Free winners? …the beaches of Hawaii!

Want to Sea even more? Check out all the inspiring videos, pictures, quotes, and girls from around the world who participated in this year’s Let The Sea Set You Free Contest. Stay tuned for more from Katie McLean and her amazing style and serious creativity.

Don’t forget to hashtag your #LetTheSeaSetYouFree pictures on Instagram!  You’ll SEA them on Roxy’s Facebook!

Aug
24

Let The Sea Set You Free winner Emilie Layla Lovaine in Nylon Mag

Every month we look forward to picking up the latest issue of Nylon Magazine and this month we were stoked to see the beautiful and talented brunette Lea Michele on the cover – everything about her auburn hair screams Fall…a lot like our Coastal Cove Pinterest Board.

Flipping through the pages we were even more excited when we stumbled upon another brunette and artistic beauty who happens to be near and dear to our hearts – Emilie Layla Lovaine, who as you may know is our European Let The Sea Set You Free winner who hails from Wales and runs her own inspiring blog Flock.

On her recent trip to the Roxy Pro in Biarritz, France with the other Let The Sea Set You Free winners, Emilie wowed us with her voice, overall coolness and big heart (lots of hugs).

Here’s a short behind the scenes video of Emilie singing at the recording studio at Roxy Headquarters in France. Don’t forget to grab the latest Nylon Mag on stands now!

Jul
24

Sea For Yourself…The Winners’ life-changing adventure to Biarritz!

The three lucky winners of the Roxy Let The Sea Set You Free contest, including Americas winner Katie McLean who describes herself as being “infused with a love for surf cultures and a desire to create {her} own path.” Her expression spans from art to fashion to singing. Also a musician, Rpxy’s European winner Emilie Layla Lovaine sees life as “one great adventure.” Roxy’s Asia-Pacific winner Madison Setiawan encourages girls everywhere to “dare to dream”…which is just what they did!
Experience their first life-changing adventure together as they meet each other for the first time at the Roxy Pro 2012 in Biarritz, France.

In Day 1 of their adventure, Roxy athletes Kelia Moniz, Monyca Bryne Wickey, and Bruna Schmitz meet the girls at their amazing house in Biarritz, go to Les Halles Market, tour Roxy headquarters in St. Jean de Luz where they check out the recording studio where Emilie Layla Lovaine showcases her talents as both a musician and writer, surf at Cote des Basques in their Kassia Meador wetsuits, BBQ with the team riders, and have a jam session at the house.

Experience the journey with the Winners as they hang with the Roxy athletes, make friends, experience the culture, and celebrate their unique talents with each other.

On Day 2 of their adventures, the athletes surprise the winners with a trip to beautiful San Sebastian for tapas tasting, skateboarding , and soaking up the sun in their Roxy swim! Watch Madison Setiawan’s inspirational photo journey of the trip and stay tuned for more behind the scenes footage from behind her lens…more surprises on their way and not just for the Winners!

From bikes, to board shaping, and then onto baking…our 3 Let The Sea Set You Free Winners are always adventure bound.On Day 3 of their journey, the girls head to Hossegor where they get a tour of Euroglass from famous shaper Christian Bradley who surprises Americas winner Katie McLean with a board of her own, which she takes back to the house and puts her artistic skills to work on, followed by a beach visit, some French pastry making (yum!) and a nightcap in Biarritz for the legendary Roxy Pro France concert!

On Day 4, the Let The Sea Set You Free winners are beach bound as they head down to watch the last day of the Roxy Pro happening at the Le Grade Plage in Biarritz where they soak up the sun, watch some surf and cheer on team rider Sally Fitzgibbons. #GoSally

Before the Bastille Day fireworks celebration to end the night the girls head to the Roxy lounge with Kelia Moniz for all things art! Between getting their nails done, hair styled, and a little DIY crown making right on the beach you can sense the girls are sad but beyond blessed to have spent such an amazing a life-changing trip together! Thanks for joining the ride! #LetTheSeaSetYouFree

Jul
19

Let The Sea Set You Free: The Winners Watch The Roxy Pro and Meet the Athletes! Day 4

On Day 4, the Let The Sea Set You Free winners are beach bound and adventure ready as they head down to watch the last day of the Roxy Pro happening at the Le Grade Plage in Biarritz where they soak up the sun, watch some surf and cheer on team rider Sally Fitzgibbons. #GoSally

Before the Bastille Day fireworks celebration to end the night the girls head to the Roxy lounge with Kelia Moniz for all things art. Between getting their nails done, hair styled, and a little DIY crown making right on the beach you can sense the girls are sad but beyond blessed to have spent such an amazing a life-changing trip together! Thanks for joining the ride! #LetTheSeaSetYouFree

For more on their epic adventure check our Day 1, 2, and 3 here!

Day 1 video

Day 2 video

Day 3 video

Jul
19

Let The Sea Set You Free: Les 100 Marches Surprise

We’ve been wearing our Sandals & Cruisers all over Biarritz…here’s one of our favorite spots ‘Les 100 Marches’ with two of our favorite sandals for Fall: The Azul and fringed Shawnee.

Take advantage of this special #LetTheSeaSetYouFree surprise & take your next 100 steps in a pair of NEW Roxy sandals or cruisers for 25% off!

Good until July 22nd @11:59 PM ET
Code: SAND25
SHOP Sandals

Jul
19

Let The Sea Set You Free: Shopping, Shaping, Baking & the Roxy Pro Concert! Day 3


The Roxy Let The Sea Set You Free winners take trip with Athletes Monyca Bryne Wickey, Bruna Schmitz, and Kelia Moniz to Hossegor and back to Biarritz for the amazing Roxy Pro Concert!

From bikes, to board shaping, and then onto baking…our 3 Let The Sea Set You Free Winners: Katie McLean, Madison Setiawan, and Emilie Layla Lovaine are always adventure bound.

On Day 3 of their journey, the girls head to Hossegor where they get a tour of Euroglass from famous shaper Christian Bradley who surprises Americas winner Katie McLean with a board of her own, which she takes back to the house and puts her artistic skills to work on, followed by a beach visit, some French pastry making (yum!) and a nightcap in Biarritz for the legendary Roxy Pro France concert!

Follow their daily adventures…& stay tuned for more surprises! #LetTheSeaSetYouFree

There’s more to SEA in case you missed it…
Day 1 video
Day 2 video