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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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).
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.’
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
We are proud to announce the 5 winners of the ROXY #DAREYOURSELF contest.
Dare Yourself launched on January 24, 2013 and 4,000 submissions were received. Over 150,000 consumers then voted for their favorites, narrowing the possible winners to 150 worldwide. ROXY judges then chose possible winners to 10 per global region and the selected contestants submitted challenge videos from which one winner from each global region was chosen by Roxy.
The five global winners include: The Americas’ Lexi Youngberg, 20, Saint Charles Illinois; North Asia’s Sawu Koyouan 27, Taipei, Taiwan; South Asia’s Gillian Goh, 23, Singapore; Europe/Africa/Middle East region winner Maria Lafuente Pelaez, 25, Galicia, Spain; and Latin America’s Michelle Saure, 29, Concepción, Región del Biobío, Chile.
To celebrate International Surfing Day and to kick off the official start of Summer, Roxy is giving away a year’s supply of bikinis* to one lucky winner! Now through Friday, July 26th, you can enter for a chance to win an endless summer supply of ROXY swim! (24 swim pieces total). Enter today at Roxy.com/sweepstakes.
*No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Only residents of the U.S. or Canada that are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.
GRAND PRIZE – $1,000 Gift Card
Salt Lake City, UT
SECOND PRIZE – $100 Gift Card
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
San Marcos, CA
San Clemente, CA
THIRD PRIZE – $50 Gift Card
Happy International Surfing Day #ISD! Between surf breaks we’re inviting you to take a shopping break (or spree)!
**Enjoy 25% off your order of full priced swim and/or boardshorts only on Roxy.com. Not valid on Outdoor Fitness styles. Promotion cannot be applied to past purchases. Offer expires June 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM PDT. While supplies last. Sale items are not eligible. To receive discount, enter SURF at checkout.
Roxy girl Meg Roh dares herself to surf everyday. Meg will be celebrating International Surfing Day on her 750th day of surfing. On June 1, 2011, Meg dared herself to surf consecutively everyday, and she has surfed everyday since.
Knowing it would be a tough goal to achieve, something drove Meg everyday to get out there (besides her light blue, 1971 Bus). Meg aspires to be a World Champion like Professional Roxy Surfer Kelia Moniz. Whether she was cooped up in bed with the flu, or the winds were howling and rain pouring, “There’s never a bad day as long as you can surf,” says Meg. “I dare myself to get in the water everyday because I love the experience of surfing and traveling to new places. If you don’t dream big you never know what you’re actually capable of. The best life lessons I’ve learned from this experience are to believe in yourself and to follow your dreams.” #DAREYOURSELF
Let your hair shine this Summer. Take a tip (or 3) from the queen of beach hair and Roxy team rider Monyca Byrne-Wickey. Enjoy this short Roxy Style Spy video straight from Tahiti where Monyca shows off her lovely locks and a couple easy hair-dos that will showcase the best bikini backs of the season. Our favorite bikini backs? The Naturally Beautiful Rio Halter is our top pick for sure!
We caught up with Sierra Blair-Coyle this week, and she showed us how to take advantage of summertime while minimizing gym time. Here are her ingredients for summer fitness success:
Recipe makes a 12 pack
1 Roxy Outdoor Fitness Cross Back Sports Bra, fit for comfort
1 pair of Roxy Outdoor Fitness Bump Set Shorts, flexible
1 outside location with space for (4) stations.
1 stability ball
1 all-purpose foam roller
1 10 lb dumbbell
1 fitness band
1. Preheat muscles to a warm temperature with light jog and stretching
2. Lay on the ball while slowly rolling upper body and pausing at the top. Repeat this 25 times or until you reach a burning sensation that gives your abdominal muscles solid definition (or close to that). Add reps for a more solid texture.
3. Squat with the dumbbell between your legs. Straighten your legs and stand up powerfully while swinging the dumbbell to shoulder height. Make your legs do the work. Repeat motion 15 times, or until legs are nicely-toned. Add weight as needed.
4. Perform a pushup with one hand on the foam roller. Repeat this motion 10 times each side for a full body benefit. Make sure the reps are even to avoid an unbalanced result.
5. Stand with one or both feet on the band. Grip the handles of the band with both hands. Slowly raise your hands, palms up to your shoulders, keeping your elbows tightly against your sides. Slowly lower, squeezing triceps on the way down. Repeat about 25 times while the body is still heated, or until it’s ready to move on.
6. Mix the ingredients for a less repetitive workout or perform in order to get focused. Try this recipe as often as possible, and focus on working multiple body parts in one exercise for a sweet summer workout.
Close to 200 girls came out to compete in the 3rd annual Roxy Waikiki Classic and since it’s origination, it has become the event all the young girls of Hawaii wait for in grand anticipation. It’s a favorite weekend amongst the girls who relish the opportunity to surf with friends, meet surfing idols like Lisa Andersen, Kelia Moniz, Rosy Hodge and Bruna Schmitz and just surf the fun waves of Waikiki.
While conditions we small with the south swell already fading from earlier in the week, girls still managed to showcase their skills throughout this weekend’s contest. The girls who took the podium for the awards ceremony were greeted on stage by host and professional surfer Rosy Hodge, along 4x World Surfing Champion Lisa Andersen. We have to admit, it’s not a bad reception to receive an award by surfing’s elite. Wouldn’t you agree?
Between surf breaks, the girls took to the beach where the Roxy staff loved hanging with all the competitors and their families. Girls lined the beach for poster signings, got their hair sun and saltwater ready at the Paul Mitchell tent, and kept their skin protected at the Sun Bum tent. There was never a dull moment beachside or in the water and we were lucky to enjoy beautiful sunny weather both days!
Surfing has come a long way and this event gives girls the opportunity to show how far the sport has advanced here in Hawaii. The smiles on all the girls’ faces are what make us truly realize how special the Roxy life is for these young surfer girls.