Jul
06

Loving Lost in Bali: Uluwatu’s Long Lefts & Bali’s Sunsets

After having a taste of the famous break during the Uluwatu challenge we were hungry for more! Surfing Uluwatu Bali is a real treat. Taking in the beautiful view, the water is warm, the wave fast and long. The hardest decision of the day was choosing which bikini we wanted to wear.

Surfing Uluwatu

Leading the way, Lee-Ann Curren, Rosy Hodge, Kelia Moniz and Bruna Schmitz knew where to go. Below the cliffs and through the cave, we entered the surf, perhaps one of the most unique and beautiful entry points we’ve ever encountered on all of our globetrotting surf trips.

Surfing Uluwatu

Usually a crowded break, we found a few line ups all to ourselves and made the most of those famous Uluwatu long lefts. This is our definition of heaven.

Rosy Hodge Surfing at Uluwatu

Rosy Hodge Surging Uluwatu

Kelia Moniz Surfing Uluwatu

Bruna Schmitz Surfing Uluwatu

Exploring all of our available options, we hired a boat and headed out to find some secret spots and explore further down the coast.

ROXY Team Surfing Bali

Surfing in Bali

Rosy Hodge Surfing in Bali

Lee-Ann Curren Surfing in Bali

The best part of heading out on the boat had to be the delicious dinner the crew served up as we returned to the beach.

No need for plates here! A leaf and a pair of chopsticks were all we needed to enjoy a delicious Balinese-style feast.

Sally Fitzgibbons

Bali Beach BBQ

ROXY Team Riders Enjoying a Traditional Bali BBQ

Spoiled with an incredible Bali sunset, we reveled in some epic photos and the stories that matched.

Sunset Surfing in Bali

Kelia Moniz Sunset Surf in Bali

We couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque evening to conclude our last night in Bali. We fell in love with the beauty, adventure and spirit of Bali and can’t wait to return again soon!

Sunset Surf in Bali

Jul
02

Loving Lost in Bali: Raw Food Cooking Class in Ubud

Inspired and energized by the local ingredients in some of the meals we were eating in Bali, we booked ourselves a raw food cooking class in Ubud to learn a couple new dishes.

Raw Food Cooking Class in Ubud

We let our stomachs guide the way as we selected our top 5 choices to create from the menu.

Ready to put our cooking skills to the test, we chopped, diced and blended our way through 5 meals! All using the freshly grown produce on hand at Ubud Sari.

Ubud Sari Health Resort

Raw Food Cooking in Ubud

Raw Food Cooking in Ubud

Raw Lasagna

Our favorite dish by far was the raw lasagna (Did we mention that the marinara sauce was incredible!?)

Want to make a raw lasagna dish of your own? Here’s how we made it!

You’ll need:

1 Zucchini

1 Cucumber

1 Eggplant

1 Jicama (can be substituted with water chestnuts, pear or apple)

1 Avocado

basil pesto

Marinara sauce:

½ cup of sundried tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic

2 Tomatoes

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp oregano

A handful of fresh basil leaves

2 dates

½ cup of olive oil

1 tsp flax seeds

1 tsp salt

1 lime

Here’s how to put it together:

1. To make the marinara sauce, Chop the tomatoes and place them in a blender along with the oregano, garlic, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, the honey, dates and olive oil.  Squeeze a hint of lime and the salt. Blend until all ingredients are combined for about 1 – 2 minutes.

2. Slice your zucchini, eggplant and cucumber lengthways and cut them into even slices for layering.

3. Mash your avocado and set aside.

4. Place 2 even zucchini slices vertically side-by-side on a plate and spread with marinara sauce.

5. Follow by placing 2 slices of eggplant horizontally side-by-side on top and then spread with basil pesto.

6. Place 2 even cucumber slices vertically side-by-side and spread with mashed avocado.

7. Place 2 more slices of zucchini horizontally and spread with marinara sauce

8. Top with jicama (or substitute) a slice of tomato, a few leaves of basil and garnish with some flax seeds

9. Enjoy!

Raw Food Cooking in Ubud

Raw Food Cooking in Ubud

If you were wondering about Bruna’s unique headband she is wearing…it was made by a local woman at Bambu Indah. As we all sat for breakfast, an older woman approached us and gave each of us a beautiful flower headband handmade by the beautiful flowers from garden. A sweet little gift and token of kindness we will always remember from our trip to Bali!

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

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

May
25

Loving Lost in Santa Barbara: Sunset Slide Sessions

Golden hour. Last light. Sunset…whatever you want to call it, last night’s surf was picturesque with golden skies & sparkly seas.

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

Kelia, Bruna, Rosy & Justine paddled out to catch a few sets before it was the moon’s turn. With some fun little sets and plenty of great surf shots to add to their albums, the girls couldn’t have asked for a better way to end their weekend in Santa Barbara!

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

 

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

The water is still a bit chilly so we had to throw on some thicker wetsuits to stay out a little longer.

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

We had an amazing time spending the  weekend in this amazing surf town and know we’ll be back soon.  In the meantime, keep following us to see where our adventure leads us next! #LovingLost

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

May
24

Loving Lost in Santa Barbra: Brunching & Thrifting

The surf was flat so we decided to partake in a serious brunch session at Joe’s Café, a local favorite. The Huevos Cubano and pancakes were a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

After a few too many cups of coffee, we wandered around State Street only to discover a variety of fun shops & eclectic antique shops.

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

Justine was experiencing some SERIOUS guitar envy in one of the shops we stopped in.  We literally had to tear her away from buying another guitar to add to her collection.

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

Meanwhile, Kelia showed off her ukulele skills like a true Hawaiian.

ROXY Santa Barbara Road Trip

Come back tomorrow to see how Kelia, Rosy, Bruna & Justine will spend their last day in Santa Barbara!