I’m Kelia Moniz, and I’m in Hainan, China for the Swatch Pro Longboard World Champs. This is the second consecutive year that this wonderful event in China will run. I’m so excited to head back there this year. The waves are so fun and not too many people know how to surf so the lineup is empty! The culture there is so rich, too. I love the welcoming community and amazing hospitality that makes the trip so special. It’s going be a good year, and I’m hoping for an even better result!!
Before I left, I ran through the Roxy shop to pick up some Holiday MUST HAVES! I’m loving this season’s fun color, prints, and textures. Just a little bit of everything to complete my winter wear wardrobe, and of course some pieces for my trip to China to keep me warm in style.
We caught up with Roxy Professional Longboarder Jen Smith in the shaping room as she was getting ready for the ASP Swatch Pro Girls China event. The 2x World Longboard Champion has a good shot at claiming her third World Title at this event, so she’s shaping her own surfboard for the contest, and she’s giving us a step-by-step on how to do it!
“I want this board to be fairly basic with a smooth, curvy outline, no nose concave, soft rails and a diamond tail. The template is one I made off of my first longboard I shaped. It’s basically the nose profile of my favorite Takayama longboard and the tail profile of one of my favorite quads by Jeff McCallum.
Roxy Let The Sea Set You Free Americas Winner, Katie McLean, recently became an Ambassador for Project Save Our Surf. In August she traveled to Sayulita, Mexico to paint a mural at Coste Verde International Elementary School, clean the coast, and teach local girls surfing, yoga, and environmental stewardship. Check out her trip!
In August, I traveled to Sayulita, Mexico for PSOS to paint a mural at Coste Verde International Elementary School, clean the beach and teach little local girls surfing, yoga, and environmental stewardship. My heart flutters with anticipation and the wonder of unknown lands. My 3-day, 5ft Mexico mural created for Project Save Our Surf called Sayulita Sea Saint: a blue-haired sea saint with an Aztec-inspired halo of ocean animals.
I began volunteering for Project Save Our Surf in July by putting on art projects for little girls to do at the beach clean-up surf days. Preparing my first art project for Project Wahine in Goleta, Ca, I strung and glued tons pearls in shells for them to paint.
Roxy’s Lisa Andersen Champ Camp has all water temperatures covered after last week’s camp in the scenic and chilled surf off the coast of Tofino, Canada. From California to Costa Rica and now Canada, the camp has brought together young leading surfers hand-picked by Lisa Andersen for a chance to learn and be inspired by the best.
This two-day experience hosted in the stunning surf town of Tofino and the rainforest nestled cabins of Long Beach Lodge Resort gave 8 of the region’s top surfers an opportunity to train with 4x World Champion Lisa Andersen, preparing them for reaching their goals of becoming professional surfers. Special guest and world-renowned Roxy Surfer Rosy Hodge joined Lisa to provide the girls with expert coaching, video analysis and technical breakdown, and all the necessary tools for surfing success!
The girls kicked off their Canadian surfing adventure with a session and coaching at Cox Bay. The waves were exceptionally large, which upped everyone’s duck-dive count, but once out back, the mess gave way to some proper waves, giving the campers a chance to push each other—and catch a glimpse of Lisa’s and Rosy’s surfing. Technical video analysis and insight from Lisa followed, as did another arm burning surf session. The day of surfing in icy waters was rewarded with one of the biggest perks of surfing in a hood and gloves—the camaraderie of water ninjas jumping into hot tubs to defrost! The next day, the Champ Camp was welcomed with friendly, rippable waves at Chesterman’s Beach, where the campers worked on applying technical feedback from the day before, and improving on what Lisa and Rosy broke down for them. At the end of the day, the girls walked away stoked on so many waves, surfing knowledge, hot tub sessions, and new friends over such a short time. We hope our camper’s love affair with surfing is only just getting warmed up, even if it’s in the coldest of water! Luckily our Roxy wetsuits are fit for warmth.
Thank you for joining us Let The Sea Set You Free finalists Kait Fennell and Alexandra Groot Koerkamp of Canada, along with Sylvie Julien, Hanna Scott, Emily Thicke, Alexa Verstraten, Maria Grant, and Sherah Grant. Keep your eye out for these future champs, and stay tuned for our next Lisa Andersen Champ Camp adventure on the North Shore of Hawaii! #LisaAndersenChampCamp
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Roxy Professional Longboarders Jen Smith and Chloe Calmon are jet setting on an experience of a lifetime to surf the Silver Dragon, a tidal bore in Hangzhou, China. This is only the fourth time China has ever allowed anyone to surf in the river, and our very own Roxy girls will be competing in the Silver Dragon Shootout Surf Contest! Chloe’s been lucky enough to surf in the river before, so she knows exactly what to expect and has a head start against the competition, but Jen’s done her research, and it sounds like she’s ready for the adventure! This is one of the most unique surfing experiences we’ve heard of, so we caught up with Jen and Chloe as they were getting ready to leave, and they filled us in on everything we need to know about surfing tidal waves and traveling to China.
Chloe’s Travel Tips and China Tricks
Last year, when people saw me walking on the street with surfboards, they thought I was crazy and tapped me to see if I was real! Ha! This time, I’ll make sure learn a phrase in Chinese that I can explain to them!
I’m also bringing a 1. lightweight springsuit, and my 2. favorite bikinis, for the river. More importantly, the 3. surf essentials for the competition. It’s a must to bring a spare leash in case it snaps and all the other basics including fins, and wax which are easy to forget when packing for a trip. Plus sunscreen and sunnies!
The most important thing to know about before traveling there is the culture. The Chinese have an ancient culture that cherishes small details and gestures, from giving a business card to eating with them. So it`s helpful to watch some videos on the internet about Chinese etiquette and respect!
We packed our surfboards and bikinis, and left our wetsuits hanging in the closet for Playa Jobos for the Roxy Puerto Rico Classic! The free surf contest brought girls of all ages and skill levels together for a day of surfing at the 1st Annual Roxy Puerto Rico Classic.
The event ran both Saturday and Sunday and was packed with contest surfers and beach goers looking for a chance to enjoy some free surf lessons. The surfers enjoyed chest – shoulder high waves on one of Puerto Rico’s best reef breaks.
Congratulations to all of the wahine finalists in the Open Pro division, who claimed the $2,000 prize purse, and a special congrats to Marissa Shaw from San Clemente, CA, who was crowned with the 1st place prize!
From the waves of Waikiki for the Roxy Waikiki Classic all the way to Puerto Rico, Roxy introduces the 1st Annual Roxy Puerto Rico Classic, taking place September 22nd -23rd at Playa Jobos, Isabela between 9am- 4pm daily!
This FREE Amateur surf contest will include both longboard and shortboard divisions for girls and women of all ages. The divisions of entry for each surfing discipline are: Under 12 (shortboard only), 12-17 years (shortboard & longboard), & Ages 18+ (shortboard & longboard).
The 1st – 4th place winners in all divisions will score Roxy prizes, while the 18+ divisions will be competing for a $2000 prize purse! Every contestant will receive a FREE Roxy gift bag for participating. If you’re not there to compete, but would like to learn to surf, no problem! Roxy will also be providing FREE Surf Lessons for all participants 6-12 years.
Register NOW at the following surf Shops: Surf Zone 787-890-5080, The Room 787-815-3870 and Tres Palmas 787-728-3377. ALL Registration must be done in advance. Please arrive at 8am on day of contest to check in and sign waivers.
The Unsound Surf Right Coast Cup presented by Quiksilver will be taking over Long Beach, New York from September 5th-9th. The event will run two days during this five- day waiting period, showcasing the East Coast’s best young surfers competing for their share of the $20,000 prize purse.
Roxy will be in New York at the event providing FREE surf lessons for girls of all ages at the Roxy Surf Camp. We’re teaming up with Skudin Surf on the weekend of September 8th and 9th, and offering 1.5 hour sessions at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.
Roxy Team Rider Amy Murphree, will be there to sign autographs, and every surf camp participant will receive a free Roxy Surf Camp goody bag with a surf camp tee and other great swag! Registration begins at 9am. Sea you there!
Look Groovy, Feel Rad and Shred Hot – That basically sums up the Kassia Meador wetsuit collection, designed by Kassia Meador with fit, form and fashion in mind, and more importantly designed by Kassia for women and fancy footwork fanatics like her everywhere. Between the neoprene, neon, and cuts, we’re sure that these are more than just your average surfing suit. We dig it – don’t you?
For more behind the wetsuits, we suggest you check out Kassia’s slideshow where she details the inspiration behind her 4th wetsuit collection for women, her drawings, designs, and the color inspiration behind the suits.
Here’s a snapshot taken this morning of USA Olympian Lolo Jones getting ready to paddle out in her K.Meador wetsuits. We’ve got a major crush!
Want even more? We’ve been obsessing over our Pinterest boards and have dedicated an entire board to all things Kassia. Trust us, there’s plenty to pin if you combine her wetsuits, her fancy footwork in the water, photography and friends. Get on board…