There is no better way to start your day than an early morning workout in your ROXY Outdoor Fitness gear. Brisk mornings in nature are synonymous with a fresh awakening and a renewal of the mind, body, and spirit. Centering yourself upon waking and connecting with nature provides a sense of internal calmness and readiness to take on the day ahead. Whether it is a quick run on the beach, or some yoga and stretching in the woods, ROXY Outdoor Fitness ambassador, Let the Sea Set You Free finalist, and owner of August_Fox, Taylr Kreutziger, kick starts her day with an early stimulating workout complete with good tunes, a light stretch, and her favorite ROXY Outdoor Fitness apparel (‘Enhance Capri Tights’, ‘Atmosphere Jacket’, ‘Frequency Jacket’). For Taylr, the alert, clear and conscious mind, a product of this early morning ritual, is a tremendous platform for the creativity that goes into her artwork and designs.
Some quick and easy tips to rise out of bed and take on your early workout:
Go to bed early: By allowing yourself a good night’s rest, you will have energy to take on whatever tasks are ahead for your day.
Set out your clothes the night before: Taylr sets out her Roxy ‘Enhance Capri Tights’ and one of her favorite ROXY Outdoor Fitness Jackets before bed, so the first thing she is ready for when she wakes up is her workout.
Lastly, have a nutritious, balanced breakfast: Start your day with a banana and almond butter, green smoothie, protein shake, or big bowl of oatmeal for a natural energy boost that will last all morning.
With these tips and the motivation to start your day early, you will feel as if you can take on the world. There is something to be said about challenging yourself, mentally, physically, and creatively, before the sun even gets around to rising.
To see more of Taylr’s adventures, follow her on instagram @taylranne
We were inspired to give back to the community, learn about the Fijian culture, swim like mermaids, surf the longest waves of our lives, workout with world class surfer Sally Fitzgibbons (and somehow keep up), but more importantly, we made lifelong friends. #DAREYOURSELF
See how the winners spent their time on this little heart-shaped island in this video!
Golden girl Torah Bright, the 2010 Olympic halfpipe champion, is currently in training for the 2014 Games. This is already an exciting story, as she looks to defend her gold, but this is not enough for Torah. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, Torah has upped the ante threefold and will chase gold in 3 snowboard disciplines: halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross.
This is a challenge that no other snowboarder, male or female, has ever attempted. We are so proud and inspired by Torah. She has been with Roxy for over 10 years and she is still a constant source of inspiration. To celebrate this journey, we’ll dip into the archives every Throwback Thursday #TBT and show how Torah has made history (sorry Torah, there’s bound to be a few embarrassing moments!).
Rosy Hodge has been riding for Roxy since she was a wee-grom and now is one of the faces of ROXY Outdoor Fitness. As a forever traveler, it’s not often Rosy is one place for too long but recently she was fortunate enough to stop off in her home country of South Africa for a couple days.
Regardless of where she is, one of her favorite things to stay active is wake up early, put on her favorite ROXY Outdoor Fitness ‘kit’, as she calls it, or Daybreak Top and Standard Running Tights and go explore.
Thanks to Rosy’s mama’s photog skills, we can get a glimpse into what early morning training looks like for her! Now it’s your turn to try…
I started running just over a year ago when I hurt my knee snowboarding. I find soft sand running is my favorite form of cardio. It gets the job done quickly. I will try and run for at least half an hour. Start with 20 minutes at your own pace and work your way up to half an hour or more.
I love being outdoors and improvising with what’s around me for my workout. I used a rock I found as a weight for Russian Twists. I will usually form a little circuit and do 15-20 reps of each 3 times.
Use a rock for your squats if you feel like it. Remember to keep your knees inline with your feet and don’t let them buckle in. Form is more important than number of reps.
Waking up every morning in a snow-covered dream, we explored the glacier tops of Portage on the Kenai Peninsula, hung out with the locals (moose & porcupines, of course) and danced on the back of Sno-Cats. Exploring this place where the reflection of the water is as wondrous as the mountains themselves left us wanting to explore more and journey further into the wilderness.
More than 20 years ago, we set out to create a brand dedicated to supporting women and girls in their love of surfing and beyond. Since that time, we have worked to build on this heritage by developing great products, creating new competitive opportunities for female athletes, and establishing and growing the Roxy surf and snowboarding teams. We continue to work to do more to achieve this mission.
As fans and supporters of female athletes, we are disappointed by recent mischaracterizations of the Roxy brand and wanted to take this opportunity to share with our fans the true vision and voice of Roxy.
First and foremost, Roxy is and always has been about inspiring female athletes of all levels to be themselves and to participate and compete in the sports we all love. As part of this commitment, we have sponsored 42 Women’s ASP championship tour events since 1991 and have continuously worked to build on and enhance those efforts year on year. Roxy’s commitment doesn’t stop there.
We also work tirelessly to advance opportunities for female athletes and are proud to work with some of the world’s best and most inspiring surf and snowboarding athletes in the world. We are even more proud that the forum created by our events and the tremendous athleticism of the Roxy teams – and all professional female surfers and snowboarders – have helped raise the level of visibility for women’s performance sports and encouraged sports enthusiasts around the world to watch and support women’s surfing and snowboarding in increasing numbers.
We recognize that some Roxy fans were concerned about an online video produced earlier this year on behalf of the brand. We respect and value that feedback and remain committed to building the Roxy brand in a manner that is consistent with the expectations of Roxy’s fans and our fun, adventurous brand personality.
Roxy believes in being naturally beautiful, daring and confident. We hope those qualities are conveyed in everything we do and are committed to continuing to work to earn the trust of our fans and to creating products, events and opportunities that deliver on our brand values.
At Roxy, we will never stop celebrating female athletes. That’s our brand promise, and we will continue to strive to live up to that goal.
Get back to the basics of beach volleyball with ROXY Outdoor Fitness ambassador Rachel Moore. Whether you’re picking up a ball for the first time or brushing up on some terminology, this should help do the trick.
Serving: Each play starts off with a serve. The server steps behind the line at the very back of the court, called the end line, and has freedom to serve from wherever he or she pleases as long as the foot does not touch or cross the line. Here are a few tips on how to do two different types of over hand serves.
1. Float Serve:
Put your left foot in front of your right, about shoulder width apart. Hold the ball at about eye-level with your left hand on the bottom and your right hand on top. The toss should only be high enough so that when you pull back your right arm, the hand contacts the ball on its downward swing. Toss the ball with your left hand, pull back your right arm as far as possible and swing, but not all the way through. Stop the motion of your right arm when your hand contacts the ball, as if you’re punching the ball to the other side of the net, and don’t snap your wrist. This serve allows the ball to float and wiggle in the air; making its positioning on the opposite side of the court difficult to read and return.
The beginning steps for the topspin serve are just like the floater, but the toss for the topspin must be higher. Toss the ball high enough so that the right arm can come down on the ball in a snapping motion on the underside of the ball. Do not stop the motion of the right arm when it contacts the ball; rather, turn your shoulder away from the ball, swing all the way through and DO snap your wrist. Snapping your wrist will deliver a hard and fast serve to your opponent. This is very similar to a tennis serve.
Passing: Passing is probably the most important skill in volleyball. If you don’t get the pass right, there is a low chance of making an effective play over the net.
A good pass starts with proper foot placement. You always want to make sure you are staying behind the ball. It is a lot easier to run forward in the soft sand than it is to run back. If you’re right handed, your right foot should be slightly in front of your left, a little more than shoulder-width apart and bend the knees slightly so that from this position you can easily move to the ball.
Next step is focusing on having proper arm alignment. Make a fist with your left hand with the thumb on top, and cover the left fist with your right hand. Your thumbs should line up side by side. Bring your arms together straight and away from the body. Your forearms should create a “platform,” where the ball should contact. Try not use your fists or wrists to hit the ball—the contact should be about two to six inches above the wrists. Then hold your arms lows almost against your chest, and keep your elbows locked. Try not to swing your arms, just let the ball make contact with the platform you have created.
Always keep your eyes on the ball! Try as best you can to watch the ball come over the net and follow it all the way to your platform. Watching the ball the whole time will help you better position your body behind the ball. If you do this correctly, the ball will be better controlled.
Attacking the ball is all about timing and precision. The goal of the third hit, or spike, is to make the ball difficult for the opposing team to return.
Your approach to the ball will determine how and where you hit the ball so it’s very important you take the time to get it right. Start by positioning yourself with your knees and hips flexed; your feet should be about shoulder-width apart, and all your weight should be on the balls of your feet. The footwork for the approach works best when it is most comfortable for you. There are variations for all hitters, but usually it is a three-or four-step approach. Watch the ball and make sure the setter knows where you want to hit by calling for the ball.
The first step you take determines your direction. I start with my right foot. To get your momentum going swing your arms in front of you as you take that first step.
The last two steps are quick. The second step is for gaining momentum and power. This should be a big, long step with your left foot. Bring your arms back as your left heel lands and your weight shifts.
The last step is to stop forward motion. The jump begins when you plant your right foot next your left. Keep your knees bent and use the momentum of your arms to push off the floor. Bring your arms back as in a topspin serve and swing through, snapping your wrist. Beware of blockers.
As a professional surfer, and the female that paved the way for Women’s Surfing, Lisa Andersen is certainly no stranger to the water. Consequently she also knows that the ocean doesn’t always play nice and that surf is not always on your side, so picking up a new sport like SUP seemed like a great way to stay in shape while being close to the water.
STRETCHES: Before heading into the ocean, try doing a series of stretches to get warmed-up and loose to ensure you don’t get sore the morning after your paddle.
NECK – Before you beginning the stretch, loosen up your neck by gentling turning your head from side-to-side. To start the chin-to-chest stretch, slowly bend your head forward until your chin touches the top part of your chest. Hold this position for a count of five.
TRICEPS – Place your hand on your upper back with the elbow bend towards the sky & use your other hand to pull the elbow towards your head - Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds.
CHEST - Stand next to a palm tree and place the inside of bent arm on the palm trunk, position bent elbow shoulder height.
HIP FLEXOR - As seen in the picture, go into a lunge position. Keep your front knee at a 90 degree angle, keep your lower back straight, and gently push your hip flexor forwards while you lean back slightly.
SUP PADDLE TIPS:
BENT KNEES – It’s important to keep your knees bent while paddling to ensure you don’t load your lower back
EVEN PADDLE INTERVALS – Make sure you keep count of paddling evenly with each arm or you’ll quickly strengthen one side & create bigger problems in the future.
STANCE – Your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centered between the rails (board edges). Don’t stand on the rails.
STYLE - Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle. Think of using your torso to paddle rather than your arms. You have more strength in those abdominal muscles than in your arms.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 22, has won the Roxy Pro France today in Seignosse Le Penon narrowly defeating fellow Australian Tyler Wright (AUS) 19, in clean 3-4Ft surf.
Penultimate event on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Roxy Pro France marks Fitzgibbons’s first event win this season. An absolute standout today, Fitzgibbons was the first surfer to net a perfect 10 in France, and holds three of the highest wave scores of the event.
“I’m so stoked, it’s been a long road this year and I wanted to finish strong,” an ecstatic Fitzgibbons stated. “In that final we switched peaks and I was just sorting things out when she got that 10, and I couldn’t hear anything after that. I got that last good one and I was hoping it would be enough. It’s the most amazing feeling! I’ve got my brother and my dad here and all my family watching online, they’ve been there for me every step of the way!”
A dominant surfer in previous heats where she comboed her opponents several times, Fitzgibbons had to fight through a tight back and forth battle in the final when Wright caught an inside righthander to score the only other perfect 10 point ride of the event.
“It was a tricky situation, I had priority and a sneaky right came in and I was looking for the lefts,” Fitzgibbons continued. “She went for it and really stepped it up, I saw her do that little air out the back and I thought game on I got to do something big now! Patience and perseverance and just keeping your head down, I kept going and I’m just so happy!!”
Tyler Wright (AUS) 19, consistently advanced through the rounds to earn her spot in the final. Off to a great start in the opening minutes of the exchange, Wright was chasing an excellent score when she found the little righthander that earned her a perfect 10 point ride. Suffering another assault from Fitzgibbons, she unfortunately couldn’t find a last opportunity to ameliorate her backup of a 7.00 point and eventually placed runner-up.
“I didn’t really have expectations, I’ve come here to surf, have fun and enjoy myself !” Wright said. “It was awesome to see Sally go out there and win her first event this year cause I know it means a lot to her, and she surfed awesome, definitely the standout of the event. She smashed it and that’s great for our sport to have a surfer like her on tour.”
Posting a third runner-up finish on the board, Wright consolidates her current second place on the rankings and sits an incredibly low 200 points behind current leader Carissa Moore, making for a spectacular finish next week in Portugal.
“I don’t plan on doing anything special like that I just do it, it’s the way I surf. That was a really entertaining final with Sally getting that last one too. The points and numbers don’t really matter to me, they never have. I’m just here surfing and having fun that’s what I do best. This year was never about that, I’m just happy to be on tour and living the life I live !”
Carissa Moore (HAW) 21, placed equal third today, adding yet another excellent result to her season tally, and will be looking to finish strong in Portugal to keep her dream of a second World Title alive. The powerful Hawaiian who earlier today defeated local surfer Pauline Ado (FRA), couldn’t match Fitzgibbons’s sizzling form in their semi-final matchup.
“Of course I’m bummed I wanted to make the final and have a strong performance, but that’s competition I just have to stay happy and focused and get excited for Portugal,” Moore stated. “I think the biggest key to winning in a place like this is being able to adapt very quickly cause it’s always changing out here. I didn’t find the waves that really built up and allowed for good surfing.”
Lakey Peterson (USA) 19, reached the semi-finals for the second time this season, narrowly defeated by Tyler Wright. One of the most progressive surfers on the Women’s World Championship Tour, Peterson put on a spectacular show for the French crowds and took things to the air in a promising preview of what the future of women’s surfing holds.
“I’m just a little bummed the waves did not cooperate in that last heat, the tide got a little to low,” Peterson said. “But I had fun, it’s nice to get a good result it’s been a little while. I love it here in France, now I can just enjoy it a little bit and head to Portugal for the last event of the year. I might stick around and surf a little more here, and watch the guys tomorrow, we’ll see it’s my birthday so I kind of want to hang out.”
Goodbyes are always the hardest (we’re really not very good at them), so in the last episode of the Ford Hawaii series, it only makes sense to take the long road with Kelia Moniz, Bruna Schmitz, and Kassia Meador on a scenic drive across the island and down into Honolulu in their Ford Fiesta. First stop in Honolulu, a little jam session with Ukelele maestro Jake Shumabukuro at a local recording studio, Island Sounds Studio. Next up, a car ride filled with island trippin’, picture flippin’, and reminiscing on the past 5 days in Oahu. What were your favorite parts of the Roxy Hawaii series? The athletes have theirs…Sandy’s Beach, coconut ice cream, shark cages, canoe racing, Waikiki views, Pineapple field rally races, and the list goes on…