Friday, February 28, 2014

Surf Q & A: How Do You Become a Sponsored Surfer?

Q: How do you become a sponsored surfer? 

A: I've been asked this a couple of times. It's something I used to wonder too. There's a bunch of people who are sponsored for various sports and abilities all around the world. The thing is, no one really explains how it happens. At least that's how it was for me. But now that I have been sponsored, I get why no one really gave me the run down; it's hard to explain because it's different for everyone. 

Basically, my best advice can be whittled down to three bullet points:

  • Make connections in the surf industry. 
  • Be yourself. 
  • Work hard.

First, look in to and attend as many local surf events as possible. See what contests you can participate in, in your area. Maybe there's a local surf shop you can connect with? Sponsors like team riders to be people who are a positive representation of their product. Brush your teeth, make friends, put yourself out there. Social media can be another great way to make connections and also demonstrate to a brand that you know how to draw an audience. 

Next, I would really hone in on who you are as a person and let your surf style reflect that. Just like you let your clothing reflect your personality, let the way you ride a wave demonstrate who you are. You don't want to blend in, so don't surf like everybody else. Surf like you. Some of the most well known and successful surfers in the world are popular because they are really comfortable with who they are and allow their true personalities to show in and out of the water (Craig AndersonKelly SlaterDane Reynolds). It doesn't hurt that these guys are also some of the most talented surfers, which leads me to my last point...

Practice as much as possible. Get to know the ocean and how it inspires you. Go for it, surf hard, surf everything, commit. If you don't live near the beach (or even if you do), try alternative boardsports like skateboarding and snowboarding to learn about balance, technique and style. Stick with it: the sport and the seeking of sponsors. Maybe this is the hardest part, but if it's something that matters to you, you have to be the one who believes in your dreams more than anyone else.

I think we all want to be characters in the story of surfing. If the sponsor thing doesn't work out, it doesn't mean you won't be. Sponsorship is a great way to make a living as a surfer, but it's not the only way (there's writing, water photography, videography etc.). In the end, I think my best advice is to depend on yourself to become the personality in surfing you want to be and to create the story you want to leave behind. 

p.s. some similar thoughts here

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Train Ride

On my train ride home from one of my jobs we have to stop to wait for the northbound train to pass. When it does, even at 60 miles per hour, I can see the same tree I was looking at before it got there right through all of its windows.

You know how sometimes you think about how much better things were in the past? How the cars were cooler and there was so much undeveloped land? And other times you are certain something will be better in the future and you can't wait for that? Your i-cloud will actually have enough space to backup your phone and you will be more laid back?

The train ride does't make me think about any of that. It makes me remember I love everything the way it is right now. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

February Sponsors

Roxy ~ bringing inspiration to girls to dream big and have fun in and out of the water. 
Kahili Creations ~ jewelry made in Hawai'i. 
::pretty koa phyllode necklace ::
Pom Pom ~ The first surf, skate and snow company for girls. All natural wax for your surf or snowboard. 
Dot and Army ~ one of a kind handmade cloth napkins made from vintage and eco-friendly fabrics.
Sam en Croute ~a blog by a culinary student, Sam.
Daphne's ~ feeding mind, body and soul. 
Marolsha ~  a collection of vintage style, nature inspired jewelry including bridal and modern designs.
This, Too ~ an adventure log by Kari, an optimist on a quest for inspiration, adventure and vintage-y goodness. 
San Briego ~ a fitness, food and fashion blog written in America's finest city.
Matsumoto Studio ~ design + paper goods by sisters Jen and Jes. 
::wanna aloha notecards  // don't forget to enter the giveaway::
JettyGirl ~ get up close and personal with today's female surfers.
If you are interested in sponsorship for your blog or business, please contact me!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thankful Things

This week I'm thankful for...
denying the fact that I'm getting older at every chance I get
spending time with Scott's family
friends of flight
the simplicity of a fruit stand and the taste of fruit 
more denial of aging // skateparks are so fun! (and dangerous)
taking time to focus only on eating lunch 
this makes me laugh
I know this isn't a black-eyed Susan, but it reminds me of one which reminds me of New Orleans
worthwhile surf checks 
new wax on a board that used to be new
eating dinner out; because a few months ago, when things got interesting, I felt like we shouldn't spend money on such things
Scott went to The Art of Shaving (a Christmas present) and got rid of his winter beard (hip, hip, hooray!) 

what are you thankful for this week?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Playing in the Backyard and a Letter

I was just writing a letter (the word I prefer as opposed to long email) to my college friends. It was fun, and so, I thought I would write one to you too. 

Dear reader,

Do you want to hear about the pictures above or do you want to hear about what's been going on in our lives lately? Since you won't actually be answering this question, I will decide. I pick both. 

It's been dry and warm down here in SD; one of those winters where you get a gnarly wetsuit tan and can leave the doors open (sorry, I'm not trying to rub it in!). The other day I saw a policeman wearing shorts. It's been weird. I like some sort of distinction between seasons and because I listen to and repeat everything the weatherman says, I am concerned about "fire season". Also, I have not been able to wear the scarf I spent two months knitting. 

All of this has led me to sort of giving up on winter. This morning I put our snowman decorations away and spent time making a playlist titled "Seasons: Spring '14". I have used almost all of the i-Tunes credit Scott got for Christmas. Ooops. 

As you can see above, we've been pretty in to skateboarding lately. I have bruises on the tops of my hands, the sides of my feet and a video of me falling on my butt and crawling out of the skatepark to show for it. You can see it on Facebook. Skateboarding makes me feel young and old. It's something new to try, which seems good for my brain and spirit, but if I wind up in the hospital I'm going to be so.freaking.pissed

Last night Scott and I spent a few hours practicing ollies and "tick-tacking" back and forth in the backyard. A complaint from our neighbors may be arriving at any minute. 

One of the main reasons I wouldn't be amused if this new passion involved hospitalization is because Basia, Phil, Scott and I are going to Mexico in April so Phil and I can attempt to make a surf movie. I am equally excited and terrified that Scott will be attending a bachelor party for my (now our) friend in Puerto Vallarta a few days before. I actually got a pretty sweet deal on our hotel thanks to my blog, which made me feel a legitimacy I haven't felt before. I was starting to wonder last summer when people kept saying "well you can do [insert weekday activity] because you don't work anyways" if this thing I spend way too much time on was legitimate or not. 

Anyways, how is the weather where you are? If you are somewhere east and north of Las Vegas I picture big snowflakes plopping themselves down on your warmly lit windows. Is it annoying that I'm assuming this is a pleasant occurrence for you still? Take pictures for me.

p.s. if you want to write a letter in the comment section, that might be fun. 

p.p.s. here is the start of the playlist I mentioned 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Matsumoto Studio Giveaway

You know when you work with people who are just really cool? They're nice and reasonable and they get it. Their emails are thorough, sweet and sincere. Communicating with them is easy and enjoyable. This is Jes from Matsumoto Studio. I've been working with her for almost two years now. I haven't talked to her all 730 days of those years, but each day I do, I am happy. Her shop is lovely. It's filled with nice cards she has made with her sister, inspired by Hawaii. Today she is offering a giveaway for the three sets of cards pictured above: The Starfish Folded Notecards, The Shell Folded Notecards and The Wana Aloha Folded Notecards. I love the way they look. Enter below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

There's too much to say. Too many moments. Too many burdens you've taken away from me (except when I'm convinced picking up your clutter is a burden. In the grand scheme, it is not). I want to gush for ten pages, but really I want to say nothing and spend time with you. So I'm going to do that. I love you Scott. In this way that takes over my whole body when I think about you and makes me feel that I am positively the happiest I ever could be. I know I'd search forever if I hadn't already found you. 

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Here are some other love related things I love...

Love these Quotes:

"Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century." ~Mark Twain 

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." ~Paul McCartney

"Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…" ~E.E. Cummings

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."~Mary Oliver

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Paths and Providence

pc: Roxy

When watching the Olympics you can usually find me doing one of three things: cheering, crying or stretching. The athlete bios get me every time and I am often convinced that if I stretch enough that two years from now will be my time. Although, not really.

In 6th grade I was certain I would go to the Olympics if I practiced gymnastics every day for the next four years. In 7th grade I got caught cheating on a history test and lost all my after-school privileges. 

Sophomore year of high school I told my dad I was going to be a professional surfer. I remember that his reaction led me to believe he thought this was cute, but not practical. 

He was probably right, but my path needed to be followed. It was one that led me to telling him ten years later while he was putting chemicals in the spa that I would be leaving my predictable income and benefits behind to pursue surfing. 

You know I don't regret it, so I'm not going to explain to you all the reasons I don't.

I guess life is funny like that. I hate change and unpredictability, but sometimes I love what I can't control. The wind takes a leaf where it blows. 


“Here we are – despite the delays, the confusion, and the shadows en route – at last, or for the moment, where we always intended to be.” 
-Julie Glass, Three June


On a completely unrelated note, is anyone else really curious about the relationships between both the pairs skaters and ice dancers? How does that work? Are they dating? Interested in one another? Maybe it's none of my business. Let me rephrase that: of course it isn't, but I can't help hyper-fixating on this curious pairing of people. 

p.s. Watch out for Roxy athletes Torah Bright and Dara Howell. Also, our friend (and former Olympian) Todd Richards is one of the announcers for the snowboarding events. He's awsm and nice and funny and has always helped me with my dreams.
p.p.s. this video of Scott, ha. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

When my mom used to make baked potatoes for dinner I recall being the only one who ate the whole thing. Cleaning my plate has never been one of those things I struggle with (math, change, taking criticism, volunteering to be the designated driver, yes), but I am always hungry. Fortunately, in eating the skins of potatoes I was getting extra vitamins and fiber from my meal. Why do some recipes call for you to get rid of one of the healthiest parts of the vegetable? The skin has antioxidants in it! And vitamins! Not to mention, it's kind of a pain to take off. That's one reason this recipe is awesome (and easy). This is my adaptation of a few recipes for smashed potatoes I've tried from the Food Network

1 tablespoon sea salt, plus more for seasoning
1 1/2 pounds small mixed variety potatoes, cubed (some of mine were purple, hence the color) 
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 whole sprig rosemary, plus more for garnish
1-1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated 
Freshly ground black pepper

Add potatoes to a large pot and cover with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. In the meantime, add milk, butter, garlic, and rosemary sprig to a small saucepan and warm over low heat. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Use a potato masher or large fork to mash the potatoes. Remove the rosemary sprig from milk mixture and discard it. Add the hot milk to the mashed potatoes. Add the Parmesan cheese next. Mix to combine and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

{also pictured: baked tofu}
I like how these potatoes ended up being the same colors as a rosemary plant :)

Monday, February 10, 2014