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Shadow Boxing in the Lineup

Shadow Boxing in the Lineup – Guest post by Karren Knowlton   I feel their eyes glide over the curves of my body. Their gaze evaluative, hungry. I am being watched. My skin prickles with this knowledge every time they...

Why women need the support of men in the outdoors

Aspiring to be a strong female ski guide – This article took a long time to write. First started in 2016 and finished in 2017. I was scared to publish it.   ‘Girl. You’ve got to be better, faster, stronger, girl’ –...

Simple living is the hardest thing to do – Or is it?

Simple living in the mountains   Alone in a hand-built log cabin deep in the Canadian mountains, I’m sitting here pondering life.   It took a lot of effort to physically get here, and right now life is pretty sweet...

10 lessons to be learnt from Japanese culture

Opening my eyes to Japanese culture It’s been a great pleasure living in Japan the last three months. I have worked as a backcountry snowboard guide on the north island of Hokkaido (population 5.4 million). The Japanese...

Olympic Snowboarding Big Air – So hot right now

Snowboarding has always been a world of two halves: the competitive side fuelled by increasing rules and regulations, and the soul-searching freeride side, seen as art more than sport.   Never are these two sides more...

Don’t call me lucky. You make your own luck

You make your own luck One 12 hour flight. Two grueling 7 hour bus journeys. 3 countries and 2 continents later, here we are in the Andes! My face beams with excitement.   I write this with a bus window view that spans the...

Why you shouldn’t quit your job to travel the world

Don’t quit your job to travel the world – Guest post by Nina Ziezman from Shewhoadventures.com   It’s become a cliche of the 21st century, hasn’t it? Quitting your job to travel the world. From your local...

Don’t make these 6 mistakes when learning to surf

6 mistakes you will make learning to surf Learning to surf is tough. I read an article by the amazing Girl Surf Network recently that spoke about surfing being a 10 year sport. Yup. 10 years. That’s how long it could take...

Why every athlete should practice yoga

  Like most snowboarders, my body has taken a serious beating over the years. There have been times when I’ve fallen, convinced that something is broken, to just get up and keep on riding. I bend so I don’t break...

How does Bethany Hamilton surf with one arm?

  Bethany Hamilton just inspired the entire world. Her performance surfing at the Fiji Pro left everyone with mouths on the floor and nothing but wide eyes and praise for professional athlete, mother, wife and inspirational...

Tailgate Alaska – 10 must have survival items

Tailgate Alaska Survival It’s my first year at Tailgate Alaska, a 10-day winter festival in the parking lot at the top of Thompson Pass. Thompson Pass is the snowiest place in Alaska and the connecting roadway between...

When someone shows you who they, are believe them

  This is an unusual post. Not at all action sports related, but life lesson focused. It’s about wanting to let something go, hearing my friends beg me to spot what’s up, but not quite being able to see the light...

3 Mental Tricks to Overcome Fear

  99% of action sport athletes don’t know when to listen to their fear or work through it. In this article you’ll learn the how to take advantage of the 3 dimensions of the Performance Triad. We will identify the 7...

How to overcome fear after an injury

  In a second article by pro snowboarder Jussi Tarvainen on the topic of injury and recovery, we look at how fear can impact you . If you missed the first article 5 Reasons injury can be the best thing to happen, make sure...

5 Reasons injury can be the best thing to happen

  Did you just come out of an injury and now you’re second guessing yourself, overthinking and freezing up when trying to do old tricks?   Are you seriously underperforming and afraid to fall, make mistakes and get re...

Surf fitness and exercises with pro surfer Paige Hareb

  Paige Hareb is a professional surfer from New Zealand with an wicked sense of humour and envious, globe trotting lifestyle on all the best waves. We met through the Girl Surf Network and ran a small riot in Manly, during...

You have to fall to rise

  You don’t need a reason for everything you do in your life. Do it because you want to, do it because it’s fun…..do it because it makes you happy. – Guest post by Echo Giesel Widmer   I do not...

Surfing and Happiness – One wave is really all it takes

  At my home break on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, there’s a bright and beautiful surf group that meet every Friday at dawn. Fluro Friday: they wear bright, skin tight, patterned lycra and surf with ginormous smiles, wigs and...

What to pack in your backcountry snowmobile backpack?

What to pack for snowmobiling Professional snowmobiler Julie-Anne Chapman knows a thing or two about packing a backcountry bag. She takes us through what items she wouldn’t leave home without and makes some recommendations...

Your protein diet needs when training

Getting ready for winter involves a lot of training and strength work. You need to be ready for long days riding and more importantly, ensure your body is injury proof. I am even more focused and motivated to get strong for...

How to snowboard: 12 tips for beginners

So you want to learn how to snowboard?   Yes! I’m stoked for you! Learning how to snowboard should be really fun. It is just awesome and I’m personally ALL for introducing more people to my favourite thing in the...

5 Awesome things to spend all your tax return money on

  Yey. It’s tax return time!   I’m not having the best time at the moment. Life’s dishing out lemons and I’m just chucking them on the ground, staring blankly at the mess. Just this week I got an advertising...

Learning to Splitboard: 8 things I wish I had in my pack

  Learning to splitboard has been high on my to do list for quite sometime now. I have become increasingly adverse to crowds and lift lines in my old age! More and more I want to be alone in the mountains, to just get away...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Surf Bikinis

Surf Bikinis – What to look for   Close your eyes. Imagine warm water, glassy offshore head-high waves, deserted reef breaks… just you, your friends and your bikini. It’s that sensory freedom you look forward to...

7 Tips to Stay Motivated to Surf in Winter

How to stay motivated to surf in winter Winter is known for more consistent, larger swells, off-shore winds and a less crowded line-up. Three killer factors that should get you jumping out of bed in the morning and straight into...

What to look for when buying a surfboard

  Deciding to buy a new surfboard is both exciting and a bit overwhelming. I’ve ridden a lot of boards – most of them completely wrong for me – but some of them so well-suited that I could actually feel a shift in my surfing...

How to prepare for a long haul flight

Tips for a long haul flight   Like every other English chick living in Australia, we tend to fly home on the regular. Next week is my mum’s 60th birthday and two of my best friends are getting married. I personally...

Why You Should Travel To Feel Small

  People travel for all sorts of reasons. Whatever your motivation, there is often a mix of something pulling you into the unknown and pushing you away from home comforts. For me, that push comes from needing to escape...

6 Tips on Surfing in a Crowded Line Up…

  The Gold Coast, known as the Surfing Mecca of Australia, holds arguably some of the best surf spots on the East Coast. With 35 beaches, including a variety of both reef, point and beach breaks, there is always somewhere...

11 More Funny Signs From Japan Ski Resorts

Signs from Japan that make no sense! After the success of our previous post 17 Funny Signs From Japanese Ski Resorts, I received so many photos from ski resorts all over Japan that I had to do another post. So here are more...

Surfer Girl Style – Top 10 surf fashion staples

Surfer Girl style   There’s something about living in a beach town and the effortless chic of surfer girl style that’s hard to put your finger on. It’s more than the bare feet you’ll see at coffee shops. The floaty...

17 Funny signs From Japanese ski resorts

Japan is known for its amazing light, fluffy powder snow. But ask anyone who has done a trip there and no doubt they will crack-up reminiscing over the eloquent spelling and communication of: directions, commands, instructions...

10 Epic Reasons to Move to New Zealand

  Aotearoa- The land of the long white cloud; one of the remotest island on earth, so quirky that they even have their own official sign language. It is an island nestled deep in the South Pacific, right by in the...

That One Day: Surf, snowboard and skate in one day

Ever dreamed you could surf, snowboard and skate in one day?   We are only limited by our own imagination and where our priorities lie in life. There is a huge world out there with so much fun to be had and if you want to...

Kelly Slater Diet – Nutrition & sustainable living

Kelly Slater Diet – a key driver of his success?   At 42 years old and still dominating the World Surfing tour, Kelly remains an outspoken advocate for healthy eating, clean living and sustainable choices.  ...

The Science of Surfing and Happiness

  Surfing and Happiness – they are linked!   There is definitely something in the air   It is no secret that surfing makes us happy. An estimated 23 million people across the globe wouldn’t surf if it made us...

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