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Coco Ho X Pura Vida

December 23, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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We couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with one of surfing’s most talented, driven and youngest female pros, Coco Ho (@xococoho).

As the youngest woman to ever qualify for the World Tour at the age of 17, Coco Ho wants to motivate other girls to break through barriers and pursue their passions. Through her perseverance, hard work and courage, she’s not just an athlete, but a true inspiration.

Check out how Coco rocks her bracelets on the beaches in her hometown of Oahu, Hawaii.

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Shop the signature Coco Ho style pack now! >>

Photos:
Willie Kessel
@williekessel

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Lifestyle

All We Need is Sunshine and Surf

October 5, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Surf is always best served with a healthy dose of sunshine. Grab your bestie, your bracelets and head into the week by catching a few fun waves with us!

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Bracelets featured:
Silver Infinity Burgundy
Gold Circle Dark Grey
Silver Track Bead Seafoam
Beaded Blue
Platinum Blue

Models:
@maya.harrison (Bikini from @dakine)
@sydkay_ (Bikini from @jolynclothing)

Photos:
@sandiegophotographer
info@nathanpetty.com

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Inspiration

Top Surfer Girls to Follow on Instagram

September 1, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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We love and respect all those female surfers out there who are breaking barriers and crushing barrels all while staying beautiful on the inside and out. Follow our fave Instagram accounts for all the surfer girl inspiration you’ll ever need:

Alessa Quizon – @alessaquizon

beach vibin' ☀️ @billabongwomens #billabongsurfcapsule

A photo posted by Alessa Quizon (@alessaquizon) on

Laura Enever – @lauraenever

Travel

Learn How to Paddle like a Surf Pro

July 17, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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When in doubt, paddle out! We spent some time out of the water with Barefoot Surf Travel‘s expert surf guide, Franco Rivas (@pepes_world), so he could give us some tips on how to improve our paddling and become a better surfer. Check it out!

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1) Lay down on your board and make sure your body is centered. The nose of your board shouldn’t be too far out of the water or below the water either. Being in the right position on your board is important for paddling faster and more efficiently. 

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2) Keep your chest and head up while looking out towards the waves. You always want to be aware of what’s going on around you and keep an eye out for other surfers.

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3) Cup your hands like a spoon while you’re paddling, so you can really move through the water. 

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4) Starting from the nose of your board, pull one arm back towards your legs in a smooth, fluid motion through the water using your arm, shoulder and back muscles. Your arms should stay as close to the board as you possible to get the full range of motion and most power. Alternate this movement between each arm.

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Thanks to Franco Rivas(@pepes_world) and Barefoot Surf Travel for the photos and an unforgettable surf trip in Nicaragua.

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If you want learn more than just how to surf, but also how to read waves, get passed the break and to become an actual surfer, a week with Barefoot Surf Travel should be in your very near future!

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Lifestyle

5 Morning Surf Stretches

July 15, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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There’s nothing better than pairing your morning coffee with some morning waves. Before you head into the water, take a few minutes to stretch it out and prepare your body to hang 10 with these 5 morning surf stretches! Hold each stretch for 5-10 seconds and do as many rounds as you like.

1) Upward Dog

Get into a plank position with your hands in line with your shoulders and core tight. Lower your knees to the ground then your chest, while keeping your elbows tucked into your sides. Slowly lift your chest upwards. Don’t forget to spread your fingers wide and smile!

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2) Criss Cross

Sit with your legs straight in front of you. Cross your right leg over the left then touch your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. Remember to use your right arm to push into a position where your back is straight. Breathe into the twist and feel your core start to warm up! Switch legs.

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3) Shoulder Stretch

Stand tall and bring your right arm behind your head. Grab your right elbow with your left hand and slightly pull towards your head while your right arm pushes downward towards the floor. Switch. Feels good right?

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4) Heart Opener

You’re going to be doing a lot of paddling, so it’s important to stretch out your chest prior to. Interlock both hands behind your head then slowly push your chest out and shoulders back. Take a few deep breathes in this pose and feel awesome!

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5) Touch Your Toes

Stand with your legs wide and bend forward while keeping your back and legs as straight as possible. Touch your right arm to the outside of your left foot. If you’re more advanced, you can raise your left arm to the sky in line with your right arm to really open your chest and stretch out your core (pretend there’s a long stick behind your head going from your right hand to your left).

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Time to surf!

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Thanks to the beautiful Valerie Boileau (@valboileau) and Barefoot Surf Travel for the photos and unforgettable surf trip in Nicaragua.

If you want learn more than just how to surf, but also how to read waves, get passed the break and to become an actual surfer, a week with Barefoot Surf Travel should be in your very near future!

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Travel

Destination: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

July 12, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Cool breeze, palm trees and waves for days. If you ever wanted to visit a surfer’s paradise, then book your next trip to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.

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This laid back Central American town is full of vibrant culture, delicious local cuisine and tropical sunsets you’ll definitely want to share on Instagram. As a popular tourist spot, there’s always something to do: shop at the local markets, play beach volleyball under the sun, catch some waves at the nearby breaks OR just take a nap in a hammock all day.

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If you’re looking for a more relaxing evening, you can always watch the sunset over the bay as you sip on an ice cold Toña from one of the many restaurants that line the entire beach.

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Just outside San Juan Del Sur sit beautiful, almost deserted beaches with cute oceanside eateries where you can grab fresh fish tacos and papaya pineapple smoothies while you watch the waves. Don’t forget to roam the shore for beach treasures!

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Need some help planning your next Nica vacay?

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Spend a week with Barefoot Surf Travel surfing some of the best breaks with local guides. Their trips include accommodations, breakfast, surf theory classes, transportation to/from only the best beaches around Nicaragua and most importantly, daily instruction from the raddest surf guides EVER. If you want learn more than just how to surf, but also how to read waves, get passed the break and to become an actual surfer, a week with Barefoot Surf Travel should be in your very near future!

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