It may be the end of Summer, but we've still got beach weather on the brain. And there's nothing we'd love more than to head to Hawaii and hang out on the sand and surf. Not only does surfing allow you the opportunity to catch some rays (with sufficient sunscreen, of course!) but the full-body workout you get also makes time in the waves even sweeter. Whether or not you have the opportunity to try surfing this season, each of these seven flicks offer fit beach-body inspiration.
Surfing is a total-body workout — and it can burn a whopping 396 calories in just one hour! A sport that is centered on you vs. the elements, surfing can be calming and relaxing or energize and excite you. It's also got a star following — while the gym is always a good workout, many celebrities will choose a surfboard over running on a treadmill any day of the week.
We recently showed you a supersweet, totally girlie first birthday bash, but this surf-inspired, all-blue, lil boy's birthday party is just as yummy. Photographer Ashley Rose created this brunch soiree for Crew's first birthday, and we're now loving the idea of a morning party.
With fun food stations like cereal and pancake bars (check out all the fun options and toppings!), and a cute drink area featuring chocolate milk shots for kiddos and mimosas for their chaperones, this party really has everything, in terms of both food and decor. Ombre, hand-painted place settings and cutlery, a kraft paper photo collage, and shark fin cake pops are all inspirational ideas, and if you need any other proof that this is one lucky 1-year-old, check out his new surfboard on the dessert bar; it was specially made for the birthday boy as a present from his mom and surf-loving dad. Keep reading for all the amazing details!
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The Summer is almost over, so now's the time for some last-chance beach trips. And hitting the sandy shore isn't just about catching up on your easy reading and getting a tan, it's also about scoping out the board-bound hotties! Whether they are wetsuit-clad or shirtless, amateur or pro, hot surfers are aplenty during the summertime months, so check 'em out while you can! And in case you're desk-bound or landlocked this beach season, we've handpicked some wet and wild surfer dudes to ogle!
If you're planning on surfing this Summer, there are ways to strengthen the muscles you'll need to paddle, maintain balance, and carve through waves before you even hit the beach. We caught up with Roxy pro surfers Jen Smith and Amy Murphree at the recent Roxy and Neutrogena Choose Skin Health Campaign surf camp to learn how they stay in world-class athletic shape. Here are Jen and Amy's tips on the sport-specific exercises that can help first-time surfers and experts alike be more successful — and have more fun! — on their boards:
- Yoga: Amy recommends regularly doing yoga to strengthen and lengthen your body, especially because flexibility helps ward off some of the muscle strain and soreness that wipeouts can cause. "I do Yoga For Surfers videos. It's Peggy Hall, it's one, two, and three, and the first one is basic; it's really easy, really entry level and good. The second one is definitely more challenging, but once you do it a few times it's easy, and the third one is really hard."
Read on for more tips from Amy and Jen.
While in LA for the world premiere of Nike's all-women surf film Leave a Message, I chatted it up with pro surfer Carissa Moore, one of the film's stars. With such a laid-back disposition and easy laugh, it's easy to forget that Carissa, 19, is a no-joke serious athlete and currently ranked the number one in the world of women's surfing.
Besides Carissa's obvious natural talent, I was curious at what takes someone from being great at surfing to being number one. Carissa's answer was similar to what you might expect from any great athlete: dedication, confidence, and hard work. Oh, and training — lots of training. For Carissa that means having a surf coach (her father) and a passion for fitness, "As I've gotten older, my body has changed tremendously. I have gained weight, lost weight. It wasn't enough to just surf," Carissa says. "I have a trainer now. I have a diet."
Depending on her competition schedule, Carissa works out with Hawaii-based trainer Lisa Stewart two to five times per week. When I spoke with Lisa, she told me that they focus on "cardiovascular training, corrective functional movements, core stabilization, and flexibility training." She went on to say that before Carissa started training, "her body was strong, but undefined and had many imbalances. With a lot of hard work and training, Carissa is on her way to becoming a specific athlete who is adaptable to any surfing condition."
While most of us aren't trying to get in shape for the pro surf circuit, we can still learn a lot from Carissa's training sessions with Lisa. Get the lowdown from Lisa on how to achieve a surfer girl beach body after the break!
Almost four months after the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach is this annual Surf City Surf Dog one in Huntington. The pups look rather advanced as they tackle some tricky waves but all stay safe in brightly colored vests with human spotters always present. This Boston's leap of faith makes me wonder if lil North could actually grasp the whole surfing concept . . . but then I remembered his fear of water. Oh well, pictures will have to be the closest I get to an actual competition.
See the pooches at play and lemme know if your pooches would ever take part and read more