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Yoga for Surfers and Choclo Partnership!

Choclo Partnership Announced!

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Please check out my friends over at The Choclo Project clothing company, which has selected me as their Ambassador, spreading my message of surfing wellness around the world!

Check out this vid clip to see what they’re all about! Choclo is even going to give away a few t-shirts to the first few of the YFS crew who sign up for their newsletter.

My friend Roland Wimbush, who founded the company, explains:

“This personality of the clothing comes from colours and shapes encountered on trips to South America and Indonesia; from the established artists we work with and from drawings by the kids we sponsor. Each of the garments in the range has a personal touch, coming from the creative hand of one of the children in our program. As an ethical brand we help out the children we meet when we travel to our favorite surf spots or yoga hangouts. Every time you purchase a Choclo product, 5% of sales go to support our sponsored orphanage.”

How cool is that?!

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How to Survive a Sting Ray Attack

stingray-3Have you ever had a run-in with a sting ray? If so, you know how agonizing the pain can be — and if not, I hope you won’t have that experience any time soon!

On my birthday, of all days, I had my first (and hopefully last!) sting from a sting ray.

Really, they should call it something other than a “sting”, which suggests a little discomfort, like you would get from a bee or a jelly fish.

A sting from a sting ray (as I found out) is far more excruciating than that!

But interestingly, the experience gave me a chance to really apply my lessons from yoga.

Yoga? And a sting ray? Click below to see how they are related!

Click here for a short video about my experience — and the surprising ways I dealt with the pain. Hint — it’s not what you think!

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Will Surf for Food

Okay, I’ll admit it: in the old days, I didn’t care what I was eating, as long as I didn’t gain weight! But when I started to make the connection between what I ate and how I felt, I began an intense study of nutrition which ultimately led me to becoming certified as a nutritionist and weight and lifestyle management coach — which turned out to be a perfect complement to my yoga training.

These days, I still eat what I like — but what I like is usually what makes me feel energized, healthy and satisfied!

The bottom line when it comes to choosing food that nourishes and sustains you is to figure out how that food personally affects you.

For example, I learned that — as much as I love it — whole wheat toast gives me indigestion. These days, I enjoy rice bread instead, and my digestive system — and my taste buds — are happy.

When it comes to a pre-surf meal, you want to make sure that you’ve got something that’s easily digestible and gives you sustained energy. This will take a little trial and error on your part. I learned (very quickly!) that surfing after eating Mexican food is not a good idea. Ditto for donuts. Think about it: you want something that will give you high quality nourishment so you can surf with sustained energy!

Here’s what I usually have before my morning surf.

power smoothie photoPeg’s Power Green Smoothie

· 2 scoops rice protein powder (that’s my personal preference — it’s free of artificial ingredients and sweeteners) or 1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt

· 1 cup fruit (try frozen berries for a thicker smoothie) or 2 pieces of fruit like a banana and an apple

· 2-3 leaves of romaine lettuce (for more fiber, minerals and vitamins)

· 1-2 stalks celery or 1/2 cucumber (good for your blood pressure)

· 1 cup water (or less if using yogurt)

· 2 or 3 ice cubes if desired

Blend it all up enjoy! This usually tides me over for a good one-two hour surf session.

On colder mornings, I love a bowl of hot cream of rice cereal. I can digest it better than oatmeal, but oatmeal is a great choice, too! Then I toss in some almond butter for healthy fat and some yogurt for my protein. Nice and simple and very filling.

I recently interviewed Dr. David L. Katz, MD of Yale University for an article I wrote for Clean Eating magazine. He says that it’s okay to work out on an empty stomach, but how well your body performs in the morning depends a lot on how well you ate the day before.

Some surfers (like Tom Carroll) prefer not eating at all before dawn patrol. This is actually a fine choice, if you’re someone who can just get up and go without eating. But, please keep in mind that this approach requires that you be very well-nourished on a regular basis. If you just had pizza and a beer the night before and then get up to surf the next morning, you won’t have any high-octane fuel in your tank. Instead, enjoy a satisfying meal like roasted chicken, baked potatoes and vegetables.

So fill up on natural, wholesome healthy food that you enjoy and make the connection between what you eat and how you feel. In time, you’ll begin to intuitively select those foods that truly nourish you mind, body and spirit!

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10 Things You Need to Know Before Doing Yoga

There are 10 things that you absolutely must know before you start doing yoga.

In fact — even if you have been doing yoga for a while, you should still find out.

I wish I had known these things when I started doing yoga about 10
years ago!

In my opinion, these are the things that make the difference
between having a positive experience in yoga or not.

Good for you to stay ahead of the crowd and get all the info you can.

Just in case you missed it, you can access “10 Things You Need to Know Before Doing Yoga ” right here!

Okay, that’s it for now!

Please let me if you have any questions at all — and hope to see
you in the lineup!


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How To Heal Surfing Injuries Faster

Not that I ever wipe out, mind you — but there are those among us who do get injured while surfing.  And of course, most of us deal with common aches and pains in our back, shoulders, neck, knees, hips and hamstrings.

Luckily, the Yoga for Surfers program helps eliminate and prevent those everyday aches and pains, but once in a while, we over do it and have to stay out of the water for a while.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you heal those injuries faster and get back in the water as soon as possible.

First, be sure you haven’t broken a bone or torn a muscle which might need surgery to repair.  Otherwise, a strain or pull is when the muscle tendon or ligament has been stretched beyond its normal capacity. Yoga can actually aggravate it.

How can you tell? Well, if a muscle feels tight and sore from overuse, then movement and stretching makes it feel better.

On the other hand, if you feel swelling, tenderness and it hurts like hell when you move it, then you’ve most likely got a strain or pull.
In this case, rest is what helps best. Some gentle stretching is fine, just to bring some circulation and healing nutrients to the injured area but avoid doing anything that causes pain.

A strain is not like a “sore” muscle that is fatigued or tight, so it’s not like you can “stretch it out” to make it feel better.

So what can you do to feel better?

  • Make sure to warm up before doing any activity. Do some walking and deep breathing just to get the blood moving.
  • Try ice or heat therapy. Different injuries (and different people!) respond better to one or the other. Warm moist compresses can bring blood to the area but can increase inflammation. Cold packs can reduce swelling and pain. Never put ice or heat directly on the skin! Use a thin towel or sheet for protection.
  • Visualize the area as getting healthy and strong. Let go of any frustration or anger directed at yourself, the injury, or your body. Those thoughts release negative chemicals that delay healing. Say and think the words “I’m healing” and you will!! I know it sounds corny, but it can’t hurt!
  • Work with a physical therapist to see if they suggest any recommended treatment such as ultrasound (can be very effective) therapeutic massage or specific exercises.

Once you’re on the mend, ease your way back in to doing more activity. The Yoga for Surfers program will help you stretch and strengthen all those areas that need special attention.

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If the Westuit Fits…

Well, it’s sad but true: the time has come for donning the wetsuit.

It’s been wonderful “trunkin’ it” all summer — but even at 61 degrees, I need a little neoprene between me and the water. Unfortunately, my good old full suit has seen better days and needs to be replaced.

But the thing is, it’s hard to find a good wetsuit that fits in all the right places.

For some reason, most of the women’s suits are too narrow in the shoulders and too wide in the hips. Hey, wetsuit manufacturers — we’re surfers, remember? Not couch potatoes. What about designing a women’s wetsuit with an athlete in mind, huh?

Geesh. If anyone knows where I can get a 4/3 full suit that’s made for a female surfer, please let me know! It’s starting to get cold out there!


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Searching for Man’s Land

Have you ever had one of those sessions where it seems like you’re paddling around in no-man’s land?

That’s what happened to me this afternoon.

And the thing is, it was 4-6′ and glassy — a perfect fall day in Southern California. I paddled out with David (James showed up later) but I could not track down the peak I was after. It looked like there was a nice left — but wait, there’s a right! — and I found myself chasing down those darn peaks without getting anything in return.

I was, indeed, in no-man’s land.

The good news is the swell is supposed to last for a couple more days. Hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll be right where I want to be: in man’s land.

Hope you are too.

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Surfing the Toilets

Yep, that’s right. We nicknamed one of our favorite breaks the “Toilets” because — well, they’re straight out from the port-o-lets on the beach.

And today, surfing the toilets was beautiful. I admit, it was sort of crowded — not a full-on Holiday Reversal (see previous post about that) but pretty darn near close.

The best part (aside from the the water being as warm as Hawaii) was that the waves were non-stop, perfect A frames. Plenty enough for everybody.

We all agreed that this has been an amazing summer of surf.

Hope it has been for you too!

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Holiday Reversal

I probably shouldn’t be telling you this, but David and I always look forward to the “Holiday Reversal”.

Simply put, this means that just when you think the crowds are going to be the absolute worst — Labor Day Weekend, Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc. — it turns out that everyone else has stayed home, probably because they think the beach is going to be too crowded.

It’s an amazing phenomenon.

Of course, there’s also the Double Reversal, which happens when people like us do flock to the beach, thinking it will be uncrowded because everyone else is staying home due to the holiday.

And naturally, there’s the Triple Reversal, which brings us full circle.

Today, smack in the middle of the Labor Day Weekend (which coincides with my very own birthday, by the way!) we did indeed enjoy the good old-fashioned Holiday Reversal.

We capped off our uncrowded session with another traditional holiday activity: shopping the sales. At our favorite surf shop (George’s DBC Ride Shop in San Clemente) I scored a great pair of sandals and a new (used) 6’0″ Bourton from Australia.

My new 6'0" Burton

My new 6'0

Happy Birthday, indeed!

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Red Bull

It’s funny, because I don’t even drink the stuff. (Trust me … you don’t want to see me on caffeine!)

But Red Bull is what I focus on what I’m paddling for a wave.

It all started when a surfing buddy of ours (not naming any names, Sean) commented on my laid-back paddling style. “Looks like Peg forgot her Red Bull,” he joked to my hubby David.

No wonder I was having trouble dropping into waves. My paddling power was fizzling right at the moment when I should have picked up the pace.

Now, our rally cry is “Red Bull — Red Bull!” whenever we want to cheer the other into a big wave.

I’m sure the other surfers in the lineup have no idea what we’re talking about…that is, until now!

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