GOLDEN RIDE – NEW ISSUE, NEW LOOK

2014-04-22


what a nice hanging out. just me, my hammock and the magazine that I just crowned to be the most beautiful and adventurous all girls boardsports magazine I know. golden ride got a relaunch and it suits it so well! past whales wearing hats, indie bikini brands, intense playground workouts and an awareness-raising story about our consumer behaviour this issue takes us straight to the ocean. with its step off the beaten track the magazine has grown and gained depth and I am super happy to be a part of it with my contribution about the "art of attention".

here's a little preview of the world of packed backpacks, cut-off shorts and fully scrawled over travel diaries.


Anita Fuchs, Nathalie Gandrille and Kristian Kimmel, this whohooo is for you: whohooo! and no, the first picture was not taken on a trousers-free-sunday. since Bali I don't care about days and trousers anymore.

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GOOD MORNINGS

2014-04-16


mornings - krista marie starr ~ yoga teacher from Viktor Cahoj on Vimeo.

the morning is an innocent time of the day. small rituals might help to focus and center ourselves so the rest of our life is gonna be big, I mean even bigger.

"mornings" is a short film series looking at morning rituals. 
how do your rituals look like?

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ENJOY YOUR MAGIC CARPET RIDE

2014-04-15


in my understanding you don't need the best and most expensive yoga mat from the beginning. the best mat doesn't make you the best yogi. however it should be non-slip, comfortable and eco friendly and it should come in a colour that makes you feel energized and sturdy. 


at this moment I can't imagine happier mats than the magic carpet yoga mats. all designs are hand drawn by Sophie Leininger. they are non-toxic, phtalate-free and sustainably printed in California. check them beauties out and enjoy the magic ride.

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PATAGONIA – DO MORE WITH LESS

2014-04-13


tasting the sky and sending a deeply rooted high 5 to patagonia for this kewl tie-dye shirt from their summer 2014 yoga collection.

it's not just juicy and comfortable but environmentally conscious as well. check out patagonia's ambassadors enjoying some of the most beautiful places and reimagine a world where we take only what nature can replace.

thanks a lot, like a lot!

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BE LIKE THE TREES

2014-02-24


stand tall and proud
inhale, exhale
remember your roots
drink plenty of water
enjoy the view

artwork by müge yilmaz

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GET SHRED READY WITH ANNA LANGER

2014-02-21

yoga is one of the best means to get your body, mind and soul ready for the mountains.

the various strengthening and lengthening exercises don’t only prepares bones and muscles for the action up hill, but also trains the mind to focus, balance, and stay calm in all situations. and since everything just flows that little bit smoother with proper inspiration, this whole sequence was shot in front of the perfect winter backdrop in a little Bavarian forest to add some external motivation.

with a bit of yoga experience you can obviously try some of the poses on your next walk or in your favourite nature spot just make sure you have tried them before and are absolutely confident with their execution as we will not take any liability for any mishaps!


 
start standing in Tadasana with your feet hip-width apart, outer sides of feet parallel to the sides of your mat. have the knees slightly bent and your pelvis upright (tailbone slightly tucked without losing the curve in the lower back). open your arms and palms towards the sky and charge yourself up with nature's energy in Prana Mudra. Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths here to center yourself and ignite the practice. 


eyes still closed, swipe your arms up until palms meet and cross all fingers except index fingers and thumbs for the centering Sampurna Mudra. exhale lower your hands exhaling through the midline and bring them in front of your heart. repeat as many times as you like – or until you feel really focused and centered.

Uttanasana

exhale, bend your knees and bow forward for Uttanasana. bend knees so much (or little) that your finger tips reach the ground. inhale lengthen your spine (and bend knees more if you have to), exhale round and bow again. repeat 3 times. add a couple rounds of Sun Salutations to get the energy moving and the muscles warmed up. You can use any variation / style that you know or like. if youre not familiar with any yet, there is a bunch of video tutorials on YouTube.

Utkatasana

continue from Uttanasana by rotating your hands so palms face forward and thumbs out to the sides. Exhale, bend your knees and sit back until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor and you can still see your big toes (if not, carefully bring your weight more to your heels until you can). inhale and sweep your arms up for Utkatasana, palms facing each other. make sure your knees dont drop in to the middle but keep them pointing in the same direction as your toes. This is a great pose to strengthen your thighs, insides of the thighs and the knees! before staying, well add a little dynamic flow to get in the right energy. exhale bow forward again and straighten legs for Uttanasana, inhale sit back and sweep arms up again. repeat a couple of times, then stay with your arms overhead when exhaling. play with the alignment of your pelvis to make sure your lower back is neither hollow nor flat but in a smooth, long curve. breath deeply and evenly through your nose. after 6 to12 breaths, exhale and bend forward, straighten your legs, grab hold of opposite elbows and swing your upper body from side to side for a couple of breaths.

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SEE YOU IN THE WOODS

2014-02-18


girl and boy scouts, maybe you remember the "we wood" call for entries a year ago. finally it's getting on, scout promise.

never stop wondering.
never stop wandering.

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O'NEILL NEBELHORN CLASSICS // CANCELLED

2014-02-06


for quite some time I want to try split boarding and finally it's happening! join the o'neill nebelhorn classics freeride festival for freeride coachings, many great workshops and contests.

this one's for all backcountry fans that are interested in a responsible-minded interaction with nature and adventure and who love drawing lines into untouched snow.

february 20th – 23th
nebelhorn, oberstdorf 

due to bad snow conditions in the back country the event was cancelled yesterday.

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THE ACID

2014-02-05


The Acid: Basic Instinct on Nowness.com

the acid is a project by ry x and ry x is cool.

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YOGA CONFERENCE WELS

2014-02-04


I am still suffering from a muscle hangover and a light heart from this weekend's yoga conference in Wels. when I know one thing that is important to me it is to never forget to play. whether it's in my creativity or in handling situations in everyday life. the same is true of yoga. as soon as I get too serious about the asanas, the breathing or the studying for my teacher training I'm stuck.

teachers like alexandra harfield, daniel scott or the kim brothers showed me how good it is to bring your own creativity, humour and a playful approach to yoga. thank you for demonstrating that yoga is not a rigid system.

love is patient. love is kind.

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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME

2014-01-30


you can find it anywhere.
last weekend I found it in Munich. thank you for having me.

there was a big response to an article I shared on facebook. every girl with itchy feet should read it. don't date a girl who travels vs. date a girl who travels. enjoy reading.

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IT'S ALWAYS SUMMER SOMEWHERE – SURF WITH AMIGAS

2014-01-28

 

winter is picking up pace slowly in Austria. not so in Nicaragua and at other exotic locations where surf with amigas runs its surf & yoga adventure retreats. give yourself a super natural treat between warm waves, volcano hikes and restorative yoga sessions and even get your gallop on. Holly Beck, a professional surfer, and her team will make your trip both challenging your body and inspiring your mind. and as traveling always comes along with acting in a responsible way towards nature and locals you can do your bit to a better world while your stay.



what is waiting for us at a surf with amigas surf & yoga retreat?
hot weather, warm water, new friends, and lots of adventures. we like to keep a loose schedule and plan activities around the best waves and the desires of the individual group. you will have plenty of solo time if you like, but most people find the group environment to be super supportive, healing, and hilariously tons of fun. it all starts with surfing, then eating awesome food, then a restorative yoga session, then an awesome afternoon activity – more surfing, or horseback riding on the beach, volcano hiking, volunteering with local kids, sunset cocktails with a gorgeous view. we film every session and go over the footage to help you improve your surfing.


is there something we need to bring?
the most important things to bring are a positive attitude and an adventurous spirit. of course, sunscreen, a bikini that stays on (so you won't have to worry about it while you're surfing), a pair of jeans for horseback riding, and sturdy shoes for volcano hiking are also important.

besides surfing and yoga we can also give back with surf with amigas. please tell us about waves of hope.
surf with amigas has partnered with the non-profit waves of hope at our northern nicaragua location. waves of hope is dedicated to improving the lives of community members primarily through education. we're really excited about the new high school that we've built which will open in february 2014. it's a great way to get to know the local community and feel like you've made a little difference in the world.

is there any more else that's coming up in 2014?
in 2014 we are adding costa rica to our list of destinations, something we're really excited about. we have a lot ladies who have been on 2, 3 and even 4 retreats with us so we are always looking for awesome new locations so that returning amigas can see somewhere new. we're hoping to add mexico to the list for 2015.


nicaragua is ... our home base. we stay at an eco-resort with amazing food, incredible people, and two good waves within walking distance that are really uncrowded. it's great for surfers of all levels and particularly ladies who have never surfed before. we love pushing ladies into their very first wave and helping them reach their goals in the water.

el salvador is … for hard-core surfers or ladies who want to become hard-core surfers. we surf surf surf, mostly at the right point right out front. if the swell is big we can drive around and explore a few secret spots that we've found over the years. it's a great place for taking your surfing to the next level in a supportive environment.

costa rica is ... our newest destination that we will kick off in april 2014. if you like long lefts, this is the spot! like el salvador, some prior surfing experience is required. we'll be surfing the world class wave of Pavones but also some less-crowded secret spots within walking distance of where we'll stay. plenty of jungle hikes will go down!

phillipines are ...
intensely beautiful. it's a bit of a mission to get there (at least from the US) but well worth it. crystal clear water, rainbow fish covered reef, and really fun waves. this retreat is best for advanced beginner and intermediate surfers since we'll be surfing over reef, but every session will be by boat and an adventure in itself. we'll check out waterfalls, go snorkeling, and even ride water buffalos!

if you are keen on a dry run and a bit of mental training make sure you don't miss Holly's great how to videos. they are not just informative but fun as hell as well.

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BALI - WAITING FOR THEM WAVES

2014-01-20


 super duper surf leggings by O'Neill



photos by Anita Fuchs

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IT'S ALWAYS SUMMER SOMEWHERE – SURF SISTAS

2014-01-17


being back in Vienna I am missing the good girls sessions we had. the good thing is: after the trip is before the trip and that's why I start a small surf & yoga series presenting some of the brightest surf & yoga retreats between the pacific and the indian ocean. and don't worry if you are considering to go alone. going to a camp on my own some years ago was the best thing I could do. since then we chase together places.

known as shameless followers of the sun surf sistas are offering surf & yoga retreats at the most playful destinations you can imagine. swap this crazy winter weather for endless sunshine and cheeky waves instead and let the good times roll among like-minded girls.


what is waiting for us at a surf sistas' surf & yoga retreats?
a very warm welcome; real progress with your surfing – whether you are learning for the first time or building on existing skills; time to recharge & connect with the ocean and yourself; amazing memories made with new friends; and just a really fun experience with lots of laughter! we have lots of trips to choose from; surf & yoga retreats, island hopping surfaris, surf road trips, cycle surfaris, weekends and courses. All of our trips include full daily surf coaching with our experienced instructors, we have lots of regulars who have surfed all over the world with us and we are stoked to become part of your surf journey.  


is there something we need to bring?
swimwear, comfy clothing for yoga, beach towel, sun block, and a smile ... if you are joining us in Portugal, France, Morocco or the UK you will need a wetsuit but we can provide one if you don't have your own.

what's coming up in 2014?
we're really excited about 2014, first up we have our surf road trips and surf & yoga retreats in Costa Rica, then we are headed to Bali for our island surf & yoga surfari. 
we are shameless followers of summer so as soon as it shows its face in Europe we will be back in the UK with a full schedule of surf weekends, retreats and courses in Cornwall and Wales. we also have surf & yoga retreats in France and Portugal from September through to november, the perfect escape from the onset of colder autumn days in Northern Europe. plus a cheeky return to Bali in October for another island surfari.

we have a new online surf sistas boutique and we have some new products up our sleeves for that which we hope everyone will love. plus new for summer 2014 we will be running SUP sista days and weekends on the South Coast in the UK.



Bali is ... turquoise seas, perfect waves, white sand beaches & coral hearts, temples, offerings, chatting in the shade of the warung, being in the right place on the right tide, stories about sharks that turn out to be rocks or dugongs, boat rides, snorkel trips, bintang o'clock, nasi goreng. 

Cornwall is…  home sweet home! white to green week, road trips, friendly beach breaks, cool coffee shops, post surf cornish pasties.

Wales is... Gwen's home, hiking over the dunes, blue skies, getting lost along country lanes, the best accent, pubs, long beach walks, camping, singing songs! 

Costa Rica is... hammock time! waking to howler monkeys, surfing glassy perfection at dawn, avocados, more hammock time, scorchio days, reggae nights, turtles, and 'going to sunset'. 

France is... sand dunes, barrels and baguettes, messing about by the pool, SUPing on the lake, the glamour of Biarritz, the cool of Hossegor, the best ice-cream, and cycling in the pine forests.

Portugal is...
Sangria!  oh and lush uncrowded breaks (we don't go peak season!), fresh air, fresh fish, gorgeous white washed villas, tranquil Yoga sessions, the tinkle of cowbells.


if you like surf sista's pictures as much as I do don't miss to visit kate czucszman's page.

oh, and surf sistas are running a fabulous contest on instagram for anyone sending them a #surfsistagram. check out all the details and prizes here.


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BALI – OUR HOME SPOT

2014-01-14


spots with old men in it are my favourite ones. old men are kind, they have a nice style on their longboards and the fact that they are in the water means that the waves are smooth. that's totally my thing. like here at "old man's" in Canggu.

photos by anita fuchs and kristian kimmel

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BALI – AND NOT A SINGLE STEP FURTHER

2014-01-13


Bali, the island of the gods. Bali, the place everybody learns to surf.
Bali, the ballermann of the ozzies.

I didn't know what to expect. I just knew that I had two missions. the first mission was to improve my surfing and way more important to just have a good time together with the girls in the water. that last part took care for itself. especially when you imagine one of them having a great predeliction for little mermaid songs. she loves to sing in the line up.

my second mission was to get to know the yoga side of the island.

so I packed my bags, varnished my nails with an empowering ornamental painting and my tattoo close to my heart got warm. barefoot, during late moped rides and on baby waves I finally got to know my own truth of Bali and I took it with me to share some pieces with you.


one early morning I passed this friendly lady. she made a ceremony at the beach in Balian. the small green dishes made out of palm leaves are offerings to the gods, demons or the ancestors. believe it or not ... it's magic.


you can watch ceremonies nearly everywhere. like here at the beach in Pasut.


on my way to the yogabarn in Ubud I came along a splendid temple.


aaah, a ceremony. even cars get a ceremony. I love that. in this way the car gets a soul and will protect you from bad accidents. it's magic... it just doesn't always work.


watch out for this little girl if you are in Balangan. she is cute!


this was on my last day when Bali belly and me went to Uluwatu. here's a crazy video of the entrance to this famous spot.

things I've learned
either you catch the wave or the wave catches you
it's always better to talk shit in the water than outside of the water
I need to paddle like a man
and our all time favourite  
don't worry be sexy

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THE WANDERERS

2013-12-29



since I'm back from Bali I'm sick and I wake up way too early every morning. I got used to welcome the new day in the silent dark and it was that time of the day when I found a project called the wanderers by infinite satori.

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ARTFLAKES – GIFTS & GOODS

2013-11-27


I loved to design this flyer for the art flakes design market that will take place this saturday at burnlab vienna. come down and bring your money honey. it's one of the very last chances to get a secret smile surprise bag.


it's a snowball not a potato.

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ART OF ATTENTION

2013-11-19


it got a bit quiet in the last time which is down to the fact that I stand at the beginning of a journey called yoga. once a week I leave my yoga teacher training energized and I would simply love to share my experiences with you but at this point I wouldn't know where to start. I guess it will take some time till I'll be able to structure my newly found knowledge and put it into useful words.

but what I am totally able to do is to introduce a yoga book that mesmerized me due to its beautiful design and images at first. art of attention is both a systematic study guide and a work of art by anusara yoga teacher elena brower and yoga teacher and graphic designer erica jago. this book was designed to inspire your practice, contemplation and creativity.

we become whatever we draw our attention to.

Art of Attention from Michael Chichi on Vimeo.


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HI OCEAN LOVING GIRLS. I LIKE THAT. WHAT IS IT?

2013-11-06


changing your bikini or wetsuit never looked better. hi ocean loving girls bring bright and cuddly capes that make you feel good after a long and exciting surf. the first feelgoodcape arouse out of sister love between the two founders Linda and Franzi from Stuttgart. one christmas Linda, the designer of the brand, created a cape as a present for her sister Franzi who surfs a lot in cold europe. I guess this must be true love and is just a little part of their story that began on a surftrip in 2011.


Linda, what do you love about the ocean?
I love the vastness and the feeling of freedom. whenever I am at the ocean everything's alright. problems of everyday life and stress feel far away and I just enjoy being in the water and having fun.

please describe your perfect surf before you snuggle down in your feelgoodcape.
first I strike out with my girls to see which spot runs best. on some days it's even not about super perfect waves to call it the perfect surf. that's when I just enjoy hanging out with my friends in the line up. we whoop each other and that pushes ourselves even more. and I love sunset surfs.
after a long surf nothing feels better than cuddling in a feelgoodcape. there's no jittering while changing clothes and no flattering towel. you just slip your cape on, put on the hood and no wind will come in anymore. afterwards I often take the cape down to the beach and use it as a beach towel.

what do you believe in?
everything in life happens for a reason altough it sometimes might not feel easy in the beginning it's mostly the right thing for you in the end. "you never know, unless you go".



hi ocean loving girls is for you ocean loving girls. so go and visit their website to see more of their collection that ranges from clothing to accessories to sweet matching fins bags.

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