YOGA FOR BEGINNERS – NEW COURSE

2014-12-14


close your eyes & open your mind

start your 2015 with a dynamic and playful date with yourself once a week.
I am looking forward to the new yoga beginner course starting january 13th

& you.

follow the link for more info.

wearing surf leggings and shirt by one of my favourite indie surfwear brands
salt gypsy x rue stic

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1 % OF A CHANCE – SKATING IN THE DESERT RAIN

2014-12-11


longboarding brings skating brings happiness brings places and people. one of those amazing people I got to know through longboarding is Janine La Franca. Janine belongs to the fearless girls who go downhill without turning their hair. she's a ball of energy and no surprise she's ambassador of the longboard girls crew pushing girls into longboarding – the thing that changed her life. in the beginning of this year her passion brought her to Israel. and because guest posts are my favourite posts Janine is taking over.

Israel – surrounded by conflicts but never the less a home for countless nations and religions. not necessarily the number one travel destination for a lot of people. 
until some time ago I did not have any connection to this country or its inhabitants. not till my friends from LGC went there to make a longboard movie last year.


it surprised me in a way but at the same time it made me really curious. because even in the small world of longboarding, this fact lead to differences of opinion. but Israel means so much more then political and religious conflicts. even if they are part of Israeli life.
 then in January of this year I suddenly happened to get to know the Israeli hosts of my friends, that in the same time run a longboard company – Dasilva Boards.


we instantly clicked and after a short time an invitation to their home country followed. 
I decided shorthand that I would love to get this adventure started and to visit the foreign land. for preparation I read a magazine for political education about Israel from 1995 that my sister found while she was clearing up her stuff.

I wanted to stay unprejudiced and for that reason I did not collect further information besides the experiences of friends that went there and told me positive things throughout. 
shortly after my landing and several safety checks I got a sunny and warm welcome by Ben, one of the founders of Dasilva Boards. the adventure started wit a drive to Ben’s wonderful little country house in the middle of green fields and fragrant orange trees at about 30 minutes away from Tel Aviv.

we were expected by team rider and colleague Ido and a befriended artist that already did some designs for Dasilva Boards under the name Untay.


we spent the first evening very relaxed on the cozy couches on Ben’s terrace with pleasant summery temperatures – and that in march!
the next day I had the pleasure to swim in the Mediterranean sea and to relax in a hammock hanging in the beautiful garden of Ben's friends who live right at the beach front.
 here I learned about the generosity of Israelis and that togetherness and cohesion are really important for them.

they share what they have and the most important thing is that everyone has a good time!
 above that I learned that in Israel the Saturday is like our sunday and that sunday is the beginning of the new week.
 the upcoming days were lead by changeable weather – as did the natural spectacle that I had the chance to experience on our travels from Tel Aviv to the green and luscious North followed by the warm and dry South.
 In the North at the Lebanese boarder we found new longboard track and shortly tested them on damp ground. wonderfully curved and super fast roads in a dreamy surrounding. 


the landscape with its lush green reminded me more of the Black forest (Germany) then of the Mideast or even of the Mediterranean impression from the day before. the air was fresh, clear and cool, the view offered deep green valley and castle forts.

the next day that should already change drastically.
 we drove down south – into the middle of the Israeli desert – to skate the worlds biggest crater „Mitzpe Ramón“.



it was breathtaking! dunes and sandy rocks as far as you could see. gusts of wind that changed their direction after every corner and every downhill run we did. an experience with the power of nature far off from the waves of the ocean. to round off the spectacle the sun gave us wonderful light as a gift to die away the day. that day I fell in love with the desert...


the greatest thing was that we would soon come back here to celebrate the Purim-Fest. It is similar to the carnival we know but the costumes would be chosen more after characters from fairy tales and fantasies.

in the next days some city-tripping was on the list.  Tel-Aviv is an exciting city.  In every corner you can find fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and it smells after oriental spices everywhere.
there are second hand markets, groceries, handcrafted goodies and art all over the city. the inhabitants seem to be self-confident and strong and you find a peaceful togetherness of every skin color, culture and religion. you can easily wander through the allies on your own and find something new and different behind every angle. be it the giant city beach, the beautiful old city of Jaffa with its big arches and little hills and parks, the singing of the Moazin that calls out for the Muslim prayers and alternative quarters like Florentine with its nice bars and terraces. actually Florentine is only a street but all the way you can find cozy cafés run by alternative people having their very unique style. it is a beautiful place to get lost at night and to discover something new all the time. I got especially fascinated by the street art that you can discover also in other parts of Tel-Aviv besides Florentine. And even by getting lost on your own you will never stay alone for long – you meet nice travelers or curious locals that talk to you and like to make you have good times.


the next weekend we packed friends, food, tents, costumes and a big sound system and we started another trip into the desert. unbelievably this day was accompanied by an interplay of rain and sunshine. the result of that were giant, lucent rainbows in the middle of Israel’s desert. first I didn't believe my eyes and was pretty fascinated. and moreover the rain created little rivers on the dry desert ground. They ran through our campground under the tents and dried quickly after.


for the end of my trip we planned to spend a day in Jerusalem. the city is older then our calculation of times and truly had more influence on our daily life of today then any other city. mighty symbols of the most important religions, like mosques, abbeys and synagogues are built next to each other. the city is surrounded by a wall and is separated in a Jewish, Christian, Armenian and Muslim district. When you look down from the accessible rooftops of the city you can find catholic priests walking next to Muslims and orthodox Jews. it's a fascinating floating on the streets on which once Jesus walked. you can observe the wailing wall, that is right next to the temple and where religious Jews speak their wishes to while in the same time young soldiers bearing heavy weapons pass by and distract the view. a city full of contrast right next to each other.


it was an exciting last day in Israel. we enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere at the farewell-evening on Ben’s Terrace – in the middle of the fields covered in the beautiful fragrance of the orange flowers again.

I will remember this trip for a long time. the country and especially the people I met there will always be worth another trip.

thanks to longboarding for this wonderful experience.
open your eyes, mind, heart and soul.


photos by Tom Goldwasser, Ben Kaufman and Janine La Franca
 

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BEYOND THE SURFACE

2014-12-04



so true. so beautiful.

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ABOUT A MAGIC GIRL IN A MAGIC PLACE – SOPHIA METZLER

2014-11-28


this is Sophia. a girl that loves & lives for traveling. some of you who grew up near the mountains as well maybe know this feeling that let you intuitively identify your equals. be it through their shining eyes or their huge love of adventure. I've been pretty amazed once I stumbled upon Sophia's blog maybe you like because I knew that she is one of them right away.

besides presenting friday awesomeness picks and looking unbelievable sweet! on her outfit posts Sophia shares stories that happen close by the arctic circle. she's Iceland bound and fortunately she takes us with her every time when she heads to the island by taking many many pictures.

Sophia riffled through her photographies from Iceland to show us ...



… a place that felt energetic



… a place that paused you



… something you never can get enough of in Iceland



… a place you would like to stay forever or you would like to come back over and over again



… a moment that felt like a dream



… something funny that happened on your last journey



… something you would like to share with us


don't miss to follow Sophia on instagram if you'd like to see more of her freezing adventures and if you eventually want to know if  I prefer either cheese or bacon check this out on maybe you like.


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DEFINE + DESIGN

2014-11-20


tap into higher inspiration and create a strong visual identity.
join me for DEFINE + DESIGN and we gonna make the invisible visible.

a workshop series especially created for yoga teachers.


more info after the click

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TRICK OR TREAT with PLANET SURFCAMPS

2014-11-19


if my memory serves me right it was a quite fun night with eery people and an atm with psychic abilities.



places to have a great night out in Corralejo
"banana bar" for some warm up drinks with a view
"dr. drink" to shake ya booty
"waikiki" to shake ya booty more

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FUERTEVENTURA with PLANET SURFCAMPS

2014-11-10


at times when Vienna gets a little grumpy it has always been a good choice to jump on an airplane to follow the sun. coming back hardly ever felt so eased and trustful before. it might be because of the people I met and life plans that I got to know, that are at some point no plans at all. or maybe it was the fact that there was enough space to just be and the time that I had to question all the conditioning and ideas of a proper life that were even not mine.

but let's do some fun travel talk! my trip started with a stopover in Zurich where I stayed overnight at the airport. whenever your connecting flight departs the following day go and check sleeping in airports to find a cozy place for yourself. from Zurich it has been just four more hours to reach the Canary Island that promises 300 days of sunshine and consistent swell all year long. 

once I arrived in Fuerteventura I went up to the north of the island to Corralejo, the hometown of my home away from home: Planet Surfcamps. I watched beautiful sceneries passing by that changed from bleak landscapes with rising volcanos to endless white dunes all along the way accompanied by the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.


so much love at Punta Blanca

Playa del Cotillo

golden hour at the North Shore


after a warm welcome at the newly built surf house I headed out to explore Corralejo. omg, it's a longboarder's paradise! those streets down to the beach scream for miles of smiles while cruising. just consider to duck down to get your face out of the way of friendly waving palm leaves.
besides being a cool place for longboarding and going out at night Corralejo is a great homebase to check different surf spots with various beach and reef breaks around within a short time. Fuerteventura serves spots for all levels and you can be sure to be in good hands once you jump into the van that brings you preferably to Rocky Point, El Cotillo, to one of the spots at the North Shore or if you are lucky enough possibly even to the french bakery in Lajares on the way back. do yourself a favour and get a brownie in this hippie village, it's so good.


if you are into skating flat or dancing on your longboard you should check this parking area at the roundabout on the top of the mainstreet that leads down to the center. you gonna have fun.


things that are pretty much fun as well
playing ping-pong, jumping into the pool, cooking together with your roomies or having bbq at the surf house, challenging yourself on the indo board, doing yoga, playing Marco's drinking game, squeezing in a layday at flag beach, wandering through dunes, hiking up a volcano, taking a boat to Los Lobos or just enjoy doing sweet nothing at the roof terrace at night.


 and do remember this tower. it will lead you home in tipsy nights. 


some final personal questions to Fuerteventura
what are your favourite colours? brown, beige and turquoise.
do you have a favourite stone? volcanic rock! 
what do you crave for? playing with waves, watching the clouds passing by
and I like to party.

what's your favourite food?
paella, fish and papas arrugadas.
and what about your favourite animal? I love goats.


the pureness of the landscape gave me so much space and clarity that I can't imagine to not come back someday soon. in the end the moments that I remember the most are the ones about people, laughs and smiles.

thanks for having me


for harder facts please visit planetsurfcamps.com

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RUE STIIC x SALT GYPSY

2014-10-19


when two creative minds think alike it's banging! rue stiic and salt gypsy collaborated for the second time and they bring some earthy tones and metallic vibes onto our surf board. love love love this. so much.


be cool and get yours here.

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I'LL BE BRAVE

2014-10-06


there were three simple words written on a sheet of paper that I burnt in a ritual in a creek before it went down an icy river in the beginning of this year.

they said  I'll be brave.

so here I am... starting my first yoga class as a teacher today and out of sheer excitement feeling like an absolute yoga rookie that is eager to learn, to teach and to grow.

~ ~ ~

anyone who is interested in a teacher training in Vienna I can warmly recommend yogawege. many things that I have always felt but couldn't put into words got a name during the past year.

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LITTLE YOGA ROOM

2014-10-04


Vienna got a magic little yoga room. I am still delighted by the chance to create a design for this wonderful space.



enjoy yoga lessons that flow in the rhythm of yang and yin in accordance with the time of the day and get yourself a shiatsu treatment or thai nuad bodywork by two shining ladies: caro fassl & astrid felsenreich.

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SHE PROJECT – I LIKE THAT. WHAT IS IT?

2014-09-02


these australian girls took my heart by storm. be it their feminine and graceful designs of surf hardware or their embracement of pros, weekend warriors, stylish maestros and foamie fanatics, they make us gurfers feel special in the line up. I am sending love and a high five once around the world to she project.

 first things first, who is she project?
she project was conceived by myself and co-owner, Sarah, with the idea of producing, fun and fashionable yet performance driven surf hardware for the women's market, and also being discontent with the options for female surfers from the major surf hardware brands. I grew up on the Gold Coast and was a competitive surfer for a few years, I also spent time working for a global surfboard manufacturer selling surfboards and liaising with key retail accounts. it was this very hands on connection with surf hardware that I started to realise an evident gap in the market and knew myself and other girls would like to be able to show style and fashion in the water just as much as out. in the past, surf hardware has been very male driven and as a result the styles available are very masculine, we wanted to change that as well as get women thinking about their equipment to enhance their experience in the surf. 


how was it to start your own business?
when She Project was still just an idea over coffee, we knew it would be hard work, but we also knew there was a demand for funky surf products that we would prefer to use. my background is in marketing and graphic design, and my business partner has a sales and marketing background, so we work well together! I could have never expected how many challenges there would be along the way though. we knew we wanted She Project to be a business but also a platform for female surfers, a resource for blogs and info and a way for us to give back to the community around us through empowering others. the rest was not so glamourous, a lot of coffee and not a lot of sleep!

is there an idea she project is living by?
SHE is also an acronym for Surf, Humanitarian, Empowerment. we use these three pillars to influence any of our business decisions and initiatives. we are passionate about empowering women through surfing so any chance we get to help out charities or foundations we are all for it. we recently donated several sets of fins to an orphanage in Mexico called Mision Mexico, and have a great collaboration in the works there. surfing has given us friendships, connections and a place to connect with nature and forget about the troubles of the world, so if we can help give this experience to other people then we have done our job.


you also run the happy sea creatures project. please tell us more about it.
happy sea creatures is a simple concept, we wanted to limit any kind of materials that cause harm to our ocean... including all the nasty plastic wrap you typically see tailpads wrapped in. it seems crazy to make something that's meant to share the fun and happiness we get out of surfing and combine that with anything that could be negative for that environment. hence the happy sea creatures!


talking about sea creatures, what's your favourite one?
don't make me pick, argh all of them! I think I will always be in awe of dolphins, they are such intelligent creatures with such highly evolved communication.

if we would travel to Australia carrying our longboard under the arm what would be the most funny wave to ride?
well, I am a little biased towards my home break so I would have to say Greenmount which is part of the stretch of right-handers that form the "superbank" from Snapper Rocks to Kirra. Greenmount is generally a little gentler, less-crowded and perfect for a longboard. other than that you really can't beat the beautiful right hand point breaks of Noosa or Byron Bay. both beaches are apart of National Parks and the natural scenery is breaktaking. if you are lucky you can spot koalas on the walk around Noosa headland.


where do we get your pretty things?
at the moment in our online store, we have made sure to make freight overseas as cheap as possible for our non-Australian customers. we are experiencing organic growth and starting to get orders for surf shops. we would love to get our products over your side of the world! 


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