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  • SURF 4 KATIE // SURF CONTEST FUNDRAISER

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    SURF 4 KATIE // SURF CONTEST FUNDRAISER FOR ADDISION'S DISEASE

    Katie Berry is a young surfer from Huntington Beach.  She has been surfing since she was a little girl and was on the surf team at Huntington Beach High School.  After she graduated high school, she attended SFSU but later had to move home due to her sickness.  She continued school from home, but on January 4, 2016 around 6:30 AM, Katie had a heart attack due to Addison’s disease.  This attack almost caused her to lose her life, but Katie is a strong fighter.  She is unable to do the same everyday activities, but she has made tremendous progress and is still making improvements every day.  Katie is an inspiration and living miracle.  Join yur gurlz from JOLYN HQ out surfing in solidarity for our fellow water sister to help Katie and the Berry family on life’s journey!

    Join Katie and the Berry family on March 4th by joining us as we all come together at a family hosted surf contest to help pay for her treatment!

    For more INFORMATION and to SIGN UP go to: http://surf4katie.org/

     

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  • Meet Mother, Fitness Model & Open Water Swimmer: Micha Shaw

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    Name: Micha Shaw
    Instagram: @michashaw
    Brief description of yourself:  I’m a mom and sports model living in Huntington Beach. My pre-baby days were spent competing in Open Water swimming and Lifesaving competitions. I trained for the 2008 and briefly for the 2012 Olympics in the 10K Open Water event. I swam at Cal (GO BEARS!). I grew up all over the place…Washington, England, South Africa, but I consider myself an Alaskan at heart. That’s where I spent most of my time growing up. 
      
    What is your favorite dryland workout?  My favorite dryland workouts are yoga, boxing, hiking. Probably my most favorite workout would be when my husband and I work out together in our  garage or at the beach. I love box jumps, pull-ups and the TRX. If we are at the beach, I like to add sand sprints to really torture myself!

     

    What is your favorite water work out?  Ocean swims and surfing in warm water. Swimming anytime. Honestly, now as a mom I find it hard to be consistent with one particular workout. Anytime I can get out of the house by myself, it’s usually for a workout. I dream of one day joining a masters team, and being the overly competitive old chick that tries to keep up with the young kids. 

     

    Describe your dream day at the beach: My dream day at the beach would include my best girl friends, we would body surf, surf, paddle and swim until the only thing we have energy for is lifting a nacho to our mouth and holding onto an ice cold bud light. I imagine this would take place in Sayulita.
    What activities do you do in JOLYN? Play in the sand with my kids, swim, paddle, surf…I once did a crossfit competition in JOLYN!
    Favorite JOLYN color: Cabernet
    Favorite JOLYN style and why: Softy bottom, if I had to choose just one. But I’m pretty sure I never met a JOLYN I didn’t like ;)
    If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be: Since bringing my family is not in their best interest…I would bring a bikini, Sunblock and a giant jar of peanut butter

     

    What's your favorite beach that you've been to and what beach is on your list to go to?  Dream Beach, Lembongan Island. Noosa Heads, any beach off the Great Ocean Road, Australia. All the beaches in Bali. I got married in Changuu, Bali in 2009. Currently on my travel list is Sayulita, Sri Lanka (swimming with Blue Whales!!), and Turks and Caicos…which I will be traveling to in 32 days with my husband, but who’s counting?
    Who is your favorite athlete? One of my best friends, Natalie Coughlin, who showed me what it means to be a true bad ass. 
    What are 3 things on your bucket list: Swim with blue whales, travel to Morocco, drive across country in a custom airstream

     

    If you were 60 years old, what would you tell your children: Always choose love. Regret nothing. Travel as much as possible.
    What would we find in your refrigerator right now: Salsa, eggs, peanut butter, blueberries and some forgotten leftovers!
    If you had to be an animal, what would you be and why:  A Dolphin, so I could know what it's like to be fearless in the waves.
    What would you spend your last $10 on: Coffee, chips and salsa and a lottery ticket.

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  • MOTIVATIONAL MONDAYS // JULIANA BAHR-THOMSON

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    Motivational Mondays // Juliana Bahr-Thomson

    If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be:
    Coconut water, underwater camera and surfboard

    What's your favorite beach that you have been to:
    I have had the pleasure of paddling almost the entire east coast of Australia, to choose a favorite beach is one of the most difficult questions. But I’d have to say the points of Noosa and the National Park is my favorite other salty home.

    What beach is on your list to go to:
    I dream of going to Morocco, Taiwan and the Greek Islands to explore their coast lines and culture.

    Who is your favorite athlete:

    I have a lot of athletes I look up to but Siri Linley, Laura Bennett and Rebekah Keat are my fav. They have all been personal mentors for me at some point during my triathlon career.

    -What are 3 things on your bucket list: Simply to travel and discover new cultures, I have quite a list of places i'm still yet to
    visit.

    If you were 60 years old, what would you tell your children:
    Enjoy every day, you work your entire life you may as well love what you do. Chase good times not money and things.

    What is the craziest thing you have ever done:
    Probably paddling a board out as sea for 43 days, 202 hours and covering 1000km from Newcastle to Noosa.

    What's your favorite JOLYN color:

    I love the smokey grey color, I have a bikini top in it!

    -What's your favorite JOLYN style and why:

    I really like the 1 piece swimmers, they are a great cut and the subtle detail with the back
    straps as well as the side panels amazes me!

    What motivates you:

    Others stories of adversity and how they overcame obstacles, seeing people push limits and reading autobiographies of successful people.

    If you had to be an animal, what would you be and why:

    I’d be a Macaw parrot, I’ve always loved birds and I’m all about color!

    What activities do you do in JOLYN:

    I actually wear them as my work lifeguard uniform, I also train in my JOLYN 1 pieces and board paddle and surf in my 2 pieces.

    What's the most inspiring race you've ever seen:

    I think some of the best races that have inspired me have been the 1989 Ironman Triathlon world championship battle between Dave Scott and Mark Allen, and then again in 2010 with a very similar finish taking place between Chris McCormack and Raelert.

    How do you like to cross train? or What is your favorite cross training activity:

    I absolutely love running, only issue is I’m recovering from a major ankle surgery so I haven’t run properly in 1.5 years and I’m just relearning to jog and run all over again now.

    What book would you recommend to our readers:

    The 5 love languages, it is something everyone in life should read. It is such a great book and helps you reconnect with friends, family, work colleagues and partners on a much better level.

    What inspires you:

    Books, I love reading so much. I have my particular themes I stick by and I get so much out of reading and being able to relate to them.

    What is something that nobody knows about you:

    I get really shy so I’m not overly social and I keep to myself

    What would you spend your last $10 on:

    Maybe a sharpie pen and a coffee so I could sit in a café and sketch.

    What is your signature dish in the kitchen:

    My giant salad which is a mix of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.

    What is your favorite workout or gym exercise:

    TRX it’s a very versatile training tool and I make it a lot of fun not always taking things too seriously.

    What is your favorite holiday destination:

    California, I have spent a lot of time there over the years and I truly love it there, but I honestly have so many favourite places. Hawaii, Thailand, Caribbean, Singapore,
    Germany, Switzerland and Fort De France have all been amazing places to visit. I have too many favorites!

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  • JoPro // Charger - The Best Office in the World

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    JoPro / Charger: The Best Office in the World

     My passion for paddling and the ocean exponentially grew when I became a beach lifeguard five years ago here in my hometown of Coronado, California.   My job as a lifeguard has defined me over these years and I wouldn’t choose any other office over the beach.

     Lifeguarding is an extremely rewarding profession, as you go home many nights knowing that you saved someone’s life. It is a pretty incredible feeling, and makes me remember the significance of this job position. Lifeguarding has become a perfect way to apply all my years of swimming and maintaining a high level of fitness.   On a rescue, the physical training is extremely important as you are giving everything you have to get to your victim. This includes high standards in running, swimming, and paddling. We are encouraged to workout during our breaks each shift, and I always take advantage of this time.

     Lifeguarding is more than just fitness though, and I have had to learn skills in communication, first aid, and rescue recognition. Most of our rescues occur because of large surf and the formation of rip currents which will suck someone right out to sea. Most people who are visiting are uneducated about rip currents and thus try to swim directly against the rip which is difficult even for the best swimmers. The swimmer tends to panic as they are not gaining any progress toward shore, and this is where our job comes in. We have to be able to spot these occurrences when someone is in trouble, and then are able to use our physical skills to make an actual rescue. Teamwork and communication are also vital to the job as the lifeguards at my beach work as one unit, and we always have each others’ backs. The Coronado Beach Lifeguard Agency is like a family as we have built relationships through the hours we spend at the beach together and the calls that come down to life or death.

     Lifeguarding has also brought many opportunities for me as an athlete. Lifeguards are able to compete in competitions here in California and throughout the world against other lifeguards and lifesavers. We compete in skills we utilize in our job such as swimming, running, paddling, and rescue simulations with a tube and board. Just a few weeks ago I was honored to travel to the Netherlands and represent United States Lifeguards in the World Lifesaving Championships. This was an incredible experience getting to meet people from all around the world who share similar passion in the ocean and helping others.   Our team competed extremely well and several members made the podium.

     I have the best job in the world! It really doesn’t get any better.

     Of course I am always sporting my Jolyn Reds and all the girls on our beach are doing the same. Jolyn has been a proud supporter of lifeguards here in the United States and all over the world and makes the best suit to always be ready for anything.

     Our lifeguards thank Jolyn!

     XOXO

    Charger  

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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month // EYE C U

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    JOLYN Donates to Breast Cancer Angels

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that October is not only the month in which we celebrate the glorious and spooky holiday of Halloween, but it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

    Here at JOLYN, we are going pink for October by honoring the strong and inspiring women battling this disease with our special EYE C U print.

    25% of all sales of EYE C U are being donated to Breast Cancer Angels - a Southern California based non-profit that gives 100% of donations directly to help women (and men) affected by the disease.

    Breast Cancer Angels uniquely helps women going through treatment by providing things we wouldn't normally think about, such as food, supplies, gas, other day-to-day items, pro-bono legal services and much more!

    We would love for you to purchase an EYE C U suit so we can donate on your behalf, but we would love even more for you to donate to Breast Cancer Angels directly or raise awareness in your own way! Comment below to share with us the ways you #gopink!

     

     

     

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