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  • JOLYN Sponsored Athletes + Brand Ambassadors

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    BEACH VOLLEYBALL JoPros

     

    Meet Lauren Fendrick! Lauren made her first AVP appearance in 2003 in Tempe AZ and at 6 foot 2 inches is a towering beach VolleyBall veteran. Since then, she has AVP victories at Cincinnati, Miami, Huntington Beach and New York City. Lauren was a member of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic team. This season, Lauren is competing in both the domestic AVP and international FIVB tours. Most recently, she is the 2017 Champion of the AVP New York City Open - Gold Series Tournament while playing with former 2016 Olympic teammate April Ross. Lauren is one inspiring woman! In-fact, she is so inspirational that we named a suit top after her!

    Shop the Fendrick Collection here: https://jolynclothing.com/search?type=product&q=fendrick


    Follow Lauren on instagram to see where her competitions take her! @LaurenFendrick

     

    Caitlin Ledoux joined the JOLYN family this season as a young gun to watch in both the AVP and FIVB tours. Caitlin competed collegiately for Long Beach State. Her 2017 Season accomplishments include a 7th place finish at the Huntington Beach AVP Open, a 9th place finish at the Austin AVP open and a 5th place finish at the New York City Open - Gold Series Tournament!

    Follow Caitlin on instagram to see where her competitions take her! @CaitlinLedoux

    WHITEWATER KAYAKING JoPros

    This Month JOLYN welcome’s our first ever Kayaker to the family! Brooke Hess is a professional whitewater kayaker and a member of the National Freestyle team. Brooke inspires us through her courageous love for the water and her fearless approach to paddling some of the biggest river’s out there! Through international competition, Brooke is a world traveler and lover of the outdoors not only through paddling and water sports, but also through climbing. Brooke is spending this summer training in Canada preparing to compete in the Freestyle World Championships in November of this year.


    To follow along with Brooke’s journey, you can follow her on instagram @BrookeHess

    JOLYN BRAND AMBASSADORS

    JOLYN Welcomes in a new group of people, our brand Ambassadors! What is a brand ambassador?

    • JOLYN ambassadors embody what it truly means to be an inspirational woman. Whether that means dominating in the pool, on the sand, surf or turf. Through sport, fitness, creativity or just kicking-butt in whatever they do, ambassadors lead others, and inspire their communities. Ambassadors are those who not only inspire us at JOLYN, but everyone around them! Ambassadors are different than our JoPro’s in that they do not HAVE to be professional athletes. An ambassador can be anyone that lives the JOLYN lifestyle and brings JOLYN into their respective community. They are creators, leaders, travelers, writers, or anyone that lives an aquatic, coastal, or inspiring lifestyle.

    This Month, we welcome our first official JOLYN Brand Ambassador, Caprice Dydasco!

    Caprice Dydasco is a professional soccer player for the Washington D.C. spirit. An alumni of UCLA, Caprice is a tremendous athlete. Beyond her sport, Caprice is a Hawaiian native with a deep love for the ocean and the Aloha spirit. Caprice’s passions lie in meditating with yoga, experiencing the beach, paddle boarding, and traveling the world all while pursuing her career as a pro. soccer player! Caprice was able to come back to playing professional soccer after a devastating ACL tear. It is through her perseverance, hard work and positive attitude that Caprice inspires us at JOLYN and everyone around her!

    Follow along with Caprice’s adventures at @CapriceDydasco

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  • Another Time and Place - Havana // By Hailley Howard

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    We time traveled.

    As Cuba's borders have now opened to certain Western nations, people are flocking to get a glimpse into the past. Havana; a beautiful city romantically hovering somewhere between now and then. One moment you might find yourself asking if you fell into a time warp and the next moment you catch a local taking a selfie and you’re back in 2017 again. The people are kind and honk a friendly “hello” on their horns to their friends in their 1950’s-esque classic cars  (which may or may not be pieced together bit by bit and held together with duct tape and superglue). Where it feels like everyone is a friend and you’ve been invited join their club.

    *streets of Havana

    We jumped at the opportunity to shoot the next JOLYN lookbook in this land of saturated color, chipping frescos and stolen time. A rare opportunity to see into a striking and raw time capsule. Where one has little to no ability to access the internet and emails and Instagram and other distractions that normally fill, and sometimes clutter, our lives. Cuba might soon change into something modern and new, as things do, when Pizza Hut and McDonald’s move in and all of a sudden everything is different. When a country that has been forcibly frozen in time and politically oppressed opens its doors opportunistic enterprise strikes. Modern shifts are rapidly occurring and this developing nation’s unique charm is delicate and dwindling. The last grains of yesterday’s sand are falling in Cuba and with our quick glimpse we can’t help but wonder if some of the simplicity will be greatly missed by its people.

    * Behind the scenes shooting with Alesha in the streets of Havana

    The buildings are old. The streets are old. The cars are old. Do not mistake the stares and curious eyes as something sinister, they are shared and exchanged in both kindness and simple curiosity. The Havana people are just as curious as we are. If they can’t speak it you’ll find it in different symbols everywhere; the Apple logo and the American flag surreptitiously plastered on t-shirts and the sides of buildings, and the excitement in people’s voices when they ask, “are you American?” For those that have traveled you are probably privy to the {sometimes} uncomfortable moment immediately following the answer to that question: YES. But not in Havana. The people are excited to share their beautiful city and ripe culture with their new friends.

    * Location: Havana City, Club Havana Beach, Fuserlandia 

    Havana is not a place that you should choose for your next travel destination if you want 5-star accommodations and lazy beach afternoons. No, this is where you adventure and soak in the spirit and brightness all around you. Where you sweat and stain your clothing. Where you get blisters on your feet from the unkept roads. Where you watch the street dogs and cats read the traffic just as the people do. Where you see adults sharing their single-seat bikes with other adults, with smiles on their faces. Where you get up early with the heat and stay up late dancing and meeting new old friends. Where hot water doesn’t flow every day. Where fresh veggies are hard to find but the mango and pineapple are the best you’ve ever had. Where you will find good cocktails before you find good food. Where with enough mingling you might just be able to find a gorgeous rooftop bar for sunset, looking out over the city wondering if the old world was always so deliciously pink.

    *Behind the scenes, shooting Malena from Cuba Modela 

    You go to Cuba to feel alive and share smiles with passerby’s. You go to remember that you don't need much to be happy and that life is about experiences and not things. You go to remember that no matter how different we all are, we are all the same and that this world has so much color to see - and share. Thank you, Cuba - thank you, Havana. For the memories we will always cherish and the golden opportunity to experience something akin to yesteryear. We all daydream about what it might be like to experience another place in time and for now, Havana is still somewhere both here and there.

    * A big thanks to our crew!: Creative Director: Mallyce Miller @mallyce - Photographer: Hailley Howard @hailleyhoward - H/MUA: Marlaine Reiner @mjr_makeup - Model: Alesha Deesing at Brand Models @aleshadeesing

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  • CHARGER CARTER // BORA BORA

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    Finding Pleasure in the Pain

     

    A lot of people ask me why I do the things I do… why I paddle 32 miles in the middle of the ocean, get in the ocean when it is freezing cold, or push myself as hard as I do… The answer is simple… its truly because I love it.  I find a pleasure in pushing my personal limits and seeing where not only my body can go, but most importantly my mind. 

    Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazas takes the words out my mouth.  I just replaced the word “runner” for “paddler” to relate it to my sport.  He says,

    People think I'm crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: 'Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.' Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any [paddler].

    Just a few months ago I had the chance to really experience these personal limits when I traveled to the island of Bora Bora for the Ironmana Liquid Festival.  This isn’t just any ocean festival, but one where you know you are going to be paddling and swimming a total of about 60 miles in four days.  The thing is you don’t know how this will done… As race and event director Stephan Lambert says best, “Expect nothing, be ready for everything.”  Stephan does not tell you what the event each day will be until immediately before.  All you know is that there will be one long prone paddling day, one long swimming day, one combo day, and one extremely long SUP day.  The challenges have an element of adventure to them as they become much more about the personal challenge than racing your competition.

    I was fortunate enough to go with my best friend and business partner Jess Rocheleau who decided beforehand she was going to complete all the challenges, even with hardly any paddling training.  Jess is a tremendous athlete in her own sport of swimming and triathlon, but knew she would be relying on her underlying fitness and mental strength to get through this event.  I had been training a fair amount for this event, but Jess’s support became a major reason that I was able to push through those times I wanted to quit.

    The first day was one of the hardest… a 22 mile prone paddle around the island of Bora Bora in every condition you could ask for… pouring down rain, wind, and some sun.  After finishing this paddle with spaghetti arms we knew that three more days of this would take more than just physical strength, but even more mental and psychological toughness.

    That night we even had a second challenge… a sunset/night SUP paddle… but this became so much more about taking in one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

    We woke up the second day and were greeted with sunshine! It was the swim day and Jess was especially ready for this.  The swim ended up being a little over 6 miles completed in four stages all around the island.  Thankfully we had a little break to swim with the sharks during this!

    It was during the second day we really got to know the local Tahitian competitors.  The Tahitians are born and bred water people as the ocean is such a part of their history and daily lives.  Outrigger canoe paddling (also called va’a) is the most popular sport in Tahiti and this translates extremely well to SUP paddling as well.  Still the Tahitian competitors were extremely strong in the prone paddling and swimming events and most importantly did it all with a positive spirit. 

    The third day we woke up again to rain in paradise and were greeted with a challenge that involved both forms of paddling, swimming, and running up a motu (small island).  This event really allowed those to shine who were good at a wide variety of crafts.  We were all still holding our breaths for the final day…

    The fourth and final morning we all knew would be the most challenging.  We were greeted with a 30 miles SUP paddle (at least it was broken up in 3 different stages!).  For me this was the most difficult by far as SUP is my weakest craft of the three we competed in.  This was also BY FAR the longest I had ever paddling on a stand up board.  But when the physical pain became real, I couldn’t think about how much longer I had to go, but come back to the moment and focus on each stroke at a time.  This intense focus allows one to go into a state of FLOW which is a very peaceful psychological state to be in and almost like a meditation.  Nothing else matters accept that PRESENT moment on the water.  For me, this is why I find so much pleasure in the pain.

     

    Well… Jess and I both made it… and it couldn’t have been any better moment to complete such an intense journey with your best friend.  Bora Bora will always have a special place in our hearts as this experience really showed both of us who were really are and why we do the things we do.

    I want to give a special thanks to Jolyn for always supporting me in my adventures and keeping me looking and feeling great in the best swimwear out there.   Thank you also to all the people who made this trip possible and helped out along the way including Stephan Lambert, Air Tahiti Nui, Sofitel Bora Bora, Surftech Tahiti, SUP the Mag, Donald Miralle, Tim Mckenna, and Tahiti Fly Shoot.

    XOXO,

    Charger

     

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  • MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY // DIARY OF A FIT MOMMY

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    DIARY OF A FIT MOMMY // SIA COOPER

    Sia Cooper is the NASM certified personal trainer, nutritionist, creator of the strong body guide, and mommy behind Diary of a Fit Mommy. Through her Instagram @diaryofafitmommyofficial and her website diaryofafitmommy.com, Sia gives fitness and nutrition advice to aspiring mothers, pregnant women, and women who have already have kids that want to be in the best shape of their lives. She posts workout videos regularly, as well as a glimpse inside her life as a fitness and nutrition guru. What is truly unique about Sia is she is not scared to share her imperfections with her followers, although she's super ripped, she often posts normal pictures of herself alongside her fitness photos, to show her followers that she's still a normal person and a little cellulite is absolutely normal. Sia is definitely a woman who inspires us.

    Check out these shots of Sia in her favorite JOLYN'S!

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  • GALENTINE'S DAY CARDS

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    Show a JOLYN addict you love them with one of these JOLYN themed Galentine's Day Cards!

     

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