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RVR 2 RVR and ASDT Unite – ‘Cinco De Moab’

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There’s a certain energy that comes with having a large group of just women on the water. Egos are left at the beach that we launch from. Laughter erupts from the water as the girls swim through rapids or fall off their board after attempting a headstand. Which is why we jumped on the opportunity to run the SUP activity at the AndShesDopeToo ‘Cinco De Moab’ Rendezvous.

We spent the weekend taking girls down the Colorado River in conjunction with Paddle Moab. Some girls had never been on a SUP before and some were terrified of the river but everyone conquered a fear or pushed past their comfort zones. It was an uplifting spectacle and we are so honored to be part of these women’s first experience standing up on the mighty Colorado River. We passed around Lifestraws so everyone could leave having drank from the river and having a little piece of the Colorado running through their bodies. Connecting to the river is priceless and a life changing experience…thanks to all the ladies who showed up and absolutely crushed it!

California Love

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Natali and I wanted some beach therapy before our first clinic in Bend, OR so we took a little detour to the West Coast. We met up with our friend Tyler Lausten with TL Surf in Santa Cruz. Tyler bounces back and forth between Santa Cruz and Durango. His shaping HQ remains in Santa Cruz and his main focus is shaping custom wave skis for adaptive surfing athletes. His shapes are currently being ridden by some of the hardest chargers in the paralympics and adaptive surfing, he’s a five-time National Champion, and a volunteer for the high-fives foundation‘s surf camps. He took us out to some of his favorite surf spots, opened up his home, and gave us the low-down on where to buy the best donuts in Santa Cruz (Kelly’s French Bakery). Thanks Tyler!!!

We fell in love with Santa Cruz, the beaches weren’t crowded, whales lined the coast, the people were friendly, and the scenery was breath taking. It’s a #vanlife friendly place with plenty of overnight parking lining the coast with views that people pay millions to wake up to every morning.

On our way North we made our way to Muir Woods. Instead of paying to go into the park we decided to keep driving down a winding and narrow road that the big rig (aka VANna White) has ever been on in search of a nice hike…we found just that at Muir Beach.

Astral Designs has recently made some solid trail running shoes called the TR1’s and we were eager to try them out in the rainy conditions. We laced up our TR1-Treks and Meshs and hit the trail. The coastal hike was lined with a plethora of flowers and foliage giving off a scent that was perfectly alchemized with the salty air. We trudged through the mud, spotted whales and salamanders, and took in the soothing coastal elements. It was just what we needed. Now we’re prepped, rested, and ready for Bend!

-BP