13 posts tagged Surfing
We are SO excited to announce our newest partnership with Pura Vida, who created this custom bracelet benefiting B4BC! They are 100% waterproof, so they wont stop you from shredding the love with us while you’re surfing or snowboarding.
These past few days on the road have been action-packed up along the Northern CA Coast. Our Check One, Two Campus Tour landed at UC-Santa Cruz yesterday for a wet, yet excellent day of educational outreach. It rained much of the day, but that didn’t stop us or the students at UCSC from stopping by our booth to educate themselves about early detection and prevention.
Following our campus activation, Katelynn and I explored the redwood forest that is literally situated on the UCSC campus. It was an incredible and a fun way for us to stay active & connected to nature on the road. (Side Note: UCSC’s mascot is the “Banana Slug”. Those slimers were everywhere on our hike—see photo below!)
These past couple of days we were also stoked to connect with our team riders Sage Erickson & Malia Manuel in Santa Cruz at the O’Neill Coldwater Classic for some of the surf action at Steamer Lane.
We capped off yesterday at the Lane with an incredible sunset.
Today we’re cruising back down the coast and heading home before we finish up our Campus Tour next week!
Sending good vibes from the road and we’ll check in again next week….
Blair & Katelynn // B4BC
From Sept. 14-16, B4BC hosted the first ever Ocean ReTreat Yourself for 9 breast cancer survivors from the ages of 26-56 in a beautiful, ocean front house in Encinitas, Calif.
Together with B4BC Wellness Ambassador and The North Face sponsored pro snowboarder Megan Pischke Porcheron, we were excited to offer a weekend focused on wellness, meditation, and being active and healthy through yoga, surf, clean organic eating and life skills workshops on achieving balance and staying grounded in our lives. Some survivors were 13 years in remission, others still going through their last rounds of chemotherapy, but all had much to share with each other and B4BC about their experiences.
We were touched by their stories and are so happy that the women felt safe and comfortable about opening up to each other. Many committed to stay in touch and others realized a new passion in their lives – surfing and yoga!
It was truly a weekend of support, reflection, rejuvenation and fun! And we are incredibly humbled, inspired and thankful to have been a part of the journey. A special thank you to Linda Kennoy, Courtney Noble, JP of Surfin Fire and the Flavor Chef Lance for donating your time and talents as well as hellomellow for their all-natural bath and body blend giftbags. The weekend would not have been possible without the support of The North Face, and we are forever grateful.
Wishing much love and light to you ladies - Allison, Amanda, Cindy, Kimberly, Lorraine, Patti, Ruthe, Sharishta and Vero. Your strength and courage are a true inspiration to us all!
Erika, Megs, Crystal & Team B4BC
A big congratulations are in order to our girl Sage Erickson on winning her first WQS event on Saturday with a victory at the Paul Mitchell SuperGirl Pro in Oceanside! Well done Sage!! B4BC surf team ridersCourtney Conlogue & Malia Manuel surfed their way into the final rounds as well. Our educational booth was there for all of the action and we have more from the Supergirl Pro coming later today…
SUPERGIRL PRO // We’re getting ready for the SuperGirl Pro kicking off tomorrow in Oceanside, CA. The event runs August 9-11 w/ our educational booth being onsite this Saturday, August 11th. The best female surfers in the world will be com
We just wrapped 5 phenomenal days of educational outreach at the biggest surf contest in the world, the US Open of Surfing, in Huntington Beach, CA!
Stay tuned in the next few days for a full recap & photos…
Check One, Two!
B4BC Team Riders Sage Erickson & Malia Manuel.
WORLD OCEANS DAY // Happy World Oceans Day everyone! Please remember today and everyday to be kind to our mother earth as a healthier earth = a healthier YOU!
Below is a beautiful shot of the South Pacific taken at the Volcom Fiji Pro yesterday!
In honor of Mother’s Day we’d like to spotlight (3) “Rad Moms”—Tina Basich, Megan Pischke, and Barrett Christy—who have all been involved with B4BC since our initiation in 1996. We’ve always looked at these ladies as “Super Women” and now they’re also “Super ‘Rad’ Moms”!
On and off the hill Tina, Barrett, and Megs have been a constant source of inspiration, light, and support to not only us, but to many women worldwide.
Today we’re going to honor “Rad Mom”, Megan Pischke-Porcheron. Megs is a North Face and GNU Snowboard athlete who in recent years has spearheaded our Survivorship Fund ReTreat’s. Married to professional snowboarder, David Carrier Porcheron (DCP)…Megs and family lead an incredibly active lifestyle!
Where do you reside?
Squamish, BC, Canada
Leighli and Reef
Current Involvement with B4BC?
Big supporter, big FAN, BIG LOVE!!
I am also helping to coordinate future upcoming ReTreats for some breast cancer survivors and their family and friends…stay tuned!
After all of these years why is it still important for you to stay involved?
I was (and still am!) so blessed to have such fantastic mentors growing up, I want to give some of that back. And some of the best advice I received was to take charge and initiative of your own life/health, B4BC promotes this everyday to so many young people, and others!
How do you create a healthy active lifestyle for your kids/family at home or on the road?
Well active is easy- my husband and I love the outdoors, and to be outside as much as possible- and we go crazy sitting still (although there is something to be said for being still sometimes!) And we travel to be outdoors, for both work and pleasure. We are blessed to live such a lifestyle, and I would like to think all this in turn “creates” health for our children. We usually travel with Leighli’s bike on road trips, and its great to get her to burn some energy at rest stops on her bike. And its always an adventure where ever we go. Sometimes that means in our backyard of course!
Are your little ones shredding yet?
Leighli has been snowboarding with us since she was two, and now at five cruises the hill, and of course loves pow! She also started surfing this past year, and its really boosted her confidence in swimming by being connected to her board..Im sure Reef will be the same, wanting to be with us on the hill and in the water.
Has having kids changed your perception on how you live your life?
Yes and no…I think that having kids changes your perception regardless, and in the best circumstances the way you live your life, they are such a gift! And its definitely a lot less “me”. Although I learned early on with my first child, that it may be less me time, but oh so important to not becomes something different than when I made this child. I mean, you will always change and shift through life, but deep down there are parts of me I don’t want to change to be something I (or others) think I should be. So making sure that somehow, someway, I still can do my things like yoga, surfing, snowboarding and just plain Megs time (even if that time is after they are all in bed, I am dead tired, and its five minutes before I pass out!). In my world, this is how I can be the best mom. I will admit its really challenging now with two, life can sometimes be one massive scrambled list of organizing and balancing, but I am so thankful for a very supportive family, husband and friends network who all support me to continue to live the life I want to, and very happy the kids are so happy and content just coming along for the ride!
*Megan is supported by the following sponsors: The North Face and Gnu Snowboards
Photo (1 & 2) Credit: Rebecca Amber
Leighli catches her first wave, while dad aka DCP (Megan’s husband) smiles proudly from behind!
Photo credit: Jeff Curtes
IT’S PERSONAL // B4BC’s Crystal Yang was at the Beachley Classic all last week in Dee Why, Australia with our surf team riders. While there she caught up with team rider Malia Manuel to share why breast cancer is personal for her…
B4BC’s Courtney Conlogue Wins 2012 Commonwealth Beachley Classic
After three days of tough competition, B4BC’s Team Rider Courtney Conlogue proved her place on top in her first WCT victory. Not far behind was B4BC’s Malia Manuel who met Courtney in the finals today at the Commonwealth Beachley Classic, which is nothing to snuff at.
Malia, who was ranked No. 10 on the ASP at the start of the event, defeated No. 1 ranked Stephanie Gilmore in the Quarterfinals and Tyler Wright in the Semis. Her rookie year has been quite impressive, as she is now sixth on the ASP World Championship Tour and is now the highest ranked 2012 rookie. In 2011, she was only the second woman to grace the cover of TransWorld Surf magazine in its 10 years of print (the first was Stephanie Gilmore in 2010).
“Of course the best part of the event was making it to the finals and being a part of our community here,” said Malia. “I looked up to Layne all my life and to see her accomplish so much as a surfer, still be behind women’s surfing and be a strong voice for us means a lot.”
With waves significantly smaller than the last two days, in addition to talent, a little luck was needed as well. The strength, sprays, ability to go completely vertical on the wave and the overall skill of both finalists were the topics of conversation around the beach. Those who may not be familiar with surfing soon became familiar with the names, Courtney Conlogue and Malia Manuel.
Courtney was able to select the best waves in all of her heats, with one wave that earned her a 9.0 in the Semifinals. In the final, her patience in wave selection allowed her to boast multiple turns with power, including a 360 spin that didn’t go unnoticed by fans. As she came up from her final, Steph and close pal Sally Fitzgibbons greeted the champ on their shoulders and carried her all the way to the stage.
“I’m speechless right now!” she said. “It’s been two years on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour where I kept losing in the Quarterfinals. Then today after winning my Quarterfinal I just tried to go and win the thing…I’m really stoked to have won this event and it meant a lot to me to have Steph and Sally chair me up the beach.”
We are so proud of our girls for making it to their first WCT final. Keep it up – we are cheering you on all the way!