Local Expert Spotlight: Kameron Waters

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Pulling up in his 1970s red and white VW Vanagon, it would be hard to imagine that Kameron Waters could be cooler than his van, but after being with him for only a minute, you know the person you’re speaking to is one special person. We are lucky to have Kameron as a local expert for Los Angeles and a session with him will be one you will never forget.

Kameron looks and acts like a native Californian, but Kameron moved to Los Angeles five years ago from Atlanta, his hometown. “I love the open mindedness of California and the acceptance of the abstract and the artistic,” Kameron says. “It’s becoming more open in Atlanta, with the film industry moving there and stuff like that. But for the most part in Georgia, it’s not as wild and not as supportive of people going out on a limb and doing things on the edge and fringes.”

Five years ago, Kameron Los Angeles to pursue his career as a professional drummer five years ago. Although Kameron does not work as a drummer anymore, music is still a huge part of his life and helps guide his daily outlook and philosophy. He credits new wave synthpop, electronic music and top artists like Coldplay, Jack Johnson, and Bob Marley for influencing him.

His new creative outlet has been starting a daily vlog, where he provides daily entertainment capturing his adventures. Given the rigorous commitment, it took Kameron some time to realize that he wanted to start a daily vlog, but he found inspiration from other influencers to document his life everyday. “Casey Neistat is a huge influence right now. I love how he follows his flow, which is kind of what this whole thing is about for me [daily vlogging]. He is literally creating his reality every single day.”

Kameron is also deeply involved in the pursuit of flow, which is the heart of what goFlow is about. He has a deep understanding of flow and how it can benefit you in all situations.

“Flow is a state of being that is timeless, as in you lose your sense of awareness of time. It is selfless, you also lose your own sense of self in the egoic way. You mold into your surroundings or your environment or the activity, and become one with it. And it is effortless. Those things that seemed impossible or difficult or strenuous become easy for that moment because the intuition; the biomechanical feedback loop is closed where conscious mind isn’t responding to the activity, it is subconscious mind. When you’re on a wave you have an instantaneous feedback move with every little minor move you make. You’re going to fall or turn or do whatever that is for that micromovement. You get into this state where you’re at one with the wave. The same thing could happen in a conversation with a person or with people. When you’re in the flow that is when the magic really happens.”

A session with Kameron will be way more than an hour out surfing. Kameron will introduce you to new ideas and ways of thinking. In a way, surfing will be secondary to everything else you will learn like yoga, nutrition, the meaning of flow and much more. You will see his extremely cool VW Vanagon, meet his insanely cute dog Scout, and see what drives Kameron through his life.

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Book a session with Kameron and get the complete Flow State Surf Experience.  Head out for a surf, talk music & vloging, meet his dog “Scout”, check out the “vanagon” and come to understand your personal flow state.

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Local Expert Spotlight: Moorea Maguire

Malibu, California is home to celebrities and hippies, lawyers and surfers, living in harmony with each other. But what defines a Malibu native? Born and raised in Malibu, Moorea Maguire is the definition of a Malibu local. She provides a unique narrative for the beach town that most people fail to understand. And now, everyone in Los Angeles can have that local experience with Moorea as a Local Expert on the goFlow app where she is giving unique Surfing Sessions. We were lucky to sit down with her and talk about surfing, her favorite spot for sushi, and what it means to be in the flow.

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What is your favorite type of music?

I kind of like everything. My parents have an awesome album collection, so we will listen to the Grateful Dead and [Led] Zeppelin. I love new artists too. I have a weakness for Beyonce and Adele.

What is your favorite type of food?

My favorite food is sushi, 100%. My favorite roll is the Fire Roll at Bui Sushi. But, my favorite sushi place is Nagao Sushi in Brentwood because we always go with my grandparents.

How did you get into surfing?

I got into surfing from living here [Malibu] and being around it. I was 8 when I started and I would go out with my dad and longboard. I started short boarding and competing when I was a freshman high school.

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What is the best vacation you have ever been on?

I am named after an island in Tahiti, and we got to go there one winter break with my whole family. Surfing on Moorea with my dad was a dream come true; the best thing ever.

What does flow mean to you?

I think of dropping in, with my hair flying behind me, and getting into the rhythm of the wave and slowly cruising on it. However, I can apply flow to anything I do. Whenever I am focused and enjoying what I am doing, I can get into the flow.

If you happen to live in Los Angeles or are visiting the LA area, find Moorea as a Local Expert.

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Local Spotlight: Water + Spirit Sessions with Jobi Manson

To meet Jobi Manson might just be to fall in love a little bit. Or in our case, a lot. The avid surfer, adventurer, and founder of Malibu’s Sefari Outpost is one of those people you just can’t help but want to be around. As a creative visionary, she possesses a unique ability to see the world through a lens of gratitude and adventure.

It’s no surprise with this rare combination of wisdom and playfulness, her new experiential store in the heart of Malibu has become a destination unto itself. In addition to shoppers browsing through her curated collection of rare art, vintage clothes, and handmade crafts, you’ll find people who just want to hang, learn, and listen perhaps hoping that Jobi’s glow might rub off on them.

Despite an East Coast upbringing and putting down roots on the West Coast, she has travelled her way to some of the most far-reaching corners of the world. From surfing in the Maldives to going on safari in South Africa, Jobi has curated a creative, healthy, and most of all nurturing sense of self and soul.

This year marks an important one for Jobi on her mission to help others unlock their creativity and live a more inspired, connected lifestyle. She is now offering Water + Spirit  Sessions which are unique experiences combining Guided Meditation and Visualization techniques with stand up paddle boarding. While we can’t be Jobi Mason, these sessions are about the closest thing we might get to achieving something similar to her good vibes.

Every single person I’ve done the meditation with thus far has experienced a feeling of authentic joy. Everyone comes into this world with an amazing, unique purpose. We all have incredible gifts. When people start to get a taste of their own magic through meditation experiences, they find a love and appreciation for themselves. I am grateful to help facilitate this experience and bear witness to individuals discovering their inner beauty. There’s no feeling like it.

Here, we sat down with Jobi to learn more about how she came to merge her love for the ocean, safari, standup paddle boarding, and meditation, and how she’s making these experiences accessible to those who wish to explore new depths of creativity and self-discovery.

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I wake up, make a cup of tea, light candles, meditate, and journal. Usually, I make Rooibos, which is a red African tea. I use ground up tea leaves to make a pot of tea, and let it steep for a little bit. I do morning meditation and gratitude practice with the tea for about 20-30 minutes, followed by some reflections in my journal.

How did you get into meditation?

I went to a personally transformative workshop and we did an exercise called visualization. Visualization is a form of meditation but it’s also a form of being able to creatively imagine that which you desire. So I started my practice at this workshop and quickly learned that if I could imagine something in detail, and I was able to reflect upon it in a journal, crazy things started happening. Those things that I was imagining started appearing in my life, almost instantly. So that’s a big part of the reason that I do the work that I do. In learning how to connect to myself through meditation and different techniques, I was able to transform my life. The deeper that I went into my creative subconcious, the more that those shifts reflected outward. Meditation provided me the outlet to begin to understand how to love myself.

How did you combine that with paddle boarding and nature for your goFlow experience?

I’ve surfed since I was 15. Surfing and connecting with the ocean has always been a form of meditation for me, but I’ve never consciously called it that. Over the last year, since I’ve been doing this type of work, I read a few significant books. One such book was called, The Blue Mind, which was written by Wallace Nichols. He talks about the shifts that occur in our brain when we are close to the ocean. He reflects on the way our brain waves actually transform to a different modality. This process allows us to access a deeper state of calm. I always felt that as a surfer. Surfing relaxes me. It’s my way to connect to nature, and to myself. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. After I had started practicing meditation and visualization, one day it occurred to me – what if I could get even deeper by being in the water or on the beach. I tried it, and the way in which I was able to connect to the imaginative side of myself became more profound. I attribute that shift to my relationship to nature. I realized that being in nature was a critical component to allow me to have deeper access to myself. That’s how I started to build out the program for my experience of combining water and meditation.

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What can people expect from the experience beyond the guided meditation?

There is an astrological aspect tailored to each individual participant. When someone books a stand up paddleboard Water + Spirit experience with me, I ask them for their birthday information – when, what time and where they were born. Everyone has what is called a primary triad, which is composed of their sun sign, rising sign, and moon sign. Those three elements work in conjunction to compose one’s energetic structure. I find the correlation between their energetic makeup and a person’s interests, passions, and self-discovery process is very strong. The reason I do the meditation in nature is because our energy connects in a different way. And I find the type of energy we each carry is so individualized that the astrology component helps us understand how to connect to nature in our unique way.

How did you get into surfing in the first place?

I’ve always been obsessed with the ocean every since I could swim. We used to go to the beach with my family every summer… You couldn’t pull me out of the ocean. Surfing wasn’t big where I lived, but it became a way in which I identified myself and owned my individuality. Before I could actually surf, I considered myself passionate about the ocean. When I was 15 my family started going to Nantucket in the summer around August and September, which is when they get hurricane swells. So one summer I took a surf lesson. From then on I was hooked. I came to California to surf when I was 16. When I was 17, I took my first trip abroad and I went surfing in Africa. From then on I was never the same.

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Is that how you also became close to the Safari lifestyle?

When I was 17 I had my first safari in conjunction with that surf trip. That experience dictated a big portion of where I am now. It was a very transformative experience and I’ve been going back to South Africa ever since. But the name of my company, Sēfari, comes from my two favorite things: the ocean, and African adventure. And that’s how I connect my passion to my profession.

You call Sefari Outpost an experience store – what does this mean?

Sēfari is a sanctuary for creative exploration and spiritual transformation. It’s a creative experience. I like to call the store a sanctuary for creative explorers. It’s ever changing, evolving, growing, living. . . Nothing is ever the same or reproduced. Everything object I sell is either handmade, one-of-a-kind, or vintage. It’s a reflection of my creativity and my friends who are designers. it is curated in such a way that each object is part of my story, and the becomes a part of yours.  It’s an authentic experience. When I built the store, I built it with the idea that not only would it operate as my creative outlet, but it would help others get in touch with their creativity. It’s built from raw materials to reflect being out in nature. A big part of the store is alive. There are plants, lots of natural light and I have a living wall. I see it as a platform where people can get inspired and get in touch with themselves.

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So it’s just as much a perspective as a location?

Yes, Sēfari is more a perspective than anything else. My ethos… It’s the idea that life is an safari and we should continue to explore and go deeper into nature to go deeper into ourselves. We should celebrate everything that makes this planet amazing. I’ve always found that the connection to awe, inspiration and something grander than what I can explain in Africa. And I wanted to encapsulate that same energy here in Malibu.

If not in the ocean, what is your favorite thing to do?

Hike in the mountains.

What’s your favorite destination?

South Africa.

What’s the best surf spot you’ve been to?

Jailbreaks in the Maldives.

Favorite local surf spots in Malibu?

Little Dume! But recently, Colony.

Favorite food?

Sushi. Japanese food.

Favorite color?

Pacific blue.

Favorite drink?

Right now, Sparkling Arnold Palmer.

What’s the last thing you do before going to bed?

Usually a form of prayer. A gratitude prayer. Not always, but I try. Sometimes I forget but I like to take a few minutes and go through what I really appreciated about the day.

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Meet the Pro: Skateboarding with a Dogtown Legend

As a third generation Dogtown skater, Eric “Tuma” Britton has been skateboarding since he was given his first skateboard by his father at five years old. From being part of the inside circle who made skateboarding what is is today, to being one of the most influential and recognized pro skateboards in history, “Tuma” has been at the forefront of of skateboard culture for over thirty years.

In a testament to his dedication for the sport, Tuma has shifted from riding pro to coaching the next generation of pros. While the world watches as skateboarding make its Olympic debut, Tuma has been teaching his unique “Tuma Method” to get kids of all ages in the flow for the last decade.

Beyond kids, Tuma is now sharing skateboard experiences in LA as a goFlow local expert. “We’ll give you a skateboard lesson and history lesson in Venice,” Tuma says. “I’ve been here my whole life. I will introduce you to the locals so you feel like you are part of the community. You’ll enjoy yourself, and if you haven’t already skated you’ll go away from the experience wanting more”

For someone who grew up in the punk-rock world of the Santa Monica skate scene, Tuma’s compassion and experience while teaching might come as a surprise. Yet he’s become a celebrated figure and mentor in the community – so much so that a school in Malibu has enlisted him to help build the country’s first skate and surf program at an elementary level.

Whether you find him in the park, taking his dogs for a walk with his son, or at a sweat lodge he frequents with close friends, he truly strives to live every aspect of his life in a state of flow.

Here, we sat down with Tuma, and his seven-year-old-son Taj for some words of wisdom.

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What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Tuma: The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is say a prayer. I ask to please guide me through this day, help others, and keep me focused on the positive.

Taj: I say thank you for waking me up.

What do you have for breakfast?

Tuma: I have oatmeal with butter and a lot of maple syrup or a breakfast burrito. I like turmeric, ginger, or wheatgrass shots. Sometimes I have a peanut butter smoothie or a green smoothie. It depends on my mood. But I always add always blueberries and hemp protein. My go-to place for smoothies in Venice is Whole Foods.

Taj: I usually have a pastry, like a cinnamon roll with sugar on top. Or cereal. I like whole wheat cheerios.

How did you start skateboarding?

Tuma: When I was five my dad came home on my birthday with a plastic orange skateboard from Kmart. I took it outside and started skating. I had the balance and naturally took to it. There was a driveway by my house I would go to where I would just grab the rail and do power slides. Granted I didn’t know who the Z-boys were, or Dogtown. I was just a little kid.

How did it evolve for you to continue into becoming a true expert in the sport?

Tuma: When I was ten I moved to Santa Monica. That’s when things really took off. I was down by the beach where everyone was surfing and skating. When I was 11 my father told me never to come down to Venice because it was crazy at the time. There was a lot of gang violence. Now that I am a father I understand where he was coming from. But at the time, as soon as my father told me not to come down to Venice, the first thing I did was come down. Being a skateboarder maybe I was a bit rebellious – or just more of an innovator. But that’s when I met Jay Adams, Tony Alva, and Jim Muir who were leaders on the scene.

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YWhat was it like to be on the Venice skate scene during an iconic era? 

Tuma: The Zephyr Team was a team of young guys who had a shop in Santa Monica. Jeff Ho and Skip Engblom got all the kids together. All these kids had dysfunctional households but amazing talent. Their outlet was skateboarding and they thrived at it because that was a way to release their energy. Those are the guys who brought skateboarding to the public in an extreme way. Dogtown started to emerge after that near the burnt down pier and there were wild dogs everywhere. Those are the guys who brought me up here in Venice. I’m third generation, if you want to call it, Dogtown.

What do you find you get out of skateboarding you don’t find anywhere else?

Tuma: What I get out of skateboarding is the freedom that skateboarding brings you. And the creativity it allows for. Every skateboarder is going to do the same trick, but there’s no standard for how that trick should be done. So it’s all about expression. You’re going to do the trick, but how are you going to make it look stylish, that’s what sets you apart. I get a lot of the sense of freedom. I don’t have to be stuck in doing everything the same way. There are no rules.

How do you get in the Flow when you Skate?

Tuma: I feel like an artist when I’m on a skateboard. It’s like painting. It’s a flow. I feel connected to something outside. The imaginations of skateboarders is incredible. Who would look at a handrail instead and say I want to ride that thing? I think top level athletes are like superheroes. The falls are like getting hit by a car. So it takes a special individual to get back up and continue on. It’s not for the weak. And to get through it and keep going, they all need to be in the flow.

What does being in the Flow feel like for you?

Tuma: Flow is a state of being. I don’t even think it’s a state of mind. It’s more of a body feeling. When you’re out there surfing or skating, it’s difficult to explain. It’s just that connection. Something happens where everything turns to magic. Everything turns to flow. It’s easy, and you don’t even realize you’re doing these movements. That’s what being in the flow is.

Taj: It’s feeling the movements. Well, sorta just like, clean lines. Not really tick-tacking at all.

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How were you taught to skate and how does that influence how you teach?

Tuma: I am a teacher, but I didn’t have a teacher who taught me. I had mentors who guided me along the way. One thing skateboarding brings to my life is drive. That’s something you can’t teach. You have to do it every day from a young age and really love it. You have to have drive because you’re going to fall, you’re going to get hurt, you’re going to cry, you’re going to suffer – you’re going to go through all of these things, yet you’ll get back up and continue to try again.

How does that drive impact other aspects of life?

Tuma: What’s beautiful is that can translate to any area in your life. You’re not going to succeed in everything. That’s what I learned through skateboarding, and I think that’s what it can teach people. I didn’t realize this until I was older. really taught me to persevere.

Who has inspired you the most in your life?

Tuma: Who inspires me the most right now is my son, Taj. Who’s inspired me in the past, Jeff Hartles, Jay adams, Aaron Murry, the list goes on. It’s hard to say who has inspired the most because it’s a collective thing. These people have shaped me. It’s inspiring to see success from other people despite struggles.

How do you think teaching kids how to skate changes the way they see the world?

Tuma: Teaching kids how to skate allows them to see possibilities that might not have been there before. It opens up their subconscious to many things. The creativity comes and opens up a part of their brain. It allows them to see a handrail and think oh, I can ride that. It allows them to think out of the box. It will help them achieve commitment. It’s not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle. It’s not easy and it takes a lot of work. It’s failure and success which will help them from childhood through life. Through skateboarding they can learn to take those hits and continue chasing their dreams.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Tuma: Helping to mold young minds in a new way is the most rewarding part. Sometimes I’ll have a flash of awareness that reminds me the importance of what I’m doing. A kid will write me a note or draw me a picture of me and him, and that’s incredible. And I get to skate with my son every day. It’s the best.

Taj: I like always meeting other people. And skateboarding with my dad.

When did you realize you wanted to be a Skate board coach?

Tuma: I didn’t seek to become a coach, it just turned out that way. 10 years ago a friend asked me to teach his son. I didn’t think much of it, but it slowly started to flow into teaching once or twice a week. It’s turned into a thriving business. I teach 7 days a week, and 5 or 6 kids a day. It’s great!

Taj: I feel like it’s important that you like what you do!

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You built your own technique of coaching and started a program skateboarding. Tell us about that?

Tuma: I have a particular method, the Tuma Method. I’m great at connecting with the kids I teach. I put myself in their shoes. I get on their level. I don’t stand up above them in an authoritarian way. But I also don’t let them give up. I don’t let them fall their first lessons because it might deter them completely.I make it fun. Sometimes there can be some fear there, and I want them to get through that and experience fun their first few times. So it’s based on compassion and understanding. They’re kids – they are beautiful souls.

Do you think you have to be a natural to be good? How can you tell if someone will be the next Olympic champ?

Tuma: You can look at a kid and tell how much ability he or she has based on the flow. Some kids might not get all the tricks, but they have the flow. Some kids have all the tricks but not flow. You can almost see it in their eyes.  It’s very difficult to become a top athlete. To be the best, you need to be fearless. You need to have the flow. Strength and core. Focus. Coordination. Flexibility. And work ethic to train. And sometimes even the best can burn out. So it’s very hard to make it to the Olympics. At the beginning, though, a kid doesn’t know about the Olympics. He just knows he wants to be the best.

Taj: You have to have teamwork. You have to work with other people too.

Last thing you do at night?

Tuma: Before going to bed I always say a prayer. I say thank you for my day, for my family, for my movements, and my ability to function, and mother earth. That’s what I do before I go to sleep. It’s saying thank you for my day.

Taj: Sometimes I guide my stuffies [stuffed animals] and hide them behind my pillow so they don’t get lost in my covers. And I say thank you too.

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Kassia Surf’s Favorite Malibu Spots

Recently we introduced you to surf pro-turned-entrepreneur Kassia Meador. Born and bred in Los Angeles, Meador calls Topanga Canyon home. Given her deep SoCal roots we figured there’s no better guide to a few of neighboring Malibu’s best spots – from the perfect surf to the best breakfast burrito by far.

If you’re getting in a surf session before heading to the office, where are you off to?

Since I live in Topanga, especially in the winter months I’ll head down to Topanga. It’s so much fun on the high tide. This time of year is my favorite for surfing there – before school lets out or after the holidays are over. I really like coming down to Venice when there’s a combo windswell. I also really enjoy surfing north Malibu near Zero’s, County Line and all of those cool places.

When you’ve got more time on your hands, where are you headed post-surf?

If I go poke around, Sefari Outpost is an awesome new shop. They have so many good books, a cool vibe, there’s so much inspiration there. I always go to Sun Life for a juice. They have this one called the Mystic that is like a smoothie, it’s next level. And one called Zuma Canyon with fennel in it that I love.

What are some of your favorite local meals?

John’s Garden in the Country Mart is always a stop off for me. There’s also this little burrito spot called Country Kitchen that has the best breakfast burrito – there are tater tots in it. John [from John’s Garden] and his brother both owned those years ago. One went healthy, and one went the burrito route. Country Kitchen looks like a hole in the wall. You’d never know to go in there. They have really good coffee. It’s the best. $5, you can’t go wrong. And now, the fact that they opened up The Farm on the end of the Malibu pier, after surfing getting a bite to eat at the Farm while watching the moon rise and the surf still coming in is epic.

When you’re not surfing, what is your favorite place to be outside?

My favorite place to be is in the mountains or in the desert. I love both of those places. The desert, there’s so much thickness in the stillness and so much noise in nothing. The fact that it was all covered by water at some point. You can be hundreds of miles from the coast and seashells. I love that. I love nature. I guess that’s what drew me to surfing.

I grew up in the Valley so it was a lot of concrete and then also old Agoura before it was all built up. We were always hiking and building forts and finding caves. That’s a part of me that’s still… This morning I hiked to a cave. I was in a cave and meditating just this morning.

Meet The Pro: Kassia Meador

Former pro surfer Kassia Meador is one accomplished woman. For one, it only took her teenage self a whopping two years to go from surf novice to pro. Now, she’s the brains behind a burgeoning namesake activewear brand, Kassia Surf. And, when she’s not getting down to business, she can be found facilitating sound baths at a local LA yoga studio, making magical morning concoctions (yerba mate, reishi, cocoa and more coming right up!) in her Topanga Canyon kitchen, or out on the waves.

As busy as Meador may be, she still embodies the phrase she uses generously, good vibes. We probed the pro on her daily rituals and what’s next. Head to the blog for the chat.

What is your current motto?
The revolution for evolution. That’s what it’s about.

What’s your morning routine?

I usually wake up at 7am. I make a cup of Yerba Mate before I get out the door. I put coconut oil, some mushrooms (reishi, chaga, cordyceps), a little cayenne pepper if it’s cold, raw cocoa and a little honey in it. I take my little fox [a Shiba Inu named Aruka] on a walk unless the surf is pumping, and then I jam straight to the beach and let her run around the parking lot.

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What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Oh geez. What was I doing at 22? A whole bunch of nonsense. I’d say, it’s all going to be ok. Take more time and don’t try to do so much all at once because you’ll miss out on so much beauty and the moments and being present.

What was the moment you realized surfing was a true calling and not just a hobby for you?
For me it was after the fact. It was nothing I ever anticipated. I had so much energy and surfing was a place I could actually exhaust myself and continue to learn. And it happened really fast. I started surfing at 14. Then, by the time I was 18 and graduating high school, I’d already been surfing professionally for two years, traveling around the world. It was crazy how quick it was.

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How did you start surfing?

My dad surfed. He would get one week a year in San Diego to surf, so he never really taught us. We just boogie-boarded in the shorebreak. Then I did junior lifeguards when I was 14 and after our sessions they had paddleboards that we would surf until we got picked up. It was classic because they didn’t have leashes on them and you had to take turns with everyone that wanted to surf. So, if someone fell, someone else would grab your board and then you were done. So, it was all about surfing and hanging on to your board as long as you could. I think that’s part of why I learned fast as well.

Tell us about your surf and activewear line Kassia Surf…

We launched last year, April 2015 after two years of working diligently on it. We just came out with our Stance collaboration, making some cool socks. And some amazing reversible surf leggings. We also just made neoprene bikinis. Everything we’re creating is repurposed fabric from our original collection. My whole ethos is not throwing anything away. I wanted to make things more consciously. As a surfer you use a lot of petroleum-based products; so, how do we offset our [foot]print? That’s something I wanted to put into the ethos of my line. And making quality over quantity, making things so they would last.

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What’s next for Kassia Surf?

We are planning to build the line into more athletic wear. It’s everything I’m about: empowering ourselves mind, body, wellness and spirit. What I know the most is surf, but I love yoga, hiking and being active.

What keeps you in your flow?

I think the things that keep me most in flow are surfing and meditation. Meditation is something that I notice every day if I miss it. Same thing with surfing. I feel it if I miss a day. Obviously the waves aren’t great every day, so something like yoga is cool. As long as I’m doing something active and keeping my mind still, that keeps me in my flow. On a perfect day, if I can do a meditation, surfing and a little bit of work, it’s the perfect balance.

What is one thing you always do before bed?

I’m a big tea drinker. I love a turmeric tea before bed with a little bit of milk and a little bit of honey. A simple whole milk. I’m simple like that. It’s a perfect night cap. Tea in the morning, tea at night. That’s what’s up.

 

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Coral Bleach Patrol

We are very excited to announce goFlow’s partnership with the World Surf League and Columbia University, focusing on a very important environmental project to save our coral reefs.

We call this project: Bleach Patrol

In case you wonder what Coral Bleaching is, allow me to bring you up to speed:

Coral reefs date back more than 400 million years. These intricate ecosystems cover only 0.1% of the ocean surface, but are home for more than 25% of all marine species. Due to rising water temperatures, the coral reefs are being damaged and bleached. The long term effects of coral bleaching is still undetermined, but scientists worry that the threat is greater than just the loss of coral reefs. If the reefs vanished, experts say, hunger, poverty and political instability could ensue. Since countless sea life depends on the reefs for shelter and protection from predators, the extinction of the reefs would ultimately create a domino effect that would trickle down to the many human societies that depend on those fish for food and livelihood.

There has been a 44% decline over the last 20 years in the Florida Keys, and up to 80% in the Caribbean alone.
goFlow is determined to help reduce coral bleaching, so we’ve teamed up with WSL (World Surf League) and scientists at Columbia University to track coral bleaching. Together, we have launched Bleach Patrol. Through direct observation and reporting, goFlow users can help scientists better understand and protect our coral reefs.

goFlow now allows users to upload reports of their local coral reefs, which will help scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory track coral reef conditions. By engaging our worldwide community on goFlow, we aim to improve our understanding of how these magnificent ecosystems are changing now and into the future.

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To get involved, simply download the goFlow app, and upload your reports to the coral bleaching category in the mobile app! The reports that users collect and post are sent to the scientists at CU, and stored in their database. Together, we can help save our coral reefs!

If you don’t live near a beach with reefs, you can still help! Please help us spread the word, and tell your friends to download goFlow to get involved!

You can read more about the project here:

http://www.worldsurfleague.com/coral-bleach-patrol

Let’s save the ocean together!

Aloha,

The goFlow Team