Skate through the Mountains with Alexandre Feliz

Here is something that you’ve probably never heard of! goFlow introduces the skateboarder Alexandre Feliz and his Extreme Freestyle! 

After a serious knee injury, Alexandre Feliz, a true Carioca (Rio local), had to find a different path on his skateboarding career. What he did was invent a totally new way to ride, mixing in some of his other passions, such as climbing and always staying in contact with nature. From there, Feliz started to look for new spots to ride, tapping into his creativity and going far beyond regular surfaces like streets or ramps, slopes and handrails. All resulting in creation of something that he calls “Extreme Freestyle”.

Essentially, this new style allows you to ride on any surface, be it stone, sand, clay and, of course, cement and still be connected with the flow, enjoying different natural landscapes everyday. Read more

Remando no Flow com Karol Knopf

É com orgulho que te convidamos para conhecer uma pouco mais sobre a Karol Knopf, que agora também faz parte do nosso incrível time de Expert Locais do Rio de Janeiro.

Karol Knopf já viajou o mundo inteiro a bordo de seu SUP. Já remou ao redor de Ilhas Paradisíacas da África (Cabo Verde, MoçambiqueTânzania e Quênia, Seychelles), da Ásia (Myanmar e Ilhas Maurício) e também por lugares pouco explorados a remo dentro do Brasil (Amazônia e Pantanal). Read more

Heart and Soul: Bárbara Rizzeto – Surfing Champion

Meet goFlow Local Expert, Bárbara Rizzeto – World Traveler and Surfing Champion (including a bronze medal for Brazil at the ISA World Championship 2009). Even with all the success in her competitive career, Barbara continues to give more value to what she really cares about – surfing, nature, trips to new places and, of course, friends! All this and her signature calling card: a beautiful, sincere and irresistible smile.

We asked Barbara to tell us more about her surfer life (and what makes her such an incredible and charismatic person). And this is what she revealed to us: Read more

Alma e Coração: Bárbara Rizzeto – Campeã de Surfe

Conheça nossa Expert Local Bárbara Rizzeto – Viajante do mundo e campeã de surfe (incluindo uma medalha de bronze pelo Brasil, no Mundial da ISA 2009). Mesmo com todo o sucesso na carreira competitiva, Barbara continua dando mais valor ao que realmente importa – surfe, natureza, viagens para novos lugares e, claro, amigos! E isso sempre apresentando seu cartão de visitas: um belo, sincero e irresistível sorriso.

Nós pedimos para Bárbara contar um pouco mais sobre sua vida de surfista (e o que faz dela essa pessoa tão incrível e carismática). E isso foi o que ela nos revelou: Read more

Stand Up Paddle and Yoga Expert Bianca Guimarães

Meet the incredible and beautiful SUP Racer and SUP Yogi, Bianca Guimarães! We’re thrilled to have her as one of our goFlow Local Experts in Rio! Let’s learn a little more about Bianca…

(Interview translated by the author)

Tell a little about yourself (including something you think nobody knows!)?

[Nobody knows] my heartwarming story of first SUPRACE championship in Brazil. Read more

Conheça o Expert Local de Kitesurfe do Rio JD Edde

João Daniel Edde, ou apenas JD, segue o Flow desde antes dos 2 anos de idade, quando ganhou de seu pai seu primeiro skate. Foi paixão a primeira vista e apenas o começo de uma vida dedicada aos esportes a oar livre… Para JD, não importa a superfície, basta estar conectado à natureza, seja na terra, no mar na neve ou no ar. Read more

Meet the Pro: Noa Hopper, Standup Paddleboard Racer

goFlow Community, meet San Diego local and Pro Paddleboarder, Noa Hopper.  Noa began SUPing at the tender age of 11, but began practicing other paddlesports long beforehand.

We had a chance to catch up with Noa after returning from some summer training in Hawaii to get the 411 on paddleboarding, his routine, why sharks rule and where to grab a scrumptious post-session burrito in San Diego.

 

Q – What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

 

Wake up and check the surf/wind conditions and decide if I’m gonna go for a paddle and/or surf. Then get a bowl of Life (cinnamon obviously), and if the surf is bad I’ll go through old GoPro clips and work on my surf/paddle edits.

 

 Q – When did you start Paddleboarding? And how did you find about it?

 

I started standup paddling when I was 11, but I’ve doing other paddlesports ever since I can remember. My dad was the head coach of the USA Dragon Boat team, so by the time I was 14 I’d been to China 17 times.

 

It really opened my eyes to see how the rest of the world lives, and gave me more initiative to try and change the world’s perspective on the ocean, specifically sharks. That’s why I’m taking Chinese in high school (Bishops) right now. I want to be able to convince people that sharks are not mindless creatures bent on killing every human in sight… That the ocean and the entire shark population is worth more than a bowl of soup (see shark finning).
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Q – What does your daily routine look like?

 

Wake up at 6 and go for a flat water paddle 8-10 miles out from South Mission Beach channel to Tourmo and back.

 

Meet up with the boys for breakfast at Konos (big breakfast, French toast) then go surf at a reef in LJ or SUP surf in Del Mar.

 

By then it’s 11:30, so we’ll go get burritos after at Robertos (California burrito with beans), then we’ll go hang out at Windansea for a few hours and try to get rid of my wetsuit tan.

 

Come home to refuel and take a nap, then go do a sprint workout on the SUP, then right after I’ll go for a 6-man outrigger practice from 5-7. Come home again for dinner then go hang out with some friends!

 

Q – Do you have any special exercise or diet as a Pro Athlete?

 

I’m not on any special diet or anything, but I try to be conscious of what goes into my body (i.e. cut back on burritos). Acai bowls are my favorite.

 

Q – What’s the most special experience you have had in the water while paddleboarding? 

 

I just spent the last month in Hawaii, and one day I woke up at 4:30 am because I was still on California time, and looked out at the ocean and saw some splashing about a quarter mile offshore, so I decided to go check it out..

 

It was sill kind of dark but the sun was just coming over Mauna Kea, so the ocean had a golden mist floating off it. I took a standup board out but the splashing had stopped by the time I got out there.

 

All of a sudden this dolphin maybe only 5 feet long jumped out of the water 20 feet from me. I dove in the water with my GoPro and there were hundreds of dolphins all around me.

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Q – What does ‘being in the flow’ mean to you?

Stay mellow, don’t be negative, always stand out.

 

Q – What’s your life motto?

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If nothing goes right… Go left. #sweeperlivesmatter

 

Q – What’s next for you?

 

A whole lot of training! Also Pacific Paddle Games in Dana Point is the next big Standup race for me so… Fingers crossed.

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If you’ve ever wanted to try standup paddleboarding (SUP) and live in the Los Angeles area, you can now book an Experience with one of our goFlow SUP Local Experts.  They will be your personal guide, showing you the basics of SUP at their favorite spots. You can also add meditation or yoga to the mix for an even more zenful experience.  If you book your Experience between now and Labor Day (9/5/16) you’ll get a 20% credit when you use promo code: LABORDAY or direct through this link on your iPhone:  https://on.goflow.me/LABORDAY