Family Night Tip: The Cell Phone Bowl

"To say that young people are in love with their smartphones would be an understatement: It's more like they're obsessed, confirms a new study out by Zogby Analytics." -- USA Today.   Sadly, when I look at the world around me, I have to agree that it's true. This article by RawHide is so revealing of the issue. But it doesn't have to be the case for all of us. As a young person in our culture it is possible, and highly valuable, to recognize this problem and begin to set limits for yourself, encouraging your family and friends to do the same.   My family and I have been trying to prioritize our time together by having a "cell phone bowl" where we can all put our devices when we are together.   The results we've seen -- we interact, we laugh together, we have meaningful conversations, we love each other.   Naturally, we must bust out a smartphone on occasion to take pictures. But for the most part, the rule is: Leave your phone in the bowl. The whole time you're there. And especially while at the dinner table.   Try it at your next family night! I dare you....

Day 1 Swatch Womens Pro

Bethany Gives Tyler a Run for Her Money (Again) In a near-repeat of their Fiji battle, the Hawaiian Bethany Hamilton had the Jeep leader, Tyler Wright, on the ropes at Trestles, with Nikki Van Dijk taking the win. - WSL   It was a rough start to Round 1, Heat 3  at Day 1 of the WSL Swatch Women's Pro today, with a bit of a lull for the first ten minutes of the heat. Making the three competitors a little antsy down at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, CA.  Bethany held the lead after a few solid scores, but then lost it when Nikki Van Dijk turned out a good scoring ride near the end of the heat. Her final wave was so close but not quite enough to move her back to the lead.   She will move on to Round 2 where she has another matchup against current World #1 Tyler Wright.   The Swatch Women's Pro will stream live on the WSL website and app September 7th-18th and runs in conjunction with the Hurley Pro at Trestles....

Swatch Womens Pro Wildcard

Bethany Hamilton has been awarded the wildcard for the Swatch Women's Pro for the second consecutive year. [picture above is her ripping at Trestles before the 2015 event]. This will mark her seventh appearance in a Championship Tour event and her second this season.   The Hawaiian previously caused a series of upsets at the Fiji Women's Pro earlier this year when she blazed through the draw, eliminating world No. 1 Tyler Wright and defeating six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore on her way to the Semifinals.   Bethany will face Australians Tyler Wright and Nikki Van Dijk in Round 1 of competition.   "Lower Trestles is a really special place - the perfect platform to showcase women's surfing," said WSL Women's Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. "Bethany is an extremely talented surfer and we are very excited to have her back at the Swatch Women's Pro. After her incredible performance in Fiji, which is the best we've seen from a wildcard in some time, she has earned another opportunity to compete alongside the world's best."   The Swatch Women's Pro will stream live on the WSL website and app September 7th-18th and runs in conjunction with the Hurley Pro at Trestles, event No. 8 on the men's CT.   Content courtesy WSL....

Bethany’s 14-day AB Challenge

Join me and Friends of Bethany Hamilton in doing 100 ab movements every day for the next two weeks to help raise awareness/support for my foundation, to stay healthy, and for fun!!!! Great health is about have healthy consistent habits on a day-to-day. So I encourage y'all out there to think about your health and choose great habits! While I travel this month, I am committing to this everyday.   Take on the challenge with me by downloading the FREE MaximusLife app and sign up under Friends of Bethany in 'Featured Challenges.' It's a great way to keep us all motivated and accountable. Happy abs! #bh100abchallenge   Basics of the Challenge The Challenge: 100 Ab Moves a Day to raise awareness for the FOBH Foundation. It's not to late to start! The challenge ends Oct 1st. How it Helps Charity: Every check-in provides a share link to help us all rally to raise awareness. At any point in the challenge you can click on the white FOBH label on the challenge dashboard to give an optional donation. Prizes: Point and sharing based prizes will be announced throughout the challenge including a skype meeting with Bethany, a copy of her book and some amazing gear!!   Begin the challenge TODAY   For...

Standout at Surfing Champions Trophy

Greeted by flawless 3-foot waves at the right-hand reef break of Sultans, Bethany and her fellow competitors arrived on the beautiful Island of Kuda Huraa and hit the water for the first time in preparation for Day 1 of the 2016 Four Season Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.   On her second time to the Maldives, as the lone female competitor, Bethany enjoyed the challenge of riding the different equipment required for the unique format of the Champions Trophy, which involves surfers competing on single-fins, twin-fins and thrusters over three separate competition days.   “My first surf was so fun – the conditions were perfect,” Hamilton said. “It’s been fun trying to figure out the different equipment and Sultans really is a perfect wave for trying different boards. It’s going to be really cool surfing with all these guys, I can’t wait.” [caption id="attachment_1845" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Bethany Hamilton (HAW) enjoying being back in the Maldives: Aaron Lieber[/caption]   Her competitors included the legends of the sport: Taj Burrow (AUS), the eventual event champion; Rob Machado; Travis Logie; Shane Dorian, and Jamie O'Brien, along with local goofy-foot ripper Hussain 'Iboo' Areef.   "It's been really cool to surf with Bethany; she is such an inspiration. I'm just loving it here," said...

Mana Bars

Mana is the Hawaiian word for “power.” I find mana in my life from my faith and self-confidence. My faith gives me assurance to face anything that life throws at me. When I’m feeling confident in that, I have a lot of mana to take on the day.   This nut, seed, chocolate energy bar is one of me and Adam's go-to homemade snacks. We often bring it to potlucks or family dinners as a dessert!   You will need a food processor and the following ingredients:   2 cups raw almonds 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds 1/2 cup currants, dates, and raisins 1/2 cup shredded coconut   Process until coarsely ground   1/2 cup unsalted almond butter 3 TBS honey 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 1/2 tsp sea salt   Pulse into a coarse paste Pour and press down into 8x16 inch pan   4 oz dark chocolate   Melt on double boiler Pour into pan and spread over the nut and seed mixture.   Refrigerate for 30 mins. This can also be frozen in a freezer safe container.   Cut into squares, serve and enjoy!!   ...

How Baby Wearing Keeps Me Doing What I Love

Since becoming a mother I have joined a core- and dare I say, fanatical- group of babywearers! That's why I'm stoked to be partnering with Baby Tula to release a signature ‘Soul Surfer’ baby carrier design. Available through my Shop. Here's a bit of the story of our collaboration:   After my son, Tobias, was born, I went out of my way to "wear" him. A Baby Tula carrier was the perfect way to do that! I looked at his first 3 months as the 4th trimester, and made it a point to have lots of skin to skin contact and keep him bundled. It was a beautiful time to bond as child and parent, allowing him to grow in trust, and feel safe in his new environment. My husband, Adam, even wore Tobias a lot! We would take turns. In his first 3 months Tobias was a bit colicky, so we’d do nighttime walks up and down our driveway using the carrier, and it worked. It was a good way to keep him upright after feeds.   Out in public, I found wearing him would keep people’s hands off him more, and I liked that. There’s a time and a place to allow...

Challenge for 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Kuda Huraa Maldives, June 15, 2016 – The 2016 Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy line up is complete and it is one of the most star studded the unique event has seen. Joining Pipe specialists Jamie O’Brien, former Championship Tour competitor and WSL deputy commissioner Travis Logie and 2015 event champion Shane Dorian will be Taj Burrow,  Bethany Hamilton, Rob Machado and local champion Hussain 'Iboo' Areef.   [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [blockquote text='I am so excited to have fun surfing with the boys in the Maldives pristine waves. It will be fun and interesting competing on twin and single fin boards. I am looking forward to a cruise time with my family, enjoying our time in paradise.' text_color='#6b6b6b' title_tag='' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='yes' quote_icon_color='#6b6b6b' quote_icon_size='100'] –Bethany Hamilton [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10']   Event co-ordinator, Mark Winson of Tropicsurf, predicts the most exciting year yet with this incredible and diverse line-up of competitors.   “There’s no guessing which way this will go, and that’s what makes it so exciting,” Winson said. “Spectators are in for an electrifying show of surfing skills.”   The 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy will run from August 8-14. For more information check back at www.worldsurfleague.com or...

Sushi Night

The other night my brother's families and ours got together to make homemade sushi. We had a big slab of freshly caught ahi, organic brown rice, nori, organic sliced veggies, and yummy sauces. We did our best to roll together some lopsided sushi. haha! This health tip is more about getting together with your family/loved ones to do something out of the ordinary. It is healthy to create fun memories and have quality time with others. Enjoy some lopsided sushi!...

Travel With A Reusable Water Bottle!

I cannot over emphasize the importance of staying hydrated. Especially when traveling, proper hydration helps minimize jetlag and support the immune system. To stay hydrated, it helps to have your own reusable bottle (plus it's better on the earth)! More and more airports are placing fill up stations, like the one pictured above, which make it easy to get your water fix. So keep an eye out!   I like my Corkcicle canteen, it keeps my water or drink cold (or hot) for over 10 hours! It's the bomb!     Whether you have a Corkcicle or your own water bottle you like to use, bring it along when you travel this summer....