The day before she flew out to Indo, we met up with Olivia at the beach on the North Shore of Maui for a quick kitesurfing session. At that point she was still undecided whether she was going to go, no flights were booked yet. This girl is a force - she is full of life and she is driven! Olivia knew what she wanted and she went after it.
"In September 2018 I decided last minute to fly to Indonesia to meet up with some friends. The goal was to get barreled at this famous spot. Lots of barrel dodging, reef cuts, and broken gear, but nonetheless unforgettable."
The water is calling us more and more with the long summer days blazing and the sun’s kiss on our skin. You’re likely to see us sporting a rashie as we charge through the waves and enjoy another beauty day. A rashie is a must have for any belle that is spending her summer days out on the water.
Either short sleeved or long, rashguards are fitted athletic shirts made to protect you from the elements when you spend hours in the water like us. There are a lot of benefits to covering up while at play, apart from just upping your style factor of course. Take a peak below and see why you should get your rashie love on this summer.
Rash prevention (if you were wondering where they got the name rashie from) – rash can occur from either direct contact with the surfboard or when wearing a wetsuit
Sun protection – most rashies are made from textiles that provide ultraviolet protection factor UPF
Added comfort – you don’t have to worry about your top falling off in the surf, in fact Honubelle Rashie is made with double fabric for the front and back of your torso so you can wear it without a bikini top underneath
Helps keep you warmer in the water and the wind, so you can kitesurf for hours
Allows flexibility and freedom of movement while still providing coverage
It’s rather irrational to be afraid of something you’ve never encountered head on, isn’t it?
Not that I’ve ever really been afraid of sharks, I mean I spend close to half of my time floating around in their home, so at some point you just gotta tell yourself, “Yup, there are things much bigger and much stronger than me lurking around in down there.” However, not to say I’ve never gotten that eerie feeling after a particularly rainy day or during a certain long paddle out to a far offshore surf spot, because like most surfers, you can bet I have.
A few months ago I got the opportunity to go cage-free shark diving on the North Shore of Oahu and although I was undoubtedly nervous, I was more excited than anything. The tour was with @oneoceandiving (go check them out!), a world famous group of divers and marine biologists that devote their life to shark research and protection. So, they don’t use any sort of chumming or baiting for their diving tours!
We headed out on the boat and as soon as we got to open ocean, we were being trailed by four or five large Galapagos sharks. We got all geared up and slowly started making our way down the ladder and into the bottomless-deep ocean. Immediately after entering the water, I looked down to see more than 100 reef sharks of all sizes beneath, behind, and all around me.
Of course my first instinct was to panic (even though that was rule #1 on the list of things NOT to do when surrounded by a very large number of sharks), but I very quickly noticed that the sharks really did not mind us being there, they were more interested in the boat than us. The sharks became more and more comfortable and started getting closer and closer, coming feet from us and bumping into Go Pro. One shark came a little uneasily close to me, looking me dead in the eye as it swam by. Honestly, it was one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life and after this I have a really deep respect for these beautiful, curious, and gentle creatures.
Now, I’m not saying I wouldn’t turn around and make my way right back to the beach if there were a Tiger shark hanging out in the lineup, but I can say that as ladies who spend a large portion of our lives in and dedicated to the water and the ocean (in our Honubelle bikinis of course!), I myself think it is really important to do what we can to protect the creatures that are native to it, sharks included!
So, if you find yourself on Oahu, make your way to Haleiwa and go shark diving! I promise you won’t regret it!
Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm to a tiger shark when she was 13 and thought her promising surfing career was over. Only 2 short years after, she won her first National Title and since has become one of the best women surfers in the world. She is an absolute inspiration, especially to young women all around the world, promoting healthy and fit lifestyle and encouraging a positive body image.
Bethany will share her story of determination and faith at "An Evening with Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer" in Calgary on Thursday, October 6th at WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.