The sensations I've experienced as a tandem surfer are among the most exhilarating and exciting of all the activities I’ve ever tried. An adrenaline junkie at heart, I’ve been known to travel to exotic locations and go skydiving and paragliding, scuba diving and hike volcanoes — always seeking any kind of adventure possible.
Spending time in nature is so important to me, because I always feel recharged and energized. Despite my busy schedule as a yoga teacher, writer and model, I'm still committed to making time for the great outdoors. Finding an outlet like tandem surfing created a fusion of my love for yoga, the ocean, adventure and travel. I’m always smiling when I’m out there in the water.
Tandem surfing has captured my heart — there’s nothing quite like flying down a wave, being held in the air upside down and feeling the wind and ocean spray on my face while simultaneously staying focused both physically and mentally.
Many of the lifts involved in tandem surfing require you to stay strong through your core, while engaging the arms and legs and relaxed through your heart, chest and shoulders. Similar to a regular yoga practice, tandem surfing requires balance, focus, strength and flexibility. But above all, you've got to have a sense of adventure and fearlessness! The ocean is so powerful and dynamic — every wave is unique from the last.
Here are three reasons why I love tandem surfing. I hope this inspires you to give it a try — just be sure to find a partner you can trust and take some lessons from a certified instructor first!