The surf instructor
Lifestyle blogger, surfer, Roxy ambassador and founder of Mad To Live surfing retreats Sophie Everard, tells us why surfing gives you a healthy mind and body.
WHAT’S YOUR BODY PHILOSOPHY?
‘Keeping strong and healthy has led me toexperience awesome sports like surfing which havebrought me so much happiness. As I want to surfand explore well into my older life, staying fit is apriority. But I listen to my body: if I feel exhausted,I rest. Running my surf retreats around the world(madtoliveblog.com), I’m assailed by salt water,sun and other elements. A super-strong SPF isessential – I love Hawaiian Tropic – and I cover myface with an extra layer of zinc before hitting the surf.Post-surfing, keeping my skin hydrated is a must.’
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MY GO TO FOOD
‘I love food. If I didn’t eat enoughof what I need, I could never trainand surf as I do. I avoid over-processed foods and eat plentyof organic veg, fish, meat, carbs,and enjoy good dark chocolate ora glass of red wine every so often.Growing up in Greece, my dietis seeped in olive oil, grilled fish,and platters of roasted veg.’
HOW DO YOU STAY STRONG TO SURF?
‘I stay fit and healthy all year-round, so I’m always physicallyready for the sports I love suchas surfing and snowboardingand mentally sharp for whateverlife hurls my way. I do strengthtraining three times a week usingcompound moves such assquats, deadlifts, dumbbellpresses and pull-ups to build strength, power and lean, and I compliment it with fun cardio such as boxing,climbing, hiking and running.’
MY SURF ESSENTIALS
‘I need kit that allows meto perform to my best. TheRoxy POP Surf collection hastaken women’s surfing gearto the next level (everythingused to be black and ashrunken version of themen’s gear), and its wetsuitsand bikinis are super rad,stylish, and critically, haveUV protection.’
‘EVERYONE SHOULD TRY SURFING’
‘It makes you feel soenergised and happy and,whether you’re catchingyour first-ever waveor you’re a seasonedpro, that feeling staysthe same.As a workout, it’s secondto none because itdevelops strength, power,endurance, betterbalance and agility, plus itallows a connection tonature that’s beautiful.I’m 30, am surfing morethan ever in my life, andhave never, ever, feltstronger, fitter and morepowerful and capable,mentally and physically.’