Wednesday 30 December 2015

Surf Girl November 2015

Thank you to Surfgirl Magazine for featuring my year of travels in the latest issue of the magazine. 
It has been such an incredible year for me and my confidence has grown with every wave I have caught in each different line up.
I feel so blessed to be back doing what I love and I'm incredibly grateful for the adventures I have been on this year and all the amazing people I have met along with way. 
Iceland, New York, Morocco, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, France and California you were rad! I cannot wait for the adventures in 2016 ❤️
A massive thank you to Gareth Costello for the amazing pics and for being the best travel companion. Additional thanks to photographers JC Pinheiro and Colin Bruce 

Saturday 21 November 2015

California Dreamin'

Finally getting around to writing a few words about my trip to California in October. Such a special place and amazing to catch up with some old friends and new ones!

The waves and weather provided. The whole El NiƱo made for some pretty sick and warm surfs. 

First stop was Ventura for some sick little peelers. Just what was needed after the long flight and the drive out of LA - waking up to this! 

Next stop was up through Morro Bay. Early morning runs and kayaking out on the lake was so beautiful. Such a peaceful and sleepy town! 

Truckin' up through Big Sur was epic. Miss this truck so much and this view! 

Big Sur and Highway 1 are so special. Still such a beautiful and unspoilt part of the west coast.

We trekked right up to Monterey and then headed back down the 1 via Carmel. Those white sands ❤️

There's some pretty rad places in California but one of my favourites is up in the hills of Santa Barbara. Feels like your on top of the world up there.

Next stop was Oceanside via the desert... Joshua trees are pretty cool! 

I love Oceanside. Sick waves and such a good vibe. Best view from the hotel room too! 

The sunsets mesmerised me. Red and orange skies. Sunsets dreams are made of...

Skate, surfs and early morning runs. Plus heaps of hang times with some special people. Happy times in Oceanside!

The best thing about Oceanside is that it's 15 minutes south of Trestles. I felt so lucky and blessed to be out here surfing again. 
Where else can you skate to the break and cross the train tracks to get to the waves? 
With the world junior champs on at Oceanside, I managed to sneak a few quiet sessions at Uppers. Sun shining and perfect A-Frame peaks. The picture doesn't do it justice but it shows how quiet it was! 

50 minutes south of Oceanside is San Diego. Such a beautiful city ❤️

Last stop on the adventure was Huntington Beach via a couple of stops in Dana point and Laguna beach. 

A couple of nights in Huntington was the perfect way to end this amazing Californian adventure. I even managed to get some new ink to map what's been an amazing year of adventures for me!

You can't really get much better than an epic Californian road trip with surf, hikes, kayaks, skates and friends. I am still so in love with this amazing place ❤️

Saturday 19 September 2015

Les Landes

I managed to make a flying visit back to see my buddies in France last weekend. It was so good to hang out, catch some rays and speak some French! Les Landes was doing its thing on my last day. Such an amazing coastline for waves down there and a pretty momentous places for me. 

Quick turnaround and then it's off to California next.  I'm so hyped for this next adventure! 

Huck online

The full interview that was featured in Huck Magazine's Adventure Issue is now online at the following link -

Thank you for sharing my story Huck :) 

Photography: Gareth Costello 

Monday 27 July 2015

Huck Magazine!

So hyped, honoured and very thankful to be featured in the latest Huck Magazine adventure issue! It's out now in stores if you fancy a wee read of my story back to ocean. Photography by the rather talented Gareth Costello - not that I'm biased! Follow his work on Instagram @gbcostello

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Island life - Maldives ❤️

So the Maldives has always been up there as one of my all time surf destinations. I was so hyped to be taking off from Colombo but pretty apprehensive at the same time. 

I had butterflies in my tummy, thinking about surfing over coral again, miles out on a boat without any hospitals close by. This is just always something I'm thinking of now after the accident..."what if." 

As we arrived at the airport and were quickly escorted to the speed boat taking us to Kandooma, that all just seemed to fade. A wise person once said to me - "what is, is and what was, was" I hadn't really given it too much thought but it was profound in my mind that night. We had arrived in paradise. A surfers paradise. I was lucky to be alive and be here experiencing this, I had to make the most of it! Excitement took over. Even under the dark, starry skies, the water was crystal clear when we stepped onto the boat. I could not wait to see this place in the morning! 

Waking up was nothing short of magical - 

I've been all over the world, but never have I seen such white sand and such crystal clear water. I felt like the luckiest girl alive ❤️

The first couple of days were pretty small swell wise so that gave me some time to adjust to island life and do some snorkelling and swimming. There were the cutest little reef sharks in the lagoon at Kandooma right and an abundance of stunning fish and live coral! Not to mention plenty of chill time in the sun and out on the boat! 

Day 2 and I had even managed to pluck up the courage to jump in off the top of the boat. That was something I couldn't even have envisaged wanting to do 6 months ago and now I felt like the me that craved adventure and adrenaline was finally coming back and it felt so good! 

By day 4 the charts were starting to line up and we could see the swell was coming. I was so excited to surf the waves a little bigger and see how I felt.

Riding out to the waves by boat is so chilled! Definitely my preferred mode of surf transport! ❤️

Each day and each wave I caught helped my confidence grow. I have to say a massive thanks to the perfect wave crew at Kandooma for being super supportive and helping me believe that I could get out there and do what always used to come as second nature before. This picture by Robert Underwood captures me out on one of the smaller days before the bigger swell arrived. I honestly can't even begin to say how good it felt being out there riding those waves! 

More surf pics to follow soon... 

Sunsets were such a special time at night. So peaceful and so beautiful - laced with so many colours! 

As a special treat for my upcoming birthday we spent a couple of nights in the over water villas! Probably the raddest room I have ever stayed in. Not to mention snorkelling from our bedroom at any time of day or night! 

Also had the best bath of my life! Can't really beat this view from a tub with bubbles ❤️

Lying out on our deck at any time of the day was so chilled. I loved just lying out. Listening to the waves and the sounds of the ocean. 
Late at night, we just lay out under the stars over the top of the water. So many stars but what never fails to amaze me is seeing the same constellations I look at up in the sky from back home in Scotland. It's so beautiful and amazing. It makes you feel so small and truly thankful. For me lying there in that moment all I could think of was how lucky I was. I have an amazing family who have supported me through thick and thin, true friends old and new who have been there by my side through the smiles and the tears, an amazing new boy in my life who makes me laugh every day I'm with him, my sponsors who have stuck by me and God who I believe has made all of this possible for me. I was there under the Maldivian sky, reflecting on how life is now and how truly grateful I am. No words can surmise that feeling. I guess "blessed" is the closest I can get but it still doesn't even scratch the surface of how deep that feeling goes! 

I felt like a proper little island girl by the end of my 8 nights there. Smiles from ear to ear. I had snorkelled with turtles, jumped off boats, met some truly inspiring people, laughed, smiled, eaten amazing food and surfed some of the best waves I have surfed since my accident back in 2013. It felt incredible. 

This place was truly beautiful. A once in a lifetime experience.

Thank you the Maldives for helping me get my surf wings back! You've helped me more than you'll ever know ❤️