It’s about this time of year that I start to really feel the call of summer. The days start to get longer and my skin shows the first signs of reclaiming that healthy beach glow. The salt water begins to turn my hair a salty light brown and every waking moment is spent plotting how to be on the water at all times. It gets incredibly hot in New Orleans so I look to travel to some of my favorite places where paddleboarding is the best method of transportation. It’s on the board that I can continue my yoga practice in the dead of summer and leave a car behind to explore the places I travel with a paddle in hand.
I get this surge of energy as I enter my birth month with a rejuvenated mind, body and spirit. It happens like clockwork every single year that I find this unexpected moment of peace and clarity. Naturally, my little Cancer crab intuition leads me straight to water and I instinctively revel in every aquatic activity I can possibly think of. My travels this summer will be filled with just that as I make my way visiting family in Charleston and Sullivan's Island and then move on to the lake districts in the Swiss/Italian Alps, and finally rounding out the summer paddle boarding along the Dalmation coast in Croatia. Water, water, everywhere. #aqualife
I’m clearly obsessed with adidas x Stella McCartney line for studio and training but it’s their paddleboard and swim kit that is speaking to my heart this season. A very packable vibrant blue python print rash guard easily rolls between the cobalt blue Adriatic sea and the marshy warm waters of South Carolina.
My choice for best all-around water sport kit includes the transparent bag and Hikara outdoor sandal. I took the bag to the beach with towel and shoes in tow and not a drop of water found its way inside the bag. It’s the best, most versatile piece to have since I can throw it over one shoulder or wear it as a backpack to free up my hands for the paddle board. Carrying that sucker is almost a workout in itself! The shoes are fantastic for climbing down rocks to find the best way to enter the water. I like to leave my sneakers at home here and opt for an open sandal to stay dry and these tick every box when it comes to water sport preparation: sturdy, functional, sleek, and water friendly. I leave this bag packed with a towel, goggles, and sandals so I’m able to grab it and go and see inside to make sure I don’t miss a thing.
Here are a few things to put on your itinerary if you find yourself in these parts of the world this summer!
Dubrovnik, Croatia is famous for its cobalt blue, crystal clear waters and it’s one of the best under-the-radar summer getaway locations. Villa Argentina and Villa Sheherezade have pools that overlook the old city (hello, Khaleesi) and stairways that lead straight down into the Adriatic sea. They are stunning and worth checking out if you're in town. The water can be cool so a rashguard regulates body temperature for extended swims.
Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places where it is so important to be along the water during summer. Low country living includes paddleboarding to catch the famous sunsets that cast colorful shadows on the marshes. Here, it’s possible to run from beach to marsh easily, paddleboard in hand, with quite literally the best, most light-weight sporty sandals on my feet. Grab olive oil ice cream (surprisingly delicious) & homemade ice cream sandwhiches at Beardcat to help cool off or try the low country bbq at Hometeam to refuel post-paddleboarding.
Floating photo & python detail: Marianna Massey
Rash guard, sandals, backpack, towel and goggles: adidas by Stella McCartney