How to wear a summer wetsuit: the Diva Black Series

Yesterday I finally unwrapped my lady balls from their cotton wool cladding and went wakeboarding in a super short shortie.  I’m not going to lie, its been a while since I’ve ridden in anything but a full 3.2mm or a full 5.4mm suit.  Why?  I hear you ask?  And no its not because I live in England, we’ll thats partly got something to do with it, but the main reason is that I feel it keeps me together, in search of a better word?

See, I used to jump at the chance to ride in a bikini and short shorts (it was below the knee boardies with your arse hanging out before this stage if you remember, not a good look), but since I’ve had kids, I’ve chaaanged.

A number of factors come into play here.  I ride less because I have two small humans to look after, they take up a lot of time; riding time.  I ride less because when I do ride, its for an hour, possibly two hours at a time, I don’t hang out at the lake all day anymore, (yet.. I’m getting the kids into it, I’m dreaming of days where I’ll have to drag them away from the cable).  So because I ride less… I hate to admit it, but I’m less confident on my board than I was pre kids, and with that comes a hint of doubt.. and when you have doubt, you can cock up on tricks.  And if you cock up on a rail, plastic hurts so I like to have some neoprene covering and protecting my entire body.  Also, your body is just different after having kids.  It just is.  Saying all this, I’m pretty calculated with what I try on my wakeboard, so I haven’t messed up to warrant wearing a full suit, for the past six years.

So like I said, I found my lady balls, dusted them off, and got my ass out for a delightful evening wakeboard session down at Club Wake Park.

How to wear the summer wetsuit; well, you order one, wait for the deliver, unwrap it, check it fits, head to the lake, slip it on, zip it up and work the hell out of it and have a great session!

After all that chat, here are some photos of the beautiful Mystic Diva Black series suit that makes you feel like a legit Bond Girl.

Thanks to Janni Saarinen & Keegan Rigby from CWP for the snaps!

How to wakeboard through the winter in England

Ahhhh its that time of year again..  The time when the trees are bare, the time when driving gets a bit dodgy because the sun sits in that awkward low position for most of the day.  The time when you never have enough windscreen wash in your jet things.  The time when you physically have to peel yourself off the sofa and get your ass to the gym when the only thing you want to do in the evening is veg out in your pjs with a glass of wine (cough, Sherry).  Basically that time of year when England turns into a very gloomy place.  Or it does for me anyway.

Theres an up side as well though… Hallelujah!  You know those rare bluebird days when theres been a frost and the air is crisp?  Those are my favourite days in the English winter.  Unless it snows… I love snow.

Those crisp days are the best ones to ride on, theres just something slightly magical about them, even if they are bloody freezing.  However, they don’t come about to often, so you just have to suck it up and ride in the miserable grey windy, drizzly weather this beautiful little island attracts.

Photo Credit: Toby Oliver @ CWP

So, how do we survive riding throughout the winter….?

  1. Go abroad.  Get on a plane and go ride somewhere hotter than here, preferably for the season and you’ll come back all tanned and smug because you’ve got a whole new bag of tricks.
  2. If you’re going to ride in the UK, get a decent wettie.  Don’t prat around with some useless piece of rubbish neoprene.  Invest.  I’m in the new Mystic Diva 5.3mm and its toastie warm.
  3. If you’re rocking the open toe, get some socks.  Otherwise get your hands on some Systems because you’re basically walking around in a snug snowboard style boot – toastie tootsies!
  4. Gloves.  Its a coin toss really.  Do you want frostbite or do you want that unavoidable forearm ache that you only get with gloves.  I go for the arm ache personally.  Saves my manicure.
  5. Maintenance.  If you’re landing new tricks in the winter in the UK – give yourself a huge pat on the back.  Otherwise, just maintain what you can already do so that you come into the next season ready to go.
  6. Keep active.  You can’t sit around doing nothing all winter and then expect to be able to shred your tits off come April.  Keep those muscles active and work out in other ways, whether it be gym work, cycling, running, yoga… just keep moving.
  7. Take your mates.  Theres no fun in riding alone in the winter.  Fact.  And if theres people with you, you’re more likely to actually ride rather than sit in the cafe with a cuppa.
  8. Flask.  Invest in a flask and fill it to the brim with hot tea / coffee / hot choc… you’ll be grateful post ride.
  9. Leave time for a shower afterwards – to warm up obvs.
  10. If theres no shower, take a sleeping bag and drive home wearing it.  Jokes.  Take thermals, sweats, mountain attire; anything to keep you warm until you get home.
  11. Fun is the word.  Just be grateful you’re able to get out there and ride.
Photo Credit: Janni @ CWP

Gym Gear: Island Feather

A while ago I ventured off to Plastic Playground down at the wake mecca that is Liquid Leisure.  No, not to compete this year, but to spectate.  After popping out a couple of kids, I have spent less time at lakes, but as my cherubs are getting on a bit (2.5 and 4.5yrs old), I feel I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The  baby haze and toddler tunnel that is.  So what better way to spend a Saturday, than watching some of the worlds finest wakeboarders do what they do best.  Of course me being me, I mixed a bit of business with pleasure.

I had a meeting with the beautiful Claudia from Island Feather.  This little package of hotness started an active wear company that she’s been working on for years.  I remember the company first starting with hair accessories and its incredible how its grown into a amazing line of active wear.  I was kindly given a few pieces from the line and of course I put them to the test.  I wore them to my body pump class and also while practicing yoga and I’m in love.  I love the fit and the feel, I love the design and the prints.  Its great that there are three different sports bras as well; ones for low, medium and high intensity – which is just perfect if you do different activities like I do.  If you are looking for some beach chic active wear then this is your go to brand!