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Lee Ann Curren

As the daughter of living legend Tom Curren, Lee-Ann has forged quite a reputation in her own right, establishing herself as a rising star in European surfing. Lee-Ann has been crowned both European Junior Champion and 2x ASP European Champion. After a successful year in 2009 on the WQS, she qualified as the youngest European ever for the WCT.

Lee-Ann also has a deep passion for music; she sings, plays the guitar and enjoys composing music of her own through her band ‘Betty The Shark’. Additionally, she founded her Surf and Hope Foundation after witnessing the hard life of the Brazilian favelas. As a result, she recently produced "Titan Kids" - a film about the surfers and children of the favelas.

With a heavy focus on providing kids help and hope through surfing, Lee-Ann is fast becoming an icon in women's surfing.

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While we were watching Steph chase down her 2017 #ROXYpro Gold Coast victory, hundreds of girls rolled out their mats on Rainbow Bay beach for the #ROXYfitness event.

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Despite the low pressure system bringing the rain, spirits were high as we kicked off the 7am start with yoga on the beach.

The view of pumping waves rolling past as we saluted the sun (hidden behind a few clouds) brought a great energy to the yoga session as did the partner yoga which also gave us a few laughs as we stretched with a buddy.

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Next generation yogis, Zahlia, Sky and Sierra leading the flow!

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

The fun continued with a 5km run, tracing the coastline from Rainbow Bay to Kirra and then back again.

We think the excitement of finals day at the #ROXYpro managed to pull everyone over the line quicker than ever before, with the winner of the run leg, completing the race in 20:22!

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

After a quick snack we headed to Jack Evans Boat harbour for the 1km SUP race.

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

While we managed to dry off during the run, it didn’t take long for the heavens to open one again, and deliver another almighty tropical downpour as we were paddling our way around the Tweed River.

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Rain, Hail or Shine at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast

To all the incredible women who came and celebrated along with us at #ROXYfitness Gold Coast, we thank you for your incredible smiles and indomitable spirit, refusing to let the rain hold you back from celebrating an active outdoor lifestyle! We hope to see you all again next year

With the #ROXYpro on hold for the boys to complete a few rounds at the #QuikPro, we decided to escape the craziness of Coolangatta for the morning and take a day trip further down the coast for a few uncrowded waves and some downtime with the team.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Our strike mission began early with Mainei, Bruna, Lisa, Bianca and Lee-Ann strapping boards and packing cars with all the essentials before 6am, and after a quick coffee stop, we were fueled up and ready to hit the highway.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

It didn’t take us long to feel like we were miles away from the hustle and bustle of Coolangatta, with the urban sprawl slowly melting into the coastal rainforest lining the highway.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

In no time we were parked at the Cabarita headland and taking in the uninterrupted views along the dramatic rocky coastline of the morning surf conditions. After a quick decision as to where we would make our camp for the morning, we promptly unpacked the cars and set off down the beach.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Lee-Ann and Bianca were the first ones to hit the water, carefully selecting their weapon of choice from our collective quiver (naturally, we packed for all conditions), with Bruna close behind. The girls were spoiled with an empty line up to share and wasted no time in giving passers by a reason to stop and watch their enviable skills.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

A few of our favorite beach essentials

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

As the girls started to come back in from the surf, the subject soon turned to lunch and where to find it. We took a short walk from the beach and stumbled across a sushi bar that seemed to answer everyone’s cravings.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Within minutes of devouring a few hand rolls and gyoza, we were told that the perfect spot to relax on a sunny day in Cabarita was Halcyon House, and given it was just a five minute walk away, we just couldn’t resist.

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

Cooling off in Cabarita during the #ROXYpro

A refreshing spritzer and plenty of laughs later, we decided to pack up the cars again and head back to Snapper Rocks, just in time to catch Steph set the super bank on fire, catching four barrels in one heat.

Tune in to the dawn patrol show tomorrow morning from 7am AEDT call, for all the finals day action (fingers crossed!)

A few months ago, LeeAnn Curren headed to Iceland to chase a surfing experience that some of us only ever dream of, but for Lee-Ann, the North Atlantic shoreline has drawn her back again and again over the last five years -

“Iceland has become almost like a second home to me. I'm not sure what attracts me so much about this place. Maybe the immensity of the landscapes that make you feel so vulnerable, yet very much alive, and leave you in a permanent state of awe and contemplation. I think this video describes perfectly what it feels like to be out there.”

Lee-Ann’s latest clip ‘Cold Lines’ is a serious dose of adventure fuel, and between watching the video and booking your ticket, read our interview with Lee-Ann about the ins and outs of surfing amongst the extraordinary glacial landscapes of the Nordic isle.


When did you first start searching for surf in the region?

My first trip there was in 2012, I had kind of planed to go on my own and adventure solo but a bunch of my friends jumped on board (Amandine Sanchez, Pauline Ado, Jessi Miley Dyer, Sofia Mulanovich and Emmy Martens), It was when I met all the crew at Arctic Surfers. it was definitely one of the best trips of my life and what made me want to go back!

Surfing Iceland with Lee-Ann Curren

Surfing Iceland with Lee-Ann Curren

What drew you to surfing there in such extreme weather conditions?

Probably the beauty of the place, the fact that it's uncrowded and a challenge every time you get in the water. But in the end it's really not that bad once you're in your wetsuit.

Surfing Iceland with Lee-Ann Curren

Surfing Iceland with Lee-Ann Curren

What was the average water temperature at the time?

At the start of the trip it was around 8/9 degrees C, but it went down gradually (I was there for a month) and in one of my last sessions at Glacier Lagoon it was about 2/3 degrees. At this point, the equipment you use makes a huge difference in the experience. I was wearing a 6'5 custom roxy wetsuit, booties with no "split toe" and wool socks underneath, neoprene mittens, and I was pretty warm in that.

Surfing Iceland with Lee-Ann Curren

Surfing Iceland with Lee-Ann Curren

What’s the local surfing community like?

There's between 20 and 30 surfers in Iceland I think. They're all super friendly and so passionate about surfing. I've met quite a few girl surfers too, one of them would go surfing wearing gloves at her feet because she didn't have booties! There's no surf shops so it's hard for them to get wetsuits and boards. In Iceland people in general are very afraid of the ocean, because it's a "fishermen" culture, so surfers are considered mad weirdos.

Where to next?

I'll be on the Gold Coast during the ROXY Pro.

Surfing Iceland with Lee-Ann Curren

Surfing Iceland with Lee-Ann Curren


Filmed and edited by: Claudia Lederer

Music: Samaris - Stofnar Falla


Can you believe that, this time last week, we were crowning a new World Champ and a #ROXYpro France winner!? Although our time with the ROXY surf team has wrapped for another year, there were some incredible moments captured, and chances are you double tapped on few of Cait Miers’, beautiful shots that we posted on insta.

Between surf sessions, the highs and lows of the #ROXYpro and a croissant or five, we caught up with Cait to discover what stories were hiding behind her favorite shots from our time on the Landes Coast, and we weren’t disappointed...


A spontaneous decision for a last minute surf before the sun went down turned into the session of the week! LeeAnn was firing, her elegant style combined with the backdrop of the most incredible sunset had me jumping up and down from the beach.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


I’d seen this wall on Pinterest photos before and didn’t even realise it was in Hossegor! As soon as I found out, we rounded up the girls and went to explore! The girls were so excited to be all together in Hossegor, the dancing speaks for itself.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Steph had a really cute outfit on one night as we were tucking into a few vinos, so I pulled her aside for a few sneaky portraits in front of the pool. We laughed the entire time.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Out of the corner of my eye I caught Bianca warming up for her Round 1 Heat. I ran over and grabbed a few snaps, fascinated by her focus.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Steph was about to run into the water for her Quarter Final match up. She had her eyes on the ocean and was super focused. There were a crowd of young french girls taking photos and giggling around her, and steph looked over and couldn't resist giving them a cheeky grin.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


That smile says it all (or does it, it was freezing!) but despite the fact she was cold, Mainei still managed a smile and a laugh, one that is infectious.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Jam sesh’s were a regular occurrence in the ROXY house on this trip! It was rad to watch these two jam away in their own little worlds, playing anything their heart desired.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


I love this little pocket rocket! Sierra is always up and ready for a surf, always the first one in the water!

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


We checked out Biarritz one day and I really loved this place. The girls were running around going bananas, too much sugar perhaps? It was a lot of fun seeing what they got up to.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


I just loved seeing how genuine and natural these girls are. They’re all such good friends and I think you can see it on their faces that they’re stoked to be around each other!

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


After a big day of heats at the #ROXYpro France and in preparation for #ROXYfitness Hossegor on the weekend, we took some time out at the end of our day to R E L A X with some yoga and a healthy dinner, hosted by the gorgeous girls from revelbiarritz.

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

As the sun slipped below the trees, our yoga teacher, Laura, lead lead the flow. Talk about a sun salutation!

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Mainei taking on the twist challenge.

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

At 9 years old, Sierra Kerr was our smallest and fiercest yogi.

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

As we finished our practice and with a fresh yoga high in place, we floated from our mats into the kitchen to find a fresh feast waiting for us to taste. While Laura was keeping us zen on the deck, Leone had been busily preparing a nourishing spread of locally sourced fare for dinner.

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

From salmon poke bowls to rice paper rolls loaded with vegetables to the raw berry cheesecake, we filled our plates with nature’s best and satisfied our hunger with some serious soul food.

And for those who were following the fun on snapchat, we promised to share the raw dessert recipe and here it is! Bon Appetit!

Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France


COCONUT LIME + BERRY RAW CHEESECAKE


Base

1 cup almonds

1 cup shredded coconut

½ cup pecans

8 medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water

½ cup coconut oil, melted


Filling

3 cups cashews, soaked in water overnight

¾ cup lime juice

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

½ can coconut cream

¾ cup coconut oil, melted


Topping

1.5 cups frozen raspberries

¼ cup maple syrup


1. To make the base, drain medjool dates, place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until well combined + sticking together.

2. Press base mixture into a silicone cake mould (or lined 20cm spring form cake tin) and put in freezer.

3. For the filling drain cashews, process all ingredients in a food processor except coconut oil, and process until well combined. Keep the food processor on and slowly pour in coconut oil - process until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour cheesecake filling over base and place into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

5. To make the berry topping, add the berries and maple syrup into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour over the cheesecake and set aside.

6. Place cheesecake into the fridge for at least 4 hours to set.


Surf. Eat. Yoga. Repeat at the #ROXYpro France

Thanks again Leone and Laura from revelbiarritz, for an amazing evening!

From our saltiest groms to our World champs, we love sharing the stoke on a daily basis, but on June 20th we are joining our athletes and the surf community to celebrate International Surfing Day by heading to our favorite beach to surf, participate in beach clean up or soak up the weather with friends.

And to sweeten the deal, ROXY and Quiksilver are donating $10 from every boardshort and swim piece sold today to the Hawaiian Lifeguards. Because good karma swells and the ocean belongs to everyone.

Surfrider Foundation is hosting over 200 #ISD2016 events across the globe to enable every person to give back to their local beach or favorite surf break. Stay up to date throughout the day by following #ISD2016 on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the fun!

To kick things off we asked our team to tell us what surfing means to them -


Mainei Kinimaka // Hawaii

To me, surfing means practicing Hawaiian culture and sustaining my ancestral traditions.

Image Cory Gehr

International Surfing Day 2016

Nao Omura // Japan

Surfing is the happiest thing in my life!

International Surfing Day 2016

Bronte Macaulay // Australia

Crystal clear water, afternoon glass-offs , sunny days and endless smiles. How lucky are we...

Happy international surfing day!

International Surfing Day 2016

Kelia Moniz // Hawaii

Surfing to me is this… Waikiki. To me Waikiki means family, it means joy and it means memories. There’s a feeling you get there that you can’t get anywhere else. There’s a feeling that I get when I surf a wave here, it makes me fall in love with this wave riding thing over and over and over again.

Image Dane Peterson

International Surfing Day 2016

Laura Macaulay // Australia

To me, surfing means to enjoy and appreciate the moment with family, friends and nature.

Image WSL

International Surfing Day 2016

Justine Mauvin // France

To me, surf could mean Science Under the Rights of Freedom. Surfing takes me to the right place, where you learn about reaching the essence of being free.

International Surfing Day 2016

Chloe Calmon // Brazil

My connection with surfing is so deep within my soul, that every time I paddle out I feel I blend in with the ocean. It feels like the waves and I are only one being...

International Surfing Day 2016

Monyca Eleogram // Hawaii

Surfing to me is freedom. It’s the opportunity to live in the moment and let go.

Smile, laugh, stand up, sit down, go straight, or swerve. there is no right or wrong way. Freedom.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sienna Marshall // Australia

The ocean is my happy place where my fears, emotions, thoughts and feelings can be set free. Surfing feels like nothing I have ever experienced before. It makes my world turn, surfing means the world to me.

International Surfing Day 2016

Leila Riccobuano // Hawaii

Surf reflects my life.... Everyday and every wave are different.

International Surfing Day 2016

Bruna Schmitz // Brazil

Surfing to me is everything I know. I couldn't imagine my life without it. It just wouldn't make sense!

International Surfing Day 2016

Sophia Chapman // Australia

Surfing is my happy place, nothing compares to the feeling of freedom you get from the ocean.

International Surfing Day 2016

LeeAnn Curren // France

Go down the line and hunt for tubes. Happy international surfing day :)

International Surfing Day 2016

Vahine Fierro // Tahiti

My love for surfing will never go away

International Surfing Day 2016

Lizzie Stokely // Australia

Surfing is the best sport in the world

. Even though every wave is different, the feeling it leaves you with is always pure stoke!

Image Nick Green at Shipstern Bluff

International Surfing Day 2016

Bianca Buitendag // Sth Africa

To me, surfing reflects the freedom and joy that is available once recognizing your dependency and learning to trust the One that created all of life, every wave and you.

International Surfing Day 2016

Savanna Stone // Hawaii

I love surfing because when I am on a wave I feel most powerful, and the ocean makes me feel at home.

International Surfing Day 2016

Piper Harrison // Australia

When surfing I'm part of something bigger. The power of the ocean and the world surrounding me, I appreciate the incredible world we live in.

International Surfing Day 2016

Alyssa Lock // Australia

Surfing is my past, my present and my future

International Surfing Day 2016

Chelsea Tuach // Barbados

Surfing has shaped me into the person I am today. I'm thankful for the highs and the lessons and for the beautiful people I've met along the way.

International Surfing Day 2016

India Robinson // Australia

Surfing means the world to me, out of the water i feel like a different person, the real me is in the water.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sage Goldsbury // Australia

I love everything about surfing, floating in the ocean with my family and friends, sunshine and the uplifting bliss after a good wave.

International Surfing Day 2016

Meg Roh // America

I've surfed every day for the past five years because surfing to me means endless adventures and smiles.

International Surfing Day 2016

Caroline Marks // America

I love surfing. Love is surfing every wave like it's your last.

International Surfing Day 2016

Lucie Milochau // France

Surfing is wake up every morning thinking at what will look like the session

International Surfing Day 2016

Rosy Hodge // Sth Africa

Surfing is something I wake up thinking about everyday. It's the constant source of what makes me happy and has shaped the best memories in my life.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sierra Kerr // America

I surf because it makes me feel good. I love to be in the water with dolphins swimming by me. I smile and laugh a lot surfing with my family and friends and that makes me very happy.

International Surfing Day 2016

Mahé Javegny // France

Surfing is everything for me and the things I prefer to do. It’s an amazing feeling, the best feeling in the world.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sakura // Hawaii

Surfing is so fun and make me happy and smiles.

International Surfing Day 2016

Juliette Brice // France

I don’t even have words to describe what does surfing mean to me, It’s just the best feeling in the world and I couldn’t imagine living without it!

International Surfing Day 2016

Summer Macedo // Hawaii

Surfing is my "rock". It reminds me of who I am and what I love to do.

International Surfing Day 2016

Gabbi Knudson // Hawaii

Surfing is pure stoke, and is what I look forward to doing everyday. It provides a way to hang out and make friends and surf some of the best waves in the world. Surfing means everything to me, and I will never take it for granted.

International Surfing Day 2016

Stephanie Gilmore // Australia

Surfing sure is magical! Right here in my happiest place, smile on my face, it must be love! Happy International Surfing Day friends :)

International Surfing Day 2016

This past Winter, LeeAnn Curren traded chilly French breaks for warmer waters in the sleepy fishing town of Taghazout, Morocco. As a popular annual migration for many salty Europeans, the West African nation offers some of the most perfect right hand breaks, although with waves labelled - Mysteries, Killers and Dracula’s (for its razor sharp teeth like rocks below the surface) you might think twice before paddling out. Forget about the Souks and the Sahara, make your way to the rugged Moroccan coast for some incredible surf.


We caught up with Lee-Ann recently to hear more about her adventure, what we can expect from her band Betty the Shark this year, and where her board will take her to next.


Tell us about your trip to Taghazout, Morocco.

Taghazout is probably the main destination for Europeans in Winter, as Mexico is for Californians. It's warm, often offshore and just a short plane ride away. We met up with my friend Tom at the hotel he works at (Paradis Plage) and he took us surfing everywhere. My favorite moment was when we surfed perfect Dracula’s for a few hours, and when we came in starving we went straight for an Oreo milkshake in Taghazout with a few local friends.

Moments in Morocco with Lee-Ann Curren

What are your plans for this year?

This year my plans are to surf a lot and try to evolve my surfing by riding different boards and opening my mind when it comes to surfing. I've realized that being a free-surfer you have to learn to surf differently and have a beautiful approach to every wave you ride, so alongside my high performance boards I want to get a quiver that allows me to change my approach. Also my band will be taking up a lot of my time, as we are planning to release a new EP this year followed by an album. All I can say is we are playing with space sounds and disco grooves, and that the music has a lot of love in it.

Moments in Morocco with Lee-Ann Curren

Moments in Morocco with Lee-Ann Curren

What can we expect from you band, Betty the Shark, this year?

So the plan is to release some really good music videos (the first one is due in June), get some good remixes and create a real universe around our music. We have a lot to say and we want people to hear it when it comes out :) Play as many gigs as we can, and release our EP in September. We'll see where we go from there! Stay tuned by following us on Facebook

Moments in Morocco with Lee-Ann Curren

Moments in Morocco with Lee-Ann Curren

Follow Lee-Ann’s adventures by following her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook


Between stops on the Women’s Championship Tour earlier this year, Bianca Buitendag and fellow ROXY rider Lee-Ann Curren embarked on an epic road trip along South Africa’s ferocious Eastern coastline, known as the Transkei.

Their film, The Sound of Silence, documents their pursuit of un-planned discovery, a spontaneous surf adventure, the opportunity to disconnect and get a little bit lost along the way.

We caught up with Lee-Ann and Bianca during the ROXYpro to hear more about their time on the Wild Coast.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

Lee Ann

1) What were your expectations when traveling to South Africa? Had you heard about the Transkei before you arrived?

I had never been to the Transkei but it was my 4th time to South Africa, I didn't really have time to think about the trip too much before hand and had no idea what the Transkei was, I just learned about it when I landed in Cape Town and asked my friend about it.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

2) Being mainly a free surfer, you obviously get to travel a lot. What was unique about this specific trip?

It was crazy how every single person we saw on this trip waved their hand at us, driving around in our car, in other places I've been people are so used to tourists that they don't really notice them anymore, but we didn't go unnoticed in the Transkei. I liked talking to the locals and learn about their ceremonies, beliefs. The wild life of South Africa was pretty specific too, we saw whales and dolphins, and heard a lot of shark stories that were always in the back of my mind when we were surfing.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa
Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

3) The film features an awesome sound track from your band, Betty the Shark, Take us through the meaning of the sound track and its relevance to the film.

Music is very important in films and surf films, it was cool to see that one of our songs fit the surf section pretty well and everyone was stroked on it. I also am really interested in the process of scoring a soundtrack to a film and it was cool to see from closer how Dan worked with his team to create a musical universe to go with the film.

4) What was the funniest moment on the trip?

When our car little blue car (that we called Winnie Blue) got stuck on the edge of a cliff and local kids who were there playing soccer helped us pushing the car back onto the road.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

5) Did you guys get caught in any dodgy stations at all or was it a smooth ride?

I would say it was a pretty smooth ride, everyone was so friendly giving us directions and the weather was pretty nice the whole time which helped a lot with camping.

6) What was the most memorable moment/location for you? Did your perspective change after the trip?

It's always a realization and a bit of a kick in the butt when you meet people that live a very simple life and are always smiling and happy, and ready to share everything they own with you. In the Western world everything is a bit complicated, stressful, so it's nice to jump into that world for a bit.

7) Does being in a band and being a professional free surfer compliment one another?

For me it does, I wouldn't be happy without surfing and same without music, it clashes a bit if you play late at night and want to surf at sunrise, you just have to get organized. Getting better as a band takes a lot of time, it's the same with surfing, both require a lot of patience and just to enjoy doing it and stay creative.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

8) What’s coming up next?

I only know a bit of my near future, we are going to Iceland with Betty The Shark to play gigs and surf. We should release some new songs and videos in the next few months. I want to put my time in getting a lot better with music, and making more quality footage with my surfing in unusual locations like the Transkei.

Bianca

1) You have had a really good run on tour this year. Take us through your strategy coming into 2015.

I could babble on concerning preparation, equipment, training, etc. but those aspects of the sport are already a standard in any professional's career. I would not be able to give you a definite answer about strategy, as I believe it changes with every fluctuation in your performance as well as the unexpected happening in your life outside of competition.

2) How much time off do you get during the year to go on a trip like this?

'Spare time' is not necessarily a term we are awfully familiar with. Having the season start in February and end in December, we have a month here and there to see loved ones, visit grandma, eat a pizza, and experience a second of near normality. But even when placed in one position for over 2 weeks, I start to become uneasy, wanting to move, because I know there is an opportunity somewhere that I could be missing

3) Why did you choose to create the film in South Africa and specifically the Transkei?

I was looking for silence, a sort of escape from the constant connectivity and expectations you have one yourself. The Transkei gives you just that. The freedom to be still, the freedom to create something that is very true to yourself, without any other influence.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

4) Tell us about how the film’s concept came about?

When I come home, and every time the plane descends into Africa, I cannot help but notice the huge contrast that exists between lifestyles. I feel that we forget what our original intent is, to discover, to create, to learn, love and let live. These constant connections and social norms are like a fog hanging above us, keeping us too busy to realize why we're here, what we're actually doing and filling each day with. Its time to wake up

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

5) The film involves a lot more lifestyle and story than surfing, what is it like shooting a film like this and not your standard surfing film?

The culture of surfing involves more outside of the water than what we think. I think the ratio between surf and lifestyle in the film is a correct display of what it is in real life. To surf is almost like an excuse to go on an adventure, and it is that adventure we have captured in the film.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

6) What has stuck with you the most after this trip.

Although the place is obviously beautiful, the most intriguing part of creation to me is people. So what stuck with me most is the diversity, difference and depth of the people we could see, meet and display in the film.

7) What was it like traveling through the Transkei? It’s well renowned for it’s sharky waters...

We had heard rumors of Sharky waters as well as crime on land. Being South African, there is a sense if familiarity, risk is part of our daily, whether in or out of the water, but it is what we thrive off, safety is something we sacrifice in order to live here, now you can only imagine Africa's beauty and power.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

8) Is there any advice you would like to give anyone wanting to go on an off the grid surf adventure?

I would choose not to give advice, since advice would only rob them of a lesson learnt.

9) What were the waves like?

I am afraid no words do it justice. It only takes one flight over for you to see it with your own eyes.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

10) What’s coming up next?

I do not even have the insight to know what will happen in the next 10 minutes, never mind tomorrow - nor do I entirely want control over it, so you will have to refer your question to the Big Man Upstairs.

Lee Ann and Bianca’s life trip in South Africa

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Call us what you’d like. Heartbreakers, wave chasers, tomboys, pioneers. But let’s be clear: we’re not delicate flowers waiting to be asked to the big dance. We’re firecrackers burning deep into the night, and tearing through our days with reckless enthusiasm in our never-ending pursuit of what’s next.

Up mountains, down waves, and through cultures we’ve never known—all in search of thrills we’ve not yet experienced. So judge us all you want. Just don’t wait up. We might be awhile.

Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers
Heart Breakers. Wave Chasers

Maybe he came from outer space. Maybe he came from the future. All we know is David Bowie isn't just a musician, he's a visionary that changed the way we saw music, fashion, art and gender - challenging us to "face the strange" while leaving a lipstick stain on both music and pop culture for years to come.

With a career spanning over four decades, 25 studio albums and a string of number 1 hits, David Bowie and his eclectic work has influenced the heart of pop culture from his first hit ‘Space Oddity’ to his collaboration with Queen in ‘Under Pressure’ and film representations in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and Zoolander.

We chatted to ROXY team rider and fellow musician Lee-Ann Curren about how David Bowie has influenced her music, stage presence and style.

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When you hear the name David Bowie, what do you think of first?

When I think of David Bowie I think about androgyneity, glam rock, Ziggy Stardust, Iconic posters of him with red hair and Lightening painted on his face. I haven't really lived David Bowie’s era as much as my parents have, but he definitely had a massive influence on my generation.


Has David Bowie had an impact on your style of music today?

Of course. I think he had a huge impact on our generation when it comes to fashion, music etc, especially since the 80s made a bit of a come back in the past few years.


David Bowie x ROXY Collection

Photograph © Mick Rock. The David Bowie Archive® Under License to Optive Marketing, Inc.


David Bowie x ROXY Collection

Photograph © Mick Rock. The David Bowie Archive® Under License to Optive Marketing, Inc.


What inspires you when you are listening his songs?

All of his songs are references, in a way that they are just really good songs, they are well composed and produced, and when a song came out the whole imagery around it was amazing, and everything really made sense.


What similarities do you find between your music to David Bowie’s?

We try to keep our music fairly simple and find coherence in our music.


David Bowie x ROXY Collection

Photograph © Mick Rock. The David Bowie Archive® Under License to Optive Marketing, Inc.


David Bowie x ROXY Collection

Photograph © Mick Rock. The David Bowie Archive® Under License to Optive Marketing, Inc.


What’s your favorite song of his?

I would say Let's Dance, because I'm a big fan of Nile Rodgers and the Chic Organization who produced the album. In ‘The Freak’ (Nile Rodgers' biography, I really recommend it) you get to kind of learn the full story behind this album's production, it is really interesting and made me see that whole album in a different way.


Being in a band yourself Lee-Ann, what is the best quality for an artist?

Being part of a band, a good quality is to be spontaneous in your music and also listen to the other musicians so you sound good as a whole. You can't really let your ego get in the way of making good music.


David Bowie x ROXY Collection
David Bowie x ROXY Collection

Here are Lee-Ann’s favorite David Bowie tracks, you can listen to the full playlist on our Spotify channel here.

China Girl

5 Years

Space Oddity

Let's Dance

The Man Who Sold The World

Aladdin Sane

Changes


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Today is the day to not only paddle out and catch a few waves, but to participate, protect and enjoy your favorite breaks and beaches. This year marks the 11th anniversary of Surfrider Foundation’s International Surfing Day, raising awareness for the conservation of our coasts through research and education.

With Surfrider Foundation hosting over 200 events across the globe, from film screenings to surf contests and beach clean ups, it’s easy to find an International Surfing Day event near you.

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To stay informed on International Surfing Day updates from our athletes across the globe, follow the #ISD15 hashtag on social media as well as ROXY on Instagram and Twitter.


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ROXY team rider and multi-talented musician, Lee-Ann Curren grew up with surfing in her blood and on her doorstep. Hailing from Biarritz, France, Lee-Ann mastered her impeccably fluid style from father, 3x World Champion and accomplished musician Tom Curren. So it’s no surprise that music and surfing would be the predominant undertone of her life's passions.

Sound waves with Lee-Ann Curren

Lee-Ann best describes the two as “Surfing and music both make you feel really good when you do them for different reasons. When you are jamming you are adapting, similar to being in the water, you are being in tune with the ocean. You need to think ahead but still need to be very intuitive.”

Sound waves with Lee-Ann Curren
Sound waves with Lee-Ann Curren

Lee-Ann joined her first band when she was 12 years-old and didn’t even know how to play an instrument. Convincing her band mates that she could play bass guitar, the fake it ‘til you make it approach paid off and in no time she could hold a proper bassline. A former band member now plays with popular French psyche-punk rock outfit La Femme (included below in her playlist).

Currently Lee-Ann is one half of indie-rock duo Betty the Shark with long-term school friend Phillip Caradona aka. Charphil. With Lee-Ann on vocals, bass and guitar and Charphil on vocals, lead guitar and keyboards they have been creating surf rock together since they were at school together, although it wasn’t until 2011 that they started taking their music more seriously.

“Every time I would lose a surf contest, I was like, I am just going to make a band.” - Lee-Ann

During the 2014 #ROXYpro France, Betty The Shark played in and around the event, promoting their debut album - Shepherd of the Moon, recorded at the Quiksilver studio in St Jean de Luz, France.

Sound waves with Lee-Ann Curren

In the last few months, as Lee-Ann has been travelling along Australia’s Queensland coastline, Betty the Shark has been picking up gigs and fans between surfs. Most recently opening the new Boardriders store in Coolangatta during the #ROXYpro Gold Coast.

Sound waves with Lee-Ann Curren

To learn more about what influences Lee-Ann’s music check out her playlist below or follow our spotify channel here


Sugah Daddy / D’Angelo

They Don’t Want Me / Electric Wire Hustle

Reservoir / Metronomy

La Femme Ressort / La Femme

In Plain View / Tom Curren

Upside Down / Diana Ross

Somnia / Clean Spill

Velouria / Pixies

Split Like A Lip, No Blood On The Beard / Buke And Gase

Bennington / John Maus

Talk To Strangers / Saul Williams

Animals / Cocorosie

Andy / Rita Mitsouko

Missing / Everything But The Girl


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