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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.

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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.

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International Surfing Day 2016

Laura Macaulay // Australia

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

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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!

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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

It was all about the girls today on the Gold Coast with our first global #ROXYfitness event of the year, and the first rounds of the #ROXYpro kicking off at Snapper Rocks.

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

A thousand girls took to their yoga mats alongside ROXY team riders Kelia, Monyca, Bruna, Justine, Mainei, Alyssa, Caroline, Nao and Sophia as Stephanie Gilmore was paddling out for her first heat in the 2016 Women’s Championship tour.


ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Justine took to the stage to entertain the participants before they hit the sand again for the 5km run.

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Justine took to the stage to entertain the participants before they hit the sand again for the 5km run.

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

The ROXY girls lead the charge!

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

With the ocean as their backdrop, participants enjoyed a picturesque 5km run along the promenade, looping back to Rainbow Bay to finish.

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

In perfect timing, the 1km SUP race finished for everyone to head back to Snapper Rocks to catch Steph’s Round 2 heat, where she scored the highest heat total of the event so far!

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

To find dates and locations on the 2016 #ROXYfitness event tour, click here

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

We couldn’t think of a better coach for the team riders preparing for the #ROXYpro trials and a new year on the competition circuit, than 4x World Champion, Lisa Andersen. From technique to tactics and everything in between, Lisa gave Alyssa, Caroline, Nao, Mainei and Sierra a few secrets to her success that might give them the winning edge in the line-up.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

First on the agenda, a morning surf at Snapper.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

Although it was a stormy start to the day, it couldn’t dampen the girls spirits.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

Back on the beach, the girls quickly decided it was time to hit the Coolangatta Boardriders store, for a little retail therapy and a delicious lunch.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

With a new haul of bikinis in hand and the clouds clearing, the girls grabbed their gear and headed out for another superbank session.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

A little pre-surf pep talk from Lisa.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

Surfed out and satisfied, the girls shared some of their favorite moments with Lisa as they headed back up the beach.

Tune in and cheer on the girls on ROXY Instagram, Snapchat Twitter and Facebook

Meet Nao, she’s the smiling pocket rocket hailing from Japan, currently cruising the QS Tour.

After hanging out with Nao in Bali recently, we are ready to pack our gear and shred anywhere on the Kanagawa coast alongside her. And did we mention that she’s trained her dogs to surf…?! We want to see this in real life.

Nao Omura

How did you start surfing?

I was on holiday with my family in Hawaii when I was 10 years old and my first ever surf experience was Queen’s beach, Waikiki. I saw so many surfers out there having fun so I gave it a try, it was such a great feeling.

I was having so much fun out there and I saw a view from the ocean which I hadn't seen before. After that holiday I told my parents ‘I want to surf!’. My family didn’t know anything about surfing so that was a bit tricky, but I live near Kugenuma beach so that was half the problem solved.


Nao Omura
Nao Omura

Where are your favorite surf spots in Japan?

My favorite spots is my home break Kugenuma beach in Kanagawa and I also like Hyuga in Miyazaki, both are beach breaks.

We love your instagram pics of you surfing with your dogs. How did you teach them to surf?

My dogs love to swim, so one day I called them onto my boards. After they caught their first wave they were hooked and now they want to ride on the board again and again! That's why we surf together and we all love the surf.




What was it like traveling and surfing with the ROXY team in Bali?

Bali with the ROXY team was a trip of a lifetime! All these girls have been my heroes, they have the kindest hearts. I'm honored to surf, shoot, and have fun with the team.

Nao Omura
Nao Omura
Nao Omura

With only a few events left on the QS tour, what are your plans for the rest of the year? and 2016?

I am off to Spain for my last QS this year so I'm training hard now. I will do my best and I want to win as many heats as I can.

I’m working with Japanese TV, media and social networks to increase awareness of surfing in Japan. And fingers crossed for surfing to become an event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, i’ll be training for that too!

Nao Omura

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This time last week we were soaking up the seemingly endless Balinese sunshine with the ROXY team - and you probably double tapped a few of Cait Miers’ awesome shots we posted on Insta.

In between surf sessions, island adventures and #BaliEcoWeekend fun we caught up with the talented Aussie born, Bali-based photographer, to discover what incredible stories were hiding behind that lens of hers, and we weren’t disappointed….


Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers

How did it all start, photography?

Photography for me has kinda been only a recent thing. I dabbled in it in high school, and was always fascinated by the imagery all the top surf brands would bring out. A few years ago when I was about 16, I was on a holiday on the Gold Coast with my family and decided to sit on the rocks at Snapper with mum’s camera and take photos of surfing. I kinda fell in love with it then and there.

I’ve always admired how the surf industry operates, aligning careers with the ocean, and I grew up wanting to steer clear of a 9-5. A lover of sports, I went into a degree in Sports Science and Sports Management after high school (hoping that one day I could work with top surf athletes) but quickly realised a career like this would require way more studying than I could handle. I stuck with it for a year then something just clicked and I ended up applying for photography.

For me, going to Uni for Photography was not about getting a degree, you don’t need one to be a photographer. But I needed to learn the skills, and it really helped with that. Surf photography I’m pretty much self taught, and have learned a lot from reaching out to people around me. At the moment, my main focus is capturing women in the water, and showing their feminine, natural beauty out in the lineup.


Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers

How long have you been photographing the salty life?

When I started photography, it’s all I wanted to do. Initially I wanted to shoot more of the sports and action side of it, but as my style progressed I realised I loved the art of it more, the story behind the people in the water and those unique in-between moments better. I got my first water housing a year and a half ago, and spent the summer shooting friends and anyone I could find back home out in the water.

There’s so much freedom with just swimming out there, only attached to your camera as an extension of what you can see. I love shooting fisheye too (which gets those under/over water shots) because you’re capturing a moment you really can’t see with the naked eye. Making photography my career was a lifestyle choice. I wanted to find a way I can combine my love of surfing and the ocean, with photography, and it’s been the best choice I’ve ever made.


Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers

What was the catalyst to move from Australia to Bali for the next 6-12 months?

After finishing my Photography degree last year, I decided I needed to make a move somewhere warmer during our Winter, as there’s not too much women’s surfing going on during that time! Bali seemed like the perfect opportunity to further my fashion work as well as shooting more babes in the water, so my boyfriend (who’s also a surf photographer) and I packed up and left to chase the summer. It’s been the best thing for us, connecting with so many creatives over here! Bali is such a beautiful place and although it took a little to get settled, it’s really nice to spend a decent amount of time in the one place.


What has been the best thing about the move?

Definitely being part of the creative movement here in Bali. There are so many interesting, like-minded people taking the leap out of the normal and coming here to discover something new. A lot of the crew and expats I’ve met were born and raised here, and it’s so cool to hear their stories. Back in Aus, it’s like they teach you to go to uni and get a degree in a stable job, over here, they encourage you to be a designer or photographer or something really creative, and everyone you meet is doing that. The warm waves being a 30 second scooter ride from our house was also a GREAT incentive…. and blue skies everyday!


Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers

How was it following the ROXY team for a week?

Being part of the trip and capturing the special moments with the team was really a dream come true for me. It was cool because there were 4 of us that were 22 years old, so it was like just hanging with a bunch of girlfriends I’d known for ages! Chatting to the girls and hearing their stories, it was important for me to capture them totally in the moment. I think it’s so important to portray these women exactly how they are; beautiful, natural, feminine and extremely talented ladies. Nothing was forced, and the shooting just came really naturally.


Any highlights?

The highlights for me were getting to spend time with the girls shooting out in the water, it was so much fun. Everyone was just laughing and goofing around, cheering each other onto waves and having a ball!


Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers
Behind the Lens with Photographer Cait Miers

Follow Cait’s Instagram here for your daily dose of saltwater therapy.

Hundreds of girls joined ROXY athletes, Torah Bright, Kelia Moniz, Bianca Buitendag, Monyca Eleogram, Justine Mauvin, Nao Omura and Bruna Schmitz plus model Zoe Cross at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay for #RUNSUPYOGA Bali, as part of the 25 Years of ROXY celebrations.

Kicking off with a beach clean up and a 3km run along the shore, to a relaxing yoga session at the base of a temple we were spoilt with perfect conditions all day.

#RUNSUPYOGA Bali
#RUNSUPYOGA Bali
#RUNSUPYOGA Bali
#RUNSUPYOGA Bali
#RUNSUPYOGA Bali

The stand-up paddle board lessons were a clear favorite, running multiple sessions throughout the morning with incredible views across the bay and along the coastline.

#RUNSUPYOGA Bali
#RUNSUPYOGA Bali
#RUNSUPYOGA Bali

Next week, the #RUNSUPYOGA tour will hit Huntington Beach, California, then onto Hossegor, France, Okinawa, Japan and Sydney, Australia in October.

A big thank you to everyone who joined us today, we had so much fun sharing the #ROXYfitness fun with you! Keep sharing your pics on Instagram and Facebook tagging ROXY and #RUNSUPYOGA.

#RUNSUPYOGA Bali

As more countries are added to the #RUNSUPYOGA tour, make sure you follow ROXY on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the updates!