Thursday, November 13, 2014

Magheroarty, Mexico, Maui & Irish SUP champion!

Oh Lord I've done it again.... I've left a major hiatus in updating this bloggy thing, yikes! Sorry friends! Agh well, sure hopefully it's worth the wait! Here's a bombardment of photos to document the last few months for your viewing pleasure!
Well I guess I've been mostly working, sailing, SUPing, surfing and competing over the last few months!
I have been so unbelievably privileged to have joined the Starboard Dream Team for windsurfing and I've just had a delivery of my 2015 wood quads in 74L and 69L. These babies are AMAZING! I have already had some insanely good trips up North to Magheroarty on them and I am so stoked for a Winter at home training on them. Happy Bunny!
Here are a few photos (thanks for Finn Mullen and Michael Clancy for taking them) from the Magheroarty Classic and some free sailing days!

Poor Quality shot but taking a beating on a monster!

The Magheroarty Classic was an amazing event organised by Tomasz Lotoki and showcased the best of Irish Windsurfing talent in the best of Irish Windsurfing conditions. Such a tour de force of sailors turned out from every corner of Ireland and abroad and made it a very respectable, professional event. Steve Thorp totally ripped and claimed the title from Timo Mullen in a really tightly contested final. Massive thanks to Tom, all his staff and the judges for making it such a phenomenal success with the Irish windsurfing family 2014 reunion!

So then I guess I should mention MEXICO!! Such an inspirational group of women competing at the highest standard possible. The AWT ladies are my best friends and they represent talent at the upper echelons of both male and female sailing tempered with a grace, elegance and kindness which makes them truly unique! I was thrilled to make the final and to take 4th behind Ingrid Larouche 3rd, Sarah Hauser 2nd and Fiona Wylde 1st.

Also on the agenda over the last few months has been competing in SUP. Both racing and surf. The SUP scene in Ireland is growing from strength to strength and I feel very lucky to be a part of a unique community of people who are pioneering our sport in Ireland. I am so very grateful to all the organisers of the National and fun racing and surf events that we have had over the last few months. They generously give of their time and make very professional events happen! I am proud to say my results this year include: 1st Lady Irish SUP Surf Nationals, 1st Lady Irish SUP Technical Race, 1st Lady Irish SUP Surf Classic; Aughris Co.Sligo, 1st Lady Battle for the Bay; SUP survivor race, 1st Lady Battle for the Bay; SUP marathon race. All achieved using my amazing KeNalu SUP paddles and Starboard 8'0 pro and 12'6 raceboards!

Finn won the overall men's title too!

Huge thanks to Emmet O'Doherty for organising the racing in Bundoran!

Huge thank you to Paul Byrne and the crew of the Battle of the Bay

Incredible group of Irish Women taking their SUP skills and Irish Women's SUP to the next level!!
And lastly it has been on to Maui this last week for a chance to catch up with my extended family in my second home. Huge surf has hit this week with Jaws going off and I got to catch some swell of my own at Lanes with some friends and also to party in style with all my AWT Bestie Girls! 

Here's a little nugget I caught at Lanes.... just up the road Jaws was firing!

Hanging out with my AWT/PWA girls at the 2014 closing ceremony, stunners!!

See ya next time!

Friday, August 15, 2014


Aghhhhh!! Finally I can let the world know... I've just been signed to the Starboard International Dream Team!! I am beyond words to describe how honoured and proud I am to now be representing such a stellar windsurfing brand. It literally is a dream come true. Ever since I first started windsurfing I have aspired to sail like the Starboard riders. Without a doubt they have been my greatest windsurfing influences. And so now to be a part of the team leaves me utterly speechless and overwhelmed with happiness. Here's to some epic windsurfing ahead!! Thank you to all at Starboard for making this happen. I am STOKED!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Voya Days..... and other adventures

Well at least this blog isn't quite as tardy/overdue as my other entries..... Dear diary, it's been 2 months since my last blog post...... not bad by my usual standards!
So where to start... well I guess the biggest news would be in relation to Voya Organic Beauty. Last month I was announced as their new (and first) brand ambassador. YAY!

Here's a collection of the piccies from the photoshoot....

I can't even begin to describe how happy and honored I am to have been chosen as their new brand Ambassador.  Voya is a company that represents all that I love and respect most in life. They are an organic company which is family owned and run, based in Sligo in the West of Ireland, 100% sustainable and carbon neutral.... and most importantly, their core ingredient originates in the wild Atlantic Ocean..... Seaweed!! Having met and worked with Mark and Kira and all the team at Voya I can safely say that there is no other product with which I have felt such an affinity or garnered such a level of respect for. I am so proud to be associated with Voya not only because of their ethos as a company but also because the products REALLY WORK! 
As your typical windsurfer/surfer I have exposed my skin and hair to some pretty harsh conditions.... from the wild, cold Atlantic, to the warm, salty Pacific; I've definitely tested my exterior to the max! A mixture of ignorance and time constraints had up til now herded me away from beauty products and complex beauty regimes.... Oh how naive I was! The last few months I've been using Voya religiously and I am now fully converted to the Church of Organic Beauty care! Contrary to what I would have had myself believe, taking care of my skin and my hair is not the most arduous task in the world.... it's actually great fun :-) Starting my day with a quick facial wash using Cast Away cleansing wash followed by a touch of Me Time Moisturiser sets me up for the day feeling clean and fresh. During the day in the hospital or on and off the water I use Balmalicious for my super chapped lips. Then in the evenings I use Cleanse and Mend to remove my makeup and cleanse at the same time, a quick spray of Ritzy Spritzy toner and then a drop of My Little Hero serum send me to bed with yummy, clean, glowing skin :-) My other 2 saviours are Softly Does It for my legs after the shower or after a long day in the sea and sun and Forget Me Knot conditioner which basically salvages my hair from a dreadlock massacre into a silky smooth tangle-free head of hair :-)
Take a look at the video here from the photoshoot session for a wee gander at what went on behind the scenes... (being pampered and preened is definitely not my usual day-in-the life but something I could definitely get used to!)

So I guess also in other news..... I was also extremely honored and proud to have won Outsider Magazine's Breakthrough Performance of the Year award in December!!! YEWWW! Pretty excited about the win and so unbelievably honored to have been included in the category with such other amazing nominees. It was a savage night and I got to share it with all the Outsider Magazine crew, my amazing Mum and Sister and a bunch of really inspirational, like-minded people who've been pushing Irish adventure and sport over this past year :-) THANK YOU Outsider Magazine!!

In more news I am STOKED to now be the proud owner of this pimp new SUP paddle from KeNalu, Thank You Ed and KeNalu.... this wee sweeping stick is awesome!!

And naturally in between all my new very important beauty regimes I'm still managing to squeeze in some water time..... here's some Magheroarty craic.... bloody cold!

More of the same freezing fun times up North

Did I mention it was cold?!?!?

Like well proper cold!!!

Cheeky screen grab from a video shot up North

And lastly I got to venture over to Cornwall last weekend and catch up with all the crew from the Red Bull Storm Chase for their final mission. It was an insane event with Brawzhino, Leon and Dany going nuts in the hurricane style conditions.... but it was this guy here, the uber talented and fully crazy in the head sailor Mr. Thomas Traversa who took the win. Super nice guy, super talented and a very good friend of Mikey's.... who I know was smiling down on them from above and egging them on to go higher and harder.

Well sin e for now amigos.... don't forget to follow me on Twitter.... far more frequently updated than this old thing!! @katiemcanena