Monday, December 18, 2017

Audrey Meyer - The Ocean Woman

Audrey Meyer Cabarete Ocean WomanAudrey is a pure ocean woman. Surfing, Stand up Paddling, kitesurfing, and windsurfing: the ocean is her playground and she likes to play hard!

She was ranked 5th best female kiteboarder on the PKRA (Professional Kite Rider Association) World Tour in 2008, won the “2010 and 2011 Master of the Ocean”, a windsurf, kitesurf & surf triathlon in the waves, and place 2nd at the Biggest Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP) event, the Gerry Lopez “Battle of the Paddle” at Dana point, CA.

Being a Professional Kiteboarder made her push her limit and perform at the top of the game, with strength, energy and balance. Fitness, yoga, running (marathons) and nutrition have always ruled her life because she likes to perform at the height of her potential. Certified in Physical education, Fitness Instructor and “Yoga For Surfers®” certified instructor, Audrey Meyer, is a Stand Up Paddle Fitness professional. Owner of Yoga4SUP, she is taking her workouts to the water and help improving your paddle technique and have fun.

She enjoys to motivate and inspire other people to achieve their individual Health & Fitness Goals and is offering Wellness Retreats “Blossom Retreat”, a SUP/surf and Yoga retreat with healthy and delicious food, massages, and much more. She is also training those who wants to unleash their inner athlete with her “Cross Surf Fit” workouts, go beyond their limits and perform at their top level and become a better paddle boarder, kitesurfer, windsurfers and surfers, like her. But also for those who just are looking to get the “Surfer body Shape”!

She has settled home in Cabarete, 12 years ago to be closer from the ocean and enjoy life. She is now sharing her motivation and knowledge to everyone who need courage to transform their minds, bodies, and spirits towards a healthier, happier life. Her mantra is “Happiness is a choice not a dream”.

What is your area of expertise?
GUIDING MORE FEMALES INTO “MALE” SPORTS. I am very grateful to have been nominated for the “Most Influential Kiteboarder girl in 2011” and have been crowned the “2010 and 2011 Best Female Master of the Ocean, a surf, kitesurf, windsurf and paddle surfing competition in the waves. I have been working diligently to shape a trend that leads more girls to explore extreme water sports! My personal motto for women is, “Women can be tough while having style and grace!” It takes an immense amount of courage and self-confidence to go out in the water with guys, not to mention the consequential conditions the weather plays in water sports.

EMPOWERING AND INSPIRING WOMEN. It gives me great joy to empower and inspire other women to achieve their individual health and fitness goals. I am a Women Specific motivator: “The strongest people aren’t always the people who won but the people who don’t give up when they lose.” Not winning is not falling; I am sharing my motivation and knowledge with women who need courage to transform their minds, bodies, and spirits towards a healthier, happier life. I have created “Blossom Retreat,” a Wellness, Yoga, Paddle Board and Surf retreat that is designed specifically for women who to want to challenge themselves both mentally and physically. I have developed Yoga4SUP, a unique and fun Yoga workout on the board, in the ocean. I am constantly searching for fun and innovative ways for individuals to step outside the traditional forms of exercise.

EDUCATING PEOPLE ABOUT NUTRITION. I love eating good food. Who doesn’t? I strongly believe the best ingredients come from our own backyard. I am encouraging my community to lead a healthier life by eating the right foods and being aware of where our food comes from. I feel a great way to encourage this is through self sustainable gardening. Leading by example is a great way to achieve this, thus I promote good, healthy cuisine and the importance of a wholesome and healthy diet.

BEING AN EXAMPLE OF HAPPINESS. I live an authentically awesome life! I have the courage to express my feelings and fulfill my dreams. Happiness is a choice and I am very happy. Through my experiences, I hope to help people find love and happiness because I know how it feels and so should everyone else. Social media has allowed me to express my passion as a water women athlete. It is an awesome way for me to share my knowledge and experiences with everyone. Happiness is not an end but a journey, and the reciprocity of happiness is never ending!

What are your personal, professional and health goals for the next year?
My professional goal is to become a popular wellness icon recognized for my behavior and actions by creating and influencing a happy, healthy, and fit community around me. I feel this will insure a better well-being for not only myself but the people who also choose to live an active lifestyle. Research shows that happiness improves physical health, creativity, and even enables you to make better decisions. I aspire to make a difference by providing people with the resources and knowledge to inspire, empower and encourage thousands of other men and women to thrive through specific workouts, diet and determination.  My health goal continues to be staying fit and healthy, both mentally and physically. I workout on a daily basis and I can’t remember my last cold or the last time I took medication! Yoga, running, cross fit, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, paddle boarding, eating healthy, laughing and enjoying life with my friends and family have a huge part in my well-being. I set big goals and strive for big achievement, this is what keeps me healthy and happy! My personal goal is to keep being happy and surrounded by loving, caring, and motivated people. One of my favorite quotes is from a guy named Ralph Waldo Emerson, you may have heard of him: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the  best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.”

How and when did you get interested in fitness?
Since I was a little girl, I was participating in sports and constantly striving to perform at my best. As I grew older, my passion for athletics and health progressed into my study of Sport Science and Physical Education. As a water sport athlete, I take great pride in diligent training and exercise to prevent injuries and grow stronger. I became even more passionate in fitness after I had an ACL reconstruction, after a kiteboarding incident in 2004. I wanted to get back on the water as soon as possible, so I started working out twice a day, eating extremely healthy, and practicing Yoga, which in turn I became a certified Yoga instructor. My hard work and determination brought me back to an even higher level of competition in no time and paid off with some amazing results. I’m now stronger, much fitter and most importantly, much happier!

Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy cooking, sharing new recipes, learning new languages, developing new skills and immersing myself in new culture. I like the idea of sharing my knowledge with others. I enjoy meeting new people, laughing and making others laugh. But don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy having a little time to relax and spend time with my family, friends, dogs and beloved one.

What are you most proud of?
Living a life of total freedom and happiness has always been a priority for me. The ocean and being outdoors bring me this bliss. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to have such a lifestyle. It took a tremendous amount of courage, determination and hard work to do so. I had to make a choice to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I enjoy what nature provides me with on a daily basis. I am proud of being an athlete, a woman, and doing what I love for a living and living for what I love to do! I am fully content with myself and the life I lead and that is my greatest achievement.

What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from the natural elements. I am fascinated in watching how nature adapts, how plants and animals adapt to the ever changing environment around us; how the branch bends softly with the wind, how the waves curl from the storm, how the fish swim with the currents. Everything goes with the flow and not against, nature has her way of creating purpose. The beauty and colors of this alluring world give me hope and motivation.

When you’re feeling unmotivated, how do you motivate yourself?
I motivate myself by throwing on my workout clothes and pumping up the tunes. That gets me in the groove for a good training session. I also make fun of myself in front of the mirror by making funny faces which makes me laugh and laughter is a great motivator. 

How do you prioritize and incorporate exercise and healthy eating habits into a busy lifestyle?
Exercising is part of my life. You incorporate it into your daily schedule and it becomes habit. I exercise everyday at the same time of the day. There shouldn’t be excuses. If you can make time for TV on the couch, then you can make time for exercise! Once you create a habit it is very difficult to get rid of it. I can’t live without exercising anymore. Food is the fuel that gives me my energy; I like to perform at the top of my game, so I fuel up with premium energy! I plan my meals ahead and try to eat accordingly to my daily workouts. Occasionally I do indulge, but that just means I step up my next few workouts.

How many days a week do you exercise and for how long?
I exercise everyday because that is what makes me feel good. A typical day in my life would be starting the morning with stretching and/or yoga before taking my dogs for a long walk. Then, my heart leads me to the ocean for couple hours where I surf, paddle surf, kite or windsurf depending on the conditions. My evenings are reserved for sunset yoga, runs, cardio and/or fitness workouts. As far as how long, each person must trust that their body will tell them.

What music is on your playlist?
I have different genres of music depending on my mood. It ranges from Classical music (I love opera) when I am relaxing, pop/rock when I am workout out and running, hard rock to pump me up before my kite/surf session, and then reggae/chill-out music after my workout to share the smiles and the love.

What’s your workout routine?
I enjoy to vary my workout routine through the weeks and months to keep it exciting. Change is good. I love challenging myself with new goals and workouts. I am a dedicated person who take pleasure in my training, no matter how hard it gets. I don’t stop when I am tired, I stop when I am done and that’s what makes me happy.

Favorite workout when you don’t have a lot of time?
I always make time for my workout, even if I have to wake up a half hour earlier. I am not scared of making commitment, especially to my body. Even when I am traveling, I make time for some type of physical activity. Yoga is a great choice and you can practice anywhere.

What does your diet consist of?
My diet is about fresh fruits, veggies, white meat, fish, beans and nuts. I love to eat seasonal fruit and vegetables freshly picked up off the ground or from the trees. I am so blessed to be able to get so much delicious food here in Caberete, where I live.

Biggest fear?
I am genuinely concerned about our future and the future of our planet. Climate change is already creating a significant impact on agriculture, health and the economy. Polar melting, ocean acidification, melting glaciers, the sea level rise, and who knows what else are all drastically altering our natural playground and the health of all it’s inhabitants. My biggest fear is that we won’t be able to enjoy our beautiful oceans, forests, wildlife, mountains, and lakes as we used to. People have to wake up and realize that today’s decisions are having costly effects of not only our future but the future of our wonderful world!



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