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Catching upward alongside Salt Gypsy's Enviable Surf Guide Life inward the Republic of the Maldives together with Bali

The master copy Salt Gypsy: Danielle Clayton. 

Most everyone that meets Danielle Clayton, aka Salt Gypsy, wants her life. The New Zealand-born surf guide spends months at a fourth dimension on a boat inward the Republic of the Maldives — non pushing beginners into whitewater, but taking experienced surfers to pumping fun reef breaks daily — as well as during the offseason inward Bali, she runs her Salt Gypsy ready of surf leggings as well as blogs almost inspiring lady slider stories. How did she ready her dream life come upwards true? 

“If there’s whatever advice I receive got it’s to visualize what you lot desire to exercise inward your life as well as receive got the balls to receive got a bound into the unknown,” says Danny, who was invigorated to quit her project inward sales at Billabong inward New Zealand afterwards befriending a traveling pair who worked equally surf guides inward the Maldives. “For me, it’s e'er been to alive a surf-centric lifestyle. Keep creating opportunities and meet equally many people equally you lot tin inward life. Just live a skillful human as well as don’t live a dick, because that shuts doors.” 

Danny’s Salt Gypsy weblog was ane of the outset supporters of Seea as well as women-run brands rising to a higher house the manufacture standards to ready fashionable surf gear. We’ve been stoked to welcome Salt Gypsy into the tribe too, with her ain blossoming bespoke surf leggings business! 

Salt Gypsy inward the Doheny rashguard. 

“I never laid out to receive got a production line or a lifestyle brand,” says Danny of starting the Salt Gypsy blog. “After recent copycat situations arose for me, it’s made me think, ‘Well, what is Salt Gypsy?’” 

We checked inward with Danny to acquire the respond to that question, the scoop on special Salt Gypsy women’s surf trips inward the Maldives, as well as what’s side past times side for the growing brand.  

This boat is domicile for the season. Welcome to the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy
Accomodations on nation are non also shabby either! Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.

Where is the Republic of the Maldives as well as what is the local civilization similar over there? 

[The outset fourth dimension I heard almost the] Maldives, I had to await upwards on Google to abide by out where it was exactly! Lonely Planet puts it best past times imagining 26 strings of pearls sidled amongst Sri Lanka as well as the bottom of India. Those are the atolls of the Maldives. 

It’s 100% Muslim, which makes walking through the streets of the tropical islands or fifty-fifty hanging out on your boat a surreal as well as beautiful experience with prayers resounding through mosque speakers several times a day, starting at 5AM.

We spent some fourth dimension inward Male solely a pair of weeks afterwards the final state of war machine coup inward 2012. As inward whatever field where religion dominates local politics, the daily protests as well as nightly riots were a footling unnerving when you lot don't fully empathise everything that's going on. Though locals are mostly friendly, equally a tourist whisked guide from the airdrome to your resort or boat charter, you lot are real segregated from interaction with local life as well as most local islands.

Getting closed to from isle to island. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.

What are the upsides as well as downsides of living on a boat? 

Upsides: you’re living on a freakin’ boat inward the torrid zone where your top-deck seats as well as bar overlooks whatever reef interruption across 90,000 km over the Indian Ocean. That’s a pretty unique experience! You also receive got the chance to run across as well as surf with some interesting as well as awesome characters from all walks of life. The downsides, good at that spot aren’t also many to live honest, but boat nutrient as well as carb-loading everyday for months would receive got to live the biggest.

Salty Gypsy testing out the Seea Monterey top inward the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.

What kinds of waves are inward the Maldives? 

It's all reef breaks, super long rides, barrels galore as well as oftentimes truly playful. It's mostly pretty user-friendly, but I’ve seen some heavy breaks as well as slabby barrels non for the faint-hearted. I've had serious hold-downs, caught inward currents where I thought I was halfway to Sri Lanka, as well as surfed the biggest moving ridge of my life inward 2010 inward the biggest swell I’ve ever seen.

From beingness a guide on many co-ed trips, what is the thought behind your Salt Gypsy women’s trips? 

I’m only trying to create something that I wishing existed for my friends as well as myself. There’s a profusion of camps as well as retreats for learning to surf. But there’s been footling on offering for intermediate as well as advanced grade women who desire to surf with the camaraderie that traveling with other woman individual surfers creates. With all the immature girls growing upwards inward the surf now, if they’ve been surfing for 10 years, who caters for their surf locomote as well as advanced surfing?

It's to a greater extent than colorful when it's all girls inward the water. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.
Super playful waves, right? Just don't acquire caught inward that whitewater. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.

From your experience, what's the dynamic on girls-only surf trips versus a co-ed trip? 

There are definite similarities betwixt groups of both sexes - at that spot is e'er the Complainer, the Cruiser, the ane whipping out the GPS gadgets (leave that at domicile ladies, nosotros don't desire to stone upwards to a spot side past times side yr solely to abide by 10 other boats). Women's groups mostly receive got a softer energy, easier dynamic with to a greater extent than camaraderie - as well as waaaaay less mental attitude than our manlike individual counterparts. Bring the skillful vibes girls!

What sort of surf gear did you lot uncovering that the ladies wanted on your surf charters? 

Hands down, surf leggings. With the plethora of rashguards as well as one-pieces available these days, nosotros tend to forget our pins. Even if you lot don’t know you lot desire surf leggings, you lot volition afterwards 48 hours inward the tropical sun, despite the copious amounts of sunscreen you lot apply. The total of vivid cherry bottoms as well as backs-of-legs I’ve seen over the final few years, including my own, is ridiculous. 

Back inward 2012, my surf guide reward didn't stretch real far (we acquire paid inward waves right), as well as thence I had my ain made, got photos of me as well as some friends wearing them inward the surf as well as this 'trend' has snowballed from there. 

Leggings on land. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.
Danny heading to go cloth shopping for leggings inward Bali. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.

What are some of the functional details of your leggings?

Any bottoms with a weak waistband as well as no drawstring runs the chance of pulling downwards when you lot duck dive — particularly inward punchy surf. We all know the uncomfortable sensation of having your bottom exposed, as well as thence it’s a no brainer why we’ve included elasticated waists as well as internal drawstrings correct from the start. 

We truly cutting our leg length slightly shorter to sit down to a higher house the talocrural articulation since baggy, moisture lycra: a) feels awful as well as b) isn’t a dandy look.

Salt Gypsy inward the Maldives, wearing the Doheny rashguard.

What are mutual questions that you lot acquire equally a surf guide from girls who are trying to progress their skills as well as what's your advice? 

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 lot comes downwards to 2 things: 1) fearfulness as well as 2) non knowing the technical aspects from how to turn, to pulling inward backhand. My advice is to either bring together local board riders social club where at that spot is chance to live constructively critiqued, or invest inward an advanced surf coach/program as well as interruption downwards techniques stride past times step. From experience as well as talking with mates, over-exaggerate your attempts until it becomes minute nature. 

The fearfulness affair — this is huge. It tin play with our confidence as well as thence much as well as equally someone who 'shouldn't' live surfing at all (I receive got a pump arrhythmia, Long QT Syndrome, that tin drive precipitous death), my advice here, as well as something I tell myself daily, is seriously, "just exercise it." We fearfulness what nosotros don`t know as well as thence if you lot are novel to the bounding main or surfing of course of report it tin live scary! Observation is key, knowing equipment, knowing the bounding main as well as how it works, knowing your ain limits as well as how to give them a nudge...this all helps to meliorate your surfing.
What kinds of stories exercise you lot part on your Salt Gypsy site as well as why? 

I created the master copy Salt Gypsy weblog equally a agency to showcase indie surfwear designers/brands, similar Seea, making truly cool gear I wanted to surf in, as well as equally a agency to connect with other like-minded woman individual surfers piece I worked the 2012 surf flavor surrounded past times blokes. I loosely follow professional person surfing but personally, I`m to a greater extent than interested inward the stories of everyday women living a surf-centric lifestyle closed to the world. When I started my weblog at that spot were solely high surgical physical care for or beginner surfer-specific content, but no middle the world catering to me. 

I also felt at that spot was a real stale condition quo inside the mainstream surf manufacture with footling to null back upwards of the alternative, indie designers that were emerging at the time. Also, the imagery as well as stereotype of what it is to live a 'girl surfer.' Boring. This is changing though as well as at that spot are several brands, designers, NGOs as well as everyday women themselves who are disrupting this as well as putting out killer gear, to a greater extent than various imagery as well as rich surf experiences for a wide spectrum of woman individual surfers. We welcome as well as advocate this. Be the alter ladies! It`s an exciting fourth dimension inward the development of women’s surfing. Get amongst it. 
What are your goals for the time to come with Salt Gypsy? 

Because it started equally a blog, I didn’t intend to institute a ready or a line of piece of occupation concern per se as well as I receive got only rolled with how it is snowballing. I desire a surf-centric line of piece of occupation concern as well as I desire it to back upwards woman individual surfers as well as their endeavors. I desire to celebrate woman individual surf athleticism, multifariousness as well as style inward the lineup. I desire to go on to back upwards indie surf designers as well as brands similar myself who are making cool gear as well as pushing the envelope inward surf x fashion design. And opened upwards my ain bricks as well as mortar stores ane day!

Thanks Danny! We know you'll acquire inward happen! 

Check out Salt Gypsy's weblog for to a greater extent than honest reviews of surf bikinis as well as swimsuits, (Seea is proud to receive got passed her heavy testing!) as well as stories of ladies dedicated to the waves. 

Wake upwards this inward the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.

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