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Michelle Sommers


The Beginner’s Guide to Surfing

Hopefully you felt inspired by our June Athleta Journal “Learning to Surf Before I Turn 45” enough to consider getting on the board yourself this summer. We asked surf instructor and Executive Director for the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Michelle Sommers to share her tips for…

July 29, 2015
Michelle Sommers - The Reward is Worth the Effort

Always Rewarded

How many times have you looked out your window and the weather conditions kept you from doing something you love? Did you forgo that morning run because the weather report said it was too cold? Did you cancel your bike ride because clouds were…

May 6, 2014

Salt Water

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dineson This quotation is such a true statement.  I believe everyone who exercises regularly and has spent time in their life around an ocean or large body of water…

November 4, 2013
Michelle Sommers - Experiences
Musings & Meditations Surf

Experiences Are What Make Life Worth Living!

TIME TO GET THAT EXPERIENCE! Experiences are what make life worth living. I recently lost two family members who both lived long, happy lives but it really put things back into perspective for me that life is about creating memories and leaving legacies –…

April 16, 2013

Have No Fear of Surfing

I’m always amazed at the fears that people have when it comes to surfing. There are risks associated with this sport, but many are minimal. After being struck in the face by a paddleboard earlier this year, I realize that freak accidents can happen…

May 1, 2012
Cold Weather Surfing Tips

Cold Water Surfing Tips

Let’s face it — warm water is ideal for any surfer.  Unfortunately, many surf spots only have warmer water temps for a few months out of the year.  One good thing about the weather getting colder is that there are usually better waves in…

December 28, 2011
Healthy Inspiration

We All Need to Play!

People often ask me how I am able to do so much — run, surf, teach surf lessons and play with my boys!  My answer is simple — the more active I am, the more I am able do and not get tired.  As…

November 16, 2011
You're as Young as You Feel
Healthy Inspiration

You’re as Young as You Feel

Since I recently celebrated my 36th birthday, I’ve had many people ask me how it feels to get older.  The answer I have been giving everyone is that I actually feel better now than at any other time in my life! Age is relative,…

August 15, 2011
Adventure Outdoor Adventure

Give Back & Make a Difference

After a wonderful weekend on Maui participating in OluKai’s 3rd Annual Ho’olaule’a, I was able to experience a day of giving back that I had never done before.  Each year, OluKai partners with Maui Cultural Lands to spend a day in the Honokowai Valley…

July 1, 2011
Stand Up Paddle

SUP in Maui – Aloha!

I just returned from OluKai Premium Footwear’s 3rd Annual Ho’olaule’a Stand Up Paddle Board and OC1 Races that were held May 14-15, 2011. OluKai invited me as their special guest and Athleta Ambassador, to experience the event for myself and participate in one of…

June 8, 2011