Eat, Pray, Surf in Bali With Wyndham Ambassador Layne Beachley

November 21, 2014 on 8:10 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, Beachbooker, Indonesia, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowAs the ambassador for hospitality giant, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Layne Beachley has been helping employees embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle, and now the general public have a chance to learn Layne’s vitality secrets too.

The seven-time world surfing champion is inviting guests on a week-long ‘Eat, Pray, Surf’ escape to beautiful Bali, which she will host alongside her INXS rocker husband, Kirk Pengilly.

As the most successful female surfer of all time, Layne knows what it takes to stay in peak condition, both physically and mentally, and has enthralled crowds around the world with her inspirational lectures.

“Bali is the perfect backdrop for this workshop, which incorporates a focus on healthy eating and exercise, as well as pampering and spiritual experiences to really rejuvenate the mind, body and soul,” Ms Beachley said.

Attendees will be treated to surfing lessons, a personal mentoring session and inspirational lectures with Layne, a shopping tour of Seminyak, as well as cooking classes and a weekly healthy eating plan which will be led by both Layne and Kirk.

This action-packed itinerary is balanced with five invigorating pamper sessions, plus a water cleansing ceremony and blessing at a holy waterfall, as well as a visit to a Balinese medicine man.

“It was only through improving my physical and emotional health that I was able to conquer chronic fatigue 18 years ago, and I have embraced this lifestyle ever since. Kirk and I are passionate about sharing our everyday lifestyle tips, including what we eat, how we stay active and how we maintain a positive mindset,” she added.

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Restaurant Australia Digs in Down Under

November 21, 2014 on 7:50 am | In Australia, Dine Drink, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Surfing Resorts, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowEven Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his angry rush to throw a cold shoulder to the other world leaders at the G20 Summit (Nov. 15 and 16 in Brisbane) by leaving early was composed enough to stay for dinner, before leaving. These days, the people that know Australian cooking never miss a chance to stay for dinner.

In its long quest to locate the spark that will ignite international travelers to finally act on their bucket list desires to visit down under, Tourism Australia (TA) has been serving up the quality of Australian food in its Restaurant Australian promotional campaign. Since it launched early this year, the Restaurant Australia campaign has been showcasing the country’s food and wine experiences, bringing together stories of the country’s people, produce and places.

The Invite the World to Dinner event took place on Nov. 14 in the capital of Tasmania, Hobart. It brought together scores of international food and wine writers, celebrity chefs and TV personalities coming to dine with such Aussie foodies as Maggie Beer, Matt Preston and Matt Moran to sample a menu created by Restaurant Australia Head Chefs Ben Shewry, Peter Gilmore and Neil Perry AM.

It was the climax event of TA’s Restaurant Australia campaign, and TA estimates the VIP guests had an influence reach of 400 million. That’s a lot of hungry travelers. The event took place at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart. Food and wine offer a strong travel component not only at the table but in visiting wineries, artisanal food producers, food festivals and more.

“What our chefs pulled together and the setting in which the meal was served was nothing short of breathtaking and has truly demonstrated the exceptional quality and unique produce we have on offer here in Australia,” said John O’Sullivan, managing director Tourism Australia. “We hope all of our guests head home with the taste of Australia still firmly imprinted on their palate, and we look forward to them sharing their experiences with their many followers.” These culinary VIPS also toured the country to experience more than a thousand of Australia’s best food and wine offerings in every state and territory.

Surveys by TA of Americans who have travelled in Australia ranked the country as the #1 destination for food and wine, surpassing even France and Italy. It’s the kind of ranking Australia’s been topping a lot lately. In September, for instance, Sydney was named World Festival & Event City for the fifth consecutive year by the International Festivals & Events Association.

As for those other VIPS at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, the event not only attracted heads of state, but also dignitaries from the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund. Some 4,000 high-clout visitors and, maybe even more importantly, the press coverage from 3,000 international media showcased Brisbane as more than a holiday hub for domestic Australian travelers.

Who Is Down Under?

One of the core urgencies for TA is to send a message that Australia is not an edge of the world destination. The country is very much in the middle of things politically and culturally. This makes the promotion of events even more important because events bring leaders to the destination, and people follow leaders.

The new $1.1 billion International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has already confirmed 17 events for 2017 and beyond. Meanwhile, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will be extended to keep up with the increasing demand for event space. The expansion is looking to include additional exhibition and banquet space, smaller meeting rooms, new plenary options and an exciting new indoor-outdoor networking and entertainment space.

“Securing major events has been a priority for Destination NSW, the government’s tourism and major events agency, as we work towards achieving our goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020,” said Destination New South Wales (DNSW) CEO, Sandra Chipchase. In 2014, aggressively sought out and put on such high profile events as the 2014 Opening Series of Major League Baseball, the National Rugby League Grand Final Week, Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, owned and managed by Destination NSW.

The TA has for several years now been doing more to integrate travel marketing with food and wine marketing. More than a decade ago they even made an important wine marketing executive, Ken Boundy, the head of TA. This year TA brought together some 200 partners in food and wine to promote the quality of its culinary product in the “There’s nothing like Australia” campaign. Recent studies done in 2012 showed that highlighting the country’s best food and wine tourism experiences increased consumer motivation to travel to Australia by 30 percent.

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Holiday Travel on Oahu

November 12, 2014 on 12:45 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Exotic and Easy

Oahu provides families with the perfect combination of exotic and ease. The island is overflowing with fascinating Hawaiian cultural experiences and special festivities. What’s more, Oahu is easy to reach with loads of flights from the mainland. The island’s town, beach, and country settings; the wide variety of attractions and activities; and the exceptional choices in accommodations and price points make Oahu the right destination for family groups of every size and every budget.

Island Style Holiday Celebrations

Kick off the holidays over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend; relax at wonderful family friendly resorts, hotels, villas, or condominiums; enjoy fuss free Thanksgiving dinners at local restaurants, and immerse your family in wonderful weather and activities. On Black Friday, November 28, start your holiday shopping at Ala Moana Center x) with early morning exclusive offers and door busters. That Friday evening, the Waikiki Holiday Parade along Kalakaua Avenue commemorates Pearl Harbor, honors survivors and military heroes of December 7, 1941, and features marching bands from Oahu and the mainland along with local dignitaries and officials.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowHonolulu City Lights Celebrations continue December 6, the start of Honolulu City Lights
(, the December 6-31 festival that illuminates downtown with holiday cheer. Festivities include the lighting of the Christmas tree on the Honolulu Hale lawn, live entertainment, and the Electric Light Parade. Your kids will love Santa Arrives by Outrigger Canoe in front of Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach ( at 9 am on December 13 followed by complimentary photos with Santa in the lobby. Breakfast with Santa takes place December 16 and 17 from 8 to 10 am at Kani Ka Pila Grill at Outrigger Reef on the Beach and includes a photo with Santa, airbrush face and body art, and balloon twisting. And so something truly special by attending holiday services at historic Kawaiahao Church (—”The Westminster Abbey of Hawaii—where services are held in both English and Hawaiian.

From December 12 to 23, Polynesian Cultural Center ( will deck not just the halls, but its nearly entire 42-acre grounds and picturesque lagoon to present Christmas Lagoon, a 25-minute canoe ride that winds through a live holiday production. Elaborate Christmas lights, decorations and musical performances complete with actors, animals and props will get everyone in the holiday spirit.

The Brothers Cazimero, the beloved musical duo, will be at historic Hawaii Theatre ( in Chinatown for A Cazimero Christmas December 13 and 14. The Christmas concert will feature the melodic sounds of Robert and Roland Cazimero, recipients of numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and Grammy nominations.

Waikiki Beach Walk ( will ring in the holidays with 7 Days Till Christmas, a free music series December 19 through Christmas Day at the Plaza Stage. For seven nights, from 6 to 7 p.m., get in the holiday spirit with live music and merriment by some of Hawaii’s most renowned performers.

Enriching Family-Friendly Activities

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineBishop Museum Oahu is bursting historical and cultural sites that provide enriching family learning experiences. Kids will be excited to learn that Bishop Museum ( was founded in memory of a beloved Hawaiian princess. The museum’s fascinating, immersive, and interactive exhibits dedicated to Hawaii and the Pacific region are perfect for children. Hawaiian Hall showcases the values, beliefs, daily life, and cultural practices of Native Hawaiians from pre-contact time forward with an amazing array of artifacts, photos, videos, and audio installations. Kids will love the museum’s J. Watumull Planetarium and its daily 45-minute program “Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars,” which enables viewers to virtually sail aboard the Hokulea, a traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe, as it navigates from Tahiti to Hawaii. Equally enthralling is the The George T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center, a wonderland of interactive exhibits for learning about volcanoes and oceans.

USS Arizona MemorialAmerica and Hawaii’s roles in WWII come to life at poignant and moving Pearl Harbor attractions that include the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, Battleship Missouri Memorial, and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The annual December 7 ceremonies at Pearl Harbor Visitors Center commemorate the events that catapulted the U.S. into WWII. The gates open at 6:30 am for the special program from 7:30 am to 9:30 am. For more information and ticketing options, visit  or

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November 5, 2014 on 12:52 pm | In Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

HONOLULU – This winter, big wave riding celebrates a special milestone with the 30th annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Quiksilver is pleased to announce the list of official 2014/15 Invitees and Alternates on this very special occasion. Please visit the official website to view this year’s list of Invitees, new video, and anniversary collection.

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave riding event that only takes place if and when waves meet a 20-foot minimum height, during the holding period of December 1 through February 28, each Hawaiian winter. The official Opening Ceremony with the Aikau Family will be held on Thursday, December 4th, 3pm, at Waimea Bay.

“The Eddie” is the original big wave riding event and stands as the measure for every big wave event that exists in the world today. It has become an icon of surfing through its honor, integrity and rarity.

The event honors Hawaiian hero Eddie Aikau, whose legacy is the respect he held for the ocean; his concern for the safety of all who entered it on his watch; and the way with which he rode Waimea Bay on its most giant and memorable days.

The Water is Cold!
Adherence to strict wave height standards has ensured its integrity; it is only held on days when waves meet or exceed the Hawaiian 20-foot minimum (wave face heights of approximately 40 feet). This was the threshold at which Eddie enjoyed to ride the Bay. It has been said that what makes The Eddie special is the times it doesn’t run, because that is precisely its guarantee of integrity and quality days of giant surf.

The competition has only been held a total of 8 times: it’s inaugural year at Sunset Beach, and then seven more times at its permanent home of Waimea Bay. The Eddie was last held on December 9, 2009, won by California’s Greg Long.*

Regardless of whether “The Bay Calls The Day” and the event runs, the annual Opening Ceremony is considered the annual celebration of Aikau’s legacy as well as that of the sport of big wave riding, and is attended by the who’s who of the surfing world. We hope you can join this year’s Invitees, Alternates, and the Quiksilver & Aikau families.


*Past winners :

1985/1986 : Denton Miyamura (Haw)

1989/1990 : Keone Downing (Haw)

2000/2001 : Ross Clarke-Jones (Aus)

2004/2005 : Bruce Irons (Haw)

1986/1987 : Clyde Aikau (Haw)

1998/1999 : Noah Johnson (Haw)

2001/2002 : Kelly Slater (USA)

2009/2010 : Greg Long (USA)

About Eddie Aikau:

Just 31 years of age when he was lost at sea during an ill-fated voyage of Hawaii’s Hokule’a double-hull sailing canoe in 1978, Aikau was a young man at the height of a career equally dedicated to big-wave riding and lifeguarding at historic Waimea Bay. Filled with a pure passion to ride giant surf, take care of his fellow man, and uphold his Hawaiian culture and family values, Aikau became the benchmark by which all big wave riders are measured.

About Quiksilver:

Quiksilver, Inc., one of the world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle companies, designs, produces and distributes branded apparel, footwear and accessories. The company’s apparel and footwear brands, inspired by a passion for outdoor action sports, represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people who connect with its boardriding culture and heritage. The company’s Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC brands have authentic roots and heritage in surf, snow and skate. The company’s products are sold in more than 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its proprietary Boardriders Club shops and other company-owned retail stores, other specialty stores, select department stores and through various e-commerce channels. Quiksilver’s corporate headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California.

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Experience a Blissful Stay at Bliss Surfer Hotel

October 29, 2014 on 11:15 am | In Asia, Beachbooker, Indonesia, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFind our little surprises here in the heart of Legian – Bali

As the first surfing themed hotel in Bali, Bliss Surfer Hotel provides the best service for all the guests. Some guests often stay in Bliss Surfer Hotel for quite a long time (15-30 days) as they enjoy the service and care provided in Bliss Surfer Hotel. With this long period of staying, Bliss Surfer Hotel will upgrade them to receive VIP treatment.

Another unusual service offered by this thematic hotel is birthday and honeymoon surprise. Guests are welcomed to ask for birthday surprise for their beloved ones to the team. The whole team will sing happy birthday to the birthday guest, on breakfast time or personally to their room, and give them a birthday cake. In Bliss Surfer Hotel, every guest is treated like family so that they can feel like they are at home.

As a sign of Bliss Surfer’s appreciation for their surfer guests, they are also promoting a new offer. Just by showing your personal surfboard upon your booking, Bliss Surfer will give you a special discount for your room booking.

Unlike other hotels, Bliss Surfer Hotel offers something different. The hotel carries a Surfing concept so that you will find lots of surfboards all around the hotels. Though its location is not exactly beside the Legian beach, this hotel provides a lounge completed with beach sand for you to chill out.

Talking about facilities, Bliss Surfer Hotel accommodate their guest with not only unique rooms with spacious balcony, but also swimming pool, floater sand, Bombora Bar & Restaurant, Rip Curl Store and also Wave Senses Spa which provides 5 stars treatment. Some night events such as Pasta Night, BBQ Night and Satay Night are also held weekly in Floater Sand. Guests who do not feel like going out can spend their time around Floater Sand and enjoy these tasty food prepared by our team.

Want to make a reservation or have a question for us? Kindly contact at Tel: +62 361 767 222 or E-mail to info@blisssurferhotel.coM

Bliss Surfer Hotel
Jln Sriwijaya No. 88, Legian
Bali – Indonesia

About Bliss Surfer Hotel

Bliss Surfer Hotel is targeted at people who are young or young at heart, who enjoy theme holidays, and are not afraid of having fun. Its colorful interiors remind people to not take life too seriously and that life is full of variety, while its surfing theme brings the beach and the ocean to the guests. Bliss Surfer Hotel opened its colorful and carefree getaway to the public in February 2012 and has delivered a fun and excitement of a beach vacation through a surfing theme.

About Avilla Hospitality

Avilla Hospitality is an innovative player in its field and has a vision to be a leader in innovation and continue to inspire. Established in 2010 and has inspired and managed 11 brands, including Le Jardin Boutique Villa – the boutique villa in high end segment, Berry Amour Villa – the private & romantic villa, dedicated for honeymooners & couples, Alindra Villa – the private historical villa with Indonesian culture, Kokonut Suites – the classy dream suite with greenish shades, Bliss Surfer Hotel – the first surf themed hotel in Bali, Berry Hotel – the value for money hotel to meet & relax, Loft Legian Hotel – the value for money hotel with urban lifestyle concept, Berry Biz Hotel – the business themed hotel in Bali, Cozy Stay – the studio apartment for long stay guests, Bale Udang – the authentic of Indonesian cuisine restaurant, and Taman Air Spa – the high end spa and self-pampering. Visit

The VANS TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING Is Coming: Nov.12-Dec.20‏

October 24, 2014 on 1:58 pm | In Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

ASP Men’s and Women’s World Champions to be Decided

November 12-December 20

North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

HONOLULU — The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – a prestigious three-event showcase series that features the world’s top ranked professionals on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii – returns for its 32nd season this winter. World-class competition kicks off November 12 through December 20, and will conclude with the illustrious crowning of the 2014 ASP Men’s World Champion at Pipeline; inviting fans everywhere to watch all the action on the North Shore live at  and

As the final stop of both the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) and the ASP Qualification Series (QS), the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will also present an overall Series champion – a coveted title awarded to the top-performing surfer of the three-event series that includes a $50,000 bonus from Vans. Twenty-eight (28) of ASP’s Top 34 have entered all three events, including Kelly Slater (USA), John John Florence (HAW), Jordy Smith (ZAF), and Michel Bourez (PYF).

In conjunction with the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Hawaii also hosts two ASP women’s events during the six-week competition period: The Target Maui Pro at Honolua Bay, Maui, which will crown the ASP Women’s World Champion for 2014, and the Women’s Pipe Invitational at Banzai Pipeline, an ASP specialty event that will feature eight select women.

What makes this series the jewel of professional surfing? Giant winter waves fuel this traditional “pilgrimage” to the sport’s birthplace, keeping Hawaii at the heart of the surf world. These incredible waves are the ultimate stage for the surfing’s key crowning moments, for record performances, international media attention, and the creation of lifetime memories for athletes and fans alike.

The $1.4 Million Lineup:

The REEF Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, November 12-23. An ASP QS men’s Prime event. $250,000 prize purse. Defending champion: Michel Bourez (TAH).

The VANS World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, November 24-December 6. An ASP men’s Prime event. $250,000 prize purse. Defending champion: Ezekiel Lau (HAW).

The BILLABONG Pipe Masters, Banzai Pipeline, December 8-20. As the final event on the ASP WCT for the men’s 2014 season, it will determine the 2014 Men’s World Champion. $500,000 prize purse. Defending champion: Kelly Slater (USA). There will also be a one-day $100,000 Local Trials event for the Billabong Pipe Masters to determine two wildcards into the main event.

The TARGET Maui Pro, Honolua Bay, Maui. November 22-December 6. The final World Championship Tour event for the women’s 2014 season will crown this year’s ASP World Champion. $250,000 prize purse. This event returns to the women’s schedule after a four-year hiatus.

The Women’s PIPE Invitational, Banzai Pipeline, December 8-20. A $10,000 ASP Women’s Specialty event.

The 2014 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, produced by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), will run from November 12 through December 20. All events are free and open to the public. Fans from all over the world can experience the exciting competition via live webcast at  and

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is an official DEEP BLUE ™ surfing event as designated by non-profit Sustainable Surf. For the second year in a row, it will be an “ocean friendly” event that reduces the environmental impacts of a professional surfing contest, provides social benefits for the local community, and reports publicly on sustainability performance. The Deep Blue Surfing Event program demonstrates leadership in sustainable sporting events worldwide.

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About Vans:
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand. Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 415 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand’s rich heritage. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of musicians, artists and athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing’s most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing.

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HIC Pro Launches Hawaii’s Famed Winter Surf Season on Monday, October 27

October 22, 2014 on 11:10 am | In Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Sunset Beach, Oahu, HAWAII — October 27-November 10
An ASP 4star $85,000 Event

Live webcast

HONOLULU – With the penultimate event of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour wrapping up yesterday in Portugal, Hawaii now becomes the focus of the surfing world. The ASP men’s and women’s world titles will soon be decided here, but before then two totally different battles will heat up, starting next week at Sunset Beach with the HIC PRO, the Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:

The final hunt for critical ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points will aid aspiring hopefuls in their bid to qualify for the World Championship Tour.

The opportunity for Hawaii’s pro surfers to secure a slot that in the VTCS and prove themselves on the world stage.

The North Shore of Oahu has enjoyed a series of exciting early ‘winter’ swells in recent weeks, which bodes well for the HIC Pro!
Photo credit: La Serena Media

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe HIC Pro – October 27 through November 10 – is a 4-star rated event that features a field of 112 surfers and offers a total prize purse of $85,000. More than 50 per cent of the field is comprised of Hawaii surfers (58), as well as athletes from Australia (16), USA Mainland (24), Japan (6), Tahiti (2), France (1) and South America (1), plus 4 wild cards.

The HIC Pro is also an important time for surfers to fine-tune equipment and performances ahead of the famed Hawaiian winter surf season. North Shore’s own Fred Patacchia is the #1 seed for the event, returning home from Portugal in time to begin his winter campaign.

Beyond Patacchia, look for a truly inspired young field of aspirants who are climbing the ranks with an eye on becoming part of Hawaii’s “new order” of professionals. Among them: Kaito Kino (20); Kaulana Apo (16); Kalani David (16); and Kaimana Jaquias (21). Of course, Sunset wouldn’t be Sunset without a handful of seasoned competitors. Among them look for Joel Centeio (31); Evan Valiere (30); Jamie O’Brien (31); Fred Patacchia (32); and Pancho Sullivan (41).

About HIC – Hawaiian Island Creations:
Hawaii’s biggest and best selection of surf gear – since 1971 HIC has provided Hawaii with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories – by surfers, for surfers. Locally owned and operated, the HIC retail chain includes thirteen stores across Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, plus two in Japan. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, the brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world. Enjoy the ride!
Official HIC PRO event gear: Available at

About Vans:
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand. Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 415 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand’s rich heritage. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of musicians, artists and athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing’s most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing.

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New Website Showcases Premier Watersports Destination

August 18, 2014 on 11:29 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, London, Mobile Apps, Scotland, Surfing Resorts, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowA new interactive website has been launched to showcase one of the UK’s premier watersports destinations that benefits from the warmer waters created by the Gulf Stream. is a one-stop website with detailed information about 12 different watersport activities around Ayrshire and Arran on Scotland’s west coast, including yachting, dinghy sailing, kite surfing and sea kayaking.

Created by the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team, the website provides a wealth of information for enthusiasts who are seeking new experiences on the water. From the coastal areas around mainland Ayrshire, to the islands of Arran and Cumbrae, the area provides fantastic opportunities to access the popular waters of the Firth of Clyde and on to the Irish Sea. Located on the Gulf Stream, the waters are surprisingly warm (with some reporting them to be warmer than off the coast of South Africa) and palm trees flourish in some areas as a result. provides information about over 60 key coastal access points, beaches, slipways, marina facilities, and moorings. Tide times, weather forecasts, nautical charts, nautical mile plotting, and truly interactive mapping, are all available making the website ideal for those visitors seeking to immerse themselves in new experiences both on and off shore.

This level of watersports mapping is the first of its kind for a Scottish region and was made possible as a result of the joined up approach of the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Team, which worked in partnership with the local providers, the Firth of Clyde Forum, Scottish Natural Heritage and RYA Scotland.

Speaking on the launch of the website Carolyn Elder, Largs Yacht Haven Manager and Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Leadership Group Member said: “This is a great development in providing information specifically for watersports enthusiasts. It will really show off the amount of watersports opportunities in Ayrshire and Arran and make participation more accessible.”

Project Officer, Graeme Maciver added: “Now visitors who have a passion for yacht cruising, a competitive edge dinghy sailing, or who simply want to enjoy stunning scenery can get on-board to discover and the beautiful coastal areas of Ayrshire, Arran and Cumbrae.”

• The Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team is funded by the three Ayrshire local authorities.

• The Team works with the industry under the guidance of the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Leadership Group to support the delivery and aims of the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Strategy 2012-2017 (which targets growth of visitor numbers, spend and employment).

• Tourism is very important to the economy of Ayrshire & Arran, generating £348 million of revenue per year, from some 3.5 million visitors. This directly supports almost 9,000 jobs.

• The region has tremendous strengths that offer the visitor a range of great experiences, spanning rural, coastal, historic and built environments; world class golf, sailing, culture and heritage; high quality food, drink and hospitality; beautiful islands, marine and countryside.

• Coastal watersports and marine leisure activities are key assets of the Ayrshire & Arran area and provide opportunities for growth. Ayrshire & Arran has a very strong offer with world-class facilities, sailing events of international standing and excellent infrastructure.

• The website was developed by the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team to provide a one-stop shop with a host of consumer focussed information about opportunities to participate in a wide variety of watersports in the region.

• Find out more about the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Team at

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ISAF Puts Wind in Abu Dhabi’s Sails With Six-Year Deal

August 18, 2014 on 11:14 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Sailing, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) World Cup Final, the world’s pinnacle sailing regatta contested by the best Olympic-class competitors, is on its way to the United Arab Emirates.

ISAF has agreed to stage the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in the UAE capital for the next six years, starting this year following a multi-stakeholder approach by Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club (ADSYC) with the support of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation (UAE SARF) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi.

“This is a major surge forward in Abu Dhabi’s campaign to be recognised as an international sailing hub and another fantastic opportunity for our youngsters to compete with and learn off the world’s best,” said HE Ahmed Thani Al Romaithi, Chairman, ADSYC and Vice-President, UAE SARF.

An associated deal sealed today between ISAF and TCA Abu Dhabi will also see the UAE capital host the 2016 ISAF Annual Conference when delegates, who include representatives of national governing bodies, class associations, leading industry personalities, manufacturers, sponsors and the media, discuss the hottest topics facing the sport. The 2016 Conference, which is estimated will deliver 1,500 hotel room nights to Abu Dhabi, will also feature a Presidential election.

“We have found a highly committed partner in Abu Dhabi and look forward to helping move forward the sailing ambitions of the emirate and the Arabian Gulf. This is a great opportunity for sailing as a sport” said Mr Carlo Croce, President, ISAF.

“We have struck a ground-breaking partnership with a world-class destination for a Tier-1 event.”

The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final will take place in Abu Dhabi from 26-30 November. Around 350 sailors from 20 countries are expected in Abu Dhabi to compete in all 10 Olympic events and a kite-surfing event, in and around Lulu Island off the UAE capital’s stunning Corniche.

The events will be covered by the international sailing media and an ISAF television audience in over 100 countries.

“This year’s Final is only three weeks before Abu Dhabi hosts a Volvo Ocean Race stopover when again, the city will be alive with all things maritime, sailing and entertainment,” said Sheikh Khaled Zayed Saqr Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Sailing & Rowing Federation.

“By the time we enter the New Year, the emirate’s watersports credentials of an ambient winter climate, over 400 kilometres of coastline, Blue Flagged beaches, state-of-the-art marinas, a plethora of natural islands and warm, clean waters, will have reached new international heights. Abu Dhabi will be synonymous with sailing and water-borne activities.”

The 2014 Final will comes hot on the heels of two other key international events being staged in the emirate this November.

“November is shaping up to be an action-packed month in Abu Dhabi, with Abu Dhabi Art and thousands of international motorsport fans once again arriving in the emirate for the Formula 1® Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. I hope our international guests will be persuaded to extend their stay to witness the Final,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi.

The athletes are expected to arrive early to train for the event and, in all, TCA Abu Dhabi estimates each Final will deliver around 7,500 hotel room nights to the UAE capital.

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Windsurfing Clinic with World Champions, Ever- Popular Tennis and Cycling Camps with Top Pros, Master Vintners and Virtuoso Violinist are on the Slate at the Luxurious Maui Resort

Maui, Hawaii ) — Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui’s only Forbes Five-Star Resort, announces its fall 2014 lineup of Unforgettable Events, a series of one-of-a-kind experiences tailored to the resort’s active lifestyle guests, featuring favorite tennis and cycling camps, and Aloha Windsurfing Clinic with World Champions Matt Pritchard and Shawna Cropas. Add to the schedule Vintage Wine Weekend and guest artist Elizabeth Pitcairn who performs on her legendary Red Violin. Aloha Windsurfing Clinic – November 9 – 14: Taught by two top windsurfing champions—Matt Pritchard and Shawna Cropas. The water sports clinic will focus on both windsurfing and stand up paddling, an introductory way to learn to surf on flat water with small waves. The paddling boards can be turned into windsurfing boards by attaching sails. “This clinic is aimed to be fun, a ‘get in the ocean’ tropical holiday as well as being extremely informative about safety, environment and sea conditions,” says Cropas, who stresses the clinic is ideal for those who have wanted to take part in water sports but have been intimidated by ‘big wave’ windsurfing. Aloha Windsurfing Clinic offers a wonderful way to share a new sport, receive excellent training from two world-class athletes and enjoy a luxurious vacation at the Four Seasons Resort Maui.

Wailea Tennis Fantasy Camp – November 19 – 23, 2014: Tennis anyone? Learn from some of the world’s top legends. Past instructors have included Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Tom Gullikson. The pros will meet you at center court for four days of high-energy practice. This fantasy camp is at the award-winning Wailea Tennis Club and is hosted by Four Seasons Resort Maui. The camp is open to adult players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament level.

Cycling Camp Maui – New this year and by popular demand, there will be three camp date options. December 4 – 9, December 11 – 15, and for the fullest camp experience December 4 – 15. Tour de France veteran and Canadian Olympian Ryder Hesjedal and Go Cycling Maui lead and design this once-in-a-lifetime event which allows guests to experience cycling in much the same way as those on the ProTour. Open to riders with modest to advanced fitness and experience, the camps offer instruction and training by Hesjedal and several of the world’s most competitive riders. Offering riders the opportunity to experience the beauty and changing terrain of Maui, guests end their camp days, each day, enjoying the luxurious amenities of Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Vintage Wine Weekend and Red Violin – December 5 – 7, 2014. A weekend of events featuring wine experts and master sommeliers paired with an equally stellar culinary experience designed by Master Executive Chef Roger Stettler, plus a virtuoso performance of the fabled Stradivarius Red Violin by Elizabeth Pitcairn, December 6. For details, prices, and how to book visit: Four Season Resort Maui | Unforgettable Events

About Four Seasons Resort Maui

Maui’s first and only Forbes Five-Star resort is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea Coast. The 380-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service, luxurious amenities, and for living in harmony with its environment and community. The resort in Maui is also home to one of the nation’s top-rated spas committed to wellness and three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants – Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant. This sophisticated home away from home caters to the needs and interests of all generations offering world-class activities and one-of-a-kind Unforgettable Events, a museum quality art collection, three pools overlooking the azure-blue Pacific Ocean including an adults-only Serenity Pool with exclusive Missoni-designed cabanas, and more. Four Seasons Resort Maui is a Hawaiian vacation destination geared to action adventurers, those guests wishing to practice the fine art of doing nothing at all, and everyone in between.

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