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Crystal Veness

Destinations Travel

Blown away in Tarifa, Spain // TRAVEL GUIDE

Traveling to new Destinations feels like discovering new worlds. It can be like walking into a storybook where the pages are empty and waiting for you to fill them with your own adventures. This is what Europe feels like to me… actual magic.

I grew up in the new world – in a city that was only just finding its way into being 100 years ago. Visiting cities that have been alive for more than 1,000 years is like stepping into the past. One such place located at the southernmost point of continental Europe is Tarifa, Spain.

Historically rich Tarifa is now a major hotspot in the kiteboarding community, and I’ve been hoping to visit this windy coastal city for years. If you’re planning a kiteboarding trip in Tarifa, check out the Tarifa Kiteboarding Spot Guide at MACkite.

For those who wish to explore the Andalusian region of Spain and take some time to revel in the journey to Tarifa, keep reading… Like any good story, it’s the journey that makes this trip unforgettable. 

Destinations Travel

Summer in the mountains in Squamish, BC // TRAVEL GUIDE

When summer comes to Canada, nothing beats an escape out into the wild. Sometimes you just need to flee the city, stand atop a mountain, and take a deep breath of that pure alpine air. Simply taking that moment to step outside and appreciate the immensity of nature is enough to clear your head and get centred.

Sometime last year I found myself feeling totally disconnected from reality with no clue what to do or where to go next. I needed some serious grounding, and I knew the best place to find that was in my home country of Canada.

There’s a place on the west coast of Canada that had been popping up into conversation amongst my kiteboarding community over the past couple years, and I knew this was where I needed to be…. Squamish.

In the shadow of the Stawamus Chief lies the small town of Squamish, the outdoor recreation capital of Canada. This is British Columbia at it’s finest. This guide will take you through a few sunny summer days in Squamish. And if you’re planning a longer stay? This is a great way to kick it off.

Destinations Kitesurfing Travel

Get your adrenaline fix in Hood River, OR // TRAVEL GUIDE

The Pacific Northwest has this element of outside that seems to be firmly entrenched in the hearts of everyone who lives there. But away from the busy big cities and the coast is a small city whose residents and vistors have taken outside to the next level. Perched along the Columbia River is the city of Hood River, Oregon.

When you’re looking for that hit of adrenaline on your summer getaway in the PNW, look no further than Hood River!

Alright, maybe a little further… there’s a lot of cool stuff to see nearby too!

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Dive into authentic Mexico in Progreso // TRAVEL GUIDE

The beauty of Mexico is that every destination offers something unique. To dance until the sun comes up from the all inclusive comfort of a resort, you’d head to Cancun or Cabo San Lucas. To escape the beach and dive into old-world wonder, you can choose your own adventure in Zacatecas or Chiapas. If it’s laid back Bohemian vibes you want, catch some waves in the surfside towns of Puerto Escondido or Todos Santos.

But where do you go if you want that perfect blend of exploration, authenticity, culture, and action without the crowds of tourists and repetitive all-inclusive resorts?

Progreso.

Kitesurfing Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey Travel

Time to get real [LTJ]

I broke my leg 12 days ago.

It hasn’t been a bad experience, really. I feel like I lucked out at every turn imaginable, except for the part where I broke my leg.

Every photo you’ve seen of me with a broken leg has been with a smile on my face. Because for the most part, I have had a smile on my face. I’m a happy person. I’m basically a professional at putting a positive spin on any situation, however difficult it is.

But I wanted to be real with you.

When I hit the water, I knew I’d fucked up. Badly.