Category Archives: Sports

First! on the Laguna Surf

A couple of weeks ago, I got a chance to try my luck at surfing, thanks to Oakley and my gig at LAmag.com! Read more about it here. While I feel lucky to consider that “work,” it was a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of a neighboring coastal town that usually never warranted more than a drive-by along picturesque Pacific Coast Highway. As it turns out, Laguna Beach and the nearby Doheny State Beach in Dana Point were the perfect settings for a string of firsts.

Photograph courtesy of Gary Copeland

With nothing but the sound of crashing waves before us and the soft earth below us, a bout of early morning yoga lifted my spirits and prepared me for a day in the water. Numerous sun salutations (how else would the sun come out?), warriors I, II and III, and balancing poses galore gave me energy and confidence for the day ahead. Having done yoga on my own for the past couple years, it was so refreshing and encouraging to be in a class again. I even did my first yoga head stand!

Photograph courtesy of Jason Merritt/Wireimage

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HOP SUISSE!

Salut à tous! And a great félicitations to Switzerland! (Fact of the day: “Hop Suisse/Hop Schweiz” is how the Swiss cheer on their athletes.)

In what is probably the greatest recent upset in World Cup history (no doubt of this year), little ol’ Switzerland beat Spain 1-0 in the very first round (group? what?)! Surprising indeed, given that everyone anticipated Spain – the reigning European champions and second best football team in the word according to FIFA – to finally take home the trophy.

Switzerland beat the big favorite Spain with only one goal for a slim win. (Photo courtesy of 24heures.ch)

Ah those Swiss, always the unassuming exceptionalists. Alas, blame the time difference, the comforting allure of my bed or just plain morning-sloth tendencies, but I didn’t catch the game only to learn via the excited facebook status updates of my friends in Lausanne that I severely missed out. Good thing the New York Times gave a pretty thorough recap. We’ll have to see if they can continue the spark in the next round. Updates to follow as the competition ensues.