Summer break is officially over. Practice schedules are in full swing in preparation for the competition season debut. The process till the first competition can become stressful, which is why taking the time to pamper yourself after practice is much needed. Here are four ways to recover after a long practice.
1. Layout by the Beach or Pool
There is nothing more relaxing than laying out at the beach or by the pool. After spending countless hours in the rink, you’ll skin will love exposure to some Vitamin D. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Pampering your feet with your teammates, what’s more to love? Kick your feet up and enjoy a relaxing massage after practice.
Treat yourself to a warm bath filled with bubbles and bath bombs. Feeling a bit sore after practice? Throw in epsom salt to ease pain and muscle cramps!
4. Face Masks
Want something relaxing to do in between practices? Whether it’s a Lush face mask or a paper face mask, this will add a fun pampering session with your teammates.
Founded by Nicole Osibodu, Head Coach of Team ParadICE out of Escondido, CA, SUN SURF SYNCHRO is a Mid-Level synchro camp for skaters on teams ranging from Open Juvenile through Novice. Many elite teams host camps, but SUN SURF SYNCHRO is an independent camp combining Team USA coaches, former Team Canada skaters, and a OneTeamMVMT seminar series!
33 skaters from all over the United States and Canada attended this camp which fostered new friendships and learning. Here are 6 Reasons why SUN SURF SYNCHRO is the Hottest new Camp out there...
1. BEACH ACTIVITIES
Trying to get a taste of the Southern Californian lifestyle? Well, wait no more. The SUN SURF SYNCHRO Clinic enjoyed countless activities at one of San Diego’s most famous beaches. It included:
2. LEAD GUEST COACHES
Senior USA World Team coaching staff? Hi, sign me up please!? Crystallettes head coaches, Holly and Shannon taught the campers several skills and techniques including, a wheel, traveling circle, a no-hold step sequence, and even a new perspective on knee-bend! Demonstrated by World Team Crystallettes athletes, the on-ice sessions were packed with fun and lots of synchro knowledge for skaters to take back to their teams and training.
3. ONETEAMMVMT PARTNERSHIP
SUN SURF SYNCHRO found synergy in approach and mission with the ladies of #oneteammvmnt and what a power partner they were! Not only did they help demonstrate during the on ice sessions, they put together multiple seminars that taught the campers about social media, marketing, “The Power of Positivity”, sponsorship, fundraising, and most importantly, how to become a synchro ambassador to support the Olympic Movement!
4. OLYMPIC TRAINING SITE
Nothing better than getting a workout from US Navy SEALs surrounded by Olympic rings (#whynotsynchro2022 fingers crossed).
5. FANCY DINNER
Every girl loves to get dressed up, right?! This dinner location was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. The venue was decorated in SUN SURF SYNCHRO colors with the sunset giving the best photo op. lighting. (C’mon venue, WORK!) Not to mention, each camper was surprised with their very own pair of custom Rockerz and guest speakers!
6. SWAG AND SPONSORS
The SUN SURF SYNCHRO crew showered the campers with swag and custom synchro confetti, literally! In order to make it all possible and super fun, the camp development team brought in 16 sponsors for the camp! Magic Skate, Charlene Bailey, Surf Side Deli, POWAY ICE and GalaGoVision to name a few. Nicole's mom even made Swarovski crystal angels for all the skaters-swoon!
End up missing the camp this year? Not to worry, this amazing camp will be back next summer and already has interest from more countries such as Australia and Germany. Overall, the camp was a success for its’ first year. Get ready for next year, we hear it is even better and bigger. This is only the beginning for SUN SURF SYNCHRO.
This week we have our first coach submission from Ashleigh Renard! Her coaching necessities are:
"What's in my (coaching) bag? I have my skates, soft guards, towel, extra socks, gloves, extra pants, three charging blocks, charging cords, HDMI cables, headphones, two video cameras with built in projectors, Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker, two AC-USB adapters, white boards, dry erase marker, CD's, Bullet Journal (for schedule and practice plans), favorite Paper Mate Flair pens, and my water bottle!"
What’s in my bag—Kate Liang
“Here's my bag! I go pretty simple for practice; usually I just need my skates, my guards and a water bottle (and tape for official practices/competition). Two towels (got one for free at a hockey game) for obvious post prac reasons and the rest is just miscellaneous”
What's in my bag-- Morgan Shepherd
Her practice necessities are:
"Water bottles (usually have 2 with me because of cardio at the beginning of practice), gloves, and an ankle brace (finally was able to stop wearing it 2 weeks after this 16-17 season ended)"
What’s in my bag— Danielle Anderson
Besides my skates, I could not survive a practice without my water bottle, leg warmers, lace tape, and gloves.
SAN DIEGO ICE ARENA (SDIA)
My home rink; where my skating career took its birth. Despite its odd location (middle of home development), SDIA is home to seasoned coaches and legendary skaters. SDIA reminds me of my grandmas’ house; tacky and old, yet charming and full of history. The ice is just above average, not the worst I’ve skated on, but not the best SD has to offer. Downside: too many skaters!! Thinking about practicing your MITF tests at 6am? Think again!!
Ice Quality= 4/5
Ahhhh Kroc. If I could pick up a sheet of ice and give it a hug… I would. A frozen master piece. Super cold and solid ice (let your edges rip!!). Kroc’s schedule isn’t as full as SDIA’s, giving them more opportunity for ice maintenance. The facility is always super clean and the giant windows that let in the SD sunshine make this rink one of my favorites. Downside: not enough freestyle times.
Ice Quality= 5/5
Skate Traffic= 3/5
When I found out that Worlds was planned in Colorado Springs this year, I HAD TO GO. I passed on the opportunities to go in 2010 and 2013, but not this time! My mom and I embarked on Thursday afternoon from San Diego to Denver. We were traveling with other skate moms who have been to Worlds before, so it was nice to have people to chat with. We finally got to our hotel around midnight; I was so exhausted by that point.
Friday was the day of the Short program and I couldn’t WAIT to see Marigold’s short in person. That afternoon we headed to the Broadmoor to take the Team USA alumni photo. I was excited to come together to take a commemorative picture and reunite with teammates from the past, legendary skaters, and coaches who all once represented the USA