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MissKL & O’Neill Girl’s #RaddestSummer Winners!

We wrapped up our Raddest Summer instagram contest with MissKL and got some amazing winners! With over 500 submissions, it was not an easy job to pick, trust me—you all rocked this summer, but Maia, Shelby and Tara caught our attention with their raddest moments. Thanks for all the amazing submissions! Glad to see so many of you living it up and making yourself some unforgettable memories. Seriously, it was really hard to pick just three. Keep checking in with us on the good ol’ blog, facebook, and instagram for more contests, fun & funk! xoxo..

–Alison, Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator

 

MissKL & ONeill Girls #RaddestSummer Winners!

Maia Kamehiro-Stockwell, Santa Cruz

“Bring me back to Mexico, missing these waves”

 This summer I went on a surf trip with a bunch of my friends and my surf club adviser (who is also our math teacher) to Baja! We went to a bunch of local breaks on the East Cape, but this one photo was taken at Destiladeras, which was definitely my favorite wave. My teacher brought along his friend, Larry Hammerness, a local photographer, who took a ton of pictures of my friends and I, and this was in the bunch! I was so glad that he was there to capture the raddest moment of my summer!

Photo©LarryHammerness

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MissKL & ONeill Girls #RaddestSummer Winners!

Shelby Lott, North Carolina

“Getting my play on #RockyKnob”

 This shot was taken at Rocky Knob Terrain Park in Boone, North Carolina, I was out with my boyfriend and bros hitting some of the downhill mountain bike trails and jumps. Muddy, awesome day!

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MissKL & ONeill Girls #RaddestSummer Winners!

Tara Smith, New Jersey

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to #crowdsurf”

 This was at a Foo Fighters concert during my favorite song “Ever Long”.  I was wearing a knee brace because I hurt my knee surfing two days before the show. I wanted to get closer to the band so I had the crowd lift me up! Haha needless to say when my mom saw this that picture was taken right after my injury, she was not happy!

 

Sep.10.2013    News    Comment

#KianasONeillAdventure- Letters from Kiana Ch7!

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I can’t believe my trip is almost over! I took a look outside and the weather was perfect. I grabbed Meg and ran to the beach. I wanted to get a jump start on her lesson, so we got two longboards and made our way to the sand.

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We threw down our boards and the lesson began. I made sure to tell her to keep her knees compressed and not to look down! The key is to look forward.

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 It was time to hit the warm tropical Costa Rican ocean!

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I lead her out and talked her through paddling. First wave… here we go!  I pushed her in and was hoping she remembered what I taught her on the beach.  Go Meg!

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Wipeout! But I spy a smile!

After a few waves, Meg and I came back in for a coco break! Fresh coconuts? Yes, please! I absolutely love coconut water. It’s delicious and so good for you too!

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After the quick break, it was my turn to surf! Wohoo!

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#KianasONeillAdventure  Letters from Kiana Ch7!

Now that we got some surfing time in, it was time for the sunset cruise! We drove over to the docks and low and behold… the most amazing catamaran..the Tsunami!

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As we sailed into the sunset, we saw tons of dolphins (my absolute favorite) and even a humpback whale!  It was so awesome and exciting.

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#KianasONeillAdventure  Letters from Kiana Ch7!

Seeing the whales and dolphins jump to and fro made us thirsty for an adventure! So, we stopped the boat and did what I do best: Adventure!

Ready..set..jump!

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What a great evening. We knew stepping off that boat we made lifelong friends.

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That’s Heidi from Shape Magazine!

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It has been such an amazing journey I couldn’t believe it was ending.

The next day we had one more day to surf! So excited!

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Today, we had a few local surfers help the rest of the group. I took Meg on one last ride. Ready…set… yay! She got to her knees!

It was so exciting sharing my passion with someone. Teaching Meg and showing her why I love the ocean was priceless.

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As we headed back to the hotel, it was time to say good-bye. It was such a bittersweet moment. I made such great friends and learned and experienced so much from this beautiful country.  I was going to miss Costa Rica so much, but it was time to start my next adventure: college!

Thank you so much Contiki, O’Neill, Shape Magazine and my new friends for an amazing journey!

Until next time amigos!

Xoxo..

Kiana

Reflection of the trip:

Overall this trip was epic, amazing, thrilling and memorable. I met so many amazing people and experienced such a vibrant culture here in Costa Rica. I am absolutely in love with this country! It is so beautiful and filled with adventure. I tasted, seen, experienced and did so many new, crazy, and awesome things.

One of the many things I admired in Costa Rica was their respect and love for the land. They are so Eco friendly and strive to make this world a cleaner place. They recycle EVERYTHING. I hope America can one day learn from Costa Rica to not be as wasteful and strive to keep this earth healthy.

Another admirable Costa Rican characteristic is their “Pura Vida” lifestyle – pure life, happy life, simple and positive living.

Hope you enjoyed my blog! I’m so glad I was able to share my experience with you!

Thanks again!

K

Sep.6.2013    INSPIRATION · Kiana Fores · News · Team    Comment

O’Neill Girl of the Month WINNER!

ONeill Girl of the Month WINNER!

Meet Kenzie… A soccer playing, down to earth, adventurous surfer who loves to snow, long and wakeboard!

Congratulations on being this month’s O’Neill Girl!

Want to be the next O’Neill Girl? Enter here.

Sep.5.2013    News    1 Comment

We <3 French Cassette’s!

We <3 French Cassettes!

You heard them on our Fall 2013 vibe video and if you’re in the Nor Cal area, you’ve probably sang and danced to their “infectious melodies with booty-shaking rhythm, in the style of big slappin’ beats,” as they like to say.

Don’t miss The French Cassette’s when they come to a venue near you! Check out their upcoming tour dates:
Sept. 12 @ Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Sept. 14 @ Rock Make Festival, SF
Sept. 19 @ Fat Cat, Modesto CA
Sept. 28 @ Amnesia, SF and every Tuesday in November: Nov. 5,12,19,26

Sep.3.2013    News    Comment

Back-to-School Fall Finds!

As we bid farewell to summer, we say hello to cozy sweaters, boots, and…school books! O’Neill Girls breaks down the fall trends this week and helps you sort out your back-to-school frocks.

Trend 1: PRINTS!

 

Back to School Fall Finds!

Colette Dress, Levi Backpack, Taylor booties

 Why we like it: Pairing the flirty Colette dress with the camo Levi backpack is an unexpected mix of a girly girl print with a classic tomboy staple. Keep the shoes simple and neutral.

 

Back to School Fall Finds!

Dottie Top, Coco Backpack, Flippin Sandal

Why we like it: The darker tones of your top, shoes and backpack make your printed shorts the statement piece. Best part? The  Craze shorts are on sale!

 

Back to School Fall Finds!

 Annie Top, Rally Pants, Lander Booties, Ryder Backpack

Why we like it: All print errthang! If you’re going to go bold on rocking the head-to-prints (or embellishments), keep it in a neutral tone.

 

Stay tuned for more style tips from our design experts!

Any questions? Let us know!

Sep.3.2013    FASHION · News    Comment

Letters From Kiana Ch 6- #KianasONeillAdventure

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The ocean has calling my name. I’ve never been away from the ocean for this long. I was so excited to know that we were on our way to the beach! Manuel Antonio, here we come!

A few hours into our road trip, we stopped at a famous crocodile sighting under a highway bridge.

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“Crikeyyy mate!” Those are some serious beasts! Seeing these guys chow down worked up my appetite.

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Next stop…lunch at Jaco Beach! We ate at a well-known eatery called, Caliche’s Wishbone. Seemed like a pretty common surfer joint. The Billabong Pro was on TV and there were boards everywhere. Spotted! A Cory Lopez board.

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Oh Em Gee! I couldn’t believe it. There it was…a signed board by THE legend… Andy Irons. How much better can this day get?!

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(moment of silence)

RIP AI. Legends never die.

We finally arrived to Manuel Antonio. WOW. Beautiful!

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I practically ran to the beach to find a place to rent a good board.  Found it! Come to me! I tried negotiating a decent rate, but Glen the vendor wouldn’t budge. He didn’t believe me when I told him I could surf. Fine! I paid. I smiled. I grabbed. Woohoo!

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After my session I ran in smiling from ear to ear. Glen was stunned. “You CAN surf!” he yelled out. I just laughed. He then handed me his 6’3” Al  Merrick short board. I was stoked! It was so much fun. I was so happy to surf again!

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Until tomorrow’s adventure amigos!

Pura Vida!

Xoxo..

Kiana

Aug.29.2013    INSPIRATION · Kiana Fores · News · Team    1 Comment

Letters From Kiana Ch 5- #KianasONeillAdventure

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From a farm to another jungle! The next day we were on our way to Monteverde, a beautiful mountainside town in the Costa Rican jungle! Mountain time! The journey there was half the fun. We took our bus to a boat that took us around the mountain followed by a long, hot, bumpy bus ride though the mountains. There was no AC and no paved roads, but the view was absolutely breath taking- endless green hills and clear skies. Beautiful.

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After our long ride we finally got to Monteverde. By the time we reached our hotel, it was cold and rainy. Oh my. I didn’t pack for cold temperatures.  I was in for a treat. Monteverde is at such a high elevation that the jungle town is literally in a cloud. It’s technically known as a cloud forest. The cooler climate is perfect for coffee plantations and endless upon endless species of plants and bugs.

We arrived at our hotel. It was beautiful. On top of a hill! And best of all…it was eco-friendly! As a matter of fact, lots of places in Costa Rica are eco-friendly. So amazing!

We checked-in and quickly headed to our cloud forest nature walk! The chances of rain? Extremely high!  As we walked through the forest, we noticed there weren’t many animals. No monkeys, snakes, or much of anything really. Gustavo, our Contiki tour guide, informed us that the cooler temperatures were ideal for thousands of plants and bugs but not mammals. He told us that just one tree alone can have hundreds upon hundreds of ecosystems living just on a branch or trunk.

The entire forest was so green and damp. It was like walking through my science book. Everything I learned in my AP Environmental Science class was right before my eyes. It was awesome!

We finished our wonderful chilly and rainy walk and heading to dinner. Annette, Meg and I had a delectable dinner at the hotel. Mango chutney chicken and mash potatoes! Amazing.  The fruit in Costa Rica is exceptional! I eat as much fresh fruit as I can and order anything made with fruit. I’ve become addicted to smoothies here!  After our delicious dinner we danced the night away and dreamed of the next days adventures.

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Day 8 was big day! Completely action packed. We kicked off with an amazing coffee tour at San Juan’s Coffee Plantation in Monteverde. Wow! I never knew how much went into making coffee! Did you know it takes a coffee bean 3 years to ferment to then be ready roast? And that there IS a difference between light and dark roast other than color and flavor…there’s a difference in caffeine!

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Guess which has more caffeine?

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Dark roast? Nope! The lighter the bean, the more caffeine. That even means espresso. Espresso is technically the darkest and most roasted of the coffee beans making it fuller in taste and lighter in caffeine. I know…mind blowing! I definitely appreciate coffee much much more!

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I was so amazed of the passion and knowledge our guide had about coffee. She taught us the importance of knowing where your coffee is roasted, because then you know what kind of coffee you like. Every region is grows different types of coffees. Costa Rica is known for producing Arabica beans. Every bag of coffee purchased in Costa Rica is 100% Arabica beans. “Only the best!,” as our guide would say.  Delicioso!

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We even met the owner of the coffee plantation, Don Juan himself!

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Up next…ZIPLINING! So excited to fly above the lush green forest! Fourteen ziplines? No problem! We got our helmets, gloves and harnesses and were ready to go! We clinked our way up the platforms. “Click, chink, buckle… Vamos!”

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Each zipline varied in length and height. Some were short and sweet. Others…not so much! We even did a Tarzan swing…a 50-foot free-fall on a rope. Serious adrenaline rush! The zipline company was so amazing that they gave me my own photo to keep and another for me to sign for them to hang up in their office. Pura Vida!

Two amazing adventures and oh hey! It’s only noon!

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Next was the butterfly garden! I love butterflies they are so beautiful and such delicate creatures. The garden was in a greenhouse dome covered with plants for the butterflies to eat and live. There were so many different kinds!

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I got to hold a few which made me really happy.

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We learned so much. Since butterflies don’t teeth, spikes, venom or any other deadly defense mechanisms, they use their wings to camouflage with their surroundings. Some look like leaves and others are even able to look like owls and snakes to scare off predators. Super creepy.

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They had cabinets full of cocoons and fresh butterflies that came out of their cocoon but couldn’t fly yet. It takes a new butterfly about three hours to “dry” its wings before it can take its first flight.  Muy bonitas las mariposas.

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Next, we were off to the humming bird sanctuary. Wow!! Humming birds are fast! These little birds are so full of life. They are so vibrant in color and shine so beautifully in the sunlight.

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Next we did the canopy tour. We walked through the rain on soil and through several swinging bridges above the forest.

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Something about the forest is so calming. So quiet. So still. So very tranquil.

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Today was a good day. Thank you Costa Rica!

Xoxo..

Kiana

 

Aug.23.2013    INSPIRATION · Kiana Fores · News · Team    Comment