SwellWomen is bliss. SwellWomen is love. Above all, SwellWomen is community. Meet Lisa Mandelin, who has been on more SwellWomen retreats than we can count! It is thriving women like Lisa who make SwellWomen what it is today, and we know she will inspire you as much as she has inspired us.
What inspired you to want to learn how to surf?
When I contacted SwellWomen for the first time 3 years ago I was looking for a paddle boarding camp. I had been paddling for about half a year, and with an old back injury I thought that paddle boarding would be a lot better for my injury. With Lulu’s encouragement, I tried surfing instead and actually found that it helped my back way more than paddle boarding ever had! The constant gentle hip rotation that occurs while you sit on the board, and the strengthening of the lumbar back muscles from laying prone on the board have all helped to make my back feel 100X better!
What’s your favorite surf spot?
What’s one piece of advice you can offer to a novice surfer?
What’s your favorite travel and/or retreat memory?
Every retreat that I have been on has built upon the last… they just get better and better. And the people who attend these retreats makes them special. I have grown with each one, and I have met amazing and inspiring people who I will call friends for the rest of my life.
What keeps you inspired and gives you bliss?
Having new experiences keeps me inspired, and acting like a child gives me bliss.
What’s your favorite quote?
There are so many, but here’s a current favorite: “If you can’t, then you must!”