Meet Abraham and Donica! Abe was born in Arizona and Donica in Oregon. They met while surfing Lyman's in Kona. Donica says, "it's such a classic story! It was a good size day with gorgeous glassy waves breaking outside the bay. I was surfing with my girlfriend and he kept calling me into his waves. Inviting me to drop in as he flew past, sometimes spinning to keep eye contact. Our chemistry was pretty apparent; I remember my girlfriend and I giggling about it. That was in 2005 and we've shared a lot of waves since then. Abe and I are really grateful to have built a life around sharing surfing stoke and super foods!"
What have you two been into lately?
"The last few years hydrofoiling has nearly taken us over but we still make time for traditional surfing and not to long ago we learned to windsurf. We do love being a part of Hulakai's events like the Race to Fitness series and we try to attend as many of the local surf events as possible.
We're both Foil Surf professionals with Starboard's Dream Team. We've been helping design boards and wings the last few years. We were just in Thailand and Bali surf testing the latest equipment. Abraham is currently building electric hydrofoils, find out more on Instagram @wefoil."
What sort of training do you both do?
"Club swinging is a powerful shoulder and brain balancing martial art from India. Stretching while swinging long clubs with slow controlled movements builds strength and mobility in the arms, shoulders and core.
Tabata is a quick and explosive workout that can be customized with your favorite exercises. For example squats; as many as you can (with good form) in 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds and repeat this cycle 8 times with a final minute rest. Each cycle could be a different exercise. I love tabata because it's quick, you can do it anywhere and it raises the mood and metabolism for 24-48 hours.I also have a go to 20 minute yin yoga flow to balance out all the yang of an active day and relax after a long session in the water.
Free diving and underwater rock running are great ways to become more comfortable in high pressure situations like surfing."