Archive for the ‘Outdoor Adventures’ Category

Joyful Entrepreneurs: Eric Kipp

March 1, 2010
As part of our “Joyful Entrepreneurs” series, now and again we’ll interview people who are doing inspiring things with their work. This time around, we got a chance to field a Q&A to Eric Kipp, a yoga practitioner who founded Hiking Yoga in San Francisco. According to Eric, hiking yoga is a great combination of yoga and cardio (and let’s be real, it is hard NOT to experience some level of cardio simply walking up the city’s hills…) that is made extra special with spectacular views. Enjoie…
What is hiking yoga? 
Hiking yoga is a mix of the cardio of hiking with the power of yoga. We explore San Francisco’s famous hills and less known gardens and stairways. We are a hybrid of a yoga studio and an outdoor bootcamp company offering 10+ hikes all over the city between sunrise and sunset.
What benefits does it provide that you can’t get from hiking and yoga on their own?
We are right in the middle between two worlds. We get many people who do lots of yoga and not enough cardio and many runners and cyclists who have very stiff muscles. All of the relaxing effects of yoga combined with the cleansing of a great sweaty cardio workout. The part that surprises many is how diverse and gorgeous the terrain of SF is and how much there is to learn about the city.
What are the best things people can do to center themselves in times of stress?
Just simple reminders that a few minutes or even a few breaths can make a huge difference. We work in three to four yoga stations on our 90-minute hike. The first few are five to seven minutes and the teaching is how much different our bodies and minds can feel after a few minutes of yoga and deep breath.  (more…)

Row Your Own Way

November 16, 2009

As epic trips go, this one really floats our boat. Last Friday, two British men completed a 5,000 mile rowing trip in their boat, the Bojangles, from Choshi, Japan, to San Francisco, gliding under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge accompanied by a welcome wagon of Bay Area boats bearing local brew.  Mick Dawson and Chris Martin completed their trip in 189 days, 10 hours and 55 minutes. According to a write-up in the San Francisco Chronicle, the two men were “stalked by whales, tossed by storms, ran low on food and sometimes despaired” during their six months at sea in a Kevlar rowboat powered only by their own grit and brawn. In Martin’s words, they undertook the arduous voyage across the Pacific because “It hasn’t been done before.” Joie de Vivre was honored to host Martin, Dawson and their families at one of our SF properties.

I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Bamboo.

November 5, 2009

Sonoma County’s become quite the cycling mecca over the last few years.  A few weeks ago I met 22-year-old national cycling champion Nick Frey there after he finished the 103-mile Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo (along with 3,499 others out for the fun ride).  A cyclist friend of mine had recently bought one of Nick’s bamboo bikes; it’s a gleaming golden showpiece (and workhorse), and was the first Boo in California. I wanted to hear more about Nick’s new boutique bicycle company because in the green design realm bamboo-anything is hot right now, and Nick seemed the perfect individual to begin our “Joyful Entrepreneurs” series. (more…)

Surf City

November 2, 2009

JoieDeVivre-Shorebreak-2212Joie de Vivre debuted several hotels in Southern California in 2009, among them the sexy surfer-chic Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. We recently interviewed Don Chock, an avid surfer and director of sales and marketing at Shorebreak about “Surf City USA” and the joie of surfing.

You’re from Hawaii, right? Did you start surfing there?
I started surfing in O’ahu and in Huntington Beach. From the River Jetty to Bolsa Chica. My spots in HB are the north side of the Pier and River Jetty.  

How often do you surf today?
I try to get out once/twice a week, even if it’s just to paddle out and watch the sunset. It’s good for the soul!

What role has Huntington Beach played in surfing?
Huntington Beach is Surf City, USA. We have had and continue to generate surfing legends. It is not uncommon to be paddling out and have the best surfers in the world paddling out next to you. It’s also cool to watch the next generation of surfers out in the water. (more…)

The Hills

October 12, 2009

Check out Joie de Vivre founder and CEO Chip Conley doing something that brings him joie, hiking yoga, which combines the rather vigorous exercise of hiking San Francisco’s fabled hills and the Zen of yoga. We’ll be talking with Hiking Yoga creator and founder Eric Kipp in the coming weeks as part of our Joieful Entrepreneurs series.

Venice Beach Skate Park Opens

October 7, 2009
Skate Park - High 024In Venice Beach, skateboarding is most definitely not a crime. The highly-anticipated 16,000-square-foot Venice Beach Skate Park debuted last week steps away from Joie de Vivre’s Hotel Erwin by the existing skate dance area near Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk. Skateboarders are stoked because it brings a standout skate park to one of the birthplaces of the sport. In tribute to Venice’s hometown skateboard team, the Z-Boys, the park resembles the empty swimming pools they used to reinvent the sport in Venice in the 1970s.