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Living Healthy with Alana Blanchard

We caught up with pro-surfer, soon to be mother of two, and a Medterra family member, Alana Blanchard, to hear her thoughts on healthy living, motherhood, and CBD. 

Baby #2 coming soon!

This has been a pretty hectic year for me and my family. With quarantine and a new baby on the way, we’ve just been doing everything we can to spend as much quality time together as possible. Usually, I’d be surfing to stay active, but I stopped at 20 weeks so I could spend some more time with Banks.

Lately, I’ve really been enjoying starting my days off with a walk, because moving always starts my day out right. Living that active and healthy lifestyle has always been extremely important for me, and while I’m not taking CBD right now, it’s played a big role in keeping me feeling my best over the past few years. 

My CBD journey

I started hearing about CBD probably 4-5 years ago. I was always interested in it as a natural way to counteract stress and discomfort. I was definitely skeptical at first, but as I did more research to learn the difference between CBD from hemp and marijuana, I got more curious about its health properties. 

Then one day after a surf competition, I was going up to get my award and saw the Medterra booth. I was a year postpartum with Banks, so I decided to give it a try and was just amazed by how much it helped with my recovery. 

Because my lifestyle is so active and demanding, I love anything that will help me feel my best and recover better. I like using CBD as part of my wellness routine, and for helping me manage stress.

We’re plant-based in our house, so I’m always making smoothie bowls with lots of greens and CBD oil. I also like putting it into turmeric lattes and salad bowls with potatoes, hummus, and quinoa. It’s a really big part of my me-time, so I’m excited to be able to get that back into my routine. 

Our family is always chasing waves and tournaments around, so we’re used to dealing with travel stress. When we’re on the move, I always have my Medterra with me. I love the gummies, they’re so easy and good that they just feel like a little treat that I can keep in my travel bag.

I also like to keep a couple of tinctures in my toiletries, they’re great for finding just the right amount of CBD, and I can add them easily into my smoothies and acai bowls. And then of course, I keep a roll-on pain cream with me. It’s amazing for massages and dealing with those airplane aches and pains.

Prepping to be a mom… again

I can’t take CBD right now, so I’ve been turning to some other all-natural remedies to help me destress and get some sleep. A good bath with soothing epsom salts, a glass of tea before bed, getting out into nature, and staying active have helped keep me happy and healthy. I’m a big believer in looking into all aspects of your life when it comes to your health. Living naturally, eating fruits and veggies, and avoiding processed foods has helped me so much. 

With baby #2 on the way, I’m trying to focus on relaxing and spending time with Banks and Jack. With Banks I was more stressed – he was my first and it was all new, but this time around I’m finding it much easier to relax. Being able to have that time with both of them has just been amazing for my overall wellbeing. 

I’m excited to be able to work out again, but I’m prepared to take it slow. Resting is so important for new moms. You’re up a lot, your body is adjusting and readjusting, and what you really need is time to heal. There’s such a strong stigma pressuring new moms to rush back into our lives, but it’s so important to take your time and do what’s best for you. My advice would be to just love your body. Listen to it, tune into it, ignore that pressure, and let yourself just be aware of all the amazing things your body can do. 

12:39 pm | September 30th, 2021

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Changing the Culture of Cycling

There’s something big happening now in our community. And, in our world. Change is coming.

Black Lives Matter is bringing change. Together, we are fighting for our freedom, liberation, and justice. It’s about equal opportunity. Some people will get it. Some won’t.

There are currently very few Black pro cyclists in the United States. It’s not because we are not capable. It’s not because it’s expensive. It’s because there is no interest. It’s about the culture.

People perpetuate this cycle of people of color not wanting to show up because they’ll make you feel a certain way or not belong. It’s not inviting.

So, I thought, no problem, I’ll do it myself.

My brother, Cory Williams, and I started our own cycling team, L39ION of Los Angeles. It’s a team we put together from nothing. It began with an idea, ambition, and love for the sport. We sacrificed everything — time, money, family — to bring this sport to others who don’t have this opportunity.

This is the vision I have in my head that will change the way people look at cycling. We are trying to be that voice of change by setting an example.

When I told Cory, we are starting a team; he laughed at me. But, I started taking steps. Everything in life is about taking actions and being consistent about what you want to do, the direction you want to go in. As long as you have that clear vision of what that end goal is, you’ll get there.

We put together a roster of people that we felt deserved the opportunity to race the national circuit. We want to give them a second chance, a second look, at what they want to be.

It’s something that’s never been done.

Nelson Mandela said, “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

I am grateful enough to realize this years ago. I went to college. I did the 9-5 job at a clothing boutique. It wasn’t for me. I never wanted a real job. When I was 15 years old, I was racing on the weekends making $200 a day. My first paycheck at the clothing boutique was $78.

Growing up as a Black kid in South-Central Los Angeles, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for me. There weren’t a lot of successful Black men to look up to, except for my dad. My father, Calman, gave my brother and me a different mentality. He gave us the mental strength to make something of ourselves. He ingrained in us that if we put in the work and changed our perspective, we could set the world ablaze.

That motivation has stayed with me. When I was 17, I turned pro. In the beginning, it was tough. There was a lot of struggle of not having a personal life or not having time for myself. And, with other teams I joined, I felt like I was replaceable, never good enough.

Digging through that difficulty, I still prevailed. I won the 2018/2019 Road Race National Championships, Crit National Championships. I’m a 10x National Champion. I’ve won the 2018 UCI Cross Country Classic in Belize, the 2017 PRT Dana Point Grand Prix, 2017 B.C. Superweek Ladner Grand Prix. It wasn’t easy. It was a climb, into the cloud, then past them, with no end in sight.

My dad taught me always to be grateful for the joy of every win and the determination that came after every loss.

Now, if I want something, I go get it. I start working toward whatever I want to have. Even during quarantine, that’s kept me focused on L39ION. As I grow, the support grows. As the team elevates, I get elevated.

Losing is never an option for us. We know there are other people out there who want to beat us. There are people out there right now thinking about what I am doing, what Cory is doing, what L39ION is doing.

The truth is, we’re thinking about them too. There’s always someone putting in the work. There should always be a little fear in your chest that someone is coming to beat you every single day you ride.

That’s why I push myself outside my comfort zone. Recently, I did a 600-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I brought Tums, underwear, a toothbrush, deodorant, and Medterra’s Cooling Cream in my bag.

At the end of every day, my shoulders and neck felt like an old man. The cooling cream helped me recover for the next day.

If I’m stressed, I use a drop of the CBD tincture to flatten those emotions and help me reset.

My advice for all athletes is to stay consistent. If you want to build something great, it’s all about consistency. You have to commit to the process. You’ll take a hit on the chin a few times, but you have to keep moving forward. Remember who you are. Most people have been working for years to get to where they are now. You can’t just give that away.  It may not be what people want us to be. We are what we are. The time is now. The future is now.

12:18 pm | October 4th, 2021

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Big Wave Surfer, Billy Kemper’s Brush with Death

Using what nature rolls their way and letting it bring out the best in them: that’s what surfers are good at.

And when it comes to riding the BIGGEST waves, professional surfer Billy Kemper’s the best at that—Big Wave World Tour Champion kind of good.

The thrill of surfing is knowing that nature can throw a curve at a moment’s notice—literally. And as hopeful as the wave began as it was hitting its peak, the wipeout happened in the blink of an eye, leaving 2018 big-wave world champion and a four-time “Jaws” event Champion Billy Kemper immobile with a pain you can’t describe“ – a broken pelvis, a collapsed lung, a muscle contusion on his quad, and three different torn ligaments in his knee as his body slammed the rock below leaving him unconscious and blacked out from the pain.

Waking up with his diagnosis and heading into surgery, Kemper suddenly went from being at the top of his game to the sidelines—from being ready for the perfect offshore wind, to being forced literally off-the-shore and into a hospital bed. 

But, after a year of being ever-present in the driver’s seat, his road to recovery is nothing short of miraculous. At first glance, the world famous surfer and Dad of four looks like anyone else – smiling as he grabs his surfboard for his daily trip the beach but behind that exterior is a man that‘s grateful for every day moments he‘s been able to experience with his family and truly lucky to be alive.

A Quick Look Back at February 2020 from Billy —

“The stars were aligning to have one of the most successful Morocco surf trips of my entire career.

But, of course, right at the very end of this trip-of-a-lifetime, when everything seemed to be in the absolute, perfect place—I picked the thickest, gnarliest wave to ride.

Shortly after picking me up in the air, it drove me into a rock, slamming the right side of my body down and knocking me out.

That rock started an eight-month long battle against myself.

It had brought up submerged feelings that I had never experienced in my entire life—even ones that hadn’t come up when I lost my mom to her terminal illness. That rock was heavy—with more than just its physical presence. It made me feel like I was drowning over and over again, getting closer to hitting rock bottom in my own life. It injured me, and through that injury, it felt like it was slowly trying to kill me.

That rock changed my life forever.

My first goal had been to return to my family. I couldn’t even think about surfing—I couldn’t even look at it. There was so much trauma. But the goal alone of returning to my family is what got me through four surgeries over five months.

Through my recovery, I was determined to find the best people in sports medicine, training, training, tissue work, and chiropractic adjustment. I formed a team that I honestly felt was unbeatable. Through this team, I thought, I could then become unbeatable, too.

Recovered and Back Out on the Water

I feel really good right now. The more I surf, the more I find out about myself—as a surfer, with this injury, and as a person, tackling the next wave.

Being a surfer requires having a close link with the Earth. Having the respect for nature to take its course, being patient for the perfect barrel to break, and then riding the wave—and matching its energy.

It takes having a special connection to nature. And through this injury, I believe I had a new opportunity to veer away from the prescribed and into the the natural.

In my upbringing, I hadn’t been familiar with using what grows on Earth through natural ways of healing.

It had taken that rock, that wave, and this injury to lead me to this eye-opening, powerful, and natural form of medicine. It helped me, ultimately, reconnect back to nature, which I believe is one of the key discoveries in my recovery.

I had seen it with my mom when she had a terminal illness She had decided to try THC cannabinoid products, and we had noticed a pretty significant change in her day-to-day. It didn’t cure her, but it improved her appetite, it helped her sleep better, and live her day-to-day with more quality.

So, when I did decide to make the switch, CBD did NOT disappoint.

Billy Kemper CBD Drops

I felt a tremendous drop in my inflammation, a positive difference in my appetite, and it allowed me to sleep through the night without discomfort. I started to understand how full spectrum fell right in place with my nutrition guidelines and recovery protocol.

CBD and Billy’s Recovery

I believe that it genuinely is about stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying new things—especially when it comes to what’s natural and what’s grown on Earth.

For me, True Full Spectrum CBD just outshines everything on the market. Using what’s natural helped me heal a lot faster than something synthetic or created in a lab. It worked with my body, not against it.

Full Spectrum CBD

My day-to-day with full CBD includes Medterra 3,000 mg CBD tinctures—three times a day. After slowly introducing myself to it at a small dosage, I was able to control my pain and inflammation a lot better.  Just being diligent about it, like setting alarms to take it, sometimes in the middle of the night, helped me keep the benefits of pain and inflammation management at a continuous rate. This helped me get out of bed when I woke up and made the recovery process faster and stronger.

It also helped me transform mentally. Using CBD, I gained a different perspective on life and what I put into my body with my nutrition and health. The cleaner it is, the better I’ll perform. And at the end of the day, that’s all I’m looking for: to feel good, feel strong, and be clean in life.

Look Back to Look Forward

When it comes to the initial injury and the recovery process, I wish I could take all the pain away in a heartbeat. 

But, with what I learned and the impact of the people that came into my life, that moment changed everything for the better. 

Because right after I was allowed to sit up from my surgery—when my feet touched the cold floor of that hospital for the first time—I was lifted up. I found inspiration in the fact that I was able to stand on my own two feet. Literally.

It felt like I was reborn. I’ve transformed my outlook on medicine, my perspective on full spectrum, and my view of natural products. 

I felt like that was the moment that would help me change my health, surfing, and life for the better.

I’m ready to live my life on my terms.

12:20 pm | October 4th, 2021

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Live Harder: Quality Over Quantity with Matt Segal

Welcome to Medterra’s “Live Harder” series: Stories that empower our community – from elite athletes to regular folks – to pursue their dreams and live pain free.

LIKE A BIRD 

After the leg- and lung-busting climb to the top of Mount Tom in California’s Eastern Sierrasthe work is only half-done; the bone-rattling trek back down from the summit remains. Which is why, for Matt Segal and a small cadre of daring climbers, the preferred descent route is one few can even imagine — the aerial one.  

Hike and Fly they call it, and it is just as graceful and as simple as it sounds.  

Armed with ultra-lightweight paraglider wings that pack down to the size of a large water bottle, practitioners go by foot into the mountainin search of a suitable takeoff site and favorable weather conditions. Once at a launch site, they carefully fold out their paperlike wings and untangle the dental floss-thin lines, before finally clipping into their harnesses and preparing for flight.  

Like a child’s kite, a slight puff of wind or a brief sprint downhill is all it takes to set the wing into flight above them — and they’re off! Free to soar with the birds and return home to the valley below in the most elegant, effortless manner imaginable. Or at least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.  

Standing at an elevation of 13,652’, Mt. Tom dominates the skyline above the desert outpost of Bishop, CA in the Owens River Valley It makes for a coveted, dramatic and dangerous benchmark for Hike and Fly aficionados.  

“I don’t remember a time when I questioned if I was going to make it out alive, to be honest. But I do remember one thing — a moment of pure, overwhelming panic when I thought I had been left alone up there,” recounted Segal.  

The flight off of Mt. Tom had gone terribly wrong; the dream of flying like a bird had turned into a nightmare. Segal’s broken body lay awkwardly on a steep slope of boulders and talus below the summit. He was alive, but with severe injuries and no guarantee of rescue. 

BACKSTORY 

“I’m from Miami, Florida,” Segal says, “and started climbing at camp in North Carolina when I was nine. A few years later I found a climbing gym in Miami and that was it. — I just fell in love with it.”  

But he didn’t only fall in love with it: He was obsessed, training and preparing meticulously in a quest to become the best climber he could be. Soon he was winning national competitions and placing on the elite World Cup climbing scene. He moved to Colorado, doubled down on his training, and was in short order one of the strongest rock climbers in the world.  

Competitive burnout during his university years didn’t diminish Segal’s thirst for the pure act of climbing, so while he withdrew from the events that characterized his younger years, he continued to excel in the rarified arena of first ascents and incredibly difficult traditional rock climbs. Endorsements and expeditions followed, and he continued to push the limits of what was thought possible in the vertical rock realm.  

At this level, rock climbing is extremely focused and intensive, with top athletes training for months and years to complete a single route or series of moves on famed “test piece climbs, or in the quest establish routes of their own. To balance this, Segal’s active mind kept him searching for complimentary ways to find excitement and challenge in the mountains, and he immersed himself in pursuits like skiing, biking and, fatefully, paragliding. 

“Paragliding just seemed like a really fun thing to add to climbing these big mountains,” explained Segal. “And not by the most difficult routes, like in rock climbing, but often by the easiest ones.” He already had lofty ambitions for his newfound passion: a hike and fly expedition to the Himalayas was on the books, with the goal of reaching and potentially flying from the dizzying height of 8,000 meters. 

In hindsight, Segal wondered if this frenzy of preparation was where things started to go wrong. “Preparing for the expedition I was doing a lot of cardio training. I was climbing less than normal but still frequently, and was paragliding as much as I could,” he continued, “so I feel like I was really stretching myself way too thin trying to do so many activities at once.” 

A GUST OF WIND 

It was July 16, 2017. Segal and his group had summited Mt. Tom and readied their gear for flight. Four of the group took off successfully, leaving only Segal and his friend Cruise McLean. Segal would launch next, with McLean following shortly behind. Segal was strapped in and ready to launch, but before he could take off, a powerful gust of wind unexpectedly filled his wing and launched him skyward, immediately and violently slamming him back to earth.  

The life-threatening severity of his injuries were immediately apparent, and McLean leapt into action, stabilizing Segal as best he could and contacting rescue services.  

McLean sat with and cared for Segal for around two hours before the first helicopter arrived. This heli was able to drop a medic and supplies but was unable to extricate Segal due to the wind and terrain. Another six hours passed before the U.S. Army Chinook helicopter arrived and was finally able to hoist him out. After a brief stop at the hospital in Bishop, he was flown to Reno for intensive trauma care.   

In the end Segal severely broke both arms, sustained hairline fractures to his ribs, spine and pelvis, deeply bruised a knee and lacerated his calf.  

“I’ve already been fortunate to spend a long life in the mountains, and I’ve been lucky to walk away from a lot of close calls, but unfortunately my luck ran out,” explained Segal, in his first public post following the accident.  

RECOVERY 

No loss of motor function. No need for a wheelchair. Ten weeks, and you’ll be good. That was the doctors’ miraculous prognosis for Segal’s recovery. Though he would need surgery on both arms, the other fractures were minor and would heal on their own. Despite the brush with death on the summit of Mt. Tom, it looked like recovery would be rapid and complete.  

“I couldn’t walk without help for the first three weeks,” recalled Segal, “and for that whole first month it was mostly just chiropractor visits and eating super healthy.”  

“That period is where I first started using CBD,” Segal shared. “Medterra’s Pain Cream in particular was indispensable while recovering from my injuries. I’ve been using their CBD ever since.” 

At the tenweek mark it was time for another round of X-rays, and the news couldn’t have been better: the fractures had all healed; he was cleared to take off the neck brace. And shortly afterwards he was reunited with his first love —he went rock climbing. He began slowly and carefully at first, but by month three he was back to climbing routes rated 5.13 (on a difficulty scale of 0 – 15, roughly).  

Today, Segal continues to climb professionally, and his thirst for adventure remains strong. He is currently working on establishing a new route on a 2,000’-tall wall deep in the wilderness of Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains.  

But what about paragliding? Would he go back? His body had recovered amazingly well, but what about his mind? “I didn’t go back to flying. I realized that I fell in love with the idea of doing certain things, but not what it’s going to take to achieve that idea. I never felt that drive for paragliding like I do for rock climbing.” 

Segal continued, “I learned that narrowing your focus can be really a positive thing. And two years after the accident I got back to climbing 5.14 again, basically the gold standard for professional rock climbers.”  

“Recovery is a slow process, and the only thing that I can say is be patient with yourself. Narrow your focus and don’t spread yourself too thin. Sometimes you want to do as much as you can, and pack everything into this one life that you have. And for some people, that works great. But for me personally, I’ve realized I prefer quality over quantity.” 

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12:20 pm | October 4th, 2021

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Live Harder: Chris Burkard’s Wild Path to Inner Peace

The latest installment in Medterra’s “Live Harder” series: Stories that illuminate our mission to empower our community – from elite athletes to regular folks – to pursue their dreams and live painfree.

Eight days, more than 600 miles of primordial Icelandic wilderness, bicycles weighing 100 pounds, countless river crossings and no guarantees. When Chris Burkard calls and asks if you want to go for a bike ride, be advised; it might not be your typical Sunday cruise. 

This past August, Burkard and three friends attempted to establish a new mountain biking route across some of Iceland’s most wild and remote landscapes. Their goal? The first ever east-to-west crossing of Iceland by bike. 

Burkard is no stranger to adventure in Iceland, with over 40 trips to the Land of Fire and Ice under his belt. But this trip would be like no other; a new route full of unknowns, and only one way to find out if it was even possible. And with that adventuresome spirit, Burkard and his team joined up in Iceland, assembled their bikes, and cast themselves into the unknown.

Thanks to their meticulous planning, fortuitous weather, solid team chemistry and sheer determination, the mission was a success! (Check out the trip track and stats here) But beyond the eye-popping statistics and imagery, Burkard also returned to share why he believes confronting hardship and the unknown is requisite for finding lasting inner peace.

Today, the California native hardly needs introduction. In the past decade Burkard has become a globally-recognized figure outdoors and adventure travel, with over 3.6 million followers on Instagram alone. With roles like senior staff photographer at numerous surf outlets, motivational speaker, global adventurer and author – to name but a few – he has grown his personal brand to dizzying heights. But as a dedicated family man and father of two, balancing all of these interests can be a challenge, even for the most organized and energetic. 

But, according to Burkard, it’s thanks to — not in spite of — these challenges, that he’s found his greatest fulfillment and inner peace. Those long days on the trail and in the elements are precisely the fuel he needs to be his best self, both on the road and when he gets back home.

You’re known for visiting and photographing remote, untouched places all over the world. What compels you to seek out such wild destinations?

Since I started my career, all I have wanted is to go to more and more remote places. I grew up on the central coast of California, where remote beaches and solitude are your best friend. You learn to be comfortable roaming alone on the beach, instead of being surrounded by tons of people all seeking the same thing. I have found that for me, and maybe this applies to everyone, if we are living too far inside our comfort zone, then we aren’t really living. Living right on the edge is where we learn the most about ourselves. 

How did you arrive at the goal of establishing a new cycling route across the entirety of Iceland?  

There is nowhere else in the world that offers the variety of geography in such a small area, so that was really the draw. We wanted to experience as much as we could in a short amount of time by bike. 

The trip itself came together really naturally. I had been talking with Eric Batty about his winter fat bike expeditions; I was blown away by the stuff he was doing and wanted to find a way to ride together. He knew I had spent a lot of time in Iceland and knew the country well. He was planning a trip with his sister Emily and her husband Adam, and when I told him about this new route I had been exploring, they were in! Such a cool and beautiful marriage of passion and strengths that brought the team together. I feel like we all really complimented each other.

Eight days in the wild. What did you guys do for food and shelter?  

For food it was a bit tricky. You only pass two gas stations and one grocery store the whole route, and those on the first day and the second to last. So the majority of the time there is nothing. We wanted this to be self supported so we brought 25 lbs of food to be safe. Ultimately we went 6 days without a resupply which was pretty wild. The trail food did get a little old though, hah! 

As for shelter the route was designed to stay in a series of mountain huts that were perfectly divided day by day. It broke up the distance perfectly,  but we knew that we couldn’t rely on those huts if a bad storm moved in or we had to wait out a swollen, impassable river. So we brought Black Diamond expedition tents to use just in case. We only ended up using them the last night of the trip mainly because we got such killer weather the whole time.

Were there moments where you think you wouldn’t make it? What did you tell yourself in those moments to get through?  

To be honest every single day had a moment like that. Where we just didn’t know what was going to happen with the weather or with the river crossings. There was a lot of anxiety each night when it came to making route decisions. But honestly the group brought so much to the table in terms of cumulative experience that anytime I felt concerned or worried they helped reassure that it would all work out, which was rad. It really became a beautiful exercise in trust. Overall I just would remind myself that every situation, I was prepared for. 

What was your most memorable moment on that trip?  

The most memorable was also the hardest: passing over the gnarliest river on the north side of the Hofsjökull Glacier. Once past it, which was crux of the route, we all felt kind of invincible. We realized in that moment that the worst was truly behind us and we just started to really enjoy the other little challenges along the way. It was a really special moment to be able to get beyond that.

How did you feel when you gained sight of the goal (the western shoreline of the island)?  

It was kinda surreal to be honest, it felt fake. There were tourists there and just people kinda scoping out the birds and the cliffs. To pull up on bikes was a trip. A few people recognized us from social media and that was pretty rad but overall it was this sort of quiet, contemplative experience  I really loved looking at the crew, looking at the bike; just taking it all in felt special. Iceland is funny, the furthest west and furthest east both felt super unique. They both kinda struck me as these special locations. I felt sort of out of body to finally be there. 

What was the worst part of the trip?  

Physically, the worst part was the fatigue. I was worked at the end of the trip, both mentally and physically. I just could not recover, and I was in need of sleep and a lot of food. The other big challenge was the intensity of the anxiety each night. We needed to make decisions that would affect our whole trip, and sometimes we knew very little about what the day would bring. I started to get pretty sleepless toward the end, and that took a toll. 

Were there any tips or tools that you credit to getting you through this trip?  

Honestly the team got pretty worked. Pushing these heavy bikes works a totally different muscle group so recovery was constantly on our minds. I used Medterra CBD cream every night on my knees, and sometimes wrists and back depending on how rough the trail was. It was kinda weird going to bed at the end of the day feeling tension in places I had never felt before from riding a bike. 

You’re on the go 24/7. Do you ever feel like you’re just spread too thin or that you can’t balance it all?  

I totally feel that way. It’s funny though, life goes in seasons and if there is one thing I have found is that balance is never a real thing we achieve. Life moves in rhythms, sometimes they undulate a ton and sometimes that are tiny waves we barely see. I know that some years and projects require more time away from home and others are very chill. I try to make that time at home as meaningful as possible so I can give 110% on the road. I know that my kids appreciate my passion for what I do but also require my full attention, so I really try to give that to them when I’m back. 

You’re extremely self-motivated, both physically and creatively. How do you fight burnout and keep the momentum going?  

The training for this type of stuff is a full time job and afterwards I just get worked and need some time to “fill my cup”. Ultimately, the way I see it is that I need a toolkit that I can rely on to get myself healthy and happy; to get myself back to a creative place. That is always the goal: finding your zen amongst chaotic times. When I am home I really focus on resetting myself and achieving homeostasis before I can be truly ready for another trip. 

“I need a toolkit that I can rely on to get myself healthy and happy; to get myself back to a creative place. That is always the goal: finding your zen amongst chaotic times.”

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12:20 pm | October 4th, 2021

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Live Harder: The Billy Kemper Story

Billy Kemper doesn’t scare easily.

As Big Wave World Tour Champion and 4-time winner of the Peahi Challenge, he is one of the greatest big wave surfers of all time. But as Kemper lay in a hospital bed in a rudimentary Morcoccan hospital, watching the doctors examine a blurry X-ray of his pelvis with the light of a cell phone, he was terrified.

Kemper had just suffered a horrific wipeout during a surf session at a powerful Moroccan point break, and despite the blurry X-ray and flickering light, the crack in his pelvis was there for all to see.

With the full extent of his injuries still uncertain, he was rushed to a larger hospital in Casablanca, where higher quality imaging confirmed his broken pelvis and collapsed lung, as well a litany of other debilitating injuries.

Only upon his return to the United States by privately chartered medical flight did further imaging reveal the ligament damage to his knee – ACL, MCL, meniscus – all gone. He was lucky to be alive. But would he surf again?  

Spoiler alert! He was already back in the water by June, catching some easy ones in Waikiki with his family. Though the road ahead may be uncertain, the top of the podium is clearly where Kemper wants to see himself again. 

It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed Kemper’s career that he would be back. But the ferocity and sheer force of will he has displayed along his road to recovery thus far shows just how uniquely driven and passionate the man is.

At Medterra, we’re honored to partner with him as a brand ambassador for our CBD products. Whether you have goals of athletic excellence, struggle with chronic pain, or simply want to improve your daily wellness routine, Kemper’s story has something to teach us all.

No matter what obstacles life puts in front of us, we can always choose to Live Harder.

There it was – a thing of beauty. 

“It traveled from hundreds of miles away to meet me here at this moment. On this glassy evening, this one wave came to me. It was the perfect mile-long wave, a barreling behemoth point break just waiting for me to match its energy.”

As I picked off this perfect wave, the sun illuminated in the blue water. I drew a little bit of a long line on my board’s outside rail that caught an edge.

That’s where everything went wrong.

The ocean swallowed me as I got sucked over the falls. It was so big – so much water. I landed on a rock and was out cold. The ocean had gone quiet.

This had been one of the best waves of my trip in Morocco. It was my last day. I had already surfed for nine and a half hours, but a couple of my friends decided to paddle back out to catch one last wave.

I couldn’t resist following.

My trip to Morocco went from the best time in my career to the worst nightmare of my entire life. Everything was taken away from me the moment I caught that wave.

I cracked my pelvis, suffered a collapsed right lung, muscle contusion on my quad, and the ACL, MCL and meniscus were torn in my knee.

When I woke up in the Morrocan hospital not able to feel the majority of my body’s right side from my hip to toes, I questioned everything.

Will there be a return? Is it possible to return? Am I mentally wanting to go back there and risk everything?

I had just come off a run in sports that’s rare. Not only in surfing but on the court or field. It’s hard to carry momentum like that through an entire season. I had won the WSL Big Wave Championship in 2018, and I was four-time Jaws Big Wave Champion, coming off of my Ride of the Year award.

I felt unstoppable. My confidence was higher than it’s ever been. It was what you dream of, what you manifest, what you visualize when you sleep. Those visualizations turned into reality.

Soon I found that it’s not, “Do I return?” It’s, “When will I return?” I can’t live without surfing – that’s the bottom line. That feeling of wax and a board under my feet is unlike any feeling I can describe.

I did think about never surfing again. But what I’ve been through in my past created a map to keep motivating me. I grew up on Ho‘okipa Beach in Maui. It wasn’t the picture-perfect Hawaii you see in postcards. It was radical, rough, and beautiful.

It was a heavy time.

I grew up under the shadows of some heavy hitters, including my brother, who I lost when I was eight to drugs. This made me who I am – it taught me to dig deep in the most challenging times. I’ve always fought for it.

Now, there’s a flow to everything. Every day, I train harder than I ever have. I wake up and start my day with XPT pool training and breathwork up at Laird Hamilton’s and Gabby Reece’s facility. Next, I head to the Mamba Academy for physical therapy and bodywork.

Then I drive 100 miles to Newport Beach to work with Dr. G to tie everything together. Some days, I head to the W Training Facility (at Medterra headquarters) to work on full-body strength and conditioning.

It’s hard to wake up every morning and tell yourself that you’re basically going to put six or eight hours in gyms and in therapy rooms with numerous doctors and specialists.

To keep that motivation consistent is hard. It’s a battle and it truly shows how bad you want it. It’s not easy, but this is the life I live, and I love every moment. This is what I signed up for.

For every step you take backwards, make sure you take two steps forward. It’s a hard process, but if you want it, you can get it.

When I’m home in Hawaii, I still train daily in the water, plus bodywork and boxing. All while trying to be with my family. My motivation comes from my family.

A couple of years ago, my mom was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer. My world was over. The person that raised me that punished me is now fighting for her life. I felt helpless.

During this time I researched everything I could. It all pointed back to CBD. CBD was new and on the rise. I was slowly starting to educate myself on what CBD does and how it can help a body more than most medications prescribed worldwide.

I added it to my mom’s daily routine. It didn’t save my mom’s life. But, it did help her. It put a smile on her face. It comforted her. It gave her an appetite. It brought positivity to her. That’s all I could ask for.

CBD is now something I live by.

I am continuing to use it daily not only myself, but for everyone in my family. We are believers in CBD.

Now, I am on the road to recovery. It feels like flying a plane in turbulence. It’s different every day. The smile and the feeling surfing gives me is just the becoming of what’s to come.

You want to turn something negative into a positive light. And never stop chasing the light. Use that energy to overcome and conquer. This is my life now. It isn’t easy. But, I love every minute of every day that I’m here.

I know that my confidence and mental strength can help me overcome anything that’s put in front of me.

Explore some of Billy’s favorite Medterra products that allow him to pursue his passions and Live Harder. 

CBD Rapid Cooling Cream

CBD Oil (Tincture)

CBD for Dogs

12:21 pm | October 4th, 2021

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CBD and Exercise – How to Make CBD a Part of Your Workout

CBD is everywhere, but let’s look at how CBD and exercise can work together. Found in the hemp plant, Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 identified cannabinoids in the Cannabis Sativa genus of plants. When the U.S. Farm Bill was passed into law in 2018, Hemp became an agricultural commodity and that cleared the way for hemp-derived CBD products to hit shelves throughout North America. Tinctures, capsules, creams and candies can all be purchased with this natural compound as its foundation.

Over the many years that CBD has been available to the public, more have been spent studying this plant and the compounds that are naturally in it. Of the many studies that have been executed, the most common finding is that CBD has many anti-inflammatory properties. This is because of the body’s own endocannabinoid system and how it works within the central nervous system.

In a 2017 report from the Department of Pharmacology and Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine in Halifax, it was stated that the body’s endocannabinoid system “plays an important physiological role in the regulation of tissue inflammation and pain.”

This important research, which was supported by an operating grant provided by The Arthritis Society, stated that “CBD may be a safe therapeutic to treat OA [osteoarthritis] pain locally as well as block the acute inflammatory flares that drive disease progression and joint neuropathy.”

Similarly, the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford reported, in 2019, that CBD “has been found to have a positive outcome in a range of acute and chronic inflammatory models,” stating that it “could be a suitable therapeutic avenue for the treatment of human inflammatory diseases.”

It is precisely because of these anti-inflammatory properties that showcases CBD as a potentially great solution to be able relax and repair after exercise.

When we workout, and push our muscles harder than we’re used to, those muscle fibers become angry and inflamed. This muscle soreness – often referred to as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) – is a normal result of the inflammation within the muscle. This is why many people turn to over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. The understanding being that, by reducing the inflammation, there will be a similar reduction in the resulting pain sensation.

How can CBD be utilized post-workout?

There are many options when looking for a CBD-based relief product. Topical or tincture, the choices out there are nearly infinite. Where would one go to begin?

Many have found that they enjoy the simple application of a topically applied product. Easily applied, CBD creams are a great way to target specific areas. Sore muscles and joints can be quickly relaxed with the right balm or cooling cream.

For those who are new to trying CBD, topicals are often a great introductory product to the compound.

Some of those who enjoy CBD based products have found that they prefer the ease of a tincture. Tinctures are enjoyed sublingually (under the tongue) and can be found with various amounts of CBD milligrams, within. It’s good to remember that the number of milligrams displayed on the front of the label is the amount in the entire bottle. The serving suggestions and resulting quantities are usually found on the back label.

When choosing tinctures, most begin at a lower level and increase as they acclimate.

Another popular way to enjoy hemp-derived CBD is through other consumables. Some have made CBD based candies while others are creating fitness-specific solutions with protein powder supplements.

No matter which product type you may choose to enjoy, when shopping for CBD, be sure to remember some important tips:

Be sure to shop with companies who are operating legally and who are not afraid to be transparent. There are many ways to be able to know this. Companies will have verifiable information and testing and will post their Certificates of Authenticity (COA) on their website. Some will even offer links on their products, utilizing QR codes, to make accessibility to their testing results quick and easy. Always read the labels and be sure that the manufacturer is operating within the guidelines of regulatory bodies like the U.S. Hemp Authority.

Companies who are forthcoming in their practices, and are true seed-to-sale manufacturers, is a great place to start.

At Medterra, we’re glad to be transparent and helpful with a CBD journey. Should there be additional questions, we invite the opportunity to be of assistance. Contact us directly or take a moment to review what our other customers have said about their experiences with our high quality CBD products.

12:23 pm | October 4th, 2021