Erika created her own lifestyle by following her dreams and objectives... Born & raised here in Canada, she spent the last 10 years living around the world. She is an avid traveller, wellness, fitness and life-optimization advocate. Erika is also the co-founder of the Salty Souls Experience & of the Salty Club. Also a certified yoga teacher & Ginastica natural trainer, she is an inspiration to create a routine and a lifestyle that you don't need a holiday from!
JS: What’s your all times favorite June Swimwear style and why?
ED: The Manue bottom, because it’s always been the most versatile. It’s cute enough to lounge and steady enough to surf! And it’s reversible. Win win win!
JS: Is there one wave/surf spot that you just can’t get out of your head?
ED : My homebreak is La Bocana, in El Salvador. It’s an A-frame, but mainly left. -- Which is rare in El Salvador. There is no wave that I know as well as I know this wave and for that reason, I feel at ease.
JS: Where do you find inspiration when you get down or low-energy?
ED: I go surf. I go run. Or if all of this is too hard, I drop on my yoga mat. Move slow, breathe, let is all flow. Movement is both my drug & remedy.
JS: What’s the next destination on your bucket list?
ED: South Africa & Morocco
JS: What are you listening to now?
ED: Ziggy Alberts, always.
JS: What’s the funniest thing that happened to you while travelling?
ED: There are more stories than what I can even remember or publicly share… 10 years of travelling in your twenties make hell of a thick journal of wild rides…😂
One that was a little disastrous that turned into something epically funny;
It was our first year of running the Salty Souls Experience. I was 25 years old, and still a little inexperienced, just to put you in context. We were on our way to do a volcano hike with a group. Mid-way, in the middle of sweet nowhere, our 15-passenger van broke down…. Our guide and I gathered, he looked at me and said : What do we do Erika ?
I was like : DUDE I don’t know, this is your tour. Your country. You van. I’m counting on you to find a solution!!!
He made a few calls, and found someone that could come pick us up, but that would take him 2 hours minimum. I repeat, we were in the middle of nowhere and this was supposed to be the best field trip day ever. Plus, we were all starviiiing.
We had to ask our guests to help us push the van. Some pushing, some cheering in broken spanish. Daleeee !
And then, the unexpected happened. A guy drove by and stopped to offer his help. Turned out he surprisingly had like a premium Land Rover pick-up truck. Something I have never seen before, which could fit 14 girls into its box ! Hop on, he said, I’ll drive you all back to the beach!
And so we did.
We let go of the beautiful plan we had for the day. We stopped to buy ‘survival’ beers and snacks at the first little shop. All squeezed into this pickup truck, we rode on the freeway and into the wind for hours. Singing, cracking jokes, laughing so hard at the situation and feeling so alive.
It was one highlight of the 30+ retreats I’ve guided 😁 !
JS: How do you deal with long flight?
ED: Luckily I’m a sleeper! I normally fall asleep before take-off and ask to be woken up for food. 😛 Otherwise, I journal a lot. I always take this moment of transition to reflect and align. Also, I never hesitate to stretch even in public.
JS: Any advice for girls who want to get into surfing?
ED: Ain’t gonna sugarcoat it : Surf takes a humongous amount of dedication, patience and humility. The learning curve is steep and often frustrating. We’ve all wanted to burn our surfboard at least once. However, it’s also extremely rewarding and addictive…!
- Celebrate your small wins - Getting out in and out of the water without losing your dignity, duck-diving/ turtle-turning better than last time, catching 1-2-3 ok waves!
- Stop worrying so much about what you look like or what others might or might not think of you. Nobody remembers your wipeouts. Everybody is way too worried about themself.
- Commit to it. Take 3 weeks, 1 month, get a board, and paddle out everyday. It’s hard to adapt to new board, a new wave, and get comfortable again is you do it sporadically. Dedication is key!