Hawaii VIDEO!

GUYS I’M SO EXCITED!

My Hawaii video is finally finished!! Only 3 months later…whoops haha

I went through what felt like hours of footage and after finding the perfect songs to mix the video with, IT’S HERE!

You can check out the whole 7:30 min video below – be sure to put it in HD before watching! Let me know your thoughts and comments too! I want to hear from you guys!

It truly was the best week of my life so I’m incredibly happy I now have a video to help me remember all the fun I had that week.

All filming by me – shot with a GoPro Hero4 Silver and a Canon Rebel T6i.

Music mix by me – you can check out my SoundCloud here!

xoxo,

Madz

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1000 Steps Beach Day // Laguna: Part 4

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Thousand Steps post, mostly due to weather conditions created by El Nino. With so many big swells and high tides, it’s been extremely tough to find a time to be able to get over to the pools when it wasn’t the middle of the night. But two weeks ago, the ocean gods aligned and gave us a whole four hours of play time at the pools!

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

My friend Tessa and I were lucky enough to find some free time during the week so the beach was particularly empty. We trekked over the rocks and over to our secret spot to discover we were the only people at both pools. The 70 degree water wasn’t too bad either 🙂

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

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End of Summer // Lake Havasu

It’s happening guys…summer is ending 😦

I can’t believe how fast this summer has flown by and how much fun I’ve had. It’s weird to think that I won’t have to go back to school this fall, but I’m looking forward to continuing my free time.

My parents were all set to go on our annual end-of-summer trip to Lake Havasu in Arizona. 85 degree waters, wakeboarding, tubing, rock jumping, bikinis…I’M SOLD. By some miracle I was able to get all my shifts covered at work so we packed up our boat and headed across the state for a couple days.

Taking in the sunset from the water.

Taking in the sunset from the water.

One of the best things about Havasu is really the amount of activities you can do on just one lake. The first day was spent just relaxing around our friend’s vacation house rental which comes complete with an infinity pool overlooking the valley, game room, movie room and overall perfection.

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Hawaiian Adventure // MAUI

This summer, I had the best week of my entire life. IN MAUI!! This was my very first time to the islands and to say I was excited would be a bit of an understatement. I spent two weeks packing and getting my gear together. The morning of our flight finally arrived and the nerves set in (flying in a suspended aircraft over miles of ocean is not my idea of a good time guys). 6 and a half hours later, we landed on Maui and I was immediately stunned by the palm trees that lined literally every single street. Even the airport was an open building, with the warm Hawaiian breeze flowing through baggage claim. Although it took awhile to grab our bags, pick up our rental car and get to the hotel, we were able to drive along the coast for our 45 min journey to the hotel.

I’m pretty sure I was in shock the whole first day we were there because everything around me was so beautiful. The water was the clearest shade of blue I’ve seen in my whole life and there were pineapples everywhere weeeeee! Our hotel, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, was gorgeous. I noticed that most buildings on the island had similar architecture and were very open with fresh air flowing from everywhere. Located right on the water, we were steps from the beach and even had an ocean view – does it get any better?! Fast forward 30 minutes from getting to our room and my sister and I practically ran downstairs to jump in the 80 degree water.

Day 1 in Maui jumping for joy. Source: Instagram @mmaaddzz

Day 1 in Maui jumping for joy. Source: Instagram @mmaaddzz

I’ve decided to break up our daily activities because we did SO MUCH in just one week. Follow along below 🙂

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Color Run LA

Who wouldn’t want to be covered in colorful, bright powder all day!?

I recently participated in my first-ever Color Run and I was so excited that I got to do it so close to home at Dodger Stadium. My friends and I decided to do it very last minute (typical) and I knew I wanted to bring my trusty and durable GoPro along for the ride.

It was a pretty cloudy day which was nice since we didn’t have the sun beating down on us all day. The crowd was much larger than I expected too! We each got our own little race kit which consisted of a shirt, our number, a couple of tattoos and a sweatband. We gathered along the Start line as they let us start running in waves just to kill the crowding a little bit.

As we ran through each color station, dozens of people along the sidelines blasted us with color! Sunglasses are definitely a good idea if you plan on participating in a Color Run since they help shield your eyes from the powder. And don’t worry about being the best runner – secret fact: my friend and I pretty much walked the whole thing so we could get pictures…whoops!

Once we crossed the finished line, there were already people crowded around the stage listening to the DJ. This was easily my favorite part of the day because every time the bass dropped, everyone threw their color packets into the air!

Here’s a little video I put together for you guys to show you how awesome it was 🙂 I recommend putting it in HD before clicking play so you can get the whole effect!

All video shot with my GoPro Hero4 Silver.

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Brace Yourselves…SUMMER IS COMING

HELLO AGAIN!

I am almost embarrassed to say that it has already been two months since I’ve posted here…WOW! First of all, I would like to apologize for that because the last couple months have been a total whirlwind. The last few weeks of school kicked my butt, but then something amazing happened…I GRADUATED, GUYS!! I can now say that I never have to take another test or write another essay EVER again!!

Since graduating, I’ve spent my days working at my surfshop job while also looking around for big-kid jobs. I’ve also gone on quite a few adventures as well! There will be plenty of posts coming your way, don’t you worry 🙂

Also some more big news! In exactly two weeks from today, I will be waking up on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii!! AAAAAAHHHH! 😀 I am beyond excited for this trip since I’ve never been anywhere tropical. How’s that for an awesome graduation trip huh?! But they’ll be a whole post about that trip later for all of you…mermaid pics included hehe

I am still in the process of editing all of my pictures so I’m going to make my first summer post for where else?! Laguna! My friend Tiffani and I headed to Crescent Bay recently to celebrate the warm weather with some snorkeling and sunning our buns!

All images were shot using my GoPro Hero4 Silver 🙂

Thank you all for sticking around even in my absence! Stay tuned for even more adventures coming weekly!

And if you aren’t already, don’t forget to follow the blog on Insta at @maddyjayblog for some behind the scenes action!

xoxo
Madz

We’re BACK!! & at the BEACH!

Hello all my beautiful people! I’m so excited to announce that after a month-long hiatus, Maddy Jay is BACK with brand new content and loads of photos that I’m stoked to share with you all 🙂

Unfortunately, my summer has pretty much come to a close and I’m back in school, but that didn’t stop me from hitting up some beaches and doing some fun things with friends! I could share some boring details about how school’s going, but I’d rather just share these photos I’ve been hoarding for you all 🙂

Over the weekend, my friend Tiffani and I headed back to Victoria Beach in Laguna! Because of the hurricane down south, the tides (and waves!) have been super crazy lately. Thanks to a day-long high tide, the pool at Victoria was full the whole time we were there! It was also filled with about 70% sand which I’m assuming was from the hurricane/high tides/huge waves, but it was still a beautiful sight!

For those who have never been to Victoria Beach, I HIGHLY recommend it. My favorite part of this beach is that it’s great at high AND low tide. During high tide, the pool is full and perfect for swimming while at low tide, you can explore the tide pools along the rocks. The tower is also a cool sight and everyone always loves to take a photo of it while they’re there.

I’ve put together a little photo gallery for you all of some of the pics we took that day. The weather was a perfect 89 degrees and the water was actually refreshing…aka the perfect beach day! All photos were taken with my GoPro Hero 3+ 🙂

Be sure to check back soon for even more fun stuff that’s coming! SO happy to be back and can’t wait to share more of my adventures with you guys!

xoxo
Maddy