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August is an amazing time for a road trip — so we’re taking one! Our team members Grant and Beau are visiting colleges throughout the Rocky Mountains, sharing a gourd and reaching out to get yerba mate onto more campuses. We’ll share pictures and stories from the road as they come in.

Here’s the route Grant and Beau are taking (or click on the map to view). University of Utah was first on the list. They just got a yerba mate machine!

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Austin Lankford, rock climber

Rock climber Austin Lankford, 16, drinks yerba mate to help him maintain focus and energy while scaling a course:

I have been rock climbing since before I can remember, and now it even blows my mind seeing how far it has taken me.

Climbing is much more than just a sport to me in my life, it is a passion. I travel all around the world — not just climbing on world class routes and boulders, but guiding younger kids on my team on the same rock.

My family owns a climbing gym in my hometown, where I coach and get coached.

Rock climber Austin Lankford scales a graffiti wall.

Owning a climbing gym has really inspired me to become a coach. I think I can learn a lot about myself as a climber through my own teachings. Being a coach also helps me become a better climber: teaching kids helps me pass on the lessons I have learned throughout my climbing experiences.

When I am not traveling and climbing outside, I am in the gym almost everyday with my amazing coaches and teammates getting ready for all the competitions. I have competed in countless national competitions, and competitions out of the country.

To maintain my stamina on the rocks, yerba mate has been one of the most beneficial additions to my body, helping me stay healthy by providing the right nutrients I need to keep me in top physical condition. Climbing takes a great deal of focus and physical energy, which the amazing herb provides for me.

One of the things I love most about Guayaki is that they offer so many different forms of yerba mate. I prefer the loose leaf mate, traditionally drank out of a single hollowed out gourd passed around a group, because of the extremely natural taste.

I can understand it when the Guayaki team says, “something magical happens when you share yerba mate from a gourd. Ideas are shared, stories are told, and a sense of community is created.” I have noticed this in my own experiences when I am out climbing. It starts with somebody asking what I’m drinking, so I pass them my gourd, and the magic starts to happen.

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Bodyboarder Seabass Perez says aloha and mahalo:

I’m from Dana Point, California and I’ve been bodyboarding for about six years. I’m writing you now from the island of Oahu on the North Shore, and I’ve gotten very into Guayaki since I’ve been here.

Yerba Mate is such a great addition to my everyday routine, always providing me with the best nutrition and energy. When the waves are pumping, I’m usually in them. Sustaining that involves a lot of exercise to my days in and out of the water. I’m not much of a runner, but I stay productive, and I’m always moving in the water, whether the waves are small or big.

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I surf every day. After three or four-hour long surfs, I go to our local Foodland for bottled Pure Heart and Pure Passion.

I think anything that has to do with water fitness keeps you in top shape. You don’t realize how many muscles your body really uses in a surf or swim — not like wearing out your calf muscles by running. To keep my energy up, I like to maintain a good diet of vegetables. Veggies and yerba are the best combo! No need to rely on coffee for my energy.

It’s been going well for me here for the past three months. I travel year-round to surf, hitting the waves of Hawaii, Mexico, Indonesia, Tahiti, and beyond. And there’s no comparison to living in the beauty of where I am here and now.

We follow the lives of many who drink Guayaki or share our passion for nature. Is there someone we should meet? Email us!

When competitive surfer Pedro Berasaluce David goes to the water, he leaves the world behind him. “I forget everything,” he says in his native Portugese, which is translated to us in English. “From the Earth, from the land. I’m completely connected with the ocean.”

[At left: Pedro, 19, rides high waves with his Guayaki-wreathed board]

Pedro, 19, is training to be the best in the world. He’s already building a record in pro junior competitions, where he pairs the stress-free elation he feels in the water with sharper focus. Engaged in his sport, his mind works a bit more mechanically as he watches competitors and assesses what marks he must reach.

Pedro began surfing at the age of 2, having grown up in a surfer family: everyone in his family surfs except for his mother, Nina (and his father and three brothers are still trying to get her out there). Wave enthusiasts from everywhere flock to the surfing school his father, “El Capitan David,” founded 18 years ago on Praia do Rosa beach in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Beyond technique, the 400 or so students who visit the school each year from around the world are infused with fathoms-deep lessons on the water, the human connection with nature, and a sense of respect and community. Some call it a “school of life.”

The mission for the school is we are who we are, we all have equal rights and opportunities,” Pedro says. “To break with barriers, cultural barriers, the color of your skin, eyes, we’re all equal for the ocean, waves gonna break and it’s gonna break the same no matter who’s surfing it.”

Besides inspiration from the school’s surf community and his natural love for the water, Pedro has also been motivated to succeed in his sport watching the London Olympics. “It’s real inspiring to see other people get so far and reach a gold medal, or silver medal, coming from places like, from nothing,” he says. “To see them succeed or surpass their expectations.”

Naturally, this level of achievement takes work. Pedro prepares for competitions with full days in the water, aerobic training, and hydration (he has enjoyed Guayaki shots, which make him very animated; mostly he drinks water).

His passion and training have taken him all over the world, with some of his favorites to surf the beaches of Spain and France — though there’s more to loving where you are than getting to experience huge waves. “When you’re with friends,” Pedro says, “any place is a favorite place.”

AHA! Say it in your head or shout it out loud. Either way it inspires a sense of jubilation. I had one of these moments recently while on a camping trip in Yosemite. In late March, Yosemite got dumped on. For the outdoor enthusiast, this refers to a copious amount of snow in a short amount of time.

Did I have you thinking there for a moment that I am a professional outdoors-man, a camper, hiker or trekker? Cause I am so not. Actually, I spend all my free time at the beach. I play professional beach volleyball and am an avid health and wellness advocate.

Bio: Long story short, I ate like crap growing up, got sick all the time and had acne that followed me well into my twenties and I was fed up with my reality. I tried everything without success until I shelled out $50 for the “Acne Yoda” e-book. This was my first AHA! moment where I started to understand that my health was the result of what I put in my mouth. Read More