A M A N D A - B E E N E N

🏄🏼‍♀️ Watersports athlete 🇳🇱 Living the dream in Hawaii🏆4th on world tour 2014-2016 💡I’m here to avoid friends on Facebook.

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While the north shore was maxing out, I went to the West Side for a sunset paddle. Why? Because I just felt like doing something else. I had some close encounters with Humpback whales that closely passed by me and @drea0123 - They seemed happy as they where breaching and waving their flukes and fins around for the whole time we were out there. They still blow my mind every single time and whenever they come and check me out on my sup, it just makes me mega happy! And it turns out that in 2018 I just want to do stuff that makes me happy! 😊🐋 (I have some gopro footage of the whales but it just doesn’t do it justice at all, so you’ll have to make due with me instead 💁🏼‍♀️)
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#humpbacks #whales #sup #standuppaddle #maui #hawaii #goprophotography #goprohero5 #gopro #oceanadventure #explore #travelmore #dowhatmakesyouhappy #island #paradise #surf #windsurfing #girls #girlpower #paddle #paddlesports

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I think that as long as you just put on your biggest smile - things will work out the way you want them to. 💙 positive thoughts, positive mind, positive heart, positive life 💙
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📷@rajailiya for @sunski 😎
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#maui #hawaii #808 #happy #smile #positive #portrait #athlete #windsurf #windsurfing #surfing #goodlife #goodvibes #ocean #sunski #sunglasses

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Had a belated birthday floatella today and it was just awesome! Thanks to everyone for stopping by! ❤️ turn op the sound to get the full stoke sound of @paigealms trough the @gopro
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#beachlife #maui #hawaii #island #floatilla #floating #windsurfing #windsurf #surfing #continentseven #worldofwindsurf #doughnuts #hotsailsmaui @hotsailsmaui @99novenove @makenasurfwear #gopro #beahero #hero5 #funnyvideos #kookslams @chinooksailing @purerecharge @gnarlynutrition

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YAY! The holidays are over and (how ever much I LOVE LOVE LOVE the holidays and my birthday) it’s going to be nice to pick up regular life and start a year full of adventures, more exploring, more watertime and getting back on some video stuff! 🌴🌺
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#2018 #adventure #beachlife #beachbum #girls #selfie #hawaii #maui #paradise #lifestyle #gopro @gopro #beahero #hero5 #beachtime #islandtime #islandvibes #goodvibes #exploremore

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It’s official 2017 is over and 2018 kicked off - in my case it’s also another birthday come and gone! What an eventful year it has been! I broke my leg, I got engaged, I missed the PWA tour, I moved to Maui, I made a lot of new friends, found new passions, new goals and learned a lot about myself. But most of all, I got to do all of this together with people I love! It doesn’t matter if I see you everyday or maybe once a year, if we know each others deepest secrets, or we just say hi and make small talk on the beach. Every one has a place and whatever place you hold in my life, I just wanted to let you know, I’m happy you’re in it! Thank you everyone for sharing all the laughs, the struggle buddy moments, the good times, the sad times and everything in between! I am truly a lucky girl to share my life adventure with you and everyone I meet on my way! Have a happy, adventurous and healthy new year 💕🍾🎈PS: I know what you’re thinking and the answer Is YES, people did get set on fire trying to get the shot! 🔥 .
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#nye #newyearseve #newyear #birthdaygirl #maui #hawaii #hookipa #windsurf #windsurfing #surfing #fireworks #gopro #longexposure @gopro

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Diving out of 2017 and into 2018 with a heart full of gratitude 🙏🏼
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📷 Throwback to that super fun day with @si_crowther when we saw all kinds of fish, turtles and sharks!
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#newadventures #diving #freediving #fun #learnnewthings #maui #hawaii #nye #newyears #apnea #spearfishing #girlsthatdive #girlpower #happiness #health #love #islandstyle #windsurfing #surfing #2018

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This is my seriously focused face... I close my eyes when I surf so that I don’t get water in them. (eyesight is overrated anyway)
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#gopro #beahero #surf #surfing #maui #hawaii #hookipa #selfie #focusface #dutch #waves #happy @gopro #goodtimes #morningmotivation #motivation #friyay #aloha #girlsthatride

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The good weather is back and I am soaking up the sun, the good vibes, the good people and the good surf!☀️ enjoy your Monday everyone!
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📷 Shooting with 👉🏼this guy @si_crowther always results in great shots and tears of laughter!
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#sunshine #sunsoutgunsout #surf #longboard #shortboard #happy #ocean #maui #hawaii #mondayvibes #goodvibes #aloha #sprinklekindness #islandlife #girlsthatride #blackandwhite #sunny #surfing #waves

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Can you imagine I used to do this ☝🏼on a lake in Holland? Well not exactly this, since the lake had no waves. Grey weather, brown water and freezing cold in the winter. I’m talking about not being able to feel your hands, feet and face anymore after 45mins in the water. You euro’s know what I am talking about. Windsurfing was just so addicting, I couldn’t stop. Rain or shine I was out there, just riding up and down. Little by little I gained the confidence to go out on the ocean. I still remember that first day in “Wijk aan Zee”. I never could have known where this sport would take me. From humble beginnings all the way to Hawaii. Who in the world would have guessed I’d end up calling Maui my home?
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📷 @amorphia @amorphiaphotography @fishbowldiaries .
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#windsurfing #windsurf #surf #continentseven #maui #hawaii #home #waves #hookipa #windsurfgirls #hotsailsmaui #chinook #chinooksailing #99novenove #i99 #girlsthatride #dreambig #followyourdreams #humblebeginnings #europe #usa #extremesports #surfing #windy #gettinit

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I feel like I’ve been spending every waking moment in, on and under the water. Maui has expanded my horizons and made me get into “everything ocean”. Lately it’s been a lot of free diving. I can’t explain why it’s so much fun to be under the oceans surface. It’s extremely addicting. Today the ocean was full of life. I was constantly surrounded by fish, small, big, turtles and sharks. I just keep coming back for more.
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Another epic shot by @si_crowther
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#overunder #freediving #freedive #diving #maui #Hawaii #sunset #dive #apnea #holdyourbreath #ocean #oneocean #love #saveourseas #blueplanet #deepblue #happyplace #stoked @strfshwetsuits

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tWinning ✨ why be just friends if you can be mermaids 🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🏼‍♀️
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@si_crowther is getting good at this over under stuff 📷💕
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#freedive #freediving #underwaterphotography #ocean #adventure #explore #deepblue #hawaii #maui #island #overunder #underwater #deepsea #diving #girls

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Making the most of the few sunny days we’re having at the moment. Exploring the underwater world of Hawai‘I with @si_crowther who captured this amazing over/under shot!
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#omerdiving #freediving #underwater #photography #photooftheday #Hawaii #maui #luckywelivehawaii #ocean #saveourseas #coralgardens @makenasurfwear #makenasurfwear #girlsgirlsgirls #yogapants #fins #island #makai #love #underwaterphotography

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Happy to be back in paradise. It was great to fly to Holland for two weeks and see my family and friends for a while - after coming home I headed straight to the @b.w.r.a.g summit in Oahu to acquire some more knowledge and skills for the upcoming winter. Very happy to have been able to meet and learn from everyone who attended and shared their na’auao. Once again I am shown how magical Hawaii is and how tight, caring and knowledgeable this community of surfers is. Still, so SO much to learn! Thanks Uncle Sam, Uncle Brian, Uncle Pat & @thesurfprofessor - Now I am ready to spend my winter on Maui and to hopefully get some great surf, windsurf and any other type of adventure that will come my way in the upcoming few months! 🤙🏼
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#aloha #mahalo #Ikeloa #bwrag #learn #educate #surf #waves #surfing #windsurfing #continentseven #woods #forrest #nature #jungle #maui #hawaii #explore #dreamchaser #knowledge #happy #educate #takecare #aina

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Happy thanksgiving everyone! Grateful to be surrounded by so many awesome and inspiring people. Thankful for getting to live in one of the most awesome places in the world doing what I love most 👆🏼, together with my best friend and love @captain_jason1 ❤️ - I will miss out on thanksgiving this year since I’m in Holland, but I’m very happy that I get to spend time with my family, isn’t that what Thanksgiving all about? I hope that everyone will have a wonderful day (with loads of food! 🥩🍗🥗🥘)📷 @fishbowldiaries @amorphiaphotography .
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#windsurfing #windsurf #surf #continentseven #jaklar #thanksgiving #thanks #mahalo #maui #hawaii #photooftheday #ocean #waves #girls #getfitordietrying #happy #ohana #family #grateful #hotsailsmaui #99novenove #chinooksailingproducts #windsurfgirls

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Did you know that all humans are Born with something called the dive reflex? This makes you (yes, you too) able to stay underwater for longer than you might think. The moment you submerge your face in water, your body immediately goes to work!
First, the heart rate slows down significantly.
Secondly, the diving reflex makes capillaries in the skin and limbs constrict, redirecting blood away from the body’s surface and toward the vital organs. This shift saves more oxygen for the brain and heart, but to a degree it also seems to fortify the torso against the crushing effects of water pressure at great depth. Plus, it helps to preserve the body’s core temperature in icy water. Isn’t that cool? You’re made to be underwater!
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#underwater #ocean #saveourseas #sea #freedive #snorkeling #selfie #goprohero5 #gopro #maui #hawaii #coolfacts #facts #sunday #funday #girls #diving #photooftheday @gopro #windsurfing #windsurfer #windsurfgirls #surf #followyourdreams

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The sensation of being able to freely move underwater. It must be the closest thing to flying. What makes me want to stay longer underwater are the encounters with creatures that roam the seas. Usually it’s a bunch of sea turtles but yesterday I got the pleasure to finally meet some other underwater animals. As I dove into a cave somewhere on the south side, I got surprised by three white tip Sharks 🦈🦈🦈 casually chilling on the bottom of the cave. Funny, I always thought I’d be scared to encounter a shark, even a reef shark, let alone three. But I wasn’t - don’t get me wrong, I have a healthy respect for sharks - but I was intrigued and very excited to take a look a few more times. They are truly beautiful and magnificent animals. This shot was taken by @si_crowther as I exited the cave. It was a bit too dark to get a good shot of the sharks, maybe next time...
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#shark #whitetip #freedive #freediving #apnea #underwaterphotography #oceans #underwater #reefshark #cave #girls #onepiece #maui #hawaii #saveouroceans #happyplace #aloha #mano #train #getfitordietrying #hypoxia #fitgirls @makenasurfwear

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One of the best things about competing and going on tour is the people you meet and befriend. It’s a strange sort of friendship. These people you might not see for 95% of the year (or some cases like 4 years @amyrosecarter ). Sometimes you end up not even talking or texting for months. However when you get back together it’s like you’ve never been apart! It’s pretty awesome if you think about it 🤔😊 So grateful to meet so many wonderful people along the way, I feel like my windsurf fam is HUGE and it never stops growing ❤️❤️❤️
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#Ohana #family #friends #iwt #aloha #windsurf #windsurfing #windsurfgirls #girls #nightout #lit #fitfam #maui #hawaii #grateful #happy #jaklar #continentseven

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For me the contest is over - but my winter has only just started! Armed with loads of motivation and inspiration to really step it up this upcoming winter. There is so much to work on and even more to look forward too! Big thanks to my sponsors who are making this all a lot easier. Let’s bring it Maui! @si_crowther @chinooksailing @hotsailsmaui @strfshwetsuits @99novenove @makenasurfwear #winterishere #bringit #gobig #orgohome #windsurfing #windsurf #surf #surfing #hypoxia #training #train #fitgirls #fitspo #alohafriday #maui #hawaii #waves #underwater #photooftheday

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Another lay day today - Anxiously waiting to see what tomorrow brings. I am very sure we will have wind but not very sure about the waves for tomorrow so 🤞🏼 and let’s all pray for waves! 🙏🏼 - This shot is from @jimmie4art in my heat the other day, great, beautiful wave (not such great action) let’s go and see what’s up for tomorrow!! 💥🔥
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#hawaii #iwt #alohaclassic #maui #windsurf #windsurfing #surfing #surf #happy #waves #windsurfgirls #continentseven #jaklar #hookipa #girlsthatshred #hotsailsmaui #99international #chinooksailingproducts #strfyshwetsuits @chinooksailing @internationalwindsurfingtour @hotsailsmaui @99novenove @strfshwetsuits @sunski

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Today’s lay day was a great day to recharge! I’m feeling fit and ready for another day of competition tomorrow at the @internationalwindsurfingtour Aloha Classic! So I hope you all stay tuned and follow the live cast to see me and the rest of the fleet! 🙌🏼💥
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📷 @rajailiya 😎 @sunski #hawaii #maui #sunglasses #happy #layday #selfie #girls #peace #tinytattoo #ink #windsurfing #windsurf #surf #surfing #windsurfgirls #windsurfer #continentseven #chinooksailing #hotsailsmaui @hotsailsmaui @chinooksailing @99novenove

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Round 1 is done! Not my best effort to be honest. I actually felt really ready and up for it going into the heat. It turned around pretty quickly when I realized just how light the wind was. Friday we continue and the forecast promises more wind, which would be good for me, and also for the rest of the fleet! Great efforts from all the girls out today, despite the conditions being very tricky I’ve seen great action including some bomb aerials! 🙌🏼🔥
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#iwt #alohaclassic2017 #aloha #mahalo #windsurfing #windsurf #continentseven #surf #windsurfgirls #surfergirl #waves #maui #hawaii #hookipa #extremesports #girlsthatride

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Rock running has been a part of our training with @deep2peak - It is a form of hypoxic training, it involves exercising in short bursts while holding your breath. You basically force your body to learn to work better when the regular consistent supply of oxygen isn’t available. The end game is to function better during bad wipeouts, feel comfortable being underwater without air and to increase lung capacity. It’s always good to do this with a buddy, shallow water blackouts have led to deaths before! Plus isn’t training with friends way more fun? Me and @hauserlifestyle captured by @si_crowther
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#underwater #photography #rockrunning #hypoxictraining #breath #swim #ocean #surf #training #maui #hawaii #mermaids #surfing #windsurfing #windsurfgirls #continentseven #getfitordietrying

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Another Lay day here at the @internationalwindsurfingtour Aloha Classic - Wind will be back by the end of the week. No worries tho, I’ll be busy surfing on the leftover waves from the past week!


📷@si_crowther #windsurfing #windsurf #surf #surfing #hotsailsmaui #chinooksailing #happy #maui #hawaii #livingthedream #goodvibes #continentseven

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What a crazy week we’ve had here On Maui. Storms, power surges, massive waves, the peahi challenge and now the Aloha Classic is kicking off! The sun is back out and I am feeling happy and ready to get out there and compete! It will be my first contest this year and it’s also the last contest of the year. Hope to do well and to have a good time. Being out in Ho’okipa almost alone is already a mega treat!


📷 @rajailiya #aloha #classic #windsurfing #windsurf #99novenove #hotsailsmaui #Chinooksailing #iwt #pwa #happy #optimistic #surf #hawaii #maui #goodlife #goodvibes #mondaymotivation

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The Peahi Challenge is running the woman’s fleet today! So much stoke to see the ladies pushing it and cheering a little extra for @paigealms today! May everyone out there be safe and catch some unforgettable rides! 🤙🏼🙌🏼🎉🔥*UPDATE* She just took the Peahi title!!!


#peahi #wsl #hawaii #maui #bigwaves #charge #girlsthatrip #girlpower #big #waves #surfing #surf

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Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day. – Janis Joplin


📷 @fishbowldiaries #windsurfing #windsurf #windsurfgirls #surf #maui #hawaii #girlsthatride #paradise #hookipa #mermaid #continentseven #iwt #aloha #classic #pwa #girls #hotsailsmaui #99novenove #quoteoftheday #goodquote

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The first tails and spouts have been spotted! Whale season is here and it never fails to excite me. Every year around this time the humpback whales 🐋 make the trip from Alaska where they’ve been fattening up through the summer. Around this time they come back to Hawaii to have their babies and mate again before heading back to Alaska! Hawaii is basically their big hot tub winter party! They’ll be here for a few months and during this time you’ll see them popping up everywhere!


#photographerunknown #humpbackwhales #humpback #whales #whale #hawaii #maui #wildlife #nature #sunset #girls #ocean #sea #free

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