Welcome Shandra Butcher!
You know that girl that you want to be best friends with? Her vibe is amazing and her essence is so true that you just want to be around her so a little of her coolness will rub off on you. That's how we feel about Miss Shay Butcher! We met Shay at Outdoor Retailer and were so impressed with her humble attitude, her stoke for the brand and her super inspiring lifestyle. We totally connected and now we are thrilled to announce the addition of Shandra Butcher to our team! She is one inspiring explorer and we love following her global adventures as she pursues her passion for diving and adventure. We're pretty sure she's part mermaid. Read on to learn more about Shay!
Born and raised in Southern California, Shandra Butcher is an ocean girl at heart. A lover of sand in her toes and salty hair. Through her career as a Scuba Divemaster, Shandra has been fortunate to combine her love of travel and photography, discovering beautiful new beaches and mountain ranges which continue to inspire her gypset lifestyle.
Q&A 1. Favorite Sensi bikini?
The Colleen top- Perfect for undersea adventures and doubles as a sports bra on waterfall hikes.
2. Favorite diving spot? Why?
Rarotonga, Cook Islands. During whale season Humpbacks approach the boats and even divers pretty frequently, a very surreal experience!
3. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
Moving into a van and traveling full time with my boyfriend Travis! Living out of a suitcase was natural for me so the transition was easy, but I was used to wandering solo! So far, so very good. :-)
4. What's the best diving trip you've ever been on?
Silk Cayes, Belize. I got to accompany Travis on his first dive and since he has been a mountain man his whole life, it was a thrill to immerse him into my world. And don’t even get me started on the incredible reef system out there…
5. Favorite place to visit?
Southern California... Aka- home! Traveling reminds me to appreciate where I’m from and how important family is.
6. Special talent?
7. Favorite food?
Ice cream. Rocky road is the way to my heart.
8. Your dream?
To be accepted as a volunteer at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Working with animals has always been a massive passion and living in Africa protecting orphaned elephants is one of my top 3 bucket list goals.
9. Coolest thing you’ve seen while traveling?
The Milky Way. I know it sounds silly, but I’ve been lucky enough to backpack a few of the darkest spots in North America. It truly makes a difference when you’re gazing up at the stars.
10. Favorite way to stay fit?
Swimming of course! But hiking, biking and rock climbing is always fun too.
11. Five things you couldn’t live without?
My family, dive fins, chapstick, my pup Kola and ice cream.
12. What are your 2016 goals, and any big plans for this year?
It’s a goal of mine to participate and be competent in as many activities/sports as possible in 2016. Picking up a few new languages is also on the list! I should have no problem challenging myself; we have dive/backpacking trips coming up in Indonesia, van life throughout New Zealand and waterfall expeditions in Iceland and Norway!
To see more from Shay's adventures, follow her on Instagram