Surf with Amigas is the place for adventurous women to come together and encourage each other to fulfill their goals. It’s about empowerment, creating connections, learning to attract awesome into your life, and living in the moment. You will learn about yourself, overcome fears, and connect to a network of positive-minded surfing Amigas that will support and inspire you to achieve your goals in surfing and in life.
We welcome all ages, all body types, and all level of surfers. We’ve had participants from age 6 with her mom’s supervision to 70 and we regularly have ladies join us in their 50s, but the average age is about 37. Do not worry about traveling by yourself even if you’ve never done it before! 90% of our guests arrive solo but leave the week with a new group of friends that they will stay in touch with after the trip.
It all starts with surfing.
Whether you are ready to catch your very first wave, become more confident in the water, transition to riding a shortboard, cross-step to the nose on a longboard or get your first tube ride while making new surfing friends, we will help you achieve your goals. He host retreats at a variety of locations in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
When choosing locations we partner with smaller resorts who are ethically and environmentally minded, engaged with their local community, in places without a ton of other surfers, at surf spots that are user friendly for beginners and more advanced surfers. Getting you into the best waves for your skill level is our top priority. If you are willing to think positively, listen to feedback, and push yourself, you will leave the retreat a better surfer no matter what level you started.
Between surfing sessions we’ll do yoga.
Yoga is so good for your body and mind. After a long morning at the beach, nothing feels better than stretching out your tired paddling muscles in our open air yoga studio. Since you’ll be getting plenty of exercise in the surf our yoga sessions are Yin/restorative focused and great for all levels of yogi. You will end the sessions feeling relaxed and inspired.
We are surfing addicts, but even we know that life and travel are not simply about catching waves. After a couple super long sessions, it’s nice to give the paddling muscles a short break and explore the area. We focus on adventures that both challenge the body and inspire the mind. We’ll go galloping on horseback down the beach, check out a different restaurant with an incredible view, explore a volcano, bathe in the mud, admire a waterfall, learn to make tortillas, and sip on delicious tropical cocktails.
Surf With Amigas is partnered with the non-profit Waves of Hope. We believe that travel becomes much more meaningful if you get a chance to have real interactions with the local community, get to know how the locals live, and even participate in leaving something better than you found it. Depending on the projects going on during your trip, you may get a chance to assist in building a school, providing clean water or organic veggies, or protecting endangered baby sea turtles. We have recently begun encouraging local women to be healthy and active in sports by supporting the women’s kickball league. It’s a fun and hilarious way to get involved.
The difference between Surf with Amigas and other women’s surf and yoga retreats is attitude and experience. Our retreats are focused on getting you into great waves, and helping you become a better surfer in an incredibly positive and supportive way. Our coaching program was designed by professional surfer Holly Beck who has carefully selected a team of diverse young ladies who are all great surfers, and each have a unique style of instruction that will guide you towards achieving your surfing goals (see bios here). The program includes beach lessons, in-water one on one assistance, as well as “classroom” sessions like our Paddle School in the pool that will benefit first-timers as well as ladies who have been surfing for years. Depending on the week and the individual retreat there will be other classroom sessions planned as well to learn more about things like reading surf forecasts, the differences between surfboards, and breaking down more complex maneuvers.
We film every session and go over the footage so that you can see what you’re doing right and what little changes might help you really improve. Going over the footage in slow motion 1:1 with one of our instructors is a great time to ask questions specific to your surfing. Not only is it incredibly fun to watch that wipeout in slow motion or revel over that amazing ride, but it’s the very best way to improve your surfing. For an example of our coaching style, check out our Surf Completely videos.
Lastly, take a look at this video of why to choose Surf With Amigas: