Surf with Amigas is a place for adventurous women to come together and encourage each other to fulfill their goals. It’s about empowerment, creating connections, and living in the moment. You will learn about yourself, overcome fears, and connect to a network of surfing Amigas that will support and inspire you to achieve your goals in surfing and in life.
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, or improve your existing skills while making new surfing friends, we will help you achieve your goals. Our primary location is a remote and uncrowded area of Northern Nicaragua with awesome waves for surfers of all abilities, but it is especially good for learning to stand up for the first time. We also have several retreats per year in El Salvador for returning amigas or intermediate level surfers, taking advantage of the long point breaks there. Every year we’ll try to introduce one more new location to keep it fresh and exciting, particularly for returning Amigas, including the Philippines, Jamaica (2014), and Panama (sometime soon)! Getting you into the best waves is our top priority. If you are willing to think positively, push yourself, and listen to feedback you will leave the retreat a better surfer.
Between surfing sessions we’ll do yoga.
Yoga is so good for your body and mind. Yoga is a great way for surfers to work on core strength, flexibility, balance, and breathing. The yoga sessions will vary between strength building and restorative yoga. The instructor will provide modifications of poses so that every yogi will feel supported and challenged.
I’m a surfing addict, but even I 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.
The difference between Surf with Amigas and other women’s surf and yoga retreats is attitude and experience. Unlike other places where the instructors are barely intermediate surfers themselves, when you stay with us you will be coached and supported by Holly Beck, a professional surfer with a keen eye for how to help you specifically improve. We’ve carefully selected a team of instructors to assist Holly in the coaching and supporting (see bios here). We video 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. We make coaching sessions informative and fun! For an example of our coaching style, check out the videos (How To Turn : Use Your Boobs, and How To Cross-step on a Longboard).
We also create a culture of support. The other girls will become your new surfing sisters, yelling and cheering and clapping and dancing in celebration of your awesome rides. There is no need to worry about coming alone. 90% of the ladies that have participated so far have come alone and left the retreat with a group of new friends. All ages are welcome. Our average age is about 35 but we’ve had participants from age 11 (with her mom as chaperone) to 62!
Come play! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for booking info and check out the schedule link for dates!