Boat trips, nose rides, off shore winds and pure stoke. This week the guests at Surf With Amigas women’s surf and yoga retreat got some great surf sessions in as well as some volcano boarding and horse back riding too!
This week with Surf With Amigas Surf and Yoga retreat was action packed as usual with lots of surfing, volcano boarding, horse back riding, classroom and paddle school and and all balanced out with daily yoga.
Holly Beck is one of the surf instructors at Surf With Amigas. Video coaching is a big part of what we do on our womens surf and yoga retreats as it’s such a great tool for improving your surfing. Here Holly demonstrates how to make your backside turns bigger.
Surf road trip! November is usually dry and sunny but when an incredibly rare unseasonable hurricane Otto showed up to dump days and days of rain, we took a road trip from the rain forest of the South to the relatively dry Playa Hermosa! We had an awesome crew of Amigas and Amigos to laugh and surf with and everyone had great attitudes. You can’t control the weather or the ocean, but you can control your attitude.
This was a particularly awesome week in North Nicaragua. We had a few returning amigas including the awesome Holly Kinser who has now spent 4 Thanksgivings with us. We also got Rocco Deloslocos the rottweiler and Luna the toddler a few waves. We saw the return to surf coaching of Holly Obermeyer after her maternity leave, not to mention tons of awesome rides and dance moves by the Amigas.
This week was blessed with cute waves, awesome amigas, (and an amigo) and adventures for days! We got lucky and got to witness the release of baby turtles thanks to the Waves of Hope sea turtle conservation project sponsored by Surf with Amigas.
One of my favorite things about Surf With Amigas is the chance to help ladies improve their surfing. But what if you can’t make it on a retreat? Can you still get some tips? YES!
We have decided to start offering an opportunity to get feedback from one of our coaches to ladies who may not be able to join us on a retreat, or who have been on a retreat but want to keep working on things at home. Here’s our first student!
We received this letter from an Amiga who lives in Australia:
My name is Turia, I’m a 28 year old Aussie who was badly burned during an ultra marathon four years ago. I got burned because a fire started during the ultra and swept through the course. I’ve managed to relearn (almost!) everything – from getting dressed to competing in triathlons.
I live on the coast and I’ve surfed since I was a little girl, but since my accident I can’t figure out the pop up! I do yoga regularly, I do 20 pop ups a day (on dry land) but when I get in the water… I can’t figure it out. The worst thing is that I’ve gotten into the habit of getting on my knees. I’d love to send you some videos of me, maybe you can give me some pointers?
From SWA Coach, Holly Beck:
Turia Pitt was competing in an ultramarathon through Western Australia’s Kimberley region in 2011 when she was caught in a bushfire. She suffered burns to 65% of her body and had four fingers from her left hand and her right thumb amputated.
Pitt was named the New South Wales Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year 2014, and she was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year. She has graced the cover of The Australian Women’s Weekly, which attracted world-wide media attention.
Another wonderful week filled with super surf sessions, waterfalls and epic waves. Costa Rica offered plenty to see on the few occasions we were out of the water. We were stoked to have a handful of first time Amigas as well as Amiga Alumni this week!
Surf With Amigas retreats are populated by talented individuals. A few weeks ago one of those was Alison Turner, a photographer, blogger, and instagram sensation (@alisontravels). She joined us in Northern Nicaragua in November.
Her words and pictures colorfully capture what it feels like to be an Amiga. A few of her photos are below, but if you have a few minutes it’s worth reading the whole thing. If you’ve been on a retreat, you’ll be shuttled back in time to relive a few of those feelings and if you haven’t yet, you’ll get a good taste of what the life of an Amiga feels like. See link below.
“First Breakfast at 5:30a.m.”, she said. I know Jackie was talking about the plans for the following morning but I kept looking at the dry erase board for a “just kidding” below the time in which all 15 strangers were going to meet to have breakfast. I just arrived in Nicaragua after a 24 hour travel day and my introverted self was immediately challenged to be social, share a room with a stranger, and be chipper at…. yes, 5:30a.m.”….
The waves were firing and the Amigas were frothing!