I occasionally receive a message from a guest asking to be able to ride a “fiberglass board” on their retreat as opposed to an epoxy board. The question always makes me grimace. Unless the board is made from some unusual material like carbon fiber, ALL surfboards are wrapped in fiberglass. I think what the guest is actually wanting is to not ride a “pop-out” board – as in the mass-produced SurfTech or NSP variety. The actual choice is polyurethane vs epoxy (or EPS). To understand some of the principle differences see below… [Read more…]
Sofia Costa joined Surf With Amigas on a retreat towards the end of 2014. She is a Dr. of physical therapy originally from Puerto Rico, now living and treating surfers in Santa Monica, CA.
Sofia has offered to provide some physical therapy content that Amigas can use to treat their bodies right in between surf sessions. See below for a little introduction and her first offering!
“Life doesn’t hold still for us. If we don’t move with it,nlife is just going to pass us right by. Surfing teaches us to go with the flow smoothly, and live in the moment spontaneously to get the most out of the wave and out of life.” – Gerry Lopez
Surfing is an experience that allows you to co-exist with nature and with yourself!
As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, my mission is to create body awareness, mindfulness, and teach you exercises that are specific for you and for surfing. I have a great passion to give back to surfers; to aid with recovery and provide skills necessary to self-manage and prevent injury; and as a gain, you can experience the addicting “stoke” that keeps you going out for more.
Contact Sofia at Sofia.firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Instagram @costasurfpt
Living in Nicaragua for the last three years has taught me the importance and value of simplicity. While I have known this for some time, during my last visit to the States it became very apparent to me. Our tendency to over-consume and over-accumulate may be causing us more stress than we realize.
Did you know that physical clutter or unnecessary “stuff” could be detrimental to your health? Science even says so!
Clutter doesn’t only impact us physically. When our space is cluttered, we often feel chaotic mentally – unable to make decisions, scattered thoughts, feeling over being overwhelmed or stuck, etc.
By creating more space and organization in our homes and places of work and play, we gain clarity, focus, energy and productivity. By freeing the stagnant energy of the clutter, we make room for more of the things we want. In doing this, we are also able to let go of things that we have held onto mentally and emotionally. By the release and freeing of extra ‘stuff’ we feel lighter and more open. Some people even lose weight after de-cluttering their homes!
Tips for making more space in your home
* clear things you do not use or have not used in over a year
* purge things that you no longer find beautiful and useful
* shed things that are not uplifting and inspiring
* be easy on yourself. don’t try to get rid off too much at once, it can be overwhelming especially if you have a LOT of stuff.
In my yoga practice, stretching the sides of my body make me feel light, and spacious.
Emily, a surf instructor at Surf With Amigas, talks us through how to do a backside cutback and shows examples of Amigas trying it and what they could do to improve.
Come on a retreat with us to work on your cutback but in the meantime, check out this video!
After catching a wave and standing up, learning how to generate your own speed is the most important skill in learning to surf. The success of every turn relies on having enough speed. Unfortunately, it can be tricky to learn how to pump, but practicing on land on a skateboard is a great way to learn!
Having the right skateboard for the lesson is important. A longboard skateboard is key, and I prefer a Sector9 Sidewinder series skateboard. Check out the video for tips on how to improve your pumping by playing around on a skateboard.
Want to get your own Sector 9 Skateboard with the Sidewinder trucks? Click here!
Learning to surf is tricky. There’s the physical part, the mental part, and the ocean part. The physical part you can practice. The mental part you can overcome. The ocean part you can learn. But all of that takes time. It’s a process. Whether you’ve come to a retreat and learned the basics and are now testing your new skills in your home waters without the protective guidance of an Amigas instructor, or you are struggling on your own while you count down the days to your retreat, here are a few tips to get you in the water with more confidence.
• Watch the waves. The hardest part of surfing is reading waves. Even if you aren’t going surfing, actively watch the waves. Imagine where you’d paddle out, where you’d take off, and in which direction you’d ride. The more you pay attention, the more you’ll see the subtleties that will help you read waves better.
• Admit your skill level. As a beginner surfer, it’s intimidating to paddle out into a crowded lineup of surfers waiting to catch waves. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Pick out someone who looks like they know what they’re doing and has a smile on their face, and approach them. Compliment them on their last ride, explain that you’re a beginner and need a little help figuring out the best place to sit to catch a wave.
• Be determined. Don’t give up when something goes wrong. You will feel off balance and think you’re going to fall, but…try to regain your balance and adjust your footing. If mentally you are thinking, ‘Uh-oh, I’m falling,’ you will definitely fall. If you think, ‘Stay on, stay on,’ you just might.
• Ride the wave all the way in. When you are first learning to catch waves, you ride green waves, which are the unbroken part of the wave that comes before the white water. A lot of people stand up, ride for a few seconds and then jump off their board so they don’t have to deal with the hassle of paddling back out through the white water. Even if it’s just whitewash, the more time you spend actually riding a wave, the more you’ll improve, so ride it all the way to the sand.
• Focus on fun. Every wave is different, which makes it really hard to practice consistently. Focus on the joy of being out in the ocean, the thrill of getting pushed by a wave. If you remember it’s all about fun, you’ll be a happier surfer, which makes you a better surfer.
Kris Wilcox is a surfer, yoga teacher, massage therapist and life coach from San Diego who also happened to be one of the most colorful characters we’ve ever had at a retreat. She is energetic, full of stories, and eager to solve your problems and help you figure out what you want in life. She lives her life with balance, focusing 80% of her energy on healthful living but allowing herself 20% to let loose!
Jee Mee Kim lives at Rockaway Beach in New York, runs triathlons, has a young son, and rides all types of boards. She and I agree that too many people think longboards aren’t cool, and fun shapes are for kooks. A good surfer should be able to ride anything and if you know how to turn a longboard, shredding on a shortboard is even easier. On top of that, it’s all about fun so whatever board allows you to have the most fun is the one you should ride!
Check out this video for some advice on healthy living. Eat Right, Get in Shape, Be Outside, and Ride Something Fun!