When a particularly big and unseasonal swell popped up on the surf forecast in February, the team of instructors at Surf With Amigas responded with excitement. It was an opportunity to teach the crew how to read a surf forecast and just what it means when there’s a long period swell (vs. a short period). The waves were pumping, and while it was a bit too big on the very biggest waves, we got some really great rides, along with some awesome wipeouts.
I absolutely love getting Amigas into big waves. Ok, i’ll admit it, I do prefer when looking at the surf forecast while planning the retreat week, it shows small to medium sized surf. It just makes life easier that way. But when I saw a swell forecasted to be 22″, I also got really excited. During the retreat, we offered a course on how to read surf forecasts to explain what the period number actually means. Standby for a blog post on that….
For now you can check out the photos below to see what that long period swell means! (hint. big waves!).
Our team of surf instructors were on it, guaranteeing that all the Amigas stayed safe even amongst very large waves breaking over a rock bottom. Each of the ladies who challenged the point got at least one large wave, and many rode theirs all the way to the beach to the cheers of the ladies on the inside. It was a magical and inspiring day! Check out some photo highlights below…
El Salvador is probably the most challenging location that Surf With Amigas frequents. Sunzal is a swell magnet so any bit of swell produces well overhead waves. This week we had solid swell the entire time and the Amigas had to overcome fear to rise to the challenge.
To start off our summer series, the week of May 24th was blessed/cursed with pretty solid surf. After spending the first couple of days at the bay, we moved over to the point for the rest of the week. The Amigas handled it. Even ladies who had never surfed before were outside paddling into green waves and riding them all the way in by the end of the week. It was really inspiring!
On day two of the retreat the girls pushed themselves into bigger waves than they had thought possible. Think you couldn’t handle waves like this? Neither did these girls until they showed up, and with the help of the Surf With Amigas staff, they were able to charge!
It’s the rainy season which means slightly bigger waves. After a few warmup days at the bay the swell picked up even bigger and we took the Amigas out into waves that were a little larger than we normally like. The Amigas totally handled it. They trusted their instructors and went for it! Sometimes they went for it so hard that they rode all the way into the rocks. Fortunately everyone came up smiling and we had some great stories for later.