Jackie George is one of the awesome instructors at Amigas Surf Retreats. She’s 23 years old from San Clemente, CA. She’s a stylish cruisey regular-footer who fell in love with the long rights of Las Flores on her first trip to El Salvador and is super excited about heading back in October. Join Jackie and Amigas Oct 13-20 and 21-28.
Jackie George has been working with me this season teaching amigas how to become better surfers. She is super awesome, super smart, super cute, and well, just downright super! She wrote the following about her new favorite bikini company – Ola Chica. Check it out and if you’re looking for a new bikini that can handle duckdives, wipeouts, and looking hot on the beach, check them out!
Last April, we were running a couple of women’s surf and yoga retreats in El Salvador. We were there for about three weeks, and the entire time we surfed perfect point-break right handers twice a day, everyday. I rotated between my only two bikinis that I know would stay on because I did not want any embarrassing slip-ups in front of all the retreat girls, hot surfers that flew down for the swell, and tons of local photographers trying to sell us photos.
The last three days we were there, a few girls from California appeared in the line-up that were shredding in super cute bikinis. One of the girls, Aylana, was telling me about her bathing suit line called, Ola Chica. She has surfed all over the warm oceans, and was sick of the same bikini problems that so many of us face, so she created her own line. All of her suits have a draw string in the waist (brilliant), tops that stay put, and some bottoms even have key pockets. And they’re cute! You can tie the waist tight and double-knotted when you surf, then loosen it when you come in (no awkward muffin tops). Mine works perfectly for surfing, but still has a Brazilian cut that doesn’t make me feel like a grandma. My new go-to bathing suit has proven solid through many wipeouts and late duck-dives. The suits are functional, fashionable, and affordable. Visit the Ola Chica website (http://www.olachica.com) and check out the video below that we shot on our last day of the trip. Thanks, Aylana! Stoked.
After a couple years of doing retreats in Northern Nicaragua, there were a list of Suave Dulce alumni who wanted to do another trip but this time see a different place. I went to Southern El Salvador for the first time in September of 2011 and had an awesome time surfing Las Flores and Punta Mango. I figured it would be a great place to bring a group of ladies who already knew how to surf, but that wanted to improve their skills on some really good waves.
Of course, one of the benefits of retreats in Nicaragua is the wide range of surfboards available. We have a huge selection of boards from little wide 5’4″ fishes to big long 9’6″ super tankers. Airlines charge ridiculous rates to travel with boards these days, so it just wasn’t feasible to bring a solid quiver by plane.
The last time I went to El Salvador in Feb 2012 I flew, and was dismayed by the long travel time to go a relatively short distance. 3 hours from Coco Loco to Managua, a couple hours spent waiting for a quick 45 min flight to San Salvador, then another 2.5 hours in the car from the airport to El Cuco. With the taxi ridess included, it ends up costing 8 hours and close to $500 per person!
By boat, it was a much more pleasant experience. Just 1.5 hours by car from Coco Loco to Potosi, then a nice lunch at a hotel while someone else does the passport paperwork, we loaded a little boat for a 2 hour ride with a gorgeous view, then another passport stamp on the other side followed by a 1 hour ride to El Cuco. Grand total: 5 hours and $350 total! Plus all the boards you can fit on a boat!
I will never fly between El Sal and Nica again!
Jackie George is hanging out with Suave Dulce and ready to become your new favorite amiga! She learned to surf as a kid at San Onofre, growing up in the wave rich town of San Clemente, CA. After graduating high school, she moved up to the cold waters of Northern CA to attend college at Humboldt State, partly to be closer to her namesake “Aunt Jackie”, an awesome woman living solo on 300 acres in the woods who has made friends with wild stallions and eats daily out of her organic garden.
Jackie has worked as a lifeguard in San Clemente and a rafting guide in NorCal, but is loving her current job in Northern Nicaragua. She is always smiling and laughing. She can cross-step to the nose, and crank a bottom turn on a green twin-fin.
Come down and surf with us!