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…
Wondering how best to protect your skin while surfing? Here are our top three pics (two in the video below and one other further down) for sunscreens that stay on your face, as well as other strategies to minimize sunscreen use but still stay protected. We love wearing hats and cute surf gear in the water. No one wants any more wrinkles!
This week not only did we surf our brains out but we also got to help out our local non-profit, waves of hope, by painting the local high school! Don’t worry, we managed to fit in all the other awesome activities of our Women’s surf and yoga retreat program including yoga, sliding down a volcano, a fun girls night out and sunset cocktails at a neighboring resort!
Brittany Hammond joined us on a retreat a couple of weeks ago and wrote a cute blog post about the experience. She’s also an amazing photographer and got some great shots. If you’re wondering what it’s like to attend a women’s surf and yoga retreat with Surf With Amigas, here’s a taste!
Here’s an intro, but read the whole story by clicking the link below.
“I spent a week in Nicaragua with Surf With Amigas… And it was one of the greatest weeks of my life! In spite of several mishaps (missed flights, injuries, scorpions, and a monkey bite) I totally enjoyed this trip.”
We had such an amazing group of women this week during our first Surf With Amigas Surf Yoga Retreat of the 2017 Year, filling the line up with laughs and positive energy! Friendships were forged, waves were caught and adventure was had everyday! Can’t wait to see these Amigas next time!! This was also the first retreat that founder Holly Beck was back in instructor mode after her maternity leave so her kiddos were on hand to participate in the laughs and fun!
We recently had Kate Erwin from Cool Hunting pop in to join us on a retreat. She wrote a blog about her experience. Here’s an excerpt. Click the link to read the whole blog: http://www.coolhunting.com/travel/surf-with-amigas-nicaragua
“Between the surfing, horseback riding, meals, beers on the beach, yoga classes and the overall adventure of Surfing With Amigas, there’s an incredible sense of camaraderie and support. George says this is due to surfing—and the surf lifestyle—being so all-encompassing, “Surfing to me is everything: it’s meditation, it’s exercise, it’s worship, it’s a way to play in nature, it’s spending time with loved ones, it’s challenging, it’s fun, it’s mindless, it’s mindful, it’s a way to connect with people from all over the world, it’s empowering, and it’s a total reset.”
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.