Panama 2016 is Happening!

Join us this April 16-23 or April 23-30 for a week of surf, yoga, and adventures in Panama!


We met an awesome Amiga from Panama on a retreat in El Salvador last year and she clued us in on a hidden gem in Southern Panama. We visited her spot with two groups of Amigas last year, and loved it so much, we’ve decided to go back this April!

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With the explorations of last year, we found a new location- a different hotel, right on the beach we liked surfing the best. The surf spot is right out in front of the resort. Wake up with coffee, watch the waves all day, and surf your brains out!

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The wave out front is good for all levels, from advanced beginners to super shredders. There are peaks up and down the beach (the waves get bigger and heavier at one end, and smaller and cuter at the other) and a few other spots within driving distance.

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What’s included:

  • Accommodations at beach front surf camp
  • Daily surf guidance, in water coaching and post-session video analysis.
  • Daily yoga classes to relax and inspire you
  • Surfboard rental
  • All delicious meals
  • 2 way transfer from Panama City
  • All the awesome adventures that you’ve come to expect from Surf With Amigas

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Check out this video of the Amigas in Panama last year:

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New Retreat Location – Central Nicaragua August 2-9 2015

solid roomIn our never-ending quest to add more awesome retreat locations we stumbled upon a hidden gem in Central Nicaragua.

I’d been eyeing this zone for a few years but had never taken the time to drive down and check it out. On a week off in February (while the rest of the staff was raging in Bocas) my husband Kim and I packed up Luna and cruised a couple hours down South to explore El Transito and the Solid Surf Camp.

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.29.28 AM I had seen photos online of the owner, Allison, shredding the waves out front and was eager to meet her and check the surf out for myself. We were thinking of possibly adding the location to our list of retreat options, but really, I just wanted to get away on our first surf trip as a family of three and catch some waves myself!

The waves were pretty small that first afternoon, but I grabbed my Rusty Dwart and ran out front. It was small but super fun and I couldn’t help starting to imagine Amigas loving it!holly solid out front 2holly solid out front

The next day the swell started slowly filling in and I surfed all four spots! I got some super Amiga-friendly rides right out front, caught a punchy right and did a bunch of turns at the peak just down the beach and even had fun on the gentle left point at the farthest South end of the beach on my shortboard. On a fish or a longboard it would have been even better!

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After an hour, I went to check on the baby and since she was still asleep, I walked down the beach to the right to scope out the thumpy hollow wave. There was no one in sight and I paddled out and straight into the best wave of my trip – a sweet left tube! During breakfast I watched Allison get some sweet rides out front.

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After breakfast we went back to the hollow beach break so my husband Kim could surf it. The sun was strong but we set up a shade on the beach for the mamas and babies (the sister in law of the owner was in town with her 8 month old) and Kim paddled out and caught a couple of good ones.

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We had to take off that afternoon as there was a group of Amigas showing up the next day for a retreat in Northern Nica, but as we were driving off I snapped this pic with my phone and decided we absolutely need to bring Amigas for a retreat!

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.28.58 AMWe were able to find a week that works and are so stoked to announce a new retreat August 2-9, 2015. All the info is available here.

Send me an email for more info or to sign up!

Learn to Surf and Help Save Baby Turtles in December

For the second year, Surf With Amigas is sponsoring the Waves of Hope baby sea turtle project. By joining us on a retreat in Nicaragua in November and December you will get a chance to support baby sea turtles while also getting to watch them hatch. Can you say cutest thing ever? As of today the November retreats are fully booked but we do have spaces available Dec 6-13 and 13-20. Email for booking info!

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Join the Amigas in El Salvador in October

Every year in October we pack up our surfboards and head to El Salvador for two weeks of shredding at the amazing, super long, super fun wave of Sunzal. Check out this video for a quick little tour of the spot we’ll stay, the wave we’ll surf, and some of the other activities. Join the Amigas in El Salvador to improve your surfing, ride super long waves, do yoga, and adventure!

More info is available here: El Salvador Retreat Info

This year’s dates:
October 18-25 2014
October 26 – November 2 2014
email for booking info….

Liz Gets Tubed on Her Third Retreat

Liz came on her very first Surf With Amigas retreat at our Southern Nicaragua location in June of 2013 to learn to surf. She got hooked and came back to surf with us again in July 2013 in El Salvador. Now, just one year later, she joined us for the third time in Northern Nicaragua, set a goal of getting barreled, and achieved it on the second day! I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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South Nicaragua Retreat July 19-26 – Only a Few Spots Left!

We only do it once a year, but it’s a pretty special experience. We’ll stay at a gorgeous location situated on a rocky outcrop with ocean visible almost 270 degrees. The food is amazing (like seriously amazing), the waves are super duper cute (several surf spots to choose from – all within walking distance), there’s WiFi, AirCon, and real flush toilets right in your room!

The retreat is limited to just 12 spots and as of May 15th, we’re over half full with several on the list promising to send in their deposits within the next week. If you’re interested, get on it! Check out all the info here and email with questions and to sign up!

Check out the video from last year if you need further convincing! It’s going to be awesome!

Why Choose Surf With Amigas


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There are a lot of retreats all over the world specializing in surf and yoga for women. Why choose Surf With Amigas? We have awesome staff, amazing coaching, including video coaching, great locations, and we’re passionate about making your week with us the very best week of your life. Watch this video to hear what new Amigas and ladies on their 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th retreats have to say about why they keep coming back.

Falling in Love with the Ocean

We love keeping in touch and hearing from Amigas after their week with us. Sometimes it’s an email to ask for suggestions on what type of board to invest in. Sometimes it’s a photo of ladies who met on a retreat in wetsuits in the snow, or in Cabo, or at Coachella. Other times it’s a note of gratitude like the one below. Roisin joined us on our Southern Nicaragua Retreat in 2013. Thanks for sending Ro!
This email is really about sending a BIG overdue THANK YOU to You, Jackie, Nadia and Nikki for being instrumental people in a life changing year that was 2013. I knew something new and cool was on the horizon for me. I just couldn’t figure out how the fuck to get there! Until Surf With Amigas.
Divorce, an ailing father, quitting my shitty job in New York City and a big nudge from my friend Emily all led me to the Amigas. I went down with a HUGE fear of the water, a weakened spirit, and out of shape muscles. Holly you got me on my first wave and I will never forget it!! Looking at the video, not sure who was more excited you or me! Either way, I got home, hit Mondos, near Rincon, caught the first wave I went for and rode it all the way to the parking lot!
Since then, I have taken up Stand Up Paddling boarding (shhhh….) (it is really good for your core, and the waves are more predictable), leased a horse and ride waves when I can. More importantly, I LOVE the water!! I paddle my SUP board like its a surf board and there is always white water to tackle and waves to ride. (although I haven’t actually done that My buddy is also an avid boogie boarder, fins etc…so water sports abound!! 
My point is without the four of you giving me the confidence to ENJOY our beautiful oceans, my time here in Cali would be wasted. Every Sunday I am out there paddling with the dolphins and the seals. I always jump in the water for a swim and we are bringing our masks and snorkels tomorrow and heading out to the reef for more exploring.
 It is impossible for me to be in the water without thinking of all of you.:)
In short, Thank you for getting me to the place I was meant to be. 
Fuck Yeah!! and Namaste:)))  

Rutty and Ro Ventura