Surf Inspo: Coco’s Favorite Surf Reads

Lost your stoke? Need some new reads to get hyped for your next surf adventure? Open up one of these books and take a journey with inspiring surfers in search of incredible waves.

 

In Search Of Captain Zero

a surfer’s road trip beyond the end of the road

By Allan C. Weisbecker

My favorite surf book ever. This book really captures the essence of surf travel and it opened up my mind to the wild magic of Mexico. 

On his journey from New York to Central America in search of a long lost friend, Allan finds himself in some wild places, surfing empty waves and gathering clues of his dear friend Captain Zero’s whereabouts along the way. This book is hilarious and entertaining from beginning to end and it really inspired me. I still dream of driving through Mexico and Central America! Maybe one day. As far as I know Captain Zero is still living there in Mexico- my sister ran into him a few years ago in Panama and they surfed together.

 

 

Bustin’ Down the Door

By Wayne RABBIT Bartholomew

I read this book while living in Hawaii. The author, “Rabbit”, is an Australian surf legend who writes about his adventures in Hawaii in the winter of 1975 where he was almost chased out, first by locals, then by huge waves crashing through his front door in the night.

After reading this book I moved to Australia and eventually met Rabbit at Southern Cross University where I was studying Sports Management “surfing studies”. I remember during his open discussion he asked the students if we could leave our desks and sit in a circle on the floor instead. Legend indeed.

 

 

 

Barbarian Days

 A Surfing Life

By William Finnegan

“The particulars of new places grabbed me and held me, the sweep of new coasts, cold, lovely, dawns. The world was incomprehensibly large, and there was still so much to see. Yes, I got sick sometimes of being an expatriate, always ignorant, on the outside of things, but I didn’t feel ready for domestic life, for seeing the same people, the same places, thinking more or less the same thoughts, each day. I liked surrendering to the onrush, the uncertainty, the serendipity of the road.” — Finnegan

This quote taken from Barbarian Days really sums up the excitement of surf travel. Never knowing what is around the next corner, traveling to new places, exposing yourself to new cultures, and embracing the unexpected. I read it in a just a few days! After reading I starting thinking about surfing bigger waves and began training a few weeks later too!

 

Stay inspired! 

Pura Vida,

Coco

 

SWA Just Announced FIVE MONTHS in NICARAGUA

Yep, that’s right. We’re headed back to our original stomping grounds in Northern Nicaragua with a variety of Surf & Yoga Retreats on the schedule from Nov. 2020 to Mar. 2021… and we’re stoked. We’ve already begun dreaming of volcano scattered backdrops, warm waves, dirt roads, and reggaeton!

SURF. COMMUNITY. YOGA. ADVENTURE.

Surf With Amigas originated back in 2010 in a small village in Northern Nicaragua when SWA Founder and former pro surfer Holly Beck was drawn to the idea of sharing the empty beaches, perfect waves, and slow pace of life with other adventurous women who wanted to surf. Apart from the obvious reasons why a place like this is any surfer or traveler’s dream, the local community has always made it extra special to SWA. Unfortunately, the political and economic issues that transpired in Nicaragua in recent years have put small villages like this one in a rough place. Simply put, less tourism = fewer jobs, so as we shift back into hosting our Surf & Yoga Retreats in Nicaragua, we’re especially committed and really stoked to help our local friends in the community along the way. 

Interested in joining Surf With Amigas at one of our Surf & Yoga Retreats in Northern Nicaragua Nov. 2020 to Mar. 2021? Check out the retreat highlight video below or click here to learn more.