Each time you join a SWA retreat, you help to support important projects that impact the local communities aT our retreat locations.
For several years we’ve been supporting an amazing sea turtle conservation project in Punta Banco, a small beach community in Southern Costa Rica near one of our retreat locations. The project not only helps protect turtles from environmental threats and human consumption but also provides work opportunities for locals in the community. During retreats we’ve been lucky enough to watch the organization grow and help release hundreds of baby sea turtles alongside local volunteers.
In the last 7 years the project has been completely in the hands of the local environmental commission, which is part of the Punta Banco neighborhood association. While the focus with other organizations in the past used to be “just” conservation, the project now also tries to leave a positive socio-economic impact on the village community.
The project is almost fully funded by private donations which help the organization build hatcheries and pay local volunteers. Click here to learn more about the Punta Banco Sea Turtle Conservation Project and how you can support by adopting a sea turtle nest or donating to the project.
With a gorgeous cliffside backdrop, super stylish surfer, and phenomenal videographer, this windy afternoon in Morocco was a recipe for greatness. Well, now that I think of it, the entire retreat season was destined to be great!
The retreat setup looked like this: We surfed long, peeling rights every single day, then relaxed at the luxury villa in between sessions. We explored old cities and shopped for Moroccan treasures, then slid down sand dunes at sunset. We laughed, cried, danced, and ate a TON of amazing food. For each and every one of us, it was the surf adventure of a lifetime.
Our friends at Seea just released a new short film, “Funboarding”, featuring Leah Dawson- a playful and stylish female surfer who surfs with the wave not on the wave. It’s a short + sweet surf video- full of graceful female surfers and super cute waves.
The idea of hosting SWA retreats in Peru was born in conversation with one of our newest additions to the Surf With Amigas surf instructor team, Natalie. Natalie has been living and surfing in Peru for the past few years where she’s hosted plenty of surf retreats with her non-profit organization, Groundswell Community Project.
The longest left in the world
After chatting about Peru, the waves, the history and the people, Natalie totally stoked us out on holding SWA retreats there and sharing waves in her backyard! The retreat spot, Chicama, is home to the longest left in the world. It was easy to convince the team that it would be EPIC to surf with Amigas on another world class left point break. You know how we love those!
Birthplace of Surfing
Not only is Peru a surf haven because of it’s beautiful waves, but it’s also chock full of surf history. It’s one of the birthplaces of surfing, where Peruvians first rode waves on woven reed boats known as, “Caballitos de Totora”.
Caballitos de Totora and surfboards have similar features, like rocker, and were first used to help fisherman move through the waves and ride waves back to shore. Some say that the ancient surf craft were depicted in paintings thousands of years ago, making Peru an extremely special place to learn about the origins of surf.
During our retreats we’ll explore and surf in Huanchaco, pictured above. It’s a historic beach town known as the birthplace of surfing! We’ll watch as locals put their “Caballitos de Totora” to use and we’ll even work alongside the locals to make our own.
You can learn more about our Surf & Yoga Retreats in Peru by clicking here.
Mary joined us this season at the Southern Costa Rica Longboard Surf House with a few of her closest surf friends. These ladies surfed for hours every day and reminded us that it’s never too late to just go for it and try the things you’ve always dreamed of trying.
“I’m going to turn 70 and really what I think about is that it’s time to do everything that I really want to do. There’s no time a wastin’ here.”