In our downtime between being able to run retreats, Holly has been busy posting some online content in a classroom format. The newest creation is a clinic on How To Nose Ride.
The mechanics of what makes nose riding possible.
What types of boards, fins, and waves are best for nose riding.
How to read waves to position yourself and your board to set up for nose riding.
Some tips for practicing on land to make it easier once you are in the water.
Nose riding is hard to do, but it’s a lot easier when you understand what you need to do to be successful. This class will help you choose the right board and fin setup, find the right wave, know what to look for on the wave, how to set up the wave so that you can start walking forward, and what to do when you’re up there!
I’ll also give you some useful tips for practicing on land that will help you out even more once you get into the water.
This class involves one 20 minute video about nose riding, a video about how to read waves, and then space for discussion, Q&A, and follow up videos based on the questions.
Do you ever find yourself paddling for a ton of waves only to actually catch a few? Or do you find yourself feeling off-balance and slow while you’re paddling out? A few years back we made a paddle tutorial that may help you to improve your technique. It’s short, sweet, and right to the point!
The video below covers a few tips and techniques that will help you improve on the strength and length of your stroke, as well as your balance and control. It also includes a few things to avoid doing while you’re paddling.
Keep your fingers together and your hands in a scoop shape
Dig your entire arm into the water (up to your armpit)
Paddle in the shape of the Coco Chanel logo and draw big, “C’s” under your surfboard
Keep your sh** tight!
We hope this paddle tutorial is helpful! You can check out more surf tutorials on the Surf With Amigas YouTube channel here. As always, please let us know if there are any other surf-related tutorials you’d like to see.
Back before social distancing was a thing, when travel was still an option, when warm water and good waves were all we were thinking about… here’s a highlight video from a time we can’t wait to relive.
The spine is the highway connecting the brain to the body and is home to our spiritual centers, the chakras. It has 76 joints and 24 bones. It’s a big deal. Stretching to maintain a well-oiled spine is vital because it helps to keep the body mobile and fluid (and ready to surf).
The spine is a big deal
So, we’re stoked that we have another opportunity to practice Yin Yoga and get our spines movin’ with SWA’s resident yogi-surfer, Reesie! In this class, “…we’ll bend forward then backward then forward then backward and top if off with a twist”.
Grab one block and a few pillows (or a bolster if you have one), then click the video below to dive in!
Donations for Reesie’s online Yin Yoga classes are being accepted at Venmo – @cherise-richards or paypal – email@example.com
Super long glassy lefts and rights, ladies of all levels getting the longest waves of their lives surfing with amigas in southern Costa Rica. This is one of the last retreats we ran in the beginning of March before COVID changed the world. We can’t wait to get back to this lifestyle! Be sure to stay tuned for the hilarious wipeout section!
We aren’t sure when we’ll be able to get back to running retreats, but as soon as we can we will let you all know! Thanks for your support.