Girls Day Out Boat Trip

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“It’s not the destination its the journey”.

You may have heard the saying “its not the destination its the journey”. It has always kind of annoyed me because the journey normally means long plane rides, delays, layovers, canceled flights etc., and I just want to get to the destination already and skip the “journey” part. But, it doesn’t have to be that way at all. It’s good to think of the journey as an adventure and wherever I end up, even if its not the place I had intended to go, as the destination.

My latest surf adventure was by boat with 3 girlfriends, a cooler full of beer, a comically large quiver of surfboards, and a desire for right hand point breaks. We left not so bright but very early (4am) and loaded up the boat with all of our boards. We brought long boards, mid length boards and short boards. The great thing about traveling with a boat full of women is that we are always prepared with stylish surf costumes, which explains the plethora of bikinis, leggings, rash guards, surf hats, and some surf sun glasses. Oh, and just in case, the snorkel mask and fins.

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Instructors Surf and Party on a Week Off


Some might think the SWA instructors have the best job in the world. They spend a couple of weeks helping Amigas get the waves of their lives and then have a week or two off to party, surf, and play. Some might be right!

On a week off in early December, the waves ended being small, clean, and tubular. The Amigas staff were posted up at Hotel Chancletas and between surf sessions spent some time with new friends in a daily pool party. Here are some photo highlights from the week courtesy of Rick Briggs of @DondeX photography.

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.13.54 AMAbi smiles through a super cute bottom turn.

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.14.02 AMKinda awkward when your head gets barreled but your butt gets left outside the tube. Ha ha!

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.14.10 AMOne day when the waves were small, the girls took a boat trip to a river mouth around the corner, and girls did what girls do…. jumped off a boat for the photo.

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.14.19 AMMichelle rarely goes surfing without having a pineapple waiting for her on the beach or in this case, the boat!

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.14.29 AMAfternoon pool parties are a must!

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Chloe paddles out at the river mouth.

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.14.46 AM Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.14.53 AM Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.15.01 AMEmily didn’t get any good tube shots even though she is actually an awesome tube rider. This is how it made her feel.

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On weeks off, Holly usually goes into hermit mode getting work done on the computer and hanging out with her little girl. But when the waves are hollow she may sneak out and grab a view.

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Jackie has been working hard on her tube riding skills. It’s paying off as she scored the best photo of the batch. YEW!

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.15.35 AMMichelle aka “Grom” is probably the most frothy of the bunch.

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.15.42 AM Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.15.49 AMShe has also been working on her tube riding. Nice one!

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.15.59 AMThe girls compete for “likes” on Instagram. Looks like Chloe just pulled ahead! Better get some more tube shots, Em-dawg!

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.16.07 AMReesie is acrobatic.

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.16.14 AM Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.16.22 AMReesie has been seriously stepping it up in the surf lately. Sick shot Amiga!

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.16.38 AMAwesome photos by this guy, Rick Briggs! MUCHAS GRACIAS!


Surf With Amigas Maldives trip?


Anybody interested in an intermediate to advanced level surf trip in the Maldives?


We are toying with the idea of chartering a boat like this…

for an all girls trip….


in waves like this…

The trip would involve cute-yet-tubular surf,

a schedule of surfing+eating+surfing some more+yoga relaxation+surfing more, IMG_3514 nikki-yoga-

and settling into life on a boat,IMG_6853_1 in the ocean full of beautiful waves,


clear water,

and dreamy, dreamy sunsets.

Check out this video of Holly on a boat trip in the Maldives:

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If you’re interested, feel free to email Jackie ([email protected]) for more information. More details soon to come…

Boat Trip to the Island Point


On a rare December swell with good winds and a couple of shredding Amigas, we took a boat out to the island for a solo session. The wind was fierce and some of the drops were hard to make, but we each got at least one good one.

I was paddling out after a wave and saw Sherrin paddling into a huge wave. It was by far the biggest wave to come in all session and there she was at the top of it, ferociously paddling in on the 8’2″ NSP. I sacrificed myself into the whitewash so I wouldn’t get in her way and duckdove as she popped up to her feet, made the drop, and rode it all the way in! Unfortunately, it was not captured on video. Wah wah…. But I can assure you that it was awesome!

Nicaragua to El Salvador by Boat

After a couple years of doing retreats in Northern Nicaragua, there were a list of Suave Dulce alumni who wanted to do another trip but this time see a different place. I went to Southern El Salvador for the first time in September of 2011 and had an awesome time surfing Las Flores and Punta Mango. I figured it would be a great place to bring a group of ladies who already knew how to surf, but that wanted to improve their skills on some really good waves.

Of course, one of the benefits of retreats in Nicaragua is the wide range of surfboards available. We have a huge selection of boards from little wide 5’4″ fishes to big long 9’6″ super tankers. Airlines charge ridiculous rates to travel with boards these days, so it just wasn’t feasible to bring a solid quiver by plane.

The last time I went to El Salvador in Feb 2012 I flew, and was dismayed by the long travel time to go a relatively short distance. 3 hours from Coco Loco to Managua, a couple hours spent waiting for a quick 45 min flight to San Salvador, then another 2.5 hours in the car from the airport to El Cuco. With the taxi ridess included, it ends up costing 8 hours and close to $500 per person!

By boat, it was a much more pleasant experience. Just 1.5 hours by car from Coco Loco to Potosi, then a nice lunch at a hotel while someone else does the passport paperwork, we loaded a little boat for a 2 hour ride with a gorgeous view, then another passport stamp on the other side followed by a 1 hour ride to El Cuco. Grand total: 5 hours and $350 total! Plus all the boards you can fit on a boat!

I will never fly between El Sal and Nica again!
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