Sophie is an awesome Amiga from the UK who works for Cooler Magazine and Oakley. Needless to say, she’s hip, stylish, and tons of fun to hang out with. Unfortunately, she lives in London and doesnt get to surf very often. In a week of surfing with amigas, she improved so much as you can see in this video. We can’t wait to have her come back and take it a few steps further!
In between surf sessions we get silly at Surf With Amigas. Beers go down on the beach before second breakfast. We hike volcanoes, dance at the top, and then slide down. It’s super fun and awesome and all the wipeouts are well worth it! Check out these silly characters having a super good time.
Hayla is the youngest of five sisters of which Holly Beck is the oldest. She learned to surf at 7 years old, but got annoyed by too many wipeouts and quit. At 19 years old, she came to Nicaragua to Surf With Amigas and rediscovered her love of surfing.
Hilariousness! We called her Sloppy Joh since that’s part of her email address and she’s way too silly to be simply called Tiffany. She has the biggest smile, loudest laugh, and endless amounts of energy. She claims to not be a very athletic golfer, but seemed like a total natural athlete, who picked up surfing faster than anyone i’ve ever seen. On day 1 she was going straight in whitewash, by day 2 she was dropping in and turning, and by the last day she was pumping down the line. “Yeah, that just happened!”
Go Sloppy Joh!
Nikki Belcher has been teaching yoga for Surf With Amigas for a few months now and she is awesome. She is very spiritual, in touch with the moon, and just exudes a calming healing energy. She has recently learned to surf, so she understands the mindset necessary to overcome fear of the ocean and big waves, and also the right yoga moves to stretch out tired paddling muscles.
She also has a new website called the Fairy Lounge.
Six days of shredding awesomeness – very loosely to the tune of 12 days of Christmas
On the first day of shredding, my sister said to me – “I just don’t want to wipeout, please”
On the second day of shredding, an Amiga said to me – “Which one is a cute one?”, and “I just don’t want to Wipeout again, Please!”
On the third day of shredding, an Amiga said to me – “I’m not an ambi-turner”, “Which one is a cute one?”, and “I just don’t want to Wipeout again, Please!”
On the fourth day of shredding, an Amiga said to me – “Did she say shit-nipples?”, “I’m not an ambi-turner”, “Which one is a cute one?”, and “I just don’t want to Wipeout again, Please!”
On the fifth day of shredding, an Amigas said to me – “I want to marry a younger version of Richard”, “Did she say shit-nipples?”, “I’m not an ambi-turner”, “Which one is a cute one?”, and “I just don’t want to Wipeout again, Please!”
On the sixth day of shredding, the Amigas said to me – “Thank God for second breakfast!”, “I want to marry a younger version of Richard”, “Did she say shit-nipples?”, “I’m not an ambi-turner”, “Which one is a cute one?”, and “I just don’t want to Wipeout again, Please!”
Surf With Amigas is mostly about surfing, yoga, and having awesome adventures with new friends, but we also like to help out the local community. We work closely with Waves of Hope – a non-profit working to improve the lives of local community members by focusing first on education on whatever project they have going on at the time. Right now they are engaged in re-vamping the local schools and making them more comfortable for learning. We took an afternoon to help clean, sand, and paint a middle school classroom.
I asked an Amiga – Tiffany Joh, who happens to be a second year pro on the LPGA tour, and our newest fastest learner ever – if she had any advice for others. She didn’t have an answer on the spot, but sent us an email after she got home and had a chance to think about it a bit. I love advice and think she nailed it with these suggestions…
Holly– the last night you asked me if I had any “beginner awesomeness” advice, and I was kind of caught off-guard; no one’s really asked me a question like that before. I mean, let’s face it, If I get up in the morning and remember to put on underwear, it’s a pretty good day for me.
But on the flight back home, I was reflecting on my week and I DID realize one thing I learned over the course of the retreat: How to truly relish the experience of being a beginner.
If most people are like me, they like to stick to their strengths. It’s a lot easier on the ego and no one really enjoys being the “kook” in any situation, especially as you get older; I feel like I’ve always been in a rush to grow out of the novice stage, but honestly, isn’t being a beginner the coolest part? And even as we get better at something, isn’t it beneficial to still have that beginner mindset?
This week was a week of firsts for me. Not just with the surfing, but horseback riding, doing a headstand, volcano boarding, and (cough) Mojitos…and every day I felt like I was learning something new and climbing a steep learning curve. If we went into every experience with the humility and “froth” of a beginner, imagine how much less critical of ourselves we’d be and how much more fun we’d have.
So that’s my revised answer to the question. Leave your ego at the airport, lean into your weaknesses, and savor the process of getting better.
xx Sloppy Joh (aka Tiffany)
Every once in a while we get an Amiga who is a total badass. Jenna had never surfed before (other than randomly renting a board and flailing about). She set a new bar for fastest improver ever! It might be her experience wake surfing that led to her feeling so comfortable on the board, but we’ve never had a first timer dropping in, angling, and turning so consistently by the end of the week. She even fell off a horse at a full gallop and got up smiling, then got right back on the horse and continued galloping – another first! Jenna – you are awesome!