Amigas Surfing Awesome Waves in Costa Rica Pre-Lockdown

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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.

Learn All About Surfboards and Fins

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In our downtime from retreats Holly has been offering some online surf learning courses. The newest one is all about surfboards and fins.

Here’s a quick intro to the course:

What you’ll learn

How a surfboard works :

The differences between various bottom contours, rail shapes, tail shapes, nose shapes, materials, construction methods, etc.

How fins work:

The differences between types and shapes of fins and what types of waves they are best suited for.

A survey of the history of how we got from ancient Hawaiians riding pieces of wood to the high performance surfboards and fins of today.

Plus practical information about how to choose the right board for you, how to shop for a surfboard intelligently, etc.

For more detailed information, click this link!

Thanks for your support!

Add this Neck Stretch to Your Post-Surf Yoga Routine

Feeling neck tension from sitting at your desk all day? Or from a long surf-session? Woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Need a little yoga fix-me-up?

block. neck. magic.

It’s the most requested yoga sequence during most of our retreats, and if you’ve been on a retreat with SWA before, I’m sure you already know exactly what we’re talking about! Its simple. Its magical. It feels so good. Its also pretty difficult to replicate without the guidance of a teacher, so we’re extra stoked that our yoga teacher Reesie just released an 11-minute tutorial video of the infamous, “block neck move”. This stretch-massage duo for the neck has yet to be named, so try it out and let us know if you can come up with a good name for it!

Reesie’s online Yin Yoga classes are open for optional donation. Her info is as follows- Venmo: Cherise-Richards or PayPal: reesier@yahoo.com

To learn more about Cherise Richards, our head yoga instructor here at SWA,  click here.

The Last Retreat Before the Quarantine

Here are some highlights from our very first retreat fully taking over the longboard surf house for what had planned to be the whole season. We had an awesome group of 12 ladies of all ages from early 20s to 50s! This was the last retreat that we were able to run before the COVID-19 situation closed borders and had us all sheltering in place. It’s awesome to look back on a sunny, surf-filled happy time with friends and dream of the time we’ll be able to enjoy this sort of thing!

Do this Yoga Sequence to Improve Your Duck Dive

Yoga to improve your duck dive

We just pulled this tutorial out of the archive to re-share a yoga-inspired duck dive sequence that is easy to do at home! Many of the same muscles engaged during a duck dive are also engaged during a simple vinyasa flow.

This simple yoga exercise aims to address three parts of the duck dive:

  1. Core Strength
  2. Arm Strength
  3. Balance

Add this sequence to your daily practice to help commit these duck dive movements into muscle memory, so that once you hit the water to surf your duck dive will feel natural and strong.