Las Olas is an incredible place to learn.
The surf break is a great beginner's wave, the water
is warm, and you will have the best cheering squad
you could ever ask for.
(Insert word of your choice: old, heavy, wimpy,
scared, hyper, etc.)
Surfing is a sport practiced more and more by women
of all body types, ages and backgrounds. There is
no guarantee that you'll become the next champion
surfer or that you'll quit your job and search the
world for the perfect wave, but splashing around at
the edge of the ocean can be a life altering experience.
How it effects you is intimate and is not based on
anyone else's perceptions. If you are in reasonably
good physical condition and have the desire to try
surfing for whatever reason, you can surf.
Naturally, surfing happens in the ocean a
short distance from the shore. For a positive surf
experience, we require that our guests be in relatively
good physical condition, competent swimmers and comfortable
in the ocean. Panic can be your worst response in
the water. We don't recommend Las Olas safaris for
women who are pregnant, have major health problems,
existing injuries, or who take medication that would
restrict swimming, breathing, or impair good judgment.
Each guest is required to assess her own abilities
and conditions when deciding to join the safari.
Most definitely, but by the time you leave
Las Olas, you may have at least a dozen new girlfriends.
We invite solo women of all ages and backgrounds;
it makes for a rich holiday experience.
Of course! But check with your airline regarding
extra charges and restrictions (some may not transport
long boards). We have a variety of custom shaped
Las Olas longboards at 8 and 9 foot plus we also
"foamy" longboards for more flotation and
comfort when starting out.
Push ups, push ups and more push ups, but
any upper body strengthening is helpful to surfers.
Try swimming and weight training, too. Also, yoga
is wonderful for flexibility and balance.
It's a reef that breaks right to a sandy shore.
(Say that ten times fast.)
Yes, there are sharks in the ocean, but the
ocean is pretty big and we stay right along the shore.
In all the years we've held Las Olas in Mexico we've
not seen a shark nor heard of an attack in the area.
If they are in the vicinity, they seem to keep to
Safaris run from November through June. Why?
Because the Mexican rainy season is from July to October.
November through January is generally pleasant with
nice north swells pushing through. February through
April is mild, also. During May and June it warms
up a bit. Further, warm tropical rain showers aren't
uncommon in June, but we always enjoy whatever Mother
Nature brings us. Surfing in warm rain is divine.
• Yoga (usually in the morning, but
sometimes there may be an evening class)
• Surf lessons
• Lunch in town
• Supervised free surf
• Afternoon activities (hiking, henna, jewelry
making, Redicovery program), massages, siestas
• Dinner and surprises
The first and last day of your trip are travel
days. You should book your flight to arrive in Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico between the hours of noon and 4pm
PV time. These are the hours that the Las Olas shuttles
are available. If you are arriving earlier than noon
or later than 4pm, we can give you easy directions
to your villa. All the cab drivers know the way.
November through March might be more fun
in the early morning and evening if you have a spring
suit or a neoprene "surf shirt". If you
have one, bring it. Although the water averages 75
to 80 degrees, in the winter months northern currents
have been known to come by for a visit.
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