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Meet Your Surf Coaches

by Bev Sanders

The year I learned to surf, I felt confidence I haven’t known since I was a girl. It was liberating, but there were also challenges. I knew women teach women differently, but there weren’t many women in the line-up back then. From my own experience, this created serious learning hurdles. Then after one life-altering week [...]

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Balancing Act

by Bev Sanders

Life is all about balance—balancing career aspirations and passion projects with family responsibilities and friendships, balancing exercise and health with relaxation and indulgences. We may not always keep our busy lives in balance, but there are ways you can practice balance for surfing. Las Olas surfcoach Amanda shares some total body balance exercises that help [...]

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Party Of One

by Jackie Sanders

I’ve always been one who does well on her own. Reading a good book on a rainy day, sitting in an empty theater enjoying a matinee, or going on a long walk with just my headphones for company. I relish quiet solitude of alone-time, but I’m no hermit. In between bouts of self-imposed loner-ness, I [...]

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Shark Week…again

by Bev Sanders

Thoughts on the The Shallows by Bev, founder of Las Olas, who didn’t see the movie. Jackie is in charge of guest services at Las Olas. Her job is to enlighten our ladies on any surf safari subject from free wi-fi in your villa to the best stay-on swimsuit for surfing. After a decade of [...]

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Taking the Fear Out of Surfing

by Christine Yu

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed over the years, it’s that the biggest barrier to surfing success for Las Olas guests isn’t always lack of physical strength or knowledge. It’s often fear and self-doubt. Whether you’re an anxious never-ever or a seasoned charger, cultivating a quiet mind along with a healthy dose of encouragement not [...]

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That Wave Was Not For Me

by Bev Sanders

To celebrate St. Valentine’s day, we’re posting this story written by Las Olas alumna, Tracey Biebel, after returning from surf camp in November, 2015. It’s about love lost and found through waves, friendship, and rediscovering the lovable girl within. ~ Bev “Ok, this one looks good. Paddle…” I heard the roar behind me. I was [...]

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Party Perfect Pomegranate Guacamole

by Bev Sanders

The amazing avocado–easy to digest and rich in antioxidants–an excellent fuel for busy tree trimmers this season. And for all their creamy goodness, they’re surprisingly low in calories. In fact, one avocado has less calories than a can of Coke, but is loaded with iron, potassium, and vitamin C. A can of Coke? Not so [...]

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Hurricane Patricia Has Moved On

by Bev Sanders

Thank you everyone for your outpouring of concern and support about Hurricane Patricia sent over the weekend! Like many, we spent the past few days glued to our screens watching “the biggest storm ever recorded” barrelling down on Mexico. We’re relieved to post that Hurricane Patricia missed Las Olas. The community took necessary precautions, but [...]

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Whole Lotta Yoga

by Bev Sanders

On Las Olas surf safari, we offer yoga classes twice a day, but for me making it to one is a stretch. Taking time out for meditation and renewal seems a luxury. However, after yoga I’m clear-headed, calmer, and as a result, I can accomplish more. Works every time. While on vacation in New York [...]

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The New Wave

by Bev Sanders

I can’t imagine not having the opportunity to enjoy sports, to experience the outdoors, and just play. It’s formed who I am. I believe all girls have vast potential inside and it blossoms and flourishes when nurtured through outdoor activity and community. That’s why we’re partnering with the Watergirl Fund and Girls Inc. to provide [...]

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Meet Our Winner!

by Bev Sanders

Originally from Huntington Beach, Krista Jaspers learned to surf as a nine-year-old junior lifeguard. At 15, her parents bought her her first surfboard, a custom 9’0 Robert August “What I Ride” model (painted to look like Wingnut’s board from Endless Summer II). Since she’s surfed all her life, she’s about to get more of a [...]

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One Million Sea Turtles?

by Bev Sanders

Like many of you, I was crushed to hear the news about Cecil, the famous African lion killed by a sport hunter in Zimbabwe. The internet roared in response to this senseless act, proving how much we really do care about protecting wild animals. The following report is a different example of how we can—and [...]

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Win Warm Waves

by Bev Sanders

¡Hola! Seea and LovelySkin have joined us in giving away a Las Olas surf safari, complete with extra special surprises! Just imagine—shining sun, warm waves, crazy-good food, and stunning views while playing at the beach all day. Got the picture? Someone’s going to win a Las Olas surf trip, so why not you? Contest begins [...]

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Helen Hunt’s RIDE May Be Like Your Own

by Bev Sanders

I’ve never been one to follow pop celebrities, nor do I like surf dramas. The combination is often simple and cliché, but when I saw the preview for Helen Hunt’s new movie RIDE, I thought this could be different, even important. So I took time out and watched it opening day. Written, directed, and starring [...]

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Why & How We Surf

by Amanda LeVett

Why can’t I friggin’ do this! This is a common phrase I scream internally while surfing. In this case I was trying to get barreled off of my take-off. I would drop in, fade, pick my line, and get ready. When I say “get ready”, the optimistic side of me envisions the barrel of my [...]

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Pumpkin Spice It!

by Bev Sanders

The season of sharing is upon us, so we’re sharing a Las Olas cocktail recipe that’ll kickstart your holiday. Start with the classic margarita, then upgrade with spiced pumpkin puree. Fresh. Pure. Tasty. Soon you’ll have plenty to be thankful for! ¡Saludos! Bev and the Las Olas crew The Perfect Pumpkin Margarita Serves 6-8 people [...]

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Searching for a Blue Mind (or how to justify your next surf session)

by Christine Yu

I’ve always been drawn to the water. Primarily the ocean. When my family moved to California when I was in Junior High, I would spend hours at the beach, watching the waves roll in, hypnotized by the rhythmic sound of the water crashing, and mesmerized by the beauty of the ocean. When I learned to [...]

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What I Learned at Las Olas

by Bev Sanders

For ten years, Mike managed Las Olas surf safaris on location in Mexico. When he started, it was a job he thought he’d do for a year, but it turned into a career. Last summer he married and decided to take a break from the travel. He’d done such an amazing job that we found [...]

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Surfing Through Motherhood

by Bev Sanders

At just nine years old, Sahara has been surfing since before she was born. Her mom, Las Olas surf coach Karla surfed while she was pregnant and has been sharing waves with her daughter from the time she was little. (You see where Sahara gets her style.) This mother-daughter relationship is a very special one, but like [...]

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You Go Girl.

by Bev Sanders

At the age of 14, Las Olas surf coach, Sara Taylor, was a bright star on the competitive surf scene. By 17, she made the national team for juniors, consistently ranking in the Top 5 for women under 18. When she turned pro, it looked like an amazing career ahead, but along the way she [...]

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