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(Big) Sisters of the Sea

by Katie Pofahl

Every winter the Pacific coast of Mexico is visited by expressive, gentle leviathans – las ballenas jorobadas, humpback whales. Feeding only in the summer they finish filling their bellies in the north and then travel to the south to calve and mate. These whales come thousands of miles to visit the warm, clear waters of [...]

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Katie Pofahl Drops In

by Bev Sanders

Katie Pofahl is the co-star of Otter 501, the documentary that chronicles the story of an orphaned sea otter washed ashore on the California coast. Later, the young otter became part of a groundbreaking program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium introducing orphaned pups to a surrogate sea otter mother. The mom reared the pup for [...]

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Am I too [blank] to surf?

by Bev Sanders

Over the years, we’ve answered a wide variety of surf adventure questions from “Can I surf on my period?” to “What do I do if I get barreled?” (Answers: Yes and celebrate, respectively.) But certain questions seem to pop up more often, so we’ve compiled a list below. Answers to Common Surf Adventure Questions Am [...]

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Drop In and Relax

by Bev Sanders

It’s well known that studies have shown massage to be effective in promoting good health. In fact, a new study published in Science Translational Medicine found that therapeutic massage after a hard workout can reduce inflammation and help muscles recover.  That’s not all, massage is also beneficial in reducing stress, boosting immunity, and improving your [...]

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Turtle Love

by Bev Sanders

When people think of surfing, they usually think of standing up and gliding across a wave, but we know there’s more to it than that. Every surfer knows the key is paddle, paddle, and paddle some more. Paddling is relatively easy to learn, but paddling through wave after wave to the calm waters beyond the [...]

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Travel Tips: Security On Location

by Chris Sanders

Welcome to Travel Tips: Security On Location. (If you’d like more tips on travel security, click here: Travel Tips: Security Preflight.) As a manager at Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women, I participate in tuning our program for the fewest hiccups while on vacation. Here are some of our travel tips that you may find [...]

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Travel Tips: Security Preflight

by Chris Sanders

Working at Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women, I’ve done my share of travel planning. Although it’s yet to happen, I know that the trip could be ruined if I let my guard down and lose important stuff. Here are a few travel security tips we use to prepare for a worry-free trip. Please add your own tips [...]

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What’s In Your Bag?

by Bev Sanders

Years ago, when I needed some me time, I’d fill a suitcase with books, oatmeal cookies, and doll clothes, then just get away from it all… down the street at my best friend’s house. I was six, but I’ve relished packing for adventure ever since. They say the journey is half the fun of getting [...]

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Shopping for a Surf Safari?

by Bev Sanders

When planning your vacation from work, the last thing you want is more work. Let us help with the research by answering the most important questions when picking your surf safari. And, allow us to brag a bit in the process. Obviously, we’re proud of what we do. At Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women, [...]

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Worth sharing.

by Bev Sanders

Having just returned from spending two wonderful weeks at Las Olas, I’m not exactly ready to be back at my desk. So, this surfing video came at precisely the right moment and I just have to share it with you. The surfer is Julie Cox, a Las Olas surf instructor and, in my opinion, the [...]

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We do it for them.

by Bev Sanders

I found this ad I did in a snowboard magazine back the ’90′s. I rounded up the girls in my neighborhood and my friend Polly snapped the photo. At the time, I was the Marketing Director for Avalanche Snowboards and was considered “a pioneer woman” in the sport. Even as an owner of the company, [...]

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Secret to Great Surfing? Check the Tides.

by Julie Cox

Ever wondered how the really good surfers seem to always know when to paddle out? Bev Sanders caught up to Julie Cox last week to discuss just that. Bev at Las Olas: What are tides? Julie: Okay. Tides are basically the rise and fall of sea level. It’s when the water is even with sea [...]

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The Cross Step, Explained

by Julie Cox

It’s not easy to catch up with surfer Julie Cox, but while she was in Carmel last week, she slowed down for a face-to-face with Bev Sanders, founder of Las Olas. The subject of the day? Cross stepping on a longboard. (No time to read? Click here for a full audio version of Julie’s interview.) [...]

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Dreams Come in Waves

by Annie Perry

What happens when a landlocked school teacher goes surfing at Las Olas? She becomes a student of the sea. Annie is now a surfer- she takes weekend road trips, repairs her own dings, and she’s returning to Las Olas for another warm water session this season. Can’t wait to paddle out with her again because [...]

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Movie Review: Otter 501 with Katie Pofahl

by Bev Sanders

What better way to celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week than with Katie Pofahl, star of the new movie Otter 501. (Listen to the complete interview with Bev Sanders here.) Meeting Katie this week at the Blue Ocean Film Festival was an adventure in learning. She’s an aspiring marine biologist and surfer who now lives on the Monterey Peninsula. [...]

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Night School, Surfstyle

by Bev Sanders

In November, some of our best surf lessons happen at night. You may already know that our November Las Olas safaris are during the annual sea turtle hatching season in mainland Mexico. But did you also know that we can participate in helping the local sea turtle population thrive? In 1992, when Grupo Ecológico de la [...]

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Go With the Flow

by Mike McDaniel

For new surfers, venturing out into the waves can come with a fair dose of anxiety. Consider natural hazards like submerged rocks and reefs, crowds and territorial locals, and of course, modern media loves to remind us of sharks and tsunamis. But responsible for more drama than anything else is the very real threat of [...]

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Kids Tell Mom to Go Surfing

by Kate Hayward

My name is Kate. I am a single mom raising two sparkly and spunky little girls, and  have had one heck of a year. Last February, I got divorced. In March, I bought a house, and in April, I went back to work for the first time in a decade. There were so many changes, [...]

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Go Surf. Be Happy.

by Jackie Sanders

Remember when you were a little girl at the playground and you’d walk right up to another kid and ask them to play? I don’t know when I stopped doing that, but pretty soon it became awkward—adolescent insecurity, competition, or shyness overtook my youthful boldness. Women come to Las Olas for many different reasons. For [...]

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Savoring the Las Olas Scholarship

by Emilie Brand Manhart

Before I won the Las Olas Scholarship competition, I had never won anything in my life. When I found out that I had become a top ten finalist, I was so excited about the possibility, that I dared to let my imagination run wild with thoughts of learning to surf in Mexico, and went to [...]

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