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Surfer Girl for Life

by Jill Robinson

When I’m not working at my kayak shop on the beach in Half Moon Bay, I’m either sitting at my desk writing travel articles, or on the road to do research for those same articles. In a given year, I travel to more than 30 destinations on assignment—mostly adventure related. While my adventures on these [...]

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Salute to Our Surf Coaches

by Bev Sanders

I’m from a family of educators. My father had a driving school, my brother is a math teacher and ski coach, and my niece and nephew teach art and lead adventure treks. At 16, I taught skiing and later, snowboarding. Decades later, I found myself pushing newbies into their first waves. I learned from dad that regardless [...]

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Book Review: Hints to Lady Travellers

by Jackie Sanders

If you’re like me, planning a trip has many stages of giddiness. FIrst, the should I or shouldn’t I? It’s expensive, it’s far, I don’t really have the time… but man, I really love a good adventure. I’m going to do it! Next comes the decision of where to go. The world is my oyster; [...]

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What’s Calling You on a Surf Safari?

by Bev Sanders

¡Hola chicas! Enjoy the 2012 What’s Calling You on a Surf Safari? scholarship entries. Every one inspired me to get out in the surf and savor the adventure. Thank you so much for participating and hope to see you in the waves. Hasta luego, Bev Founder, Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women Est. 1997 _________________ [...]

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How to Read a Surf Report

by Mike McDaniel

Farewell, Mr. Collins. On Monday, the day after Christmas, I was just starting to rough out a draft of this blog entry. At that time, the working title was ‘How To Read a Surf Report’ and it was going to be exactly that. But an unfortunate and oddly coincidental thing happened. The news that Sean [...]

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5 Tips From a Travel Pro

by Mike McDaniel

No matter where you’re going over the holidays—to grandma’s house, or to a perfect surf break for a mid-winter surf escape—these tips and reminders might make the difference between arriving ready to surf or ready to scream. Less is More The prevalence of iPhones, iPads and their counterparts means leaving the laptop at home is [...]

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Surfing For Life film review

by Mike McDaniel

For better or for worse, my life revolves around surfing. I often show up for work at Las Olas HQ fifteen minutes late and slightly wet. I’m more concerned about running out of surf wax than I am about running out of shampoo. The point being, I’m probably the most ‘core’ surfer in our company. Therefore, the [...]

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A Surfer Girl’s Guide to Buying a Surfboard

by Mike McDaniel

Shopping for a surfboard? Your choices can be divided into off-the-rack or custom shaped boards. Off-the-rack boards are ready to go, standard shapes that perform for a wide variety of surfers. Custom shaped surfboards are unique, handmade watercraft made especially for you, like a tailored jacket. A good surfer girl does her homework and learns [...]

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The Las Olas Perfect (and perfectly adjustable) Mexican Margarita

by Bev Sanders

Just add friends. Los Ingredientes Tequila ~ Not expensive sipping tequila, but something respectable. Cheap tequila makes bad margaritas. We like El Jimador; it’s smooth and not too expensive. Orange liqueur ~ Triple Sec, Cointreau or Patron Citronage are all nice. Simple syrup, or sugar water. Fresh squeezed lime juice. The small pre-ripe yellow/green limes [...]

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How To Manifest a Surf Vacation

by Bev Sanders

As a kid, I was expert in the art of visualization. I believed I could manifest anything into reality. Like most kids, I daydreamed about roller skates, a brand new bicycle, or my very own puppy. To manifest my reality, my bedroom wall became my vision board. Unimpressed, my dad suggested I sell Kool Aid. Looking back, I admit the [...]

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Mi Mexico, Mi Amor

by Bev Sanders

When I read about hardship in parts of Mexico it affects me deeply. For over two decades, I’ve traveled and worked with our neighbors to the south. My experience continues to be rich and wonderful. My Mexico is where the fish is fresh, the smoothies are made with handpicked fruit, where my niece can walk [...]

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The 2010 Las Olas Surf Safari Scholarship Goes To…

by Bev Sanders

As women, we create life, we nurture, we heal, we hold our families and communities together, we defend those we love, and we survive hardship. Our energy is infinite. The nomination essays we received portraying the challenges and victories women have experienced prove that we can do anything. Throughout the Las Olas Surf Safaris Scholarship [...]

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Announcing Our Scholarship Finalists

by Bev Sanders

Hola, I’m writing this with tears in my eyes. I would like to extend a big “thank you” to all contributors of the Las Olas Surf Scholarship. Your nominations proved there are so many inspiring women in our midst. Honestly, your words touched my heart. Needless to say, selecting ten finalists was not easy. Now it’s [...]

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Why We Should Play on Earth Day

by Bev Sanders

Every day the ocean gives us an invitation to dance. Glistening sunshine on the water, crashing waves, the scent of the sea, the taste of salt– it’s her offer of solace atop a shimmering underwater world and the thrill of gliding across a glassy wave. How do you reconnect to the living Earth around you? Do [...]

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