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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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What NOT to Pack for Surf Camp

by Bev Sanders

When traveling, you’ll enjoy a more en-lightened travel experience simply by letting go of a few things on your packing list. Your baggage handler and bellhop will thank you. __________________________________ Beach towels Beach towels are bulky to pack and we’ll provide a fresh one every day. For travelers moving on to cheaper accommodations or camping, [...]

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It’s Her Wave.

by Bev Sanders

Most mornings she’s up at dawn, brewing coffee and greeting her husband and 18-month-old son, Jack. But at Las Olas, her mornings were a little different. Meet Tiffany, former NYC special education teacher, surfer, and now-mom. She couldn’t wait to get back on the board, but as she tells it, “kissing my son and walking [...]

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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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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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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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Seagull Smoke Alarm Saves Las Olas HQ

by Bev Sanders

If you didn’t know, I have a soft spot for seagulls. Ever since a baby gull was rescued and relocated to the rooftop across from our deck, I’ve relished their annual nesting and chick raising. Of course, not everybody feels the way I do about the urban squawkers, but after a mama seagull alerted me [...]

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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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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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(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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A Sea of Gratitude

by Bev Sanders

I love going back to school at Las Olas. Instead of at desks, we sit on surfboards and talking to your classmates is encouraged, as long as you watch for waves! I just returned from our November safaris and as usual, the women were amazing. I honestly think that the camaraderie at Las Olas could be a [...]

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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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10 Tips to Stretch Your Summer

by Bev Sanders

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” ― Henry David Thoreau I’ve never been excited about the end of summer. When the first leaf falls, I’d like to put it back on the tree. I mean really, what’s inspiring about shorter days and chilly temps? In sunny defiance, [...]

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