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Saluting Surf Sisters

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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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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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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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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Lots of Love to Share

by Bev Sanders

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re excited to share some brand new adventures we think you’ll love. Mas Olas A whole generation of women have come of age since we first started in 1997 and they’re looking for ways to improve their surfing skills. Our goal is to join them on their journey by offering [...]

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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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(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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O Ashley!

by Bev Sanders

Las Olas surf coach, surfboard shaper, and singer/songwriter, Ashley Lloyd Thompson is featured in the June 2013 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. Showing off her collection of custom, handmade surfboards, Ashley shares her story with Laura Birek as she explains what it was like to be an eight year old California surfer girl who [...]

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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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