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Saluting Surf Sisters

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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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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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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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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12 Reasons Women Should Learn to Surf

by Bev Sanders

Balance is Bliss Balancing on a board on top of a wave teaches you to balance in life. You’ll find yourself intuitively knowing how to bend with the breeze and go with the flow. Inner GPS Surfing stirs intuition. It helps you connect with things you were born knowing… like how to have fun. Being in [...]

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The 2011 Las Olas Surf Safari Scholarship

by Bev Sanders

What’s your vision of a better future? I’m happy to announce that Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women is offering another surf scholarship designed to recognize and honor an exceptional woman who inspires others and makes a positive impact at home, in the community, and in the world. The 2011 scholarship will be awarded to [...]

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A Gift to Roz ~ From Your Sisters of the Sea

by Bev Sanders

I’ve always admired determined women, especially women who push beyond their physical and emotional boundaries. I especially admire her when her effort is on behalf of our planet that’s being pushed beyond its own boundaries. Roz Savage is one of those determined women. As the first woman to row solo across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Roz is about to cross [...]

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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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Connection and Coincidence

by Bev Sanders

The best part of my job is meeting Las Olas guests. After so much fun in the sun, our conversations always turn to our connections. This week has been no exception. One guest set out to learn to surf so she could ride the waves with her sister, Jennifer. I lost my sister Jennifer four [...]

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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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Nominate Your Friend for a Surf Safari Scholarship!

by Bev Sanders

Note: The deadline for submissions to the Las Olas Surf Safari Scholarship expired on June 21, 2010. Our finalists’ essays will be posted on July 1st. If you would like to be notified when public voting begins, please join our mailing list. We’ll be announcing the winner as well as keep you posted on upcoming promotions and [...]

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I See the Sea

by Bev Sanders

The poem below was written by my niece Juliet Sanders, who at twelve years of age still has the power to see the ocean and the world around her through fresh and inspired eyes. This is a power we as women all have, and we tap into it when we play, when we surf, and [...]

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