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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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