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Car-Free at Surf Camp

by Bev Sanders

“Will I need a car at Las Olas?” It’s a common question asked by our guests. The answer? Absolutely not. After we meet you at the airport and shuttle to your villa, you won’t need a car again for a week. Surfing, shopping, dining, yoga, and massage are all steps from your terrace. It’s one [...]

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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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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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The Very Merry Cranberry Margarita

by Bev Sanders

Nothing goes with summertime like a frosty margarita, but the days are growing shorter. No worries, here’s a seasonal spin on our favorite South-of-the-Border concoction that’s perfect for your party. Just add friends, chips and salsa, and dance tunes. Special note: Quality ingredients do make a difference, especially the next day. Your guests will thank you. Not to mention, cheap tequila makes bad dates. Los Ingredientes [...]

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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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Global Surf Connection

by Bev Sanders

Last week, the phone rang at daybreak. I let it go to message and drifted back to sleep. But then a calm, but stern female voice broadcasted an automated message through the tiny answering machine speaker. She reported an earthquake somewhere off the coast of Japan triggered a tsunami that was now only hours away [...]

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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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I Dream of Mexico

by Jackie Sanders

I didn’t always dream of going to Mexico. Growing up in California, my sights were set much further, and I longed for such far flung locales as Australia, southeast Asia and Europe. Once I turned 18, I began my search for paradise with my backpack on and map in hand.  Over the years, I visited [...]

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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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Can Surfing Make You Happy?

by Bev Sanders

Julia Roberts travels the world in search of bliss in Eat, Pray, Love and the New York Times asks “But Will It Make You Happy”- is it better to spend on stuff or get out and have an experience? It’s no surprise that the quest for “true happiness” is the mission du jour. “This actually is a topic that hasn’t been [...]

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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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Women on Waves Exhibit Opens at California Surf Museum

by Bev Sanders

Women on Waves: Performance, Beach Fashion, and Feminine Mystique in the World of Surfing If you live in Southern California or you’re planning to travel there this year, here’s an event you won’t want to miss: Women On Waves, the California Surf Museum’s 2010 special exhibit, explores many aspects of feminine wave riding. From the [...]

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