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Surf Travel

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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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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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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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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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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Travel Tips: Security On Location

by Chris Sanders

Welcome to Travel Tips: Security On Location. (If you’d like more tips on travel security, click here: Travel Tips: Security Preflight.) As a manager at Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women, I participate in tuning our program for the fewest hiccups while on vacation. Here are some of our travel tips that you may find [...]

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Travel Tips: Security Preflight

by Chris Sanders

Working at Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women, I’ve done my share of travel planning. Although it’s yet to happen, I know that the trip could be ruined if I let my guard down and lose important stuff. Here are a few travel security tips we use to prepare for a worry-free trip. Please add your own tips [...]

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What’s In Your Bag?

by Bev Sanders

Years ago, when I needed some me time, I’d fill a suitcase with books, oatmeal cookies, and doll clothes, then just get away from it all… down the street at my best friend’s house. I was six, but I’ve relished packing for adventure ever since. They say the journey is half the fun of getting [...]

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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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Rack and Roll

by Mike McDaniel

One of the little luxuries on a Las Olas Surf Safari is that you’ll never have to worry about strapping surfboards to the van. You’re on vacation, so let us handle that. But if you’re like many of our guests, you’ll want to take your board on a road trip once you’re back home. Las [...]

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Night School, Surfstyle

by Bev Sanders

In November, some of our best surf lessons happen at night. You may already know that our November Las Olas safaris are during the annual sea turtle hatching season in mainland Mexico. But did you also know that we can participate in helping the local sea turtle population thrive? In 1992, when Grupo Ecológico de la [...]

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Go With the Flow

by Mike McDaniel

For new surfers, venturing out into the waves can come with a fair dose of anxiety. Consider natural hazards like submerged rocks and reefs, crowds and territorial locals, and of course, modern media loves to remind us of sharks and tsunamis. But responsible for more drama than anything else is the very real threat of [...]

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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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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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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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Welcome Back to Las Olas

by Mike McDaniel

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) spends the summer in the very cold but nutrient-rich waters of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. There, they stock up on food for the long journey south that begins in the fall. By the time they reach Mexico in winter, they are ready to give birth or find mates. Whales [...]

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How to Read a Surf Report

by Mike McDaniel

Farewell, Mr. Collins. On Monday, the day after Christmas, I was just starting to rough out a draft of this blog entry. At that time, the working title was ‘How To Read a Surf Report’ and it was going to be exactly that. But an unfortunate and oddly coincidental thing happened. The news that Sean [...]

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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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