Searching for a Blue Mind (or how to justify your next surf session)

by Christine Yu

I’ve always been drawn to the water. Primarily the ocean. When my family moved to California when I was in Junior High, I would spend hours at the beach, watching the waves roll in, hypnotized by the rhythmic sound of the water crashing, and mesmerized by the beauty of the ocean. When I learned to [...]

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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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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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Turtle Love

by Bev Sanders

When people think of surfing, they usually think of standing up and gliding across a wave, but we know there’s more to it than that. Every surfer knows the key is paddle, paddle, and paddle some more. Paddling is relatively easy to learn, but paddling through wave after wave to the calm waters beyond the [...]

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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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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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Secret to Great Surfing? Check the Tides.

by Julie Cox

Ever wondered how the really good surfers seem to always know when to paddle out? Bev Sanders caught up to Julie Cox last week to discuss just that. Bev at Las Olas: What are tides? Julie: Okay. Tides are basically the rise and fall of sea level. It’s when the water is even with sea [...]

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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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