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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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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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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Love Your Surfboard ~ A Silly Mistake Leads to Something Good

by Bev Sanders

Many years ago, I went surfing at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz. I’d just gotten a shiny, beautiful new board. I hesitated to wax it up and take it out for the first time, but the waves looked so fun and inviting. Excited to get out in the water, I waxed the board quickly and attached [...]

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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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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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Let Yoga and Surfing Take You Deeper Into Your Practices and Your Life.

by Morag Sewell

Are You a Snorkeler or a Deep Sea Diver? Have you ever felt like the stars are aligned? That rainbows are forming arcs over your head? That angels are flying and life is full of magic and endless possibilities? We have all experienced moments where everything in life seems to be going our way. The [...]

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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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Why We Should Play on Earth Day

by Bev Sanders

Every day the ocean gives us an invitation to dance. Glistening sunshine on the water, crashing waves, the scent of the sea, the taste of salt– it’s her offer of solace atop a shimmering underwater world and the thrill of gliding across a glassy wave. How do you reconnect to the living Earth around you? Do [...]

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Learn to Surf Without Fear

by Morag Sewell

Forward by Bev Sanders Meet Morag Sewell, Head Surf Instructor at Las Olas Surf safaris for women. A born leader, Morag’s quiet strength is evident upon first meeting her. I’ve watched Morag introduce many anxious guests to the ocean, always patient and focused, always coaching with ease. Over a decade of training and on-the-job experience are her [...]

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Stepping Out of Her Comfort Zone and Diving Into Growth

by Alison Turner

This creative woman took a giant step after learning to surf at Las Olas surf safaris for women. She quit her corporate job to pursue her passion as a photographer and storyteller on-the-go.  She’s currently looking for good homes for her old business suits- she and her dog Max live in a tent which is a little [...]

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Getting Fit For Riding the Waves

by Bev Sanders

It amazes me how many mature women have considered the sport of surfing, but think it’s strictly for the young. As one who started surfing at age 44, I believe it’s never too late. And once you start there’s no reason to stop. Thirteen years of teaching women to surf has taught me some things. [...]

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