Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women

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SUSAN O'CONNOR
San Francisco, CA

Writer
www.susanoconnorwriter.com
Las Olas Alumnae, June 2011

"Surf Las Olas reminded me what true, crazy, magical joy really feels like. My new surfer-girl spirit has changed me, my work and my life. I didn't know I could be this happy or feel this connected." 

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MOLLY MEYER
Chicago, IL
Owner, Rooftop Green Works. We design, build and maintain green roofs, green walls and rooftop farms.
www.rooftopgreenworks.com
Las Olas Alumnae, February 2011

At Las Olas, I played in the ocean, connected with amazing women, and enjoyed time without a clock. Back home each day at work and in life, I strive to play, connect with others and be present.

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GWENETH B. LAZERBY
Charlestown, SC
MD, MSCR
Obstetrician Gynecologist, Reproductive Infectious Diseases specialist, clinical researcher and frequent contributor to Women's Health blog: http://blogs.musc.edu/womenspeak
Las Olas Alumnae, February 2011

"As a professional woman, I am guilty of taking on too much at once. I learned a valuable lesson during my surf safari with Las Olas, and that is "I can only do one thing at a time." When surfing, you can only catch one wave at a time and you have to pace yourself to be successful and not burnout too soon in a session. This is a great practice to apply to a busy life and career."

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DESERI GARCIA
Indianapolis, Indiana
Founder, Vida Adventura offering experience-based team building, success coaching and leadership development.
www.vidaaventura.net
Las Olas Alumnae, February 2011

"There are very few times in our lifetime when our soul gets so enriched that it makes us who we are. My experience at Las Olas was a very powerful experience - one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life."

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NANCY PANTER
San Francisco, CA

Marketing and Public Relations Director
Las Olas Alumnae, June 2011

Born and bred in Australia, I’ve been learning to surf for 20 years. At Las Olas, surrounded by amazing women, laughter, intuitive coaches and fun, I broke bad habits, built confidence and truly took my surfing to the next level.

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jO WILLIAMS
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Principal, Not Your Average Jo Communications specializing in developing "big impact" digital communications programs for non-profits & small businesses.
www.notyouraveragejo.com  
Las Olas Alumnae, May 2011

"Trust & commitment. These are two words that best summarize my experience at Las Olas and apply to virtually every other area of my life. The instructors helped build trust in my ability to catch the wave, but I also needed to commit to it, to achieve success. And of course, the importance of having a good time with friends. Life's so much better when you bring others along for the ride." 
 

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TINA BURKE
Mt. View, California
Founder, Ayuda Networks providing voice, web and data consulting to small businesses.
www.ayudanetworks.com
Las Olas Alumnae, January 2011

"Las Olas reminded me how the magic happens when I commit 100% to the exact moment that I’m in. So paddle for it!"

 

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JENNIFER GALVIN
Sc.D., M.P.H.

Scientist, Filmmaker, Educator, Entrepreneur
Port Washington, NY
www.reelblue.net 

I'm using my background in public health and environmental science to inform my work as a filmaker at reelblue, LLC.

Time at Las Olas was a reminder of the priceless power that the ocean has on health and friendship - and the strength in people coming together to share their stories.

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LYNDA DECKER
President, CEO Decker Design
New York, NY
www.deckerdesign.com

We help organizations communicate their brand messages through compelling design.

At Las Olas, I learned never to give up. This lesson has been helpful in navigating life's challenges in and out of the water. I have continued surfing, discovering more about the ocean, and overcoming fears. I have since returned to Las Olas two more times, always learning something new. I am the story of the non-athlete who without realizing it, became one.  

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CYNTHIA KERR
Sales and Marketing Manager for Williams Homes Inc.
Ventura, CA
www.williamshomes.com

Las Olas changed my life. When I returned home from surf camp, I shared my new passion with some girlfriends and started "board meetings," surfing every Tuesday morning before work.

Being in the ocean several times a week brings new insight to my life. I realize that life is like the ocean - every day the tide, current and waves are different. The trick is to welcome the changes and work with the new conditions, not against them, in order to enjoy the ride. That philosophy carries me through each new day. Through surfing I found my inner peace.

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KARYN MILLET
Photographer
Santa Monica, California
www.karynmillet.com 

I'm a photographer specializing in interiors & travel and shoot for various magazines, hotels and designers.  My book, The Well-Dressed Home (Clarkson Potter) came out last year. 

Every time I see a wave I think of what I learned at Las Olas... to have the confidence to embrace life and go for it!  The Las Olas experience is one that stays with you no matter if you surf again or not.  Seeing life from atop a surfboard with a wave rolling underneath you is the stuff dreams are made of and that feeling of exhilaration never goes away!

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DYANA KING
CEO, Thinknicity
San Francisco, CA
www.thinknicity.com

I am CEO of Thinknicity, we specialize in connecting IT and Life Science professionals with meaningful work.
 
From the instant I caught my first wave I knew that surfing would become a big part of my life. To me, surfing is a metaphor for life and everything I do.  It reminds me to live completely in the moment and to face my fear.  Like life and business, surfing is a learning process rather than an event, surfing helps me remember to be kind to myself and celebrate every victory no matter how small or large.  My Las Olas experience was a joyful validation that reminded me of what I have always known but had forgotten: When I let my inner light shine, I am in perfect alignment with the Universe.
 

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LAUREN CASELLI
Traveler
Brooklyn, NY
www.livinglifebarefoot.com

I'm taking three months to backpack around Southeast Asia.

I was the youngest member of my Las Olas group of 19 amazing women (and five amazing instructors). They told me that whatever dreams I had about traveling, I should do them NOW! Three weeks after I returned, I booked a one way ticket to Indonesia. I'm having the time of my life!