Surf Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women

Mas Olas is for Las Olas alumnae that are ready to develop their surfing beyond the basics. This is a more challenging, guided safari with daily road trips or boat trips to more remote waves, and personalized instruction. Guests can improve techniques, build confidence, and surf more challenging waves. Because this safari is limited to just six guests with two instructors, it is more like a surf trip with your surf sisters.

Your safari includes:
• Scheduled ground transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta airport
• Four nights accommodations in tropical oceanfront villas (includes all local taxes)
• Three days of trips to remote surf spots, with personalized, intermediate surf instruction
• A private one-on-one surf lesson with your instructor
• Fiberglass and epoxy-resin surfboards
• Your own sport water-bottle and special Mas Olas surf wear
• Clinics on footwork, surfboard basics and weather and wave forecasting
• Three meals a day
• Bellhop service for arrival and departure
• Daily maid service, including fresh bath towels and guest robes
• Use of safety deposit box or travel safe
• Concierge service, hours from 8am to 7pm
• Gratuities included for hotel and restaurant service
• Massage is available at an additional cost, prior scheduling is required


The Surf Program
Orientation will include a review of local conditions, equipment and a refresher course on surf etiquette. Your day begins with breakfast in the village, followed by surf gear prep and a trip to a remote surf break each day. Because there are only six guests, surf sessions are typically longer than a Las Olas session. Lunch will be hosted at local cafes near the surf break before heading back to the village for afternoon activities.

Each afternoon, a surf clinic will be held at our Casita. Surf clinics might cover:
* how to read a break from the beach, rips, channels, hazards, the line-up
* weather and wave forecasting, using websites, tide charts and other tools
* how to care for surfboards; scraping, waxing, ding repair, storage and transportation
* women's surf history

Dinner is at your leisure each evening using the Las Olas peso cards. The last morning will include a dawn patrol surf session at our home break (conditions allowing), followed by breakfast and taxi shuttles to the airport.


Mas Olas Crew
Instructors are hand-selected professional surf instructors with years of teaching experience, as well as being some of the top surfers in competitive women's surfing today. Instructor Kristy Murphy was the 2005 Women's World Longboard Champion; instructors Julie Cox and Ashley Lloyd are professional surfers and active in many aspects of women's longboarding, worldwide.

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Requirements to join:
• You must be an alumnae of Las Olas.
• You must honestly determine if you are qualified to join Mas Olas. You must be a competent swimmer and experienced surfer, with a minimum of 'beginner' surf skills. It is your responsibility to assess your surf abilities. If your abilities are less than the minimum requirements, you may be denied participation in surfing activities while on safari. See below for surf experience descriptions.
• You must be in good health, in good physical condition and free of injuries.
• You must be at least 14 to join, and accompanied by an adult if under 18. There is no maximum age limit.
• To enter and return from Mexico, guests need a valid passport with at least six months remaining before expiration All guests are responsible for proof of citizenship documents.
• All Las Olas guests must read and agree to the terms of Las Olas' Release of Liability and Assumption of All Risks form, prior to registering for a safari or booking travel arrangements. You may request the Release form and Reservation form once you have determined that you are qualified to join.


Surf Experience Descriptions:
• Beginner: I understand surf etiquette, have knowledge of basic surf skills; but I struggle to manage my position in the lineup, and/or catch waves unassisted.
• Intermediate: I can catch waves unassisted, and I'm able to manage my position in the lineup; but I'm struggling with some techniques (pop-up, directional control on the wave, board control after the wave).
• Advanced: I can pop-up, turn my board, and control my board; but want to work on advanced turning, position on the wave, footwork, or riding more challenging waves.

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Mas Olas Dates:
January 22-26
February 18-22

2006/07 Safari Rates (All rates are per person):
Shared Casual Bungalow $2,295
Shared room in Enclosed Villa $2,550

Special Dawn Patrol Rates:
Pay in full at least 90 days in advance of your safari, based on availability:
Shared Casual Bungalow $2,095
Shared room in Enclosed Villa $2,350

Casual Bungalows for two guests, guests will be matched with a roommate
Bungalows are beach level, enclosed studios with two twin beds, a bathroom, and kitchenette. Although they do not offer a private terrace, just open the shutter doors to take in the ocean view or enjoy the lounge chairs just steps from the ocean's edge. The cobblestone road outside your door may have foot and auto traffic during the day, but we are located at the edge of the village where evenings are tranquil.

Enclosed Villas for four guests, guests will be matched with roommates
Enclosed villas are generally one flight up and comparable to a two bedroom, two bathroom house a la Mexicana. The villa includes a great room, kitchen, and shaded balcony complete with patio furniture for enjoying your relaxing ocean view. Glass doors let in plenty of natural light or swing them open for ocean breezes.

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To Make Your Safari Reservation
1. Check current availability and request a 24-hour courtesy hold by calling 831-625-5748 or e-mailing to Availability is not guaranteed without a courtesy hold confirmation.

2. Request a set of Mas Olas reservation forms to be sent via email, fax or mail.

3. Fill out both forms completely and fax back to 831-625-4267. Reservations may also be made over the phone, then mail your forms to Las Olas, Post Office Box 4669, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921 USA.

4. A Reservation Confirmation will be e-mailed to you.

Reservations require payment at the time the reservation is made. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and checks are accepted.

Feel free to contact us with specific questions, and let us know if there is a specific date you are interested

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