The day before the start of two Surf With Amigas Retreats in El Salvador, Holly stopped at Punta Mango for a relaxing session. Not trying too hard, just flowing with the waves, and having fun.
It’s been a long time in the making, but it’s finally finished – the Duck Dive Tutorial! Holly Beck, pro surfer and coach at Surf With Amigas explains how to do a duck dive and analyzes footage of Amigas trying it so you can see what they’re doing wrong and how to fix it.
The Mother Hips are my favorite band, purveyors of musical California Soul that have released 8 albums in a career spanning 20 years. Their sound goes perfectly with driving along Highway 1 with the window down, hair blowing in the breeze, on your way to check the surf. If you like Sierra Nevada swilling, cowboy boot wearing, and California coastal cruising, you will love The Mother Hips. Do yourself a favor and go to the website, download some tunes, load up your van with single fins, firewood, and a good set of hiking boots, grab a few friends and take off on a road trip with a soundtrack that will keep you jamming the whole way there and back again, then come back and let me know what you think.
They recently released a new album that has become my favorite – Behind Beyond, which you can sample for free on their website.
A few years back I was honored to star in a music video for the song “Are You Free”. During the filming, I ended up with two sprained ankles plus several stitches across my knee cap, but it was well worth the experience. You can read that story here.
So practice your skateboarding, you never know when your favorite band leader will call you up and ask you to bomb down a hill!
The waves aren’t perfect every day. Sometimes it’s small and kinda closed out, lumpy, and plagued by riptides. But the sunrise is beautiful, the beach is empty, the water is warm. Even if the waves aren’t firing, the surf lifestyle is awesome. On this day, I took my two dogs for a sunrise surf session, caught a few little waves, and just appreciated the moments.
A couple years ago Holly took a trip to Ecuador with the Sector 9 girl’s team and scored with miles of uncrowded beach break, warm water, and great long smooth hills for skateboarding. One day we might even head back there with a group of Amigas.
In the first episode of our new series “Surf Completely” Holly Beck talks about how to turn your surfboard. This is the first step of learning to surf after the very basic part of standing up and riding is mastered. Watch and learn and remember to “use your boobs!”
If you’ve ever surfed in a bikini, you know it’s a bummer to have to keep pulling up your bikini bottoms in between duck dives. Fortunately Body Glove makes a bikini with a draw string in the waist. Before you paddle out, cinch it up, and then paddle out worry-free!
Holly Beck puts the Body Glove Wave Rider bikini bottom to the test in Nicaragua!
On a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Sector 9 Skateboards, pro surfers Holly Beck, Jen Smith, and Kim Mayer skate to play with baby seals. Future retreat location? Maybe….
If you’ve been to one of our Northern Nicaragua retreats then you know, galloping on the beach is one of the best feelings in the world. People are often nervous about it. We get plenty of ladies who haven’t been on a horse since they were a kid, or even never. They’re nervous about being able to control such a big powerful animal. But the horses we use are super well trained. They know the beach, they know the drill, and they love to gallop. All you have to do is believe in yourself and hold on for the ride of your life. Here’s what it looks like. If you want to feel it for yourself, you’ve just gotta come down!