Rocco is a surfing Rottweiler at El Coco Loco Resort in Nicaragua. He loves ladies, chasing baby cows, and peanut butter toast. He’s been surfing a few years but recently caught his very first green wave. Just like humans, once he got that one, he became totally addicted to surfing! He’s super cute!
There’s nothing like galloping at full speed down the beach at sunset after a morning spent trying to catch the wave of your life. Think you wouldn’t be able to fully gallop down the beach on a horse? You’re wrong! Believe in yourself and you can do it! Just watch these ladies…
Winter in Nicaragua is nice. Offshore winds, super fun waves, lots of Amigas. In between pushing Amigas into waves, I sometimes get a chance to sneak off and score a few fun waves by myself!
Hayla is the youngest of five sisters of which Holly Beck is the oldest. She learned to surf at 7 years old, but got annoyed by too many wipeouts and quit. At 19 years old, she came to Nicaragua to Surf With Amigas and rediscovered her love of surfing.
Surf With Amigas is mostly about surfing, yoga, and having awesome adventures with new friends, but we also like to help out the local community. We work closely with Waves of Hope – a non-profit working to improve the lives of local community members by focusing first on education on whatever project they have going on at the time. Right now they are engaged in re-vamping the local schools and making them more comfortable for learning. We took an afternoon to help clean, sand, and paint a middle school classroom.
A friend brought down a prototype inflatable SUP and we put it to the test in some solid surf. It was not easy to ride solo, so we decided that the best idea would be to get three of us on there. A couple of the wipeouts were actually quite painful and in the end we were kinda scared, but still motivated to catch a bomb! This experience made me very grateful for badass water-women friends!
Can your surf instructor surf like this? If you come surf with us, of course the answer will be YES! In between retreats Holly demonstrates tube riding technique both backside and frontside in some gorgeous green barrels at her favorite surf spot in the world.
I first discovered Seea when an amiga was wearing a super cute rash guard during one of our retreats in El Salvador. Shortly after, I ordered one for myself and realized that the company is based in my hometown (San Clemente, CA). Super random. I have always had a bit of a bathing suit obsession, but I have never really been able to find cute rash guards and one pieces that provide good sun-protection, which is huge when it comes to living in the tropics. In the past, I’ve always known rash guards to have huge brand names labeled across the front, annoying turtleneck collars, and an awkwardly kinda loose/ kinda tight fit. Here are some of the Seealooks that are just the opposite.
Seea offers all the important factors when it comes to ladies’ surf wear. The styles are super cute with a vintage flair, functional in pounding surf, and often offer protection from harmful UV rays. From “playsuits” to dresses you wear surfing to stylish rashguards, I love every bit of their collection and admire the uniqueness and new energy the company is bringing to the surf fashion world.
Here is a peak into their collection via cute video lookbook:
Because I know that our retreat girls sometimes come from cities far from the ocean, away from the surfwear world, and often during winter months, we decided to bring down some Seea styles for sale at our spot in Nicaragua. I’m calling it the Suitcase Boutique and eventually plan on carrying other brands. For now, the Suitcase Boutique is stocked with Seea rash guards, surf suits, and bikinis for purchase at an Amiga discount. For details on inventory, sizes, and other information, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The secret to improving is to come on a retreat with us, then go home, practice, and come back again! Seriously though, the true secret to improving is having a great attitude. On our last couple retreats in El Salvador we had several girls come on their second retreat and I was totally blown away not only by how much they had improved since I’d last seen them but also how much more they improved over the course of the week.
I started wondering what it was that was different about these particular girls. Were they more gifted athletes? Were they just trying harder? Did they have super powers?
I realized that the secret was attitude. Firstly, they really wanted to improve. They were willing to put in the time and effort to take their surfing to the next level. Second, they listened to feedback. It’s always surprising to me when ladies come on retreats claiming they want help, but when I offer suggestions they argue with me. I’ll give a recommendation and then they’ll respond with a list of reasons why they couldn’t, wouldn’t, or shouldn’t. Those types have a hard time improving. The girls featured in the video took suggestions in and put them them into practice right away, and you can clearly see the awesome results.
Third – they spent a lot of time in the water. These girls were the first in, and the last out. After catching one good wave, they didn’t just go in and figure that was good for the day, they paddled back out looking for another.
Watch the video and be inspired!