If the first thing you want to do is ask Holly a million and one questions (whether it be about surfing, the lodge, or even the composting toilet) my advice is to put all your fears aside and JUST DO IT.
Not long after I arrived I wished I had made the trip sooner (as in years) because any fears I harbored melted away in the company of adventurous, strong, like-minded women of all ages.
Although the journey may be long it is well worth the trip. Holly is effective in pointing out ways in which your surfing can improve with daily video reviews and she is extremely patient, prompt and informative when responding to inquiries.
Jackie, Jamrock and the Grom are all super helpful and fun to be around calling out “super cute” waves to catch. Each has their own unique, positive style of encouragement, and they all share a mutual desire to see everyone catch as many waves as possible.
The visit to Leon - although brief - is a nice way to see the city, and Volcano Boarding is an absolute must.
I was super nervous until the initial push. Thereafter my tobogganing skills from childhood kicked in and when I unintentionally clocked in a 40 mph I had a smile plastered across my face… some volcano dust too, but it's all part of the amazing experience. Truth be told, I wanted to go down a second time!!
El Coco Loco is a wonderful place to stay and the food is delicious. Drinks of all kinds are abundant, and the laid back lifestyle makes it easy to fall into a relaxed, easy going way of life... which isn’t to say we didn’t have some super fun rum filled nights or an amazing unexpected week long birthday celebration. Thank you Surf Amigas for making my 43rd extra special!!
Nikki is a cheerful, fun yoga teacher and the open air studio has a tranquil, soothing vibe. I attended every single class which speaks volumes given I've never made it past more than one or two sessions at other camps. I left the studio feeling peaceful and calm… I may have even stopped asking questions!
Learning about Waves of Hope is informative and done in such a way that you want to learn more about the lifestyle, culture, and how you can contribute.
I could write more, but these fond memories are from a trip I took some four months ago. I would love to return one day and spend a month at El Coco Loco with the Surf Amigas... I'm not sure I would want to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surf With Amigas is Nicaragua's only women's surf and yoga retreat where women can come together as group of amigas and learn to surf or improve their surfing under the guidance of a professional surfer, namely Holly Beck. Holly was on the world tour for years until deciding a few years ago that she wanted to settle down in Nicaragua and share the surf stoke with other amigas. Along with her amazing staff and awesome beachfront resort in northern Nicaragua, Holly has created a unique experience that many women have called the best of their lives. What sets Surf With Amigas apart from other women's surf retreats you might encounter? 1) Holly's surf-coaching, both in the water and with daily video-captured sessions and slow motion analysis of all your waves; 2)the uncrowded waves of northern Nicaragua- we have spots to ourselves unlike southern Nica; 3) our beachfront resort is awesome! Come find out for yourself! ... more less