Surf Coaching, Yoga & Adventure

Chinandega, Nicaragua

These questions were answered by a former Amiga, giving advice to a friend who was considering joining a Surf with Amigas retreat.

“If you are an adventure seeker with an open mind you’re going to LOVE surfwithamigas. Please see my answers in bold to your questions and give Holly & Jackie a big hug when you meet them and tell them it’s from me:
*things that surprised you
I don’t really want to spoil the amazing surprises ahead. Let’s just say you get a lot for your buck. You will be pleasantly surprised everyday. Remember you’re going to be at an eco friendly resort. I don’t want to spoil the surprises to be honest.
*things you wish you’d brought
Something to donate to the local community (books, pens, pencils, clothes, literally anything as they’re in need).
*anything you wish you’d done differently
Nothing at all. Remember to keep an open mind.
*any other helpful tips
Bring a head lamp. A good attitude. An open mind. Be ready to experience new experiences. Know that you will learn how to surf. I promise you that you will be standing up on a wave on your first day so don’t sweat it.
*if you were traveling alone, how the group dynamic was (I’m not too worried about this)
To be honest I think going alone is the best thing you can do the first and/or second time around. It allows you to fully experience your surroundings and be aware of your individuality within the environment in which you are in. You’ll have a group of people from around the world that have the coolest backgrounds and stories. I think meeting a new group of women that are doing the same thing that you are out to do is really rad. Everyone has a story and it’s cool to be able to listen, learn, and make new friends!
*how’s the food?
Pardon my french, f*ing amazing. They feed you 4-5 x a day. You’re never “hungry”. It’s seriously so good. I crave it all the time.
*I’ve never really surfed but am somewhat into open water swimming. Did most people on your trip know how to surf?
I would say it depends on the group of girls that are going, but most people are there to either learn how to surf or better their surf. They do an amazing job teaching both catogories. There’s a lot of beginners.
*would you describe it as more relaxing or tiring?
I would describe it as relaxing. If it was ever tiring it was the type of tired that is a good relaxed tired from the amazing yoga sessions to the surf sessions. Remember you don’t have to participate in all the activities. That’s what’s also cool about this retreat. You make it how you want it to be.
*if there is free time, is there anything special you liked to do?
Learn more about the local community. Get to know people. Take in every day there the best I can. You will have some free time. Bring a great book. It’s a great place to read, mediate, chill, and enjoy every moment of it. Grab a beer and watch every sunset with yourself or with your new amigas!

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Chinandega, Nicaragua

Holly Beck Obermeyer – Owner/Operator/Surf Instructor

Holly grew up the oldest of five girls in Palos Verdes, CA. She always loved the water and wanted to learn to surf around age 12 but her very old-fashioned mother would not allow it, telling her, “surfing is for boys, you’ll never get a boyfriend out there competing with them. You should be sitting on the beach looking cute in a bikini!” By the age of 15 Holly had saved up babysitting money, bought herself a surfboard and a wetsuit and never looked back.
In June of 2001, Holly graduated from UCSD with a degree in Psychology and won the amateur National Surfing Championships. She turned pro and spent the next 10 years traveling all over the world to places like Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Gabon, Sao Tome, the Seychelles, the Andaman Islands, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, England, France, Portugal, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Mexico, and Costa Rica. On a trip to Nicaragua in 2006 she fell in love with the warm water waves, friendly locals, and laid-back lifestyle, bought land, and began to fantasize about moving to Central America full time.

Holly earned an MBA in Marketing while traveling and crafted a business plan to start a women’s surf school in Nicaragua. In 2010, she founded Suave Dulce, later changing the name to Surf With Amigas. She believes that anything is possible if you are willing to work hard and visualize success. As further proof of this philosophy, Holly now lives in Nicaragua full time with her awesome husband Kim, baby girl Luna, and their two dogs and three horses.