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Seeababe Surf Lessons: Amy's tips for Nicaragua-bound travelers

Amy Reda afterwards a sun-soaked session inwards Nicaragua. Photo past times Tim Reda.

The benefits of summertime surf army camp — friendship bonding, nonstop fun, organized activities — doesn’t receive got to hold upward lost forever past times graduation age. When you lot are a high schoolhouse surf bus similar Amy Reda, you lot acquire to savor an eternal youth of awesome surf squad trips similar her most recent i to Nicaragua’s peaky waves amongst a beautiful thought of cactus-lined hills inwards the background.

Between 3 to 5 (!) daily surf sessions coaching the girl’s Newport Harbor High School surf team, Amy however squeezed inwards floating inwards the infinity pool, hiking, climbing trees for coconuts, yoga, bocci ball as well as laying on the beach as well as watching the star-filled heaven during her recent trip.

Amy Reda finds a fun moving ridge on her longboard inwards the Swami's. Photo past times Tim Reda.

Now inwards her 3rd twelvemonth of existence bus as well as minute twelvemonth traveling to Mark & Dave’s surf as well as yoga retreat inwards Nicaragua, (not to cite all the countless lessons she gives every bit possessor of Endless Dominicus Surf School in Newport Beach as well as personal surf trips some the world) nosotros asked Amy how she prepares her students for international locomote as well as the mutual misconceptions close surfing inwards a bikini!

Driving through town inwards Nicaragua. Photo past times Tim Reda.
What advice produce you lot receive got for people traveling to Nicaragua? 

People are sometimes afraid of full general security when traveling Nicaragua. For several different reasons, I experience much safer inwards Nicaragua than I produce inwards Costa Rica. If you're at Mark & Dave's, you lot should never receive got to hold upward likewise concerned, existence inwards a gated beach community. Just don't swallow the Manzanita de Muerto (Apple of Death) that lives behind the resort. The fruit looks actually tasty as well as tempting to swallow but its poisonous. Last twelvemonth Tim as well as a educatee took a seize amongst teeth as well as got a lilliputian sick. One of the novel chefs also ate the fruit as well as went to the hospital. The smoke from the burning forest volition brand you lot blind, as well as the sap volition swallow holes through your skin!

Ladies carrying baskets. Photo past times Tim Reda.

For your students (or anyone) traveling to Nicaragua for the offset time, what’s of import to recognize close the culture?

I intend traveling to Nicaragua is an eye-opener for many students coming from Orange County. Nicaragua is the minute poorest province inwards the Western Hemisphere. In contrast, Orange County is i of the wealthiest places inwards the world. When nosotros drive from the airdrome to Mark & Dave’s, the kids tin run into that many homes are the equivalent size of their bedrooms. Animals as well as people roam the streets inwards search of handouts. We gave an elderly adult woman 5 dollars as well as she looked every bit if she'd simply won the lottery. The streets are lined amongst garbage. One of my surf students, Tehya Corona, was trying to intend of a means to plow the country's trash work into a recycling occupation organization that the Nicaraguans could net income off of.

Kids play inwards i of the local fields. Photo past times Tim Reda.

What were some of the things you lot did to help?

Kimmi, the yoga teacher at Mark & Daves, told me that Nicaragua has i of the highest baby mortality rates, as well as it's to a greater extent than oft than non due to dirty water. We brought over H2O filters from Waves For Water. Hopefully this volition assist some people inwards Nicaragua, as well as it volition assist our students run into how slowly it is to lend a helping hand.

We receive got a grouping of bang-up kids on our team, as well as many of them already know the harsh realities of the world. But many of them receive got never traveled exterior of the country, then it's goodness for them to experience what happens exterior of our Orange County bubble.

Amy hits the lip. Photo past times Tim Reda.
Amy cook to duck dive as well as shred inwards the Swami's. Photo past times Tim Reda. 

What are the waves similar inwards Nicaragua? 

Mark & Dave’s is inwards forepart of Panga Drops, a fun enterprise moving ridge that breaks on all tides, all swells as well as all times of the year. It's a deep-water wave, a few hundred meters out to sea, as well as it’s surrounded past times trees, jungle as well as cactus-lined hills. It holds big swell as well as creates sizeable, long running walls. [Nicaragua’s unique location is known for consistent surf as well as nearly e'er offshore winds].

Amy tests out a Seea epitome neoprene jacket as well as the Calafia surf leggings. Photo past times Tim Reda.

What are the mutual mistakes that you lot run into women brand inwards their surfsuit choices? 

You may intend that you lot desire to wearable a bikini the entire fourth dimension on your surf trip, but many barriers may conflict amongst that. Bring a rashguard, wetsuit jacket, as well as surf leggings amongst you lot to your “warm” destination. If you lot desire to maximize your fourth dimension inwards the water, you lot demand things to protect you lot against board rash, air current chill, sunburn, perverts, as well as things that sting, similar jelly fish. I've seen girls operate out of the H2O as well as cutting their session unnecessarily brusque because they chose to wearable a bikini.

I was literally surfing inwards my Seea suits from sunrise to sunset. Most days nosotros would surf 3 to 5 different sessions. If I wasn’t surfing, I was wearing my Seea leggings as well as bikini laissez passer on to yoga as well as meditation classes. H5N1 few days I went hiking on the beach as well as inwards the hills inwards my Swami's playsuit because it offered me Sun protection, movability, as well as the alternative of swimming or hiking. I wore my Seea leggings to dinner to protect my legs from mosquitos.

Amy takes a walk on the wild side of Nicaragua. Photo past times Tim Reda.

What are some of the things you lot run into belongings students dorsum from learning how to surf? 

People oft come upward to me amongst dreams of learning to surf but don’t because they receive got some form of fearfulness that they receive got difficulty overcoming. The most mutual fears are sharks, existence held nether the water, big waves, as well as fifty-fifty seaweed. I actually endeavour to sympathise amongst them but I to a greater extent than oft than non emphasize the extreme unlikelihood of whatever of these fears becoming an actual threat. Where I learn people, the waves are gentle, in that location is no seaweed as well as sharks are never sighted. Even if you're learning somewhere else, you lot receive got a greater likelihood of getting wound driving inwards your auto on the means to your lesson. My betoken is, delight brand the jump as well as acquire to surf. H5N1 surf lesson amongst a professional person is close every bit condom every bit it gets.

Amy drops inwards wearing the Calafia leggings. Photo past times Tim Reda.

What side past times side when you've made the leap? 

People oft also desire to know how they tin progress, i time they acquire the basics. Take to a greater extent than lessons from an expert, surf every bit much every bit possible, spotter surf movies, pay attending as well as unwrap other surfers. I also can't emphasize plenty to acquire as well as re-learn, surfing etiquette as well as awareness.

Pool fourth dimension fun. Photo past times Tim Reda. 

So you're means past times high schoolhouse but desire to unwrap out to a greater extent than close getting inwards on the surf army camp fun? Get a lesson from Amy herself through Vacation Planning Made Easy: Central America Surf Camps!