I quit breastfeeding in February and over the next few months, starting feeling like I was reclaiming my body and mind just a bit. My kids are still very attached. We co-sleep and co-nap, but not needing to rush in from the surf to breastfeed every couple hours has given me a lot more time and flexibility to reconnect to myself and my surfing.
Due to the civil unrest in Nicaragua that’s been happening since April, we have been hanging out in Southern Costa Rica. I miss our home in Nica, but it’s also been great to hang out on the shady, jungle fringed beaches and surf super long left point breaks on every swell.
Here’s a highlight video from a couple of good swells where I was able to dawn patrol the point, then come home, have breakfast, grab the kids, and cruise down to the mellower spots to catch a few waves with the kids.
Life is good.
Surf With Amigas is gearing up to do our first family retreat in Costa Rica in a couple of weeks. In preparation, I loaded up my family including my sister, her husband and their 14 month old into a boat to head across the gulf. We surfed some rights, walked through the jungle to a cute little resort for lunch and pool play, and got up close and personal with some very friendly monkeys. It was a great test to see how kids could handle the boat trip and long day. They were all passed out on the boat trip back but they loved it! Continue reading Family Boat Trip Surf Session
As a mom (or dad) who surfs, most of us dream of being able to share our love of the ocean and riding waves with our kids.
Continue reading Teaching a Toddler to Surf
A friend, Silvia Yom, who just happens to be an amazing photographer was visiting and snapped these pics of my kids and I in our element. My husband was unfortunately traveling for work this week and couldn’t be involved in the shoot. But here’s a candid look at life in the jungle for me and my sweeties.
Surfing with my kids has been a dream come true. The past week in Costa Rica has had pumping waves, and for the most part my kids are hanging on the beach with our awesome nanny while mama gets some turns in. Towards the end of the swell there were some super smooth easy peelers coming in at the bottom of the point. I asked Soleo if he wanted to catch a wave and he shook his head no, until Luna agreed. She’s 3.5 and got excited. After 18 month old Soleo watched his sister ride a wave, he was eager to get one too.
Ok, I get it. I never thought I would, but now I do.
I’ve met moms that tell me they quit surfing when they had kids. It never made any sense to me. Why would you quit something that you love, that keeps you healthy, fit, not to mention sane, just because you now have kids? Now I know. Continue reading When Moms Quit Surfing
After saying goodbye to family in Oregon, we packed up and headed just a bit further South, just over the border into Northern California. Last Christmas we purchased a lot near Crescent City and were eager to see it in the summer. Continue reading Giggling in the Trees of Northern California