First Women's Surf Camp Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

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Las Olas Surf Safaris, the first surf camp for women, is celebrating its “Quinceañera,” fifteen years of women surfing together in Mexico.

This year, Las Olas Surf Safaris will be celebrating its “Quinceañera,” fifteen years of women surfing together in Mexico. In Mexican culture, the Quinceañera is a special 15-year birthday celebration marking the transition from girlhood to womanhood. Similar to a wedding (minus the groom), the event often showcases elaborate dresses, tiaras, and a towering cake.

Fifteen years ago, when few women surfed, Bev Sanders fell in love with a small coastal village south of the border and decided to host women's surf camps at the beachfront location. Since then, Las Olas has successfully introduced thousands of women to the joy of warm water surfing and defined a popular category for women's adventure tourism worldwide - the surf camp for women. This year, two Las Olas guests will be returning for their fifth surf safaris.

“In 1997, it was uncommon to be a female surfer, let alone travel to a small village in Mexico to surf,” states Sanders. “It was also rare to see local women in the water, surfing.” When Sanders and her team shared flowered rash guards (surf shirts) and surfboards with local girls, things began to change. Today, many Mexican women surf, and one of Las Olas' instructors is a Mexican National Champion.

On February 23, 2012, Las Olas will be hosting a Quinceañera celebration in Mexico with locals and guests. "The bonds we have with the people of Mexico is important to me,” says Sanders. “For fifteen years, they have welcomed our guests, shared their waves and town, and opened their hearts. The bright side of Mexico deserves media recognition, too. And we're going to party like it's 1997!”

"Our motto “We make girls out of women” was created the year we began, and fits to this day," says Sanders. "Those words help inform our important mission which is ultimately to empower women, and to have fun while doing it."

Las Olas was founded in 1997 by Bev Sanders, a pioneer in women's board sports who learned to surf at the age of 44.

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