Chica Weekend

Get ready for Chica Weekend #3 -- June 18/19

There's nothing quite like celebrating the official beginning of summer AND International Surfing Day with an awesome Chica Weekend. It's the ultimate opportunity for women who want to learn to surf and those who already have surfing experience to come together for a great weekend that involves a whole lot more than just surfing.  By the end of Chica Weekend, campers also will have experienced sessions in balance and strength training, yoga, nutrition, wave science and quite possibly, tai chi. Not to mention a Saturday night fire pit dinner with live music and an authentic Sunday afternoon Costa Rican-style brunch. 

 At the helm of the camps are the dynamic duo of Amy Houseknecht and Sophia Pickett. "Miss Amy" is long time math teacher at Gifford Middle School who recently migrated to Pennsylvania. But Amy loves Chica Weekend so much that she's flying back south to continue her role of co-Head Chica. Before she gets here, we expect her to take on the challenge of river rapids surfing in PA ... helmet and soft top surfboard strongly suggested. With a 20-plus year surfing career and loads of experience teaching younger surfers, Amy loves the opportunity of welcoming women into the world of surfing. “Oh my gosh,” she says, “Our ‘chicas’ are going to learn so much and have so much fun!“


Ironically, Sophia was once Amy's student at Gifford and has lived a total "surfer girl" life, growing up just a few miles south of the shop in Wabasso  and surfing basically all her life. Now a certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, she owns Sophlow Yoga in Sebastian, Florida and is one great surf instructor. Together, Amy and Sophia are full of personality and make Chica Weekends a ton of fun. Sophia's next great adventure will be a two week visit with family in Sweden, just before Chica Weekend, so we can expect her to be rip-roaring ready to get back in Our warm water. 

The camp curriculum isn’t limited to surfing, but also includes a wide range of related activities that are key to successful surfing. Amy and Sophia along with guest coaches will lead clinics in balance, strength training and yoga  All instructors are themselves veteran surfers with a thorough understanding of how their specialties impact better surfing.


Enrollment in Chica Weekend is limited to 16 campers. Registration is available through with this direct link:

What You Need To Bring

Basically, just prepare for a couple of days at the beach! 

  • Swim wear
  • Sun protection (rash guard and/or sunscreen)
  • Yoga gear, if you have it (mat & appropriate clothing)
  • Towel
  • Water bottles (we have plenty of water)

What We Provide

  • Soft top surfboards (by all means, bring your own board if you have one)
  • Welcome snacks & juices on Saturday
  • Saturday night dinner with fire pit and live music
  • Smoothies and juices Sunday morning
  • Costa Rican style brunch Sunday afternoon
  • Great instructors!

Tentative Camp Schedule


11:00 – Welcome reception … fresh juices & snacks on the front porch as you get to know your instructors and fellow campers

12:00 – Strength training & balance training with Amy & Sophia

2:00 – Wave Science at the beach

2:20 – Pop-up drills

2:45 – Surf session for all

4:30 – Return to shop to rinse off and dress

5:15 – Mini-Clinics … who knows what Amy and Sophia will dream up?!

6:00 – Cocktails 

6:30-ish – Fire pit/Dinner/Live Music by Alesandra Valenzuela

9:00 – End of day


7:15 – Snacks 

8 a.m.  – Beach yoga 

9 a.m. – Surf Session

1:30 – Costa Rican-style brunch

2:30 – Optional Last Surf Session (for all)

3:30 – End of paradise/return to reality!