Chica Weekend

Get ready for Chica Weekend: New dates set for October 9/10!

Chica Weekend is 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 morning Costa Rican-style brunch.  2021's third Chica Weekend is scheduled on what should a more temperate, and hopefully less buggy weekend, where there's a good chance of tasty waves. What a great day to catch a wave!

 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 moved to Oregon. But Amy loves Chica Weekend so much that she's flying back east to continue her role of co-Head Chica. 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 most recent adventure was a surf trip with her father to the Maldive Islands, southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.

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 four are themselves veteran surfers with a thorough understanding of how their specialties impact better surfing.


Enrollment in Chica Weekend is limited to 15 campers. Registration is available through with this direct link:

What You Need To Bring

Basically, just prepare for a day 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


11:30 – Welcome reception … fresh juices & snacks on the front porch as you get to know your instructors and fellow campers

12:45 – 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

12:30 – Costa Rican-style brunch

1:30 – Optional Last Surf Session (for all)

3:00 – End of paradise/return to reality!