Get ready for Chica Weekend!
April 9/10 & June 19/20, 2021
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 second Chica Weekend is scheduled on a particularly auspicious weekend as Sunday, June 20 is the official first day of summer as well as International Surfing Day! 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 Indian River County middle school math teacher recently named Teacher of the Year at Gifford Middle School. 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.
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 co-instructor Sophia Pickett along with guest coaches will lead clinics in balance and strength training while Healing Touch’s Michel Quintana will lead classes in traditional yoga and the beautifully inspiring (and challenging!) practice of aerial 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 Active.com with this direct link: www.bit.ly/surfingcamps.
What You Need To Bring
Basically, just prepare for a day at the beach!
What We Provide
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 … jewelry making, cool coconut-based creations, wellness concepts, etc.,
6:00 – Cocktails
6:30-ish – Fire pit/Dinner/Live Music
9:00 – End of day
7:15 – Smoothies, fruit & Home Made energy bars
8 a.m. – Beach yoga
9 a.m. – Surf Session/Aerial Yoga (half & half)
11 a.m. – Aerial Yoga/Surf Session (half & half)
12:30 – Costa Rican-style brunch
1:30 – Last Surf Session (for all)
3:00 – End of paradise/return to reality!