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My son is 18 in three days, which has set me to thinking and dreaming.  What a magical crossroads to come to.  He still has one year of high school left and the big question that everyone asks him (and us) is “will he go to college”…  hard question for a kid who learned his alphabet from letter shaped rocks on a New Zealand coastline and algebra from sorting bugs in South Africa.  From the moment he was born, we packed him up and carted him off to surf locations around the globe – a true endless summer – holding school sessions on picnic tables, at the beach, in the car, or in airplanes… I watch fondly as parents proudly post about their kids first day back to school and lament that summer is over – I smile because I know summer is never really over – it is summer somewhere in the world every day of the year!

Did we save for a college fund for our son?  No…  Have we hired special tutors for bettering his chances for scoring higher on the SATs and ACT?  Nope…  Have we expounded the virtues of spending a ton of money for further education?  Not really…

So, what’s a boy to do?  Well, I guess he could LEARN…  Learn to cook his own meals and wash his own clothes – learn to manage his time and his finances – learn to read a map – learn a new language (or two) and practice it in residence – learn how to buy a bus ticket in a far away land…

Do I want him to go to college?  Yes (I think so…)   I don’t really want him to suffer thru more years of algebra or chemistry, but I do want him to be surrounded by other young adults that are THINKING and LEARNING and PLANNING for a better future for themselves and the world.  I want him to have a strong foundation of learning and be able to write convincing letters and argue soundly and intelligently his points.  I want him to know enough math to manage his finances and not get ripped off by others.

So anyone know of a great little surf school accepting applicants from a mellow member of the endless summer tribe not real keen on algebra?

Taking suggestions while waiting for the surf to roll in!

Besos!  Susan

Two Brothers Surf Resort, Nicaragua

 

“Before you try and change the world, let the world change you.” -Semester at Sea Saying

 

 

I don’t really send mail in Nicaragua – the post office is this great corner building in RIVAS – an old colonial building with the entrance sliced diagonally across the corner closest to the street, exposing the two foot thick adobe mud walls.  Inside its dark and cool with just a small glass case of colorful stamps bearing the images of Nicaraguan birds, and insects and fauna and a dark, worn, wooden counter flanked by numbered post boxes.  Our number was 28, the key was on a plastic keychain with an old 50s pinup photo, but it has been years since the box has received any mail.  When we first moved to Nicaragua my mother-in-law would send newspaper articles and birthday cards.  The boys would receive letters covered in hearts from girls at the school they were no longer attending in the states.  I would get postcards from friends travelling other far flung places with postmarks that went back weeks even months.  After a couple of years the mail stopped coming or just got more irregular.  We stopped checking for mail and we most likely neglected the rent on the box.  I should check for mail, maybe there’s something in there waiting to be picked up.  There is nothing better than a handwritten note, postmarked from a far-flung location with an exotic stamp!

Besos y Abrazos de Nicaragua,

Susan, Two Brothers Surf Resort

 

 

Surfline wrote an article calling for the best surf of the 2012 season to be found in NICARAGUA!   And 4th of July did not disappoint – though we were beginning to wonder…  All the models called for an epic southern swell arriving the first week of July with good direction, perfect seconds, and just the right amount of offshore lift from Nicaragua’s ever present offshore winds.  What we got in the days proceeding was a lake effect of sorts – in that it was just about as flat as it ever gets in Nicaragua followed by howling offshore winds that produced massive white caps and blown-out waves…

We went to bed to howling winds on July 3rd – with disappointed and equally bummed out Columbian guests who had flown in at the last minute for the predicted swell… We woke very early July 4th with the moon shining bright on the Pacific to very still winds – a perfect light offshore – the howling winds had laid down and let the swell do its thing…

And do its thing it did – Nicaragua does NOT disappoint!  Who needs fireworks on the 4th of July when the waves are bombs?  Marsh surfed the OUTERREEF with Robert and came away with only a sliced toe, and Auggie initiated local St. Augustine surfer and best buddy Ben Basili to the infamous and firing POPOYO!!  It was a good day…

 

Two Brothers Surf Resort in Popoyo is looking for qualified surf interns for 2011. If you would like to surf everyday in the warm waters of the Pacific and have a great cultural experience in Nicaragua and you meet the qualifications below, you could be eligible for an opportunity to intern at the illustrious Two Brothers Surf Resort and Lodging!

Requirements:

  • Surfing and boat skills
  • Computer skills (marketing, graphics and social media)
  • Proficient in Spanish Language (at least somewhat!)
  • Must be good driver and able to drive a stick…

If you are willing to work hard and surf long hours this internship is for you!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”   Saint Augustine

If you are interested, check out our website at WWW.TwoBrothersSurf.com and call Robert at 904-687-1633

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Surfing in Nicaragua this Summer?

The sun in Nicaragua is intense, and we are living out in it from 6 o’clock in the morning until 6 o’clock at night most days.  Being good parents (or so we thought) we have our boys in the habit of putting sunscreen on in the morning when they wake up and brush their teeth.  Not just on their face, and not just once, multiple layers and multiple brands.  Then last week I saw on CNN that most sunscreens contain hormone-altering chemicals!  So quite possibly in an effort to protect our kids from skin cancer we are slathering on them toxic gender-bending chemicals that may, in the long run, actually increase the incidence of cancer!!  Not a good thing and it now has me reading labels I should have paid attention to long ago…

Check out what skin Biology has to say about toxic sunscreens:

http://www.skinbiology.com/toxicsunscreens.html

And you can access the CNN study at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/07/01/sunscreen.study/index.html

…from one well meaning mom that will pay more attention to what goes on and in her surfers!

Susan, Two Brothers Surf Resort, Popoyo, Nicaragua

Could GOOGLE be the death of surfing?  Gone is the early morning anticipation of rounding the bend and finding perfect lines rolling in.  No need to even get out of bed to see what the wind direction and tide are doing, just log on to the internet.  Gone are the ritual rides to check the surf and chat (yes, live and in person) with other warm bodies willing and wishing the waves to peal in perfectly on the point.  If you can “discover” the ultimate surf spot without leaving your bedroom, why travel?  If you can “see” the beach via live cam why bother to go anywhere unless the conditions are perfect?  Why even get out of bed…  Is GOOGLE the death of surf travel and discovery?

Globalization, easy access and instant gratification, evolution or devolution?