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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…

 

So yesterday was Dia de Padre, Father’s Day in Nicaragua – very close to our own Fathers’s Day in the US last week.  We gave our Chef Henry a very badly needed day off since he’s been cooking nonstop for guests at Two Brothers Surf since March – this week has been our first lull.  Henry helped me prepare a feast of pizza last weekend for Robert’s celebration of Father’s Day and we wanted him to enjoy the day with his own clan.  I think he probably worked on his motorcycle all weekend, because he’s had to huff it up our hill to Casa Loma for the past month on foot.  Our grounds keeper Enrique did work for a couple of hours in the morning to pump water from the well on the farm in the valley below to our property and the holding tank on the top of the hill – an almost daily chore when we have guests.

 

I made sure to wish Enrique a happy fathers day, as he is a somewhat new father, having had his first child just last year.  When I wished him a happy day he replied with a comment that translated roughly into something like “Fathers day is the day that the children show happiness to their father” – this sweet man who lives in a very modest home with a clay tiled roof and immaculately clean mud floor, really hit the nail on the head – gift giving in Nicaragua is so simple – you give yourself, your smile, your laughter, your love, your time.

 

It goes so far beyond the big dollar hallmark holidays where cards cost $5 and roses that normally cost $30/dozen rise to $90/dozen on Mothers Day.  Life truly is that simple and I am so happy to live in Nicaragua and be reminded of the small things that really matter and the big things that don’t!




Yesterday Auggie and Robert took the boat out fishing while the rest of the gang and guests surfed via land at Popoyo. Many times the boat trolls for fish, doing double duty while bound for Playgrounds surf break to the north or Colorados surf break to the south – but yesterday the boat went straight out with the intent of bringing back fish – and that they did – an impressive cooler full in less than two hours!

It’s quite possible it took Henry more time to clean and fillet the fish into sashimi, ceviche, and fillets for dinner that it took Robert and Auggie to catch them! We had an amazing dinner with five captains at our table – South African captain Kippa with his lovely partner Katie, St Auggie captain Brian Holloway and his lovely new bride Kelsey, and of course our three resident Two Brothers Surf captains Robert, Marsh and Auggie.

 

Henry our chef and his chef-in-training younger brother Gerry rocked an amazing meal of cero mackerel that swam in the pacific only hours earlier. Gracias!

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

GREAT Summer SURF deals in NICARAGUA…. come see for yourself!

No need to rough it, Two Brothers is offering a great Summer Survivor Deal…  Come to Nicaragua any time between now and July 14th – rent five nights in one of our fabulous Villas and get TWO nights FREE!! Come now before the new Survivor Series puts Nicaragua on the map for the rest of the world.  Starting July 15th, the Survivor crew will start filming season 21 in various  remote forests and beaches that border the Pacific coast of Nicaragua near San Juan del Sur.  We are located along the SAME coastline that they will be filming on…  only a few short kilometers away!  Get to know the same beautiful Nicaraguan landscape as the 20 contestants that will compete against one another in a series of “tribal challenges” that will reflect the culture and traditions of this Central American country known for its friendly inhabitants and gorgeous landscape and beaches.  Survivor challenge producer John Kirhoffer is quoted as saying “For the 11 years I’ve been doing Survivor, I have never been as excited about spending six months in any other country.  Nicaragua’s Pacific is on the top of my list of my favorite places in the world to be.

Visit us in Nicaragua and see for yourself why Survivor producers Mark Burnett and John Kirhoffer chose this beautiful Latin American country for its 21st and 22nd seasons!  Leisa Francis of Survivor says that the production team was impressed by how friendly everyone was here, as well as Nicaragua’s spectacular landscape of volcanoes and “unspoiled coastline.”

hmmm… what better place to watch the first episode of Survivor Nicaragua and a great deal to boot!

www.TwoBrothersSurf.com – MAKE your RESERVATION now!  only four villas…

TWO BROTHERS SURF RESORT, private, affordable, rustic luxury…

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?

While some foodies love to shop rural markets for local flavor, others like to be served on vacation… And for those of you that fall in the later of the two categories, we have decided to feature some of the best local flavors available along Playa Guasacate in the surf zone of Popoyo, Nicaragua. So surf hard, get hungry, and relax to a good Nicaraguan meal. First up is the garden restaurant of Dona Delores, Amores del Sol, and if the attention she pays to her garden is any indication to the efforts she puts into preparing your food, you should be in for a real satisfying meal …

Amores del Sol, which translates to “Lover of the Sun”, sits at the end of the long dirt road that leads to the southern end of Playa Guasacate and the infamous surf breaks of Popoyo and the Outer Reef. Family owned, the restaurant has been open now for almost 7 years, and you are guaranteed some of the friendliest service and freshest food on the beach. The key to their business is Dolores Mena, the owner of the restaurant, who puts a lot of effort in the kitchen, but even more love into her garden where you will find her every morning! One of the main attractions is Max, a white face monkey from the northern Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua and Brenda and Roy, the two crazy “lapas” parrots. Most likely you will also see, Scooby, the house dog that is always around. Manager and family member Angel says, “If you come, you will enjoy good food, good services and friendly people. Don’t worry if you do not speak Spanish, you can always count with me to translate for you and help you with anything you may need. So come on… surf, swim, eat and relax at the Amores del Sol!”

Two Brothers Surf Resort

Las Salinas, Popoyo, Nicaragua

Yes, there may be some things that are worth giving up today – five dollar cups of coffee, two hundred dollar designer jeans, ten dollar movies… But as families are finding ways to save, they are also finding better ways to spend their money and spend time together. When was the last time you had breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your family? For that matter, when was the last time you caught your dinner! I have to admit, my family is quite lucky… We live in Nicaragua for 6 months out of the year and every day feels like vacation. We wake every morning without an alarm clock to the sun rising over the volcano. The first order of the day is simply walking out on the porch and checking the waves. I make a fresh pot of Nicaraguan coffee (which costs less than 5 dollars for the entire bag of beans!) The family spends the largest portion of the day TOGETHER, usually surfing, swimming or hiking – but most importantly, whatever is it, even if it is nothing or simply reading – we are doing it together.

We invite you to bring your family to Two Brothers Surf Resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. It is a short flight from the United States and you will probably spend less on your vacation than the money you would spend at home during the same time!

Bienvenidos!

Susan Gregory (and Robert, Marsh and Auggie)
Two Brothers Surf Resort
Las Salinas, Popoyo, Nicaragua