Kara Karll, a former guest of Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women, has recently joined the outfit as its new Director of Outside Operations. As a past director for NARAL, the national non-profit women’s health organization, Kara will continue her life’s commitment to empowering women, but now in a company that emphasizes the active side of her essential mission.
“Throughout my career, I’ve worked to improve women’s strength and self-confidence, but also to create opportunities to take time for fun. Surfing does all this,” says Karll. “There’s nothing like a woman catching her first wave — her smile, her pride in herself, her realization that ‘I can really do this.'”
Bev Sanders, founder of Las Olas, was on hand for some of Kara’s first waves. “We’ve never known a guest to ask about employment on the opening day of her safari,” recalls Sanders. “I knew she was serious when she handed me her completed resume on the beach right after her first surf lesson.”
Las Olas, recognized as the world’s premier surf safaris for women, was born from the understanding that women attain confidence, health, friendship, and fun by enjoying sports together. The surf safaris provide an inclusive and supportive environment for women’s entrance into surfing. The all-female, week-long retreats include oceanfront accommodations, daily surf and yoga lessons, meals, specialized massage and daily activities. Each program is designed to rejuvenate its guests as well as serve as a source of positive inspiration for women of all ages.
Las Olas currently offers surf safaris to Central Mexico with programs running throughout the fall, winter, and spring. Safari expansion plans and development of current programs will be released along with the new 2002/2003 schedule in this spring.