It’s been almost two weeks and we’re loving our new home at Brisas Del Alma. We’re still very busy settling in, putting finishing touches on the house (building shelves to store all our stuff mostly), and embracing our new lifestyle. It feels so good! Here are a few quick pics I snapped the other day to give you a taste. Gorgeous sunrise volcano view. Lobo waits patiently to head to the beach.Walking from home.Kim stretches it out before paddling out. A small but super fun day!
Waves like this await just a short walk down the beach from Brisas Del Alma.
Woke up before 5am, pounded some coffee, waxed up, snuck through the shortcut in the barbed wire fence, ran down to the beach, paddled out, and pulled into a few quick little tubes. It was small and gray but it was a good test of my GoPro Camera tail cam setup. Can’t wait for more swell and bigger tubes!
The waves aren’t perfect every day. Sometimes it’s small and kinda closed out, lumpy, and plagued by riptides. That’s just a part of surfing. But the sunrise is beautiful, the beach is empty, the water is warm. Even if the waves aren’t firing, the surf lifestyle is awesome. On this day, I took my two dogs for a sunrise surf session, caught a few little waves, and just appreciated the moments.
Since buying our lot a few months ago we’ve started making some improvements. The fence and some tree planting came first. Now we’ve hooked into the community water, have planted some non-GMO corn and have begun building our caretaker’s house. Check out the progress!
Professional Surfer Holly Beck and her husband Kim Obermeyer buy lot #22 in Brisas Del Alma
Holly first came to Nicaragua in 2005 and bought land in 2007. She fell in love with the Boom right away and bought land nearby, but after making the decision to live in Nicaragua full time which led to a total life and relationship change, she moved down the coast to live where she worked at a wave better suited for beginner surfers. In the last few years she had to make the 25 min drive to surf the boom on and would often miss the best waves. She really wanted to buy a piece of land walking distance to her favorite wave in the world.
The answer was Brisas Del Alma. Holly and Kim liked that Brisas featured a reasonable number of lots of various sizes and prices, walking distance to their favorite surf spot but further away from the center of town, allowing easy access to surf and a quieter existence with more privacy. They chose a corner lot in Phase 1 with underground water already installed.
They plan to start construction on a caretaker’s house during the rainy season and have already begun designing a main house that they’ll use for part time living and rental income.
For more photos from their lot selecting process, scroll through the gallery below:
Every year Hotel Chancletas puts on a contest for the local surfers in the area. It’s an awesome chance for the locals to showcase their skills, get the spot to themselves for 20 minutes at a time, and fight for the right to claim themselves as El Rey del Boom.
Isaac Rodriguez had been the undefeated champ for three years in a row, but this year Elton Sanchez claimed the crown with a sick backside tube in the final. The sand has been a little funky this year, but after a few big swells to start out the new season, it’s finally coming around. The contest day had strong offshore winds until 3pm and overhead waves.
On a day with good offshore winds and solid swell, Holly and her friend Nadia ran down the beach, paddled across the estuary, and out into the lineup at the island point. Luckily, there was a photographer on hand to capture a few moments from the session.