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    CEACEA SWIMWEAR — #travel #CEACEASWIMWEAR #CEACEASWIMWEAR #surfergirl #Surfing #surf #CentralAmerica #Panama #swimwear #surfsuit #bikini

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    #IGOTYOU

    We hope by now you've seen the amazing #IGotYou initiative started by Still Stoked.
    If not make sure you head over to www.stillstoked.com to find out all about it and join the community which is changing line ups for women around the world.
    #IGotYou is Still Stoked's campaign to encourage women to be a positive influence to other women in the surf and beyond.
    They are encouraging women to take the #IGotYou pledge and many of the women who have, have shared their #IGotYou stories. 
    For those of you who do, you are in with a chance to win some prizes.
    CEACEA SWIMWEAR were happy to donate a surf outfit and we would like to share the winner Alyce's inspiring story. 
    Follow her journey @the_surfing_dietitian
    Alyce’s story....
    I am loving the #IGotYou theme so much everyone's stories are just beautiful. My story is a shoutout to the most amazing and beautiful girls that I call my best friends.
    When we were younger, I had struggled with body image issues and an eating disorder all through my teenage years. I was scared to wear a bikini or be seen doing something like surfing in case I 'looked bad' and I was especially scared to love myself.
    Having these girls in my life saved me. They are just so accepting of themselves that just being around them helped me to love myself a little more. Their support and love showed me that I can wear what I want, do what I want and be who I want, exactly how I am.
     
    Now I practically live in a bikini and I am the biggest surfaholic out of all of us!

    I hope to be this person to other girls and women in my life and help each other be body confident as well as surf confident so we can all just love to surf together.  

    Thanks Alyce for sharing your story with us. 

     

     

     

     

    Surfing through Central America - Bocas del Toro. Panama.

    Surfing through Central America - Bocas del Toro. Panama.

    I (Caz) am lucky enough to be spending the best part of the year traveling through Central and South America. This is to spread the CEACEA love but to also hit the best surf spots along the way too.

    I have recently been in Bocas Del Toro and what I found was a real treat.

                               

    The beauty of Bocas del Toro is that there are a number of breaks you can choose from. Pretty much all breaks are accessible by boat only. It is pretty fun to jump on a little wooden boat, nip over to the other island, jump in and just go for it! Do remember to agree a time with the Captain to come back and collect you!

    December to March is the main surf season, however I was there in August and I got very lucky with waves everyday. Im told this isn't the norm however,

    Here's the low down on which waves to hit.

    Main breaks of Bocas del Toro;

    Careneros The point - Intermediate waves apart from the odd day when a huge swell comes into town. Left hand point break, breaking over coral reef. Good when the wind is light to moderate, cross or offshore. You can see when a set is coming through and can hang on the corner if its looking too big. If it is big just sit a bit wider. A good wave to improve your skills as an intermediate rider. Not crowded on the off season. $3 boat ride to get to,

    Careneros Old Mans - Beginner wave, nice and friendly to take your long board and foamie. On bigger days you can use a short board here too. An 'A frame' wave but the left is longer than the right. Can walk up Careneros island and paddle out or get a $2 boat ride.

    Paunch - Intermediate to Advance wave. A tricky paddle out over reef but once your out its deep enough. It's on the way to bluffs beach on Isla Colon, you can hire a bike and cycle there (a bit tricky holding your board), drive or get a boat round. An 'A frame' but the left is better than the right. It can be a hollow wave on a bigger swell.

     

    Wizard Beach - Beach break. You can get a boat to Bastimentos Island Old Bank and walk 15 minutes through the island to Wizard beach. A nice beach but average waves. It's probably better during peak wave season.

    Other waves in the area that we didn't go to;

    SilverBacks, Long beach, Bluff beach

    In summary the main pros and cons are;

     

    Pros;

    Warm water

    Beautiful scenery and tropical islands to look at while you surf

    A really friendly crowd

    Lots of other chicas shredding out there

    Clean water

    Fun boat access

    Bocas town - lots of accommodation, restaurants and bars

     

    Cons;

    Boat access only so you have to pay to surf

    Over coral reef so wear booties if you are worried

    Bocas town - its not a quiet surf destination, it's fully on the 'beaten track'

     

    Other cool spots to hit when the surf is flat is Red frog beach to spot the....Red frogs. Also Playa Estrella or star fish beach is a a pretty place for a day trip.

     

    Enjoy :)

     

    Caz x

     

    CEACEA SWIMWEAR