Note from the editor: For this week´s blog post, we are doing things a bit differently. Normally I sit down for an informal interview with our guests, more like a chat, and write something based off our conversation. We ran out of time before the McGlue family departed though, so I sent a set of questions via email instead. Cheyenne´s responses were so genuine and thoughtful that we decided to leave them in the original Questions/Answer format. This is what Oasis is all about; not just Spanish and surf lessons, but a true experience.
“It is so hard to put into words how we feel about PE and Oasis – almost immediately it has felt like our home away from home (at times I would say it feels more like home to me than where we live in the US) – so much love and welcoming. A beautiful town full of beautiful people.”
- 1.General background info – where you guys are from, ages of the kids, other hobbies/interests at home, etc.
We are from Golden, Colorado (for the moment). Dillon is 17 and Ronan is 15. Dillon rock climbs competitively, coaches and plays on his high school ultimate frisbee team. Ronan plays ultimate frisbee and indoor soccer and enjoys pick-up basketball at the gym. The boys and Mike also ski. Mike enjoys going to the gym daily and biking. I enjoy yoga a few days a week and climbing. As a family we love to travel and spend time outdoors – camping, stand up paddle board, walking with our dog Bella.
- When and how did you first end up coming to Puerto Escondido and to Oasis?
I knew about Puerto Escondido from my sister who has been coming there for 15 years, but never had the chance to visit. We had the opportunity to travel there when my husband found an international medical rotation he could do during his third year of residency. We met Sol through that program, CFHI. While Michael worked and did Spanish lessons, the boys and I surfed every day with Oasis. We were there for a month in July of 2016 and we fell in love with the town and the people. We have been back 3 times and just purchased land!
- Tell us more about the land you purchased and your long-term plans. Why did you choose this location? Will you build a home and move here?
YES, we purchased some land in Tierra Blanca – we are thrilled. It was somewhat spontaneous – but not completely. When we visited PE in July of 2016 we fell in love with Tierra Blanca and looked at some other land in the area. We love that it is out of town, peaceful and the beach goes for miles and you see hardly anyone. You can surf out there and be the only one catching waves. It is also close enough to town to easily get anything you might need. We were hoping to look at land again this trip and we were super lucky that there was some available and with awesome neighbors!!! We do plan on building a home on the land. After his rotation in the hospital Michael recognized that the community is in need of more medical providers. Our dream is to one day spend more time in PE and to be able to give back to the community – whether through our own clinic or supporting the hospital. As our boys grow older (Dillon is headed to college next year) and the medical school loans are paid off there is definitely potential for us to be in PE more than we are in the US.
- What was your surfing background? Did you or any of your family surf previously before you started coming to Oasis?
Dillon and Ronan learned to surf when they were 7 and 9 in Dominical, Costa Rica (Mike and I had tried a few times here and there during previous travels and had better success in Costa Rica). After Costa Rica we moved to St.Maarten (an island in the Caribbean) for 2 years and the boys and I surfed there regularly. We also took a surf trip to Morocco which was incredible. Any time we travel to Santa Cruz, California we try to take advantage and get some surfing in. Once we left the Caribbean it has been challenging to surf regularly (living in a land locked state) but have been thrilled since we found PE and Oasis – everyone is making progress and continuing to improve in their surfing with our regular trips here.
- What do you feel makes Puerto Escondido unique/different from other beach vacations you have taken throughout your life?
Our family has traveled to many beach locations throughout our years of traveling and we have been coming to Mexico since our boys were babies (on the Caribbean side) and have always loved the country and the people. One of our favorite things about Puerto Escondido is that it does not feel touristy and does not have a bunch of resorts. We appreciate visiting places that remain authentic – the people are real and living their everyday lives. The people are kind and welcoming – it is a really beautiful community. Life in PE is simplified (something we are always striving for as a family) – food, water, shelter, family and surfing – laid back, loving and kind. The PE area is so beautiful and there is so much we have yet to explore, it is a place we know we can go to and always relax.
- Your favorite things around Puerto: Favorite surf spot? Favorite thing to do in Puerto when you´re not surfing? Favorite part of your Oasis experiences?
Favorite Surf Spot: Ronan – Tres Amigos Dillon – Barra De La Cruz Michael – Barra de la Cruz Cheyenne – such a hard question – I love bits of every spot. I dream about La Punta on a medium to big day with no-one else out there ( I know it is a dream – will never happen – but such a nice wave for us goofy footers), Tierra Blanca and Tres Amigos – you have all the wave choices you could want and no worries about it being crowded, Barra De La Cruz and Roca Blanca are just such beautiful settings and fun waves. Zicatela – we surfed it a couple times in July – even when it is small – you know there is so much potential power and you have to be so on it and paying attention!!!! It definitely gets the adrenaline pumping – there is so much excitement. We love that there are always choices depending on the conditions.
When not Surfing: Number one is probably siesta – when we are at home it is always on the go all the time – school, activities, work. When we are in PE we can finally relax and hang out – the only thing scheduled is surfing. We also love visiting different beaches and swimming. A favorite is also going really early in the morning to Zicatela when the waves are big to watch the guys (instructors – David, Luis, Jorge) surf – to feel all that energy and see how brave they are is so incredible.
Oasis experiences: We all really enjoyed the bird tour on the boat through the lagoon and mangroves, the baby sea turtles, learning about board shaping at Oasis surf factory – pretty much everything. Dillon working with Roger to create his first ever custom board was a fantastic experience and Dillon cannot wait to use the board in Hawaii.
What Sol and Roger have accomplished with OASIS is incredible and totally spot on!!! The instructors are wonderful – they have so much experience to share with the students. I know that my boys will always be safe – even if I am not out there with them. The guidance they provide for all of us has helped our surfing improve tremendously. Even for the boys who have improved so much – there is always more to learn and the guides adjust according to their needs. The entire program is organized and runs like a well-oiled machine, yet we always feel chill and relaxed while out there. Exactly what we want. From the first day that we met Sol, Roger, office staff, surf instructors and La Barca house staff we have always felt welcomed like family. We honestly consider all of them to be family. We appreciate everything Sol and Roger have done for us and look forward to our next visit to PE (we miss everyone the minute we get on the plane), until then we are counting the days until we see them in Hawaii for the surf retreat. We just wish all the staff could come too!!