Carolina On My Mind

Can you keep a secret? Her name is Carolina and she is hidden away in the Costa Rican rainforest. She is a true beauty, au natural. She will refresh you in her cool waters,… Continue reading

The Long and Short of It

Waves, waves, waves. Over the past couple of months, in conjunction with MI OLA and a little help from Señor Google, I have chatted a lot about waves; how waves are made, wind conditions, where and what direction waves break,… Continue reading

72 Hours

72 hours. 3 days in Costa Rica. Can it be done? Well, of course it can be done, but can it be done right??? Enter Jen and Colin. Jen and I grew up… Continue reading

Just Swell

The swell is coming, the swell is coming… Well, technically, waves are always coming, it just depends on when they actually are going to arrive. BUT, waves are actually coming this week…hold on Northern… Continue reading

Dear Nikon

Dear Nikon, My name is Kristen and I live in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. I am a dreamer and a doer. I love to dance with waves {surf}, chase sunsets, stand on my head,… Continue reading

Boat House Apparel

The surfing world can be very small at times. Like one or two degrees of separation small. Enter Becca. She contacted me back in December about her upcoming trip to Tamarindo. It just… Continue reading


Over the past couple of months, my inner nerd has been researching and reporting on the science behind waves and surfing for the MI OLA blog.  With the help of Google, I have covered how waves… Continue reading

Black and White

Color. We live in a world of vibrant color. Our eyes and brain are the amazing processors of breathtaking sunsets and turquoise water.  Interesting enough, color photography has only been available to the… Continue reading

Samba With Me

Samba. It is neither just the music nor the dance itself, but a culmination of passion, sexuality, and an innate fervor from deep within. Samba is one’s true self. Since packing up my NYC… Continue reading

Wedding Número Cuatro

What to do when the mother-of-the-groom falls and breaks her arm two hours before the ceremony and is rushed to the hospital for surgery? Have your cousin GoPro the ceremony. Hide your iPhone… Continue reading

Tchau Tchau

They say time flies when you are having fun. Or traveling all over the world. Back in October I completed my two week, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. A couple weeks later I left for… Continue reading

Fun Dip

Last year my friend and I switched surfboards for a couple of waves while out surfing. Off went my 9’4″ longboard and underneath me was a potato chip of a surfboard, a 5’11”.… Continue reading


So about 29 years ago my brother was not a very happy camper. He was about to become a big brother, and worse yet, to a little girl. That little girl was me.… Continue reading

Pisco Pisco

Decisions, decisions. Back in August when I was researching fares for my brother’s wedding in Brazil, I had two options. A) Connect through Atlanta, or B) Connect through Lima, Peru. If I had… Continue reading

Point Break

Surfing looks easy. Wait, let me rephrase that. Some people make surfing look easy.  In reality, it is a complex sport, because there are many factors to take into account when you’re riding a… Continue reading