The robot that saved my relationship

Hey ocean lovers,

Some real talk. I love Dion, and I love the ocean, but I do NOT love the sandpiles these two create when they get together. Sand gets EVERYWHERE--the sheets, the socks, the sink... Seriously, despite Juan's good-hearted sweeping, and Dion's foot rinsing, there have been a few moments where I didn't know if my relationship could survive the small quartz particles in the bed.

Enter the Eufy Robovac. I know, I know... I too thought that robot vacuum cleaners were prohibitively expensive, but this little guy came in at under $200 on Amazon. You program him/her to run at the same time every day, and voilà... clean floors and no more sand fights! We've named ours "RV" (for Robo-Vac). As Dion says, "it's like a pet, but it cleans up the dirt instead of making it."

In case you're wondering if it works, photo evidence is attached below... and this is after just one day. New York is gross, people, but RV sucks it up.

This is what ends up on the floor in just one day of NYC apartment life.

This is what ends up on the floor in just one day of NYC apartment life.

RV is rechargeable, uses a sensor to get around your whole apartment, and has a couple different programs you can run. I've got him set to do a full-house sweep every day at 11am. Head out for work in the morning, come home at night to clean floors. There's no bag to replace, just a cute little removable dustbin that you empty right into the trash.

If you or someone you love loves the ocean, and can't help bring her home on your feet and in your pant legs, I can't recommend this little guy enough. Go forth and be tidy!

love, sophia


Sophia in the city

Hey everybody, Sophia here--as many of you know, I'm back in BK for the summer, after another successful writing season up in Cape Cod. I'm loving the New York vibes more than ever. The street culture, the beautiful people, the languages, the food, the fierce personalities... and of course, the vitality and good neighborliness of the city and its diverse inhabitants. NYers are uniquely good at standing up for our fellow humans. We take no shit, people.


Behind every good surf coach...


As you may be aware, from time to time I exert the occasional behind-the-scenes influence here at Conatus, helping Dion with scheduling (the ocean is on her own time), budgets (eeew), food snacks (yum), and other Virgo projects. One of the things I'm excited about this summer is taking on some more leadership with this good old blog. So watch out for more regular posts--with new lifestyle features, recipes, tips n tricks, as well as the usual student updates and success photos, and Dion's picks for surf gear, books, movies, and events.


Stay cool, stay fierce, stay positive, stay out on the streets and in the water. More soon!

love, sophia

Store is down but we are still taking on new people

Ocean Lovers! 

Apologies that the online store is down, but we had a number of people purchasing packages without prior communication. We still have openings for sessions and packages, we just appreciate that you fill out an online form first. Payments go to @conatussurfclub in Venmo. If you would like to use a credit card, we can open up the store per purchase so that you can buy there, but we will add charge for the processing fee. Summer is around the corner and we're looking forward to new faces and big strides in the faces that are already so familiar to us. 

Also be on the look out for retreat announcements and dates. We'll be announcing those very soon, and will be taking deposits. In 2018/19 and ongoing we're going to start booking trips a little closer to a group-wide ability level. There will be a few retreats just focused on the intermediate and advanced intermediate surfer. The goal in these will be to learn and perfect some of the harder things in surfing -- turns, tubes, big drops, floaters, overall style, etc. All surfers of any advanced level can benefit from these, much in the way we instructors are always benefitting from the expertise of the other during video review and in the water. 

Can't wait! See you in the water! 



The blog has been resurrected. Here's a video from our fifth retreat at Rancho Diandrew in Costa Rica starring me, Dion, my brother, Andrew, our right hand man, Eric, and CSC students, Scott Ferguson, Anya Ferring, Mariza Daras, and Evonne Huang. Filming done by me, Andrew, Eric, and Tessa. Music is from some obscure 80s compilation record I discovered. Costa Rica continues to blow my mind. There are always waves there. There seems to be a spot for every swell size and direction. The variety of surf mixed with our pack-it-up-and-find-another-spot-if-it-isn't-doing-its-thing ethos has an ROI that is through the roof. That and everyone gets better at surfing, has breakfast made for them beachside, cools off in outdoor cold water pools, and does business emails staring out across the jungle. It's a pretty sweet trip. We are headed back March 15-25. There are two spots left. Swell is usually a bit bigger than in January. We have a game plan for all different sizes of swell, one of which includes a trip to Pavones if it's absolutely macking (additional cost, but worth it). Discovered a protected left sand point last year that we'd like to investigate further. The search is still real. Hit us up if you would like to get involved. Andrew is available for private stuff (1-4 ppl) throughout the year.