Hungry Socialites the end of summer has arrived, and this last vibe sets where the sea meets the horizon. Catching up with Venezuelan professional surfer / father / conservationist / artist - Ahmed Perez G. We also have some Cali destinations to soothe your surf soul from "the 'Bu's" secret surfer's hideout and brunch at Geoffrey's to a St. Barths experience in Laguna. Dream it up in Santa Cruz and Surf City USA plus High Tea at the First Lady of Waikiki. But even if you don't hang ten - you can still enjoy the lifestyle coined as "Coastal Grandmother Aesthetic" by Cali influencer Lex Nicoleta, she defined as "Attainable no matter who you are or where you live. You don’t have to live by the coast or be a grandmother... It’s more about the way you live your life - slowing down, taking time to enjoy the little things like flipping through magazines and sipping tea on a Sunday morning..."
images courtesy of The Surfrider website
“The Secret Surfer's Hideout" is the only non-ocean facing room on the mountain side of the property. This 250-square-foot room has a queen-sized bed and a bathtub with a cozy kind of quirkiness that harkens back to the iconic days of The Surfrider - rising with the sun and surfing all day. Perfect for surfers, road trippers and cool cats - spend the day on the rooftop deck or venture out with the hotel’s complimentary Mini Cooper and surfboards. This Surfer's Hideout also welcomes you with two complimentary Pacificos upon arrival - CHEERS!!
Treat yourself to brunch at Geoffrey’s Malibu on the gorgeous terrace overlooking the ocean designed by architect Richard Neutra. What was once known as Holiday House in 1948 when it opened its doors as a historic hotel in the heart of Malibu, established itself as an ultimate hospitality destination and attracted stars like Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, & Frank Sinatra.
Laguna Beach, CA
images courtesy of Hotel Joaquin website
Book the ST. BARTHS EXPERIENCE at petite seaside resort Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach and enjoy the salt kissed air while sipping a chilled glass from a bottle of Sancerre from the French Loire Valley and relaxing to the sounds of Charles Aznavour and other French artists on vinyl, hand selected for your stay or add on a Casamigos Blanco Tequila tasting, as guest of Hotel Joaquin you can enjoy beach time with access to their outpost of bicycles, snorkels, and bodyboards or soak up the rays by the saltwater pool on a double daybed. Designed by Studio Robert McKinley with its inspiration from St. Barths island décor, 1950s SoCal beach culture, and a Mediterranean coast aesthetic - each of the 22 rooms have been individually designed with one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, custom furniture and curated artwork.
Santa Cruz, CA
images courtesy of Dream Inn website
The iconic Dream Inn, Santa Cruz’s only beachfront hotel, offers Monterey Bay sunsets from your balcony, surfing & paddle-boarding with direct access to world-famous Cowell Beach. A beloved local landmark on the historic Beach Boardwalk with a retro-chic style where guests can fully enjoy the outdoor spaces - Shorebreak Pool Bar, heated pool/hot tub and firepits. Dream Inn sits on the site of Jack O’Neill’s very first surf shop and is located right on Cowell Beach. Stop off at Club Ed’s Surf Rentals to pick up a board or head out to Steamer Lane for some of the best waves in Central California. Wake up to waves crashing on the shore and grab a cup of Verve Coffee and locally baked pastries from the trendy lobby coffee cart.
Paséa HOTEL & SPA
Huntington Beach, CA
images courtesy of Pasea Hotel website
Sun and sand in SURF CITY, U.S.A. - Huntington Beach and the Paséa Hotel & Spa within walking distance of the pier and a prime spot to catch some waves. Where room keys are shaped like surfboards and guests can drop off their boards for storage. A project with the World Surfing League has filled the hotel with rad photography art of professional surfers. Try out the 100-minute deep-tissue “Surf Massage” set to the sound of ocean waves and then in the evening take the glass-encased staircase to the Treehouse rooftop lounge where the panoramic ocean views, cabanas, and seasonal seaside cocktails await your discovery.
AHMED PEREZ G
photo by Rawfiles Media
Ahmed Perez G is relaxing to the sound of waves crashing on the beach as he embodies all that is beautiful about his love for humanity and the sport. Not only is he at the top of his game professionally, but his heart is dedicated to saving and protecting what he loves most.
He moved to the United States two years ago to California to follow his dreams. His love for the ocean started early when he was a child playing in the waves, but over time it became a beautiful relationship with the ocean. His skills were organic and natural and even a little wild with his upbringing as a Caribbean kid in a fisherman-style village. “I transitioned from playing in the ocean to riding the waves with my body and then I saw a group of people surfing and it felt like freedom watching that as a kid,” said Ahmed
Once he started surfing, he developed quickly and started competing at an early age, which accelerated fast at the local level and then turned into a national and international path. He started traveling around the world competing and then what began as an amateur career suddenly turned to the pro level. Simultaneously while traveling around the world he was also finding the time to study to get a degree in marketing and advertising which likely will help launch him even further in his professional sports career.
Something changed in him while he was on a professional tour in South America. His connection to humanity and the ocean took a different spin. He was increasingly aware of the pollution in some of the waters he was surfing in. He recognized that he had the ability to influence others and maybe to use this platform to create a positive impact on children as future generations of the world. He became a new kind of humanist with the intention to send a message about love, the fragility of our environment, and how we can be better as humans. As a single dad of Matthias Koa, a ten-year-old surfer boy to whom he refers to as “little fish”, it became increasingly more important to him to be the voice of change and show his beautiful son the journey. Ahmed started giving speeches in local communities where he would compete around South America which turned into a movement of friends and friends of friends joining together on a wonderful journey with a love for humanity, nature, and the ocean. The speeches turned into encompassing his artistic talents into activities for children in these countries and naturally evolved into a conservationist project. “Something organic happened inside of me that made me want to give back to the source that I received so much from. I am so grateful to the ocean that I need to help,” said Perez.
Having lived in the US for the last two years he has already started working with a handful of nonprofit organizations. He volunteers with projects to help people learn about the impact of love, conservation, and plastic, and about all of the environment that we can call home, but most importantly how to make a positive impact in our lives. Currently, he is helping Soul Survivor Outdoor, Surf Surfer Unite and the 100 Waves for kids, The Surfrider Foundation, Drains to Ocean, and the Hope of San Diego as a volunteer ambassador for their platforms.
It is no surprise that surf brands like Degree33 Surfboards, Southwest Energy Solutions with the Lighthouse Project, Cobian Footwear, and Leap Boards that share his core values are lining up to get involved with Ahmed. Follow Ahmed Perez G @ahmedperezg
For sponsorship and support:
Southwest Energy Solutions
Matthias Koa following dad's steps photo by Rawfiles Media
TEA CHEST HAWAII
photo courtesy of Tea Chest Hawaii website
Enjoy your own Coastal "Kuku Wahine" (Grandma in Hawaiian) aesthetic with Tea Chest Hawaii's Moana Collection Handcrafted Island tea blends made for the First Lady of Waikiki - the Westin Resort & Spa at Waikiki Beach. This historic Oahu hotel opened in 1901 blending Victorian elegance with contemporary comfort and offers Afternoon Tea, a tradition shared by kamaʻaina and malihini (locals and travelers) alike. Served on The Veranda under a canopy of its historic banyan tree as you listen to the sounds of Waikiki Beach. The Moana Collection features Moana Royale, Moana Sunset, Veranda Breeze, Mango Mele and our fav -Veranda Sunrise, which has been blended in the tradition of breakfast tea popularized in the U.K. by Queen Victoria - a bold black tea that takes well to milk & sugar in the classic high tea style.
NANTUCKET SURF CLUB
images courtesy of Nantucket Surf Club website