When you meet Amira Richa Holmes you are immediately drawn towards her fresh enthusiasm for surfing and ‘pura vida’ demeanour. This accomplished architect became obsessed with surfing in 2006 and immediately restructured her life around her new steamy relationship with the ocean and surfing. “The first time I surfed was in 2006 on a trip to Australia for a university internship. I fell in love with it and started borrowing boards immediately when I returned to Panama”, says Amira. Her father gifted her a surfboard but had to reconsider his generosity when she began to neglect her studies to chase waves. “I eventually got the board back when I graduated. It’s the best graduation present I could have gotten”, laughs Amira.
A city girl for most of her life, Amira decided to leave behind the hustle of Panama City and combine her love of surfing, nature, design and painting. Her inner city apartment was traded in for a surf shack near Playa Venao, Panama and she (duck) dove head first towards her salty dream. Shortly after, knowing she had made the right decision, she purchased a small farm in the town of Tonosi and is the proud parent of a large vegetable garden. Amira is also a painter who creates art and apparel under the name Bongzaii. You can see her hand-painted art all over Central America with hats and t-shirts showcasing her favourite Panamanian surf spots.
Amira is an experienced surfer and guide. She charges big waves and offers big laughs. She is thrilled to share stories of her surf experiences in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, California, Florida, and Brazil. She’s also thrilled to hear our guests’ stories and help create new ones through a shared passion for adventure and surf. Join her for a trip and start building those memories!