10 Ways You Can Benefit from Surfing Retreats
10 WAYS YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM A SURFING RETREAT
Blue skies, turquoise-blue waters, and a fiery sunset.
The soothing sound of waves delicately caressing the shore.
The smell of salt water.
The tickle of sand on your bare feet.
A new taste for surfing.
They’re the fastest growing trend in wellness travel; designed to feed mind, body, and the senses. They’re called surfing retreats. And it’s something you have to try.
Surfing retreats are more than learning a fun, invigorating watersport. They offer so much more than the name implies.
You’ll leave your travel adventure with much more than you came with. Check out all the ways you can benefit from the experience.
TRAVEL TO A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY FOR SURFING RETREATS
Let’s face it. One huge reason you’re looking to get away is to relax in a place that oozes calm and serene. (But also has a great nightlife too!)
The gorgeous sandy beaches of Cabarete offer the best of both.
The Dominican Republic has some of the most consistent waves in the world, especially the local surf break.
And the off-site excursions take you deep into some of the most breath-taking scenery the Caribbean has to offer.
If you want to truly experience the Dominican Republic and escape to paradise, Swell surf camp is the place to go.
COMBINE FITNESS WITH FUN
There’s a reason most surfers have slim, toned muscles and bodies to-die-for. A duck-dive under the waves isn’t easy.
Surfing engages the entire core constantly. It requires good endurance, muscle power, and flexibility.
Paddling uses arm, shoulder, and chest muscles.
Heard of surfies? They’re basically the burpee of the surf world. They’re what you need to master for a flawless pop-up onto your board.
Surfing may be challenging and physically demanding, but you’ll have so much fun learning you won’t even notice. (Until after!)
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Surfing retreats are extremely popular for solo travellers. You walk in on day one to meet a bunch of strangers and leave on the last day with ten new friends.
How can you not become close-knit when you spend all day encouraging and “whoop-whooping” for one another? The spirit of camaraderie is only made stronger by the team of supportive, friendly and skilled surf instructors.
Designed as a communal gathering place you can also spend time getting to know your surf mates outside of lessons.
A surf getaway is a perfect way to meet and bond with positive, like-minded travellers.
LEARN A NEW SPORT
Cowabunga dude! Hang loose. Watch me shoot the curl.
It’s such a crazy sport that it has its own language.
The best practice for surfing lessons is to the two-a-day approach.
The first session includes a thorough warm-up, dryland practice, and often one on one instruction. Instructors are knowledgeable and encouraging. Their goal is to make you feel comfortable while trying something new and unfamiliar.
The second session is a looser practice. Here you will practice what you learned earlier on your own. Instructors are present to offer tips, advice, and encouragement.
Remember to manage your own expectations. Not everyone picks up surfing the first time they try. But every time you get out and try again is a step closer to riding the waves.
But every time you get out and try again is a step closer to riding the waves.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN SURFING?
This is a question we hear a lot at Swell. Unlike with other board sports like skateboarding and snowboarding, the variables around you constantly change. Waves, ocean, tide and wind all affect the surfing conditions. With snowboarding, you can practise the same turnover and over, with surfing that is not the case.
At Swell we aim to be the best Surf camp, teaching the sport of surfing in a structured way from qualified surf instructors so your surfing can progress fast and in a safe way.
Playa Encuentro, Cabarete’s main surfing spot on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is a super consistent surf spot. Encuentro has waves 350 days of the year and the water is always warm, so no need to bring a wetsuit.
EAT FABULOUS CUISINE
Part of travelling to another country is the anticipation of savouring the local cuisine.
The best surfing retreats have their own kitchen with an in-house chef and cooking staff.
Because the cooks are local, guess what that means? It’s like home cookin’ — Dominican Republic style.
Even the most health-conscious, diet-watching people need to fuel their bodies.
The resort or company hosting your surf retreat knows the importance of this.
A light breakfast is commonly available before the first surf lesson (you don’t want to fill your stomach before getting on the water). Then a hearty, filling, healthy meal will await once you’ve completed your lesson.
As one Swell review says: “The meals I had at camp were some of the best I had the whole trip.”
And for the nights you feel like venturing out, you’ll find it hard to choose. Some of Cabarete’s popular eateries are within a 5-minute walk from the Swell surf camp.
FEEL A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
There’s no better way to build self-esteem than by tackling something new.
Instruction is broken down into small, manageable steps. But you can also expect to be pushed to your limits, without going farther than you can handle. Each day promises a new success.
Each day promises a new success.
Because instructors tailor their instruction to fit individual needs, you’re guaranteed to leave with better surfing skills than when you came. Even if you don’t manage to ride your board on the inside break you’ll experience the joy of simply trying.
Just remember, with any new skill you learn, it starts with baby steps. In this case, it starts with baby waves. Small, tiny waves today; big and wild waves the next.
In this case, it starts with baby waves. Small, tiny waves today; big and wild waves the next.
Surfing retreats are becoming more and more popular among women.
Most of us live in a constant whirlwind, taking care of others and sometimes forgetting to look after ourselves. When’s the last time you treated yourself to a much-needed break?
Get a massage. Read a book on the beach without interruption. Come back to a cleaned room every day. Talk with other women without censoring what you say. Get your workouts in daily. Enjoy a cocktail without having to answer a text, call, or request from a needy three-year-old.
Get your workouts in daily. Enjoy a cocktail without having to answer a text, call, or request from a needy three-year-old.
Whatever it is you need to get away from, transform and return rejuvenated.
Even those around you will appreciate it.
FEED YOUR INNER EXPLORER
Although you may find it hard to tear yourself away from the warm sand and soothing splash of waves, it’s a must-do to venture out.
Most surfing retreats are located in areas full of fabulous adventures.
In Cabarete you can choose from many different activities:
- Try kitesurfing
- Go snorkelling the beautiful bay of Sosua
- Into scuba? How about a wreck dive or night diving?
- A guided horseback ride takes you to exotic areas no cars can drive
- Mountain biking is available for the hard-core and the leisurely rider
Of course, your trip wouldn’t be complete without rappelling down the “Magic Mushroom.” Yes. That’s a thing. And yes, it’s something you’ll never forget.
INTERACT WITH LOCALS
The surfer lifestyle coined the phrase “hang loose.” And that’s the atmosphere you’ll be surrounded by when you venture into the local haunts.
Your surf instructor and staff can offer many great suggestions for food, fun, and fantastic people watching.
Local surfers are always out on the water. They are an extremely accepting and generous group of people. They enjoy shouting encouragement to newbies of the sport.
REBOOT BODY AND MIND
Many surfing retreats offer a combination of surf instruction and yoga. Push your mind and your body to experience the fullness of what you are doing.
Yoga practice helps relax your body after long, physically taxing days in the water. Gentle yoga poses help stretch and loosen muscles and are perfect for post-surfing relaxation.
SURFING RETREATS ARE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME
Most surfing retreats are so much more than the surfing; “beautiful, chill location, great food, fabulous restorative yoga classes, fun adventurous activities, and relaxing with new friends.”
No matter what surf level you’re at, Swell Surf & Yoga Retreat is an experience you will never forget. And one you will want to do over and over again.
PICK YOUR SURF RETREAT DESTINATION
Swell now has 2 location to choose from for your surfing retreat. The original Swell surf camp in the Caribbean, or the brand new swell Bali location, located in the hip and quaint surfing/fishing village of Bingin, in the south of Bali.
More info at Swell Bali Surf Retreat
HOW ABOUT A FAMILY SURF HOLIDAY?
In the popular kids vacation weeks, Christmas, summer holiday we are also open for family surf holidays to join Swell.
Ready to treat yourself to the adventure of a lifetime?
Your contact is Clare. And she’s ready to answer all your questions and help you book the perfect surf holiday.
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