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SURF TECHNIQUE: HOW TO PADDLE ON A SURFBOARD The Proper Paddle Technique Explained Paddling is arguably the most important aspect of surfing. In fact, we probably spend 90% of our time in the water on our stomachs paddling, not on our feet riding waves. So, whether you are you a beginner surfer who can’t seem …

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SURF TECHNIQUE: HOW TO DUCK DIVE & HOW TO TURTLE ROLL Swell Surf technique series: If you have ever tried to surf without knowing how to turtle roll or duck dive, you might not have had a great time. Both turtle rolling and duck diving are an essential part of surfing. Without doing either, we …

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Yes, there is Surf in The Caribbean! The Caribbean Sea is often associated with warm, tranquil, turquoise waters, white sand, and ideal weather. But to the surprise of many, the Caribbean is actually home to a myriad of world-class surf breaks scattered throughout the various island nations. Most people presumably think of umbrella drinks when …

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THE GOLDEN RULES OF SURF ETIQUETTE Learning to surf is far more than starting a new sport and acquiring the skills necessary to compete. It’s about learning the culture, participating in the lifestyle, and having the time of your life. However, surfing can be a bit intimidating at times, and even dangerous if done incorrectly. …

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The Best Yoga Poses for Surfers Yoga and surfing, the two are often paired, and rightfully so, they are complementary to one another. Yoga surf camps are popping up all over the world and we are proud to offer Yoga surf holidays at our Caribbean surf camp. The reality of surfing, for beginners and experts …

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KITESURFING DOMINICAN REPUBLIC It’s not just the surfing that is top class in Cabarete, in this updated 2018 Kitesurfing Dominican Republic guide you will find info on where and when to go, as well as all other relevant kiteboarding info to plan your kitesurfing holiday to the Dominican Republic with ease. In case you are …

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Worldwide beginner surf destinations Even though our surf camp is in the Dominican Republic, we are also surfers ourselves and have travelled extensively in the search for waves to catch. Based on our experience, here are our beginner surf destinations worldwide for beginner, intermediate and expert surfers. Dominican Republic. Our own place, Swell, is located …

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A family surf trip! The summer is almost over; we are headed into Autumn and then the (often dreaded) long months of Winter. We all need something to look forward to, so thoughts often turn to next summer’s plans to keep us going through the cold months. Family vacations are always best planned well in …

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Meet the team Let us introuduce you to the people who work at Swell, and who will make sure you get the surf holiday you are looking for. THE MANAGER Haudy My name is Haudy Prisila I am 42 years old & Graduate of Tourism, Hospitality and Marketing I am originally from Chile, my hometown …

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TOP ACTIVITIES DOMINICAN REPUBLIC So you want to go on vacation to the Dominican Republic; an island jam-packed full of beautiful beaches and azure-colored water. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: A SUPERB HOLIDAY DESTINATION FOR ALL   You may not realise though that the Dominican Republic has a landscape which lends itself to some of the most beautiful …

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STUFF TO SEE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC It is no surprise, given the country’s rich and varied history, starting with the original Taino Caribbean people and followed by invasions from the Spanish, French and even the Americans in 1965, that the Dominican Republic has such an incredible array of cultural and music festivals and celebrations …

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CABARETE IN SURFING PICTURES We have a lot of text describing what a surf vacation on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is all about, but instead of writing about how pretty the scenery is here, we thought we’d show you the scenery , landscapes and action you can expect when you visit us. …

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Smack-bang in the middle of the Caribbean sea and the Atlantic ocean, sits one of the largest, most interesting (historically), stunningly beautiful and culturally diverse islands of the entire region; the Dominican Republic. Anyone planning a trip to the Caribbean should put this place firmly on their shortlist and this article will list the many …

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VISIT CABARETE Here’s a visual with 7 reasons to put Cabarete on the top of your vacation destinations for 2018 (or 2019) We hope to see you soon in Cabarete. Swell offers: Learn to surf holidays for beginners Learn to kiteboard packages Surf & Yoga holidays Adventure day trips Luxury  accommodation in our surf hotel …

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9 Reasons why Cabarete is the ultimate water sport destination in Central America / Caribbean. There are so many places in the world where you can lie on a sun-soaked beach and do absolutely nothing (if that’s your thing), but where do you go if you want an action-packed, adult sports holiday with a variety …

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LEARN TO SURF HOLIDAYS What’s new at Swell Surf Camp May 2018 Swell Surf Holiday news News Why go to Swell on a learn to surf holiday Summer kitesurf season in cabarete NEWS About 2 months ago we launched the Swell 2018 website, aftre some initial technical difficulties the site is now running smooth and …

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If you have always wanted to learn how to surf, but don’t know what it takes to do so, read this article

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5 reasons for a trip to the DR

Many people think of the Dominican Republic as a place for all-inclusive lazy holiday, the reality is that the Dominican Republic has so much more to offer than those big hotels.

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Meet the Swell team: Lee

This month Swell staff spotlight is Lee. He joined us late 2017, he is calm , patient, easy going  and all round fun guy to have around the camp. (Just don’t feed him any tequila) Full Name: Lee Brown Nick Name: Lee Position at Swell: Surf Instructor Nationality: English Age: 27 How long have you …

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Kitesurf Holiday

KITESURF HOLIDAY Kitesurf season is coming up in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.Besides awesome surfing conditions for surfers of all levels, Cabarete is also widely regarded as the kitesurf capital of the world. Perfect conditions for kiteboarders of all levels. What to expect if you are coming to Cabarete for a kitesurf holiday? Steady tradewinds that kick in …

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What level is my surfing?

Here at Swell, we deal with this question on a weekly basis. Of the many emails we receive each week, we find that several of our potential guests are unsure how to class the level of surf experience they have: Many people call themselves intermediate surfers, but in our experience, it’s such a generic term, …

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Surf & Yoga Camp

Surf & Yoga Camp So, the love affair between Surfing and Yoga continues to gain strength and it’s no accident that the two pair-up so well. Pre-surf stretching has been a vital part of the surfing process – using limbs in a way that is alien to most other daily activities or sports can take …

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Top Things to do in Cabarete

Top Things to do in Cabarete (other than Surfing & Yoga) Caberete, the action sport capital of the Caribbean. Located on the North coast of the Dominican republic, 20 minutes from Puerto Plata international airport (POP).   The first words that come to most peoples minds when they think of a holiday to the Dominican …

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10 Ways You Can Benefit from Surfing Retreats

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. …

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The Best Time to Go to the Dominican Republic For a Water Sport Holiday

If a surf holiday doesn’t sound like a great time to you, then you probably need one urgently. It’s both a relaxing and thrilling getaway. You’ll likely be in a picturesque location wherever you decide to go. But we want to talk to you about the Dominican Republic for now. Why? Because it’s a fantastic …

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A CARIBBEAN LEARN TO SURF HOLIDAY Teaching people that are completely new to the sport of surfing all the basic essentials of how to ride the waves is what we at Swell specialize in. We  provide high quality surf lessons for our clients, and one way to ensure this is by using quality surf material: Safe …

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7 Reasons to Ride the Waves and Learn to Surf

Picture this. The sun’s shining, the palm trees are swaying, and you’re riding your first ever wave over the crystal clear Caribbean water. There’s no doubt about it, nothing beats surfing! In addition to having fun and embracing a new challenge, surfing comes with a whole host of other benefits. From improved fitness and better core strength …

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Surf Camp Job

Surf Camp Job When: Positions open 2018 Length: Minimum commitment 6-8 months, ideally 12 months Start: 2018 Position: Surf instructors Where: Cabarete, Dominican Republic Requirements: Previous teaching experience & ideally ISA qualified Our place has a unique vibe and we have great clients, mostly professional people, who stay with us.   Surf Camp Job The work can …

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Surf Instructor Job

Updated: January 2018 Surf Instructor Job When: Positions open for 2018 Length: Minimum commitment 4 months, longer is possible and preferred Position: Surf instructors Where: Cabarete, Dominican Republic Requirements: Previous teaching experience & ideally ISA qualified Swell has set whole new standards in accommodation and guest experience of surf camps. Our place has a unique vibe …

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Summer in Dominican Republic

Summer in Cabarete Summer time is here, and contrary to popular belief, it’s actually a great time to be on the North Coast of the Domican republic for a surf holiday. Maybe not for expert surfers seeking to find double overhead barrels, but for beginners and intermediate surfers, the DR offers great conditions. See the …

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Swell Surf Camp Summer

We’d like to take this opportunity to update you with what has been going on at Swell. Winter is over, and we had a fantastic time, lots of happy clients, good waves for all; from mellow beginner waves to double overhead barrels for the advanced surfers. Now summer is almost here, and that means the …

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Best summer camps

Spring has begun and we at Swell Surf Camp already get a lot of inquiries and bookings in for the summer. Maybe it’s because we got mentions on a lot of external / independent websites for offering awesome summer surf camp holidays. Mentions: Slice Magazine – One of the top hotels for singles Frommers – …

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Swell Surf Camp Video

Have a look at what a Swell vacation is all about. The video is shot in and around Cabarete and Swell

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Surf Instructor Job Opening

Surf Instructor Job Opening When: Anytime, still positions open for 2016 & 2017 Length: Minimum commitment 6 months, ideally 12 months Position: Surf instructors Where: Cabarete, Dominican republic Swell has set whole new standards in accommodation and guest experience of surf camps. Our place has a unique vibe and we have great clients, mostly professional people, …

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Swell Overhaul

Surf season is almost upon us in the Dominican Republic So to be prepared for the high season we close and start renovations as we do every 2 years ,  we give the building a complete overhaul, new paint, new room decor, work in the garden , new LED lights etc. so we worked very …

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Getting around Cabarete

TRANSPORTATION IN CABARETE And a quick guide on ‘how to ride bitch‘ Our clients get picked up by our drivers at the airport on their way to Swell and in the mornings, our clients go with Michel’s van to Playa Encuentro. The rest of the transportation from Swell to bars and restaurants can be done by foot, since …

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What our guests say

We at Swell have a love/hate relationship with Tripadvisor, what started out as a great idea: real reviews by real guests quickly got abused and turned into: Fake reviews by hotel owners. Swell has had a few fake reviews over the year from competitors. Since it’s hard to get a hold of anyone at Tripadvisor …

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Best Surf Camp

BEST SURF CAMP Interesting title isn’t it? Are we claiming? No We don’t think Swell Surf Camp is THE best Surf camp in the world, there’s no such thing as the best surf camp, since every person looking for a surf holiday has different criteria for judging what makes the best. What we do claim …

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Cabarete Kitesurf World Cup 2014

Update 2016 The article  below is from 2014 so here’s an update on the 2016 Maitai Cabarete Freestyle Invitational. The new kiteboarding event is part of the world kiteboarding league When: Jule 12 to Juli 17 2016 Where: Cabarete Bay, in front of the Millenium hotel, at Laurel eastman Kiteboarding ( where Swell clients go …

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  • Think of Swell as the anti-surf camp. There’s plenty of surfing, of course, but the similarities to other camps end there. For starters, the rooms are stylish — more boutique hotel than reggae-loving surfer digs. Then there are the legendary breakfasts (omelettes, pancakes and crepes, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and fruit bowls). Structured lessons take place each morning, with an instructor alongside you and the head surf coach watching from shallow water, ready to offer tips between rides.”


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  • “The Dominican Republic has it all!”

    We hope you will join us on a Caribbean Surf Holiday in the Dominican Republic.

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