It’s that time of the year when you finally can escape from your boring routine and head for exciting holiday. You might have decided that you want a seaside escapade. Somewhere with plenty of sun, pristine beaches, rolling waves, and days of slow living. Maybe you want to finally trying surf camp after seeing those cool surfers riding and manoeuvring in the big swells. You may have learned how to stand at surfboards a while ago, have already learned some tips and tricks, but still pretty much a beginner. Staying at surf camp this holiday could expose you to a whole new experience this holiday! Before you go, ask these questions to yourself to make sure you land on the best surfing camp for your liking.
Are You Looking for Gender-Specific Surf Camp?
There are a LOT of surf camp out there! Once you start browsing, you’ll find literally hundreds of surfing camps from all sorts on the list. Some are more focused on kids and teens, others are more general. Ask yourself; are you willing to stay in general surfing house or are you feeling more comfortable staying at gender-specific camp? Some surf camps are dedicated to female surfers to ensure a safe and comfortable stay.
What is Your Current Level?
One of the most important aspect on choosing a surf camp is knowing your level. Are you a total beginner with little to zero experience? Have you learned basic surf before and intend to improve your skills? Or are you a seasoned surfers looking for some challenges?
Where is Your Surfing Destination?
Some beginners don’t want to go too far from home to learn how to surf—not even going to the neighbouring country. Check if you can find local surfing spots and camps in your country. However, for some people surfing can be a great excuses to travel half of the world! Surf enthusiast would do just almost everything in sake of getting on the best waves. The Maldives, Thailand and Bali are great for beginners—with plenty of natural and cultural attraction available. Portugal and Spain would satisfy both beginners and professionals, depend on the season. These two countries are relatively close to those who live in Europe or America. While Bali is beginner-friendly, Indonesia has dozens other challenging spots like Mentawai and Sumba that would keep even the most advanced surfers busy for days.
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Which One You Prefer: Sleepaway or Day Surf Camp
Do you want to actually sleep and stay at surf camp? Or do you prefer to stay at nearby villa and come to the camp only for the surfing lessons? The first option is great for those who want to mingle with likeminded surfers, feel the vibe of surf cultures, and save some money (they usually have room deals for surf lessons packages). The latter, however, is usually preferable for those who are travelling with family or non-surfer partners.
Do You Wants Adds-on Classes?
Some surf camps are totally focus on the surfing itself. They teach and facilitate nothing but surf and accommodation. This is perfect for aspiring surfers who don’t need anything else. However, you would find some other surfing camps offer additional classes like Yoga, which is very common and pretty advantageous for surfers! Other popular additional classes are kite surf, paddle boarding, zumba, skate boarding, and many more.