So, it’s freezing cold once again in the Northeastern USA. And maybe the rest of the nation but you don’t know since you’ve been cooped up indoors, binge-watching indie movies and classic TV shows on Netflix, forgetting about everything else happening in the world outside of your warm and cozy home.
Which is nice once in a while, until cabin fever kicks in when you guilt-trip yourself into thinking how little you’ve accomplished these past few weeks of your life. You could take up winter sports and your favorite dance and fitness studios operate in all year long, but neither motivate you because you still have to layer up and step into the cold.
What is a girl to do in a situation like this? There are many options, but one that appeals to us right now means plenty of vitamin sea and a lot of #grrlpower. Here are 5 all-women surf camps to consider signing up for to get you out of your winter funk:
Surf Retreats with Substance and Soul in Costa Rica
Pura Vida Adventures was founded in 2003 by Tierza Eichner after a life-changing surf trip that inspired her to leave a high-pressure job in Northern California and open up her own yoga and surf retreat in Costa Rica. Since then, Pura Vida Adventures has been providing an experience that is “soul-changing, life-transforming, spirit-filling sport of surfing to people from all over the world” while celebrating sisterhood in paradise.
Retreat packages include daily surf expeditions and yoga classes, a zip-line tour, floating in a tide pool at sunset, and an afternoon trip to hidden waterfalls with your new set of girlfriends eager to experience the beauty of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica with you. For more information or to book your adventure, go to www.PuraVidaAdventures.com.
Awaken, Inspire and Celebrate Your Inner Goddess in Bali
Prefer a little more pampering? Consider doing Surf Goddess Retreats® instead, a boutique surf and yoga holiday in Seminyak, Bali. Perfect for absolute beginner surfers and solo travelers, Surf Goddess Retreats® provides “an enchanting space where you can learn how to surf in a totally positive and supportive environment packed with fun and laughter with your surf sisters”. You’ll also have plenty of time to unwind from the pressures of life and take time to pamper yourself.
Retreat packages include daily surf and transformative yoga sessions, decadent spa treatments, and a health and wellbeing program “that will spark your spirit and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed”. For more information or to pick a package most suitable for you, check out www.SurfGoddessRetreats.com.
Be Empowered To Have More Adventures in Nicaragua
Want to become a better surfer? Surf With Amigas is “a place for adventurous women to come together and encourage each other to fulfill their goals”–so they’ll be sure to help you go where you want to go. Whether you are ready to catch your very first wave, become more confident in the water, transition to riding a shortboard, cross-step on a longboard, or get barreled, their program and team of experienced female instructors will help you achieve whatever surfing goals you’ve set for yourself, all in the beautiful tropical beach setting of Northern Nicaragua.
Retreat packages can also include horseback riding on the beach, hiking to hidden waterfalls, or zip-lining through the jungle to complete your adventurous holiday. You also get to experience the culture with trips to local cities, outdoor market shopping, and sampling of traditional cuisine. Adventures with Surf With Amigas usually end with a party on the beach with newfound girlfriends who share the same surfing aspirations as you. Learn more or reserve your spot at www.SurfWithAmigas.com.
Follow Your Bliss in Sri Lanka
Founded in 2003 by a globe-trotting chef, surfer and yogini Lulu Agan, SwellWomen is “an upscale boutique organizer of wellness retreats that serves to foster connections and life-transforming experiences in a secure and welcoming environment”. SwellWomen encourages all people to follow their bliss, even if it’s just taking one week a year just to focus on themselves, and has been leading surf-yoga-wellness vacations all over the world for 15 years.
But our story focuses on an island off of Indian, the southern part of Sri Lanka, a dream destination where you “surf clean, azure blue, peeling waves with empty line-ups as our beautiful villa is just minutes away from consistent breaks during the season”. When not participating in the retreat, which consists of daily surfing, yoga, and other wellness activities, you can explore Sri Lanka–see the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Galle, go leopard-spotting at the nation’s game reserves, experience tea tasting at the highlands’ plantations. Additional details can be found at www.SwellWomen.com.
Learn To Surf at the Birthplace of Surfing – Hawai’i
Of course, we couldn’t do a surfing article without including Hawai’i as a destination–the birthplace of surfing. Our surf camp of choice: Maui Surfer Girls founded by Dustin Tester which provides surfing lessons to girls and women that promises personalized attention from experienced surfers in the best spot to learn to surf in Maui. Their end goal? “To help you improve and feel more confident in the water each day.” Check out their top 10 reasons why you should join their women’s surf camp in Hawai’i.
Retreat package includes “oceanfront accommodations, surf coaching, 3 healthy meals a day, tropical adventures, and an assortment of activities throughout the week to leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated”.. and ready to endure the remainder of the winter season. If you’ve never been to Hawai’i before, well, we’ve just given you a reason to go. Get ready to hang ten and sign up for their next women’s camp at www.MauiSurferGirls.com.