By Carly Truss
The new year is well and truly underway and it’s time to kick things up a gear with ‘Sofa to Surf’.
This is our online health and fitness articles, features and guides to help you get mentally and physically ready to take on surfing in 2017.
And what better way to kick off the new year than to book a trip to a revitalising surf and yoga retreat?
The following recommended camps are perfect for those looking to combine yoga classes with surf sessions or even SUP, to help build physical and mental strength, balance, focus and improve surfing skills.
Whether a beginner or intermediate these retreats offer something for everyone. So grab a friend or come along on your own to mix it up with a group of like-minded surf and yoga lovers.
Surf Experience is the original surf and lifestyle company based in the heart of Europe’s thriving summer surf scene, Lagos, Portugal. They have once again teamed up with fitness instructor and lifestyle expert, Roxy ambassador, free-surfer and adventure-nut Sophie Everard of the ‘Mad To Live’ blog to create the ultimate women’s fitness, surf and adventure retreat.
The Fitness Surf Week is a heart-racing, unforgettable adventure with a focus on physical and mental wellbeing where you can enjoy outdoor fitness classes, surf specific training, adrenaline-pumping mountain biking, sunset beach yoga sessions, horseback riding and one-on-one training with Sophie. Plus the on site chef will prepare locally-sourced nutritious meals at the luxurious boutique townhouse accommodation.
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With a home away from home vibe, a group of open-minded souls sharing the passion for the ocean and beautiful eco friendly accommodation, Chicks on Waves will have you pinching yourself. Whether a beginner or intermediate surfer this place has surf coaching and yoga lessons for all.
There are different packages available depending on whether you want to focus more on the yoga, the surf, or enjoy a mixture of both and the Surf and Yoga week, spring edition will be running from 1st April – 6th April 2017. Organised by surfer girls for girls, the small groups and personal coaching by certified surf instructors makes for maximum progress in the water, plus daily yoga lessons, stunning ocean views and healthy meals for all-round wellbeing.
Paradis Plage is the nearest year-round sunny oasis, away from the tourists hotspots of Agadir, literally a little piece of paradise – and the first luxurious Eco-Resort in Morocco to combine Surf, Yoga and a traditional Spa. An authentic experience, on a stunning 5 km beachfront, utterly dedicated to the wellness of your body and mind.
Located near the famous surf village of Taghazout and a dozen of world-class surf spots, Paradis Plage has created a tailored surfing experience, designed to help you learn and progress faster. Thanks to a personal surf training program in their new beachside fitness facility, a daily Yoga practice in their seaview Shala, and an exclusive partnership with Rip Curl including quality equipment and trained coaches, you will have the guarantee to surf better no matter your skills. Paradis Plage brings to you a unique opportunity to take care of your body and your mind as well as their natural heritage thanks to the resort’s green policy including an international « Green Key » eco-label and a strong partnership with Surfrider Foundation.
26TH – 29TH MAY 2017
We have prepared a retreat with the utmost attention to detail, sourcing the finest, breathtaking view in Salcombe with accommodation that will blow you away and dive you into ultimate luxury. This retreat is so very special, with a maximum of eight guests, it will provide time and space for you to disconnect, have time with you and just breathe. It will not only be luxurious but full of activites to make the most of the stunning location. Our retreat is filled with Yoga, SUP Yoga, SUP exploring, hiking, a cooking class and plenty of time to relax, head to the beach or explore Salcombe.
The food will nourish your active bodies yet allow the body take a break, to cleanse and detox. For brunch and dinner we will be preparing a mixture of raw and cooked foods. Do not fret there will be treats of the most delicious, clean and even healthy kind! Everyone is welcome.
14TH-18TH SEPTEMBER 2017
France, yoga, ocean, beach, meditation, exploring and time for you. Sound good? Hossegor is known for its surf culture, but you don’t have to surf to soak up what Hossegor offers. With endless stretching golden sandy beaches, crystal clear ocean, the tallest towering pine trees, green light sunsets, the end of summer warmth mixed with a little bit of town atmosphere & boutique shopping, this place is just heaven.
With the accommodation being just 2 minutes walk from the beach, you can stroll along the golden sands listening to the waves crash to shore all day if you so wish! Our state of the art yet traditional stunning Landes Villa is breathtaking. Newly renovated, it boasts a wrap around sun deck, a beautiful heated swimming pool and plenty of outside space. The rooms are incredible with every detail thought of, creating a beautifully modern yet cosy atmosphere.
We will be whipping up nutritious vegetarian brunches and dinners to nourish your active bodies, preparing a mixture of raw and cooked foods, with scrummy yet healthy snacks at your fingertips.