It is what it is: You google your fingers sore while looking for a good surf camp? You read reviews. You are already exploring the area “digitally”. And you book your next surf vacation, Whether your choice of surf camp was the right one, however, often only becomes clear on site. You can find out from us what you should consider in advance so that no nasty surprises await you on-site and the frustration of the waves haunts you.
5 “MUST-HAVES” WHEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT SURF CAMP
1) THE TEAM: SOCIETY AND SYMPATHY
You can usually tell from the website or the associated social media channels such as Facebook or Instagram how sociable it is in the surf camp. Live, eat and maybe party together … So if you feel like having nice people, you are in good hands in a surf camp. How many first sympathy points you can distribute is decided by a first “digital look”. If you are not sure, a mail contact or a phone call will help and you will see whether you are on the same wavelength.
2) SURF COURSES: DIMENSIONS AND CLASS
No two eggs are the same. And so surfers and their skills are very different. Some consciously choose a surf camp to have an experienced surf instructor and a small crew at their side as a complete beginner. The other, often advanced surfers, prefer the surf camp atmosphere, but are not dependent on “full-time water supervision”.
Throwing all these surfers into one group would be fatal, not very beneficial, and at the same time over-or under-demanding. So make sure that the surf camp of your choice offers different courses based on your surfing ability. The size of the surf course is also crucial! The fewer surf students, the better the attention of your surf instructor is divided … this is not only more relaxed for everyone, but also maximizes your surfing success.
3) BOARDS: TAKE CARE AND CHEERED
The heart of every surf camp is of course the surfboard corner. The following applies here: The boards should of course be cared for and treated accordingly – by surf students and surf instructors alike.
In addition, there should be aboard for every type of surfing and every skill level. So beginners should start with a soft board first. For advanced surfers, boards should be available in different lengths, which can then be selected according to maneuverability.
4) SURF SPOTS: TIME AND PLACE
No matter how popular the surf spot is: If you are in the (actually) right place at the wrong time, the most beautiful surfing dreams will quickly burst. Therefore, your surf camp (and your surf instructors) should not only be top-quality but at best flexible. The following applies: A spot check in the morning dispels grief and worries.
5) FEEDBACK: SUGAR BREAD AND WHIP
External motivation is good. However, it should not end in your surf instructor attacking you exclusively with hymns of praise. It is just as important to criticize with clear words and thus to help you significantly to improve your surfing experience.
It is helpful to take a few recordings with photos or videos while surfing and then to discuss the technique and execution with you. … and sometimes a refreshing theory session in the beginner’s course is not harmful either. So don’t get angry about criticism, but use it as a positive tool to ride even more waves in the future and look good in the line-up.