So you’ve never been barreled before? Or maybe you have, but you have no idea how it happened or how to make it happen again. How do you learn how to get tubed? Go to a place where hollow waves are plentiful, team up with a crew of other supportive ladies to cheer you in, seek advice from people who know what they’re doing and can help point out what you’re doing wrong or how to do it better! We’re here to make that happen and we are super excited about it!
If you’re ready to work on your barrel riding skills or get your very first tube, then come and join us Oct 27-Nov 3 2018 for our annual shortboard-only advanced clinic.
We’ll be focusing our attention on a beach break in North Nicaragua that was listed in Surfer Magazine as the “easiest place to learn to get tubed”. While it is still a thumpy wave breaking over shallow sand and wipeouts are guaranteed to occur, it’s not as heavy as other hollow waves around the world, and much less risky since it’s sand instead of sharp reef below.
Our goal will be to get you your first legitimate tube ride (and your second and third…). We’ll be doing dawn patrol drives to surf those hollow beach break waves, with the option for boat trips to a river mouth and an island reef if conditions warrant. We’ll be staying at a mellower break perfect for relaxing and playing on fishes or even longboards in the afternoons. There will be a variety of surf options although we will be focusing most heavily on the hollow waves when the conditions are best.
The first high tide week in November has been one of the best weeks of the year at this spot over the last few years. Of course we cannot perfectly predict what the conditions will be like (if only we had that power!), but early November is typically graced with good winds, well-formed sandbars, and nice small to medium-sized swells, which is exactly what we want for this location.
We’ll be staying at our new home base in North Nicaragua. It is a gorgeous boutique hotel situated right on the point overlooking a fun surf spot called “the Bay”. The resort features 4 thatch roof cabanas with hammocks, wooden decks with ocean and surf views, a brand new ocean view yoga studio, pool, and stylish bar.
The package includes four meals per day plus dessert. We’ll start with an early morning light breakfast of granola, homemade bread, fruit, coffee/tea, and juices. After our first surf session we’ll come back to a full hot breakfast, then lunch a few hours later, then a sunset dinner and dessert. The food will be healthy and delicious. We can accommodate any dietary preferences/requirements you may have.
We’ll also enjoy one Girl’s Night Out dinner at a local restaurant followed by Salsa Night activities!
This week is all about the surf and learning to improve your technique to surf better. We will try to surf as much as possible depending on the conditions.
To stretch everything out and ease tired paddling muscles, we will be doing daily yoga sessions in the gorgeous surf view yoga platform.
To take a break from non-stop surfing, we will offer a stand up paddle board tour of the estuary and/or half-day trip to hike the Cosiguina Volcano, both activities are included in the package but totally optional. And of course, there will be plenty of poolside chilling in the evenings!
$1900 For a shared ocean-view cabana.
- 2 way airport transfer between Managua International Airport and the resort (provided you arrive and depart within our recommended windows)
- All meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages consumed at the resort or in our cooler during surf missions/activities
- Boat trips to surf
- High quality individualized coaching both in water and during video review sessions
- “Surf Completely” Classroom sessions
- Other activities including SUP estuary tour, Volcano hike or other depending on the desires of the group.
- Daily yoga sessions
- All your video footage and photos from the week.
Bring extra cash for
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tips to staff
This retreat is open to short boarders only (under 7′) and we HIGHLY recommend you bring your own board. We do have some shortboards available for use, but email to find out dimensions. If you would like to use one of our boards we will ask for a rental fee of $100 for the week with a $200 refundable deposit for damage. If we surf the beach break out front in the afternoons, you are welcome to use one of our fishes or longboards at no extra cost.
We will have wifi available. Cell service is spotty but you can find it here and there.
Get coached by our advanced surf coaching team consisting of Holly, Jackie, and Michelle. Check out our instructor page to read bios.