5 great surf camps in Southwest France

Summer has arrived and to celebrate that, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best surf camps in France for teenagers and twenty somethings. Surf camps are a great way to ride waves and learn how to ride waves, and you will also meet a lot of like-minded people.

Most surf camps in France are concentrated in the Landes and the Basque region, located in the Southwest of France at the Bay of Biscay. I want to start with a warning: the ocean can be very dangerous, always check the conditions, ask the locals and inform yourself what to do in problem situations.

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Brunotti Beach Camp – Vieux-Boucau

Mainly Dutch youth goes here. The camp is situated very close to the beach at a camping in Vieux-Boucau. The dinners that are offered by the staff are great, but almost all of the surfboards are soft boards. Bring your hardtop if you want to ride one. The ocean can be especially dangerous here, but you will have a great time in the water if you pay attention to when the conditions are good. Nightlife is fun in Vieux-Boucau, according to my experiences. www.brunotti.com/beachcamp/boeken.html

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SurfBlend – Moliets

SurfBlend offers various surfcamps in Europe and one in Bali, Indonesia. I have a special bonding with Moliets because that is the place where I caught my first waves. The company offers different kinds of lodging and more. Nightlife in Moliets is quite fun, with different kinds of venues and a lot of people from the surf camps. There is L’Open, a place with life music that I recommend. http://www.surfblend.com/en/searchbook

Breakloose – Mimizan

Mimizan is a place that feels more like a mediterranean party town with waves in some ways. The people are still cool, though, and a variety of surf camps are being hosted in Mimizan. I remember the waves as good to practice surfing in summer and you will not be bored during the night. www.breakloose.com

O’Neill – Mimizan

The second camp in Mimizan, which is much bigger compared with the Breakloose camp. The crowd is mainly late Dutch high schoolers and early students. They have a lot of activities and bonding within the camp.

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Nomad Surfers – Hossegor

The surf camp in Hossegor by the international company Nomad surfers seems to be a perfect solution if you prefer a small scale and improve your surfing abilities during your stay. Hossegor is known as a more advanced and expert spot: a lot of official championships are being held here, and the town feels like a cosmopolitan surf town if you walk through it. Nomad Surfers limit their number of guests at 13 per stay so you have an idea of what the size of the camp is. http://www.nomadsurfers.com/destination/europe/france/hossegor-surfcamp/

Come back soon because we are working on a sheet what to think about when booking a surf camp!

5 Surf Camps in Cantabria and Asturias, Spain

You have already been to Le Landes and the Basque Country dozens of times. Or maybe not. Whatever reason you might have to go a bit further, Cantabria and Asturias are great alternatives for these regions. The regions are less developed towards tourists, so you will have a more authentic experience here without the masses in for example Mimizan, Moliets and Biarritz. Try Fabana Asturiana, the famous local dish of Asturias. Try also the wide range of seafood that is offered throughout the region. These dishes will give you the proteins you need after a day of surfing!

Next to Santander, the capital of Cantabria, there are various other beach towns and the sceneries at the beaches and in the countryside are stunning.

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These are some of the most experienced surf camps in Cantabria.

Surf Camp Santander. The standard accomodation is a tent as is common in most surf camps in Europe. The camp is situated in the town of Loredo, very close to Santander. This camp provides a fusion of the urban and the laid back surf lifestyle. http://www.unitedsurfcamps.com/surf-camp/Santander

Escuela de surf costa Norte. Lodging is provided by more luxury apartments, very close to the beach in Playa San Vincente. The camp offers different modalities: Basico, Xtreme and RipCurl. http://www.escueladesurfcostanorte.com/

Special Surf Camp: The surf camp is situated in a chalet in a national park, at playa de Rodiles, Villaviciosa. This camp is visited mainly by Spanish students, according to their Spanish website. http://www.specialsurf.com/

Escuela Cantabra de Surf. They claim the title to be the oldest surf school of Spain. All in all, they must have a lot of experience hosting surf camps. Lodging is provided in different ways: camping, apartments and a surf house. Playa de Somo. http://www.escuelacantabradesurf.com/es/

Nomad Surfers. This company is not based in Spain so their marketing efforts direct towards foreigners as well. They have a camp in Somo, next to their other properties all over the world. Playa de Somo. http://nomadsurfers.com/es/destination/europa/espa%C3%B1a/somo-surfhouse-surf-camp-escuela/

10 great surf camps in Costa Rica

It could be your dream since a long time to learn how to stand on a surf board or you might be a seasoned surfer who wants to enjoy the presence of like-minded people in a environment that is dedicated to surfing. Surf camps are an excellent opportunity to make these things happen.
As a country with great waves and great weather, Costa Rica is home to many surf camps.
As it can be difficult to choose, we will provide a list.

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1. Santa Teresa – Pacifica Xtreme. The broad array of waves and the prestine surroundings at Santa Teresa combined with the great accomodation and staff make this camp a great choice: http://www.santateresasurfcamp.com/

2. Witches’ Rock Surf Camp. As a result of the Endless Summer 2, Tamarindo has grown exponentially and makes up for a town with a degree of buzz. Home to the legend of the movie, Robert August, this camp constitutes a center of experience and fun.

3. Lucero Surf Retreats. Another great choice in Santa Teresa: http://www.lucero-surfretreats.com/

4. School of the World. Combine learning Spanish and surf. Learn surfing along with Spanish and photography and other skills in this great accomodation in Jaco: http://www.schooloftheworld.org/

5. Del Mar Surf Camp. Already an established and well-known surfcamp for years, this camp still provides great quality. Can be found in Playa Jaco and Playa Nosara: http://www.delmarsurfcamp.com/

6. Green Iguana Surf. Dominical makes up for another small surfing paradise, although the waves here might be better suited for experienced surfers. The camp states that it is suitable for beginners as well, however this might change seasonally.

7. Vista Guapa Surf Camp. Their property is lush and closely situated to the waves that Jaco has to offer. http://vistaguapa.com/

8. Una Ola Surf Camp. Una ola? One wave? Yes, but this place has the longest wave of Costa Rica, located in Pavones. http://www.unaola.com/

9. Shaka Beach Retreat. This place gives you a feeling of luxury in a natural setting. Surf, yoga and a bunch of other activities can be enjoyed here. Located in Playa Hermosa. http://www.shakacostarica.com/

10. Safari Surf School. Another well-known surf camp, about which is published multiple times by media around the world. Delivers the complete package and has left many people very satisfied. http://safarisurfschool.com/

Surf and Gap year ideas – Cape Town, South Africa

Often considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Cape Town. The city offers a unique mix of a vibrant city, stunning nature and the wonderful ocean. Cape Town is a great place for a gap year, because of the many possibilities it has to offer. Please find below some great ideas for your Gap Year in South Africa.

1. Learn English
Cape Town is a great place to learn English in an international environment. The costs of English courses in South Africa are significantly lower compared to countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia. The vibrant mix of people, the great climate and the great landscape are just few of the reasons why Cape Town is a great place for a longer stay. Furthermore, Cape Town is home to some great Language Schools, such as EF, Cape Studies, IH and Good Hope Studies. All these schools offer great English Courses. Another reason to study English when you are not a native English speaker is that this is a great way to meet great people from all over the world!

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2. Internship
South Africa is the number one economy of Africa, which makes Cape Town an Interesting city to do an internship. However, Cape Town is not your usual business city. Cape Town is home to a large amount of creative agencies, such as webdesign, graphic design and experiential marketing. There are also many possibilities in the tourist industry, for example at a hotel or at a travel agency.

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3. Volunteer
Unfortunately, a large amount of the South Africans live in poverty. If you are interested in improving the quality of life, even a little bit, volunteering could be a great way to spend some time in Cape Town. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. Activities include teaching English, working in orphanages, conservation and so on. There are many interesting N.G.O’s situated in Cape Town and South Africa.

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4. Travel
South Africa is considered as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The stunning landscape, the oceans and the lovely people make an amazing mix. Furthermore, the Bazz Bus is a hop- on hop- off bus, which drives around the country and offers a safe trip for backpackers. This is a great way to travel easily, affordable, safe and is a great way to interact and have fun with other backpackers from all over the world. The Bazz Bus travels from hostel to hostel. Most of the hostels have a (small) campsite as well, which makes it even more affordable.

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5. Surf the Shit out your Ass!!
South Africa is considered as one the favourite travel destination for surfers. The surf in Cape Town can be good, but if you really want to combine surfing with your Gap Year in South Africa, I would recommend spending about a month or so with traveling up to the east coast. Take the Bazz Bus or rent a car or camper and drive up north along the coastline. Stop at the garden route, Jeffrey’s Bay, Coffee Bay and Durban. If you are really into the vibe, pass the border and go to Mozambique.

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Five Surf and lifestyle festivals around Europe you shouldn’t miss!

The European summer will start soon. You are probably planning an epic holiday with great waves, lovely people, campfires on the beach and lots of booze. Surfhostel.net put together a list of five great festivals one shouldn’t miss this summer!

1. Boardmasters 2014, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Boardmasters is probably the festival with the best music line-up of this summer. Furthermore, try to surf or watch the pro’s surfing championship. The festival consists of two locations: the Watergate Bay Music area, which is often considered as the festival site with the best view in the world, and Fistral Beach, which is the area where surfing, skating, BMX and much more is located.

When: 6/7/8/9/10 August

Who will be playing?
- Chase & Status
- Snoop Dogg
- Bastille
- Duke Dumont
- Ben Pearce
- Roni Size
- And many more…

Anything else?
Besides surfing, one can find skating, BMX and Art as well.

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2. Biarritz Surf Festival- Biarritz, France

This surf event is famous for its long board contests, demonstrations and paddle board contests.

When: 9/10/11/12/13 July

Who will be playing?
- Not yet confirmed

What can you expect?
The Surfing Event is famous for its long board contests, demonstrations of tandem surfing, paddle board racing, bodysurfing, Tahitian pirogues and other thrilling water activities.

3. Sea Sessions Surf & Music festival

Sea session Surf & Music festival is Ireland’s only surf festival. Annually, 5000 surfers and surf music fans celebrate the beach and surf culture in Bundoran, Ireland.

When: 27/28/29 June

Who will be playing?
- Kelis
- The Strypes
- The Dandy Warhols
- Dubpistoles
- And many more…

What else: beach soccer, tag rugby, beach volleyball, action sports, surf competition

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4. Surfer Joe Summer Festival, Livorno, Italy

“3 days of full immersion in instrumental surf music”. This isprobably the event with the least (let’s say no) chance on riding a wave, however, the vibe is great and the music is awesome!

When: 20/21/22 June

Who will be playing?
- Fifty foot combo
- Slackstone
- Paul Johnson
- The Pyronauts
- The Phantom Four
- El Ray
- And many more..

5. MADNES – Ameland, Netherlands

Madness is a Surf, music and culture festival on an island in the north of the Netherlands. It is known for its great mix of water sports, diversity in music and great cultural activities.

When: 4/5/6 July

Who will be playing?

- Nobody beats the drum
- Caravana Sun
- Small Time Crooks
- Los Venturas
- And many more…

What else: MADNES offers a variety in social and cultural activities, such as:

Graffiti, meditation, breakdance, jogging dance, pole dancing, wishes in motion, salsa dancing and yoga.