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The Great Escape: Spectacular Surf Camps + Destinations for Any Skill Level

Ainsley Ocean, co-founder of Togat Nusa trims inwards the Mentawais wearing the Seea Hermosa Swim Shirt. Photo yesteryear Chris Hoy. 

If only in that location were a search engine for choosing a surf destination. Checkboxes for unlike countries, best months out of the year, beginner-friendly bumps, barreling reef breaks, left or correct points. If y'all are traveling alone, or amongst a crew of friends. If you’re looking for an tardily airdrome access for a quick trip, or actually desire to buy the farm off the grid on charter planes, taxis as well as ferries.

You tin create pages of cyberspace inquiry (tons of which isn’t ever accurate as well as unwritten surf rules preclude also much revelation close surf suspension names), or create what nosotros create — pick a coastline as well as honor a local guide.

Here are a few of our friends that offering both beginner experiences for solo travelers, as well as advanced-level waves that volition give y'all prickly goosebumps simply hearing the whitewater force. The listing doesn't halt here, expect out for to a greater extent than Seeababes guides on our favorite camps as well as instructors to buy the farm along summertime flowing year-round!

Mellow longboard waves for beginners as well as loggers. Photo courtesy of Las Olas Surf Safaris. 
Where: Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Best for: Beginners, intermediates (look for Las Olas' retreats peculiarly for intermediate science level), solo travelers, pocket-size groups of women
Travel time: Fly into Puerto Vallarta (PVR). The drive to accommodations is less than 1 hr from airport.

Cool off inwards the pool. Photo courtesy of Las Olas Surf Safaris.
The surfing version of a ski lift, the boat volition drib y'all off out the back. Photo courtesy of Las Olas Surf Safaris. 

Las Olas Surf Safaris is the most established total service bundle retreat inwards this surface area of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Since it offset launched inwards 1997, the retreat has introduced thousands of women to surfing inwards Mexico's friendly warm waters. Most clients build it solo, or amongst a friend. Between sessions, relax amongst yoga classes, explore the town on foot, or nap inwards a hammock, or build novel friends. The clients come upward from all walks of life  — authors, actors, activists, teachers, CEOs, doctors, lawyers, pro athletes as well as domestic dog trainers — as well as inwards a broad historic menstruum hit from 20-somethings to 50-years-old as well as up. 

“We 1 time hosted a grouping of viii women, all moms who had adopted children from all over the world. Around the dinner table, they each told the story of coming together these niggling kids for the offset time. Unforgettable. I would never receive got an chance to run across such amazing women if it weren’t for Las Olas,” says Bev Sanders, the founder of Las Olas Surf Safaris. 

Best of all, y'all tin go out your insecurities behind, this is a rubber place. Bev says the most frequently-asked-question yesteryear beginners is “Am I to ___ to surf? Insert discussion of choice: old, fat, wimpy, etc.” Her answer: “Probably not. You simply intend y'all are. I often take away heed stories of how their experience at Las Olas helped revive their intuition, connectivity, as well as opened their eyes to novel possibilities. Often surfing is something that becomes business office of their life as well as they’ve gone on to endeavor roughly swell things.”

Surf amongst Salt Gypsy
Where: Republic of the Maldives Islands or Mentawais Islands, both inwards the Indian Ocean.
Best for: Intermediates, advanced surfers, solo travelers, pocket-size groups of women.
Travel time: Varies. Contact Salt Gypsy for details.

Danny Clayton wears the Seea Monterey Top as well as her ain build of surf leggings inwards the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy. 
We intend its a dominion that if you're on a surf retreat, y'all demand to accept a photograph amongst your arms up, or jumping off a boat. Why? Because it's actually that fun. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.
Salt Gypsy inwards the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Salt Gypsy.

One of Seea’s early on supporters, Danny Clayton aka Salt Gypsy’s spider web log is a must-read for surfer girls seeking tidings as well as inspiring women stories exterior of the mainstream surf media. After seeing also many burned legs every bit a surf guide inwards the Maldives, the New Zealand-born shredder started her ain build of surf leggings as well as rashguards made inwards Bali.

Danny nonetheless surf guides inwards the Republic of the Maldives as well as Mentawais, as well as hosts a few all-girl retreats per year. Operated yesteryear Liquid Destination, 1 apartment fee covers nearly everything from the fourth dimension y'all build it at the airdrome inwards Republic of Mali (you’ll survive fetched at the gate yesteryear a Liquid Destination guide), including meals, accommodations, as well as boat shipping to the best surf breaks. In the Maldives, in that location are 26 Atolls as well as 1190 islands. Yeah, permit them create the math to element inwards the best spot for the swell, wind, tides as well as atmospheric condition as well as the toughest determination you’ll receive got to build is what to wear. Danny urges that y'all should survive comfortable surfing reef breaks. 

Keep an optic on this page on the Salt Gypsy page for upcoming dates to surf amongst Danny as well as a bunch of other woman someone chargers inwards the Mentawais as well as Maldives.

More close Salt Gypsy inwards our interview amongst her! 
Tavarua Island Resort 
Where: Fiji 
Best for: Beginners, intermediates, advanced, solo travelers, couples, co-ed groups as well as families. 
Travel time: Varies. Contact Tavarua for to a greater extent than details. 

Cloudbreak inwards Tavarua. Photo courtesy of Tavarua Island Resort.
You'll desire to alive hither forever. Photo courtesy of Tavarua Island Resort.

Below: Award-winning Olympic skier Julia Mancuso wears the Seea x Tavarua Palmas Surf Suit in Tavarua!

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 photograph posted yesteryear Julia Mancuso (@juliamancuso) on

Tavarua Island Resort is non a surf campsite or structured retreat, but because of the remote location of Tavarua inwards Republic of the Fiji Islands as well as its comprehensive services, it feels similar its ain individual camp. Everything is contained inside the island, including the gourmet meals served on the outdoor deck as well as bar, as well as the resort operates your boat charters to the reef breaks. Tavarua is famous for its barreling images of Cloudbreak, but in that location are many to a greater extent than options for whatever fellow member of your grouping — including virgin surfers. Spend the in-between hours inwards the pool, snorkeling inwards the clear H2O or strolling on the sand. 

“Tavarua Rights is a gentle correct hander, but it tin survive a chip to a greater extent than challenging amongst size.  It is a swell spot for gals that are progressing as well as fifty-fifty real experienced surfers receive got a smash there. “Rights” is my personal favorite,” says Jaime Isbell, co-founder of Tavarua Island Resort. Don't forget to pick upward an exclusive Seea x Tavarua surf suit inwards their shop! 

Togat Nusa Retreat inwards the Mentawais
Where: Mentawais
Best for: Intermediates, advanced, solo travelers, couples as well as co-ed groups.
Travel time: Varies. Arrive inwards Padang, Sumatra via Djakarta 1 nighttime earlier check-in. Ferry or chartered speedboat takes y'all to Togat Nusa. Contact Togat Nusa for to a greater extent than details.

Togat Nusa from the water. Photo yesteryear Johnny Abegg for Togat Nusa.
View from your room. Photo yesteryear Adam Kobayashi for Togat Nusa.
Another amazing individual island, Togat Nusa inwards the Mentawais feels similar you’ve reached the furthest edges of the earth. The founders, John as well as Ainsley Ocean, (and local Pak Bangun) receive got been living on the Mentawais for to a greater extent than than 10 years. Be prepared for a long journeying on multiple methods of carry to larn to Togat Nusa from the mainland. Factor inwards the express position out of accommodations on the isle as well as you’ll view why trips must survive booked inwards blocks of 10 to 12 days at a time. After seeing the retreat’s holistic environmental approach that preserves the untouched beauty of the island, you'll want y'all were staying longer.

Ainsley jokes that it’s an “anti-resort” that attracts the most “colorful characters.” Except for planning your 24-hour interval based on the best times to surf, you’re non beholden to whatever schedule similar a structured retreat. "Big waves" are relative, says Ainsley. And piece y'all should survive comfortable surfing over reef, she says its non all hollow barrels. "Though at times surf go for women tin survive challenging, Togat Nusa Retreat is a rubber space, amongst user-friendly waves for women," she added.

From the everyday surf-obsessed folks to high profile athletes (pro snowboarder Marie-France Roy is a recent client), y'all never know who volition survive in that location during your stay.

Pro Snowboarder Marie-France Roy surfing inwards Togat Nusa inwards the Seea Hermosa Swim Shirt. Photo yesteryear Damea Dorsey.

Togat Nusa inwards the Mentawais. Photo courtesy of Togat Nusa.