Surf Camp Roundup
SAN DIEGO Surf Diva
Options at Surf Diva, a popular surf school in San
Diego, range from a two-day skill-sharpening surf
clinic for women to a five-day women-only or coed
clinic that runs 10 a.m. to noon, leaving the rest of the
day open to explore La Jolla and the surrounding area.
$160 for two-day camp, $375 for five-day. surfdiva.com
SANTA CRUZ Club Ed
Year-round surf clinics and instruction are available
from Santa Cruz’s Club Ed surf school and camp.
For deep immersion, however, plan to attend one
of Ed’s summer camps at Manresa Uplands State
Park Campground. He provides surfboards, wet-suits, food, tents and dolphin sightings — you just
need to bring your desire to learn to how to surf.
$1,200 per session. club-ed.com
COSTA RICA Iguana Surf Camp
Is Costa Rica on your short list? Consider Iguana Surf
Camp for a weeklong Saturday-to-Saturday adventure. Besides the surfing, activities in Tamarindo
include white-water rafting, canopy tours, turtle-watching and diving. $1,149 for a solo traveler, $849
with a buddy, $720 for three. iguanasurf.net
OAHU Surf Hawaii Surf School
Based in a tropical secluded family home just a
short walk from Haleiwa town, this camp offers
stylish accommodations, daily surf lessons, outdoor
activities and plenty of restaurants nearby. Explore
the North Shore and check out the international
scene in this legendary surf mecca. Weeklong camp
starts at $1,895. surfhawaii4u.com
MAUI Maui Sports Adventures
In this surfing school run by the Schweitzer family,
education on the ocean is a top priority. Private surf
or SUP lessons are included in the rates as well as
board hire, daily breakfast and accommodation in
a private, air-conditioned bungalow shared with up
to three other surfers. After your lesson, hop in the
hot tub and enjoy the downtime. Weeklong camp
starts at $1,300. mauisportsadventures.com
BIG ISLAND Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors
The program avidly highlights Hawaiian culture,
surfing, paddling, swimming, kayaking, ocean
awareness and, above all, a safety-first positive
aloha attitude. The instructors are island water
buffs who work and play in the ocean sports environment, and all have a minimum 15 years’ surfing
experience and a CPR certificate. Two-hour classes
start at $75. surflessonshawaii.com
themselves and told the group about their
prior surfing experience. Skills varied from
big wave (real deal) chargers to “I did it once
in high school,” and after a margarita or two,
everyone mixed and mingled like old friends.
During the next four days, the pros took us
to various surf breaks that were matched to
our abilities, and as a group we learned water
safety rescues, how to be towed in, foil boarding and the basics of catching a wave. Gourmet
group meals provided a time to relax, refuel and
talk technique, as well as a time for us beginners to laugh about the wave(s) that got away.
Downtime allowed riding bikes into town,
I also enjoyed the turtle release at the same property; it was love at first sight, at least for me.
The day-old hatchlings were not aware of us humans as they were carefully released into the ocean
at sunset. The program is led by Enrique Alejos, the resort’s cultural concierge, who oversees
the daily release of 60 hamburger-size turtles during hatching season. Kristen, a hyper-vigilant
protector of all creatures great and small, grilled Enrique about endangering the hatchlings in
the name of cheap-thrill tourism. Eventually she was convinced we were doing a good thing and
joined in the oohing and ahhing. Once the last little guy made it into the water safe, at least from
the birds, we all let out a cheer. A perfect ending to a get-your-groove-back adventure.
IF YOU GO
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita has been touted as the ultimate place for family-friendly vacations, with a white-sand beach and the aforementioned dreamy cabanas and lazy river providing
fun for kids and adults. The 174 ocean-view suites and casitas are designed to capture the ocean
vistas. The onsite Apuane Spa offers a full range of treatments, including the signature “Punta
Mita” massage, which incorporates sage oil and tequila.
The expansive beachfront St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is the first St. Regis property in all of
Latin America, with 89 rooms and 31 luxury suites, situated on the westernmost tip of the pen-
insula. Along with the beach and Pacific views you’ll find three infinity pool areas, each offering
different experiences. The spa includes a sauna and steam bath area with lounges for relaxation.
Dining options include the high-end Las Marietas and the toes-in-the-sand Mita Mary Boat
with an extensive array of tacos.
Opposite: Punta Mita’s
Tail of the Whale hole.
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catches a wave, some
need more help than
others; (from left) Coco
Nogales, Diego Cadena
and Fernando Stalla.