Surf Simply’s media team consists of Laura and Ale who between them make sure that all your best waves are both photographed and filmed during your stay.
All about the lighting and lenses: Laura (left) and Ale (right) on Playa Guiones.
Last week through they decided to follow our guests around all day to show you what a day in the life of Surf Simply is really like. Enjoy…
Our coaching courses in Indonesia are now just a few weeks away. We’ll be in the Mentawais Islands for most of May, however all the spots got snapped up some time ago. Don’t worry though, we do still have some spaces at the Surf Simply Resort in Costa Rica in August and we will also be in running coaching courses in France in the Autumn (we do like to keep busy).
Last year’s intrepid guests at Surf Simply France, Sept 2011, with coaches Harry & Kerianne.Our coaching courses in France, will be running from mid September to mid October, alongside the world title contest, which is great to get involved with in between our own surf coaching sessions.
Hanging out with Surf Simply coaches Alex & Kerianne at the contest at lunchtime, watching Kelly Slater surf the same waves that we were that morning (above & below)
Ru giving the Surf Simply guests a technical break down of Taj Burrows round 4 heat captured on the Quiksilver event webcast (above).
There are also miles of uncrowded, stunning beach breaks running up the coast of France, north of the contest site. Lei-Shin, one of last year’s guests, enjoys a peaceful afternoon surf.
At present we do still have spaces but based on last year, the spots will probably go fairly quickly. So do get in touch with us if you’re interested. Kerianne is organizing the logistics of our France surf coaching courses and you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is really aimed at Level 4 surfers who have already mastered a bottom turn well enough that they are starting to be able to surf vertically up the wave. (We call this the 12 o’clock drill which means turning the board from 6 o’clock up to 12 o’clock).
Of course once you get up to 12 o’clock then you have to turn the board back down again. Most surfers find this surprising instinctive on their backhand, as they are already facing down the wave. However it’s common to struggle turning the board back down the wave when you do it on your forehand.
For this blog post we’re going to assume that you already have the principles of carving down (particularly the importance of having you back foot as far back as possible, as this is where 80% of the turn is coming from) . This post simply illustrates the three main upper body positions specific to turning off the lip on your forehand, which give your forehand top turn the extra 20%.
1. The Touch and Throw
This is a good starting drill to build from. It basically means that you should touch the water with your trailing hand while doing your forehand bottom turn, and then throw the same, trailing hand powerfully across your body, and back down the wave, as you turn off the top.
2. 9 o’clock Wrap
You begin with a touch and throw but then finish with your trailing arm thrown across the front of your body as your leading arm is thrown up to 12 o’clock. (This time we’re comparing arm positions to the clock face, rather than where the board is. Of course this could only be described at a 9 o’clock wrap for goofy footers, for natural footers this is a 3 o’clock wrap.) This ‘wraps’ or ‘hooks’ the turn back into the pocket of the wave rather than straight down the face. A touch and throw is better if the wave is racing down the line, a wrap is great if the wave is peeling more slowly.
3. The Reverse Karate Chop
A personal favorite. It feels cool, it looks cool and it’s the first step in teaching yourself how to do a layback. If you feel like the board hasn’t turned as much as you had hoped when you’re trying to turn back down the wave, try throwing your leading arm behind your head (rather than across the front of your body which is more instinctive). You’ll be amazed at what happens.
All three of these upper body movements are ‘throws,’ which means that they need to be done as powerfully and as fast as you can (they are not ‘held poses,’ like keeping your leading arm outside your heal rail on a forehand cutback is).
If you’re reading all this thinking it all sounds a bit ahead of you then remember that the first step is to master horizontal carving changes of direction, first in the white water, and then on the unbroken face, before attempting the more time critical vertical turns. Go have fun. Get better. The better you get, the more fun it is.
We didn’t know it was one of the all time great Surf Simply sessions when we paddled out on the morning of Friday, December 23rd. It was the last day for all our guests, many of whom had been complete beginners only 7 days earlier.
Returning guest, Liz didn’t let a little thing like being pregnant stop her from charging into this bomb
All the coaches were in good spirits having already had a sunrise birthday surf with me. As the years tick by I am inspired by two people: Kelly Slater who has shown us that you can peak in your forties; and Lulu, our resident muffin maker, who has one upped him by peaking in her sixties.
Returning guest Keith had spent a few months stretching and swim training since his last visit and it certainly paid off.
The swell was peaking just as we all paddled out and the nice long lulls meant that everybody was out the back pretty quickly watching the sets roll by with excitement and a touch of trepidation…
7 days previously Curry, a softly spoken doctor, had arrived at Surf Simply and said “I have zero surf experience but committed to learn and enjoy.”
14 year old Emma, another complete beginner a week earlier, was a bit too surprised to remember to stand up on her first wave.
Laura is cutting together all the footage so keep an eye on Facebook for video from the session and the post maelstrom interviews.
Occupy Indo! Everyone seems to be occupying places these days to champion their cause. Our cause is the enthusiastic surfing of perfectly peeling waves in warm, crystal clear water and so as part of the new Surf Simply World Wide project, we’re inviting you to join us occupying a luxury resort in The Mentawai Islands, Indonesia in May 2012.
The most fun wave in the world? Macaronis.
As we now have so many guests returning to stay with us in Nosara on a regular basis, we decided it would be fun to offer trips to some of the world’s other great surf destinations. Hence the birth of the Surf Simply World Wide project. We started with France in October 2011, which was such a success that we’re already booked up for France 2012. We had so much fun that we thought a bonus trip was in order and so Surf Simply have booked out the whole of the world famous resort at Macaronis from May 8th until May 17th …for you. The value of this trip is priceless, although if you had to put a number on it, it would be $3973.
We’ll rendez-vouz in Padang, Indonesia, on the Island of Samatra (most flights from the States go to Singapore or Kuala Lumpar and then you can get a connection to Padang). We’ll stay the first night at the 4 Star Mercure Hotel in Padang. The next morning we’ll take a sea plane to North Pagai Island to stay at the newly remodeled Macaroni’s Resort, where we’ll be using the resort’s 6 (yes 6!) private boats to take us to any surf break we like, whenever we like. Harry, Kerianne and Ru will be video coaching throughout the week and surfing along side you too.
Ru enjoying some downtime in Indo last year
For your sore muscles, there’ll be massages for all at the resorts new spa and Kerianne will be teaching daily yoga classes for any takers too. Of course in between surfing perfect waves, you can lounge in the lagoon style swimming pool, go snorkeling, fishing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding, as we have exclusive access to all equipment and resort facilities.
You know you want to…
At the end of the 7 nights, the sea plane will fly us back to Padang where we’ll stay one more night at the Mercure, before heading our separate ways knowing that by occupying Indonesia, we made the world a better place.