Its official folks we can announce that Surf Simply will be running a week long surf coaching course in Hossegor, France again this year along side the world title race contest. To book email Ollie on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: Highlights from the 2011 world title race event. The world’s best surfers talk about the event, the waves and the town of Hossegor.
As in previous years, the week long all inclusive package, set in beautiful south west France, is open to former Surf Simply guests whose surfing has reached level 3 or above. It’s gonna be a week of video coaching (rather than in water coaching) hence the minimum surf level requirement. What level surfer am I?
Above: Harry, Kerianne and last year’s guests with post surf smiles as their wetsuits dry off in the warm French sunshine.
Ollie, our head coach here in Costa Rica, will be leading the week alongside Graham and Sarah will be doing all the cooking …yum! The rest of the Surf Simply team will be in Hossegor too though for the event and the food as well as the waves of course. So expect to see all the familiar faces.
Above: Jessie and Dani pleased as punch to be hanging out with world champ Parko and legend Taj last year in Hossegor. Below: The Surf Simply team and guests at one of many awesome little restaurants that the town has to offer.
We’ve got a beautiful house this year too which is perfectly placed, being equidistant between all our favorite surf spots. We have 3 double rooms with ensuites and two twin rooms which share one large bathroom. The house is set back in the woods too, away from the hubbub of the contest.
It’s amazing being able to stand on the beach, only a few meters from Kelly Slater as he tears apart a wave. It makes you realize how much more room and time there is on the wave face than you thought. Being able to then sneak off up the beach to a nice little sand bank to practice on, followed by some video feedback, is the perfect recipe. This was Lei-Shin, just up the beach from the contest site last year.
Shared rooms will be $2570 per person. Private room will be $3300 for a solo travelers and $5140 for a couples. Guests will need to land at Bordeaux airport on September 28th and the week will run through to October 5th. Places as pretty limited this year as we will only have time to run one week of coaching in France before heading out to Dubai to run a week of coaching at the wave pool out there. Stand by for more info on that in early June after Ru gets back from checking the facility out in May.
For more info about staying with us in France or to reserve your spot, email Ollie on email@example.com
A few years ago we helped a couple of local surfers, Esteban and Luis, set up their own surf school here in Nosara. All they needed was a little guidance, a few boards and some start up capital and soon they were up and running.
A few years down the line and they have not only built a great business but also taken on the role of mentoring many of the young local grommets through the national contest circuit. Then, this year, they announced that they would be running the first Nosara Triple Crown of Surfing.
The event consists of three contests, one at the good old work horse that is Playa Guiones and the other two events at Guiones’ more fickle siblings Ostional and Garza.
Event 1 was held at Ostional during a solid swell last week. Most of the big sets were closing out and often the competitors had to dodge the bombs as they picked off smaller waves in between, which allowed then to perform turns and score points.
A phenomenal local surfer called Vibert won the men’s event, while the women’s event was taken home by Surf Simply coach, Jessie Carnes (congrats Jessie, we love ya!)
It’s always great watching Jessie catch a wave or two when she is coaching because she will be riding the same sized board as her students (as do all the Surf Simply coaches) but she throws it into such fast, powerful and committed maneuvers, that every turn is a visual reminder that it is good technique and not a just a smaller board, which allow radical surfing.
Harry, the head coach at Surf Simply, had his birthday last week which always calls for some type of enthusiastically comical beach based shennanigans. Even with an afternoon rain storm creeping in, all the Surf Simply team piled down to the beach with costumes, props and blow up sharks for the Harry Nite comedy invitational.
Someone once asked me if I’d ever heard of a famous Hawaiian surfer by the name of Eddie Woodgo. If that’s doesn’t make you crack a small smile then here’s a brief explanation of what this Eddie business is all about and why you may have to put everything on hold tomorrow to watch one of surfing greatest events.
Eddie Aikau (below) was a lifeguard on The North Shore (of Oahu) back in the seventies. He charged massive Wiamea Bay without hesitation, hence the popular bumper sticker “Eddie Would Go”. Here at Surf Simply, when we teach etiquette lessons, we discuss the issue of respect and how many surfers believe that respect should only be given to the best surfers or the locals. We believe respect should be given to everyone and Eddie was the embodiment of this. He saved many lives in the water and arguable a few out of it when he stepped in to settle the tensions caused by the influx of Aussie surfers onto Oahu during the birth of professional surfing (’74). There’s an great movie about this called “Bustin’ Down The Door” which every surfer should see.
Eddie sadly died in ’78 when he paddled to get help from a stranded boat 12 miles off the coast of Molokai. He was part of a team trying to recreate the ancient Polynesian migration from Tahiti to Hawaii but the canoe he was in developed a leak and capsized.
In 1987 Quiksilver ran the first ever Eddie Aikua Big Wave Memorial Contest At Wiamea Bay. Each 26 of the world’s best big wave surfers are invited. There is a two month waiting period and the contest will only run if the waves are over 20ft (that’s a Hawaiian 20ft which means more like 30ft on the face). The contest has only been run 8 times in the last 24 years so when the Eddie is on it’s ‘down tools’ for the duration of the event. The big news is that it looks like tomorrow may be the day! Log onto The Eddie contest website to find out the latest news and watch the event live.
The last time the event was run was in December 2009. Everything stopped here at the Surf Simply Resort as we watched the madness unfold on the big TV by the pool. (Check out the highlights below.)
Wiamea Bay has a history all of it’s own which is beautifully outlined in the film Riding Giants (below, which you also have to see if you haven’t already).
We’re very excited about the upcoming Rip Curl Search event in Puerto Rico. It’s the penultimate of the ten stops on this year’s newly renamed ASP World Title Race (it used to be called the World Championship Tour). The event begins in three days with a waiting period which runs from Oct 30th to Nov 10th. As with most contests they will run the heats over the best 2 or 3 days of surf during the waiting period.
It’s always great when we have an event in a civilized time zone as the action tends to frustratingly culminate at 3 o’clock in the morning during the European leg. More importantly though this is the contest where we are likely to see Kelly Slater become (in our opinion) the greatest athlete of all time by winning a tenth world title. The only other guy left in the race at this stage is South African super star Jordy Smith. Here are the scenarios which will lead to a 10th title for the big man…
- If Slater finishes Equal 3rd or better, he clinches the 2010 ASP World Title.
- If Slater finishes Equal 5th or Equal 9th, Smith must win the event to send the ASP World Title Race to Hawaii.
- If Slater finishes Equal 13th or Equal 25th, Smith must finish Equal 3rd or better to send the ASP World Title Race to Hawaii.
- Essentially, if Smith fails to finish higher than Equal 5th, Slater claims the 2010 ASP World Title.
As if all that wasn’t thrilling enough we may also see Stephanie Gilmore make surfing history by winning her forth world title on the trot. We often use women’s surfing, more than men’s, for demonstrative video coaching here at Surf Simply. The lines drawn by the pro girls are closer to what 99% of experienced male surfers should be trying to achieve. You simply can’t attempt the airs and fin wafts executed by the top guys until you’ve mastered the turns more typical of women’s contest surfing. So if you’re surfing a short board, even if you’re the manliest man in the water, you could do a lot worse than emulating the heavy shredding of Steph Gilmore.
- If Gilmore finishes Equal 3rd or better, she clinches the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title.
- If Gilmore finishes Equal 5th, Fitzgibbons needs to win the event to send the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title Race to Hawaii.
- If Gilmore finishes Equal 9th or Equal 17th, Fitzgibbons needs to finish Runner-Up or better and/or Moore needs to win to send the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title Race to Hawaii.
- Essentially, if Fitzgibbons fails to finish higher than Equal 3rd and/or Moore fails to win the event, Gilmore will clinch the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title.
You can join the Surf Simply family (in a virtual kinda way) watching all the action live at www.live.ripcurl.com.