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
We’ve just re posted this article written by Surf Simply coach, Harry, as we can now excitedly confirm that we will be running a week of coaching this September at the Dubai wave pool featured below. The week will only be open to former guests of our resort in Costa Rica as a foundation knowledge level will be required. Drop us a line if you’re interested on firstname.lastname@example.org…
Learning anything can become frustrating at times, but with all the variables involved, surfing can sometimes be tough. A few months ago, Sally Fitzgibbons, currently ranked #2 in the world, set out to learn a new skill with hopes of taking the world title in 2013. She spent 3 days in a wave pool with her coach trying to master an Air Reverse.
The wave pool gave her the perfect platform; waves on demand, a perfect air section on every wave, video feedback from her coach in the water and no crowds hustling for the sets.
So wave after wave she tried, and on wave after wave she fell. After hundreds of attempts, the frustration boiled over into tears; all that effort and no result. But after a little pep talk she went back out… and nailed it!
Each week at Surf Simply, our guests work with their coaches on new skills and techniques, everything from standing up, to surfing down-the-line, to performing carving turns on the open face of a wave. And at some point everyone hits a moment of frustration when, for one reason or another, their body won’t do what their brain wants it to. Some swear and curse, some punch the water, and some, like Sally, may release a tear or two. But, like Sally, it is all forgotten in that moment when everything clicks, and that impossible target is achieved.
Our aim with our coaching is not to teach you to surf in a week, but to teach you how to teach yourself, so that when you leave, you can carry on pushing through those frustrating plateaus, and move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. So next time you feel frustrated in the surf, remember the company you keep, and maybe one day it’ll be you chasing the world title!
The Surf Simply resort in Costa Rica closed for a short break last week but don’t fret, we’ll be open again on November 17th. Harry, Kerianne and Graham have headed off to France, to get everything ready for the coaching courses that we’re running there during the world title contest in September and October. So Ru, Jessie, Oli and Dani decided to make a three day pilgrimage to the board snapping barrels of Playa Colorados in Nicaragua, along with old Surf Simply friends: Brad, Jack and Mariju.
Unfortunately we had to drop Sam at Liberia airport on the way to Nicaragua. We were all pretty sad to say bye to him but we’re sure he’ll be back.
Unlike the friendly waves here at Playa Guiones in Nosara, the waves at Colorados move so fast that they open up into an inviting tube which can look beautifully seductive one moment and smash you to the ocean floor the next. In the sequence below Ru threaded his way through one but in the beautiful shot at the top of the post he ended up with sand in every orifice!
The guys got great waves for the entire three day stay and have decided to make the Surf Simply Colorado’s Kegfest and annual occurrence (along with Indo, France and Costa Rica …phewww, we’re running out of year!).
Surf Simply coaches Jessie and Oli relaxing on the beach, pleased to have made it back in with their arms and legs still attached.
Surf Simply’s head coach Oli bottom turns on a bomb.
Above: Everyone was getting geed up in between sessions watching the final day of the Billabong Pro at Teauhupoo. “We thought that we were charging but that put things firmly back in perspective.” Below: As usual in heavy surf, Jessie was the only girl in the line up and was pushing herself on every wave.
Look out for all the photos on our Facebook page tomorrow…
So, with just 6 weeks left before our Autumn break, this is about the time the Surf Simply Team begins to gear up for their next adventures around the world. Having returned from our epic trip to Indonesia this past May, we’ve been left craving more. More waves, more travel, more culture. So where to go?
Having spent an amazing two weeks coaching in France last Fall, our return to this ASP World Tour venue was pretty inevitable. Early bookings had left us with just one final space for this year’s French Adventure. Luckily however, due to continued interest and our love for coaching, we’ve managed to add one more week. So for anyone who missed out on booking early and still wants to participate, we now have a few spaces available from October 13th-17th.
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…