Carly Truss ex­plains how her surf­ing went from a downer to a high af­ter a con­fi­dence­boost­ing surf camp ex­pe­ri­ence.

Surf Girl - - Morocco - Pho­tos by Han­nah Edy

How­ever, this can be eas­ier said than done when you reach the point of frus­tra­tion with the whole learn­ing process. Be­lieve me, I know. I hit that point. I lost my surf­ing mojo and I felt like giv­ing up. So, in need of a lit­tle help to get back into the swing of things, I de­cided to book onto the Mad to Live Re­treat with The Surf Ex­pe­ri­ence in Por­tu­gal.

Hosted by fit­ness in­struc­tor, Roxy am­bas­sador, surfer, ad­ven­ture-nut and all round to­tal babe So­phie Ever­ard, the Mad to Live re­treat is the ul­ti­mate women’s surf, fit­ness and ad­ven­ture week, de­signed to ‘stoke your brains out’. From box­ing, horse rid­ing and beach yoga, to trail run­ning and moun­tain bik­ing, the adrenaline-pump­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and fit­ness work­outs are de­signed to build phys­i­cal and men­tal strength, im­prove surf­ing abil­i­ties and above all, pro­vide an all-round amaz­ing ad­ven­ture.

In SurfGirl we of­ten talk about the ben­e­fits of surf camps and re­treats, whether you’re learn­ing to surf from scratch, need a push to the next level or al­ready surf like a pro but are look­ing for a surf guide and to han­gout with like-minded peo­ple. My fel­low Mad to Live team ticked all of th­ese boxes. In one way or an­other ev­ery­one on the re­treat was pushed out of their com­fort zone, and al­though it was recog­nised that surf­ing can be a chal­lenge, it was also clear by the level of stoke that con­quer­ing a chal­lenge is a re­ally re­ward­ing thing to do – to say I am go­ing to take this on and rise to the chal­lenge is a great feel­ing.

Fact: Learn­ing to surf is hard work. But hard work doesn’t mean it isn’t fun, and the only way to im­prove is to get in the wa­ter and keep go­ing.

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