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