POR­TU­GAL TIPS

Surf Girl - - Morocco - The Mad to Live Re­treat re­turns to Por­tu­gal in Septem­ber. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion head to www.mad­to­live­blog.com/re­treats/.

WHERE TO SURF:

PENICHE, BALEAL, ERICEIRA, AL­GARVE (LA­GOS, SA­GRES, CARRAPATEIRA, ARRIFANA, MONTE CLÉRIGO, ZAVIAL)

LO­CAL DEL­I­CACY: WA­TER TEM­PER­A­TURE:

PAS­TEL DE NATA - A POR­TUGUESE CUSTARD TART

18-22C FOR MAY-OC­TO­BER, 15-17 FOR NOVEM­BER TO APRIL. A FULL WET­SUIT IS NEEDED, BUT A SHORTY WILL BE FINE FOR HOT­TER DAYS.

KEY SAY­INGS:

BOM DIA (GOOD MORN­ING), BOA TARDE (GOOD AF­TER­NOON), TCHAU (BYE), ATÉ MAIS TARDE (SEE YOU LATER) AND VAI MAIS UMA (ONE MORE,

EG: ONE MORE SURF, ONE MORE PAS­TEL DE NATA!)W

GO BACK TO BA­SICS:

I was hav­ing prob­lems pop­ping up quickly enough on the wave and found a re­fresher course on where to place my hands and feet was very ben­e­fi­cial. By for­get­ting the ba­sics I was mak­ing the rest a lot harder. Along with con­tin­u­ally prac­tic­ing my pop-up on land, hav­ing a 1:1 with one of the fan­tas­tic Surf Ex­pe­ri­ence in­struc­tors re­ally helped build my con­fi­dence and re­minded me of the lit­tle ad­just­ments I needed to make.

HAVE FUN:

We’ve said it be­fore and will say it again… surf­ing is meant to be fun! The mo­ments when I let go, stopped over-think­ing things and just en­joyed the mo­ment were the ses­sions I did best in.

MEN­TAL STRENGTH IS JUST AS IM­POR­TANT AS PHYS­I­CAL:

Don’t beat your­self up if you have a rub­bish time out in the wa­ter. Ev­ery surf ses­sion is dif­fer­ent – dif­fer­ent waves, con­di­tions, tem­per­a­tures… Even if you spent the whole day face plant­ing, you are still get­ting those ex­pe­ri­ences, build­ing con­fi­dence and get­ting more com­fort­able with be­ing in the wa­ter. Keep go­ing, be re­silient and it will be so re­ward­ing.

FO­CUS ON YOUR OWN PROGRESS:

It’s about your own per­sonal small wins – whether it’s you’re first pop-up, your first green wave or you made it out back in con­di­tions that made you ner­vous. Don’t com­pare your­self to oth­ers – ev­ery­one is on their own jour­ney.

EAT WELL:

Surf­ing is hard work and you’re ex­pend­ing a lot of en­ergy, so nu­tri­tion is key in fu­elling the body to max­imise en­durance and progress. The Surf Ex­pe­ri­ence and Mad to Live Head Chef, Rachel Snow, caters for this by pro­vid­ing nu­tri­tional, de­li­cious and healthy meals aplenty, specif­i­cally cre­ated to as­sist with your surf­ing jour­ney.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO GET INTO SURF­ING, HOW­EVER OLD YOU ARE.

As So­phie said: “We are all ath­letes and our bod­ies can do amaz­ing things if we just put in the time. If ev­ery­one were to surf and ride a horse, the world would be a bet­ter place. Ev­ery­one should do those things at least once.”

So, did I ‹nd my sur‹ng mojo? I sure did; and here is what I learnt to help me deal with my sur‹ng demons:

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