The Pros and Cons of a Surf Camp

Whatever kind of trip you've got planned, whether it involves a week-long surf camp filled with new faces or a month of living out the van in search of the best surf, you're in for some good rides!

If it's your first time surfing or you're looking for a surf-filled holiday, you might be looking to stock up on some essential pieces of kit, such as a beginner surfboard or wetsuit.

Here at Wetsuit Centre, we pride ourselves on our selection of equipment and customer service, so if you're ever in need of advice, don't hesitate to contact a member of our team!

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What Benefits Can I Get from Surfing?

Surfing is both a lifestyle and a sport! It offers an array of benefits that filter through to your daily life. These include:

  • A whole-body workout
  • Improved sleep
  • A welcoming community
  • Decrease in stress and tension
  • Improved hair and skin health
  • And much more!

A surf camp group photo

What is a Surf Camp?

It says it all in the title - a surf camp is a camp for surfing. They're a social and cost-efficient way to embark on an adventure that involves a lot of surfing and meeting new people with similar interests.

There are loads of different types of surf camps you can sign up for that are tailored to:

  • Kids
  • Teenagers
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Private lessons

You can also sign up for surf camps that will specifically focus on:

  • Summer surfing
  • Winter surfing
  • Longboarding
  • Surfing and skateboarding
  • Beginner surfing
  • Surf skill progression

No matter your age, skill level or focus, you'll be sure to find a surf camp that will work for you!

Surf Camp Vs Surf School

You might be wondering what the difference between a surf camp and a surf school is. The main difference is what's included in the booking; a surf camp will offer you a sense of community and facilities such as:

  • Accommodation
  • Activities, such as surfing and yoga
  • Meals
  • Facilities such as toilets, a swimming pool etc.

A surf school will mainly entail a surf lesson without the extras. Some surf camps may even use an external surf school to provide the camp's lessons.

A surf school campervan

Are Surf Camps Worth it?

Surf camps and lessons are 100% worth it. They are specifically designed with your skill level and preference in mind, whether you're a beginner or you have some experience and are looking to improve!

Surf camps offer comfort with a side of support and some confidence-boosting. You'll be able to refuel with a good, hearty meal and relax in good company after a long day out in the sun and sea!

However, there are some cons that experienced surfers may want to read up on, just in case!

Surf Camp Pros

Surf camps offer a plethora of opportunities that are ideal for beginners and those looking to meet new people from all walks of life! They serve as a point of contact and welcome solo travellers into their community.

The benefits of surf camp include:

  • They are a great way to meet people.
  • You'll be a part of a community.
  • If you don't take to surfing, you can still kick back and enjoy your holiday and the camp’s other facilities.
  • You will learn how to surf correctly from the get-go.
  • You'll be surrounded by people in the same boat, which is a great way to make new friends!
  • Your accommodation and food are included!
  • You'll learn how to surf in a supportive environment that will boost your confidence.

Surf Camp Cons

The only cons that are worth considering are if you're an experienced surfer. However, these aren't reasons you should write off surf camps, as every camp is different and some may provide more flexibility than others!

The best thing to do is research the surf camps you're interested in and see whether the camp's priorities align with yours.

The general consensus of surf camp cons include:

Most camps work on a restricted schedule - you may find yourself surfing around fixed mealtimes and travel plans instead of tides and conditions.
When arriving at a break, you may have to wait behind other travellers - most surf camps use a similar schedule.
The camp's fixed location will usually only allow for a one hour venture from the base, unlike van-life travelling or a charters trip.

A surf instructor instructing guests in a surf lesson

Can You Go to a Surf Camp Solo?

Surf camps welcome all, from families to solo travellers; you'll find surf camps to be incredibly accommodating!

Some surf camps report that over half of their guests are solo travellers, creating a welcoming, community vibe. Whether you like your personal space or want to get in on the action, you can stay in a choice of dorm or twin rooms or even rent out your own private space!

Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, surf camps are great for solo travellers as it will teach you about surfing in the area and serve as a great way to break the ice and make new friends.

As a solo traveller, you won't need to worry about arranging accommodation or food as it will often be included in the surf camp booking, which makes life that bit easier.

What Should I Bring to Surf Camp?

To make sure you get the most out of your surf camp experience, we've complied together a basic surf camp checklist!

Make sure to bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • After sun
  • Insect spray
  • Beach bag
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Swimwear/Boardshorts
  • Rash vest
  • Wetsuit (if you already own one)
  • Surfboard (if you already own one)
  • Snacks
  • Towels/Surf poncho
  • Flip flops/Sandals
  • Trainers
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare clothes
  • Bin bags
  • Dry bags
  • Travel documents!

We hope this article has helped you to choose whether or not a surf camp is right for you! For more information and advice about surfing, don't hesitate to contact a member of our team or take a browse through our blog!

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