Badass Solo Surfer-girl Travel Guide

by - March 10, 2021

The world can be a dangerous yet beautiful place, full of adventures, stunning beaches, and ever so welcoming waves, literally begging us to surf them! Sadly at times, traveling as a woman might not just be the smooth ride through a perfect barrel you'd expect. Whether you have started surfing since you were little, or quite the opposite - you might have picked up on surfing later in life, the love we carry towards the ocean and its waves, is equally as strong. 

It is our shared desire to chase this passion. In the past years, I have undertaken a few solo surf trips totally unprepared, figuring out all the things (bad and good) along the way. I've decided to share these with you, this is what I've learned and you can thank me later!

1. Let your friends and family know where you headed off
2. Do your research before your trip
3. Trust your intuition
4. Stay positive
5. Be aware

Now that we got the serious (borning) stuff out of the way, let's look at the fun part:

Badass Solo Surfer-girl Travel Guide

Top tips for the freshly made surfer-girls (newbies):
1. My number one advice is - If you freak out here and there, it's totally FINE! Let's face it, surfing isn't easy, especially during those first two or so challenging years. Accept that you may feel nervous or uncomfortable out in the lineup, but know that you got this and sooner or later the discomfort will pass. 
2. If you can, book yourself a spot in a surf camp, or sign up for a surf class or two. This is a great way to learn about the wave conditions and possible hazards of a new spot/ location. This will not only help you boost your confidence but also give you the opportunity to make some surfer friends. 
3. Be respectful in the water - in the world of surfing, at any age and anywhere in the world, this is the golden rule. Respect the locals, smile, be polite and friendly. Sooner or later they will let you catch the set wave you have been patiently waiting for. 
4. Respect the ocean. I've always respected the ocean and wouldn't dare to boss it around being all cocky. Well, I've tried one or twice and got my peachy bottom spanked, you feel me right? You simply don't mess with the ocean. Duh 
5. Familiarise with the conditions. Locating the channel, knowing about rip currents, whether it is reef or sand bottom, where to get in and out, what is the best tide and if there is anything you have to be aware of. These are all important things to know before paddling out.

Top tips for my fellow surfing mermaids (intermediate/ advanced surfer-girls):
1. Search any surf related Facebook groups or pages in the area you'll be visiting. Find a local surf community group, and bravely ask someone if they would like to 'take' you out surfing to get familiar some fun spots to surf at as well as the surf conditions (check number 5 above). 
2. Be friendly and opened, chat to people on the beach or in the lineup, to simply find out more about the area - getting to know cool spots you'd like to see and things you might wanna do, perhaps other than surfing. 
3. Be aware of the conditions. If you're heading out alone and there is only a very few people out surfing on a usually crowded spot, ask the lifeguards about the situation. Surf sessions in conditions such as mercury water and surfing breaks near river mouths after heavy rain should be avoided. It's not only dirty and full of bacteria but may also attract sharks. (If you're planning on surfing in particularly sharky areas, be aware of the fact that they might be there. Sit close to other surfers, keep an eye on the surroundings and try not to make too much 'noise' by splashing and moving around. 
4. Paddle like you mean it. It can be nice and comforting talking to other surfers if you're feeling a little uncomfortable. But GIRL - all that has to pass when you see a wave approaching. If you are in the spot and it's your turn, suck it up and paddle for your life (mean paddle face is totally allowed!). Show the other surfers that THAT wave is yours. I promise you, even the most wave greedy surfers will pull back if they see your determined surfer-girl paddle face (we all have one, let's be honest). 
5. Breathe! Yes, we too can be badass and paddle out when the waves are way out of our comfort zone. I bet you've been there with me? Watching all those surfers catching waves with ease, while you cannot get yourself to paddle for one. Feeling humbled by the ocean is totally normal, what does count, however, is the fact that you paddled out there, to begin with. Own that and be proud of yourself. You'll catch one of the big waves when you're ready.

If you're still having some doubts I got a discount for you to join Pata Sudaka Surf & Yoga Adventure Camp in Hawaii! They offer a complete surf and adventure experience, giving you the best memories and an epic surf experience.

What is included in their all-inclusive package:

7 – 10 Days in a private beach house (North Shore, O’ahu)

4 -6 Professional surf lessons with video analyzing 

Surf theory and Surf training sessions

Delicious and healthy meals (2 per day)

Easy but cool hikes to waterfalls and mountains. 

Snorkel adventures in crystal clear water

Yoga classes designed to complement your surfing

Fun activities: skateboarding, slackline, indoboard training

Private tours around the island

Transportation to all adventures, Airport pick-up + drop-off 

Small group, no more than 10 guests per camp.

Use code: SURFERGIRL for 10% off when booking your trip!

Badass Solo Surfer-girl Travel Guide

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