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7 Days All Women Surf Retreat in Gokceada, Turkey

Crazy Island Center, Aydınıcık Gökçeada, Canakkale, Turkey

Yoga and Surf Holiday Turkey

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
All meals included
Airport transfer available

If you want a retreat escape to completely renew yourself and rediscover freedom, laughter, and nature; to leave all of your responsibilities and “to do list” behind to reveal your true you, join Imroz wellness sports and yoga retreat for women at Gokceada island. This is your week by the emerald water of the Aegean sea to relax and revive. They have created effective program balanced between relaxation, windsurf, kitesurf, SUP yoga, and special anti-aging procedures, light and raw but delightful fresh food.

Meet the instructors

Teodora (Dolly), Radostina (Tina), & Simeon
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Highlights

  • 3 windsurf lessons
  • 2 kite lessons and 2 SUP hours
  • Yoga sessions including SUP yoga
  • Kite, windsurf, and SUP lessons held in small groups
  • Use of the windsurf gear in place of SUP yoga class for independent windsurfers
  • Daily fresh and healthy organic locally grown food to detox
  • Guidance of a team of experienced instructors
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Istanbul Atatürk Airport (US$134 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Outdoor shower

During this holiday, you will stay in wooden chalets with private bathroom and terrace, surrounded by nature right by the beach. You can choose between sharing a room with a friend or be completely on your own.

Program

Through this surf holiday, Crazy Island Center aims to provide you with a completely different experience combining intensive (amateur) sport activities, healthy diet, and relaxation.

What you can expect in this holiday:

  • 3 windsurf lessons
  • 2 kite lessons (ground control)
  • 2 SUP hours (to start with SUP on flat water, not more than a half-hour lesson is needed)

All kite, windsurf, and SUP lessons will be held in groups of 3 - 4 people. Depending on the wind conditions, things maybe altered - if the wind is not enough for windsurf and kite lessons, there will be more SUP; the opposite if there is more wind, SUP hours might be replaced by kite or windsurf classes. At least two of all yoga sessions will be SUP yoga.

If you opt out of any of the included SUP yoga classes, you can use the windsurf gear if you are an independent windsurfer.

The kite, windsurf, and SUP lessons are going to be held by Crazy Island Center's regular instructors; yoga classes will be held by Teodora (a certified yoga instructor); Pilates and gymnastics by Tina.

Sample daily schedule

  • 08.30 Pilates by the sea, which will improve your flexibility and body coordination, as well as boosting your power and endurance
  • 09.30 - 10.30 Delicious breakfast will be served
  • 11.30 - 12.30 Windsurf, kitesurf, and SUP classes. The extreme sports will washout your stress and bring back the bold and naughty girl you have always been
  • 12.30 - 13.30 LIght and tasty lunch will be served
  • 15.30 - 16.30 SUP yoga classes - imagine yoga on the sea, concentration, but also fun and laughter, well you will love it!
  • 17.00 - 18.30 Dive into the indulgence of anti-aging procedures with natural products and weight loss treatment. You will use only freshly squeezed and extracted plants and oils. You can expect an explosion of peaches, cucumbers, olives, aloe, olive oil, grape seed oil, organic honey, natural mineral mud, and much more
  • 19.00 - 20.00 Healthy home-cooked dinner will be served

Instructors

Teodora (Dolly) Gantcheva

Radostina (Tina) Gancheva

Simeon Ivanov

Location

This surf holiday will take place at Gokceada island, Aegean Sea, Turkey. Gökçeada / Imroz island is located in the Aegean sea across the Dardanelles. It is the largest island in Turkey, part of Canakkale province.

Crazy Island kite and windsurf itself is located at Aydincik beach (the flat water spot). The center is a part of a beach complex with wooden villas, restaurant, coffee-bar and garden, with Wi-Fi access everywhere.

Wind conditions for kite and windsurf

The wind on the island is northeast. This is the same well known Meltemi which works in all the islands in the Aegean. The wind in Gokceada is accelerated by thermal and venturi effects. During the summer, there is constant wind 22 - 25 knots in the morning, which slowly falls to 6 - 12 knots in the late afternoon. Fronts come with strong winds around 28 - 35 knots or stronger.

Kite and windsurf spots

There are two main spots in Gokceada island - with mirror flat water (offshore wind) and spot with waves up to 1.5 - 2 meters (on shore, side on shore).

Active season in Gokceada is from May to October. From June to mid September, wetsuit is not necessary. In the beginning of May and in October, long 3/4/5mm wetsuit is recommended as the water is chilly, while after mid May and the second half of September, shorty or 1-2 mm wetsuit is okay.

  • Flat water Aydincik beach (offshore)

It is mirror flat water spot, which offers perfect conditions for advancing in freestyle and race every morning, and for beginners in the afternoon when the wind falls. The sea bed is sandy and safe. Crazy Island is located on this beach. The center is equipped with 2 rescue boats for assistance.

  • Wave spot / kite beach (on shore)

It provides great jumping conditions for wave riders at all levels. It is a big bay with sandy bed, safe for the riders and the gear. The wave spot is 2 kilometers far from the center, Crazy Island Center arranges transfer to the wave spot for the riders and the equipment.

  • Secret sports (side shore)

The island is big and undiscovered. There are other great places except the main spots, the secret spots are side shore spots with waves up to 2 meters. If you are looking for new adventure and want to stay out of the crowd, Crazy Island Center can arrange trip upon request, the spots are reachable in half hour from Crazy Island Center at Aydincik beach.

  • Downwind

It is a great experience and fun - the downwind distance is about 15 kilometers and the final stop is at the wave spot, the starting point is 1/2 hour's drive from the center, trips could be arranged upon request.

Food

During this holiday, you will be served fresh and healthy organic locally grown food. You will get delicious, but light supper, as detox is crucial part of this program. Cleaning your body works to lose weight, to energize yourself, to gain better health, and to look even brighter. Your special diet is based on seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, and locally produced island specialties like honey and olive oil.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can explore the whole island with its hidden bays and untouched nature. Crazy Island Center offers daily transfer to each part of the island at an additional 15 EUR.

Places to see in Gokceada

Take a round trip to discover the diversity and hidden beauty of the island. You can explore the small bays, chill in the shadow of 700 years old trees, watch the sea, and visit different small villages.

Crazy Island Center's favorite villages in Gokceada are the following:

  • Zeytinli köy - a small village with narrow stone streets and old Greek houses, with several small but famous cafés for their caramel and mohalebi cream and Turkish coffee.
  • Bademli köy - another small village located to the northeast of the island on high hill with narrow stone streets and spectacular view to the sea and Samothrace island.
  • Dereköy - a large kind of abandoned old Greek village which gives you a feel of visiting different age.
  • Tepeköy - located in the north of the island near an existing volcano which is the highest point of Gokceada island.
  • Kaleköy - on the northeastern coast of the island across Samothrace island. You can easily reach it heading straight north from the center of Gokceada. Kaleköy has a small port for fishing boats and yachts, open marketplace for souvenirs, fish restaurants cafés, and clubs near the port alley. There is a hill with ancient remains of a castle and spectacular view to Samothrace especially on sunset.
  • Gokceada center - pretty eclectic town with different small shops, restaurants for traditional Turkish food, pastry shops, barber shops, and open Sunday marketplace for all kinds of vegetables, fruits, cheese, olives, spices, and anything you can imagine. Gokceada is 6 kilometers far from the port to the mainland (Kuzuliman) and 12 kilometers from Aydincik beach.

What's included

  • 3 windsurf lessons
  • 2 kite lessons (ground control)
  • 2 SUP hours
  • 5 yoga classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Fresh and healthy organic local grown food
  • Dinner and 1-hour light sport program on arrival day
  • Breakfast and 1-hour lesson on departure day

What's not included

  • Daily island transfer
  • Airport transfer
  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at an additional 120 EUR per car.

If your flight arrives after 15.00, a stopover in Istanbul might be a good idea, as you never know how much time it is going to take at the passport control at the airport. If it takes too long, you might miss the last ferry to the island.

Airport: Istanbul Atatürk Airport Airport transfer available: Istanbul Atatürk Airport (US$134 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Availability

In addition to the set dates, this holiday can be organized on dates on demand for group of at least 4 people, before the end of June.

Thursday September 26, 2019
(7 days / 6 nights)

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