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7 Days Back to Nature Surf Camp in Odisha, India

Nature Camp Konark Retreat, Puri-Konark Marine Dr, Khalakata Patna, Konark, Puri district, Odisha, North India, India

Refreshing Surf Camp in India

All difficulty levels
Breakfast & dinner included
Airport transfer included

Join Nature Camp Konark Retreat if you are the one who is looking for a beautiful and peaceful vacation with nature. Nature Camp Konark Retreat offers a refreshing approach to tourism and it is located in a natural and picturesque part of Odisha which offers local activities and cuisine that is original to this locality. There will be free time in the evening and it would be perfect for you if you want to spend your time with your family, playing with them on the sands, walking on the riverside holding the hand of your beloved ones, flying kites, and running after the butterflies.

Highlights

  • 5 days wave surfing
  • Professional and qualified instructors
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Supply of surfboard
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Biju Patnaik International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle rental
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Nature Camp Konark Retreat is a small riverside retreat built by the help of the villagers of Khalakata Patna. There are eight individual Swiss tents with a dormitory with a rural setting to accommodate about 40-45 persons on sharing basis. All of the tents are non-air conditioned tents.

Program

Day 1

Arrival at Bhubaneshwar Airport. Get transferred to Nature Camp Konark Retreat.

Day 2 - Day 6

After Breakfast, morning session starts with the Instructor. It's a two-hour training. Later during the day, guests are free to do other activities. There is also an afternoon session with the Instructor.

Day 7

Drop at the airport.

Level of surfer

Being able to communicate your current skill and experience as a swimmer/surfer as well as any dietary limitations you might have to inform us before you arrive allows us to plan your lesson of coaching or prepare a surfari trip to maximize your progress learning as well as your play time.

“Intermediate” can mean anything from a few days, to a few decades of surfing, so instead, we use the level 1-4 system. When you’re here, you’ll be learning alongside one or two other surfers who are at the same level or higher than you. Ability levels within groups aren't usually mixed, but special arrangements can be made during different circumstances and when adequate time is available. Here is a summary of which skills are specific to each level.

Non-Swimmer

Have little to no experience of being around water. You will learn:

  • How to comfortable float, swim in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and egg beater kicks
  • Basic breathe holding and diving techniques And various practice routine to becoming a stronger more capable swimmer.

Beginner

An amateur swimmer, never surfed or surfed a few times, but still have difficulties standing and balancing on a board. You will learn:

  • Surf safety and awareness
  • Demonstrate surf awareness, safety and self-rescue skills to safely participate in activities in the surf environment
  • Basic duck diving
  • Standing up, and trimming along on broken or peeling waves from 1 ½ feet (½ meter) to3 feet (1 meter).
  • Able to catch the broken waves without assistance less than 60% of all attempts

Intermediate1

  • A capable swimmer who is able to catch and stand on broken waves more than 60% of all attempts.
  • Fairly comfortable with take-offs, balancing and standing up on small waves
  • Having difficulties with timing and take off on beginner level waves most of the time
  • Unable to do basic turns and ride the waves face or trim

You will learn:

  • To perform top and bottom turns, cut-backs and re-entries in surf up to 3 feet (1 meter)
  • Wave selection, positioning, and speed control.
  • Intermediate duck diving

Intermediate2

  • A strong swimmer able to catch and stand on unbroken waves more than 60% of all attempts
  • Want to refine timing and take off, midface, bottom turns and riding the waves face
  • Considered non-regular surfer

You will learn:

  • To paddle through the white water efficiently and safely
  • Establishing a style and dialing in suited equipment
  • Skills to finding a quality wave suitable to one’s style
  • To navigate difficult and tricky line ups
  • Basic Weather reading and geography for better understanding surfing breaks

Intermediate3

  • A regular surfer who can consistently catch head high waves without assistance.
  • Able to do mid-face turns and ride the whole face of the wave
  • Some difficulties with bottom turns and linking maneuvers
  • Develop top / bottom turns to basic cutbacks

You will learn how to find the fastest trimming line, then how, why and when to perform horizontal carving changes of direction (cutbacks).

Advanced

  • Comfortable with take offs, mid face & bottom turns, able to link maneuvers, do basic cut backs on a variety of different size and type of wave.
  • Difficulties with late take offs & advanced maneuvers.

You will learn:

Video coaching is about performing committed maneuvers, in the critical part of the wave, with speed power and flow. We establish which areas of your surfing are the limiting factor. Then you’ll learn which skills are relevant to you so you can break your free surfs up into productive bite sized drills. The aim is that you will leave being able to fault find and self coach by watching video of yourself in future.

More info about Kaelon

The Ancient Hawaiian people who are credited with creating surfing did not consider surfing a mere recreational activity, hobby, extreme sport, or career as it is viewed today. Rather, the Hawaiian people integrated surfing into their culture and made surfing more of an art than anything else. The chief (Ali'i) was the most skilled wave rider in the community with the best board made from the best tree. The ruling class had the best beaches and the best boards, and the commoners were not allowed on the same beaches, but they could gain prestige by their ability to ride the surf on their boards.They referred to this art as heenalu which translates into English as “wave sliding.”

When surfing was revitalized through the actions of Duke Kahanamoku during the early 1900’s the common means of transmission of the art became the surf club. The concept of Chakra Surf Club is based on Doc Paskowitz’s philosophy of “Eat Clean, Live Clean, surf Clean". As a professional surfer and a practitioner of yoga I see a strong association in how what we eat, how we burn the calories generated by what we ate, and how that affects one’s standard of living is so closely related as to be one in the same art, the art of living. A lifestyle based around surfing is one of the most beneficial as it combines all of the benefits of bathing suggested by both doctors and religions with the aerobic workout benefits of swimming in a way which is easily accessible and fun for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

I strongly believe in the Eastern philosophical concept of The guru–shishya tradition, or parampara ("lineage"), which denotes a succession of teachers and disciples in traditional Indian culture and religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism (Tibetan and Zen tradition). It is the tradition of spiritual relationship and mentoring where teachings are transmitted from a guru "teacher" (Sanskrit:) to a śishya "disciple" (Sanskrit: or chela. Such knowledge, whether it be Vedic, agamic, architectural, musical or spiritual, is imparted through the developing relationship between the guru and the disciple. It is considered that this relationship, based on the genuineness of the guru, and the respect, commitment, devotion and obedience of the student, is the best way for subtle or advanced knowledge to be conveyed. The student eventually masters the knowledge that the guru embodies. In such, I don’t believe in the efficacy of the teaching structure nearly all other surf schools rely on. I never learned my surfing from a “two hour lesson” surf school, I learned from my family, friends, and peers in Southern California and from around the World. The way in which I teach is the same in which I learned.

I am available to those who have a serious interest in the surfing lifestyle and are not just going for a thrill ride. The lessons are flexibly organized to fit the students that day, the current weather, and the seasonal variations. I am willing to teach anywhere in the region, whether this entails meeting a group nearer to their home or organizing a surfari trip abroad. We can also store and care for your equipment on the premises for your future use. The payment system is negotiable, but is calculated by adding the number of students, the distance and means of travel, and the duration of the lesson.

Essentially the more you give the more you get, and a more flexible type of arrangement can be made depending on an individual’s requirements.

Lesson offered

  • Swim lessons
  • Bodysurf lessons
  • Body-boarding lessons
  • Surf lessons
  • Stand up paddle boarding lessons
  • Surfari- A surf trip or stand up paddle boarding tour to another location lasting from a few hours to a few days

Location

Konark is the place of the Sun temple, the Black pagoda, and one of the UNESCO sites. The 13th Century AD temple represent the Culmination of Odiya style of architecture and it's said by the Great Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the language of stone at Konark has defeated the language of the man.

Puri is a coastal district of the Odisha state of India, famous for its historic antiquities, religious sanctuaries, architectural grandeur, sea-scape beauty, and its moderate climate. It holds a wealth of attractions for visitors. It boasts a continuous history from the third century before century to the present and unique monuments such as those of Lord Jagannath at Puri, and the Sun God at Konark.

It has the Chilika lake, the largest brackish water lakes in India, that holds a picturesque sea-scape beauty. It offers an ideal resort for birds who migrate from different parts of the continent. By virtue of its geographical location, the climate of Puri is equable throughout the year.

Puri is one of the four Dhams of Hindu people, which is believed to be like Mecca for Muslims. As this place known as Sankha Khetra and the temple idols represent all the three concepts of Hinduism, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, one Hindu can come to this place to complete the pilgrimage in case not able to visit the all four Dhams in four corners of India. Jagannath temple is allowed for Hindus only.

You will use the platform (closed on Sunday and local holidays) in front of the temple to watch the activities partially inside the temple. Every year, during June / July, there is the Grand Chariot Festival of the temple that attracts around one million people around the world to this place.

Nearby places:

  • Jagannath temple - 25 minutes
  • Sun temple, 10 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Spa

General

  • Restaurant

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

Being on the river side as well as close to the sea, Nature Camp Konark Retreat serves rice, dal, fresh seasonal village collection vegetables preparation with fish & prawns. They also serve mutton & chicken to the guests. The food is purely local made by the villagers working in the camp site. They serve only Odiya food strictly which is very delicious & healthy, not oily or spicy & cooked on traditional hearth.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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)

  • Boating
  • Cycling

During the guests' free time, they can do many excursion trips to the UNESCO Heritage sites, unique temple sites, Artisans’ village, and so much more. If they wish, Nature Camp Konark Retreat can prepare a day to day program with excursions in the program too. As this is a remote place, the guest has to request for a car for these excursion trips.

Spa treatments

Nature Camp Konark Retreat offers Ayurvedic massage (with advance booking) but it is not included in the price.

What's included

  • 5 days wave surfing
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Professional and qualified instructors
  • Surfboard rental
  • Transfers from Bhubaneshwar airport & drop back at Bhubaneshwar airport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

From Bhubaneshwar Airport is 75kms/1.15hrs drive on the Marine Drive road. After Garudeshwar temple towards Konark, you will see the Signage for Nature Camp Konark Retreat on your right side. Opposite road of Panchamukhi Hanuman temple near Khalakata Patna Village. One can hire a taxi to reach to the place. Guests may travel via bus from Puri if arriving by train from any where at Puri.

Airport: Biju Patnaik International Airport Airport transfer included: Biju Patnaik International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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