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Imagine that after a good night's sleep you wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread. Now you have multiple choices. Will you go for your first surf session, join the daily, free yoga lesson or will you turn around one last time before you sit down for your lovely, healthy breakfast? The choice is yours. Either way, if you want a relaxing, yet invigorating vacation while taking surf lessons at the same time, this is the right retreat for you.
Airport transfer available: Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport
Airport transfer available: Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport
You will be accommodated in the Pura Vida Lodge. The spacious rooms of the Pura Vida Lodge are available for two to six people. Some rooms have their own balcony with hammock. The sturdy beds with comfortable matresses will give you the sleep you need after a day of surfing. Hygiene is highly important, so the shared bathrooms and toilets are cleaned daily.
The lodge is surrounded by a huge common garden area with a heated, eco swimming pool facing south. This means constant sun. If you are looking for shade, you will find more than enough sheltered spots. The garden is equipped with bean bags and hammocks to relax in. The outside solar shower is perfect to rinse off after a surf session. At night, the campfire is lit, where you can enjoy a cold drink and talk about your day with the other guests. The number of guests is limited to ensure a relaxed vibe in the lodge.
After breakfast, you will grab the wetsuit that belongs to you for the whole week from the rack and attach your surfboard onto the beach cruiser. After five minutes of cycling, you will reach the beach and see the waves of the Atlantic Ocean rolling in. After a warm-up with the whole group, you will get into the water. Your surf teacher will give you the necessary instructions. After one hour the lesson will be over. You can sunbathe on the beach for a while before cycling back to the lodge.
In the afternoon you will have enough energy to go surfing again on your own with the new friends you made at the lodge. Every minute you spend in the water will make you learn more about all aspects of surfing. For dinner you can cook a lovely meal together with other guests or check out one of the lovely restaurants in town. Later on at the camp fire all guests can share their stories.
The surf course counts six hours, of which one hour is a theory lesson. Every lesson is one hour. The schedule is based on the conditions of the waves. The forecast is checked daily and depending on the conditions you get one or two lessons per day.
The beginner course starts with an explanation on the beach. The surf instructor will tell you all about the equipment, safety on the water, and basic techniques in surfing. The most exciting part comes next. Under the guidance of your instructor you will enter the water with a small group of people to get your first surf experience in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. You will soon find out that surfing is more than a sport when you ride your first wave. It’s a way of life.
Pura Vida Lodge only works with surf instructors certified through the International Surfing Association (ISA). They are both lifeguards and instructors and are present all week to teach beginners and advanced surfers.
During the lessons you will be using soft top surf boards and flexible fins. Before and after the lessons you are free to use all kinds of boards available at the lodge at no extra cost. The boards vary in length and shape. There are several longboards, malibu boards, shortboards, and fish surfboards available.
This retreat will take place in Mimizan, France. The Pura Vida Lodge is located in a green surrounding on a quiet spot in Mimizan, France. The beach is only five minutes away. Behind the lodge there is a pretty river, which also has its own beach.
Mimizan is a well-known surf spot in the Southwest of France, right on the Atlantic Ocean shore. Europe’s most beautiful waves roll in here all year round. Mimizan is the perfect spot for beginners because the waves break on sandbars just offshore. More advanced surfers can also enjoy themselves in the green waves further away in the water. Even in the high season you can surf beautiful waves without a busy crowd. One of those spots where you can easily have one of those moments of total happiness.
During the evenings, Mimizan is alive. On the boulevard and in the village you can find many cozy bars. There is something for everyone. A wine bar where you can drink a nice wine, a pub with all your favorite beers on the tap, and of course, the Pura Vida bar where you can go for a dance, but also to watch a surf movie.
Every morning, you will wake up with a delicious and healthy breakfast buffet in the sunny garden. The products that are used are fresh and every day you will be surprised with a special recipe. Besides freshly brewed coffee and tea, you will be provided with juices and home made bread with lots of toppings to choose from, like home made peanut butter and chocolate paste. Yoghurt, cereals, and fruits are also part of the daily breakfast menu. A good start of the day and enough energy for a surf session.
During this retreat, you can visit the cozy local bars and enjoy a nice wine or a cold beer. You can also go for a dance or watch a surf movie at the Pura Vida bar. You can also play darts, table tennis, jeu de boules, indo boards, and slackline.
The TGV stops in Bordeaux. Would you like a transfer from Bordeaux train station please indicate this in your booking. You will be informed about the possibilities.