CHICAMA

Surf the longest left-point break in the world

UPCOMING TRIPS

MARCH 28 – APRIL 4, 2020 (sold out)
APRIL 4 – 11, 2020 (2 spots left)

SURFING

Customized surfing theory and technique coaching. Daily coaching sessions, guided sessions and special workshops focussing on drills for individual and group progression

MOVEMENT

Regular movement classes and workshops designed to improve mobility, flexibility and condition the body while maximizing your surfing performance

MINDFULNESS

Daily Mindfulness meditation and breathwork sessions to connect mind, breath and body in and out of the water.  Restorative classes stretch, relax and allow your body to recoverce

This once in a lifetime trip will take you to the longest surfable left-hand point break on Earth, where you will enjoy 7 days surfing this leg quaking wave while staying at The Chicama Boutique Hotel—one of the nicest surf hotels in the world! Surf perfect, extremely long waves that will make you rub your eyes in disbelief. All of this surrounded by a group of rad human beings with varying skills that will support you and push you to improve your surfing wave after wave.

Our ISA certified coaches have designed a unique programming of surfing, mindfulness, and movement to focus on individual progress and performance over the course of the week. Chicama—with its sheltered bays—is the perfect place for beginners to start surfing. For intermediate and more advanced surfers, this is one of the best waves in the world for you to progress your surfing. The consistency of each section allows for careful maneuvers to be performed, pushing your abilities to the next level. Regardless of where you are at with your skill, we will tailor the coaching sessions to suit your particular needs.

This experience is limited to 14 people and no previous surfing experience is required. Our experienced surf coaches work closely with local surf guides to provide our guests with the best possible coaching. If you have ever dreamed of surfing the longest left-point break wave in the world and being pushed out of your comfort zone in a safe and supportive environment, this trip is for you. With a well-balanced mix of theory and practical sessions, photo, and video analysis, our programming provides the best possible environment for self-improvement and growth.

INCLUDED

7 night / 8 days accommodation
Transportation to and from the hotel
Guided surf sessions and surf lessons
Surfboard rentals
10 zodiac tow-back sessions
Mindfulness/movement sessions & workshops
Hike to Cerro Malabrigo
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Filtered drinking water
Use of gym, sauna, steam room, hot tubs, pool
Use of TV room, books, video library, games room
Photographs
Coffee and tea all day

NOT INCLUDED

International and domestic flights
Airport transportation if arriving outside shuttle schedule
Beverages
Massages
Additional tours & activities
Gratuities

Surf Coaching

Daily surf lessons and guided sessions
Theory and practical lessons
Detailed information on technique and local spots
Group and individual assessments for progression
Experienced ISA certified surf instructors
Maximum 4:1 student/instructor ratio
Photo and video analysis
Ongoing technique analysis and individual feedback
Possibility of surfing other breaks

Mindfulness & Movement

Pre-surf mindfulness meditation sessions
Daily movement sessions and workshops
Suitable for all levels
Classes designed to enhance your surfing
Active classes improve mobility, flexibility and strength
Restorative classes to stretch, relax and recover
Breathwork to expand lung capacity and train the mind
Dry land surf movements to get you ready to surf
Longboarding & shorboarding specific drills

Accommodations

High-end accommodations
Private room with 1 king size bed
Shared room with 2 or 3 twin size beds
All rooms with private bathrooms
Ocean-view private terrace
Infinity pool and relaxing deck
Outdoor and indoor Jacuzzi
Ceiling fans and safe box

Sauna
Multiple lounging areas
Gym and Spa
World-class restaurant
Daily maid service
Complimentary filtered water
Concierge Service
Free Wi-Fi

There will be a shuttle waiting for you at Trujillo Airport on Saturday, March 28th or on April 4th at 10:00 AM. We highly recommend that you fly into Lima at least a day early to get settled and prepare to make the quick 1-hour flight to Trujillo. All connections must be made through Lima. If you are unable to make the 10:00 AM shuttle (from Trujillo airport) we can arrange other transportation for you to get to the Hotel at an additional charge. Our travel agent can assist you booking a night at a hotel by the airport if needed.

Our coaches have developed a classification system based on your surfing skills and fitness level to create a progressive and effective coaching program with a variety of daily drills to suit everyone’s individual needs. Whether you are a complete beginner or have been surfing for years, we have a program to help you progress your surfing and get to the next step. We strive to objectively place our guests in the appropriate level free of judgment and with all the encouragement and support every person needs. For that to happen, our rule number one is for every guest to leave their ego and self-judgment at home and come with an open mind to learn, practice and progress in order to make the most out of the experience.

White Fin*

Knowing all parts of the board;
Demonstrating board control entering and exiting the water;
Practicing board control in whitewater
(paddling, turning, catching waves, accelerating and decelerating speed prone and standing);
Shallow water prone and standing dismounting;
Traversing left and right in the white water;
Straight takeoffs;
Having the awareness and basic understanding of
what to do when you encounter a rip current;
Independently catching broken waves;
Understanding currents and being aware of your positioning;
Having basic whitewater etiquette for when it’s your turn;
Avoiding bumping into people;
Staying out of people’s way;
Safely to catching waves

Blue Fin

Paddling through broken waves;
Being comfortable in the water, out of your depth,
and in the impact zone;
Demonstrating surf etiquette when catching unbroken waves;
Unbroken wave selection (lefts, rights, and closeouts);
Surfing both forehand and backhand on unbroken waves;
Trimming and carving left and right on unbroken waves;
Pressing up on the board to get through white water,
and performing turtle roll/duck dive;
Generating speed and slowing down;
Staying calm after wipeouts when underwater
or when a large set is approaching;
Performing angled take offs and bottom turns;
Starting to perform cutbacks;
Grabbing rail on steeper takeoff;
Getting out of dangerous situations by yourself

Purple Fin

Linking turns;
Comfortable surfing overhead conditions, steeper waves,
as well as surfing over shallow reef or rocks;
Fully competent at reading a set and predicting where and when it will break;
Great understanding of wave selection, knowing which direction the wave is breaking, the turn that is required and when to generate speed or to stall;
Performing the following: popping up at the top of the
wave before making the drop, snaps, floaters and completing into next turn or to finish off the wave;
Closeout turns, grab rail turns, roundhouse cutbacks;
Getting the board above the lip;
Hang 5, reverse entry, cross step turns;
Getting out of dangerous situations by yourself;
Being able to read when others are in danger and
how to rescue them if required;
Having enough knowledge and experience to teach
someone how to surf and to coach other surfers

Black Fin**

Competing in amateur or professional level surf competitions;
Coaching amateur and professional athletes for competitions;
Big wave surfing;
Barrel riding;
Vertical surfing;
Aerials;
Laybacks;
Fin releases;
Progressive surfing maneuvers

*Participants in this level will start the week practicing in one of the protected beach areas, and will only be allowed on the boat according to their progress throughout the week. Your safety is our number one priority, and it's up to our surf coaches to determine when and if you are ready to get on the boat.

** Only surfers in the black fin level can join the trip without joining the surf camp.

Our trip starts with an early morning fitness and skill assessment to place you in the right level, and as the week progresses, we will team you with the right coaches on a daily basis to ensure you are getting the most out of your coaching. If you are a complete beginner, our goal is to coach you so you can tick all the boxes in the white fin category by the end of the trip. Remember, no matter how good you are, surfing is a lifelong quest and you can always improve with consistent training and appropriate coaching. If you are an intermediate or advanced surfer, we will place you accordingly to your skills after the assessment on day 1. 

Archeological Sites

The Chicama Valley is home to a variety of ancient archeological sites. Some of them are very well preserved and can be reached within 45 minutes from our hotel. If you would like to take an afternoon off from surfing and learn more about the ancient civilizations that once inhabited the area, a tour can be arranged for an extra charge. 

Machu Picchu

If you have the time and desire, Machu Picchu is an option for you to visit. It will require flying from Trujillo to Lima and Lima to Cusco. The adventure to one of the world’s seven wonders will be undertaken as an addition to the retreat at your choosing. There are several tour operators in the area for you to choose the tour that best suits your style.

LIMA

Lima is the capital and the largest city in Peru. This modern and exciting metropolis offers visitors some of the best cuisines on the planet. There are many local breaks for surfers, and if you would like to spend a couple days there before or after Chicama, we recommend staying at Miramar or Barranco—very safe, walkable and with much to offer.

Travel Requirements

All guests must be at least 18 years old
Travel and health insurances are mandatory and not included in the package
Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your date of entry

Testimonials

I went on my first Surf the Greats surf/yoga retreat to Nosara, Costa Rica in October 2017 and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. Looking back now, I didn’t realize how important this trip was in the context of my own life direction, but I came back to Canada with a clear mind, new goals, and support from an incredible surf community. Antonio and the instructors made sure that learning to surf wasn’t just about being able to stand up on a board. It’s about learning to be a considerate surfer, safety, mindfulness and focus. It’s so applicable to other parts of life, and I knew as soon as I got back that I wanted to go on another trip. I went to Chicama, Peru in March 2018, where I spent my 30th birthday refining skills, building confidence, and challenging myself. I always feel so safe out in the water with the instructors. They were always there to challenge me, but always had my safety in mind. The trip was unforgettable, and I’m so thankful for that experience.

Emily G.

My time with Surf The Greats in Costa Rica changed the way I travel and my approach to wellness. With excellent teaching and coaching in great surfing spots, I now have the confidence to rent a board, head out on my own, and join the “line up”. We also had the chance to practice yoga (something totally new for me) in some beautiful tropical spaces. I couldn’t understand why I had not built this into my fitness and wellness efforts before. Now, I practice yoga a couple times per week and my body is healthier and fitter for it. Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing. The houses we stayed in were beautiful and comfortable, the beaches were stunning, and the landscapes were dramatic. Our tour leaders were encouraging, fun, and always made us feel safe. I met some wonderful people and made some great new connections. There was always a sense of solidarity amongst the group as we learned together, lived together, and supported each other out in the waves. We didn’t just learn to surf. We learned about the culture, etiquette and science of surfing too.

Rich O.

Trip Cost

Single room $3,595
Double room $2,995
Triple room $2,645

Prices per person in CAD dollar
inclusive of taxes

CAD $750
Non-refundable Surf Camp Fee
required to secure your spot

The remainder due to our
travel agent by March 1st, 2020

Travel Agent

Angie Mammoliti

416-366-1961
Angie.mammoliti@transat.com

TRANSAT TRAVEL
56 Church St.Toronto, ON, M5C 3C8
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