Fuerteventura surf camp: which one is the best ?

One of Lisa’s favourite travel destinations was always the Canary Islands. Andersen visited the region many times and always praised the vibes and waves especially on Corralejo.

That’s why for my first trip in the footsteps of Lisa I looked for the best surf camp over there. And that is when I came across Ocean Adventure!

Ocean Adventure Camp has several surf camps around the world. The one in Canary Islands is on the island of Fuerteventura in Corralejo, a small town on the north of the island. The promise: sun, and waves all year round. The island is famous for being one of the best surf spots, especially in winter. No matter the period, there is always a spot with waves. There is also a lot of wind, so there are a lot of kitesurfers & windsurfers. The paradise for board riders!

 

I was really surprised by the island which is both volcanic and desert but with very beautiful coasts. The surf areas are cannons, and in the middle of the island, it’s often no-man’s land.

As for the weather, the sun is present and shining very hard. Be careful to put sunscreen on the first days and every day to the surf: face, feet and hands to avoid the sunburn! We apparently had a pretty cloudy week. It is true that it was gray (but hot) in the morning and it was sunny in the early afternoon. Honestly, it was no worse because the sun is so strong that a few hours a day was almost enough.

Surf Camp is a 15-minute walk from Corralejo’s “city centre” in a fairly quiet area. The beach for sunbathing is 10 minutes away, and we take the car to find the best surf spot of the day. They have a variety of beautiful accommodations and everyone can choose what they prefer.

 

The camp is managed by a Camp Manager and a group of “teamers” who apparently change quite regularly. It’s young people of all nationalities who are there to welcome, clean, and answer small questions. At Camp Fuerteventura, there is not really any organization, each one makes his life, and few common activities are organized. We are far from the “nice organizers” of Club Med. This may be the small downside I would put: I found it a shame that the teamers are not more involved in the life of the Surf House. I can understand that seeing people coming and going every week does not make things easier, but a warmer welcome would not be too much trouble. After, everyone does his life and it’s very good like that.

Classes are in groups of 8 maximum. Groups are made according to levels: beginner or intermediate. And the spots are also adapted to the group level. Groups with Surf Instructor’s name & time of the session are posted at 7pm the day before for the next day. This can be at 8am, as at 11am, as at 15:30. No rules, it’s a bit of a surprise every time. It often depends on the conditions of each spot and the tides.

Xavier and I started in the beginner group, with our monitor Max. Classes are in English, like all life at the Camp elsewhere. So it’s better to speak / understand a minimum English if you go to Fuerteventura.

At the time of the session, go to the Surf house with a combination (lent by the camp) and a board: “soft boards” to start: there is a kind of foam on it to avoid getting hurt . The teacher loads the boards on the roof of the mini van, and off you go!

At the beginning of each class, we explain the spot, the operation of waves, current. Then we warm up, and we learn to get up on the board in the sand. As the sessions progress, the teacher corrects things he saw in the water, tips, new techniques, and so on.

 

It really made me feel like Lisa Andersen! I highly recommend!!!

 

Celebrating the best surf song of all time

Surfin’ U.S.A. is a song by the Beach Boys from the album Surfin’ U.S.A., written by Brian Wilson. It was recorded in 1963 and released as a single on March 4, 1963. The track reached number 3 in the American billboard charts. The main voice in this song is sung by Mike Love.

In the time around 1963 Brian Wilson was associated with Judy Bowles. Her younger brother Jimmy Bowles was a passionate surfer. Wilson thought about writing a surf song and naming all known surf spots in it. “I asked Jimmy to make me a list of all the places he could think of. And by God, he didn’t forget a single one.”

Most of these places were in California, two in Hawaii and one in Australia. Check ’em out and catch a wave for me:

“Del Mar” – Del Mar, San Diego County, California
“Ventura County Line” – Ventura County, California
“Santa Cruz” – Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California
“Trestles” – San Onofre State Park, San Diego County, California
“Australia’s Narrabeen” – Narrabeen, New South Wales
“Manhattan” – Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County, California
“Doheny” – Doheny Beach, Dana Point, Orange County, California
“Haggerty’s” – Haggerty’s, Torrance, Los Angeles County, California
“Swami’s” – Swami’s Beach, Encinitas, San Diego County, California
“Pacific Palisades” – Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California
“San Onofre” – San Onofre State Park, San Diego County, California
“Sunset” – Sunset Beach, Orange County, California
“Redondo Beach” – Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California
“LA” – Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
“La Jolla” – La Jolla, San Diego County, California
“Waimea Bay” – Waimea Bay, Hawaii

Have you been to any of them? Leave your opinion in the comments!

The song was released as a single in March 1963 in the USA by Capitol Records. The song reached number 3 in the charts and became the Beach Boys’ first top 10 success. The B-side Shut Down reached number 23.

In Sweden, Canada and Australia the song also reached the top 10. In England, where the Beach Boys were still completely unknown at that time, they reached rank 34.

Surfin’ U.S.A. was re-released in 1974 and reached number 36 of the charts.

The recognition of women’s surfing

Surfing has been practiced by the people of the Hawaiian Islands since the 15th century. In this part of the world everyone was surfing, whether women, children or men. With the arrival of Europeans in the Pacific, surfing gradually spread all over the world. But at that time, it was still very rare to see a woman in the water and therefore it was almost inconceivable to see a woman surfing.

Even if female surfing does not yet have the same notoriety as male surfing, some women surfers stand out thanks to the “sexy” aspect of the discipline.  Indeed, some of them use their advantageous physique to make women’s surfing a hot topic. This is the case with Alana Blanchard, Bree Kleintop, Anastasia Ashley and many others. These surfers, completely dissociated from circuits and competitions, manage to get people talking about them outside the sphere of professional surfing by focusing on fashion, music or art. Thanks to their glamorous photos, they are not only the delight of their Instagram followers, but also the delight of sponsors who have clearly identified the new direction taken by this discipline and who continue to support them. Women’s surfing is on the rise, both “surf competition” with the entry into the Olympic Games in 2020 of the discipline and “sexy surfing” with the growing interest of brands for these sportswomen!

Review of the film: “Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story”

Chas Smith’s lint-free biopic tells the story of the delinquent Florida that became California on the run, becoming a 4-time world champion.

There was a time when Lisa Andersen was the sexiest surfer in the world.
Keep in mind that this was a time when being sexy was not considered a bad thing – not long after the Women’s Lib and the sexual revolution became uncomfortable bedfellows, but long before cyber spies and the #MeToo movement made everyone aware.

It was a time when a middle-class girl from rural Virginia could have a dream, make every possible mistake along the way and become a world champion and, later, a world icon – always in balance between sport, fashion and folk art in a patriarchal culture without excuse who would not listen to any of this. Continue reading Review of the film: “Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story”

Who is this pro surfer who has marked the history of surfing?

Lisa Andersen is a legend and inspiration of the Roxy brand. Her feminine style and athleticism laid the foundation for modern women’s surfing in the 1990s, and she still carries the torch as a world ambassador.

Lisa has been in the spotlight since 1986, when she won more than 30 National Scholastic Surfing Association trophies in less than a year. Shortly after, Lisa learned to adapt her explosive and progressive free surf to the hyper competitive ASP World Tour, earning her four world championship titles from 1994 to 1997.

In 1995, Lisa became the first woman to make the cover of Surfer Magazine, which also named her one of the “25 most influential surfers of all time”. Sports Illustrated has also named it one of the “Best Female Athletes of the 20th Century”.

Today, Lisa continues to compete from time to time and remains an icon for all those who surf, men or women. She is revered as a source of inspiration and a pioneer who has paved the way for the current generation of professional surfers.

 

Satnce: Regular

Favorite Wave: Trestles and Rincon Basses

Best results:

1994-1997 4x World Champion

1992, Surveys of Surfers 1994-1999

2003 Huntington’s Alley of Fame Surf Shop

2004 Jacks’ Surf Shop, Huntington Beach Walk of Fame

Favorite maneuver: Front from the top to the tail rail or a good old round house.

Best surf trip: Quiksilver Crossing trips to Tahaiti, Maldives, Fiji and Indonesia.

Favorite surfboard: 5’7 Channel Islands Fred Rubble by Al Merrick