Girlie Surf Camps
A day at Girlie Camps Surf camp in Biarritz
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 July 2004: - -
Its eight Oclock in the morning, the suns shining from a bright blue sky, and we can hear the waves breaking on the beach as were loading the car and the mini-van. Hurry up girls! our camp leader Leah says, while trying to get the good old American Jeep started. Frustrated, after a few failures, she runs over to the guys campervan, and returns with a sleepy Christian. He, of course, gets it started on his first attempt. Its good to have those guys around sometimes, were all thinking
Normally there are only girls at Girlie Camps snowboard-, skateboard- and surf-camps, but here in Biarritz, the three guys have been helpful in rebuilding the office and driving back and forth. Apart from the three guys and our camp leaders, were 15 girls at the camp this week. All from different countries with different cultures; Finland, Sweden, England, France, Italy, Australia Its very interesting to hear the others stories about their countries, and its quite remarkable that weve all gotten so close in just a few days. Might have something to do with that were all sporty girls, all searching for adrenaline prone activities
Our French surf instructor Axel shakes his head when we finally pull up at the beach in Bidaret. Girls, is his stereotypic comment about our delay. He doesnt have time to say much more, because most of us are already on our way towards the waves with our boards. At the end of the lesson hes actually so proud of our improvements, you can spot tears in his eyes. You girls all did very well in these rough conditions today he says with his French accent. Hes right! It has been a great surf session. By now everybody gets up on their boards fairly easy, some of us can even point the board diagonally with the wave and by doing so, get a longer ride.
Honk-honk, Marika, the Swedish woman who started Girlie Camps about three years ago, gives us the sign that its time to go. We all squeeze in the mini-van and head towards the next adventure of the day: to learn how to ride a skateboard, in the famous skate-park in Hossegor. Its a great afternoon. In the beginning were laughing so hard at each other, falling and crashing all over the place, we cant stand up. Towards the end, however, most are in control over this board also. Its an exhausting sport and the cold drink and yummy French baguette tastes excellent on the way back to the camp for our little evening yoga with Marika.
During the BBQ at the camp this night we have the fortune to hear the California girl Jodie Nelson, tell us about how she started surfing. Its very interesting to also hear about her daily life nowadays as multi-sponsored surf pro. Jodie is a great person, so humble and helpful when trying to get us to surf better, throughout the week and always with a smile on her face. This stands true for most girls here at the camp. Its a great atmosphere!
I lean back in my chair, take another sip of my beer and relax as the suns last rays disappear into the Atlantic Ocean. Its so peaceful and beautiful! Tomorrow is going to be another great day here in surfers paradise. I cant wait!
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