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Ein ganz besonderes Yoga & Surf Retreat: #Trancalmate

Ein ganz besonderes Yoga & Surf Retreat: #Trancalmate

Manche Begegnungen im Leben sollen einfach so ein. Im Fall von #Trancalmate sprach mich NOMB Surferin / Campköchin / Amiga Rahel Klein, aka Ray, an, ob ich mir vorstellen könne, einen Surftrip für Frauen mit Brustkrebs unterstützen zu können.

Natürlich konnte ich mir dies vorstellen, und somit lernte ich Anna Götz in einem gemeinsamen Videocall kennen. Was für eine inspirierende Frau!

Anna hatte die Idee, ein Yoga & Surf Retreat zu konzipieren, speziell designed für die körperlichen und mentalen Einschränkungen einer Brustkrebserkrankung und der weniger bekannten Genmutation BRCA I & II. Starke Idee, please meet Anna!

Gemeinsam mit Rahel und Anna formten wir #Trancalmate, ein 7 tägiges Yoga & Surf Retreat an der Westküste Galiziens im September 2022. In absoluter Starbesetzung wird dieses Retreat geleitet von Yogalehrerin & Triporganisatorin Anna, unterstützt von Chefköchin Rahel, unserem lokalen Surfguide Ramon und mir in der Funktion der Surfcoachin.

Da Anna Euch viel mehr erzählen kann über #Trancalmate, habe ich folgendes Interview mit Ihr geführt. Viel Spass dabei!

Aloha liebe Anna. Von Dir stammt die Idee des Yoga & Surftrips für Frauen, die Brustkrebs überwunden haben. Wie ist diese Idee entstanden?

Meine Ex-Nachbarin und Freundin Rahel hatte mir viel von Deinen NOMB-Surftrips erzählt und als wir uns dann mal zu dritt ausgetauscht haben, war total klar: Das passt einfach so gut, das machen wir!

Die Geschichte dahinter ist aber doch ein bisschen länger. Nach meinen Brustkrebs-Ops musste ich feststellen, dass ich nicht mehr richtig auf dem Bauch liegen konnte. Vor meiner Erkrankung habe ich leidenschaftlich gern Yoga gemacht und war auch mal surfen, aber beides war nicht mehr so möglich wie vor dem Krebs. Im Jahr nach meiner Behandlung habe ich dann eine Ausbildung als Yogalehrerin angefangen. Eine wahnsinnige Erfahrung!

Eigentlich wollte ich gar nicht unterrichten, sondern einfach so viel über Anatomie und Wechselwirkungen lernen, dass ich die Übungen auf meine Einschränkungen anpassen kann. Durch einen Zufall wurde ich dann gefragt, ob ich nicht Workshops für andere Krebspatient:innen geben möchte. Inzwischen unterrichte ich seit fünf Jahren und “Yoga für krummes Gemüse” ist entstanden.

Es macht unfassbar viel Spaß, anderen nicht nur körperlich, sondern vor allem mental die Möglichkeit zu geben, sich in ihrer Haut wieder wohl zu fühlen. Versteht man Yoga als ein mentales Training, dann hilft es, die eigenen und äußeren Grenzen besser zu erkennen, dann kann man sie meistens auch besser akzeptieren, seinen eigenen Weg damit finden, dankbar dafür sein.

Vor meiner Krebserkrankung war ich sehr sportlich und dachte immer: Geht nicht, gibt’s nicht. Nach OPs, Chemo, Bestrahlung und Hormontherapie sieht die Realität anders aus: Geht nicht gibt’s! Aber mit ein bisschen Glück gibt’s eben auch Leute, die mit einem genau dafür einen Weg finden! Krebs hin oder her, wir haben alle unsere Grenzen, die Frage ist doch, wie wir damit umgehen!

Und da kommt Surfen ins Spiel … am Surfen hat mich immer am meisten  fasziniert, dass wir nichts erzwingen können. Das Meer hat seine eigenen Regeln und Grenzen. Die Welle kommt, die Welle geht. Mal stehst du drauf, mal nicht. Aber was immer da ist, ist Demut vor der Kraft des Meeres, diese unfassbare Ruhe auf dem Wasser, das Warten auf den Moment, die überbordende Leichtigkeit, wenn er da ist, das unvergleichliche Licht, der Geschmack von salzigem Wasser, ein müder glücklicher Körper, und das Glitzern in den Augen von allen, die dir erzählen, wie sie das erste Mal dieses Gleiten gespürt haben.

Diese Kombination von Demut und Leichtigkeit, Ruhe und Fokus, von Grenze-Erkennen und über-sich-hinaus-wachsen, ist beim Surfen ähnlich wie beim Yoga. Angie hat offenbar einen ganz ähnlichen Ansatz wie ich, ihren Schülerinnen ihre Leidenschaft näher zu bringen, und sofort verstanden, worum es mir geht. Sie hat den Namen für unser Retreat in die Runde geworfen, der es einfach auf den Punkt bringt: Trancalmate, ein Wortspiel aus den spanischen Worten für Ruhe, Gelassenheit und Seele!

Praktizierst Du aktiv Yoga und gehst gerne Surfen? Und für welche Yoga bzw. Surflevel ist dieser Trip geeignet?

Ich mache Yoga als Morgenroutine jeden Tag zuhause. Manchmal nehme ich auch an Workshops mit einem bestimmten Schwerpunkt (Atem, Meditation) teil. Mein Vater war Surflehrer und ich liebe alles am, um und im Wasser. Ich war erst zwei Mal in einem Surfcamp und seit dem Krebs war ich noch gar nicht surfen, weil sich im Gesundungsverlauf einfach noch nicht die Möglichkeit ergeben hatte. Ich freu mich total auf unseren Trip!

Egal ob Anfängerinnen oder Fortgeschrittene – die Yoga- und Surfeinheiten sind für alle geeignet. Wir sind extra eine kleine Gruppe, damit Angie und ich auf alle einzeln eingehen und individuelle Lösungen finden können!

Und wen möchtest Du mit diesem Trip gezielt ansprechen?

Frauen, die entweder Brustkrebs haben bzw. hatten oder BRCA I/II betroffen sind. Gerade Operationen im Brustbereich führen oft zur Schwächung der Brust- und Rumpfmuskaltur, Verspannungen im Nacken oder Blockaden in Schultern und Brustkorb. Da können Yoga und Surfen gut unterstützen, wenn es achtsam begleitet wird. Und nicht zu unterschätzen: Die Riesenportion Leichtigkeit und das unfassbar große Glück, die einem selbst in einem kurzen Moment des Gleitens auf der Welle geschenkt wird!

Eine Herzensangelegenheit sind mir Teilnehmerinnen, die BRCA I/II betroffen sind, weil ich auch für diese Zielgruppe schon spezielle Workshops angeboten habe. Ich finde, es ist nach wie vor viel zu wenig darüber bekannt! BRCA I/II nennt man eine Genmutation, die familiären Brust- und Eierstockkrebs begünstigt. Präventiv gibt es die Möglichkeit, die Brüste und Eierstöcke entfernen zu lassen. So wird das Gewebe reduziert, das erkranken könnte. Medizinisch eine Riesenchance für die Betroffenen, aber eben auch ein langer, aufreibender Verlauf mit enormen Konsequenzen und Einschränkungen, die für Ausstehende kaum nachvollziehbar sind. Viele Betroffene müssen diese Entscheidung im Alter zwischen zwanzig und dreißig treffen. Da hat man normalerweise andere Themen. Es wäre schön, wenn wir dem ein wenig Trancalmente entgegen setzen könnten!

Wie werden wir auf die verschiedenen körperlichen und mentalen Voraussetzungen der Teilnehmerinnen eingehen?

Individuell und behutsam! Nach einer Krebserkrankung oder BRCA I/II-Feststellung dauert es eine ganze Weile, bis Körper und Geist wieder zur Ruhe kommen. Für viele ist es danach einfach nicht mehr selbstverständlich, sich in seinem Körper sicher zu fühlen.

Yoga kann da helfen, die eigenen Grenzen besser erkennen zu können und wieder ein positiveres Körpergefühl aufzubauen. Aus meiner eigenen Yogapraxis erinnere ich mich noch gut, wie herausfordernd konventionelle Yogakurse waren, bei denen ich einfach nicht mitgekommen bin: wenig Kraft, kaum Konzentration, asymmetrisch und wackelig, mein Körper hat sich irgendwie fremd angefühlt. Seitdem ich Yogakurse für Frauen mit Brustkrebs gebe, beobachte ich, wie wichtig es ist, Übungen individuell abzuändern!

Und beim Surfen ist es das Gleiche: alles kann, nichts muss! Angie hat jahrelange Erfahrung mit Gruppen mit speziellen Einschränkungen oder besonderen Bedürfnissen. Auch mit wenig Kraft und Ausdauer ist es großartig, auf dem Wasser in der Wärme zu treiben, die Schönheit der Natur zu genießen und sich vom Brett auf dem Meer in dieser Welt getragen zu fühlen.

Wie wird der Trip ablaufen? Erzähle uns doch was zum Programm, Unterkunft, Verpflegung etc.

Wir haben für die Woche ein ausgewogenes Programm geplant, das auch Zeit für Ruhe und Entspannung lässt. Es gibt jeweils eine Surf- und eine Yoga-Session am Tag. Am Abend biete ich zusätzlich eine kürzere Entspannungs-Session mit Meditation und Mantren an. Die Yoga-Sessions sind darauf ausgerichtet, dass die Teilnehmerinnen am Ende der Woche ein kleines, individuelles Programm mit nach Hause nehmen können, das sie alleine weiterpraktizierten können.

In der Mitte der Woche machen wir uns einen ruhigeren Tag, damit jede auch mal alleine die Umgebung erkunden oder einfach nur am Strand entspannen kann. Konzipiert ist die Woche für eine kleine Gruppe mit maximal 6 Teilnehmerinnen, damit wir beim Yoga und Surfen alle gut unterstützen oder korrigieren können. Gerade bei dieser Zielgruppe ist Angie und mir wichtig, auf jede Einzelne gut eingehen zu können!

Wir sind an der Westküste Galiziens in einem sehr schönen, einfachen Haus untergebracht. Ein traumhafter Spot, in den sich Rahel und Angie schon bei früheren Camps verliebt haben. Und das Haus passt zu meiner Art Yoga ohne Chichi – ich brauche keine Buddha-Figuren und Traumfänger, um in einen guten Yoga-Flow zu kommen. Viel wichtiger als Deko ist, dass der Strand in wenigen Gehminuten erreichbar ist und man sich auch mal zurückziehen kann. Durch die Lage nach Westen sind Sonnenuntergänge über dem Meer garantiert und bestimmt machen wir die ein oder andere Yoga-Session direkt am Strand.

Die Verpflegung übernimmt Rahel, meine Soulfood-Herzensköchin! Als wir noch Nachbarinnen waren, durfte ich mich quer durch ihre Kochkünste probieren und würde sagen, der Trip würde sich allein schon wegen der Verköstigung lohnen. Rahel kocht vor allem: bunt und glücklich! Uns erwartet morgens und abends frisches, sehr gesundes Essen, vegan und vegetarisch, mit viel Gemüse, Gewürzen und Gespür für Freestyle! Pluspunkt: Rahel backt begnadet gut Brot und Zimtschnecken;)

Melde Dich direkt bei mir, falls dieser Trip was für Dich ist oder Du Fragen hast bezüglich körperlichen Verfassung bzw. Kondition. Wie Du mich erreichen kannst, findest Du auf dem Flyer unten!

Ich freue mich riesig auf das Retreat und die gemeinsame Zeit am Meer. Eure Anna

Vielen Dank für Deine Zeit und Deine inspirierenden Worte, liebe Anna. Ich persönlich möchte mich an dieser Stelle auch noch einmal bei Dir bedanken, für Dein Vertrauen in mich als Coach & Mensch, diesen ganz besonderen Trip begleiten zu dürfen. Bis bald in Galizien!

Kleiner Zusatz: mit #Trancalmate möchten wir ein schönes und sicheres Umfeld schaffen, in dem die Seele und der Körper baumeln können. Wir wissen, dass es nicht für jeden finanziell möglich ist, an solch einem Yoga & Surf Retreat teilzunehmen, besonders nach einer Krebserkrankung und/oder Therapie. Für Interessentinnen mit schwächeren finanziellen Mitteln, gibt es die Möglichkeit, die Tripgebühr zu verringern, bitte sprecht Anna direkt an.

Du wirst an #Trancalmate nicht teilnehmen aber findest es eine super Aktion und möchtest diese unterstützen? Dann melde Dich gerne bei Anna, Rahel oder mir.

Durch finanzielle Spenden sind wir in der Lage, die Tripgebühr zu drücken und den Trip für mehr Frauen zugänglich zu machen. An dieser Stelle ein riesen Dankeschön an unsere beiden privaten Spender, mit deren Hilfe wir es geschafft haben, dem Trip einen realistisch machbaren Preis geben zu können. Ein weiteres dickes Danke geht an unsere Amiga Miris von Rambling Visuals, welche uns ihre Kreativität, Arbeitszeit und guten Vibes schenkte, und das tolle & wahnsinnig treffende Logo für #Trancalmate entwarf. Alleine sind wir ein Tropfen, zusammen sind wir ein Ozean 💜

Sea you soon in Galizien!

Angie

#Tripnotes GALICIAV: al agua patos..

#Tripnotes GALICIAV: al agua patos..

Celebrating our 5th year anniversary of surf tripping around Galicia we ran not one but two 14 days surf trips. A whole month of surfing every day? Can you imagine? A dream came true for our NOMB Surfers.

Trip #1: our intensive surfcamp

We started off our Galicia surf season with our annual intensive surfcamp. NOMB Surfers Annette, Chicken, Fabus, Hendrik and Meike were ready to give it their all. Camp chef Miris, an expert in our kitchen as usual, was prepared to not only spoil us with her delicious food but also to seriously improve her surfing.

Two weeks were packed with daily surfcoaching and free surf sessions, loads of theory and practical exercises. Unfortunately, surf coach Angie suffered from a knee injury and had to be stitched up. To make things worse she picked up covid in the hospital, what a bad timing.

Not having to deal with any quarantine restrictions in Spain, Angie isolated herself from the group and changed her coaching format. This way the group benefitted from extensive video & photo analyses and worked in pairs on their specific tasks in the water. The surfing results were incredible, sometimes things do simply happen for a reason 😉 See for yourself!

Learning how to surf, or improving your current surf level, does not only consist of training in the water. As the ocean is constantly moving and changing, we surfers spend a lot of time observing and trying to anticipate what´s going to happen next. Our NOMB Surfers were advised to daily observe the conditions and write them down in their surfing diary. They were instructed to discuss the waves within the group and independently find their waves in the ocean.

There was a lot going on outside the water during those two weeks. Together with coach Angie the surfers took a closer look at the pop-up techniques, they created muscle memories through surf skating, they learned basic lifesaving skills, had an introduction to mind coaching techniques and so much more. And just like that, our intensive surf camp in Galicia was over. We were really sad to see this epic group leave but were excited to welcome the next group of motivated NOMB Surfers. Hasta luego, intensive surfcamp team 💙

Trip #2: our AllYouCanSurf trip

After two weeks of sunny weather and glassy waves our second group was greeted with a low pressure system coming from the South, bringing rough weather and seas. But no problem for our surf team, motivation levels very sky high. The thought of surfing 14 days straight put a smile on everyone´s face, even in the rain.

NOMB Surfer Annette and former camp chef Miris just couldn´t get enough of Galicia and it´s waves, they stayed for our second camp as well. Annette had a surfboard shaped by local shaper Nico MX Surfboards, named it ´Ramonetta´ and was super keen to spend as much time as possible in the water. They were joined by Casper, Markus, Ava, Kim and camp chef Ray. What a team! Here are Annette and Ramonetta, shorebreak surfing with style.

With the AllYouCanSurf trip we were trying out a new format. It basically consists of our usual surf trip format but without the coaching aspect. That means an organized and carefree trip with loads of freesurf. A challenge for surf coach Angie who is used to giving tips in and outside the water. Several times she caught herself falling back into her surf coach mode and had to stop herself. Old habits die hard 😉

Angie made sure that the team didn´t get bored when conditions got a bit smaller, and invented the first ever NOMBlymics. Our surfers competed in different categories: the longest wave, the best claim, the best barrel, the biggest effort etc. Check out the clip and cheer for our surfteam.

The group was incredible and shredded really hard. Sore arm showed just how much our surfers enjoyed the Galician waves. Power ladies Kim and Ava were hard to get out of the water. Casper and Markus were the ones patiently sitting out back and waiting for the bombs. Annette and Miris kept surfing in their fearless rhythm of the past two weeks and camp chef Ray took her ladies Coco and Orki out for surfs.

And just like that, another trip was nearly history. To finish things off we organized a little fancy dress surf. Everyone was supposed to bring something that they normally don´t take out surfing. Ohh, and it was supposed to be smaller than a hand. Schabernack levels were through the roof that day. See for yourself! Thanks for surfing with us on our first AllYouCanSurf trip, you guys rocked it 💙

One epic month in our favourite homebase with our favourite local guide, coach and amigo Ramon. Without him nothing of this would have been possible, what a legend!! Thanks so much for everything, Ramonskis!!

We left with the desire for more and are super thrilled to announce that we will be running #GarfioGallego next year. Two intensive surfcamps, same place, same fun. Spaces will book up pretty fast, make sure to secure yours asap.

Thanks for everyone who joined this years #GaliciaV, thanks for your support and good vibes.

NOMB Surf is what it is because of you! Sea you in the ocean soon!

Angie & the NOMB Surfteam

One month surfing (and schabernacking) in Galicia: our #Tripnotes

One month surfing (and schabernacking) in Galicia: our #Tripnotes

Galicia – famous for it´s great seafood and loads of rain. That´s what most people say when they are asked about the most westerly Spanish region. What most people don´t know is that Galicia and it´s people are simply amazing, that there is an unlimited amount of incredible waves, and that it doesn´t really rain that much (at least in spring).

So every May we hop over to the Spanish mainland. Based in a small pueblo (village) on the not so well known westcoast, we surf and explore Galicia. This has been our 4th time over there, and still we managed to surf a couple of surfspots we hadn´t surfed before. What a treat!!

Our surfguides, the trips and travelling in COVID-19 times

As usual, our local surfguides, Ramon and Josh from the OceanSquadSurfAcademy, treated us like we were family. Not even did Ramon find the best surfspots for us on a daily basis, he also looked after us. Sorting out all sorts of little problems and wishes we might have. What a legend!! This is Ramon, doing what he loves to do most!

This year we ran two different surfcamps. Both were intensive surfcamps, including daily surfcoaching and also freesurf sessions. Loads of watertime, epic, right? Plus the usual surf theory, video analysis, carver session, breathing workshop and so much more..

As travelling within Europe was still a bit bumby last month, the camps were a bit more individual than normal. Generally we travel with a max of six surfers, this year we travelled with only three. Plus headcoach Angie, security dog Rainbow and a super chef of course. Respect (and a big thanks) to all the NOMB Surfers who made it to Galicia, during times where travel warnings, quarantines and local restrictions were in place, and changed on a daily basis.

In order to travel safely with COVID-19 floating around we implemented a safety & emergency protocol. All participants, plus the coaches, arrived with a negative test. Daily body temperature checks, frequent self testing and reducing other contacts to outdoor spaces made it possible to run both camps without any problems.

Intensive surfcamp #1: GALICIANDO

Camp number one were two weeks of surfing fun. Don´t believe it? Than see for yourself!

NOMB Surfers Annette, Milena and Tobi made it all the way down to Galicia, so did super chef Miri. Surfcoach Angie and Rainbow had already arrived a few days earlier, preparing the house and setting up the necessary sanitary precaucions. Ready to surf!

Mother nature treated us with a bit of the obligatory rain at the beginning. But rain generally means wind, and wind generally means waves. And as long as there were waves, everyone was happy.

Other than in previous years, we surfed a lot at the beaches right outside our house. They need a bit of swell to work and luckily we were blessed with some nice groundswells hitting the coast. But it wouldn´t be a proper surftrip without exploring and cruising around. So we head north and surfed some deserted beaches one Ria further up.

The westcoast of Galicia is frayed by the Rias Baixas, four estuarine inlets. They are beautiful, both with low and hightight, however they make travelling around the region a bit more tricky. But yeah, it´s so worth it. How about a lonely surf? Here we go!

Surfing and training using a recovery plan

During the two weeks the surfcrew did not only surf. The also learned a lot. About the ocean, waves, breathing and breathhold techniques, and most important, about themselves. For the first time we introduced a recovery plan, which had to be filled in twice a day. The idea behind the recovery plan is to monitor the individual performances and relate them to external factors such as sleep quality, outside stress, water intake and training intensity etc.

Even though the team had to get used to constantly monitoring themselves, the outcome of the recovery plan was kind of mind blowing. Some found out, that stress in their personal life highly influences the surfing performance. Other experienced that a poor sleep and too little water intake resulted in a performance crash.

Being aware of all the different factors leading to our surfing performance can immensely improve our surfing. Being aware is the first step to change something, and knowing what exactly to change is worth a lot.

Here is what NOMB Surfer Annette thinks about the recovery plan:

The recovery plan made me aware of a lot of things . My water intake for example. All throughout the day I kept reminding myself of drinking more water, so I´d be able to write down a high enough number at night. This way avoiding to worry about dehydration headaches.

I used the recovery plan for a duration of four weeks, and found it very interesting to observe myself and my performance. Seeing my personal stress level decline and my fitness level increase, that was amazing. I was able to understand my improved surfing performance and enjoy it.

Intensive surfcamp #2: GALICIADDICT

After two weeks, unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Tobi and Milena, as they were heading home. Surfergirl Annette, maybe motivated by her outstanding surfing success, had already decided to stay for the second camp.

Former camp chef Miri, who treated us to delicious (and mostly plant based) meals during #Galiciando, simply couldn´t leave us and converted into a surfteam member.

She was replaced in the kitchen by baking queen Ray, who pampered us with all sorts of tasty food during the next week.

Completing the second surfteam was our favourite longboarder Casper, who drove all the way from the Netherlands in just two (!!) days. What a team!

Seven days of surfing and other cool surf related stuff

During the next week we surfed till our arms were hurting. Again, we were rewarded with waves right at our doorstep. The beach outside our house is more than 1km long and offers different peaks. From mellow and clean longboard waves to steep shorebreak waves, and also a crazy but fun backwash peak. No wonder our surf sessions got longer and longer.

We rounded up the week with interesting surf related theory sessions ( a spot analysis of Pipeline for example),drysurf, more carver action, surf fitness sessions and the obligatory video analysis. Last but not least a deep stretch recovery session via Zoom with fitness guru Kati from LesanoFV.

Curious about what our beach looks like, and what Schabernack the surfteam got up to? Than why not check the photo gallery on our Facebook page?

Goodbye Galicia, we love you

After a month surfing in Galicia it is finally time to say goodbye. To Ramon, Josh, to our homebase house, to the neighbours and even our favourite waiter in the ´Abierto todo el año´ restaurant in front of our most surfed wave this year. Another fun month goes down in history.

Unfortunately we also had to say goodbye to our incredible surfteam. That was the hardest part as they are like a family after all. Following a few words by surfcoach & trip organizer Angie:

Thank you all so much for surfing with me in Galicia during these tricky times. I am beyond grateful for the trust you had in me and my work.

The past year has been difficult for a small business like mine, a lot of things I organized and wasn´t able to do in the end.

Taking the risk to go ahead with these past two surftrips has been rewarded with seeing all of you guys smile and totally shred in the water. Thanks for being my motivation to follow my path, and never give up.

Sea you in the water soon!

Love Angie

PS: we will be back in Galicia in May next year. Introducing a new and improved surftrip format. Stay tuned to our news and sign up early enough, to not miss one of the only few spots available to join us for our 5th year anniversary trip!

#Tripnotes GALICIAN GALAXY: living the dream..

#Tripnotes GALICIAN GALAXY: living the dream..

.. was the slogan of this year´s 14 days intensive surfcamp in Galicia. Four motivated NOMB Surfers arrived eager to surf and to improve their surfing here in the Northwest of Spain.

The local surfbreak, only 500m walking distance from our homebase, welcomed the surfteam with small but glassy waves. Perfect conditions to boost the take-off and timing skills. Galicia presented itself in it´s most beautiful way: sunshine, no wind and roughly 30degrees. Perfect weather to shred some waves and chill on the beach afterwards. What a brilliant start to #GalicianGalaxy, so much glaaaass..

 

 

After a couple of days finetuning the take-off timing and the pop-up the NOMB surfteam set off to use their newly perfected skills in a bit more powerful conditions. A beautiful beachbreak with noone else in the water. The waves were more challenging than the first beach as the ocean floor here was a bit steeper, producing still small but a lot more powerful waves.

Here the NOMB Surfers realized that positioning in the wave and reading the wave are crutial. Through video analysis and extensive surftheory surf headcoach Angie made sure that every single one of the NOMB Surfers understood the dynamic of the wave and developed the ability to read it, too.

But being able to read the wave is not everything. The reaction of what you see is even more important. Reaction drills under stress in the water (change directions, go, go, go… ) during the next sessions were hard in the beginning but the surfteam did fantastic and the results were clearly visible: a highly increased wavecount, less wipeouts during take-off and great positioning in the waves. Check out one of the beauties that was surfed on that day. NOMB Surfer Reto showing off with this bottom turn.

 

NOMB Surfer Reto working on his bottom turns

 

The next days were filled with double surfsessions and also a lot of surftheory. That doesn´t mean just sitting around listening to some presentation but involves a lot of differnet exercises. Twice the NOMB Surfers set out with surf skateboards to finetune their skills. During the first session they worked on overall positioning on the board, on flow and flexibility. The second session involved shifting weight on the skateboard, especially the backfoot, getting more sensible towards the reaction of the board: the first step to really learn how to turn your surfboard.

The surfteam also learned a lot of the ocean environment and understood how important it is to be aware of the constant changes in the water. Group exercises helped to deepen this understanding. Daily forecast updates and discussions about the same are always part of our dinner routine. Have you ever fallen asleep dreaming of tomorrow´s forecast?

 

 

Two weeks of daily double surf sessions physically challenge your body, even if you are a trained surfers. Our slightly crazy campchef Lindis made sure that all the batteries were recharged properly. Powerbreakfast included loads of proteins, carbs and sometimes even a traditional Swiss roesti. Yummy. Dinnertime, watching the sun set over the close by ocean, was a highlight and everyone enjoyed Lindi´s healthy and super nutritious meals. Thanks for joining us on yet another surftrip, Lovely Lindis!!

The 14 days went really quick and once in a sudden it was time to sit down for a final feedback. Headcoach Angie was more than happy with all the achievements, set goals were met and even exceeded. You don´t believe it? Check out the pics of the trip on our Facebook page, get hyped with the waves we surfed and the funny moments that made #GalicianGalaxy another unforgettable surftrip. That´s the dreamteam of this intensive surfcamp in Galicia.

 

NOMB Surfers and local surfguides on #GalicianGalaxy

 

Thanks for surfing with us A.K., Fabi, Reto and Romi. You guys really rocked the waves!! Muchas gracias goes out to Ramonski and the surfing Panda, our local surfguides, for bringing us to the best spots and joining our Schabernack. Thanks to head surfcoach Angie for coaching her brains out, what an epic trip. Simply #livingthedream 😉

Next years intensive surfcamp here in Galicia is already in the making, sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Instagram and be the first one to know dates and details. 

 

Hope to sea you soon in the water!

YOUR NOMB SURFTEAM

 

 

NOMB Surf Destination: Galicia

NOMB Surf Destination: Galicia

Great waves and amazing people

Spain is famous for a lot of things: sunshine, flamenco, tapas and a great way of living. For us Surfers, thinking about Spain we automatically think about amazing waves like Mundaka, Zarrautz and Salinas. But Galicia?? Ok, aybe even Canos de Mecca and Tarifa in Andalusia. Although Tarifa is a bit off the surfradar for us who don’t kite- or windsurf as a backup sport. Did you know that Tarifa is known as the most windy point in Europe? Making it a mecca for all the windsport fans.

But back to Surfing. So there is the Basque County, boardering the South of France. That whole area along the bay of Biscaya is famous for it’s waves. Why is that are you thinking? Well, have a look at the topography of the ocean floor and you will discover a deep underwater canyon. What does that have to do with great waves? The answer is: everything! If the swell energy can travel through deep water until really close to the coast high intensity breaking waves are being produced! But let’s not get caught in surf theory at this point..

Back to Surfing, and back to Galicia. So where exactly is Galicia? Is that not that place where Asterix&Obelix hang out? Right. Galicia is located on the most northwestern tip of Spain. And that’s where it get’s interesting. Galicia’s has a long stretch of coastline open to the North and also a fair stretch of rugged coastline on the westcoast. Northcoast and westcoast?? Picking up swells from all possible directions?? Now that we have your attention let’s have a closer look.

 

Galicia is located in the Northwest of Spain

 

There are a couple of famous waves in Galicia, Pantin being the most known one with the Pantin Classic surfcompetition held every year. Most of the surfspots are found on the northcoast, centered around the city of A Coruna. There is a shriving surfcommunity in Galicia, loads of surfers from the third largest city head to to the breaks close by and show off with their skilss. However, they are still a friendly lot and as long as you, as a travelling surfer, stick to the rules and pecking order in the lineup you are welcome to share their waves.

So we’ve got waves all over the place but what else makes Galicia such a beautiful surfdestination? How about:

  • a breathtaking coastline
  • sunshine (believe it!!)
  • still some uncrowded spots
  • free camping
  • not too chilly water temperature (4.3mm wetsuit works fine)
  • great local whitewine (Albarino)
  • super friendly people
  • great seafood
  • cheap breakfast (€1.20 for a coffee, orange juice and little snack)
  • short distances between surfbreaks
  • ohhh, and did we mention waves??

 

You see, Galicia truly is a surftrip heaven. But pssss, don’t tell anyone 😉 Still not sure if you want to join us on one of our next surfcoaching trips to Galicia? Well, we throw in a little countryside teaser as well..

 

Waling in the region of las Rias Baixas

 

Amazing, no?? Now that you are convinced that Galicia will be your next surfing destination let´s have a look at the upcoming NOMB Surfcoaching trips. And yeah, we are suuuper happy to announce that we will be running TWO trips in Galicia next year:

 

GALICIAN GALAXY , run in May 2019, is a 14days intensive surfcamp. That’s nothing for the faint hearted, all we do is surf, surf and surf. Daily surfcoaching will make sure that your surfing skills go through the roof.

GLITZY GALICIA, run in June 2019, is a 7 day surfholiday. We still surf (and coach) every day but you will also have loads of time to relax and/or explore beautiful Galicia.

 

Both of the above trips are designed to make you improve your surfing, one being more intense than the other. The crew on both trips is the same: Surf headcoach Angie, campchef Lovely Linda, security dog Rainbow and our local surfguides Ramon&Josh.

Surfspaces are filling up quickly, the first ones are gone already. If you don’t want to miss out on a crazy time surfing in Galicia get in touch asap and secure your surfspot.

 

Sea you soon in Galicia,

YOUR NOMB SURFTEAM

 

#Tripnotes Groove on Galicia: Ohhh my god…

#Tripnotes Groove on Galicia: Ohhh my god…

…. there are waves!!!! And sooo many of them!! In all shapes and sizes!!

 

That´s how lucky our NOMB Surfcrew was on our recent surfcoaching trip to Galicia. Everything from small & glassy to big & powerful.  14 days of surfing, double session most of the days  = looooads of waves for everyone.

Head surfcoach Angie and local guides Ramon (aka the surfing pirat) and Josh (aka KungFuPanda) picked a certain beach every day, depending on the conditions and on what the headcoach had in mind for the group. At the beginning of the trip Angie sat down with every NOMB Surfer and identified specific reachable goals on what to improve. The Atlantic Ocean presented itself with beautiful small but glassy conditions. Perfect to work on the timing and gliding in the wave.

Check out campchef Lovely Lindis enjoying a sneaky righthander.. Small but beautiful! (don´t ask about the beanie..)

Speaking of Campchef Lindis. She made sure that after all the surfing the NOMB Surfers recharged their batteries. Lindis spoilt the crew with power breakfasts, including fresh juices and smoothies, Swiss style Roestis, eggs, pancakes and other fresh goodies. Important to mention is the tasty Galician ´tit-cheese´, the base of our breakfasts. No joke, it´s really called like this. It´s like a giant Babybell in form of a female breast. So jummy!

Dinners were super tasty, too. Loads of beans (proteins), salads, pasta, meat, risotto, fresh fish, Barbecue… Just to name some of the delicious dishes Lindies prepared. Not to forget the deserts. The desert highlight was definately the chocolate mouse. Like spooning chocolate. What a treat!

One night the NOMB Surfcrew got all dressed up and set out for a dinner in nearby O Grove. They found a sweet little restaurant located right on the Ria (one of the inlets that divide Galicia into different parts) and enjoyed a fantastic meal of fresh seafood, loads of tapas and a suuper delicious desert. Big smiles all over the surfed out faces!!

Surfed out you think?? Yeah, this NOMB Surfcoaching Trip was even more about surfing then usually. Groove On Galicia was run as a 14 days intensive surfcamp. Most of the days the crew surfed twice. Plus surftheory and photo analysis to back it all up. The results of the group were incredible. More than once surfcoach Angie found herself screaming in pure excited on the beach when seeing her students advance to the next level.

Dedication, concentration and fun are the most important factors if you want to improve your surfing. Angie made sure that the motivational levels stayed up. Frustration sometimes is hard to handle when expectations are too high. That´s why the group was briefed to enter each surf session with low expectations. And it worked!!

After soo much surfing a layday was decided, to relax body&mind. Well, the relaxing layday didn´t really work out like planned. With half the group joining Angie for an early bird surf session 😉 Turned out to be the right decicion, After a late breakfast the crew set out to explore a bit of Galicia. NOMB Surfer Casper found a great route called the ´Route of the water and stones´, following a little creek up through some lush forests. It was a beautiful hike that ended at a chapel, where the crew rested and found out that they had walked part of the Way of St. James. A little bonus to this beautiful walk. The NOMB Surfcrew wouldn´t be the NOMB Surfcrew if there hadn´t been a little big of daily ´Schabernacking´.. hihihi.. Check out Lindis, Christine and Angie trying to jump over this old statute. Hands up who think they made it??

Back to the ocean. During the 14 days the crew surfed different spots. Starting small to optimize technique and timing, then growing in wavesize to gain more confidence. The local guides Ramon&Josh made sure to bring the group to the best spots with the best conditions. Often the break just around the corner was great to surf, sometimes the crew travelled further up the coast and spend the day surfing and chilling one Ria more north.

When conditions looked great for nearby Portugal the NOMB Surfers were ready to get up early and make the drive south. They were greeted with challenging waves, and a little rain and wind. No problem at all for the crew, motivation levels were high and everyone accepted the challenge. And we are talking close-out bomb.. That´s how NOMB Surfer Annette ended up with the nickname Annette-Bombette, woohoo!

That´s surfing. Sometimes you need to touch your limits, and cross them, in order to improve. And the whole group did great, everyone made it into the line-up and caught waves. NOMB Surfer Christine, who started surfing at that same beach, left the water impressed with herself and her new surfing skills. Well done, Christine!

The second session was a little less challenging, even though it involved a lot of paddling. That´s the NOMB Surfers in Portuguese waters!

Groove On Galicia 2018 has been a total success!!

Thanks to the great group of NOMB Surfers. It´s amazing to see how surfing brings together amazing people from every corner of the world. Thanks for joining us: Annette, Casper, Christine, Dani, Thomas and Ross! You guys rock!!

Big thanks as well to our local guys from Ocean Squad Surfacademy, can´t wait to share more waves and Schabernack with you next year!!

Last but not least a big Merci to campchef Lindis! Not only for her cooking adventures but also for her crazy spirit! Hope to have you on more NOMB Surftrips in the future!

Have a great summer, past and future NOMB Surfers, go out & explore and find yourself your own little gem (like NOMB Surfer Dani in this pic).

Stay tunes to the NOMB Surfnews (best sign up for our newsletter), there are big news on the horizon. Woohoo!

 

Sea you in the water soon!

Your NOMB Surfteam

 

PS: Wanna see more pics of this fantastic trip? Head to our Facebook page and enjoy!

 

 

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