January is island time for the NOMB Surfteam. This year the annual Canarian surftrip took the team to the beautiful island of Gran Canaria. Different from the past surftrips to the Canaries, on this trip our NOMB Surfers did get the double deal: a whole week of surfing and neuro athletic training.
The team was based in a big typical Canarian house, overlooking the beautifully rough and green island. The view from the house was simply breathtaking. You could even see the ocean in the distance. The best surfspots were reachable iwithn only 20min drive. Waking up to this view was definately a luxury. Campchef Linda made sure that everyone kickstarted the day with a powerful breakfast. Loads of delicious treats, juices and Swiss power dishes.
On several mornings the team´s early birds could enjoy yoga sessions, instructed by multitalented Lindis. Ever dreamt of morning yoga in front of a lid fireplace (with the most amazing view)? Here we go!
After breakfast the surfteam head out to chase waves. Together with local surfguide Ruiman from Atlantis Surfhostel the group spend the first few days shredding in epic conditions in the city breaks of the capital Las Palmas. Mother Nature could not have been better to the team, hardly any wind and clean ground swells every day.
As the level of the group was mixed, from beginner to intermediate surfer with a lot of watertime, head surfcoach Angie decided to divide the group. The more experienced surfers paddled out to the main peak while the less experienced surfers took on the smaller green waves and whitewash closer to shore. Everyone caught waves, everyone reached (and stepped over) their limits, everyone improved, and most important, everyone had fun!
When the conditions got too big for the cityspots Ruiman ordered the surfteam to an unknown spot on the east coast. What a legend. A beautiful beach where even Rainbow, the loyal NOMB surferdog, could join the surfers. The waves where epic. Nice lines in the line-up, long whitewash close to shore for training take-off, shifting wave and first turns. What do you think?
NOMB Surftrips are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to pick the right surftrip. There´s the surfholiday which offerss you a great mix of watertime and freetime. Double watertime you get on the intensive surfcamps. They generally last 2 weeks and contain of 2 surf sessions every day to really boost your surfing. Only for the explorers are our adventure surftrips, which take you to unknown locations, new cultures exciting challenges.
#GranCanariaGrinder was the first of it’s kind. The first ever surf & fitness trip, combining surfcoaching with neuro athletic training. So what really is neuro athletic then and how can you, as surfers, benefit from it? Let neuro-athletic coach Chegu explain it to you:
´The focus of neuro athletic is the improvement of performance, through integrating inidividual perception and processing of information into your training. The brain, as nerve center, decides how powerful, precise and to which extend a movement will be executed.
Neuro-Athletic Coach Christian “Chegu”
Relating this insights to surfing it means that: the better the co-operation of perception and processing, the more controlled a surfer will be on the wave.´
Coach Chegu started his training with explaining the theoretical side of neuro athletic. If you understand how your brain works, you can understand the reactions of your body. Different training sessions included coordination expercices, balance training, sensory drills and much more. The NOMB Surfers trained on the beach, at the homebase and at the local sports field. A sensory warm-up was integrated into the surfing sessions, making sure everyone was performing at top level. Sound serious, right? Well, a little bit of fun might have been involved, too..
This years Canary Island trip has been simply amazing, with great waves, an epic team and so much fun. Head to our Facebook page for more photos of this fantastic week!. We can´t wait for next January.
So what’s in for next year?? It’s not official yet, so psssst, but in 2021 we will stay on our home island Fuerteventura.Sign up for our newsletter (below), stay tuned to our social media channels or simply get in touch with us – and be the first one to find out about #FuerteFloater (Jan 2021).
Sea you in the water soon! Angie & the NOMB Surfteam
Only just back from Irleand but we already can´t wait for the next NOMB Surf trip to happen soon! As usual that means we willl be travelling to an amazing surf destination to boost your surfing through individual surfcoaching in an group environment.
After our totally rad trip to Ghana and Ireland (sooo cold but sooo epic) the next surf trip will be to one of our neighbor islands. Our headquarters are – as we all know – located on Fuerteventura. But right next to us we have Gran Canaria! And yeessss we choose this beautiful island as our next surf trip destination. #GranCanariaGrinder will also be the first ever fitness surf trip – lots of surf, yoga and neuro fitness training is waiting for a super motivated NOMB Surfteam.
Can’t wait for the trip to start in January 2020 but for now let us introduce our newest NOMB surf destination =)
Facts about Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the third biggest of the Canary Islands and is located southwest of Fuerteventura.
Like the other canary islands, Gran Canaria is also a volcanic island and due to the higher mountains, there are a lot of clouds getting stuck which means a lot of fog in the mountains (and that’s just stunning!). And this also means more rain!
But don’t worry, Gran Canaria has stable temperatures all over the year (around 18-20 degrees Celsius even in winter) and the rain just makes the island greener 🙂 (And by the way, it’s not raining every day all day long, just a bit more than on Fuerteventura, which means maybe 20 days of rain a year instead of 10 ))Soo on this island you have the dry south and the more humid north.
Gran Canaria is also called the little continent because of its diversity. Not only due to the flora and fauna but also for the different lifestyles you can find on this island –rural life, city life, surfer life, a lot of culture and museums and so on 🙂
Most of the inhabitants of Gran Canaria live in it´s capital Las Palmas. Las Palmas is located in the north of the island and is the cornerstone of Gran Canaria. Beside of it´s big harbor (you can also cross the Atlantic from there) and the nearby airport there is big city life, a lot of culture (museums, cathedrals etc )a proper nightlife aaaaannnnddd most important: also a lot of surf.
Surfing in Gran Canaria
There is not only surf in the capital Las Palmas, but all over the island. However, it is true that most of the surf spots are located in the north of the island. The best season for intermediate surfers is – no doubts – in winter (from about November to March), like on the other canary islands. But if you really want you can find a nice wave all around the year. During winter the winter swells hit the island and the surf can get quite big out there. But don’t worry, we’ll find you a nice wave on Gran Canaria during our surf trip – you don’t have to surf the monsters like a big wave surfer :P
In Las Palmas itself you can really feel the “urban surf lifestyle“. Here you’ll find at least six different surf spots, beginner friendly as well as suitable for intermediates, plus the insane big wave surfers 😉
Known for surfing in and around Las Palmas are surf spots like La Cicer (beginner friendly), ElLoret (really nice righthander, but on good days crowded by locals), Los Muellitos (if it’s getting big you’ll find a lot of pro- surfers in there – so better stay out and watch :P) and ElConfital– a surfers barrel dream if you have the right conditions (and locals only) 🙂
Besides of Las Palmas there are plenty of other spots around where waves are waiting for you 🙂 As mentioned before, most of the waves you’ll find in the north of the island especially during the winter months. A really nice spot is San Felipe, just a few kilometers west of Las Palmas. Fewer Crowds, nice little fisher village and a swell catcher 🙂
But don’t worry, on our surf trip to Gran Canaria we’ll have head coach Angie and a local surf guide with us to find the perfect spot to improve your surfing skills =)
Other attractions on Gran Canaria
Even though our main purposes on this surf-fitness trip are of course surfing, neuro fitness training and yoga, we will also discover some of Gran Canaria´s others attractions and stunning nature!
A must see is for example the RoqueNublo, one of the highest mountain of CranCanaria. There are several hiking routes on this one, and you also can climb on top of it. From the highest point you can see the Teide on Tenerife in the distance and overlook the whole mountain scenery of Gran Canaria! The meaning of the name Roque Nublo is mountain of the clouds.
You’ll see what they mean when you have an excursion to this beauty of the island 🙂 But there are also several other nice hiking routes with stunning nature on Gran Canaria! They even have waterfalls over there and a loooot of little mountain villages with amazing food!
The biggest mountain on Gran Canaria is the Pico de Las Nieves. Unfortunately you can’t climb up to the highest point, but you’ll have several viewing-points to enjoy the view.
A must see is the Charco Azul– a waterfall surrounded by awesome nature! It’s located about a one-hour drive from Las Palmas and after a little hiking from the little village ElRisco you’ll see the beauty of the nature. When you start your journey in ElRisco it will bring you after half an hour walking through colorful nature right to the waterfall. On the way you’ll see a few little lakes, plants and fauna and flora.
This is not the only waterfall in Gran Canaria, and besides of these, the sand dunes in Maspaloma (in the south of the island), stunning mountains with hiking routes, a lot of little beautiful fishing villages and its capital Las Palmas there is a lot to explore besides of the surf.
Were really looking forward to heading over to our neighbour island nextJanuary, come and join us on this exciting surf & fitness trip!
Get surf fit with us on Gran Canaria!! We are proud to introduce our first ever surf & fitness camp: #GranCanariaGrinder. 7 days filled with surfingcoaching, neuro sports performance training and yoga sessions will not only boost your surfing but also your overall fitness level.
Never heard about neuro sports performance training? It´s an innovative training method that combines neurology-based knowledge with modern sports training. What does it do? It makes you unlock your real potential and perform on a level you didn´t know you have!
So how can this help your surfing? In surfing we use muscle groups that are generally not used in any other sport. For any surfer who doesn´t live at the ocean and surf on a daily basis the biggest problem, while being on a surftrip/surfholiday, is the lack fitness and explosive strength.
And now imagine you are being tought a way how to get the most out of your body! And now think further how that would influence your surfing performance! Hence more waves, more concentration and better movements. Result: epic waves!
The mix of professional surfcoaching combined with a new and innovative fitness training will show mindblowing results. To round it up we will also enjoy yoga sessions, to also treat our mind and soul. Using the right breathing techniques will help you to perform even better, in surfing and in any other physical activity. Yoga involves a lot of breathing and teaches you how to incorporate them into your movments.
On our first surf & fitness camp we count with the following super NOMB Surfteam:
Head surfcoach & tripmanager Angie: experienced & certified, she knows how to run a trip
Health & motion coach Greghu: professional & strong, he will get you into gear
Campchef Linda: amazing chef & entertainment guru, hard to not like her
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Apart from being active the whole day we will also explore Gran Canaria, a beautiful island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.So much to see, so much to discover. Did you know that Gran Canarias interior is mountainous and rural? And it´s coastline with cristal clear waters and black lava beaches? Pretty unique, no? The climate in January is sunny and warm on the Canaries, plus it´s the best wave season!!
We are happy to present you the newest addition to the NOMB Surfteam: health & motion coach Christian Sidler, aka Greghu. Don´t worry, we will help you how to pronounce his name correctly ;-). Greghu will join us on the first ever Surf & Fitness camp #GranCanariaGrinder in January 2020. Let´s find out a bit more about him..
Hoi NOMB Surfers,
during NOMB Surfs trip #GranCanariaGrinder I will be your health & motion coach. With my passion for brain function my job is to get the maximum out of your body, to help you improve your surf skills,
The main target is to enjoy the movement, with the movement comes concentration, with concentration the skills, followed by a smile which gives you satisfaction to keep going until your performance reaches the next level.
I am seriously but not as serious as this sounds 😉 I love to play with balls, rund and grind but to be honest: about boards – so far – I am not too experienced. But I am stokek..
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