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
New year, new luck!! As usual Northwest Ireland welcomed the NOMB Surfteam with smashing waves (8m on 20sec) and it´s beautiful all-inclusive weather conditions.
All inclusive? That means you can have sunshine, rain, hail, howling winds, no wind at all, rainbows and about every cloud formation you can think of – within 2 minutes. For the 4th year in a row Ireland surprised with it´s natural beauty and cold but incredible surf conditions. Reason enough for our brave NOMB surfers Andy, Bianca, Chanti, Joel, Kristin and Svenja, head surfcoach Angie and local surfguide Good Old Lee to head out daily and search for waves.
Based in James Palace, the coolest crankiest house at the D-place, the team geared up every day and got ready to surf. Surfing in Ireland in November involves some serious preparation: a 5.4mm wetsuit, a neopren hat, neopren booties and gloves. Plus a flask filled with hot tea and ohh, don´t forget the hot water bottle, wrapped up in the surf poncho waiting for you to come out of the water. But no matter the time of the day or the weather outside, the stoke was always there and everyone was keen to surf. Or doesn´t NOMB Surfer Andy look stoked?? 😉
Ireland surprises with all sorts of weather and wave conditions. The rugged coastline makes it possible to find epic surf with pretty much all conditions. Local guide Lee from Narosa School of Surf made sure the surfteam always scored. Even though getting changed in pouring down hail turned out to be a challenge, the teamspirit was high and the occational warm-up dance wasn´t to be missed.
Surftheory and video analysis were a big part of this weeks surfcoaching. Head surfcoach Angie analysed the individual needs and made sure that everyone learned something new and had their questions answered. Through seeing themselves surfing the NOMB Surfers were able to correct small errors, resulting in a much higher wavecount, and some nice bombs once in a while 😉 And who wouldn´t want to sit in ´school´ in front of a fireplace snuggeled up on a sofa??
Due to the fact that campchef Basti couldn´t join the group this year the dinners were quite an experience, too. Local and traditional food turned out to always come in a maaassive portion. How about a pile of mashed potatoes, bacon, chicken, cheese and fried onions as a topping?? Loads of carbs and calories for the NOMB Surfers. Cold water surfing challenges not only our brains but also our bodies. Power breakfasts made sure the team started the day right and kept the bodies going all through the day.
7 days went by super quick, daily surfcoaching, a bit of exploring, chilling and generally just having a great time. Too soon the team was ending another incredible surftrip to Ireland with a delicious dinner in our favourite pizza place the Rusty Oven and some sneaky pints in the local pub. No trip to Ireland without the traditional pint of Guinness. Check out the recap of #IconicIreland.
Can´t wait for next year to come, the dates for #IrishIdols are already set and the first surfspaces are booked. Be quick if you, too want to join us on our 5th year anniversary surftrip to one of the most magical (and overlooked) surfdestinations in Europe.
Have a great Xmas season and hopefully enjoy some good waves (its pumping here on Fuerteventura).
Sea you in the water next year!
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!
Well, where to start?? The last NOMB Surftrip blew our minds.. Over and over again.. Let´s see what head surfcoach Angie has to say about the 14 days in incredible Ghana..
´It doesn´t happen often that I am lost for words but right now I am struggling to put the past weeks surfing in Ghana into words.Maybe because with my heart and soul I am still at this little beach called Busua Beach in Southwest Ghana.
A couple of years ago NOMB Surfer Annette send me a photo of her surfing right there in Busua with the text: maybe a NOMB Surftrip destination?? And believe it or not, 2 years later Annette, myself and another 2 crazy NOMB Surfladies (Kiki & Tina) met at Accra International Airport – ready to go surfing. This was the first ever all-girls NOMB trip and to be honest, I was a little bit worried about how it would turn out. Turned out that I could not have asked for cooler chicas to join me on this African adventure, the group dynamic was amazing and trust me, there were loooooads of giggles involved 😉
After a night in Accra we made our way to our homebase: Busua Beach, a small town right on the beach. Traffic is always unpredictable (and exciting) in Ghana but the 6+hrs drive was worth it when we arrived at Ahanta Waves Eco-Lodge, our home for the next two weeks. Who wouldn´t want to wake up here??
Right behind the trees, crossing a little creek, passing the fishermen and their boats, there´s a nice beachbreak which works on most days. It can actually handle quite some size, too. That´s where we surfed the first couple of days, to get used to the boards and the energy of Ghana´s waves. We were super lucky to have local guide (and probably Ghana´s best surfer) Michael ´Ballack´ Blackboy joining us on our surfcoaching sessions.
After a couple of days Ballack thought we were ready to go and surf a nearby pointbreak. Nearby means a 20min walk through the jungle and the next small town. Twenty minutes can be pretty long when humidity and the outside temperature are extremely high. But we all took it with good spirits, serious board-carrying-sharing involved.
The next few days were spend surfing in and around Busua. But surfing wasn´t all we did. The people of Busua are so super friendly and welcomed us with open arms. A stroll into town would always take quite a while, stopping every few minutes for a nice chat, tea & cakes at the local coffee shop or a pitstop at Emmanuell´s, our favourite shopkeeper.
Busua´s young locals are a bunch of great people, motivated to make their community a better place. Like the guys from B.B.C.C. (Busua Beach Community Caretakers) for example. They meet every Wednesday and Saturday to clean up the streets and the beach of Busua. They are on their way to become a totally independent NGO and fund themselves by selling their T-shirts. Sure we all got one. They also have a GoFundMe campaign running, trying to come up with funds to finish all the paperwork to become a proper foundation. Check it out if you feel like supporting those amazing guys and girls. We did our best to support B.B.C.C. and joined their clean-ups whenever we could. That´s us ladies all dressed up and ready to fight plastic!!
The surfing of the girls improved really quickly. Daily surfcoaching and their efforts and concentration, helped by the amazing waves, paid off. Soon we were ready for our first daytrip. And what a daytrip it was.
Julia & Peter, the owners of Ahanta Lodge, joined by their cute dog Tiger, took us on a real adventure trip. After an hour drive we parked the car at a tiny village on the beach. Geared up with boards we crossed the tiny lanes of this tiny village. Seriously, it felt like we were walking through everyone´s living rooms. We soon crossed a bridge, then through the jungle, just to end up at a paradise bay. Just us, some local schoolkids and an empty eco-lodge. The perfect place to realize that yes, we really were in paradise. We got changed, left our stuff in the lodge, crossed a creek, through another jungle hill to end up in a deserted bay.
Imagine a bay framed by juuuuungle and a heaving righthand pointbreak at the end of the bay. Did I hear anyone say PARADISE???
During the next week we went on more very cool daytrips, even treetopwalking in Kakum National Park, visiting an old fort and jungle tracking to Cape Three Point. Ohhh, and did I mention the incredible beachwalk with sunset lunch and a never to forget sunset??
We also got our fair share of adventure (it was an adventure surftrip after all) when our daytrip to Cape Three Point turned into some serious getting-stuck-in-the-mud experience. Generally in September it doesn´t rain that much but this year was different. Tropical rain turned few of the roads into a real mudslides, making us get stuck four times, even with very experienced Peter driving a 4X4. Nevertheless, we had a great time during this adventure, especially when a motorbike with pounding tunes turned up. We nicknamed it the disco-moped because it even had little disco flashlights installed. Soo cool!
Days flew by so quickly, so many waves to surf and so many things to do. Bonfires, a serious drum-lesson, dinner at the lobster man´s house.. Plus we met so many inspiring people who happily shared their stories with us and let us be part of their efforts on changing their community. Like the guys from Teach On The Beach for example. Apart from having a daily schoolhour for the local kids to get help with their homework, every night, Monday to Friday, at 7pm they have a newshour. Together with the kids they watch international news, learning new vocabulary and discussing the happenings. What an amazing way to build a path for those kids to understand that there is a whole world outside their little village. What impressed me even more was the positive energy everyone shared!
The whole #Ghanarama trip has been an unforgettable experience.Ever single minute of it. But personally, what touched me most was the surfday we organized for the local community. Not in my wildest dream did I imagine how many people would participate.
The surfday was held on Sunday 22nd September at Ahanta Waves Surfschool right on the beach in Busua. I couldn´t believe it when more than 20 kids turned up to try to surf and join us in the waves. And especially when Emmanuell, the owner of our favourite shop, showed up bringing along the boys and girls of Future Uplifters. Emmanuell supports those local kids, making it possible for them to attend school by supplying school materials, uniforms and paying the tuition fees. What a legend!!
Thanks to all the instructors (and freesurfers) of Busua we managed to get all the kids into the waves. What a bunch of little shredders. I had some great moments with the local girls who were really keen to surf with me. They even told some boys to go away because they wanted to surf with me alone. I have grown up believing that I can reach whatever I want, that the world holds no restrictions for me, and even less because I am a woman. Being able to pass on some of my positive energy and empower some girls in Ghana, making them understand that for them too, the world is open, and how much they are worth being young, strong and independent women. That was a life changing experience that moved a lot more inside by heart and soul that I am, until today, still am unable to comprehend.
The free surfclasses were followed by a surfing competition. Believe it or not, about 40 surfers signed up for it. We ran a juniors, a ladies and an open division. And yes, the NOMB Surfladies Annette, Kiki and Tina joined the competition as well. Annette and Kiki even made it into the ladies final. The surfing in all three categories was impressive. As all kinds of surfequipment is really rare in Ghana, boards and leashes were shared and everyone shredded as hard as he or she could. In the end the winners were crowned with Prince winning the Juniors, Patricia being the Ladies champ and Ballack winning the Open. That´s the surfday in full swing..
Thanks to all our amazing sponsors and donors we had prices for everyone who participated: rashguards, tshirts, wax, sunscreen, fins, leashes, bags, finkeys, stickers etc.. What no one knew was that we had three surfboards to give away to the 3 winners. Imagine the stoke of Prince, Patricia and Ballack when they all receive a coconut-fin trophy, a surfboard and some accessories.
We, and I know I am also talking for Annette, Kiki and Tina, are super stoked to have left a positive footprint (and some cool goodies) in the beautiful Busua Beach community. Thanks for welcoming us with such open arms! Check out some more pics on our Facebook Site!!
Last but not least I would love to thank my NOMB Surfladies Annette, Kiki and Tina for believing in NOMB Surf and me, and making this trip such a legendary adventure. You girls rock!!
´People, not places, make memories´
NOMB Surf will be back in Ghana, sure this wasn´t our last trip to Busua Beach. Stay up to date with that´s happening at NOMB Surf . Until then I will keep all you beautiful people in my heart, sea you soon: Annette, Kiki, Tina, Suzzy, Freda, Richi, Louis, Henry, Ballack, Bebe, Click, Emmanuell, Love, Helena, Francis, Junior, Rusty, Ebenezer, Julia, Peter and all the Busua Beach surfers..
PS: Ghana is an incredible country, with amazing people, coastline, jungle, music and waves. But what pictures don´t tell is the extreme humidity, heat and cultural challenges. We would love to see Ghana developing it´s tourism in a sustainable way and attract more visitors to come. However, we advise you, fellow surftravellers, to not underestimate the distances (30km can take 4 1/2hrs), the impact you leave in every community and the cultural differences.
Surf and fitness? Is it really related or just another hype?? We say: for sure it is.
Unless you train some sort of sport minimum 4 times a week you have probably experienced the lack of paddling power and endurance on your surftrip; especially during the first few days. And have you not wished you had prepared better?? Some laps in the pool, some pop-ups in front of the TV, some kms of running after work. Why haven´t you joined the surffitness group in your city that´s training every week and posting fun pics on Instagram?
The thing is, you already know how important it is to prepare for your surftrip but it´s just too hard to incorporate a fitness routine into your every day lifestyle. We are here to change this! Let us introduce to you our newest surftrip category: a SURF & FITNESS CAMP! Professional surfcoaching and intensive fitness & yoga training, combined in one trip!
So how is a surf & fitness camp going to change your everyday routine? By changing your mindset and showing you how much your body is capeable off, if you only let him. Once you have realized that fitness can be fun and efficient, you will see how easily your body responses to any type of challenge. Don´t worry, we are not going to make you run for hours but we will make you listen to your body and understand it. Seriously you think? Yes! All our surf & fitness camps will be joined by a professional fitness coach, each one with his / her different style. Yoga sessions are also included in this type of NOMB Surftrip, to give your body and mind the rest and peace it deserves.
Some facts about our first ever Surf & Fitness Camp #GranCanariaGrinder
On #GranCanariaGrinder, our 7 days trip to the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, we will be joined by professional health & motion coach Christian ´Greghu´ Sidler. Greghu is an expert in neuro based fitness training. Never heard of it before? Here is what Greghu has to say about it:[blockquote text=”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.” show_quote_icon=”yes”][vc_column_text]Neuro sports performance is an approach to unlock the full human potencial by using brain-based neurological assessments combined with biomechanical models of training. After you have been assed and trained by Greghu you will be surprised how much your body is able to achieve. Not only in every day life but especially in surfing.
Daily individual surfcoaching during the trip will make sure that you take your surfing to the next level. We train as a group but the surfcoaching is highly personalized, tailormade for everyones skill level.
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!!
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