NOMB Surfteam: surfcoach Romi

NOMB Surfteam: surfcoach Romi

Our surfteam in Fuerteventura is growing: meet surfcoach Romi.

Originally from Slovakia, Romi got stuck on our homebase island Fuerteventura many years ago. Like most us us, Fuerte’s neverending waves and sunshine make it impossible for her to leave.

Having surfed for many years and learned the hard way how to prove herself in the line-up, Romi decided to take her passion of surfing to the next level, and train to become a surfcoach.

We were lucky enough for Romi to decide to do her mandatory practical training with us last year. Her positive attitude in the water, her neverending smile (and paddlepower) and her ability to learn and implement, quickly turned her into an irreplaceable part of the team. Leaving us no other possibility than to offer her a space in our surfteam upon completing her practical training. And yeah, she said yessss!!

Here are a few words for you by Romi herself:

My name is Romana Babicova and I was one of the lucky ones to find my biggest passion, surfing. It took only couple of sessions, and my world started to spin completely around surfing. After many many many wipe outs and lessons by the ocean, I learnt a lot about values as patience, modesty, respect, sharing and more. Surfing brings me happiness and happiness is only real when it’s shared. Another important reason why I became a surf coach is, that there won’t be less surfers in the water, only more. I want to help to create safe environment on the line up for all of us.

Romi will be supporting our surfschool in Fuerteventura. She speaks fluent English and Spanish, and her German is really good, too. Romi & Angie are a great team, synced in their approaches of high quality surfcoachings. While headcoach Angie heads off sometimes to coach our surftrips, Romi will hold the ford in Fuerte. That means: all year round we offer our trademark high quality individual surfcoachings.

Sounds great, right?? We are super excited to see NOMB Surf grow and being able to support a young surfergirl in her professional career. Welcome to the team, Romi ­čĺÖ

#Tripnotes IÔŁĄ´ŞĆIreland: don`t stop, wiggle, wiggle..

#Tripnotes IÔŁĄ´ŞĆIreland: don`t stop, wiggle, wiggle..

Thinking about our past surfholiday trip to Ireland in November 2022, thatÔÇÖs the first thing to pop into my mind. Strange? Not really because it describes best all the non-stop fun and waves we have had.

All the wiggling started with a short clip I took of the surfteam, dancing on the beach at an early morning wave check. When I uploaded the clip to social media, the wiggle wiggle song appeared on the screen. I laughed and added it to the clip. And just like that, all the dance moves fitted the music. Epic!

I took this as a sign to produce little daily clips of the group. Imagine the fun we had seeing them later at night at our social media channels. Well, could be that I enjoyed the making off a bit more than everyone else enjoying the actual clip, but, in the end, thatÔÇÖs what being self-employed is all about: loving your job!!

6 years of surftripping in Ireland

#IÔŁĄ´ŞĆIreland was our 6th coldwater surftrip we had organized up to the D-place The reasons we keep returning year after year are quite simple:

  • Amazing waves
  • Stunning coastline
  • Beautiful people
  • Our homebase James palace
  • And definitely our local surfcoach Good Old Lee

Mix all this together with a group of super motivated cold water NOMB Surfers, and there you go: the #teamwigglinghuevos. Explaining the origin of this name would take some time but let me tell you, it wasnÔÇÖt short of giggles.

Mild weather and amazing waves

Going surfing in Ireland in November takes balls. You are facing mother nature at her purest. We were blessed this year with days of sunshine and mild climate. Sure, there was also a day with a 100km gail force wind but thatÔÇÖs part of the Irish surfing experience.

Talking about waves, we took advantage of everything the ocean had to offer. Local surf legend Good Old Lee made sure that we were at the right spot at the right stime. We surfed everything from knee high glassy peelers to powerful low tide beach barrels. Everyone of the group said hello to hers/his personal limits, and even took a step across. So proud of you guys!!

Homebase with (a) spirit: James palace

The D-place is actually a very popular summer holiday destination for Irish, Northern Irish and British holiday makers. There are a lot of luxury holiday homes, but all closed shutters when we get there in November. But none of these houses compare to our homebase anyway, the one and only James palace.

ItÔÇÖs a cranky typical Irish house with ocean view and passing by, you wouldnÔÇÖt pay it much attention. Until you meet itÔÇÖs owner, James. He lives in a little cottage right behind the house. James is what you envision a perfect Irish gentleman to be: very kind and welcoming, funny to bits, full of stories and with the biggest heart you can find up on the rugged Wild Atlantic Way. Every year he makes us feel like family staying in his house, rather than being a group renting it. We make sure to invite him over for dinner, and spoil him with little delicious treats. Just as we treat his cat, the world famous Adi.

Surftrip destination Ireland: come and see for yourself

I could keep writing for hours about the waves, about the coastline, about the moments, about what I love about Ireland and the surftrips up there. Leaving the D-place my heart is always filled with joy and love. All this, and especially the incredible waves up there, are hard to describe and put into words.

ThatÔÇÖs why: come and experience it for yourself!! Good Old Lee and his surfschool Narosa are open all year round. Check their social media channels for information about NarosaÔÇÖs iconic coaching weekends.

ThatÔÇÖs if you canÔÇÖt wait until we head up there again ­čśë Due to pressuring demand, our next surftrip up to the D-place will be 14 days of pure Irish surfing experience!

There are 7 surfspaces available for this trip, with 6 places already gone. Better be quick and sign up for the last spot of 2 weeks of epic surfing, wiggling and laughing your heart out.

Words at the end

All the surftrips I run are unique and every single one holds a special place in my heart. I am grateful for the trust you NOMB Surfers, my kitchen crew and my local partners show me over and over again ­čĺÖ

I am taking the time here to shout a big freezing thanks to my #teamwigglinghuevos: Chicken, Chegus, Flurina, Kim and Ray. You guys rocked it! A big freezing thanks to our host James, to yoga instructor and good vibes spreader Jude, to surfcoaches Good Old Lee and the Duncster for sharing their waves and looking after us. CanÔÇÖt wait to be up your end again, and do it all over again!!

Sea you in the ocean soon.


Summer surfcoaching stoke in Fuerteventura

Summer surfcoaching stoke in Fuerteventura

During the European summer nearly everyone is heading to the coastline. And why not? Sunshine, ocean and good vibes are waiting for you. While most bigger cities are boiling with extreme temperatures, at the coast there will always be a refreshing seabreeze.

Talking about a refreshing seabreeze here in Fuerteventura will make some people smirk. A refreshing breeze? How about full on wind guts? This island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is called Fuerte (strong) Ventura (wind) for a reason. Being so flat makes Fuerteventura exposed to any little wind blowing our way.

Searching for summer waves

But hang on, wind blowing on the ocean surface means waves. And for us surfers, waves are what we crave. But strong local winds also mean loads of cripply windswell and blown out conditions. Bummer.

But what if there was an island where the East, North and Westcoast are only 20kms apart, and all three coasts have rippable surfbreaks? Wouldn┬┤t you be able to hide out from onshore winds if necessary? Welcome to Fuerteventura.

That´s right. While there is the odd day when none of the conditions align, most summer days you will find a surfable wave.  Yes, you will have to really make yourself familiar with our coast. And yes, you will need to learn how to read forecast models. And yes, sometimes the ocean will look completely different from what you have anticipated. But hey, that´s all part of the search, right?

Taking the surfcoaching shortcut

Surfing is not only about chains of movements, like the 1-2-3 pop-up. More than physical abilities, surfing requires you to connect with the ocean and all of nature┬┤s forces. In times where wave pools are producing predictable perfect waves, and surfing has become sort of a commodity, we see a lot of surfers struggling to

a. find suitable waves for their levels

b. catch waves

c. follow the wave┬┤s path.

But the good news is, there┬┤s help out there: professional surfcoaching. A skilled and experienced surf coach does not only give you tips about your surfing technique. She/he will identify your surf skill level and your ability to read the ocean. Before having set foot into the ocean. You will learn how to dial in with the ocean and it┬┤s forces, observe waves and identify a surfable wave for you. So why not take the surfcoaching shortcut instead of struggling with a. b. and/or c.?

Summer surfcoaching conditions in Fuerteventura

Even though Fuerteventura┬┤s main surfing season is the winter, there are still heaps of quality waves to be found during the summer. Sure, you won┬┤t find powerful northwest swells setting our reefbreaks in the North on fire but you have the whole winter to play around on our Northshore. Mix it up a little bit.

The East and the West coasts of this island both produce really good waves. Beach breaks as well as reefbreaks. Perfect for intermediate surfer who want to work on specific goals, surf in shorty and enjoy less people in the line-up. How about learning how to duckdive? One surfing essential that is often avoided to be learned, as it is not really needed in wave pools or perfect reef and point breaks.

You will find that there is a lot of stoke involved once you don┬┤t have to fear getting hammered by a powerful ground swell.

NOMB Surf: summer mode on

We haven┬┤t been coaching in Fuerteventura for the past few summers. The main reason was, and here we are being totally honest, that we didn┬┤t appreciate the waves the summer gives us. Being so focused on the winter season and it┬┤s epic swells, we didn┬┤t give much credit to the summer months. But hell yeah, every since coming back from our surfcamps in Galicia this year we have been surfing every day. In shorty!! That┬┤s priceless, believe us!

We are happy to share our summer stoke with you and take your surfing skills to the next level. (And all that while getting a nice tanline from your boardies / shorty). Throughout the summer we offer our intensive surfcoaching week as well as individual coachings tailored to your surfing needs.

Get in touch with us, secure your coaching spot and explore Fuerteventura┬┤s East and West coasts with us this summer.

Sea you in the ocean soon.

Angie & the NOMB Surfteam

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 / Campk├Âchin / Amiga Rahel Klein, aka Ray, an, ob ich mir vorstellen k├Ânne, einen Surftrip f├╝r Frauen mit Brustkrebs unterst├╝tzen zu k├Ânnen.

Nat├╝rlich konnte ich mir dies vorstellen, und somit lernte ich Anna G├Âtz in einem gemeinsamen Videocall kennen. Was f├╝r eine inspirierende Frau!

Anna hatte die Idee, ein Yoga & Surf Retreat zu konzipieren, speziell designed f├╝r die k├Ârperlichen und mentalen Einschr├Ąnkungen 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 t├Ągiges Yoga & Surf Retreat an der Westk├╝ste Galiziens im September 2022. In absoluter Starbesetzung wird dieses Retreat geleitet von Yogalehrerin & Triporganisatorin Anna, unterst├╝tzt von Chefk├Âchin Rahel, unserem lokalen Surfguide Ramon und mir in der Funktion der Surfcoachin.

Da Anna Euch viel mehr erz├Ąhlen kann ├╝ber #Trancalmate, habe ich folgendes Interview mit Ihr gef├╝hrt. Viel Spass dabei!

Aloha liebe Anna. Von Dir stammt die Idee des Yoga & Surftrips f├╝r Frauen, die Brustkrebs ├╝berwunden haben. Wie ist diese Idee entstanden?

Meine Ex-Nachbarin und Freundin Rahel hatte mir viel von Deinen NOMB-Surftrips erz├Ąhlt 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 l├Ąnger. 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 m├Âglich 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 ├╝ber Anatomie und Wechselwirkungen lernen, dass ich die ├ťbungen auf meine Einschr├Ąnkungen anpassen kann. Durch einen Zufall wurde ich dann gefragt, ob ich nicht Workshops f├╝r andere Krebspatient:innen geben m├Âchte. Inzwischen unterrichte ich seit f├╝nf Jahren und “Yoga f├╝r krummes Gem├╝se” ist entstanden.

Es macht unfassbar viel Spa├č, anderen nicht nur k├Ârperlich, sondern vor allem mental die M├Âglichkeit zu geben, sich in ihrer Haut wieder wohl zu f├╝hlen. Versteht man Yoga als ein mentales Training, dann hilft es, die eigenen und ├Ąu├čeren Grenzen besser zu erkennen, dann kann man sie meistens auch besser akzeptieren, seinen eigenen Weg damit finden, dankbar daf├╝r sein.

Vor meiner Krebserkrankung war ich sehr sportlich und dachte immer: Geht nicht, gibt’s nicht. Nach OPs, Chemo, Bestrahlung und Hormontherapie sieht die Realit├Ąt anders aus: Geht nicht gibt’s! Aber mit ein bisschen Gl├╝ck gibt’s eben auch Leute, die mit einem genau daf├╝r 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┬á fasziniert, dass wir nichts erzwingen k├Ânnen. 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 ├╝berbordende Leichtigkeit, wenn er da ist, das unvergleichliche Licht, der Geschmack von salzigem Wasser, ein m├╝der gl├╝cklicher K├Ârper, und das Glitzern in den Augen von allen, die dir erz├Ąhlen, wie sie das erste Mal dieses Gleiten gesp├╝rt haben.

Diese Kombination von Demut und Leichtigkeit, Ruhe und Fokus, von Grenze-Erkennen und ├╝ber-sich-hinaus-wachsen, ist beim Surfen ├Ąhnlich wie beim Yoga. Angie hat offenbar einen ganz ├Ąhnlichen Ansatz wie ich, ihren Sch├╝lerinnen ihre Leidenschaft n├Ąher zu bringen, und sofort verstanden, worum es mir geht. Sie hat den Namen f├╝r unser Retreat in die Runde geworfen, der es einfach auf den Punkt bringt: Trancalmate, ein Wortspiel aus den spanischen Worten f├╝r Ruhe, Gelassenheit und Seele!

Praktizierst Du aktiv Yoga und gehst gerne Surfen? Und f├╝r 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 M├Âglichkeit ergeben hatte. Ich freu mich total auf unseren Trip!

Egal ob Anf├Ąngerinnen oder Fortgeschrittene – die Yoga- und Surfeinheiten sind f├╝r alle geeignet. Wir sind extra eine kleine Gruppe, damit Angie und ich auf alle einzeln eingehen und individuelle L├Âsungen finden k├Ânnen!

Und wen m├Âchtest Du mit diesem Trip gezielt ansprechen?

Frauen, die entweder Brustkrebs haben bzw. hatten oder BRCA I/II betroffen sind. Gerade Operationen im Brustbereich f├╝hren oft zur Schw├Ąchung der Brust- und Rumpfmuskaltur, Verspannungen im Nacken oder Blockaden in Schultern und Brustkorb. Da k├Ânnen Yoga und Surfen gut unterst├╝tzen, wenn es achtsam begleitet wird. Und nicht zu untersch├Ątzen: Die Riesenportion Leichtigkeit und das unfassbar gro├če Gl├╝ck, 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 f├╝r diese Zielgruppe schon spezielle Workshops angeboten habe. Ich finde, es ist nach wie vor viel zu wenig dar├╝ber bekannt! BRCA I/II nennt man eine Genmutation, die famili├Ąren Brust- und Eierstockkrebs beg├╝nstigt. Pr├Ąventiv gibt es die M├Âglichkeit, die Br├╝ste und Eierst├Âcke entfernen zu lassen. So wird das Gewebe reduziert, das erkranken k├Ânnte. Medizinisch eine Riesenchance f├╝r die Betroffenen, aber eben auch ein langer, aufreibender Verlauf mit enormen Konsequenzen und Einschr├Ąnkungen, die f├╝r Ausstehende kaum nachvollziehbar sind. Viele Betroffene m├╝ssen diese Entscheidung im Alter zwischen zwanzig und drei├čig treffen. Da hat man normalerweise andere Themen. Es w├Ąre sch├Ân, wenn wir dem ein wenig Trancalmente entgegen setzen k├Ânnten!

Wie werden wir auf die verschiedenen k├Ârperlichen und mentalen Voraussetzungen der Teilnehmerinnen eingehen?

Individuell und behutsam! Nach einer Krebserkrankung oder BRCA I/II-Feststellung dauert es eine ganze Weile, bis K├Ârper und Geist wieder zur Ruhe kommen. F├╝r viele ist es danach einfach nicht mehr selbstverst├Ąndlich, sich in seinem K├Ârper sicher zu f├╝hlen.

Yoga kann da helfen, die eigenen Grenzen besser erkennen zu k├Ânnen und wieder ein positiveres K├Ârpergef├╝hl 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 K├Ârper hat sich irgendwie fremd angef├╝hlt. Seitdem ich Yogakurse f├╝r Frauen mit Brustkrebs gebe, beobachte ich, wie wichtig es ist, ├ťbungen individuell abzu├Ąndern!

Und beim Surfen ist es das Gleiche: alles kann, nichts muss! Angie hat jahrelange Erfahrung mit Gruppen mit speziellen Einschr├Ąnkungen oder besonderen Bed├╝rfnissen. Auch mit wenig Kraft und Ausdauer ist es gro├čartig, auf dem Wasser in der W├Ąrme zu treiben, die Sch├Ânheit der Natur zu genie├čen und sich vom Brett auf dem Meer in dieser Welt getragen zu f├╝hlen.

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

Wir haben f├╝r die Woche ein ausgewogenes Programm geplant, das auch Zeit f├╝r Ruhe und Entspannung l├Ąsst. Es gibt jeweils eine Surf- und eine Yoga-Session am Tag. Am Abend biete ich zus├Ątzlich eine k├╝rzere 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 k├Ânnen, das sie alleine weiterpraktizierten k├Ânnen.

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 f├╝r eine kleine Gruppe mit maximal 6 Teilnehmerinnen, damit wir beim Yoga und Surfen alle gut unterst├╝tzen oder korrigieren k├Ânnen. Gerade bei dieser Zielgruppe ist Angie und mir wichtig, auf jede Einzelne gut eingehen zu k├Ânnen!

Wir sind an der Westk├╝ste Galiziens in einem sehr sch├Ânen, einfachen Haus untergebracht. Ein traumhafter Spot, in den sich Rahel und Angie schon bei fr├╝heren Camps verliebt haben. Und das Haus passt zu meiner Art Yoga ohne Chichi – ich brauche keine Buddha-Figuren und Traumf├Ąnger, 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 zur├╝ckziehen kann. Durch die Lage nach Westen sind Sonnenunterg├Ąnge ├╝ber dem Meer garantiert und bestimmt machen wir die ein oder andere Yoga-Session direkt am Strand.

Die Verpflegung ├╝bernimmt Rahel, meine Soulfood-Herzensk├Âchin! Als wir noch Nachbarinnen waren, durfte ich mich quer durch ihre Kochk├╝nste probieren und w├╝rde sagen, der Trip w├╝rde sich allein schon wegen der Verk├Âstigung lohnen. Rahel kocht vor allem: bunt und gl├╝cklich! Uns erwartet morgens und abends frisches, sehr gesundes Essen, vegan und vegetarisch, mit viel Gem├╝se, Gew├╝rzen und Gesp├╝r f├╝r Freestyle! Pluspunkt: Rahel backt begnadet gut Brot und Zimtschnecken;)

Melde Dich direkt bei mir, falls dieser Trip was f├╝r Dich ist oder Du Fragen hast bez├╝glich k├Ârperlichen 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 f├╝r Deine Zeit und Deine inspirierenden Worte, liebe Anna. Ich pers├Ânlich m├Âchte mich an dieser Stelle auch noch einmal bei Dir bedanken, f├╝r Dein Vertrauen in mich als Coach & Mensch, diesen ganz besonderen Trip begleiten zu d├╝rfen. Bis bald in Galizien!

Kleiner Zusatz: mit #Trancalmate m├Âchten wir ein sch├Ânes und sicheres Umfeld schaffen, in dem die Seele und der K├Ârper baumeln k├Ânnen. Wir wissen, dass es nicht f├╝r jeden finanziell m├Âglich ist, an solch einem Yoga & Surf Retreat teilzunehmen, besonders nach einer Krebserkrankung und/oder Therapie. F├╝r Interessentinnen mit schw├Ącheren finanziellen Mitteln, gibt es die M├Âglichkeit, die Tripgeb├╝hr zu verringern, bitte sprecht Anna direkt an.

Du wirst an #Trancalmate nicht teilnehmen aber findest es eine super Aktion und m├Âchtest diese unterst├╝tzen? Dann melde Dich gerne bei Anna, Rahel oder mir.

Durch finanzielle Spenden sind wir in der Lage, die Tripgeb├╝hr zu dr├╝cken und den Trip f├╝r mehr Frauen zug├Ąnglich zu machen. An dieser Stelle ein riesen Dankesch├Ân an unsere beiden privaten Spender, mit deren Hilfe wir es geschafft haben, dem Trip einen realistisch machbaren Preis geben zu k├Ânnen. Ein weiteres dickes Danke geht an unsere Amiga Miris von Rambling Visuals, welche uns ihre Kreativit├Ąt, Arbeitszeit und guten Vibes schenkte, und das tolle & wahnsinnig treffende Logo f├╝r #Trancalmate entwarf. Alleine sind wir ein Tropfen, zusammen sind wir ein Ozean ­čĺť

Sea you soon in Galizien!


#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 ­čśë 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 ­čĺÖ

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 ­čśë

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 ­čĺÖ

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

┬íHola, Ola! – our dictionary to the Spanish surf language

┬íHola, Ola! – our dictionary to the Spanish surf language

Let`s write a book! That`s how it all started. Surf coach Angie and camp chef Miris were sitting at a beach in Galicia when the idea struck. Why not write a book that helps people communicate in a Spanish speaking line-up?

A dictionary for surfers

The potential use of the book is obvious: it gives travelling surfers an opportunity to communicate, impress and avoid bad vibes in a Spanish speaking line-up. We as travelling surfers are at the bottom of the wave hierarchy, that`s a fact. Showing respect to the local surf community can be done by following the surfing rules, and also by trying to communicate in their local language. No need to be perfect but at least it shows that you are making an effort.

A surf book idea was born

Camp chef and NOMB Surfer Mirjam Loosli, aka Miris, is an incredible artist. Out of nowhere she comes up with the idea of a hilarious illustration and brings it to paper. This way the famous washing machine was born. We as surfers know the feeling of being tossed around by the waves. It really does feel like a washing machine, right?

When surf coach Angie saw Miri`s Instragram post with the washing machine, she was once again blown away. How does Miris do it? And even more important, how can we tackle more of her creativity out of her brain and onto paper? An easy solution popped into Angie`s head: let`s make a book! Containing Miri`s illustrations. And maybe even some funny surf trip stories.

The making of the book

It didn`t take much to convince Miri of the book idea. She was immediately hooked on the idea of creating a surfing book. The idea was set and the two chicas agreed to brainstorm and talk via video call in a month time.

Poco a poco (little by little) the idea of the book turned into a project. And what a hell of a project it was. Turned out that both Angie and Miris had underestimated the amount of time and work it takes to create a book. But as they both love a good challenge, they kept going.

When Angie and Miris met on Lanzarote for a week of surf tripping in warm water, things went serious. The idea of inventing a dictionary for surfers took form. They wanted to make it easy for surfers to learn. Instead of having to study the old school way they decided on visual and textual Eselsbruecken (mnemonics). Plus adding an actual dictionary part containing the translation, the pronunciation and a short description. That`s what it looks like:

Four chapters full of words and phrases

The title of the book represents not only our gratitude towards the ocean but also the contents of the book. ¡Hola, ola! is composed of four chapters:

  • Gone Surfing
  • Surfing Equipment
  • Social Skills
  • Surfers World

The 1st chapter `Gone Surfing` includes important words like wave, current, left and right. In the 2nd chapter you will learn the essential words like surfboard, wax and fins. The 3rd chapter, `Social Skills`, teaches you easy to remember phrases like saying hello or explaining that you don`t understand. In the 4th chapter we will take you into the real world of surfing and make it easy for you impress with common surfing words in Spanish.

We hope, you will enjoy ¡Hola, ola! and are certain that you will be loads more confident, catch more waves and experience fun and beautiful moments in Spanish speaking line-ups. Pleases dedicate a wave to us once in a while!

Sea you in the ocean!