SATURDAY – DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY!
Touch down in El Salvador! You’re about to spend a week surfing world-class waves with like-minded women – and accommodation just a two-minute walk away from the beach to recharge in.
At international arrivals, we’ll pick you up and transfer you to our beach base. Please check our pick up times (See ‘What to Expect’). After being shown to your room, there’s time to freshen up, and go for a quick dip in the sea before our welcome meeting and a tour of the local area!
We’ll have dinner in the hotel – it’s a chilled evening, a chance to meet the other women on the trip and share the stoke for the week ahead.
We recommend that everyone arrives before 5 pm so you are there for our welcome meeting on the first day. Some guests arrive the evening before so that they are a little more refreshed on Day 1. Contact us if you would like to do this.
SUNDAY – DAY 2
Today your surf programme begins nice and early! We’ll discuss your goals from catching waves, learning to catch bigger waves, generating more speed with bottom turns or perhaps you’re keen to perfect your turns. Whatever your aim, we’ve got you covered.
First up, we’ll do some land-based training, including a warm-up, visualisation and a conditions check. Then we’ll hit the water for a morning coaching session and have a team breakfast back at our hotel. Next up – a video analysis session with your coach. Grab yourself an iced latte and watch yourself in action – it’s a great way to improve your skills.
Enjoy some chill time – maybe with a dip in the pool or sunbathing on the beach and fuel up at lunch with the group, before our paddling workshops begins. Upskill on making paddle outs easier, increasing paddle speed, hunting waves, turtle rolls, low pressure zones, punch through and turning to catch waves with speed.
We’ll meet for sunset drinks – the margaritas are the beach bar’s signature cocktail, and taste extra good with that sea view. We’ll keep it chilled tonight and eat at the hotel restaurant.
MONDAY – DAY 3
Day two of our surf programme begins. A morning coaching session in the water followed by a video analysis session and a chilled breakfast.
After your video analysis, you can chill in a hammock for a few hours before it’s time for your Surf-skate workshop to refine style and technique. We will be focusing on learning and improving our turns, style and balance by targeting the biomechanics of the movements.
Then the rest of the afternoon is yours to relax by the pool or chill on the beach. We’ll meet in the bar for drinks, before heading into El Zonte village to try El Salvador’s national dish – the pupusa. Think thick flatbreads stuffed with cheese, squash and beans, all served with a side of spicy slaw.
TUESDAY – DAY 4
Day three of the surf programme. You’ll have feedback on your surfing, theory and another coaching session on the water, before video analysis.
After your surfing session, you’ll have your 4th surfing workshop focusing on surf forecasting and surf travel. So you can walk away from this trip with an understanding of when and where it is best to surf all over the world!
The afternoon is yours to chill or join the optional waterfall hike to Cascadas de Tamanique.
Tonight we’ll have dinner with our neighbours down the road at a beautiful sustainable hotel called Palo Verde, which serves delicious nosh complete with epic views of El Zonte’s waves.
WEDNESDAY – DAY 5
Day four of the surf programme! Continuing to put everything you’ve learnt so far into practice.
We’ll kick the day off with a dawn walk across the beach, discussing what you’ve learned so far and how to build on this. Over breakfast, we’ll continue looking at your achievements and setting a pathway for the following days.
Today we’ll have our confidence building workshop to continue to build about the techniques that you have learned to control your emotions in relation to surfing. Whether it’s busy line ups, big waves or late drops, we’ll help you gain the confidence to continue to level up, even after the trip is over.
Tonight we’ll head into the village to one of the best restaurants in El Zonte. It’s a local favourite, with open-air tables, pretty outside lights and a great range of tasty dishes including vegetarian and vegan options.
THURSDAY – DAY 6
Day five of the surf programme! Today we’ll work on more specific techniques and go over some more technical aspects of surfing. All tailored to each guest as an individual.
We’ll video the session, which we’ll watch and analyse after breakfast at a local restaurant.
Time to head back to the mini bowl for more surf skate training. Your second session will help you iron out the kinks in your performance and really find your flow.
Then we’re off to El Tunco for sunset dinner and drinks. This chilled-out surf town – named after a pig – has plenty of bars and restaurants, street food sizzling on corners and cute shops to explore. Plus it’s a world-class surf spot with a black sand beach, home to a powerful left-hand wave that locals call “La Bocana”.
FRIDAY – DAY 7
Today we head out for our monitored free surfing session. This ‘expression session’ is your chance to display your new skills, under the watchful eye of our coaching team. It’s your chance to display your learnings. We will be in the water with you, but in an observatory capacity. Our videographer will be on the beach filming the whole session.
Then it’s time to head back to the hotel for breakfast and video analysis. Let’s see how you did, then plot a path to continue to progress, using your workbook to plot your progress and set aims for beyond the trip.
Then it’s that sad time, to pack your kit, relax and chill. This evening, we’ll start with a post-surf stretch after a big week of surfing and then have a group beach walk at sunset, visiting our fave spot for drinks supplied by Women + Waves to say farewell and reflect on what an epic week it’s been! We’ll celebrate in style with an evening meal at our favourite spot in El Zonte, overlooking the point break.
SATURDAY – DAY 8
All too soon, it’s time to say farewell to El Salvador and fly home. We’ll make sure we get you to the airport in good time for your flight.