Here is a huge list of women’s surf camps and schools that we’ve found while working on a really exciting surf trip guide that we’ll be publishing here soon.
We’ve been researching all the very latest in luxury surfing holidays, and during this we’ve come across some amazing surf schools just for ladies and thought we would compile them all in one spot for you.
Why choose a women’s surf school? 👙☀️🏄
Nearly all of the surf schools we’ve listed here will not say no to guys who want to join (although some definitely are strictly female-only), but the emphasis is on providing a safe, non-competitive environment where women can learn to surf at their own pace for their own skill levels.
As we’ve gone through about fifty or more websites, reading the stories of how each school was founded and what they are trying to achieve, the very clear theme is that “girls-only” or “female-only” surf lessons are about experiencing surfing with a very relaxed and fun atmosphere where you can progress at your own pace.
We hope you find the list helpful.
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Women’s surf camps and schools in Australia
Girls On Board 🏄
Girls on Board provides surfing lessons on Phillip Island with professional coaches to help you improve at any level. Their goal is not to exclude guys, but to make girls feel included and confident when learning to surf. The school is run by Jess Laing, whose experience in professional surfing saw the sport grow and expand but without enough support and encouragement for girls to learn, so she created Girls On Board to focus on providing girls with the means and know-how to make a start.
Lessons are held at Phillip Island, Australia
Pam Burridge Surf School 🏄
Pam Burridge is the 1990 ASP World Champion surfer and has been influential in the success of today’s female surfers. Her schools are focused on making the surfing experience accessible to anyone and are situated in Mollymook and Bendalong.
The schools offer a girls-only surf retreat, which offers a unique learn to surf experience on the South Coast of Ncoew South Wales with Surfing Australia and Australian Sports Commission accredited coaches who will take you through surf safety, paddling, board handling and get you up and surfing in a few lessons.
The Surf Retreat is a low key weekend with like minded women who either want to learn to surf or improve their skills & have lots of fun. Pam is a yoga enthusiast and likes to incorporate yoga into her surf school retreats.
Lessons are held in Mollymook and Bendalong, Australia
Salty Girls Surf School
Salty Girls founder, Belen Kimble-Fuller learned to surf in California when she was 15, and after graduating went on to teach surfing at Surf Diva, and later taught at female surf schools in Costa Rica, Canada and Hawaii. Billabong sponsored her as a professional surfer and she spent the next 15 years traveling the world promoting women in the water.
In 2007 she moved from Hawaii to Australia to start the Salty Girls Surf School and has introduced women of all ages to the sport and spirit of surfing in a fun and encouraging environment; while educating people in environmental issues and supporting all natural sunscreen and companies doing their part for the environment.
Lessons are held near Cabarita Beach in Australia
Pines Surfing Academy 🏄
Pines Surfing Academy is based in Illawarra south of Sydney and runs its lessons at Wollongong, Shellharbour and The Farm in Killalea State Park.
Their instructors will train you in water safety and awareness, wave etiquette, board positioning, and wave knowledge. Pines run two Girls Surf Days in December each year.
Lessons are held in the Wollongong region south of Sydney, Australia
Phone: +61 410 645 981
Walkin’ on Water 🏄
Walkin’ on Water provide ladies only surf lessons, aimed at beginner to early intermediate surfers. Perfect for a relaxed, social time out in the waves, followed by coffee afterwards in an all-girl, laid back non-threatening environment.
Lessons are held in the gentle conditions at Greenmount on the Gold Coast
Phone: +61 7 5534 1886
Women’s surf camps and schools in Bali
Mind Body Soul Surf Bali 🏄
Mind Body Soul – Surf Bali organises women’s surf and yoga holidays in Bali. Week-long packages include surf lessons, yoga and meditation classes as well as cultural interactions, great food and caters to all levels of surf skills and yoga practice. Spa treatments, holistic therapies and traditional Balinese healing will have you blissing out in no time.
All retreats are held in small groups for a personalised and transformative experience.
Pelan Pelan Bali Surf & Yoga Retreat
Pelan Pelan’s surf and yoga retreat is surrounded by rice fields, beautiful beaches and Hindu temples. You will get to experience Balinese culture, eat traditional food and experience the ‘Pelan Pelan’ mentality, which means ‘Take it easy’. Supporting the founder Emma is a completely locally staged team, which makes for a very Balinese experience and great Indonesian food.
If you don’t feel like surfing, the retreat features three separate villas, situated around a large outdoor swimming pool in a Balinese garden. Relax, get a massage, a fresh juice or meet other people from all around the world. Yoga and meditation sessions are abundant.
Surf Goddess Retreats 🏄
Surf Goddess Retreats offers boutique surf and yoga holidays in Bali, specifically for women. Tailored for absolute beginner surfers and solo travellers, their retreats provide a positive and supportive environment and lots of social interaction with time to unwind and get pampered.
Yoga sessions, spa treatments, health and wellbeing programmes, dips in the pool, meditation in the quiet pavilions, plus delicious organic meals from local produce are all in store.
Women’s surf camps and schools in the Canary Islands
Calima Surf 🏄
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Calima Surf has been around for 20 years now, focusing on teaching how to surf through sequential programmes tailored to the needs and skills of each individual.
They run an elite camp for the more adventurous female surfer who appreciate comfort as well as challenge. The camp combines world class waves, authentic local cuisine and yoga.
Phone: +34 9285 28528
Flag Beach 🏄
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Flag Beach has also just begun to offer several girls-only surfing weeks, combining them with yoga, visits to local aloe vera plantations and BBQ nights.
Fuerteventura is know for its white sand beaches, crystal clear water, warm weather and perfect waves. Why have the Two Travellers not been there yet?
Flag Beach’s surf instructors work with you in the water and on the shore building your confidence in surfing and kitesurfing, including surf etiquette and how the activity is a metaphor for achieving your personal goals. All instructors have thousands of teaching hours and hold current First-Aid and CPR training.
Lessons are held on Flag Beach, Fuerteventura
Women’s surf camps and schools in Costa Rica
Dominical Wave Rider
Dominical Wave Rider has a large surf camp team who are all certified lifeguards, and part of the Dominical Lifeguards team. They are fluent English-speakers and trained in CPR and First Aid.
They do a women’s surf camp that combines surfing and yoga (and massage), and suitable for all ages and beginner to intermediate surfing abilities looking to learn to surf. Daily yoga, warm water, explore the area, make new friends and lots of fun times.
The Namaste Ride (girls only) experience includes:
- Round trip transportation to San Jose or Quepos airport
- 7 days and 6 Nights at your choice of accommodation (there are multiple hotels and villas available)
- Breakfast every morning
- 5 days professional surf lessons or surf tour (2 hours each day)
- Surf equipment rentals
- Daily yoga classes
- Transportation to all activities
- A full body massage
- Tour to a beautiful waterfall
- A body treatment. Choose between a body scrub; the outdoor tub, pool and steam; a facial treatment; or another massage session
- Guided nature walks and local sightseeing
- Complimentary photos of your experience
Phone: +506 8311-8950
Ketanga organises fitness-based events, getaways, and exotic retreats that combine fitness and fun. You will enjoy daily fitness classes, local food and drink, and time to explore Costa Rica with new friends.
Your instructor Layne will be your host as you experience all things ‘Pura Vida’ such as surfing the Costa Rican waves and zip lining from the tops of the rainforest. Relaxation is a number one priority, followed up by fitness. If you want to skip a daily excursion and enjoy a spa treatment or tanning by the beach, that’s completely your decision, it’s your vacation and you make the decisions on your itinerary that suits you.
Phone: +1 646 454 0704
Pura Vida Adventures
Pure Vida Adventures is runs a surf camp and yoga retreat specifically for women in Costa Rica. Retreats are a week long and aim to rejuvenate and to empower your mind, body and spirit through surfing and yoga – the “pura vida” way.
The retreats draw inspiration from the Costa Rican phrase “pura vida,” which, loosely translated means “enjoy life” and is infused into every aspect of your week.
Pura Vida Adventures’ women’s surf and yoga camps include:
- Accommodations at their beachfront resort with pool, restaurant, bar, spa and oceanfront hammock area
- Daily surf lessons with professional instructors
- Video surfing analysis
- Sunset surf sessions
- Daily yoga classes in the outdoor, oceanfront yoga studio
- 3 healthy, gourmet meals each day at the beachfront restaurant and some of the best restaurants in the area
- 1 hour therapeutic massage at our beachfront spa with additional spa services available
- Surf equipment
- Complete access to extensive surfboard selection throughout the week
- Day trips to secret surf spots
- Transportation to the different surf breaks
- PVA rash guard (surf shirt)
- “The Core of Surfing” surf manual
- Unlimited bottled water
- 24-hour concierge service from the attentive camp host, Sara
- Bellhop services for your arrival and departure
- Daily maid service
- Snacks, water and essential beach supplies during your surf sessions
- Attentive and caring staff that supports you during your entire stay
Women’s surf camps and schools in the Dominican Republic
The Yoga Loft
The Yoga Loft is a beautiful and peaceful yoga space in a tropical island paradise. The studio is an open-layout yoga deck on Kite Beach in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
The Yoga Loft is dedicated to inspiring women to discover the joy of surfing in a positive, supporting and fun environment filled with laughter and good times. Their Women’s Yoga & Surf Retreats are perfect for solo travellers, girlfriend getaways and even full-time mothers (there are also kids surf camps and kids circus camps to complement your holiday).
September 11 to September 18, 2016
October 30 to November 6, 2016
December 4 to December 11, 2016
January 8 to January 15, 2017
February 5 to February 12, 2017
March 5 to March 12, 2017
Phone: +1 809 571 0330
Women’s surf camps and schools in France
Women’s surf camps and schools in Hawaii
Kauai Surf School
Kaua’i Surf School holds surf camps for girls for beginner to intermediate surfers and tailored to your group. When you’re not surfing during the 6 day (minimum) camp, you’ll be doing yoga, pilates, zumba, getting massages, snorkeling, hiking, and exploring the island.
Phone: +1 808 651 6032
Kelea Surf Spa 🏄
Hawaii, Costa Rica
Kelea Surf Spa is the first all inclusive women’s surf and yoga retreat.
It was pioneered in 2000 by Elenice Senn, Stephanie Tufts, and later Annie Sweeney to create the surf spa concept, combining the surfing lifestyle, being active outdoors and a good massage.
The spa is named after Kelea, the Hawaiian chiefess who gave up her position to live by the ocean so that she could surf.
Maui Surfer Girls 🏄
Maui Surfer Girls is a female-owned surf school designed for women and girls. They specialise in a range of activities including surf lessons, stand up paddle boards and surf camps for both teens and women.
The surf school is open to anyone and specialises in small groups, families, and newlyweds and finding the best surf with the least crowds. Most of the instructors are female and guys are also welcome to book in for a lesson.
Maui Surfer Girls is known for its teen girls surf camp, which has been running for 16 years, and its newly launched women’s surf camp. The program focuses self-confidence in women through the sport of surfing with our amazing team of female mentors and coaches.
Lessons are held at Maui in Hawaii
Siren Surf Adventures
Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica
Siren Surf Adventures seeks out the best waves and conditions for your level of experience as you learn from the best instructors in Hawaii. Founders Kristy and Cat focus on a relaxing and enjoyable retreat-style holiday with a maximum of five people per class, so it’s never crowded and you get the attention you need while in the water. To help you best enjoy your surf vacation, provide a V.I.P. service in a fun, carefree, no-pressure environment in which surfers of any ability can take their surfing to the next level.
A typical surf trip day begins with coffee, teas, fresh local organic fruits along with a delicious breakfast overlooking the waves from the patio of your ocean front villa. Then it is time for surf.
Sunset Suzy has been teaching women, men and childeren how to surf on Oahu for 20 years, and is renowned for being Oahu North Shore’s only female city and county lifeguard. Perfectly suited for beginners and intermediate surfers, and great for kids, lessons are held in a small wave beginner cove filled with sea turtles. She holds women’s surf camps and private lessons.
Lessons are held at Oahu in Hawaii and also in Fiji
Hawaii, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Anguilla, Sri Lanka, Thailand
SwellWomen creates boutique wellness retreats aimed at fostering connections and life transforming experiences in a secure and welcoming environment. Even if it’s just taking one week a year just to focus on yourself, founder Lulu Agan would feel like she’s done her job.
In 2003, Lulu came up with the idea of creating experiential vacations that combine her passions: surfing, yoga, cooking & wellness. With the art of surfing, she teaches colours outside the lines of life back home, erasing egos and unleashing the bare human spirit. “It’s like we are all kids again and everyone is on the same playground.”
Lulu has spent more than a decade as a full time Private Chef and her passion for top-quality, healthy food is present in each bite of her farm-to-table fresh cuisine. With her deep connection to food and dedication to leading a healthy lifestyle, you can count on delectable food being a part of the your retreat experience.
Women’s surf camps and schools in Mexico
Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women 🏄
Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women was founded in 1997 by Bev Sanders who has dedicated over 25 years to surfing and board sports.
They have an all-female crew of instructors and pride themselves on creating a no pressure, non-judgemental, warm water environment for women to learn how to surf. Yoga and spa on the premises too.
Demand is high for Las Olas – Oprah endorsed them – so book far in advance.
Lessons are held in Tijuana, Mexico, about an hour from San Diego
Siren Surf Adventures
Women’s surf camps and schools in Morocco
Azrac Surf Morocco
Azrac Surf Morocco has a range of bespoke surf and yoga packages based in the village of Tamraght. With year round sunshine, warm waves and access to over 20 surf spots in the area of Agadir, it’s perfect surf holiday destination.
Azrac is a small, family-run surf school and surf camp and ideal for solo travellers, couples, groups of friends and families that want to experience adventure and Moroccan culture.
Next Girls Surf & Yoga Week: Nov 26 – Dec 3
An unforgettable week with daily surf sessions, exploring the Moroccan coastline, yummy, healthy meals and beach snacks, cosy Moroccan accommodation, topped off with some blissful rooftop yoga sessions.
- Surf tuition from ISA qualified instructor in English, German or French
- 5 day surf board and wetsuit hire
- 5 x 2.5 hour morning surf lessons
- Afternoon ‘free surf’ sessions with instructor supervision and feedback
- Transport to/from the best surf spots
- Daily Moroccan breakfast and packed lunch
- 6 yummy dinners included
- Surf Riad accommodation with private bathroom
- 5 Vinyasa yoga sessions
- 1 full-day trip to Paradise Valley
- Arrival/departure Agadir transfers included
Prices from €590 per person
Magic Surf Morocco 🏄
Magic Surf Morocco offers a Surfer Girl Package that combines surfing with some of the finer things in life such as yoga, an argan oil massage, traditional Moroccan hammam, swimming in natural pools, and a horse or camel trek.
Lessons are held near Agadir, Morocco
Phone : France: +33 6 80 40 49 83 Morocco: +212 6 95 52 41 23
Surf Maroc 🏄
Surf Maroc has been running some popular girls-only surfing weeks since 2008. The surfing weeks are dedicated to all girl group surfing, with professional female instructors in the Taghazout region of Morocco, which has a multi-aspect coastline meaning there is always somewhere to surf, all year, for all abilitoes.
Lessons are held in Tagahzout, Morocco
Phone: UK +44 1794 322 709 Morocco: +212 5282 00230
Women’s surf camps and schools in Nicaragua
Chicabrava is the first surf retreat in Nicaragua exclusively for women. They cater for beginning and advanced surfers, and are located in the fishing village of San Juan del Sur, about 30 minutes north of Costa Rica.
Chiabrava’s surf retreat programme includes surfing great waves, comfortable accommodations, authentic local cuisine, yoga and massage.
Phone: USA +1 713 893 5261 Nica +505 82853569
Women’s surf camps and schools in Portugal
Jah Shaka Surf 🏄
Jahshaka Surf hosts a girls-only surf camp twice a year. This means the Tiny Whale Surf Lodge is available to 32 women for surfing, stand up paddleboarding and yoga.
Jahshaka welcomes girls and women of all ages and levels and will tailor a programme for you whether you’ve never surfed before, looking to ride green waves, or wanting to work on your turns.
Wetsuits and boards are included, from 5 ft fish to 9’6″ longboards, twin fins to quads.
Lessons are held near Lagos, Portugal
Phone: +351 913665446
Wave Sisters 🏄
Portugal, Lanzarote, France
Wave Sisters holds surf courses and trips for girls and women looking to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and improve their surfing skills.
The location of the Wave Sisters surf camp combines great surfing and relaxing yoga. There are many beaches nearby and with just a short bus ride to Lisbon there is heaps to do. One of the beaches they usually go to has a long stretch of beach and natural park perfect for long walks.
Lessons are held about 30 mins away from Lisbon, Portugal.
Women’s surf camps and schools in Puerto Rico
Samatahiti calls itself “a yoga place for adrenalin junkies”, so as you might be able to guess, they love to combine a lot of action with relaxation. There are a bunch of great retreat options, including Mother/Daughter retreat, Chica Surf Yoga Camp and Senorita Surf Yoga Camps, not to mention a long list of other mixed and other non-surfing camps.
Mother/Daughter Surf Camp dates
Besides daily yoga you will get to Paddle Board, Snorkel, Surf, take a Cooking Class with a Wine Pairing , enjoy a Beach Hike and a Painting Class.
Sep 29 – Oct 3, 2016 (check their site for 2017 dates)
Chica Surf/Yoga Camp
Waves and yoga, herbal workshops, hula hooping and other activities at night
Nov 24 – 28, 2016
Feb 16 – 20, 2017
Mar 23 – 27, 2017
Señorita Surf/Yoga Camp
For adventurous women 35+ where you will find wine loving, dancing, partners in crime
Oct 28 – Nov 1, 2016
Dec 28, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017
Mar 2 – Mar 6, 2017
Phone: +1 787 431 0221
Women’s surf camps and schools in the United Kingdom
C2C Surf School 🏄
This year (2016) C2C began Girls Only surf weekends hosted by one of our most enthusiastic and talented female instructors who is also one of the top surfers in Scotland, having represented Scotland in the 2014 and 2015 World Championships.
The girls only weekends are aimed at beginners and will take you through catching your first waves, standing and building your surf skills, as well as the best kit to buy, how to read surf forecasts and learn all the surf lingo. Stand up paddle boarding is also mixed in with surf drills, fitness and flexibility.
Book for summer 2017 now.
Lessons are held in Belhaven, Scotland
Corinne’s Surf Tour 🏄
Newquay, United Kingdom
Corinne Evans is not only a sponsored professional free surfer but also a qualified surf coach and lifeguard – not to mention a successful model.
After taking up surfing at 15 when her family moved to Newquay, she initially struggled with confidence but her perseverance paid off and to achieve her dream of being a professional surfer.
Corinne combines her understanding of the challenges of learning to surf with her experience of the professional circuit to give surfers of all levels a top quality surf coaching experience.
Hibiscus Surf School 🏄
Newquay, United Kingdom
Hibiscus Surf School lessons are taught by an all-female team local to Newquay, all of whom are qualified to British Surfing Association (BSA) standards, CRB checked, fully insured and experienced first aiders and beach lifeguards.
Lessons are held at the famous South Fistral beach in Pentire, Newquay, home to many national competitions and known for some of the best waves in the United Kingdom. Wetsuits, boots, rash vests and surfboards are included within the lesson cost. Surfers only need to bring their swimwear, towels and sunscreen.
After your surf lesson a glass of wine or hot chocolate awaits at Bodhi’s cafe with great views of the beach.
Outer Reef Surf School 🏄
Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
Outer Reef Surf School runs a series of women-only surfing weekends in Pembrokeshire in Wales through the summer. While completed for 2016, they will be running again in 2017, and are aimed at both the complete novice and surfers who want education and advice on all aspects of the sport including performance analysis and specific manoeuvres while having fun.
Surf Sistas 🏄
Cornwall, Wales, France, Costa Rica, Bali
Surf Sistas has been organising surf holidays and courses specifically for women for over 10 years. Each trip is unique and tailored to the destinations, for example Costa Rica is more of a road trip, Bali involves boat trips and France has a bunch of cycling thrown in.
The Surf Sistas crew are all female and fully qualified lifeguards and certified surf instructors.
Lessons are held in the best breaks of Cornwall, Wales, France, Costa Rica and Bali
Surf South West 🏄
Devon, United Kingdom
Surf South West is based in Devon in the UK and after a successful run of girls-only surfing weekends in 2016 is scheduling more for 2017. Lessons are held on Devon’s best surf beaches and are led by their qualified and female surf instructor team. They cater for girls of any age and all abilities.
Surf South West’s Girls on Waves dates in 2017
June 15 & 16
July 15 & 16
September 16 & 17
Saturday Morning, Saturday Afternoon and Sunday Morning – three sessions.
Includes all coaching, surfboard, wetsuit and lunch – £94
Saturday Morning and Afternoon or Sunday Morning and Afternoon – two sessions.
Includes all coaching, surfboard, wetsuit and lunch – £64
Any session Saturday or Sunday – one session.
Includes all coaching, surfboard, and wetsuit – £34
Lessons start at 9:30am in the morning and 12:30pm in the afternoon.
Lessons are held at Croyde and Saunton in Devon
Phone: +44 1271 890400
Women’s surf camps and schools in the USA
Aloha Surfer Girls 🏄
San Diego, USA
Aloha Surfer Girls has been running since 2000 and specifically caters for girls and women, operating luxury overnight surf camps in multiple locations around the world.
The San Diego school runs lessons on Pacific, Ocean and Mission beaches and offers lessons throughout the year and summer camps through the entire summer.
Surfer Girls has a variety of surfing lessons for girls, all day surf camps, and overnight surf camps in San Diego, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Bali, Costa Rica, and Brazil.
Liquid Dreams Surf Shop has a qualified staff of surf instructors ready get you up and riding. Suitable whether you are a beginner looking to ride your first wave or looking to progress in the sport. They operate the following girls-only surf camps:
Moms Standup Mornings
Moms SUP morning at the York Shop on Sundays at 8:30am. Learn the basics – Stand up paddling is a proper work out, similar to yoga on water; it works the core. You don’t have to be a mother, but this one is ladies-only.
On Thursday evenings join Liquid Dreams for a one hour ladies-only surf lesson at Long Sands. Meet at the York store on Longsands at 4.45pm to get outfitted with a wetsuit and board.
Phone: +1 207 641 2545
Northwest Women’s Surf Camps
North Oregon, United States
Established in 2005, Northwest Women’s Surf Camp’s surfing programmes are held in the pristine Pacific Northwest coast in North Oregon. This is a part of the world where Douglas Fir trees cascade down rugged headlands to meet golden sand beaches and bald eagles soar overhead. This is a beautiful place to surf during each spring and summer season. Northwest offers Girlfriend Getaways in one day and two day surf camps or women’s surf retreats in Oregon.
Pink Pineapple Surf
New Jersey, United States
Pink Pineapple is a place where girls can learn to surf together and experience the excitement of riding a wave while being introduced to the surfing lifestyle. The school has an all-female instructor team dedicated to inspiring and empowering their students in the ocean.
Padre Island Surf Camp
Padre Island Surf Camp (PISC) was established to share the experience of surfing, and is designed for anyone who wishes to surf and enjoy the surfing lifestyle. They hold camps for mixed groups, kids as well as women-only, splitting surfers into groups of four and based on age and skill level.
Equipment is included in every lesson and camp with a variety of surfboards to suit all skill levels including standard short boards, retro and modern fish shapes, longboards, and stand up paddle boards.
PISC’s ladies-only event is for all ages and perfect for mother and daughter sessions. Equipment and lunch are provided and everyone gets a Billabong goodie bag.
Phone: +1 361 774 2264
Surf Diva 🏄
San Diego, USA and Costa Rica
Surf Diva has been operating for over 20 years now when all-girls surf schools were rare. They allow you to learn to surf in a fun and encouraging environment, while teaching about the ocean.
They also offer co-ed, corporate and team-building packages as well as surf, stand up paddle boarding, kids, veterans, and programmes for all ages and abilities.
Lessons are held in San Diego USA and Costa Rica
Women’s surf camps and schools in Zanzibar
Girlzactive run wakeboard, longboard, snowboard and kitesurf trips to many locations. Have a look at their site for all the options, but in 2017 there is a surfing trip to Zanzibar in February.
All of the retreats cater for beginners up to advanced boarders in a sociable and safe environment with professional instructors so beginners can learn quickly while the the experts can take part in trick clinics and video analysis.
Other surf links:
Shoutout to the guys at Tuska Surf!