surfin’ safari

May 6th, 2008

“Let’s go surfin’ now / Everybody’s learning how / Come on and safari with me…”

The words of The Beach Boys still ring true today as travelers continue to flock to the water’s edge at some of the finest beach properties for their own surfing adventures and choose from a variety of tutorials to learn how to hang ten in style.  So come on and trade the snow suit for a wet suit and jet-set to warm weather in search of the perfect wave.

Everybody’s Learning How

Anantara Maldives recently teamed up with award-winning Australian company Tropicsurf to offer an exciting range of surfing options. Get totally stoked for a four-day course in this premier location! Instructors will coach the inexperienced in the calm waters of the Anantara lagoon. After gaining confidence in these ideal conditions, surfers then progress to the local surf break just off the lagoon’s edge. For intermediate and advanced surfers, Tropicsurf also provides four-day coaching workshops and guided excursions to maximize each surfer’s wave count. Guests and instructors then move into the classroom to use video analysis to improve technique and progression. Finally, for adrenaline junkies looking for the ultimate thrill, all-day surfing excursions on a private seaplane safari will deliver some of the planet’s most perfect, yet secluded, breaks. Could there be anything more rad? The four-day courses are priced at $695 per person, while a supervised surfing or paddling session is $95 and a coaching session is $195, both per person as well. (

Surfs up at Park Hyatt Sydney, too! Guests can learn from the experts at the nearby world-famous Bondi Beach as part of the “Let’s Go Surfing” surf school. A variety of classes are available from beginners to advanced, from kids’ classes to private lessons. With experienced, highly-qualified instructors and the latest equipment, “Lets Go Surfing” offers Sydney’s premier courses. Private lessons are approximately $90 per person (60 minutes) and $50 per extra person or approximately $115 per person (90 minutes) and $55 per extra person ( If Bondi Beach isn’t the one, there is the equally handsome Manly Beach nearby. But don’t worry: despite the masculine name, dudettes are just as welcome to participate in the “Manly Surf School.” Prices for one lesson begin at $50 for adults and $40 for kids. (

Wouldn’t It Be Nice If…

It was already summer? For those that are already tired of putting on layer after layer before leaving the house, rest assured, summer will be here soon. This season at the White Elephant in Nantucket, try the fun-filled SUrfari Package. Beginning at the end of April 2008, guests at the White Elephant can master the waves with on-land instruction and in-water lessons. At $300 per night and $200 per three-hour individualized lesson (with an option for an additional tutorial during the same day at a discounted price of $175), the package also includes all necessary surfing equipment and a customized surf goodie bag consisting of a lush, oversized surfboard towel, a SUrfari tee-shirt, sun block, surfboard wax, surfing magazines, and more … Book now before the snow melts! (

No Waves? No Worries!

Calm surf doesn’t have to be a total bummer, dude! In the Turks and Caicos, guests at Parrot Cay can opt for complimentary windsurfing lessons. The resort’s recreation staff is at the ready to lend a helping hand to those still craving some action on the water. (

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