ROXY WEEK: Girls Only Surf Safari
I went to Roxy Week by myself, thinking I might be the only one who came alone. Luckily there was a small group of girls doing a solo trip too, as well as a house full of people who came alone, together as well as others on their third or fourth trip to Jah Shaka Surf, which speaks volumes in what kind of time you are going to have whilst staying at the lodge.
There were many times throughout my week when I had to stop and realise that I don’t do morning yoga, drive around looking for good waves and surf at sunset on a daily basis. The lodge is like a home from home, where your family are a big group of happy, slightly sunburnt Waltons in wetsuits. It’s a comfortable environment with lots of places to sit out in the sunshine, which 30 degrees in October is always a massive bonus, especially if you come from rainy England.
You wake up to a dorm of sleepy surfers, optionally go and be gently woken by the calming tones of Miri the yoga teacher whilst she guides you through your sun salutations. Off next to a breakfast buffet before getting your wetsuit and jumping in a van in search of your waves.
Wriggling into your suit and jumping into that ocean with your board is a mixture of excitement and nerves, not knowing what’s about to hit you… which will be a nice big wave or two. But having the guidance of your instructor as well as the encouragement from your group means you will keep going back for more and more until you get your pop up is on point and you are gliding through the water.
There are so many things you will experience from your trip that aren’t even on the list of what’s included in the price, the views, the laughs, the food and if you are lucky your first green wave! I cannot recommend a week at Jah Shaka Surf enough