with you every step of the way
Our mission and vision
At The Ocean Spell, our mission is to make real and fulfil the surf travel dreams of fellow surfers by creating unique and meaningful surf travel experiences.
Our vision is surfers as propellers for positive change, inspiring others through surfing, by focusing towards social and environmental wellbeing.
The importance of surfing in Ancient Hawaiian times
In those times, surfing was for everyone, regardless of age, gender, social status…everyone surfed.
During the good swell season, responsibilities changed, no work no wars, however during those 4-5 months it was all about enjoying the surf and time, about playing in nature.
Somewhere along the timeline, the true essence of surfing was lost.
Surf for a positive change
We believe surf and surfers are powerful, with authority within society, including the capacity to inspire others. This can be used for good, to change the big picture.
Our contribution is by challenging the status quo as a hybrid surf travel agency and sustainable surf tourism consultancy; including an inclusive surf platform and community.
At The Ocean Spell Surf Travel Agency we organize dream surf holidays, developing sustainable tourism practices, supporting local providers and communities.
Designing responsible once-in-a-lifetime surf adventures for fellow surfers is our passion. Whether you are looking for meaningful time surfing with your loved ones or with your friends, or the chance to reconnect with yourself, connecting with the ocean or meeting fascinating people with different stories to tell, we design surf holidays for those who wish to take part in something bigger.
We do not sell to the tourist,
we do not sell to the deal-catcher tourist.
We cater to the real surf traveller.
Be a traveller
For travellers, travelling is a journey in search for something much more profound. We strive to make sure our guests connect on an emotional level with the destination and all it encompasses. This includes its people, history, culture, food and nature. It is a lot more than just a physical trip of waves and beets. It is a journey for transformation.
Adding to it our ingredient, integrating the travellers with the local community, as they both nurture and learn from each other. It is a journey for both the travellers and the community. It is a whole.
Our way of working and organising might seem different, we don´t work with you just via email, we want to know you. We dont ask you where, we want to know why, because understanding your motivations, desires and expectations is how we make sure the surf adventure is right for you. If we sense that the fit is not quite, be sure we will share our honest opinion and offer advice.
The Ocean Spell founder
Silvia San Laureano, an industrial engineer who quickly made a purposeful living from her passion, surfing and the ocean, through academic research at universities in Australia and Europe. Her main focus being coastal management, and sustainability of surf tourism.
As a result of the scarcity in high quality welcoming surf travel experiences where solo surfers could join to a like-minded group, she started to organise her own with the best surf professionals and providers. Quickly what was just some fun surf trips, grew into the project we now know as The Ocean Spell Surf Travel Agency.
The Ocean Spell is formed by fellow surfers, academic researchers, surf photographers, high performance coaches, collaborators, and people like you wanting to change the big picture, and believing in surfing as a powerful tool for social and environmental positive change.
Our trips are designed around responsible travel principles, aiming to support organisations and people that preserve habitats and empower local communities.
AUTHENTIC SURF TRAVEL THAT MATTERS
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Annie Croteau – Canada
“I have been in one of the all women surf trip in the Maldives and strongly recommend the experience if you want to improve your surf. 10 days in paradise with an amazing group of inspiring women that I am so happy to now call my friends. An excellent coach, very patient and passionate. I improved a lot in 10 days and I now know what to work on in the next year to keep improving. The yoga was also very nice after long days surfing, my back needed this! Thanks The Ocean Spell for the unforgettable experience.”
“Highly recommended! Very professional and they help and advise you so that you can enjoy your surf trip to the fullest.
Booked my September 2020 surf trip to the Maldives with The Ocean Spell, Silvia helped me out with all the pre-requisites and information regarding Covid, and the trip went super smooth. Perfect waves and no crowds, what else can I ask for?”
Sunshine Makarrow-California, USA
“In the two weeks I spent working with the coaching in the Maldives, my surfing improved more than it would have in months if not years on my own (I have been surfing more than 20 years). The daily video analysis was especially helpful to truly understanding how to improve. I highly recommend The Ocean Spell surf coaching trips to anyone looking to take their surfing to the next level.”
Pia Bru – Spain
“Went on a boat trip with The Ocean Spell to Maldives last August, I did think it would be great, but it even exceeded my expectations! Had the time of my life! Great organization, company, yoga, the surf was awesome…the services our boat offered us was amazing, the rooms, the cuisine was gourmet, and the crew was super kind. Loved all of it! I will for sure repeat and I highly recommend anyone travel with The Ocean Spell.”
Kerri Heard – Cornwall, UK
“My trip to the Maldives with Silvia from The Ocean Spell was INCREDIBLE. So well organised and I felt confident throughout the process of booking that I was going to be looked after by the team. I had the best trip of my life. Met incredible like minded souls and had the best coaching I could have ever imagined. I recommend The Ocean Spell to anyone, you’ll be guaranteed the best trip of your life and with amazing people to support you and show you that you are capable and can achieve anything. Cant wait till the next trip!”
Michelle Dow – Australia
“The Ocean Spell, project run by Sylvia, a beautiful woman who is passionate about surfing and the environment. The Ocean Spell is providing new ideas and knowledge and encouraging a sense of adventure and confidence in and out of the water.
My experience in the Maldives was an amazing adventure that I will never forget.
Iván Fernandez – Spain
“I had a great and awesome surf trip with The Ocean Spell, all the organisation was fantastic, great surf coaching sessions, very nice boat, awesome surf photographer, and amazing waves. Yoga sessions on the rooftop during unbelievable sunsets, unbeatable experience. This trip was for experience surfers, and I can assure you everyone improved in the 10 days of perfect waves and video analysis. I highly recommend to book your surf holidays! Great organization.”