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Co’ed Surf Coaching Boat Trip

boost your surfing while having the time of your life

11 days sailing surf-adventure across the Maldives, taking your surfing to the next level

20 – 30 September 2021 |  Maldives, Indian Ocean

Welcome to a once in a lifetime adventure

This is the right suf adventure for you if you value…

  • An authentic surf experience escaping the crowds, maximizing the surf, and scoring waves.
  • International high performance coach to fully take advantage of the perfect waves; fully exploit your surfing potential and improve your errors, with video analysis and theory.
  • The swell, wind and tides will dictate our schedules with surfing being the priority of your holidays. 
  • Quality service from the minute you book your discovery video-call till after you have returned from the trip.
  • A group of like minded people that soon you will call friends and that will take your surfing to the next level.
  • Limited availability to ensure an exclusive and personalized service from our team of professionals
  • A different way of traveling along Maldives, a proper sailing route deeper into the Maldives (not the usual trip where you get to surf just one atoll and the same 5 surf spots as everyone else).
  • Your valuable free time and funds to be invested in a mind-blowing experience where you will boost your surf.

What our guests are saying about us:

Yann Chailleux – France

“The trip on this boat was the best surf trip I have ever been on. It was simply amazing. Lots of different waves, lefts and rights. No one in the water, …”

Our aim is to take fully advantage of the dreamiest wave conditions, to maximize your surfing experience in paradise; to have an unforgettable time sailing across remote areas with our team of professionals.

YOU WON’T REGRET IT.

Maldives, Indian Ocean

20th – 30th September 2021

Spots available for up to 12 guests.

Check in: 20th September 10:00 am; Velana International Airport, Malé Maldives

Check out: 30th September 17:00 pm; Velana International Airport, Malé Maldives

Itinerary: start the adventure in North Malé atoll, cruise to the South Malé atoll, across to Vaavu, Dhaalu, Meemu, Thaa atolls, down to Laamu atoll. Over 250 kms of surfing, exploring and sailing. The itinerary selected will be dependent on the surf and weather conditions. At the end of the trip we will jump on a domestic plane, to return to Malé International Airport.

Price: 4780 USD 

LAST CHANCE: Early bird 10% discount; SAVE 480 USD

Price: 4300 USD

Skill Level

To make the most of the surfing part of this trip, we recommend you to be a confident paddler, are able to catch waves on your own, and can surf along the wall of the wave.

Exploring remote areas of the Maldives, this is the ultimate surf travel adventure for recreational surfers, who are keen on taking their surfing experience to the next level while having all the necessary comforts.

What is Included

  • Private luxurious yacht with crew, captain, skipper and chef  (a team of 7 experienced staff members) offering a delightful stay;
  • Accommodation (11 days, 10 nights) in luxury cruise vessel with full board (3 delicious healthy meals, afternoon snack, plus water, tea/coffee);
  • Sailing itinerary to explore up to 5 different atolls, dependent on weather and where the best waves are pumping;
  • Shared cabin (private cabin upon request);
  • ​World-Class surf breaks for intermediate surfers onwards;
  • Three boats (main boat, auxiliary dhoni boat & small dingy);
  • High performance surf coach Wellington Gringo;
  • Daily video analysis session + guided free-surf session;
  • Daily yoga session focused on surfing, with Silvia;
  • Professional surf photographer on board;
  • Snorkeling & fishing in crystal clear waters;
  • Visit uninhabited islands/beaches;
  • Local experienced surf guide;
  • The Ocean Spell goodies;
  • Domestic flight from Kadhdhoo Airport (Laamu atoll) to Malé;
  • Lifts to airport/charter/airport;
  • GST & green tax & service tax (all taxes included).

What is not included

  • International airfares, flights
  • Beverages, softdrinks & alcohol (to be payed on board)
  • Photo package
  • Tips for crew ($10 per night)
  • Travel & health insurance
  • Cancellation insurance can be purchased

The Team

WELLINGTON “GRINGO” MAGALHES

High Performance Surf Coach

Professional surfing athlete and coach specializing in aerial surfing for more than 20 years, and who was part of the Brazilian surfing innovation that inspired many of the leading WSL circuit surfers today. Over the last three years, working with the University Lusofona of Lisbon as he was getting his coaching certification, “Gringo” has been developing a comprehensive training system for surfers of all levels.

“I feel like I was born to fly. Ever since I started surfing I felt I could do something different and follow my dream into something unknown, through a path no one had taken before me. Today I am happy to have believed in, and fulfilled, this dream. I want to now pass this knowledge to all the academy surfers.”

Who is our surf coach, Gringo?

SILVIA DE SAN LAUREANO

The Ocean Spell Founder

Very pleased and grateful to be back in the scene organising life-changing surf trips. This trip is a very special one, after the wipeout year we have all experienced throughout the world. 

I am very exciting to be putting together this unique adventure, with the support and expertise of Gringo and the team. A fantastic opportunity to make sure you will maximise your surfing experience, scoring waves and taking your surfing to the next level. 

Can’t wait to meet you, I will be hosting the trip and sharing my surf-yoga practice at the end of the day. Excited to share this exceptional adventure with you.

Personalised high quality surf coaching, tailored to your level

Treat yourself to professional surf coaching on some of the best waves on earth!

Having Wellington “Gringo” on board is a unique experience with his valuable expertise as a coach & surf athlete, plus a genuine good soul with a big smile. He will help you empower and maximise your surfing with his tuition techniques!

Wellington Surf Academy is well known for aerial trainings. However, don’t let this put you off,  all levels are catered.

In this trip we will be working technique, style, speed, strength, flow, focused on your specific situation. Minimum requirement is to be surf along the wall of the wave, be able to catch your own waves and be a strong paddler, to make the best of these perfect waves.

Whether you want to work on your cutbacks or aim to get your first barrel, our team will be offering personalized surf coaching, including:

    • Video analysis of your surfing: 1 surf session will be filmed each day, later we will analyze it on a big screen.
    • Free surf sessions where the coach will be guiding and giving you feedback, aim is to practice the objectives established in the previous video analysis session.
    • A personal folder of your videos to check, at the end of the trip.
    • Personalized tips to help you surf better at each surf spot.
    • Theory on technique and training on land, focused on your objectives and situation.

    Our Boat, Home Away from Home

    Our home in the Indian Ocean for 11 unforgettable days, is one of a kind. The Handy Cruise features 11 spacious ensuite cabins with hot/cold shower and air conditioning. All dietary requirements can be catered, prior early notice.

    This boat allows a smooth and cruisy sailing journey. You will enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets. Not to speak about the yoga on the top deck as the stars fill the sky.

     

    PRICING

    11 Days Full Board Accommodation,

    Daily Surf Coaching + Daily Yoga Session

    4780 USD

    LAST CHANCE: Early bird 10% discount; SAVE 480 USD

    Price: 4300 USD

     

    Sharing the stoke:

    Juani Lopez – Spain

    “I highly recommend you this surf trip with The Ocean Spell with Silvia. The boat has been amazing we have scored great high quality waves,…”

    Jose Torres – Spain

    “I want to point out the work of The Ocean Spell in this expedition we have done to The Maldives, regarding the waves, regarding the boat’s comfort, the itinerary …”

    Our Signature Trips

    You might want to know…

    The Ocean Spell is a surf travel agency which started organizing high quality surf adventures for female solo surf travelers, real raw surfing overseas trips, where comfort, high quality service and professionalism are not compromised.

    After the first few trips, men were requesting to open these trips to editions for all genders / coed / family friendly, inclusive trips where a friendly safe atmosphere was guaranteed for families, couples, friends. 

    For us the most important thing is our guests’ satisfaction. It is not about the money or filling up all the spots, it is about a positive unforgettable surf experience. 90% of our guests are repeat guests.

    The photos you see on our website, and on this url are all from our organised surf trips with our team of professional photographers: Sarah Lee from Hawaii @hisarahlee; Aznil Ahmed from Maldives @ahmed_aznil; Juan Fernandez from Spain @juanfedezphoto; Margarita Salyak from Russia @margarita_salyak; Alex Postigo from Spain @thefrogeye; Marina Farinos from Australia @marinaemerald. We believe in photos as visuals of the memories engraved from these one-in-a-lifetime adventures. That is why our team of photographers are some of the best professionals in the international surfing scene.

    Surfing

    Surfing

    Push your surfing to the next level with different kind of waves and conditions. Imagine how many waves you will be able to check out on this 250 km route.

    Video Analysis

    Video Analysis

    Visualise and understand how to boost & improve your surfing with our video analysis. We will film the waves surfed, later we will analyze them all together.

    Exploring Remote Areas

    Exploring Remote Areas

    Exploring the Indian Ocean in search of uncrowded and remote peelers.

    New Surfing Buddies

    New Surfing Buddies

    Being able to share this unique experience with new international surfing buddies, like-minded water people.

    Fishing & Uninhabited Islands

    Fishing & Uninhabited Islands

    Time to stop, to chill, to fish, to hop on uninhabited islands. An authentic surf experience awaits you.

    Yoga

    Yoga

    Under the sky lit with stars on top of the deck will be the setup for the daily surf yoga practice, making sure we are fresh to hit the waves the following morning.

    Very Limited Availability

    Spots are filling up fast so we suggest to book early to receive preferred accommodation.

    If you are interested in this trip, contact us through this form.

    We will send you an email back with all the information. Due to server’s updates, this email might be stored in your SPAM folder. We’re working hard to solve this out. In the meanwhile, save our email address info@theoceanspell.com in your contact list. We ask for your phone number to let you know when we’ve sent the email.

    Talk to you soon!

    Frequenty Asked Questions

    Do I need to bring my own surfboard?

    Yes its a must, we are going to have an adventure exploring the remote Indian Ocean, nowhere to rent a board.

    At least two, in case something happens (knock on wood). You know how boards are sometimes handled at airports, also things happen in the water too.

    What else do I need to bring regarding surfing?

    At least two-three good leashes, to make sure they will resist. Plenty of tropical wax. At least two sets of fins. Remember its an adventure in the remote Indian Ocean, we won´t find any surf shops…just coconuts 😉

    Note: we highly recommend you to bring reef booties, no matter your level. Its good to have them with you, just in case.

    Are there any pre-requisites to join?

    If you want to make the most of the surfing, we recommend you to be a confident surfer, so you will be able to train and improve your technique, style, power, etc.

    If you just want to join us, cruise, enjoy, go with the flow…you are more than welcome to come along.

    If you are a beginner or low intermediate, keen to join, and you are aware that possibly the waves will be big, and you will have to either sit wide open or on the boat; if you feel comfortable with this, you are welcome to join this adventure. We will encounter lots of different type of waves, however beginner/low intermediates will not be able to surf most days. If you are comfortable with that, happy with sailing, swimming, snorkeling, chilling, hanging out with like-minded women and keen to have a blast, and listen to our recommendations regarding surfing…then we are stoked to have you on board.

    Is there an age limit/requirement?

    You must be 18 years old to book a trip by yourself.

    Minors are welcomed on our family trips, or on our kids surf coaching trips. Please contact us for more information. 

    Am I too old to join?

    Excuse me? We have been joined by 65 year old women who were younger in spirit than some of the 20 year olds we know.

    Most of our guests range between 30 and 50 years old.

    I do not have with who to travel...is it a problem?

    These group surf trips were originally put together for solo surfers who want to travel the world in search of waves, but need some like-minded surf buddies to hop on.

    If you are waiting for a friend to join you, our recommendation is “just go”, the people joining our trips are with similar circumstances to you.

    If I do not surf...can I join?

    Yes you can join us, however be aware there will be no surf lessons for beginners, nor no pushing people into waves.

    We will sail, cruise, relax, snorkel, visit uninhabited islands, practice yoga, meditation…and while we are surfing, the guests who do not surf but want to be close to us, can snorkel around or hang at the dhoni (the auxiliary boat that will be anchored beside the surfbreak).

    Shortboard? Longboard?

    Everyone is welcome to join! We have both longboarders and shortboarders on board. Some of our guests bring different kind of boards to play around with.

    Is there WIFI?

    Our recommendation is to buy a SIM card at the airport upon arrival. There are several packages of 15 Gigs and 30 Gigs, pretty reliable if you need to work or speak with your family.

    Can I work from my laptop?

    Sure you can if you buy a SIM card at the airport upon arrival. There are several packages of 15 Gigs and 30 Gigs, pretty reliable if you need to work or speak with your family. While crossing the big channels we might not have much reception, it may last for 2-3 hours.

    Dietary Requirements

    All dietary requirements can be catered, but they need to be informed in advance. Preferable inform our team when you book.

    Do I need to bring snorkel, mask and fins?

    We would advise to bring along your own mask and snorkel as this means you’ll be assured your mask fits your face properly and is comfortable and less likely to have leakage.  We find that peace of mind goes a long way. A mask and snorkel is small and light and should take up very little space in your suitcase.

    Fins are available on the boat. This means you won’t have to try and find room for them in your bag and leaves you space for other essentials!

    Do I need to arrive one day early?

    There is no need for you to arrive one day early, unless your air travel itinerary is long and you want to be fresh for the trip. 

    If you decide you want to arrive early in order to rest and become acclimatized to the weather, we can help you book a hotel close to the airport with pick up and drop off. 

    When & where do we meet on the first day?

    We will meet at Malé Velana International Airport, at 10 am on the 20th of September. 

    When & where do we finish on the last day?

    We will finish at Malé Velana International Airport, at 17 pm on the 30th of September. 

    How much cash do I need?

    This dependes on personal preferences.

    Almost everything will be covered: accommodation, meals (water, tea, coffee), airport transfer to the boat (as a group).

    Here are some things you might need cash money for:

    – alcohol, softdrinks;

    – bottled water (we recommend to refill for environmental reasons);

    – photo package (300 USD);

    – tips (10 USD per day);

    – SIM card (50 USD for 30 gigs)

    On the boat you will be able to pay with credit card. Tips should be given to the captain and crew in cash.

    Local Currency and Banking in the Maldives

    The Maldives has a non-convertible currency – Maldivian Rufiyaa – this cannot be purchased beforehand.

    One US Dollar is equivalent to aprox 15.5 Rufiyaa. The US Dollar is accepted as legal tender. All major credit cards can be used.

    The national bank, Bank of Maldives has a branch and an ATM in Male’ International Airport.

    The banks in the Maldives are very particular about the condition of bank notes and will refuse deposits of old style USD$, even though still an active currency, damaged notes, badly creased or well-worn notes will also be rejected. Therefore, if presenting such a note as form of payment you may be requested to change to a note of better condition. Please do not take offence, it is purely that the note will have no worth to the individual to whom you are paying. Also, note that small bills .i.e. $1 and $5 have a lower exchange value, as the Bank of Maldives charges for small notes to be deposited.

    Tipping

    If you are happy with the services provided by the boat crew a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and inspires excellent service. The amount to tip is always subject to your satisfaction with the service provided, and your budget. As a rough guide, we recommend you budget $10 – $20 a day extra for the duration of the holiday which you can use as tipping money at your discretion.

    Time

    Maldives Standard Time is GMT/UTC + 5 and during BST + 4

    Note some resorts operate Island Time, which is 1 hour ahead of Maldives standard time. 

    Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our trips.

    You can buy an insurance package to suit you and your travel plans, allowing you to depart on your holiday confident that you are covered. We recommend our clients to get quality travel insurance with a well-known company: Blue-Cross, Manulife, Escapade, RBC, TravelGuard, etc. You should check the small print in the policy to make sure activities like surfing, snorkeling are covered. You need to be covered for medical expenses abroad and any emergency repatriation that may be required due to your illness/injury. We also recommend that you take out cancellation cover and baggage cover.

    IMPORTANT: We must have your travel insurance details (policy number, issuing company details, and emergency telephone number) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the trip. 

    Additional Information

    Booking Information

    A video-call must be organized with the team, in order to be invited to book your space in this adventure. To fully confirm your spot, a deposit of 2000 USD is needed.

    Private and shared rooms availability are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your reservations early to receive your preferred accommodation. We reserve the right to refuse bookings at our discretion.

    Travel & Flight Information

    Please confirm availability with our team, before booking your flights. The flights are not included in the package. We do offer concierge services to help you make all the arrangements needed.

    If you decide to extend your stay, we can assist you to book your desired vacation in our luxurious resort recommendations.

    Travel Documentation & Insurance Policy
    To enter the Maldives, your passport must have 6 months validity from departure date. Most of the countries are not required to issue a visa to enter, it is granted upon arrival. During the check-in of your flight, you might be asked to show a return ticket from Maldives. All clients must purchase a medical & travel insurance to join any of our surf experiences. We highly recommend to purchase your insurance with cancelation policy. 
    Maldives Entry Requirements with Covid-19

    Citizens/residents from most countries are currently allowed to enter Maldives by air. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka are not allowed to enter.

    Quarantine not required.

    Specific entry requirements that must be met:

    1) Mandatory Maldives PCR Test for Entry

    All tourists traveling to Maldives in COVID-19 must take a mandatory PCR TEST (nucleic acid nasal & throat) taken no more than 96 hours before the departure time of the first ticketed flight to Maldives, counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives. If the tourist makes a transit during the journey, the initial PCR test will be valid if the transit does not exceed 24 hours. If the tourist makes a transit exceeding 24 hours, the passenger must repeat the PCR test within 96 hours prior to embarkation at the port of transit.

    Maldives Immigration requires the Negative PCR test results to show the name of the passenger (name as in passport), name & address of testing laboratory, testing officer & testing officer signature, type of test stated as a PCR test, date & time of sampling, result.

    Tourists who have completed the full vaccination process and hold a valid vaccination certificate for a vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation are still required to take a mandatory PCR test for entry to Maldives when traveling to Maldives in COVID-19.

    The PCR test result should be submitted through the IMUGA portal within 24 hours prior to departure to Maldives. In addition, the lab result should be presented in paper or electronic format during the airline check-in.

    2) Pre-fill Online Health Declaration Form

    The Health Declaration Form must be pre-filled 0-24 hours before traveling to Maldives. The Negative PCR Test results must be attached.

    Recommended to take a screenshot of the form’s QR Code upon completion.

    A separate form must be pre-filled 0-24hrs prior to your departure from Maldives . Take a screenshot y of the new QR code again upon departure as it’s required to enter the departures hall for flight check in. 

    3) Confirmed Reservation & Return Flights

    Travelers must have a confirmed reservation at our  licensed accommodation facility when traveling to Maldives (including a resort, liveaboard, guesthouse, that is approved by the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with safe tourism guidelines). 

    4) Passport Validity

    Passport must have 6 months validity from departure date for entry. 

    Exit Requirements
    There are some countries which do require a negative PCR test before check in. Speak with our Reservations team, so it can be organized in advance.
    There is a lot of information out there about COVID-19, sometimes contradictory. Please reach out to us with any concern or question you may have, we are here to assist and provide you with a hassle free booking process. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
    Cancellation Policy due to Covid-19
    The safety of our staff, guests and local community is our top priority. We have adopted new policies regarding cancellations or reservation changes to keep our guests and staff safe during these uncertain times.
    We have amended our cancellation policy to offer our guests a choice to re-book at a later time at no charge (if they cannot travel due to Covid-19). Regarding guests who cannot fulfill their reservation due to COVID positive tests, country closures, we can offer to re-book at a later time at no charge (please bare in mind that the canellation must be with a justified reason regarding Covid). We highly recommend to purchase a medical & travel insurance policy with cancelation cover for Covid. The insurance provider will be able to fully refund the holiday package if it is clearly justified. Note that fear to travel due to Covid is not a valid reason.
    The Ocean Spell (TOS) is currently taking reservations for stays  under the following conditions:
    – TOS reserves the right to cancel any reservation up to 24 hours from the arrival date
    – if TOS cancels the whole group trip, the guest will be able to choose either change of date with no penalization or money reimbursed
    – TOS will offer a free change of date if the circumstance is valid
    – TOS requires all reserved guests to confirm a lack of COVID symptoms 48 hours from arrival
    – TOS cannot offer any COVID related refunds once a guest has arrived
    – TOS recommends purchasing refundable airline tickets for travel to Maldives.
    We will try our best to keep all information above as current as possible, however, we highly recommend double checking your country’s guidelines.
    *Why refunds are not possible if a guest cancels?
    We hire the boat…and the boat owners will charge us whether the guest can or cannot travel (unless the whole group is cancelled, if so reimbursement is possible). That is why we highly recommend you to purchase a travel insurance with cancellation cover.
    Payment Procedure
    Payments can be done through Paypal or bank transfer.
    A 3% fee will be added to all payments made using Paypal.
    All payments must be done in USD.
    Activities & Risk
    All the activities supplied carry with them a degree of risk both to people and equipment, even though enjoyed under proper supervision by qualified instructors. Some activities require those taking part to have a reasonable standard of health and fitness. All clients must inform of any medical conditions, illnesses or allergies they may have and any prescribed medication they might be taking prior booking. No one should participate in any activity if they are suffering from a heart condition or are pregnant. No client should in any circumstances take part in an activity while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication, which may adversely affect their physical abilities.
    Contract & Liability Release Forms
    After reserving your space, we will send out the Contract and the Liability Release Forms for you to fill up and sign before starting the trip.
    There will be NO exceptions for this policy.
    Additional Travel Recommendations
    Once you book your surf adventure, along with your Contract and Liability Release Forms, you will receive an electronic Welcome Kit with helpful information you might need , including:  tips on how to pack, local currency, local traditions & how to respect them, etc.

    STEP 1

    Book a video-call with our team.

    Step 2

    Lets meet with the team, get to know you, understand your needs, desires and expectations of the trip.

    Step 3

    Confirm your spot with the payment of the trip. Purchase a medical & travel insurance policy with cancellation cover.

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