California Road Trip | The American Dream
Ability: All abilities welcome from new bodyboarders to experienced shredders.
The American Bodyboarding dream; live the laidback healthy beach lifestyle of Southern California while scoring insane waves along the famous Pacific Coast Highway from La Jolla, Encinitas and Oceanside in the South to San Clemente, Huntington and Newport in the North.
We have listened to our customers and California is their dream destination. We are excited to announce our latest and most eagerly awaited Bodyboard Holiday, the California Road Trip!
This November, we’re heading to Southern California for a well-rounded experience of the iconic surf scene and relaxed beach vibe this area is so famed for, while scoring amazing waves. The autumn is prime season there; the swell is consistent, the climate Mediterranean, and the prevailing Santa Ana wind continually whistles offshore. Throw in an endless list of spots that proves impossible to remember and we’re confident you’ll experience the boogie trip of a lifetime!
Even if it’s your first time to California, driving along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway will seem somehow familiar as you recognise countless famous breaks that have appeared in surf magazines and movies since the 60s. While travelling on this highway you’ll also wonder whether its architect was a surfer. The road runs parallel to the coast passing long stretches of pristine sandy beaches dotted with Baywatch style lookout towers and conveniently interrupted by breakwalls, piers, reefs and picturesque headlands that create an abundance of surfing potential.
We’ll be basing ourselves in Encinitas, a vibrant and authentic beach town, 25 miles North of San Diego. This quintessential Californian surf city offers an eclectic mix of 60s inspired beach culture combined with unique boutique shopping, side walk cafes serving Açai & Granola breakfast bowls with Chai lattes to go, and pop-up eateries that double up as yoga studios. Encinitas strikes the perfect balance between laidback beach vibe and casual sophistication. So it comes as no surprise that National Geographic recently named it among the 20 best surf towns in the world!
The people here wear their surf history proudly and when the waves are pumping, which incidentally is quite often, the whole city seems to be infected with an excitement that is contagious. It’s no wonder the residents of Encinitas are regarded as the happiest and friendliest in the States. And friendliness is not their only attribute! I’m sure when God was giving away good looks, Californians were first in line.
If the variety of hotties, hunks and quality surf spots wasn’t enough, California’s clean living lifestyle means the variety of healthy eating options is mind-boggling; from light breakfast bagels and green power smoothies to protein filled fish tacos and avocado burritos. California also has a thriving microbrewery scene offering a host of must try organic craft beers.
After a day of scoring sick waves, nothing beats a classic Cali burrito washed down with a cool craft beer whilst watching an epic Californian sunset!
I grew up watching the cult bodyboarding movie The Inside. Directed by Scott Carter, and filmed predominantly in California, the film exposes what an insane area it is for bodyboarding. You can find almost any wave type in here, from the awesome reefs of La Jolla, the left hand wedges of Black’s, the fun beach breaks of San Clemente and Oceanside, to the iconic Huntington pier and the notorious Newport wedge, and not to mention all the secret spots in between. The toughest decision we’ll have each day is deciding whether to drive North or South along this surf rich coastline.
Southern California is famed for its eternally Spring like climate, it’s never too hot nor too cold. In autumn, the average outside temperature is 20°C while the water is an inviting 18°C, so a 3/2mm will more than suffice. With such a great climate, Southern California is the ideal destination to escape the short grey dreary days synonymous with November in the UK.
Nestled right in the heart of Encinitas, our surf inspired boutique house is located just 50metres from the beach and trendy local cafes where we head each morning for a surf check and breakfast. The house is freshly refurbished and perfectly geared toward the travelling booger. There are single, twin, double and quad rooms that all come with modern furnishings and a walk in shower. À la mode restaurants, eateries, bars, organic grocery stores and a vibrant nightlife are all within walking distance of the house. It’s the ultimate place to soak up the South Californian vibe. The package price is based on sharing a room with one, two or three people. If you need a double room (as you are a couple) or you want a room on your own the price will be increased. There is limited availability on double and single rooms so please contact us asap with your request.
Rob Barber and his coaching team offer daily tuition tailored to your ability with coaches that are Surfing GB qualified and fully insured. Experienced lifeguards, some having twenty years of surfing experience and fifteen years of worldwide travel experience including British team coach, Rob Barber. Intermediate and advanced level coaching is tailored towards the individual. You’ll never be thrown straight into the deep end. We’ve got your back whatever your ability, and that’s a promise. Don’t stress if you’re used to smaller waves or you’re a total novice – there’s something for everyone. In fact you’ll be amazed how quickly you master paddling out to catch good quality waves.
Beginner coaching includes:
- Oceanography class at the start of the week to understand breaks, rips and currents
- Bodyboarding safety, beach awareness and how to catch waves
- How to paddle out, gain speed, duck dive and wipe out safely
- Learning moves such as cutbacks, barrel rolls and three-sixty spins
- How to get the most from your equipment while having heaps of fun
In order to book, follow these steps.
1. Fill in the form on the right hand side of this page
2. You will then be emailed an information pack and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet.
3. Read the information and follow the instructions to contact us to pay.
4. Remember we have limited numbers on each trip so please book early for the best price.
5. If you want to hear what other bodyboarders have thought of the holidays, read our Trip Advisor reviews here.
6. Once you have paid you will receive an online enrolment form, when you have completed and returned this you will be confirmed on the trip.
You need to make your own travel arrangements to San Diego International Airport. We then arrange airport pick-ups and drop offs to and from our accommodation. Please request an information pack for further details.
Nothing says Southern California like a light bagel & coffee breakfast as you check the surf, an energizing post surf burrito for lunch, and a healthy shrimp taco at the legendary Fish 101 for supper. Clients are to pay for their own meals on this trip, where the average cost per meal is $10. Alternatively, our accommodation allows for a self-catering option.
Our host will supply the following:
- 14 nights of accommodation
Airport pick up and drop off
Surf guiding with the locals everyday to find waves to suit your ability
Video and Photographic analysis
Tuition tailored to your ability from Rob Barber’s elite coaching team
Meet and greet with Jay Reale, a former professional bodyboarder and absolute legend, for an exclusive Q&A session
Places book up fast so act quickly!
To find out more and to book your place get in touch. We’ll email you an enrolment form, an information pack, a kit list and FAQs.
Bodyboarding equipment not included in the price. Please contact us if you would like to hire or buy equipment for the trip.
Price per person in a shared room (bodyboarder) £1349
Price per couple who each bodyboard and require their own private room £3098
Price per couple (one of whom doesn’t bodyboard) £2998
Price per person if requiring private room £2349
* limited availability for couples, private rooms etc, please contact us for availability
Early Bird Special for early bookers!