- 4 or 7 nights self catering accommodation
- 1 full day ocean experience
- 2x half day surf lessons (full day optional) - includes instructor and equipment
Surfing has a long history dating back to the ancient Hawaiians and Polynesians. In recent decades, surfing has emerged as a highly competitive, widely recognised sport (it will be featured in the 2020 Olympics in Japan), as well as a very aspirational lifestyle. An important aspect to note about surfing (and indeed anytime spent in the ocean for that matter), is the pleasure or “stoke” factor it delivers for people from all walks of life. Besides the health, fitness and adventure benefits surfing offers, “stoke” is one of the most important and beneficial rewards it confers on participants.
Recently published research shows that people feeling “surf stoked” are, in fact, enjoying a chemical cocktail triggered by the charged ions found in the atmosphere around turbulent water. While surfing, we experience elevated levels of Adrenalin and Dopamine. Adrenalin raises the heart rate and increases the reaction time (the fight or flight reflex), while Dopamine is a chemical neurotransmitter triggered in the body when undertaking pleasurable activities.
While the adrenalin rush may provide an edge in the water, the effects subside quickly once ashore. However, surf-°©stoke remains long after we’re back on the beach. Research suggests these persistent effects of surf euphoria may be attributed to an unlikely candidate: sea spray. The turbulence created by breaking waves alters the physical structure of the air and water, breaking apart water and air molecules and releasing charged ions into the atmosphere. On their eternal quest for perfect waves, surfers inevitably encounter this altered atmospheric state. Some scientists are convinced this abundance of negative ions has a positive effect on mood by triggering the release of Endorphins and Serotonin – the “happy hormones” – and increasing blood flow and oxygen circulation through the body.
4 NIGHTS = R3750
7 NIGHTS = R5250