• Awesome Summer Surf Trips To Do With Your Girlfriends With Sophie Mad To Live - Inspired by the New Wave collection

Awesome Summer Surf Trips To Do With Your Girlfriends With Sophie Mad To Live - Inspired by the New Wave collection

Grabbing a group of your best girlfriends and heading out off the beaten track on that rite of passage seminal-summer surf trip is one of the funniest adventures to do with your gal pals. Looking for waves, adventure, and awesome travel tips for heading out on an epic summer surf trip with your girlfriends? Check out Sophie Mad To Live, travel & surf writer & founder of Mad To Live surf Retreats surfer’s guide to summer tripping with your chicks, written surf-side at California’s Venice Beach whilst on her own road trip, rocking the New Wave collection.


Working on more of a shoe string budget but don’t want to scrimp on surf quality? Inter-railing on trains or renting a camper van are purse friendly options, and the memories made endless. Under 27’s get a discounted rate on inter-railing train passes, and one global pass ticket means you can hit up surf spots across Europe with ease on its hop on hop off pass. Looking for that wanderlust-fueled fantasy of waking up to golden dawn-drenched surf spots with your pot of home brewed coffee whilst bundled up in your van with your girlfriends? Vans and campers are easy to hire and you can pack in your boards in your nomadic home and cruise Europe’s best surf spots at your own leisure. Kick things off in the South of France, Europe’s summer surf nirvana with spots like the infamous Grand Plage in Biarritz and Hossegor’s La Graviere, stocking up on freshly baked baguettes before cruising over to Spain and immersing yourself in the vibrant Spanish surf scene and face-first into plates of mouth-watering tapas in spots like San Sebastian, then heading further west into lushly wild towns like Mundaka.


Mention the awesome surf scene and killer waves in the UK and it can still make some people raise an eyebrow and a questionable “huh?”. But England in the summer, with its crystal green waters in Cornwall, lush greenery and wildlife (dolphins are some of those friendly natives!) many camping spots and welcoming locals make it an awesome destination for surf-hungry travelers. Look for budget-friendly camp spots littered across Cornwall close to incredible breaks with National Trust protected beautiful parks, like Sennen, Watergate Bay & Gwithian. If you’re looking to upgrade the experience and go bo-ho with glamping in your own yurt, infamous surf towns like Newquay and St Agnes boast a number of yurt and glamping spots for you and your girls to embrace your inner hippy and surf some of England’s best breaks.


Surf mecca California has earnt its star-spangled stripes as a surf capitol of the world for good reason. For surfers looking for that endless wave and the road trip of a lifetime, hitting California on that time-old Golden State road trip is a must. Picking up car rentals and gas is pretty cheap in the golden state, so you can embrace your inner Gidget and surf iconic longboard breaks like Malibu, check out infamous world-tour spots like Trestles and head to Surf City USA Huntington Beach for a real taste of US surf culture, surf the local pier (home of the US open of surfing) and check-out the International Museum of Surfing, with its rich gallery of iconic surf history. Big Sur, Santa Cruz and San Diego with its infamous breaks like La Jolla Shores and Blacks Beach offer a real taste of SoCal surf culture.


Always wanted to learn to surf or progress to the next level? Sun salute as it sets in front of you? Ride horses, scramble & charge up hills with the rising sun, get sweaty & stoked with tailored beach workouts, stand up paddle board with dawn’s gold, have the adventure of a lifetime with a group of like-minded souls? Mad To Live Retreats are the Ultimate Women’s Surf, Fitness & Adventure Retreats for you. As featured in Grazia, SurfGirl Magazine & more! Join the adventure in 2018 with retreat dates in Morocco and Portugal.

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