The Surf Experience x Mad to Live Retreats

Location: Lagos, Portugal

For the last 26 years, The Surf Experience have been creating the ultimate surf holiday in Lagos, the heart of Europe’s thriving summer surf scene.Options of surf school, surf safaris, pro bootcamps, longboard and yoga weeks combined with awesome accommodation options and unrivalled catering, makes this one of the greats.

For 2018, the team have once again teamed up with fitness instructor, Roxy ambassador and adventure-nut Sophie Everard to create the ultimate women’s fitness, surf and adventure retreat. We spoke to Sophie to find out more…

What’s on the agenda for the retreat?
It’s a jam-packed 7 days of surfing with expert tuition, sunset beach yoga sessions, horseback riding, sunrise trail running through the rugged and stunning Algarve landscape, 1:1 boxing sessions and adrenaline-pumping mountain biking across the beautiful cliffs and beaches. You will also have the opportunity to kick back and relax and enjoy the Portuguese culture and beaches.

What’s it’s all about?
I want women to feel empowered by experiencing an active lifestyle. Through sports like surfing, boxing and horse riding, women can challenge their physical and mental strength in a fun and safe environment where they are all encouraging each other. It’s all about women having each others backs.

What would you say to anyone who was thinking about it?
Get involved for yoga, surf, outdoor fitness and for a heart-racing, unforgettable adventure.

What’s the food like?
The on site chef prepares locally-sourced nutritious meals at the luxurious boutique townhouse accommodation. Guests can expect nutritional, delicious and healthy meals all designed to fuel the body to maximise endurance with surfing and all the activities.

Can any age join?
Yes absolutely! It’s never to late to get into surfing, however old you are. We are all athletes and out bodies can do amazing things if we juts put in the time.

What are the dates?
The Mad to Live retreats runs June 16th-23rd, 23rd-30th, September 15th-22nd, September 22nd-29th, October 13th-20th and October 20th-27th.