Our inaugural Sustain the Stoke Session, deep in the South of India.
We'll be heading with Emi Koch, the girl genius behind Beyond the Surface International, and Jelle of the Kovalam Surf Club for a week-long session. Surf sessions in Kovalam and beyond, day trips to hindu temples and secret waves, Yoga classes, BBQ's under the Indian night, hanging out with the kids at the Kovalam Surf Club, and more!
7 nights in India
$990 per person
4 Surf sessions (at least)
All the trips, rides and experiences included in itinerary below
$300 donation to Waves of Freedom, Beyond the Surface International and the Kovalam Surf Club
100% Complete Carbon offset
Make your way to Thiruvananthapuram (easier to get to than to say out loud!). We'll be waiting to pick you up for the ride over to Kovalam. Enjoy a free morning to explore the area or make up for lost sleep. We'll meet up for lunch and go for a walking orientation with Jelle. We'll visit the Kovalam surf club, gear up and head out for a Sunset session.
Grab you're board and head to the water. If the waves fall short, we'll hop on taxis and head out to the nearest swell. Don't worry, Jelle'll be up at dawn to direct us all! Breakfast will be up when you're ready, and explore the area for lunch, but keep some room for the rooftop BBQ dinner and open air party at the club.
Field-trip time! Early morning ride up with a cheese-bus full of surfer-kids, on our way to the best swells in Southern India. Ever think you'd be dancing in a school bus full of boards in Kerala? We'll be back in time for dinner and a night-swim.
Off to Kanyakumari for an overnight at India's most southern point. Not only a sacred area, it also holds some of the country's best breaks when the swell is up. Next up is Ponmudi, for a visit to the Meenmutty waterfalls. We'll explore pristine jungle forests and tea plantations, and enjoy some fresh mountain air and stunning views. We'll cap this brilliant day with a trip up the coast to Varkala, on the hunt for sunset sessions. Overnight at a wonderful, locally owned bed & breakfast in Varkala.
After breakfast at Varkala, and some free time to hang out in town, we're back on the road for a quick drive to Kovalam. Later this afternoon we will head out to Hanuman temple for a sunset yoga session: Asanas on the rocks near the temple overlooking the ocean and the paddy fields.
Another full day of fun in Kovalam, with yoga and Ayurveda massages by the beach. In addition, those interested in Kalaripayattu, the ancient Indian martial art, will have their opportunity today.
Our final full day with the kids in Kovalam. Enjoy a relaxed morning. This afternoon is the kids' weekly swimming class, a great time to hang with the new buddies, and give our farewells.
Alas, all good things must come to an end...or not! For those who must, we'll be driving you back to Thiruvananthapuram for your flight out. For those who want to stay around long, and maybe explore the Golden Triangle, Goa, or other gems in the subcontinent and beyond, we'll be happy to arrange your extended stays!