How I Became Bros With Occy
An Awesome Week At The “Go With A Pro” Billabong Fantasy Camp Hosted By Occy!
Everybody loves Occy, so when Billabong announced that “The Occ” was going to be the host of their last week of “Go With A Pro” camps, I was the first surf nerd in live to get my ticket to shred with the best goofy-footer of all time. Being a goofy-footer myself, the thought of going to a place that’s pretty much all rights was sketchy until my first session—the place is so rippable it doesn’t matter if you’re goofy, regular, parallel stance, boogie boarding, or bodysurfing—you’ll be shredding no matter what. I can honestly say in all my years of surf travel, that this surf camp experience was a highlight of my life. El Salvador is a relatively quick flight, you land, they pick you up, the hotel is plush, the bar is always stocked, the waves are super fun and rippable, the intimate setting provides both the privacy to chill by yourself, or go to the common areas and meet people. I hate to sound like a salesman here, but I highly recommend this trip whether it’s your first surf trip, or you’re a well-seasoned surf travel aficionado. This will truly be one of those trips that after it’s over, you’ll be making immediate plans to go again, I know I am.—Chris Cote
Occy And Others Come To Billabong’s Fantasy Surf Camp Season 4 At Las Flores Surf Club, El Salvador
Billabong has created a unique travel experience, a fantasy surf camp at a dream point break in EL Salvador, where legendary pros will surf with a select group of attendees on a once in a lifetime week-long trip. The opportunity will be limited to 15 surfers in each session.
The Billabong fantasy surf camps are scheduled once again at the Las Flores Surf Club in El Salvador where you can enjoy world class waves, uncrowded conditions and 4-star accommodations, resort facilities and amenities while riding with some epic waves with some of Surfing’s legendary professionals. Each week will feature Team Pros who will surf with you and the other attendees and offer hands-on coaching and instruction and video analysis of your own surfing!! The camps are geared for surfers of all ability levels who are looking to take their surfing to the next level, and the curriculum is designed for anyone from beginners to competitive amateurs.
A major part of the Billabong Fantasy Camps curriculum is the video analysis. Billabong’s staff videographers will shoot each session, and the session will be played back in the evenings in the main lounge on a 42-inch plasma TV screen. All campers will receive an edited DVD after each trip and complimentary Billabong gear.
The camps are geared for surfers of all ability levels who are looking to take their surfing to the next level, and the curriculum is designed for anyone from beginners to competitive amateurs. The minimum age for the camps is 16 with younger campers accepted with parent or adult chaperone only. There is no target age group otherwise and adults of any age group are encouraged to attend the camps. The Billabong Surf-With-A-Pro camps are a laidback, loosely structured format where you basically go on a surf trip with your favorite pros and hang out for a week in paradise.
2010 Guest Pros:
March 13- March 20: Donavon Frankenreiter
March 20- March 27: Shane Dorian
April 17- April 24: Occy
Billabong Fantasy Camp Inclusions:
• Coaching and Instruction by Pro
• Video Analysis of Surf Sessions
• Edited DVD of trip.
• Billabong gear and goody bag
Complete Las Flores Surf Club “SURFER package” including:
• Airport greeting and roundtrip transfers
• 7 nights accommodation at Las Flores Surf Club (4-star) in an ocean-view guest suite w/AC (on shared basis)
• 3 meals per day + continental breakfast served from 5am
• Drinking water, coffee/tea, juice and milk
• Services of Las Flores Surf Club resident surf guides
• Daily boat trips: (2) 26ft Superpangas and (1) 28ft Superpanga w/shade, comfortable bench seating w/leather cushions and cooler w/soft drinks and snacks provided
Billabong Fantasy Camp Cost:
$1975.00 per surfer
Not included in package:
• Air transportation
• Airline board fees
• Surfboard Rental
• Drinks (except for water, coffee/tea, juice and milk)
Here are some of the guys who have experienced the Billabong trip from last season:
“Always held at premier spots, Billabong’s “Surf with a Pro” is a one of a kind trip where you get to meet new friends, improve your surfing no matter what level, and best yet, share a few sessions and trade stories with some of the legends of the sport. Not to be missed. You can either surf with a pro, or stay home and watch them on video…your choice.” – Walt Brannan, avid surf trip taker from Manhattan Beach, CA
“The El Salvador 08 trip to Las Flores was the perfect trip for the “middle aged” crowd. The accommodations where 4 star, from the rooms to the employees. Not only did they call you by name, but they continued to impress by anticipating my needs. The food was excellent; with the ability to order from a menu, I never felt like I was eating cafeteria food. And the waves…WOW!! Talk about an epic right handed point break! One of my fondest memories was watching Donavon kick out of a stand-up 10 second tube, right in front of me, as I was paddling out. Even the PRO said this was one of the most epic surf trips ever. I can’t wait for the next one!” – Stan Abe from Orange County
“When do you ever get to surf all day with a pro— and rather than dropping in on you he’s giving you tips as you paddle back out? Then you spend dinner watching video clips of yourself as the pro teaches you how to improve your bottom turn….this was an amazing experience!”- Spencer Jones from New York
For Bookings Contact Joshua Harper At Billabong Camps
PHONE: 949 753-7222 x 3461